Blog Posting #4

With the project approaching to the end, this is our last blog posting. In the following blog, we will conclude our reflection of West Point Grey Legion exploration journey during this term and moments of significance. Although, we encountered several problems in the process, we spent a fun period of time on this project and we hope you enjoy reading our final blog as much as we did working with the community!


Moment of Significance

After the first visit to the legion, we conducted a second visit to West Point Grey legion with questions that we have that needs further clarification. The second visit to the legion could be said as a major turning point in our finding because we learned that the legion is having a renovation in near future. The legion expressed its eagerness in implementation of a kitchen infrastructure to improve their current food system. However, week after the visit to the legion, we heard back through email how the renovation proposal are not making any progress specifically regarding the implementation of kitchen infrastructure.



Through the past almost 10 weeks that we’ve been working on the project, our group has experienced different big and small difficulties. The most crucial problem that we encountered in this project is the fact that we couldn’t form a constructive comment or suggestion for the legion regarding their food system. With the current food system that the legion has, our position is to provide what we thought would be the best solution. As the communicator to connect the legion’s goal and Vancouver Food Strategies’ goal, we formulated suggestions such as linking the legion to neighboring restaurants. However, after the visits and hearing the renovation plan of wanting to have a kitchen from the legion’s vice president, we were again lost on which direction of suggestion to provide. We would say that the visits to the legion updated us on what’s happening within the system of legion, but it doesn’t provide us future insight on the food system of the legion yet.


So What?

Despite the hard time of accomplishing the goal, which is forming a constructive suggestion for the legion’s current food system, we accomplished many other tasks along our way of working together. For example, we completed the interview as a team and shared what we learned to each other.  We contributed ideas when preparing our final infographics and had fun with our creativities when building it. We also handled the pressure and thought of a plan B together when receiving news of how the legion’s kitchen building proposal is not making a progress. Just as Lee S. Shulman has stated, “In professional education, it is insufficient to learn for the sake of knowledge and under- standing alone; one learns in order to engage in practice.” We would never accomplish these tasks by understanding, rather, we learned through practicing. Through practicing, we learned to cooperate with team members better, we learned to respond or react better when facing unexpected circumstances, we also learned to respect and appreciate everyone that is involved in the project. Therefore, the final result is not the most important matter. What matters the most is what we have learned along the way.


Now What?

An interview was conducted with the vice president, Ron, this week to gather more detailed information regarding the renovation of the legion. Our role in this interview was to extract any useful information that may help us to determine which direction can our future research continue on. Moreover, research regarding the current situation of the legion is required to make and support any constructive suggestion.             



Shulman, L. S. (2005). Pedagogies of uncertainty. Liberal Education, 91(2), 18–25. Retrieved from      

Blog Posting #3

Weekly Objectives Oct23rd-Nov2nd

  • Visit West Point Grey Legion on Oct 26th.
  • Conduct Interviews with manager and member of the Legion
  • Draw knowledge, skills and experiences graph
  • Finish Blog Posting #3


  • 2nd visit to the Legion on Oct 26th
  • Interviewed Vice President
  • Interviewed a volunteer
  • Finished knowledge, skills and experiences graph



In the class tutorial, we had a chance to reflect on the past experience we had working with the community. The reflection of the experience was depicted through a graph with our experience of life and class throughout the visits up till now.

Experience Graph

Experience Graph 

Before visiting the legion, all of us in the group were still a bit confused about the project itself and how the visit would turn out to be. As a result, our emotion fell a little before our first visit to the legion. Uncertainty is inevitable in our further career; however, it could propel people to find better resolution (Shulman, 2005, p. 18). After the first visit to the legion, our emotion reached its first peak because of the abundance of information about understanding the environment that we received and what expectation we are going to achieve (Hornby, T., & Bleed, R. 2006). With the information, we were able to further understand the community that we would be working with better since local group nearby usually does community services. As time passes, the knowledge we received from the first visit to the legion can’t seem to answer to further question we came up with. Therefore, our emotion gradually decreased because further questions, blogs, outlines, and reports that’s due for LFS class. The midterm seasons is what brought the emotion to its lowest point. Post midterm seasons, our group’s emotion gradually increased and the team’s emotion finally reached its second peak after the second visit to the Legion. Till this day, we are working in a group in hope to learn more about the legion with reasonable resolutions that may benefit the West Point Grey Legion.

