Renfrew-Collingwood Community News April 2018

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April 2018


New photos of Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex by Emily Chan The new Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex on Boundary Road is moving closer to completion and we are excited to reveal some new photos to the community. The aim is to have the annex operational this summer, with full programming set for the fall. Keep your eyes peeled for the large community opening celebration in October, where we will celebrate the community’s collective success in making this annex possible! Here are some photos of the new space. In addition to these rooms, the annex also has an arts room for creative activities and art projects. With high ceilings, stainless steel sink, suitable flooring for art and large windows, it has endless possibilities. Check out future editions of the newspaper to check out its latest photos! Please contact Emily Chan, the community annex coordinator, at or 604-435-0323 with any questions or new ideas. A sprung floor is finally coming to the Renfrew-Collingwood community! The multipurpose room (2,700 square feet, can be separated) welcomes natural lighting that beautifully illuminates the room(s) for dancing, performances, and community activities. The commercial kitchen (950 square feet) features a teachable stove, plenty of countertops, and an accessible layout that makes it ideal for everything from community cooking workshops to banquet-sized meal preparation. The Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex located on Boundary near Kingsway will feature a multipurpose room with a sprung floor and a commercial kitchen. Photos by Emily Chan

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The building was designed as a welcoming, accessible space for the community with lots of wood elements and curved edges. This photo is taken in the entrance foyer, featuring an office space and seating area for community members.

The child minding room (820 square feet) is fit for children’s activities and creativity. It includes a play space, seating area, small kitchen and washroom, and can be transformed for adult programming as needed. Coordinator Emily Chan presents at a recent information session about the new Collingwood Neighbourhood House annex.

Emily Chan works at Collingwood Neighbourhood House as the Community Annex Coordinator.


The RC Soap Box


April 2018

RCC News, November 2005

To commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News, we’re revisiting past stories that have particularly inspired us. I have chosen three items. The first, “Boost for Collingwood”, is actually from The Collingwood Gazette, a newspaper printed in Collingwood from the 1930s that I found a couple surviving copies of at the Vancouver Archives. Just replace Gazette with Community News, and it still holds up today. My next choice is “The RC Soap Box” from the November 2005 issue. I chose this article for a few reasons. For one, the subject matter is of our beloved Collingwood Branch #48. Secondly, it raises the question: whatever happened to the RC Soap Box and why has no one been mounting it as of late? Thirdly, it illustrates how, thanks to the RCC News reporting on these things, these fine historical details might otherwise be lost to history. In this instance, we have a photo of the inside and outside of the long gone, yet historic, Carleton Scout Hall, as well as a nice written piece capturing the who, whats and whys surrounding the Collingwood Branch #48 seniors, who suddenly found themselves without a place to go. Would we have remembered that they became the 55 Seniors Club; that membership was $12/year, or how they felt? Thirdly, in our March 2006 issue, we shared that awesome moment when members of our local Spectrum Society for Community Living, reached the summit of Kilimanjaro! An amazing victory worth sharing again.

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BOOST FOR COLLINGWOOD from the Collingwood Gazette 1930; Reprinted in RCC News, October 2003

Soapbox: a rough wooden box or any raised temporary platform for people to stand on while making informal public speeches Up on the RC Soapbox this month are the former seniors group from Collingwood Branch #48 of the Royal Canadian Legion. Since Branch #48 closed its doors to members at 3249 Kingsway last winter, the group has now found temporarily lodging for its bingo games at the Carleton Scout Hall. They also have a new name - they are the ‘55 Seniors Club’, open to anyone over 55. You can join them the third Wednesday of every month to play bingo at 1 pm. There is a Luncheon and 10 free games of Bingo. You have to become a member though — for $12 per year. Members of this group feel badly that Branch #48 had to close. It was apparently the property taxes that the Branch could not afford - forcing them to sell the building that they owned since the 1920’s. “A lot of local seniors feel out of place with no place to go.” said one former member. “I don’t think we appreciated the building as much as we should have now that its gone.” said another. Many members of the group also feel that the local government should relax the taxes on Legions as they apparently do in other parts of Canada. “In Ontario, the Legions pay much less tax, they get a good break. Here, many Legions are suffering from high property taxes.” Where will they go this Remembrance Day now that their local Legion is closed? Some say they will likely be staying home now that they have to travel so far; several others will make the trek to Branch #16 at 49th and Fraser.

