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Volume 2: The first ever East Vancouver Tweetup at the Army Navy & Airforce Veterans Unit 298 Canteen, organized by Yelp Vancouver Community Manager Cyndi Hunter and Ajay Masala Puri on February 2, 2010. Hashtag: #EastVanLove. More photos available on Flickr.
East Vancouver is not my hood. As a kid, I spent weekends there often with my parents eating at pho and Vietnamese restaurants and shopping at Asian grocery stories, but not much else. Cyndi told me her and Ajay were determined to throw an East Van tweetup and celebrate their hood. They wanted to hold it at a veterans club and highlight the neighbourhood with its rich cultural diversity. I heard friends like Kris Krüg (above), Kemp Edmonds, Jason Baker, Canadian Kelli, and other would be there and it piqued my interest.
Above is 88-year-old Whistlin’ Smith, a blind veteran (standing with Cyndi and Ajay). He regaled us with tales of times past ad war Grandma Simpson style, but much more coherently. The canteen volunteers spoke of the purpose of a veterans club and its role in the community. They need new members and business to sustain themselves and offer services to vets.
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