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Issue No. 12 / March, 2011

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say hello to modo, coquitlam!

As of this month, Modo is the first carsharing service to hit the Tri-Cities! Adding a Prius to Rochester Avenue and Westview Street, we're thrilled to offer Coquitlam residents a first taste of Modo, and look forward to increasing our numbers in the PoCoMo area with the construction of the Evergreen Line.


Thanks to the City of Coquitlam for help in placing this vehicle! And thanks always to our members for continuing to choose carsharing over car-owning! Onward!

in this issue

modo board of directors: video for electronic voting

let's party!

modo blog: holidays, pro tips, ubc safe walk +++

modo welcome wagon

community calendar

modo moves

featured items

modo board of directors: video for electronic voting

Three new directors to Modo's board will be voted in at the Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, January 22. The deadline for Board of Directors nominations is Friday, December 13 at noon.


As electronic voting is available this year, candidates must submit a 2-minute video with their application. Click to watch a short how-to video by Alan Woodland, Modo board member and Carsharing Association executive director.


Members curious about filling a Board position are invited to attend the Prospective Directors Workshop on November 25 at 7pm, at the YWCA on Hornby St in Downtown Vancouver. RSVP at if you'd like to attend.

How-to video by Alan Woodland

let's party!

Modo's Annual General Meeting is January 22, 2014, and we're throwing a big party after...


We had a blast celebrating with members, staff and Community Partners last year – and we can't wait for a repeat. If you're interested in volunteering to join the Party Planning Committee, we'd love your help in dreaming up Modo's best party yet!


Email Hilary and Anthony at and keep an eye on your inbox for news and updates.

ain't no party like a Modo party

modo blog: holidays, pro tips, ubc safe walk +++

>> MAKE IT! PROMOTION Tell your friends: Modo's offering a special promotion to get you to the Make It! craft market's new venue at the PNE! Facebook Like Button


>> THE HOLIDAYS are just around the corner – book vehicles early for holiday shopping, errands and parties!


>> PRO TIP Have you noticed extra fees or penalties on your monthly invoice? Here's how to avoid them.


>> THANK YOU to the AMS Student Society of UBC for dedicating their time and energy to the Safe Walk program. We're proud to be part of this great work!


>> THANK YOU to everyone who supported the Eastside Culture Crawl this year! Special thanks to those who participated in our #ModoArtHunt and congrats to our big winners! 


>> BUY LOCAL WEEK is December 2-8 and you could win big prizes! Plus, we're offering free registration to new members!

modo welcome wagon

Say hello to Anthony Casey, Team Modo's new marketing coordinator! Hailing from Halifax, Anthony moved to Vancouver in 2011 and has been a contented West Coaster ever since. He has worked and volunteered with many local groups, including Out For Kicks, Vancouver Pride, Rain City Chronicles and Platform Gallery.


Anthony says: "Being from the Maritimes, I grew up with co-ops. I'm really excited that not only am I working within one of Vancouver's finest, but I'm a proud member as well!"


You can find Anthony online at @AntonWilde and (of course) at @modo_carcoop and Welcome aboard, Anthony!

Anthony Casey

community calendar

Add our community calendar to your iCal or Google Calendar!


Through December – Hope In Shadows 2014 Calendar

If you haven't picked up the 2014 Hope In Shadows calendar from a friendly Vancouver or North Van street vendor, we encourage you to find one this month! We're proud to sponsor this fantastic community project and are eager to share these beautiful photos with our members and supporters.


*** CONTEST: Win a Hope In Shadows 2014 calendar from Modo! To enter, share a Hope In Shadows Facebook photo via Twitter or Facebook (don't forget to tag Modo!) and email a screenshot to (subject: "Contest: Hope In Shadows"). Winners will be drawn at random and notified via email. Contest ends December 9.


Closing Nov 22 – East End Food Co-op Experience Survey

The East End Food Co-operative (EEFC) is Vancouver's only consumer-owned grocery store. They're currently conducting a brief survey to understand the needs and preferences of their shoppers. And they need your input! You may even win a $100 EEFC gift certificate!


