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Addition to Insider posted Tuesday December 10


Wow! What a year for our CBC/Radio-Canada’s Open House and Food Bank Day!  Funds raised surpassed $1 million!!!

As of this past weekend, record breaking of $1,021,618.00 was raised, bringing the total to over $10 million raised for Food Banks in B.C. in our 33 years of doing this.

This is truly a province-wide initiative and it is so obvious and evident in the seamless way everything comes together, the smiles on the 2,146 visitors' faces to our centres, the quality programming on all our platforms and the tireless energy that you all put towards welcoming everyone into our spaces.  This is what public broadcasting is all about.

I would love to list all the people to thank, but this year, more than ever, it stands out to me how unified the teams and departments are who all work together to make this day special and that is the most rewarding thank you of all.
Thank you all for the hard work and dedication to this important initiative. 
This event has been so successful that this year B.C. Food Banks are going to keep the donation portal open until the end of December.  So please keep sharing and talk about it as it will continue to help B.C. families in need.



Here are some photos of the event:

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We begin December with a Vancouver visit from our EVP for English Services Barbara Williams. Barb will stop by this Tuesday and Wednesday on her way to the Whistler Film Festival where she will be the keynote speaker at a special luncheon event Focus on Talent.

And of course this month is our time to give back to our communities.  Vancouver will be hosting the annual Open House and Food Bank Day this Friday, Calgary’s Food Bank Drive kicks into high gear for pretty much the entire month, and Edmonton’s Turkey Drive will take place December 12, 2019.  It’s truly humbling to see so many of you commit your time, talent, and energy towards helping the less fortunate where we live. 

We can never thank you enough for what you do for Canada’s Public Broadcaster every day, year in and year out.  It’s a privilege to work alongside you.  As the holidays are fast approaching, I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a wonderful holiday season.  May the new year bring you, your families, and loved ones happiness, prosperity, and good health!


The Food Gap is the theme of this year’s Open House and Food Bank programming. And around BC,  our programs and platforms are telling the stories of those most in need before we welcome the community on December 6.  It’s truly a station-wide event with all our teams doing so much. Anne Penman is the producer who has been behind every food bank show day in BC and Leo Damian does an amazing level of detailed planning for the throngs who fill our building this Friday. Bring it on! And thank you all for the hard work in the lead up. 

CBC Kamloops is doing a live open house food bank show (Friday Dec 6).  Shelley Joyce in studio with interesting guests, music, prizes etc.   We're inviting listeners to drop by with donations to the food bank.  

The Early Edition will be kicking into holiday mode Dec 2, with a few great features. "The Nice List" will spotlight members of our community who deserve to be recognized for their kindness and good deeds.  We're working on an episodic series following one local school preparing for a Christmas concert - it promises to be fun, multi-platform storytelling.  And we'll spotlight how focusing on the small pleasures of the season help reduce stress.

On the Coast launches into December with its advent calendar giveaway - curated and produced by Margaret Gallagher.  Lisa Christiansen will bring you an assortment of seasonal music features! Our food and personal finance columnist will bring their love of the season onto the show - but also help us deal with some of the fraught family issues at this time of year.  Roshini Nair has a Hallmark holiday movie guide for us. And JJ Lee will have another installation of his Christmas story for the show!

Sheryl MacKay’s North By Northwest and the VPL are going to continue our collaboration with more great book clubs right through 2020 featuring visiting and local authors.  We have had great audiences for the events this year and have featured authors Anosh Irani, Bindu Suresh, Cherie Dimaline, Janie Chang and Shelley Wood.  The lineup for next year will kick off with our Vancouver based Giller award winner Ian Williams!

Jerry Granelli may not be a household name, but most people have heard his music in the TV adaptations of the Peanuts comics  including the iconic "A Charlie Brown Christmas" special. Granelli was the drummer in the famed Vince Guaraldi Trio and he's Margaret Gallagher's special guest on Hot Air on Dec 14. Margaret will also produce a pak with Granelli for On The Coast.

BC Today is getting into the holiday spirit with our annual visit from Santa on December 23, and our Christmas Card of the Air on December 24.

Giving Back with host Gloria Macarenko is a two hour national radio program on the air Boxing Day from 4-6 p.m. that will  celebrate the CBC audience's generosity at special fundraising programming from coast to coast to coast in early December.  And of course our very own Open House and Food Bank day will figure prominently. Giving Back is produced by Anne Penman.

CBC Victoria is marking December with our seasonal events.  The Christmas lights parade this past weekend. Our food bank show and open house on the 6th. And the annual Dickens reading on December 13th. 

Sheryl MacKay is delighted to be taking part in 2 Christmas Carol readings this season. The first is in Victoria with the CBC there as a fundraiser for Our Place which supports people in the city who are vulnerable to homelessness and the second is in Vancouver and it's also a fundraiser for a program that offers assistance to people on the west side of the city who are living on the street or at risk of being homeless.  Both readings carry on the great old CBC tradition of the Christmas Carol fundraiser.

Mark your calendars for our annual Staff Appreciation celebration on December 13 from 5-8pm.  Watch for details coming soon to your email inbox!

The tradition continues as the staff seasonal potluck lunch is December 18 in studio 700! 

December brings a surge of adrenaline and checklists with Open House & Food Bank Day right around the bend! After the craziness and warm-hearted vibes of CBC Vancouver’s hallmark community event, we’re looking forward to a month of peace, harmony and joy for all. 

December 6: CBC Vancouver’s Open House & Food Bank Day returns Dec. 6 and, once again, we are so excited to open our doors to the public. The day will be packed with free newsroom tours and we’ll be spreading the CBC Vancouver cheer amongst every visitor we meet. It is our intent that each person leaves OHFBD feeling genuinely connected to British Columbia’s public broadcaster, while also supporting the thousands of families in B.C. that rely on food banks.  

December 21:  CBC Vancouver is a proud media sponsor of the Chor Leoni Men’s Choir 2019-2020 season, which includes December’s production ‘Christmas with Chor Leoni: Angels Dance.’ The choir will grace the Orpheum stage with two back-to-back performances, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m on December 21. 

Johnny Michel
Senior Managing Director
British Columbia & Alberta
CBC English Services
Tel. 604.662.6330
Twitter: @JohnnyEMichel