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Vancouver Chapter

Vancouver woodworking shop

Vancouver volunteers are offering classes for anyone with a disability interested in learning how to use workshop equipment to produce craft projects.

Launched in 2011, the Tetra shop project is helping people with significant mobility limitations to make beautiful arts and crafts, handy items like bookshelves, footstools and ballpoint pens, and fun ones like birdhouses and planters. Participants discover new skills and hobbies and have fun at the same time.

Check out the facebook page for pictures of the shop in use. It's designed to be accessible, with its tools, equipment and machinery modified for use by people with mobility and dexterity limitations. 

“We encourage people to do whatever they can physically do,” explains Tetra volunteer George Shipley. “We are there to advise and inspire people – but mainly to guarantee safety." 

The shop is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 2:30pm and operates on a drop-in basis.  The charge is $10/session and that covers the cost of materials for most of the projects. 

For more information, contact George Shipley by email or at 604-596-9404. 


Volunteer Meetings

Meetings are at BCIT (Burnaby campus) in building SE06 room 109. (Map.) SE06 is also know as the IBM Building and the School of Business. SE6-109 is in the basement and access is by stairs or elevator. A good place to park is lot P5. Night classes start at 6:30pm and some parking stalls will be taken by 7:00pm. Parking Lot P7 is a good alternative. Attendees would need to purchase a parking pass for the evening from the parking Kiosk. Carey Avenue is under construction and drivers can use Wayburne Drive to enter campus and drive to lot P5. Enter SE06 thru the main doors next to lot P5. Then walk downstairs or take elevator in foyer.

Typically, meetings are held on the third Monday of the month.

Tetra Treasure Trove

The Vancouver Tetra chapter has a small collection of parts, surplus equipment and no-longer-required completed projects to be recycled for current Tetra projects. 

The equipment has been amassed by longtime Vancouver volunteer Jay Drew (right), and is made available for free for Tetra volunteers on a first-come, first-served basis. Click HERE to take a look at a pdf list of what's available



Thank you

Your generosity is greatly appreciated:

  A & R Metal Industries Ltd, Richmond 
  Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC
  Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC
  BC Rehab Foundation
  Cadillac Fairview Corporation
  City of Vancouver
  Face the World Foundation
  Grayross Foundation
  Home Depot, Surrey
  Home Depot, Vancouver
  International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries (ICORD)
  Marcon Metal Fabrication, Delta 
  Metal Mart, Langley 
  Province of British Columbia
  SurreyCares
  Surrey Fluid Power Ltd 
  Telus
  The Umbrella Shop, Vancouver 
  West Central Building Supply, Langley 
  Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward's Foundation