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Rick Havlak, founder of Homestead Junction

  • Groundswell 566 Powell Street Vancouver, BC, V6A 1G9 Canada (map)

Speaker Series for the social impact community

Happening every Tuesday evening at the Groundswell Clubhouse!

Doors: 5:00
Speaker: 5:30

Bar open to 9:00
$10 in advance or at the door gets you in and a drink (beer, wine, soda, coffee, tea...)

Groundswell is answering a call to create space to come together for community and meaning in our work by opening up our Social Venture program’s Tuesday evening guest speaker series to the public - join us and find your community here!

October 18th:
Rick Havlak, founder, Homestead Junction

Homestead Junction (formerly Homesteader's Emporium) founder Rick Havlak first came to Vancouver in 2006 to study at UBC. Inspiration for the shop hit two years ago from his own experience trying various food projects. When setting out to make cheese, jam, and roast coffee he wasn’t sure where to begin. Finally, after searching all over town and ordering supplies online, he jumped right in – and on the first try wound up with sour milk, fruit syrup, and burned beans. Ah, the trials and tribulations of a start-up small business owner!  Homestead Junction is designed for people in the same boat; whether you’re motivated by curiosity, love of learning, nostalgia, local self-sufficency, or the environment, we think learning to make your own food and household supplies should be fun and easy, not frustrating.

Homestead Junction is a shop and DIY centre located just around the corner from Groundswell on East Hastings.  It offers accessible, quality supplies for self-sufficiency, especially those that would otherwise be difficult or inconvenient to source. The shop also provides a continuum of learning options, creating consistently awesome introductory content while tapping into a network of specialists to help people take their skills to higher levels. Homestead Junction forms alliances with grassroots organizations that promote self-sufficiency and sustainability through education.

You are invited

         to the Groundswell SocialS: a weekly event featuring local entrepreneurs, community activists, and professionals who are making real positive change on the ground in Vancouver and are eager to share their experience and insight with you.

Call it social enterprise, community building, social innovation, changemaking, meaningful work, professional development, or just kicking back with a beer and a room full of curious, smart, heart-centered doers (yes, this means YOU!) - come and find your community here.  And, get the tips, tricks, and stories that are creating the map to that better future, as we venture there.

Each week        

       a new speaker, or set of speakers, will share their story and experience and engage in dialogue with attendees in a Q&A session.  Afterwards, the bar will remain open and you can stay - or come late and join us then! - for a casual, warm soiree where you can energize and grow the groundswell of social change together, with play and work.

$10 gets you in with a drink in your hand (a beer/wine/coffee/tea/soda is included with your donation).  


No one will be turned away: please email socials@groundswellcommunity.ca if the entry fee is a barrier to your attendance.