The other day a teacher-was asking a few questions in useful knowledge, one of the questions asked of the pupils was “For what reason do we have newspapers?” One child said to light the fires with, another to keep Daddy quiet when he came home from work, another was that it helped Mother to solve her shopping troubles, another smart pupil said it was for the knowl-edge it contains of the city in which it is published and also to convey news of world happenings. There are many reasons why we have newspapers and one of the main reasons is to “Boost” all these children were right in their answers, and some of course are useful enough to light fires with, but we are hoping to make The Gazette a paper that will be missed in every household if they were to be without a copy.

“Don’t forget the old motto, ain’t it grand to live in Collingwood, and ain’t it good to get the Gazette.” A city is judged by the newspapers very often, which helps to build up and create both city and market, in Collingwood we are establishing a paper that will help to create and build up our own community, it is your paper, why not support it? Make the most of it, advertise in it, send in your communications to your editors, it is the one aim to make the paper instructive and helpful, to advertise our merchants and professional people, there is always something in it that you need to read about or some notice that might interest you, newspapers are an education to the community so let’s Boost for a Better, Bigger and Brighter newspaper for Collingwood, let’s make the Gazette a worth while publication, in so doing, we Boost Collingwood at the same time, and don’t forget the old motto, ain’t it grand to live in Collingwood, and ain’t it good to get the Gazette.

From the cover of RCC News, March 2006


April 2018



Collingwood Corner: A lost neighbourhood — Boundary Road and Rae Avenue, 1945 by Loretta Houben

The mission of this non-profit publication is to provide the residents, businesses and organizations of Renfrew/Collingwood with a medium for community communication. Paul Reid: staff writer and layout coordinator Lisa Symons: sales and distribution coordinator Julie Cheng: editorial coordinator

Contributors: Alyssa Yan, Bill Chan, Eliana Pinto, Emily Chan, Loretta Houben, Lund Milton, Morene O’Donaughty, Paul Reid

We want to hear from you! Yes, You! Send comments, community events, press releases by regular post, fax or e-mail. Suggestions for improving the paper are welcome. We welcome appropriate, unsolicited editorial submissions if accompanied by the author’s real name, address and telephone number. The author should retain the original as we cannot return submissions without prior agreement nor does submission guarantee publication. We reserve the right to make editorial changes.

The Renfrew/Collingwood Community News does not necessarily support the views of its contributors.

Next submission deadline: Apr. 10 The Renfrew-Collingwood Community News is an initiative of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH).

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A group of friends on Boundary Road in 1945, submitted by Morene O’Donaughy. The only glimpses we have into Collingwood’s past is through memories and old photos saved by the families who once lived here. A great resource for this is Facebook groups.

Recently Morene O’Donaughy posted a photo from 1945 on the “If You Grew Up in East Vancouver” Facebook page. Her brother Barrie is the youngster wearing the feathered hat, with Bob-

by Simpson on his left. This was taken on Boundary Road near Rae Avenue. The old building behind them on the Burnaby side of Boundary Road was the Bogunovich house, which burned down in 1967 or 1968. Central Park Manor is now located there.

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April 2018

Local resident runs for director position at Vancity Renfrew-Collingwood family committed to the environment and our community by Bill Chan My name is Bill Chan and I have lived in this wonderful and diverse community since 1986 and have seen our neighbourhood evolve over the past 32 years. My wife Cindy and I purchased our first house in this neighbourhood and raised our two boys, Brendan and Lucas, who went to Renfrew Elementary and Windermere Secondary. As they were growing up we instilled the values of being a good neighbour and caring for our community. While working, Cindy and I would make time to volunteer at Brendan and Lucas’s school, Renfrew Elementary. I was active in the school Parent Advisory Council (PAC), holding positions as the chair, vice chair and treasurer for seven years. I also participated in the District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) for Fraserview. Both my boys, now 24 and 22, attended the University of BC. My oldest son Brendan received his second degree in education and now teaches at Windermere. At UBC they actively volunteered and founded the Roots on Roof, a rooftop garden on top of UBC’s Student Union Building. They were also a part Still Moon Arts Society, participating in the production of the annual Moon Festival at Still Creek and the Renfrew Ravine. I am a chartered professional accountant with

