Kelowna’s fifth annual Neighbour Day is Sunday, May 3, 2020. Residents are encouraged to celebrate the day by meeting new neighbours, performing a random act of neighbourliness or by holding a neighbourhood get-together.
What is Neighbour Day?
Neighbour Day is an annual celebration of community. It’s encouraging people to connect with neighbours, inspiring neighbourliness, gathering neighbours to work on a neighbourhood project or creating opportunities to simply have fun.
Why Celebrate Neighbour Day?
The goal of Neighbour Day is to help build relationships between neighbours because knowing your neighbours can help transform neighbourhoods into welcoming, safe and inclusive places to live. Building social connections is especially important as it helps prevent loneliness, isolation, and depression, especially among the elderly, vulnerable and those new to Canada. It’s also a good opportunity to learn who lives around you and share the unique skills, passions, and talents that each neighbour possesses.
What can you do to celebrate Neighbour Day?
Getting involved in Neighbour Day doesn’t need to be a grand gesture, it can be as simple as taking the time to welcome a new neighbour to the area, hosting a neighbourhood BBQ, or having neighbours over for tea or coffee.
Doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment, condo, townhouse or detached home, there are many ways to connect with your neighbours. Here are a few suggestions:
- Coffee with a neighbour
- Wine and cheese night
- Card game tournament
- Watching a movie or sports game
- Have a karaoke or neighbourhood trivia night
- Organize a neighbourhood scavenger hunt
- Organize a street hockey game
- Host a neighbourhood block party/pot-luck/BBQ/picnic/hallway dinner
- Organize a neighbourhood clean-up
- Morning walk or hike
- Have an afternoon tea in the park
- Host a pool party
- Host a talent shown or porch concert
Tell us how you plan to celebrate Neighbour Day.
We encourage everyone organizing a Neighbour Day event, or planning to do something neighbourly, to register their activity.
By registering, you:
- Help us to see where and how many people have caught the Neighbour Day bug.
- Receive a Neighbour Day package including swag and resources that help make connections with neighbours easy.
- Will be invited to the Strong Neighbourhoods year-end event in November to celebrate the various community projects, events, and neighbour acts of kindness that took place throughout Kelowna in 2020.
- Go into the draw to win one of two Neighbour Day prizes:
- Park & Play support for your Neighbour Day event; or
- $100 gift card to put towards food or drink for your Neighbour Day activity.
- Neighbour Day registrations will be accepted up until May 3rd, however, those who register their activity by April 27th by noon will be entered into the draw.
- Kelowna residents and non-profit organizations who register their Neighbour Day activity are eligible to win one of the two available prizes.
- Draw will take place on April 27th at 4:00pm.
- The first name drawn will have a choice to receive either the Park & Play support OR the $100 gift card to put towards food or drink for their neighbour day activity.
- The second name drawn will be awarded the prize not chosen by the first winner.
- Park & Play Prize Details
- City staff will be onsite for 2 hours of your Neighbour Day event running games and activities including Bouncy Castle inflatable and lawn games such as giant connect 4, giant tic tac toe, giant parachute, chalk, bubbles and more.
- $100 Gift Card Details
- A $100 gift card will be awarded to put towards food, drink, and/or supplies for the neighbourhood activity.
- *Gift card cannot be used towards alcoholic drinks or purchases that will revert to private ownership.
- BONUS! If you know a neighbour who makes a difference in your neighbourhood, offers to help others, or shows up on doorsteps with fresh baked goods we want to hear about them. Nominees submitted by May 10th will be entered to win a prize as a thank you for the amazing contributions to your community. Recognize your Outstanding Neighbour here!
Share your Neighbour Day photos and stories via email or by using #KelownaNeighbourDay on social media.
Make your social a success with these tools and resources!
So you want to plan a block party
A few helpful things to consider when planning your block party.
Casual Use Guidelines
Residents planning a Neighbour Day event at a park are welcome to use the park space while following the Casual Use guideline.
Including templates for invitations and posters.