PRESS RELEASE

Tweet Bird for TweetUp Comox ValleyDid you know that there are over 530 people on Twitter in the Comox Valley? Please join us for some ” Preseason Cheer! ” at the 4th Comox Valley TweetUp!

What is Twitter? In a nutshell, Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service which allows you to send short messages of 140 characters, called “Tweets.”

What is a TweetUp? A TweetUp is a FREE community event, where people who have met online and communicate via Twitter, meet in person, face to face, offline.

TweetUps are informal events, for people who want to take their online communications, offline … engaging while building social and business relationships. People, is what Social Media is all about.

Local Artist, Photographer and Social Media Consultant Brenda Johima (@brendajohima) has been on Twitter since about March of 2009 and is passionate about the power of Twitter, and it’s potential to connect people for Social Good. Johima has partnered with Michael Fountain, Manager of Marketing & Communications and Discovery Community College, which will be the host venue for the November 29th event.

Here are the details :

Date and Time: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Venue: Discovery Community College (Courtenay Campus)
Where: 1025 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay (upstairs)
Cost: FREE community event, although we encourage you to please bring a donation for the local Comox Valley FOOD Bank
Twitter Hashtag: #TweetUpCV
Sign Up (FREE) Page: http://tweetupcv4.eventbrite.com/
On Twitter Follow: @brendajohima and @DiscCommCollege

As we all know, December and January are times of the year when individuals and families have a greater need for food, so this is a Social Media TweetUp With A Cause!

We will use the power of Twitter and Social Media and Tweet for Food to help others in need. In addition, there will be refreshments for participants, door prizes, a live Twitter feed on a big screen, as well as educational Twitter tricks and tips throughout the evening. From “seasoned pro” to Twitter newcomer, there will be all levels, so everyone will fit in perfectly. If you choose, please bring your smart phones, cell phones and laptops for live tweeting on location. TweetUps are FUN!

What if you are not on Twitter yet but are curious? It’s OK to join us too! You will gain most value if you already have a Twitter account, but a TweetUp can be a tremendous start, to meet great people and to get some tips before you start launch your Twitter account.

This is a perfect opportunity for business owners to mix and mingle, connect in a new way, FREE of charge, and free from being flogged with business cards, brochures, sales and marketing pitches.

The Comox Valley Food Bank has been assisting our Valley communities for over 25 years. Parents with children, post-secondary students, persons with disabilities, the working poor and those who experience persistent poverty, immigrants and the elderly, all benefit from the FOOD Bank. It is estimated that at least 1,200 hampers are handed out on a monthly basis, in addition to hundreds of other individual and regular “mouths to feed.”

The event is FREE to attend but we encourage donation of non-perishable food items ( or cheques made out to the Comox Valley Food Bank Society ) at the November 29th TweetUp! which will be delivered to the local Comox Valley Food Bank the following morning.

Do you need some suggestions as to what to bring? The Food Bank really needs (at their request) items like peanut butter, coffee and sugar, which they don’t purchase regularly. For for children’s lunches, juice boxes (the healthy sugar-free ones) and raisins or other healthy choices are appreciated. When selecting food donations for children, please choose healthy options, low in sugar. In addition, non-food items such as toilet paper, toiletries, toothpaste, shampoos and soaps are needed for the homeless.

Johima says “People WILL be fed” and the Food Bank is a cause close to her heart, having worked in the helping professions previously. “Nobody should go hungry in the Comox Valley. We can all do something. We can all do ONE thing. This is my thing. I don’t make a penny from this TweetUp, and I do not receive any business from this one event either. With pure intent, we help others the most.”

When Johima asked Jeff Hampton, President of the Comox Valley Food Bank, which types of situations are the most difficult to deal with emotionally when working at the Food Bank, Hampton said “it happens every day” and that “people arrive in tears when they have exhausted all other sources of funding.” This includes single mothers, young mothers with children, situations such as separation and divorce … or injury, and he added that “those who experience sudden job loss and unexpected employment are hit hardest.”

