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Media Release: Roller Jam to support Make-a-Wish BC & Yukon – June 17

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2018

Second Annual “F.U.B.A.R. Roller Jam” Fundraiser
Rolls Into Robson Square in Support of Make-A-Wish® BC & Yukon

Vancouverites of all ages will be treated to a Father’s Day full of retro fun to benefit BC & Yukon families dealing with critical illnesses

Vancouver, BC – F.U.B.A.R. (Friends United Beyond All Race) is thrilled to present the second F.U.B.A.R. Roller Jam, a fundraising event for Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon on Sunday, June 17 at the Robson Square Skating Rink.

Roller skate lovers will be moving and grooving to the best vintage Soul, Funk, Pop, Disco and R&B from guest DJs, including Vancouver’s Table Tutors. The event will also feature dance performances from Studio 604 and the Rollerskate Vancouver Show Squad, face painting, prize draws, and more fun activities over the course of the afternoon.

“We had such a great response to our first Roller Jam that we decided to make it an annual event,” says host Al Lamons, aka DJ Alibaba. “Last year we raised over $1200 for Make-A-Wish, and it was a fantastic inspiration for us to provide Vancouver another fun, healthy, family-friendly event while raising money for a great cause.”

Proceeds from the event will go to Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon, whose mission it is to grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

For skating fans who can’t make it on June 17, there will be another F.U.B.A.R. Roller Jam in the fall on September 30.

About Al Lamons aka DJ Alibaba – djalibabavancouver.com
Al Lamons has been entertaining people since 1985 as an on-air radio personality, television host, DJ and promoter. He has DJed in Vancouver’s hottest nightclubs and hosted concerts and after-parties for the likes of Boys ll Men, Backstreet Boys, Kanye West, and other prominent recording artists. Al has also worked as an on-air personality for CFRO 102.7 FM, 96.1 FM, Z95.3 FM & The Beat 94.5 FM. Currently, he is a busy DJ & host for various nightlife venues, corporate events, weddings and more, not to mention an active philanthropist and community leader with his F.U.B.A.R. (friendsunitedbeyondallrace.com) organization.

About Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon – makeawishbc.ca
The mission of Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon is to grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish is the largest wish granting organization in the world, making dreams and wishes come true for more than 415,00 children= worldwide since 1980.

LISTING INFORMATION – F.U.B.A.R. Roller Jam

Date & Time: Sunday, June 17
     12pm – 2pm: All Ages Beginner Skate
     2pm – 6pm: Intermediate/Expert Skate (10yrs and Up)

Admission: Minimum $10 donation, adult skate rentals available for $10

Address:
Robson Square Skating Rink
800 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7

Website: friendsunitedbeyondallrace.com

For further information, contact
Al Lamons, 604-916-2542
friendsunitedbeyondallrace@gmail.com

Skaters at Robson Square, photo by Samantha Gill

 

Al Lamons, aka DJ Alibaba, photo by Eric Massarelli

No-Tolerance Policy for Harassment

Roller skating is good, clean fun. Our intention here at Rollerskate Vancouver is to make a safe space for anyone who wants to roller skate, regardless of who they are. Anyone who threatens or harasses anyone else in an RSV space is going bye-bye. We like to employ the first rule of roller derby: DON’T BE A DOUCHEBAG.

Below, you’ll find details about our harassment policy:

Rollerskate Vancouver has adopted a zero-tolerance policy toward discrimination and all forms of unlawful harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment. This zero-tolerance policy means that no form of harassment by or towards any skater, friend, employee, volunteer, vendor, or any other person in our spaces will be tolerated. We are committed to enforcing this policy at all levels. Any one who discriminates or harasses anyone else within our physical or digital spaces will be subject to discipline, up to and including immediate discharge from the space and removal from any and all Rollerskate Vancouver activities in the future.

This policy prohibits all forms of illegal harassment and discrimination, not only sexual harassment. This includes harassment or discrimination based on gender, age, sexual orientation, perceived disability, marital status, personal appearance, race, color, religion, national origin, or any other legally protected characteristic.

Unfortunately, there is still confusion around the meaning of sexual harassment in particular, so it deserves special mention. Sexual harassment may take many forms, including the following:

  • Offensive and unwelcome sexual invitations
  • Offensive and unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including sexually graphic spoken comments; offensive comments transmitted by e-mail or another messaging system; offensive or suggestive images or graphics whether physically present or accessed over the Internet; or the possession of or use of sexually suggestive objects; and
  • Offensive and unwelcome physical contact of a sexual nature, including the touching of another’s body; the touching or display of one’s own body, or any similar contact.

Every report of harassment will be investigated promptly and impartially, with every effort to maintain confidentiality. The complainant and the accused will be informed of the results of the investigation. If we find that this policy has been violated, we will take appropriate corrective and remedial action, up to and including discharge of offending members, and/or similarly appropriate action towards offending vendors, employees, or volunteers.

No one will be retaliated against for reporting harassment. This no-retaliation policy applies whether a good faith complaint of harassment is well-founded or ultimately determined to be unfounded.

No one associated with Rollerskate Vancouver is authorized, or permitted, to retaliate or to take any adverse action whatsoever against anyone for reporting unlawful harassment, or for opposing any other discriminatory practice.

Any questions or complaints should be directed to rollerskatevancouver@gmail.com.

Introducing…Places to Skate!

One of the reasons why we started Rollerskate Vancouver was because people always ask me, “Where is there a good place to skate?” In Vancouver, that’s a tough question. With the closure of Central City Arena (fka Stardust) in Surrey, Lower Mainland roller skaters now officially no longer have a place to call their own, so people who want to skate don’t know where to go!

So, I’m excited to introduce our new blog series called “Places to Skate.” There will be descriptions, ratings, maps, photos and video to show you all of this city’s secret and not-so-secret skate spots. And if you don’t see your favourite spot, send the location and reasons why you love it to rollerskatevancouver [at] gmail.com, and we’ll go and check it out!

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