March 15, 2021 Newsletter

Daylight Saving Time

Spring is Almost Here!

Can’t believe we are already in the middle of March! Spring is right around the corner and the weather is getting nice. We hope everyone remembered to switch their clocks 1 hour ahead for Daylight Saving Time. 

There are a lot of things that happened yesterday. March 14th was Pi Day, which is the annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi). It is observed because 3, 1, 4 are the first three significant digits of π. People usually eat pie and talk about π on this day. Did you eat π (pie) yesterday?

Cheers, Danika and Julie

GEC Pearson social lounge

Share Your Story

Now accepting featured resident submissions

Do you have a story to tell? Do you have a service to offer? Do you have a small business or side hustle to promote? GEC is made up of a diverse network of post-secondary students, recent graduates, working professionals, and small families across multiple locations in Vancouver, so you never know who will find your story. Your next big opportunity may come from the help of your neighbour!

Submit your story to be featured in our biweekly newsletter, which is emailed to all GEC residents and published on our website’s blog.

Happy St.Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day

Wednesday, March 17th

St. Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is an Irish cultural and religious celebration that is also celebrated in other countries around the world.

In Vancouver, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day every year. CelticFest is an Irish Festival in Vancouver, which organizes annual celebrations and events for St. Patrick’s Day. This year, the celebration starts from March 11th until the 20th with a series of virtual events. 

Cherry blossoms in Vancouver

Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver

Best locations for viewing cherry blossoms

As the weather gets warmer, cherry blossoms are blooming now in Vancouver. Here are some popular cherry blossom sites around the city:

  • UBC campus
  • Kitsilano
  • Arbutus Ridge
  • Stanley Park
  • Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Burrard Station
  • Yaletown

COVID-19 Update

Face masks required in all common areas

The Provincial Health Officer has extended the orders to reduce social interactions, effective from November 19, 2020 and will be kept in place until further notice.

Read more on our website

Extension Reminder

Renew your GEC lease

If your lease is expiring soon and you would like to extend your stay at GEC, please email your Leasing Advisor with your new move-out date ASAP to ensure there is availability.  

You may also call us at 604-669-6686 or email

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Community Events

Some events have been cancelled or put on hold. Travel outside of your health region is not advised.

#LoveVancouver Bubbles: Thursdays to Saturdays in March
An outdoor walk-by art installation to spread love around the city.

Coastal Dance Festival: March 12–18
The annual festival showcases dances by Indigenous artists. 

CelticFest Vancouver 2021: March 12–20
A virtual celebration of the annual St. Patrick’s day.

The Feast of the Eyes: March 4–May 30
The new exhibition at The Polygon Gallery at North Vancouver. 

Imagine Van Gogh: April–June
Limited tickets available for immersive Van Gogh art installation.

A Seat at the Table: Ongoing
Exhibit at Museum of Vancouver on Chinese Canadians in BC and their struggles for belonging.

Vancouver Mysteries Adventure Games
An outdoor adventure game in Downtown Vancouver. 

Vancouver Art Gallery Admission by Donation Every Tuesday
Admission by donation every Tuesday evening from 5-8 pm.

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