MandlerNew Kettle Service for Drop-In Clients

The Kettle is pleased to announce that starting August 20th, our very own George Mander will be taking on the role of ‘Mental Health Outreach Worker’ for Drop In Services.

George will be available to Drop-In members as well as clients in the Grandview Woodlands neighbourhood Tuesday—Friday to help with a number of issues off site including member home visits, assistance in finding appropriate programs relevant to the client; advocacy for housing, income assistance and accessing community services; pro-vide vocational assistance; help develop care plans for clients leaving hospital; as well as any other issues that may arise.

George has been part of The Kettle team for 18 years, and is excited to take on this new role. He looks forward to the hands on approach of helping members and clients with his many years of experience and knowledge of resources.

As The Kettle takes the environment into consideration with our buildings and positions, the Mental Health Outreach Worker will not be using a vehicle. George will be travelling by foot and by bus to any appointments.

Service Start date August 20th, 2013, Tuesday—Friday



The Writing Circle


Victor Schwartzman has been chairing the Writers’ Circle for about six months at the Kettle. A lifelong writer, he majored in creative writing in college and was accepted into the MFA program at the University of California, Irvine. He worked full time for five years as a freelance writer in Toronto, specializing in narration scripting for documentaries. Victor rarely submits but has been published by online literature sites, has seen the occasional piece in print, and is finally pulling together a poetry chap-book. He was on the Board of the Manitoba Writers Guild and Prairie Fire Press for eight years, and a feature page was devoted to him by the Literary Underground on its website for his writing and involvement in underground writing organizations. His editing work includes three published novels by Adimchinma Ibe, an author in Nigeria. He has written articles on disability issues, including several co-written with Paul Caune. Victor is a retired Human Rights Officer.

Contact Volunteer Coordinator for dates and times for Writing Circle at 604-251-1126



Art Journey

by Cathy Stonehouse

Every Friday between 2:45pm and 4:30pm, in the main room of the Kettle at 1784 Hastings Street, a group of people can be seen doing strange things: moving, dancing, painting, drawing and laughing, not to mention drinking coffee and eating snacks. Who are they, and why are they making living sculptures with their bodies?

The answer is simple: they are the members of the Kettle’s Expressive Arts group. What they are doing is also simple, yet profound: using art to explore their experiences of being together, being human and being alive. As an intern from Langara College’s Expressive Arts Therapy program, I have been lucky enough to organize and lead this group through two ten-week journeys of creativity and discovery, journeys on which I have witnessed and learned as much as if I have traveled to many different countries. Or rather, one country in particular: that of the human imagination.