Our evening started at 5pm at the McMaster Action Research Center Hamilton (ARCH) on Main and Kenilworth. Nervous, excited and eager to make a good impression on anyone who would be coming canvassing with us, I made sure to get there early and try to "set up" whatever I could. The ARCH is a great space! There are whiteboards and markers and flipcharts, and different kinds of tables and chairs, a washroom, and even a microwave. It was the ideal place to get things going for our group! Of course though, there wasn't really too much to set up when the purpose of the get-together was to head straight out and go door-to-door.
|The whole ARCH space is bigger than I could take a picture of!|
|Meeting at the ARCH|
|L to R: Momena, Joy and Elizabeth|
Overall, I think things went fantastic. The weather held up quite nicely, and the residents of the McAnulty Blvd. area were welcoming and wonderful. Barb's next door neighbour even gave me some plant trimmings from his garden to try to grow at my house. What made me happiest, wasn't even the Street Tree requests we were racking up, but the fact that the project was able to act as a bridge between people from so many different communities in Hamilton. Already, Elizabeth invited us to help with the Pipeline Trail project, and Souzan was brainstorming community involvement events with McMaster students from EWB and the communities we're working in. We'll be going canvassing again this week, starting tomorrow, with more volunteers. Some that we met last week and some brand new ones, and I'm incredibly excited to see everyone and also watch some new partnerships and friendships form.
As always, if you're interested in joining us, don't hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more infomration about how you can get involved.