Jinesh Shah (left) and Stephen Tam (center) congratulate Passport to South Hill Contest Grand Prize Winner Anthony Wong (right)

Passport to South Hill Contest Winner

Jinesh Shah (left) and Stephen Tam (center) congratulate Passport to South Hill Contest Grand Prize Winner Anthony Wong (right)

Jinesh Shah (left) and Stephen Tam (center) congratulate Passport to South Hill Contest Grand Prize Winner Anthony Wong (right)

South Hill Business Association Announces Contest Grand Prize Winner

“Wow! This is really exciting,” exclaimed Anthony Wong upon receiving the phone call announcing that his name had been drawn in the ‘Passport to South Hill’ Contest. And after successfully answering the skill-testing question, Anthony was declared our Grand Prize Winner.

Stephen Tam (right) draws winning ballot in Passport to South Hill Contest

Stephen Tam (right) draws winning ballot in Passport to South Hill Contest

The winning ballot was drawn on Monday, July 30th at 1:00 p.m., in accordance with Contest rules. Anthony, an Instructor at Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School came in to claim his prize the same afternoon and two South Hill Business Association board members Stephen Tam and Jinesh Shah were on hand to congratulate him.

The Grand Prize, a SONOS Audio System purchased by the Association and supplied by Sunny Electronics AVU, has three components, a Play 5 and two Play 1 speakers. Using local in-house WiFi technology, the system allows anyone in the home to play and control music in and from any room in their home, using a digital phone, tablet or computer. Anthony and his family can play their own individual playlists, tap into the connected SONOS playlists and Radio by TunedIn radio stations or create their own individual digital playlists using the SONOS features. One of the unique design characteristics of the Play5 component is also its provision for analog connection, so if family members have a vinyl collection or CDs for example, they can play them through their SONOS speakers. And the sound from the small speakers is incredibly good.

“My wife is going to love this system”, stated Anthony; “she currently listens to music directly from her phone.”

The Passport to South Hill Contest was launched during the Plug in to South Hill event on July 21st when the Association held an Eco and Science Fair for the whole family. Attendees at the Fair were handed a ‘passport’ and had eight (8) days to visit three businesses on Fraser Street within the South Hill Business Association boundaries between 41st and 50th avenues and obtain the initials of an attending employee at each location. No purchase was necessary. Once contestants added their own name and contact information the ‘passport’ became a ballot they dropped into the ballot box located inside The UPS Store on Fraser Street.

Congratulations, Anthony, from the South Hill Business Association on winning the Passport to South Hill Contest Grand Prize!

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Plug in to South Hill

An Eco and Science Fair for the Whole Family

Plug in to South Hill event poster

Plug in to South Hill event poster

The South Hill Business Area celebrates the arrival of its new electric vehicle charging stations with Plug in to South Hill – an event to mark the occasion of the installation at the west side of 44th Ave. and Fraser St.

Electric vehicle owners driving to Vancouver or travelling around town will now have more East Vancouver fast charging options. They can drop in to Fraser St. and plug in while they spend time shopping, dining or doing business in the South Hill commercial area.

The outdoor fair on the Saturday, July 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. will entertain the whole family, rain or shine. Some of the activities include test driving the Meccanica Solo electric vehicles, listening to music at the event main stage, seeing and understanding marine animals with the Vancouver Aquarium’s AquaVan, an ocean wise initiative. Mike’s Critters will be there to entertain and educate visitors about various animals. Science World on the Road will engage visitors with four different activities including the Van de Graaff generator. The Ice Cream Truck will serve a delicious variety of ice creams to beat the heat.

Residents, visitors and business employees are encouraged to attend this community event with free admission, as we celebrate South Hill’s four new electric vehicle charging stations.

Starting towards the end of July, drivers will be able to charge their electric vehicle using the two Fast Charge and two Level 2 stations supported by the City of Vancouver and BC Hydro. The chargers will be located in the NE corner of the parking lot located directly south of 44th Avenue and behind the west Fraser Street shops. This EHub installation will also be listed on PlugShare, a North American digital map allowing electric vehicle drivers to locate the nearest charging station when on the go.