Through the experience, we found that working with the community and balancing time managing with each of our member’s personal lives could be tough. However, with the positive feedbacks and experience we learned each time after visiting the legion and having class lessons, our group looks forward in learning more about the community in near future.



To successfully achieve as a group, it requires hard work of people collaborating and putting knowledge with effort together. This graceful dismount requires us to self-reflect on the paths we’ve currently experienced so we can reflect and further improve in future visits.

“Listening” is also a key point to success in our community project as discussed in Ernesto Sirolli’s TED talk video (2012). While we were struggling about not having a kitchen in our Legion, the first thing we thought of is how to make up rather than listen to the Legion’s will. Through our second visit to the Legion and interviewed Vice President of the Legion, we tried to listen to what the Legion wants and able to formulate our next steps. Being able to understand the community West Point Grey more, our group believes that the idea of community kitchen doesn’t only pertain to whether if the Legion itself does or does not physically have a kitchen, but whether if the Legion’s food system itself ties to the community’s food systems.

We’ve learned through visits to West Point Grey legion about how the Legion prefers to have a kitchen but doesn’t currently have one. From this starting point, if West Point Grey’s current renovation plan includes implementing a new kitchen within the Legion, then the Legion would be able to provide a better food system with bursary from chain store supermarkets. If not, some upcoming strategies such as helping the Legion connect with close by kitchens within restaurants for regular or even contracted meal plan collaborations could be a possible solution toward a better food system for the Legion.



Hornby, T., & Bleed, R. (2006, May). WORK AND LIFE: ACHIEVING A REASONABLE BALANCE. Retrieved November 6, 2016, from

Shulman, L. S. (2005). Pedagogies of uncertainty. Liberal Education, 91(2), 18–25. Retrieved from

Sirolli, E. (2012, November 26). Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen [Video file]. Retrieved from


Weekly Objectives & Achievement


Our upcoming objective is to prepare a second visit to the Legion and gather information using inquiry questions from the proposal. In order to achieve this, we will send email to the administrator of the Legion for a request for our second visit, as well as a face-to-face interview. We will go in as a group, where each members will be assigned different jobs such as taking note and asking question during the interview. Moreover, we will keep in contact with all group members to ensure that all members are updated as the project progresses.

As a group, we plan on experiencing events that would be occurring in the legion. Therefore, we will visit the legion together as guests for the events. The purpose is to get to understand the operations of legion events and how it relates to their food system. We hope that this experience could bring us further insight into the legion’s system which would help us tie back to knowledge learned either in class or from readings.


Throughout the first six weeks, we have been together working as a small “family” depending on and cooperating with each other in order to satisfy and accomplish our objectives. Although we encountered difficulties that didn’t meet our expectations while working together, we continued and will remain to strive for better works in near future. Our goal to achieve in this project does not depend on making every assignment perfect, but to conquer each challenge we encountered and learn from each failure. From past six weeks, we learned that we still have many areas needed to be improved in order to maximize the dynamics and specialities for each member. As a group, we look forward to persisting in attaining our objectives with our strength, perseverance and cooperation.




The members in this West Point Grey Legion group was assigned randomly with some members working together for the first time. Since everyone came from different backgrounds, our group encountered communication issues. This lack of communication with one of the members lead us to realize the importance of listening and reaching out to each other on either school work or how each group member participates in different tasks.

So What?

This tells us the importance of appropriate communication in teamwork in order to have a group working together cooperatively. In our case, we learned to listen to other people’s ideas and made sure that everyone were available during group meetings. Other than understanding the importance of communication, team dynamic plays a significant role on working efficiently (West 2012). Each member are specialized in different tasks, therefore, we will try to evenly distribute work to maximize the quality of our work.

Now what?

