Co-hosted by the Old East Village Community Association and Public Sociology @ Western, this workshop brings together neighbourhood based groups from across London to discuss how neighbourhoods can coordinate activities for effective community building. The event will take place Monday, March 30, 6:30PM at East Village Coffee House, 754 Dundas Street East.

Randy Stoecker will bring his community development and organizing expertise to facilitate conversation among neighbourhood groups learning how to build their capacity and their success. Stoecker will combine his experience with neighborhood groups in small and large cities with our local knowledge to inform ways we can work with each other and access university programs to better achieve our goals.

By creating the opportunity for neighbourhoods to learn about each other we hope that this event will strengthen intercommunity relationships and encourage cross neighbourhood communication and collaboration where applicable.

Guiding questions for workshop:

1. What can we learn from each other?

2. What ways can neighbourhoods work together to achieve common goals?

3. How can community groups partner with University resources to achieve their goals?



6:30-7:00 p.m. - Free Refreshments and light snacks (The cafe will be offering beer and wine for purchase)

7:00-9:00 p.m. - Workshop

After 9:00 p.m. - Feel free to stay and mingle (The cafe will be offering beer and wine for purchase)


About Randy Stoecker

Randy Stoecker, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, with a joint appointment in the University of Wisconsin-Extension Center for Community and Economic Development as a community development specialist. He has wide-ranging experience providing research support and technical assistance to neighborhood and other community groups across the U.S., Canada, and Australia. In Canada, much of his community work has been in Ontario involving the Trent Community Research Centre in Peterborough and U-Links in Minden. In Australia he has led trainings with The Change Agency, and worked with Monash University and the Neighbourhood House network in Melbourne. In the United States he has worked across the country with community groups in Illinois, Ohio, Appalachia, and Wisconsin, and with colleges and universities from coast to coast.

Thank you to the Student Success Centre and Western International Visiting Scholar Program for the financial support to make this event possible.


There’s simply no substitute for knowing your neighbours, and The OEV Safety Team is inviting the neighbourhood to Procunier Hall at the Palace Theatre, 7pm, Tuesday, March 3 to make it even easier to connect with neighbours and watch out for each other.

The event will feature Simon Pont, executive director of Neighbourhood Watch London and Maureen O'Halloran, executive director of the London Block Parent Program. Mr Pont was a guest presenter at the the OEVCA's winter general meeting where he spoke about the effectiveness of Neighbourhood Watch in reducing crime and pointed out that the Old East Village has only 3 of the city's greater than 400 watches.

The OEV Safety Team is the implementation committee of the Old East Village Task Force, a group of greater than fifty neighbourhood volunteers who created a Neighbourhood Safety Plan accepted by London City Council in 2014. The team is hoping to increase the neighbourhood's participation in the Block Parent Program and to someday have the entire neighbourhood covered by neighbourhood watches. To learn more about the Neighbourhood Safety Plan, visit

What: OEV Safety Team Presentation featuring Neighbourhood Watch London and the London Block Parent Program

When: 7pm, Tuesday, March 3
Where: Procunier Hall at the Palace Theatre (710 Dundas St)
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You are all invited to our General Meeting and Soirée at the Aeolian Hall on February 5. Doors will open at 6 and light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

The meeting will be followed by performances by some of the very best artists on the London music scene, in one of the best music venues in Ontario: Broomsticks and Hammers, Kevin Greene and the Awesome Sauce, and Marty Kolls will all be playing. Where else can you get this kind of entertainement?

And while you are there, don't forget to renew your membership!

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Look for the January edition of The Old East Village News in your mailbox in the next few days as out volunteer carriers fan out through the neighbourhood. Copies can also be picked up at the Boyle Memorial Community Centre and the Carson Library.

The headline story looks forward to the general meeting and soirée to which all residents and friends of the Village are invited . . . Thursday, February 5, at the Aeolian Hall, doors open at 6 pm. Look also for stories that highlight opportunities to get involved in neighbourhood affairs, celebrate the successes of some of your neighbours, and introduce new members of the community association executive.

You can also read it online by clicking right here

Old East Village News January 2015 Edition (PDF)  

The Old East Village Community Association is delighted to learn today that the Village has won "People's Choice -- Great Neighbourhood" in the nation-wide Great Places in Canada contest run by the Canadian Institute of Planners.
The Village was nominated by resident Paul Seale who says, "The actual work that people do in the neighbourhood is the key thing, but it's also important to share the story of that work and to take some pride in the results. Voting for the neighbourhood helped people to express that pride and feel like they were doing something together. I think the results show how much work we've put into meeting each other in real life and indicate that we're one of Canada's best-connected neighbourhoods, too." 
According to the CIP notification, the contest "received a great response ... with 32 nominations, and nearly 14,500 e-ballots cast. Having Old East Village recognized as The People’s Choice shows just how much it is loved by Canadians."
The win is the third in a row for a London neighbourhood. Woodfield was People's Choice in 2012, and Old South/Wortley took both the People's Choice and the planners' Grand Prize in 2013.
The win also includes prizes of Acer Iconia 7-in tablet and a $100 Tim Hortons Gift Card which will both be donated to the Old East Village Community Association, possibly for future fundraising.