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Cooking Online Together: Innovative community programming in Kamloops.

Sasha Kondrashov, Manu Sharma and Jane Gingrich

This winter households in Kamloops had an opportunity to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Cooking Online Together program. Hills of Peace has received a generous City of Kamloops grant to launch a new program to encourage community building in times of pandemic.

Cooking Together Online program participants had an opportunity to meet on Zoom to learn about to better use online platforms (Zoom, FaceTime, Skype) for conversation. Households were paired-up as cooking teams for four monthly cooking meet-ups. Each month, pairs received a gift card, an ingredients list, a recipe, and a non-denominational prayer in the mail. Pairs of households decided on what date during the month to meet, and together, online, they were encouraged to cook the recipe provided to them.

Jane Gingrich, Manu Sharma and Sasha Kondrashov designed the program as an opportunity to share talents, meet new people, and connect over food- all while safely distanced from home. We are currently looking for participants for the summer cohort. There will be 40 spaces (one per household) to participate in 4 consecutive cooking experiences from May-August 2021. If you are interested in this unique experience and might want to join the summer cohort of cooking teams, please contact the office: 250-828-2221 ; office@hillsofpeace.com

The feedback from winter cohort was overwhelmingly positive. Many participants noted that they enjoyed cooking together online in the couple of past months and thanked project organizers for facilitating this. They had fun!  The most common evaluation response was “Thank you so much for the recipes and gift cards these past four months.  I enjoyed getting to know my cooking partner”.  Please check the first four recipes from winter cohort and keep cooking online together.

Ukrainian Canadian Cuisine Map: Welcome to Ukrainian BC Feast!

Oleksandr (Sasha) Kondrashov

Image credit: https://unsplash.com/photos/8-MWNQdutAU

We are starting building Ukrainian-Canadian Cuisine Map. Our first feature province is BC, featuring places where you can find food from Ukraine and local Ukrainian-Canadian eatery. If you are in Vernon, Chilliwack, Smithers, Kelowna, Vancouver, Victoria, or Nanaimo you will find your local favourite Ukrainian-Canadian Cuisine. Let me know what is your best place to eat Ukrainian-Canadian food in BC and I will add it to the map. Once pandemic is over you can take a beautiful British Columbia Ukrainian-Canadian feast tour. I include all stores and restaurants that feature Ukrainian items in their description.

Kozak Ukraїnian Eatery

UFO – Ukrainian Food Owesome

Sandy’s Ukrainian Kitchen


Ukrainian Village


Indigo Age Catering


A taste of Ukraine


Sherry’s Carpathian Kitchen

D J’s Perogie Kitchen

Cecil’s Perogies

Russian & Ukrainian Deli

Perogie Pinchers of Victoria


Love Podcasts and Social Work, Meet their creators live on Zoom on May 1st at 11:00 a.m. PT @EMPRSocialWork

Final reminder to register for the Empower Social Worker podcast event that we will have tomorrow (May 1st) at 11:00 a.m. PT.

Link for more information and register: https://krasun.ca/empower-social-worker/

Here are some of the amazing podcasters who agreed to record their presentations. You will meet more live on Zoom and get inspired to practice social work skills using podcast.

You can also ask any questions you have about social work and podcasting.

Social Work Me podcast presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYFB9tYC_-A

On the Way Home podcast presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_SqAnPtwtM