over 20 years of senior management experience working for Encorp Pacific, an environmental stewardship company branded as Return-It. Return-It is a B.C. company responsible for the recycling of used beverage containers and end-of-life electronics such as computers and televisions throughThe Chan family, Lucas, Bill, Cindy and Brendan, at the Collingout the province. Our neighwood Neighbourhood House. Bill Chan encourages all Vancity borhood Return-It Depot is members to stop by our local branch at Kingsway and Joyce to located at 2639 Kingsway vote for the directors of their choice. (across from Norquay Park) and accept used beverage Kingsway branch on Tuesday, April 10 or on containers, electronics, small appliances, foam, Saturday April 14. Online voting is also availplastic bags and printed paper for recycling. able from April 3 – April 20 at I am now running for a director position for Vancity, a credit union that shares our family values, one of working together and meeting our financial needs while being socially and environmentally responsible to our community. I have been a Vancity member for 40 years, active in our community, committed to our environment and have a strong financial background. With your vote, we can work together, do well and do good in our community. We encourage our Vancity residents to stop by the Joyce and

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April 2018

The Seniors Connection Tales from the blacktop by Lund Milton

Dear Neighbours, Activities are blooming in our Vancouver-Kingsway neighbourhood with the arrival of spring!

I started at Collingwood Neighbourhood House with the Better at Home program five and a half years ago and I operate the Seniors Shuttle Bus. The shuttle serves the area from Boundary Road to Victoria Drive and Broadway to 41st Avenue. We are not in competition with taxis or HandyDart, but help fill gaps in existing services and reduce isolation in our community.

Last month, I was delighted to present the BC Budget 2018 to agencies and service providers in our community. Budget 2018 is a budget that works for you, and puts people first. It makes your life more affordable and delivers the services that people count on. For information on Budget 2018 please visit Copies of the budget highlights can be picked up at my community office. My staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the new budget.

Better at Home offers an alternative to leaving your neighborhood, your friends and your house. Anyone who is 55 years and up can call 604-4350375 to register for the program, which provides the shuttle service, light housekeeping, friendly visiting, yard work and a walking club. You can continue living in your home and give us a call when you want assistance getting around no matter where you want to go, whether it’s the bowling alley, groceries, doctor’s appointment, visiting a friend in hospital, Grandview-Collingwood Legion # 179 for bingo or bringing in your walker for servicing.

The following is a paid advertisement by Adrian Dix, MLA for Vancouver/Kingsway

Lund Milton operates the Seniors Shuttle Bus that’s part of the local Better at Home program. Photos courtesy of Collingwood Neighbourhood House

I also work and volunteer with other programs like Seniors Wellness, helping to organize day and evening trips around the Lower Mainland for hundreds of people Get the idea? Need more assistance? in our community. Trips in the A volunteer may be available or you past have included Steveston, Horseshoe Bay, Vancouver Aquarcan bring a friend. Do you use a cane, walker, scooter or wheelchair? ium, Deer Lake, Fort Langley, the University of B.C. Gardens, Queen The shuttle is fully accessible and Elizabeth Park, Deep Cove, Cates affordable. We try very hard to get you where you need to be and home Park, Whytecliff Park, fish hatcheries and bird sanctuaries. again in a safe and timely fashion. Medical appointments take precedence, but if you are flexible, we will Upcoming trips this year include Confederation Park BBQ, try to accommodate you. Cherry Blossom Festival, UBC

Farmer Market and Maplewood Farm. There are usually tasty treats available during the trips like mini doughnuts, fish and chips, roasted chestnuts and ice cream, or you can bring your own lunch. Don’t forget Christmas lights at Burnaby Village Museum or Lafarge Lake! Since August 2012, 193 clients have taken 3,090 trips in the Better at Home Shuttle, and all these have been done by a single small bus and driver working very limited hours and days of the week. As the population ages, more service will be required. Please consider serving your community further with a donation or, if you have time and would like to assist seniors, please contact us about volunteering. So now you have some ideas of what I do for Better at Home, but just the mechanics of it; the real story is our clients. So many cultures, so much life experience and so many changes. Dark side of the moon to the depths of the Marianas Trench, our clients are 55 to 101 years young! Lots of terrific stories and laughs. Come out and make some new friends. It’s been such a pleasure for me meeting these amazing folks.

