in an official heritage building, the Centre is home to
the CEED Centre Society and its tenant, ANAD.
The Centre is open to drop-in visitors (hours)
and offers a resource library with environmentally oriented
publications and videotapes and a CAP
site for free public internet access.
The grounds of the Centre contain the Port
Haney Compost Education Garden and the CEED
Centre Organic Communicty Garden.
Resource Room comfortably accommodates groups of 12 people (up
to 20 in a pinch). The room is available to community groups
at no charge for single meetings. Group
memberships are also available for $150 per year for
guaranteed monthly bookings and additional privileges. The
room is equipped with a VHS videodeck and monitor and two
computers with Internet access.
Ridge Pitt Meadows Environmental Council
The CEED Centre Society
was instrumental in forming the MRPMEC to improve coordination
between environmental and stewardship groups and communicate
community consensus positions to government representatives.
building was originally built in 1939 as a kindergarten
for the Japanese community that homesteaded the Maple Ridge/Pitt
Meadows area. It
was part of a three building complex located at the corner
of Dewdney Trunk Road and what is now called 232nd Street.
The Japanese community was dislocated during World War II
and ownership of the building passed on.
was used as a cable TV studio for community broadcasts during
the 1970s and the land was eventually purchased by Esso,
which converted the site into a gas station. Esso generously
donated the building for $1 and it was moved to its current
site at 11739 223rd Street by the efforts of the CEED Centre
Society (formerly known as the Fraser Information Society),
a large cast of volunteers and generous donations by local
businesses and citizens.
the building stands as sturdy as the day it was built, a
tribute and physical link to our pioneering Japanese community.
Canadian National Museum