Discovery Community College is “a fully accredited, professional private college in British Columbia with multiple locations on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. Programs are efficiently designed to equip graduates with all the knowledge and experience they need to achieve their career goals in short periods of time. We are committed to helping improve the communities of which we serve.”

If you have any other questions, would like to bring the entire team from your workplace, would like to donate in a big way, please phone Brenda Johima at (250) 335-1195 or email johima [at] gmail [dot] com or visit her website at brendajohima.com

Please join Brenda Johima and all of us, at the 4th Comox Valley TweetUp! Connect, Communicate, Build Relationships. Make a Difference. Feed Families.

Comox Valley Food Bank volunteer Larry,
helps with bagging and preparing food for distribution.

Join Brenda Johima and Michael Fountain for some Preseason Cheer!

Do you live in Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland, the Comox Valley? Do you Love Social Media? Are you on Twitter? There are 530+ of us locals on Twitter, and it’s time for another Comox Valley TweetUp!

The 4th Comox Valley TweetUp!

Date: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Venue: Discovery Community College (Courtenay Campus)
Where: 1025 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay (upstairs)
Cost: FREE community event, although we encourage you to please  bring a donation for the local Comox Valley FOOD Bank
Twitter Hashtag: #TweetUpCV
Your Hosts: Brenda Johima and Michael Fountain

Tweet Bird for TweetUp Comox ValleyHello! It’s Brenda Johima here, in the Comox Valley, and I’m excited to announce that it’s time for another Comox Valley TweetUp! Please feel free to contact me with any questions via email at johima [at] gmail [dot] com or by telephone at (250) 335-1195, and here are the rest of the details:

This time, I have partnered with the fabulous Michael Fountain, Manager of Marketing and Communications for Discovery Community College. You can follow us both on Twitter right here :

@brendajohima on Twitter
@DiscCommCollege on Twitter

Everyone is welcome, so please do join us for some Preseason Cheer! Learn some basic Twitter Tips throughout the evening, enjoy a chance to win some great door prizes and have a chance to get to build relationships, and at the same time, make a difference in our local community by bringing a donation to the Comox Valley FOOD Bank.

** Please sign up on EventBrite so that we have an idea of numbers ** (and yes, it’s OK to show up at the door last minute)

At this time, there are 530+ on Twitter in the Comox Valley to help out, pitch in, and join in the 4th Comox Valley TweetUp! for a cause … Pre-Season Cheer! … to learn more about each other, and for the local Comox Valley FOOD Bank.

What is a TweetUp? A TweetUp is a FREE community event, where people who have met on Twitter, or who are communicating on Twitter, meet face to face in person. It’s an informal event, for people who want to take online communications, offline, engaging while building relationships. People, is what Social Media is all about.

If you want to #Follow other Comox Valley locals on Twitter, I have created two public lists (Twitter has a cap of 500 per list so I had to start a second)

1. Brenda Johima’s Comox Valley Twitter List 1 (in no particular order)
2. Brenda Johima’s Comox Valley Twitter List 2 (in no particular order)

~ Brenda Johima ~

Questions or Want To Help Out? Please phone Brenda Johima (250) 335 – 1195 or
Email: johima @ gmail . com
DOOR PRIZES! Please check below  regularly to see the most current prizes and as more door prizes are added right up until the day of the event:

1. The FIRST door prize is a $25.00 Gift Card offered by @courtenayvqa (Cindy Holland) of Courtenay BC VQA Wine Store

2. Two ( $30.00 Value / each ) Kayak Rental Gift Certificates : Courtesy of Comox Valley Kayaks (Don Lockwood)

3. One $50.00 Gift Card courtesy of @LD_Courtenay : London Drugs, Courtenay Location (Shelley Osachuk)

4. One Rebar Cookbook ( approx. $30.00 value ) courtesy of Hemlock Printers (Gord Wright) : @gordwright and @hemlockprinters

The 3rd Comox Valley TweetUp! … is here. We’re on a roll now in the Comox Valley with Social Media and Twitter, so let’s keep things rolling, moving forward, connecting people online, offline.