Closing Nov 30 – A Good Book Drive

The fine folks at A Good Book Drive are at it again collecting brand new children's books for local community groups. This year's recipient is the Frontier College Waiting Room Literacy Pilot Program – Canada's original literacy organization. To donate, bring a new copy of your favourite children's book to one of the many Good Book Drive donation box locations, or donate through the online form


*** CHECK OUT Modo member Little Woo and staffer Anthony Casey with their favourite children's books on the blog!


Saturdays – Vancouver Winter Farmers Markets

December may be around the corner, but you'll still find fresh and delicious local produce at the Vancouver Winter Farmers Markets at Nat Bailey Stadium every Saturday, 10–2pm. Additionally, Thursday's Yaletown Farmers Market is being held over until December 14, and The Drive's one-day Holiday Market will be open on December 14. Support and enjoy local food all year long! For more info, visit


Nov 23 – Happy City Machine, Museum of Vancouver

Can art and design make us kinder? Visit "Happy City Machine" to experience the creations of students from CityStudio, Emily Carr, Kwantlen Polytechnic and SFU's School of Interactive Art and Technology as they explore the link between happiness and design. The exhibit is open 1–4pm, Saturday, November 23. Tickets


Nov 23Dec 21 – #ShineShopDine, Vancouver's West End – FREE

The West End BIA and Robson Street Business Association celebrate the holidays with #ShineShopDine! Every Saturday, November 23–December 21, trolleys provide a free historic tour along Davie, Denman, Robson and Burrard Streets, leaving from St. Paul's Hospital every 10 minutes, 4:30–9:30pm. Hop off along the way to explore the West End's many shop and restaurants, or just enjoy the holiday cheer!


Nov 28–Dec 1 – Make It! Vancouver, PNE Forum, Vancouver

The popular Make It! Vancouver show brings the handmade revolution to its new, enormous venue at the PNE Forum. Find something for everyone, including clothing, jewellery, home decor and baby items, plus food, music and hands-on activities! Pay once, shop for all four days: $7 at the door (click here to get $2 off admission!); kids 12 & under free. 


Nov 30 – Strathcona Winter Craft Fair, Strathcona Community Centre

If you're planning to do some holiday shopping this month, we recommend the Strathcona Winter Craft Fair. From 10–5pm, the Strathcona Community Centre will be filled with handmade goods from local crafters, as well as some freshly baked treats to put you in the holiday spirit. Admission is $2 with proceeds going to Strathcona Preschool and Out of School Care Programs.


Dec 2 – Starry Night, Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

Modo Community Partner Shooting Stars Foundation never fails to deliver amazing shows for a great cause. This year is the 28th anniversary of its Starry Night musical variety show with a cavalcade of talented performers! Tickets online or at 604.629.8849.


***CONTEST: Win 2 tickets to Shooting Stars Foundation "Starry Night" with Modo! To enter, share the event page (found here) on Facebook or Twitter (don't forget to tag Modo!) and send a screenshot to (subject: "Contest: Starry Night"). Winner selected by random draw and announced November 29.


Dec 2–8 – Buy Local Week, Metro Vancouver

Our friends at LOCO are celebrating their 2nd annual Buy Local Week next month! This campaign raises consumer awareness of the benefits of buying local, as well as increases participation in building a sustainable local economy. Visit LOCObc's website and use their map tool to find great local businesses and services, and win big prizes with their Buy Local Week contest!

*** PROMO: Modo is offering Free Registration during Buy Local Week! Just mention this promo during sign up and we'll take care of the rest.


Dec 5 – Notes of Justice: Music to Inspire Change, Burnaby Centre for Community Inclusion

Modo Community Partner In The House Festival continues its performance series with Notes of Justice. Explore how different genres of music including reggae, hip hop and folk, address various issues of social justice. Tickets


Dec 6 – Own Your City Lecture, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – FREE

The SFU City Program presents Jennifer Keesmaat, chief planner for the City of Toronto, who will speak about her experiences shifting public discourse through capacity building, and the underlying factors that lead to the tipping point required to achieve a lasting impact. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reservations required.


