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My First Day in the New John Paul II Pastoral Centre

Yesterday was the first day in the new John Paul II Pastoral Centre. After months of anticipation, it was nice to finally get into our new building.

Here’s a look at my day…diary style.

6:45am: I rolled out of bed after just three hours of sleep. I guess I was too excited to get a decent sleep. Reminded me of the night before the first day of school. Or the night before releasing a new Canucks music video.

7:40am: I leave my home in Steveston via car.

8:09am: I make a left turn onto West 33rd and have to wait in traffic for about five minutes because of the construction in front of our building.  Still, this shaved about 10 to 15 minutes off my commute.

8:14am: I pull into the underground parking garage and park in spot number one. Appropriate for me given my ego I guess haha. Continue reading My First Day in the New John Paul II Pastoral Centre

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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Farewell, Downtown Vancouver

My run of 22 years of working downtown Vancouver will end at the conclusion of February, as the JP II Pastoral Centre of the Archdiocese of Vancouver will move to its new location at 33rd and Willow in central Vancouver. As I will be out of town next week, for all intents and purposes this week is actually my last week downtown.

I worked at CIBC Mortgage Corporation (at the corner of West Hastings and Burrard) for the summers of 1993 and 1994. It was a great summer job for me as I got my initiation into working downtown and in a corporate environment. Needless to say, it was a far cry from serving as a busboy at La Pergola Italian Restaurant in Richmond. Continue reading Farewell, Downtown Vancouver