The 1st Comox Valley TweetUp was such a success with 30 people showing up, that a second one was booked, the 2nd Comox Valley TweetUp! … and now we’re onto the final TweetUp of 2010 🙂

Are you still resisting Social Media? It’s getting harder to resist Social Media now, isn’t it?

Mark your calendars for Friday, December 17th, and this time, we will be Tweeting For Food! December is a time when individuals and families all have a greater need for food, so this is a Social Media TweetUp With A Cause! We will use the power of Twitter and Social Media and Tweet for Food to help others in need.

As always, a TweetUp! is FREE of charge.

***ALL PROCEEDS and DONATIONS of FOOD for the December 17th TweetUp! will be DONATED to the LOCAL COMOX VALLEY FOOD BANK.***

The date is Friday, December 17th, from 2:30 -4 p.m. (Location is Confirmed: The Comox Valley ART Gallery. YAY!)

TweetUp With A Cause! You can start signing up already for the 3rd Comox Valley TweetUp! Right Here.

**And We have a special guest for this event, Paul Holmes, one of the organizers of the recent and very popular Social Media Camp in Victoria. Paul is a leader on Vancouver Island in the field of Social  Media and Engagement, and will be at our event! Stay Tuned!**

Please join me at the 3rd Comox Valley TweetUp! Connect, Communicate, Build Relationships.

Ooops, Wondering, What Is A TweetUp?

Put simply, a TweetUp is an event where people who have met on Twitter, or who are communicating on Twitter, meet face to face in person. An informal event, for people who want to take  online communications, offline, engaging while building relationships.

The goal of most TweetUps? Community Engagement 🙂

If  you’re on Twitter, we’ll be using the same Hashtag as for the 1st Comox Valley TweetUp! #TweetUpCV

~ Brenda Johima ~

** P.S. P.S. There are also LOTS of DOGS and PETS in need in December as well. Feel Free to Make Your Personal Cause for this Event, FOOD for Dogs, FOOD for Pets 🙂

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

And, as with the 2nd Comox Valley TweetUp! there may be a (paid) Twitter Workshop For Business (optional), for business owners who want to learn the basics of how to use Twitter for business, right before the TweetUp! This will be posted on a separate page on this blog if it happens.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Drawing/Photo by Heather Passmore

Thank You to the Comox Valley ART Gallery for being the host location for this event, and here’s what will be happening during the TweetUp! at CVAG: STORIES FROM A FLICKERING PLAIN: Photography and drawing by Heather Passmore (Vancouver BC) and mixed media by Janet Wang (Vancouver BC) This Show runs from November 12 – December 31, 2010

Heather Passmore and Janet Wang both use the photograph as a starting point for explorations in erosion, memory, technology, biography, accidents and “personal mistakes”.  Passmore presents a series of “disappearing drawings” created by enlarging prints from her personal archive of half-exposed negatives to which drawings had been added.

Detail of Painting by Janet Wang

Wang presents paintings and drawings culled from the social networking site Facebook, re-negotiated as small-scale enlargements.  To these she has added embroidered captions taken from Facebook and Twitter.

Passmore has an MFA from UBC and has exhibited in solo exhibitions across Canada, including at the Vancouver Art Gallery.  She has published critical essays and reviews and won many prizes and scholarships including being a VADA Award recipient.

Wang has an MFA from Leeds University UK and has shown in Toronto, San Francisco, Seattle, Glasgow and Vancouver.

For more information on this exhibit: http://www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com/exhibitions2010.html

Comox Valley ART Gallery on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.php?eid=119113804815658

Looking for something?

Use the form below to search the site:

Still not finding what you/re looking for? Drop me a comment on a post or contact me so I can help you out!

Find Out What Else I Do:

My other websites and companies...