What I’ll Miss Most About 150 Robson

This post is the final entry in my “Farewell, Downtown Vancouver” blog series in which I reflect on certain aspects of my time downtown.

Well, the day is here: our first day in our new JP II Pastoral Centre at 4885 Saint John Paul II Way in central Vancouver (corner of Willow and West 33rd).

Thus, I thought it would be fun to look back at a few of some of the more memorable aspects of our now former Pastoral Centre at 150 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver – the place I called my work home for the past 12 years.

The Elevator

When you walked up to the “freight elevator”, you’d hope that it was on your floor. After all, you basically had a one in four chance of getting lucky. However, if the elevator was on another floor, you wouldn’t be able to “call” for it unless the elevator doors were closed.

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Being a Good Sport: Recalling my Favourite Downtown Sports Memories

This post is part of my “Farewell, Downtown Vancouver” blog series in which I’ll be writing short reflections on certain aspects of my time downtown.

The location of my office and workplace – 150 Robson Street – was ideal for a sports fanatic like myself. Our offices at the corner of Robson and Cambie put me next door to BC Place and just two blocks away from Rogers Arena.

Thus, a big part of what I’m going to miss about downtown is the sporting scene.

The 2010 Winter Olympics

My favourite downtown sporting memory was actually a “one-off” so to speak – that is the 2010 Winter Olympics. For 17 days straight, I was blessed to be in the middle of the patriotism, hoopla, and jubilation. Our Pastoral Centre played host as an “Catholic Hospitality Centre” as we invited people from all across the world to come in and stay awhile. Visitors could enjoy a cup of coffee, surf the internet, write a prayer on our prayer wall, watch some of the events on big-screen televisions, or learn a bit more about the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

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