We poked a little fun yesterday at Dan Hamhuis and Manny Malhotra, who recently showed off their building skills by spearheading the installation of a brand new, state-of-the-art playground for the children of Edmonds Community School. But, when it comes right down to it, the real story is pretty excellent, and admirable too.
Edmonds Community School is located in the poorest postal code in Canada with a school, and has become the home school for the majority of refugee families that come into Vancouver. As a result, over 50 countries are represented within the school population. Needless to say, with so many languages and cultures at play, an excellent playground where the children can learn to work and socialize together is a must, and that’s where Community Man and Community Manny come in:
I used to work at a low-income community school where older kids would come in at night to vandalize the playground, and I can tell you that the mood of the schoolyard changed drastically on days when this occurred. Kids fought, outbursts and tantrums increased, and classwork suffered. So much of school’s early years is socialization through safe play, and if the environment in which this is supposed to happen is insufficient, the ill effects show up everywhere. That in mind, I can’t say enough good things about the video above.
The video also features the prerequisite light-hearted chuckles, such as when Hamhuis realizes Malhotra’s skipping out on the grunt work of hauling wood chips by conducting a leisurely interview, and interrupts the segment to point this out. It’s a good point. Malhotra couldn’t do the interview while hauling loads? Heck, Hamhuis is multi-tasking all video long, wheeling barrows and juggling fatherhood duties. At one point, he wheels a barrow into frame with his daughter on top of it. Thankfully, he remembers to remove her before he dumps the load.
With the Canucks in the midst of this “Heart of a Canuck” campaign — effectively a means by which to remind the fanbase that the Vancouver Canucks organization is about building the city, not burning it down — we can expect to see and hear about more of the work they do in the community. I look forward to it, as these stories always get me a little choked up.
You can check out a full photo gallery of the day’s events at the Canucks For Kids Fund Facebook page, featuring Daniel Sedin and Cory Schneider, whom everyone probably just thought was Henrik Sedin.Tags: charity, community man, community manny, video