Community Superhero

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Contributed by Laura Kosiecha

Early last fall I was inspired to look for ways of bringing people together around something we all enjoy… FOOD! I was lucky enough to cross paths with Ian Marcuse, who is a Community Food Developer with the Grandview Woodland Food Connection. Ian kindly invited me to help put together a community potluck at the Britannia Community Center. The potluck was a great success; buzzing with neighbors of all ages sharing a delicious spread in a comfortable space. Ian is not only extremely talented and passionate about his work, but is also a superhero. He has superpower gifts when it comes to creating welcoming and caring neighbourhoods! Vancouver is lucky to have a wonderful community asset like Ian. Read more about this community superhero!

Name: Ian Marcuse

My Neighborhood: Grandview Woodland/Commercial Drive. I have lived here for 25 years. I feel so lucky to work in the community I live in. It makes my work much more meaningful because I am able to help make it a better place to live in.

Passionate about: Social justice and building a more compassionate, equitable and environmentally friendly world (or neighbourhood).

Inspiration at the moment: The First Nations communities standing up and protecting mother earth.

What I love about Vancouver: Riding my bike anywhere, anytime, especially around the seawall.

In my free time you can find me: Puttering in the garden at the co-op where I live.

If I could have any superpower it would be: Bodhisattva – the ability to achieve enlightenment (or the power to turn oil into clean water).