The Good Neigbours Awards Celebration is an annual event hosted by the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC (ANHBC). ANHBC owes its long-standing history to its many volunteers, community supporters, and neighbours. The Good Neighbours Awards offer an opportunity for staff, volunteers, and clients to come together to celebrate and honour those who have made significant and long lasting contributions to our Neighbourhood Houses and communities.
This year, we are celebrating the Phillipines and the theme is "Bayanihan: spirit of communal unity".
The Bayanihan (pronounced as buy-uh-nee-hun) is a Filipino custom derived from a Filipino word “bayan”, which means nation, town or community. The term bayanihan itself literally means “being in a bayan”, which refers to the spirit of communal unity, work and cooperation to achieve a particular goal. The concept of Bayanihan is traced back to in a country’s tradition which can be observed in rural areas, wherein the town’s people were asked especially the men to lend a hand to a family who will move into a new place. The relocation does not only involves moving the family’s personal belongings but most importantly it concerns the transfer of the family’s entire house to a new location. A traditional Filipino house (Bahay Kubo) is made of indigenous materials such as bamboo and nipa/anahaw leaves.
In order for the volunteers to carry the house, bamboo poles are tied length-wise and cross-wise and go under the house. Approximately, it will take about 15-20 volunteers to carry a house and together they’ll move in unison heading to the family’s new place. As a token of gratitude, the family serves food to the volunteers at the end of the move. The Bayanihan spirit shows Filipinos’ concept of helping one another most especially in times of need without expecting anything in return. Filipinos strongly believe in helping their “kababayans (fellow countrymen)” in any possible way they can do to extend a helping hand.It is a beautiful Filipino mentality of helping one another. The Bayanihan spirit is still alive, there are still people in rural areas that transfer their house into another place and people still help. Furthermore, the bayanihan spirit lives on among Filipinos even in modern days and has been demonstrated in many forms, such as when natural calamities or disasters strike. Filipinos will go out of their way to help their kababayans in need. The Bayanihan spirit; one of the many beautiful things that Filipinos own and can be proud of.
Doors open at 5:30pm; dinner at 6:30pm; awards ceremony follows at 7:30pm.
British Columbia Good Neighbours Award: Honours one special neighbour whose activities and contributions have benefited neighbourhood(s) in several communities in the Province of British Columbia.
Neighbourhood House Good Neighbours Award: Honours a neighbour from a Neighbourhood House who has provided long standing community leadership and improved the well-being of people in their neighbourhood.
Corporate Good Neighbours Award: Acknowledges a corporation’s significant contribution and long lasting support of Neighbourhood House activities.
Youth Good Neighbours Award: Acknowledges a youth who has demonstrated commitment to a Neighbourhood House, their school and neighbourhood through volunteer activities.
For more information please contact Ken Hsueh at 604-875-9111 x100 or firstname.lastname@example.org