About Us

Introduction

Back in 1972, the site of the community centre was chosen due to the proximity of the largest subsidized BC Housing Complex (Skeena Terrace) that houses over 165 family units.  The local inner city school, Thunderbird Elementary, continues to be ranked 6th in vulnerability amongst the elementary schools in Vancouver.   Currently, student enrollment includes 211 families and over 240 children. Within this culturally diverse groups over 21 different languages are spoken which highlights the depth of cultural diversity amongst the Thunderbird community.  Thunderbird Elementary is physically attached to the Thunder Community Centre so that both sites work in tandem too serve the educational, social, recreational and cultural needs of area residents from one central location and to ensure that the disadvantaged, at-risk families and children or youth  in our neighbourhood have access to programs and services, regardless  of their financial situation.

Thunderbird Centre is within a four block radius of three Beulah Garden Homes Society facilities for seniors aged 55+ years.   The three existing buildings are home to approximately 200 seniors.   This coupled with 120 Skeena Terrace senior residents suggests that both organizations cater to seniors living on a limited and/or fixed income and/or who live below the poverty level thus ensuring Thunderbird Centre is kept busy serving this age group.

Youth in this community are directly at risk due to the lack of financial support and resources available to them.  A compounding factor is that youth raised in a high crime community often come to view crime, drug use and gang participation as normalized behaviour.  Without positive guidance at the community level many of these youth will become statistics just like members from the generation previous.  Consequently, youth without resources and opportunities will regard older youth involved with gang crime as role models.  Youth staff work tirelessly to break this cycle and develop programs and services, advocate and to empower youth to make personal changes.

With each passing decade there are subtle changes that suggest that gentrification is occurring and programming is shifting due to these demographics.  The  Board and staff will continue to adapt and serve.

 

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide educational, cultural, recreational and social service programs to the Thunderbird catchment area.

 

Operating Jointly with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

The Joint Operating Agreement is intended to define the working partnership between the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and each of 20 Community Associations developed to provide recreation and leisure opportunities and to facilitate provision of community services to the residents of each community.

 

2017 Annual General Meeting

The Thunderbird Neighbourhood Association held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, November 21, 2016.
Thank you to all who attended and voted.  Please see below for the current Thunderbird Neighbourhood Association Board Members:

Mike Bradley – President

Diane Lord-Cotton – Vice President

Jimmy Huynh – Treasurer

Joan Poon – Secretary

Ken Costea – Member at Large

Sandra Dare – Member at Large

David La Vallee – Member at Large

David Ma – Member at Large

Benny Mah – Member at Large

Sandra Marino – Member at Large

Jessica Rodriguez – Member at Large

Roberta Scherger – Member at Large

Fall Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday 9:00am-10:00pm

Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm

Sunday Closed

Please note, the Office closes 1/2 hour prior to closing and the Fitness Centre closes 10 minutes prior to closing.

Holiday Closures:

Monday Sept 4

Monday Oct 8

Monday Nov 12

Fall Registration & brochure

Catchment Registration: August 20 @ 9:00am

Public Registration: August 29 @ 9:00am

Click here to see our Fall brochure

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