For further information about the Fair, please contact:

Susan Lilholt
Executive Director
Tel: 778.385.7242
Email: [email protected]

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Coming to Fraser Street

VANCOUVER, July 11, 2018 – One of seven locations approved for a fast charging EHub station by Vancouver City Council is in the South Hill Business Area (SHBA) of Fraser Street. The SHBA commercial district covers Fraser Street from 41st to 50th avenues. Through July 2018, City contractors and BC Hydro will install two DC Fast Charging stations and two Level 2 stations at the northeast corner section of the parking lot located directly south of 44th Avenue at Fraser Street. The parking lot is one of several that stretch the length of Fraser Street between 43rd and 49th avenues, located behind the west Fraser Street shops.

“We are looking forward to South Hill becoming a ‘green-friendly’ commercial community for motorists from across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland and to adding our location to the national network of stations available to the visiting public. With car manufacturers poised to release a number of new electric vehicles into the marketplace next year and with the price of gasoline rising everywhere, the timing feels right to make a contribution to reduce pollution and be in step with the City’s mandate,” stated Susan Lilholt, Executive Director of the South Hill Business Association, one of 22 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) in Vancouver.

“Several factors came together to make this location ideal for an EHub installation,” says Ian Neville, Climate Policy Analyst for the City, “and the City’s investment here is part of the 2016 EV Ecosystem Strategy that will ensure EHubs are within easy reach of residents, near convenient amenities across the city. This location supports fast public charging in a key East Vancouver neighbourhood, ensuring better access for nearby residents and businesses. The charging stations here are the seventh and eighth DC Fast Chargers to be installed within Vancouver, with many more on the way.”

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Plug in to South Hill – Come to the Fair

Plug in to South Hill

An Eco and Science Fair for the Whole Family

Saturday, July 21, from 10 AM to 4 PM
Behind the west Fraser St. shops, between 43rd and 47th avenues

Want to solve a forensics puzzle? Have a hair-raising experience? See reptiles, turtles and bees? See a starfish up close? Learn how to Zumba?

The Vancouver Aquarium, Science World, and Mike’s Critters are all coming to Fraser Street in July along with many other fun ecology and science exhibits and entertaining music and dance.

See a showcase of Electric Cars and take a test drive on the Meccanica Test Drive Track.

Come for the fun, food, ecology, science, live music and dance!

Psst! While you’re here, check out the brand new electric vehicle charging stations at the west side of 44th Avenue.

Save the Date and plan now to join your friends and family at the Fair.

Neighbourhood Cleanup Party!

Neighbourhood Cleanup Party 2018 – Thank You!

Thank you to all of the community volunteers who answered the call to help clean up our neighbourhood on June 2. It was a blast meeting and reconnecting with you, working with you, and partying with you. We hope you felt good about our joint accomplishments and enjoyed yourself along the way. We picked up over 23 bags of garbage and expressed our collective community pride in our corner of Vancouver!

The hard-working volunteers from the Community Policing Centre also painted out a good part of Fraser Street, eliminating blocks and blocks of graffiti. Here’s a special shout-out to Adrien Balazs for helping coordinate CPC volunteers from Victoria Drive.

We also want to send out thanks to Brian Wong, Vancouver Coordinator of the City-wide program; Brian and his team not only promote a good program but Brian shows up at many of the community clean-ups – including ours – and helps out in many ways.

We also want to acknowledge our fellow organizers on the registration and equipment tables, Danita, Brian, and Sherry, who showed up before 8:00 am to ready everything and stayed afterwards to put it all away. A special salute too to Terry who guided our painting volunteers around the neighbourhood – thank you to all of you for your leadership.

Finally, we want to acknowledge the businesses and services on Fraser Street who contributed funds, beverages, snacks and draw prizes to make our morning fun. They do so as a thank you to all of you who show your pride of place, your love of community.

  • Buy-low Foods
  • DQ Grill & Chill
  • Eastside Fitness
  • Fraser Pharmacy
  • Fraser Post Office
  • Halal Meat
  • Homewares
  • HSBC
  • Lead Tech
  • Little Caesar’s
  • Mable Elmore, MLA, Vancouver – Kensington
  • New Bhaia Sweets & Restaurant
  • PinPin Restaurant
  • Scotiabank
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • South Hill Business Association
  • Super Spice House
  • TD Canada Trust
  • Tim Hortons
  • Thurga Mini Mart
  • Vancity
  • West Coast Liquor Company (who provided space to store our equipment)

Have a look at the photo album – a nice reminder of the day and our achievement.

See you next year!