Dec 14-15 – Got Craft?, Maritime Labour Centre

November and December are prime crafting time in Vancouver. Find unique gift ideas and take part in a DIY workshop at this year's Got Craft? event! Modo is a proud sponsor of this event series and we can't wait to visit this year. As a special treat for guests, the first 50 people each day receive a swag bag filled with goodies. Only $3 at the door – kids 10 and under get in free.


modo moves

Vancouver – UBC

NEW LOCATION: UBC Aquatic Centre

A 2013 grey Ford CMAX has been placed in the small parking lot behind the UBC Aquatic Centre, between War Memorial Gym and MacInnes Field. Our designated stall is #223.


Vancouver – West End

NEW LOCATION: Stanely Park Tennis Courts

A 2011 silver Dodge Grand Caravan (#337) with full stow-'n-go seating is now located in the parking lot across from the tennis courts, at the corner of Nelson St and Park Lane.


FLOATER: Knightsbridge

Our 2010 red Dodge Grand Caravan (#320) will stay in the West End until November 26.


Vancouver – Downtown

UPGRADE: Wall Centre Downtown

A 2014 blue Nissan Versa Note (#497) has replaced the 2008 Toyota Matrix.


Vancouver – South Cambie

UPGRADE: W 13th & Columbia

A 2013 silver NIssan Sentra (#483) has replaced the 2010 Nissan Sentra.


UPGRADE: W 18th & Yukon

A 2014 blue Toyota Prius C (#498) has replaced the 2012 Mazda 2.


Vancouver – Riley Park

RELOCATION: Charles Tupper Field

Our 2008 black Toyota Yaris (#268) has moved from Now on Fraser to a new location, Charles Tupper Field. The car is in the 3900 block of Carolina St, between E 23rd and E 24th Ave. Park as close to E 23rd as possible.


Vancouver – Kensington-Cedar Cottage


A 2009 orange Toyota Matrix (#263) has been placed between E 31st Ave & E 33rd Ave, next to Grays Park. Park on the west side of the street, as close to E 33rd as possible. Make sure to be north of the "No Stopping" sign.


Vancouver – Grandview-Woodland

UPGRADE: The Cultch

A 2013 silver Ford CMAX (#503) has replaced the 2005 Toyota Prius.


UPGRADE: 675 Salsbury

A 2012 green Mazda 2 hatch (#425) has replaced the 2006 Toyota Matrix.


Vancouver – Marpole


A 2008 blue Toyota Matrix (#185) now lives in the 900 block of W 71st Ave, between Shaughnessy St and Fremlin St, on the south side next to Eburne Park.


Burnaby – Burnaby Heights

NEW LOCATION: Albert & Esmond

A 2010 blue Nissan Sentra (#332) can now be found in the 3800 block of Albert St, just east of Esmond Ave. Park on the south side of the street, alongside 306 Esmond.


Burnaby – Lougheed

UPGRADE: Keswick Park

A 2013 blue-grey Nissan Sentra (#499) has replaced the 2007 Nissan Versa.


New Westminster – Uptown

UPGRADE: Ash & 4th

A 2013 red Toyota RAV4 (#487) has replaced the 2009 Toyota Matrix.


New Westminster – Sapperton

UPDATE: Sapperton SkyTrain

Due to increased parking pressure in the area from non-members parking in our stall, we have removed a vehicle while we negotiate with the City of New Westminster for a new designated space. Sapperton still has one vehicle (#427), located near the Elizabeth Fry Society.


Coquitlam – Cariboo


Find a 2013 blue Toyota Prius C (#493) in its designated stall (north side) in the 500 block of Rochester Ave, just west of Westview St, just a 5-minute walk from Lougheed SkyTrain.

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