For future reference, our group has decided to meet up outside of classroom so all of us can communicate face to face. We will make sure that every member is assigned with an important role that maximize people’s ability in different tasks. When starting each work, we will take a close overview of the project content and divide the work loads evenly before separating. Whenever a member encounters problems or has questions, the whole team will help out to solve the problem together. We all agreed on to reply messages within the day someone posted the question so we can be on task. With the current strategies we have aiming to try to solve problems that may occur during heavy workload, we would also reflect among ourselves on how works are done every week to seek for improvements.



Rolfe et al.’s (2001) reflective model. (n.d.). Retrieved October 12, 2016, from

West, M. A. (2012). Effective teamwork: Practical lessons from organizational research (3rd; 3 ed.). Malden, MA; Chichester, West Sussex: John Wiley.

Weekly Objectives & Achievement

Weekly Objectives  Oct10th-Oct16th

  • Meet up with group mates to finish blog post #2
  • Communicate more with group members
  • Send a interview request email to West Point Grey Legion
  • Summarize our teamwork in our proposal report
  • Planned to visit legion during their event on October 22nd
  • Organized the interview questions in preparation for the second visit to legion


  • Met up with group member to finish Blog #2
  • Got a lot of communication within our group
  • Completed proposal report
  • Decided on a date for our second visit
  • Sent request email to the Legion’s administrator



Group Interests and Goals

As students from Land and Food Systems representing UBC, we aim to be involved in our community through learning about the food system and all of its connections. Since we all pay close attention to food itself, and its relation to the human body and environment, we hope to explore different aspects of food through a community-based learning experience. The LFS 350 course provides us the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in how food contributes to our community.

As a group, we are interested in assessing the role of food and collaborating with the community through visiting Legion #132, West Point Grey. These visits will be our first step to understanding the numerous connections present. Our major goals are to: understand the Legion’s food system, learn what the Legion would like to happen within their system, and provide useful advice for the future development of their food system.

Our Objectives and Community Organization 

The objective of our community project is to conduct an analysis of the institutional food system at the West Point Grey Legion. Here, we will conduct an in depth investigation of the many programs that the Legion offers to the public as a community food asset. This information will be relayed back to the City of Vancouver’s Food Strategy Implementation Team as part of their food assets data for the city. In this project, we will mainly focus on the how the Legion is able to support vulnerable populations through food initiatives such as meat draws, grocery store gift cards, and how it can utilize its spare space for additional community use. While conducting the analysis, the Asset-based Community Development approach will be used to build relationship between the Legion and its community.


  • Conduct an analysis of the institutional food system.
  • Investigate the many programs that the Legion offers to the public as a community food asset.
  • Investigate how the Legion is able to support these vulnerable populations through food initiatives.
  • Expand the usage of the Legion’s spare space for additional community use.
  • Based on the Asset-based Community Development approach, build relationship between the Legion and its community.
  • Focus on the role of meal service in meeting the Legion’s objective.
  • Develop observational, interviewing and analytical skill.

The West Point Grey Legion, which is located at 3679 W Broadway, contains a large licensed lounge with a bar and games that everyone, even non-members, can enjoy. The original kitchen was burnt down in 1970 and was never rebuilt. However, being situated in an urban hub, it is very convenient to order food from surrounding restaurants, thus making food easily obtainable. Additionally, the Legion offers funding in various types, such as grocery store gift cards in a food bank like manner for people in need, provided they or their families have a military history. Since our location doesn’t contain a commercial kitchen like some of the other establishments, our focus will be on the services provided to the members of the legion in relation to food security as well as the vast space that can be optimized, which is approximately 5000 square feet.

First Impressions, Ernesto Sirolli’s TED Talk, and Asset-Based Community Development 

As humans, it is very easy to immediately focus on what is missing and how to rectify it. Hole in your jeans? Go buy new ones. Don’t have a kitchen? Build a new one. This way of thinking can be detrimental, causing you to ignore all the positives you have in your corner. Maybe you have three other pairs of pants that look just as amazing.

Our group was not immune to this way of approaching a problem, as upon hearing that our Legion did not have a kitchen many of our initial brainstormings focused on a needs-based approached instead of an asset-based one. Asset-based community development  focuses on the unique capacities and skills within a system that can be used, thus straying from the usual deficit-based approach of what’s missing and how do we add it (LFS 350 Course Website, 2016).

After remembering this, we approached the Vice President of the branch to ask him about what was working well within their system and he alluded to their meat draws and Safeway gift cards for those in need. This is known as “appreciative inquiry” which provided us with a solid base to work with and created a “glass half full” mindset. Using this asset-based approach we will be able to use the strengths of the system to contribute something meaningful to the community instead of something that works initially but slowly detracts from the organization, leaving them with a deficit. If you’re going to leave someone with a deficit what is the point of helping in the first place? In order to take an asset-based approach, we will have to put the citizens of the Legion at the center of development through the use of dialogue and active listening.

Active listening is another theme present in our readings and is a skill that will help us contribute to the Legion in a progressive and positive way. Ernesto Sirolli’s TED talk, “Want to help People?  Shut Up and Listen!”  demonstrates that when we do community work, we listen to our clients and what they actually need instead of telling people what to do and what we think they need.  This active listening allows us to avoid a paternalistic or patronizing mindset that has been detrimental to so many projects throughout history — you can’t have progress by treating everyone like they are your child or servant. Thus, when our group members talked to the Vice President of the Legion branch and he said that they are satisfied with this no-kitchen situation, we adjusted group plan immediately so that there will be no objectives about kitchen in our project — as Ernesto Sirolli said, “the first principle of aid is respect.”





LFS 350 Course Website (2016). Session 2 – Asset-Based Community Development + Food Justice. Retrieved from 

Sirolli, E. ( 2012, November 26). Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen! [Video File]. Retrieved from

van der Walt, L., Hawley, A., Carter, S. (2014, October 16) ABCD Animation [Video File]. Retrieved from

Who We Are

Welcome! This is the blog for LFS 350 Group 2 (West Point Grey Legion). Here is a little bit of info about our group and what we hope to get out of this course/our process to date:

Ai Xin (Alice) Wang 3rd year Nutritional Science. I am interested in helping incorporate nutrition into people’s everyday food. I hope to advocate and spread the importance of a healthy lifestyle to more people. In my spare time I enjoy cooking and gardening. I want to get more hands on experience from LFS 350 and get a better sense of people’s nutritional knowledge. This will make the concepts I’ve learned in class more tangible. I look forward to gaining new experiences from LFS 350.  

Kaitlyn Samson 4th year Nutritional Science. Currently, my interests lie in bouldering, reading, cooking, and international nutrition. One goal for the end of the semester is to have our work and ideas go towards something meaningful for the community. Since we have the rare opportunity to give back to the community through our coursework, it will be nice to gain tangible experiences that can be applied to projects later in life.

Kathy Zhang 3rd year Food and Nutritional Science Double Major. My interest is closely related to my major, which is pastry art. I love to see all different reactions taking place while mixing, beating, and baking. The reasons why I chose this project is to see how my learning in school can actually apply to the community that I lived in. I hope that by the end of the class I can gain some hands-on experience and be able to apply it in real life.

Maggie Li  3rd year General Food, Nutrition and Health. I am interested in nutrition, which I would like to continue working in after graduation. I have begun learning how to cook this semester and I hope I will love the culinary arts. I am also a sports lover who swims, dances, and bikes in my spare time.  

Tina Hung  3rd year General Food, Nutrition and Health. I love learning new information about nutrition that ties in closely with our everyday life. In my spare time, I enjoy taking long walks and cooking. I believe that this opportunity will provide me an excellent chance to learn more about the community that I am involved in, and give me a chance to gain hands on experience in helping the community with the knowledge I have now.

Yuqi Duan  3rd year Food and Nutritional Science Double Major. I am interested in the processing of food and how food relates to human health. I really enjoying cooking in my spare time. I think LFS 350 will provide me with a great opportunity to get involved in the community and discover different food systems. I hope to learn more about how foods interact with people in communities.

Zaixin Li  3rd year Food and Nutritional Science Double Major.  I am interested in nutrition that contributes to naturopathy.  LFS 350 provides a good opportunity for us to get involved in our community.  I hope I will develop my observational and interviewing skills by the end of this term, so that I can apply these experiences in my future studies.


Our group (L to R): Yuqi, Alice, Kaitlyn, Tina, Maggie, Kathy, and Clara

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