Client Anne with seniors’ shuttle driver Lund.

Congratulations to the newly established Renfrew Collingwood Community Response Network (CRN) for hosting its very first Community Partners meeting last month. A CRN is a diverse group of concerned community members who come together to create a coordinated community response to adult abuse, neglect, and self-neglect. A sincere thank you to Collingwood Neighbourhood House, MOSAIC, and Three Links Housing for their hard work establishing a CRN for Renfrew-Collingwood, and thanks to those who took time to meet and discuss how we can come together to stop the abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults. For more information on the Renfrew-Collingwood CRN, please contact Suzanne at My community office and the staff at Renfrew Park Community Centre have also been excitedly organizing the 13th annual Seniors’ Health & Wellness Fair, held on Wednesday, April 4 from 10am-2pm at the Renfrew Park Community Centre (2929 East 22nd Ave). There will be over 25 community organizations sharing resources and information related to seniors’ health and wellbeing. We will have live entertainment and activities, such as a hearing screening clinic, and all participants will receive a free, healthy lunch. To register, please call the Renfrew Park Community Centre at 604-2578388 ext. 1 Free 1-1 financial coaching is now available at my community office. A financial coach from Family Services of Greater Vancouver (www. can meet with you one-on-one to talk about your money, such as building a budget, increasing your savings, and reducing your debt. This service is for newcomers, youth, seniors, and people on low incomes. To book an appointment, please contact my office at 604660-0314 or Lastly, if you have a community event that you wish to promote, my community office would be delighted to help spread the word. Please ask us for details on the types of events we can promote at 604-660-0314 or email adrian. dix.mla@leg.bca. For upcoming events in the community, check out my website http:// Sincerely, Adrian Dix, MLA


Read On!


April 2018

A news section for Renfrew-Collingwood learners

Collingwood revitalization


by Tony Wanless

Read On!

has a web page. You can:

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The recent opening of the revitalized Joyce-Collingwood Skytrain station was more than a simple update of an aging transit stop.

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It was a visible symbol that the neighbourhood is becoming an elemental part of modern Vancouver.

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With its cousin, the Renfrew station (also undergoing a renovation), the revamped Joyce-Collingwood station shows that the Renfrew-Collingwood district is rising from its traditional role as an outpost of Vancouver – a forgotten place that was between the two municipalities of Vancouver and Burnaby and was really neither in spirit.

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R-C was never really “Vancouver” as the city liked to think of itself. That application was reserved for the more popular western districts west of Cambie Street: Kitsilano, the west side, the West End and downtown. Everything east of that was where those who couldn’t make it to the west side lived. The fact that most of Vancouver’s working population lived on the east side, or that there was an entire neighbourhood where streets were charmingly named after ancient philosophers, didn’t diminish the snobbery that seemed to prevail in the city when I first arrived many years ago. But that is changing now, a transformation driven by growth, an influx of many new people, largely from Asia and other parts of the world less familiar with the old English-style snootiness, and the fact that the east side is now closer to the centre of the region because there has been so much growth around it . The Renfrew-Collingwood district is becoming a distinct area with a distinct feel, largely driven by the great influx of people from other countries around the world. The mix is obvious – there are Chinese, Koreans and other people from the Far East, Indians and other South Asians, Spanish-speaking peoples who have migrated north, and many others who are drawn to the area’s lower costs and vibrant multiculturalism. Yes, some R-C residents live on the lower end of the economic scale, but that just makes them more dynamic, curious and interesting. The mix of people looking for better or different lives creates an accepting, experimental and thriving culture that cities require if they are to advance. This is reflected by the area around the revamped Joyce-Collingwood station, which is clearly becoming the “Town Centre” for this revival. The old industrial sites that bordered Vanness Avenue and Kingsway have given way to residential towers and new development that will include many community centres and residences – all evidence of a thriving and vibrant community. I, for one, am glad to be part of it. While I am fond of the old, I also love the dynamism of the new. And this area provides both.

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Contemporary Painting in the Open

Vancouver Kingsway

April 22 is Earth Day!

Dennis Brown Paul Chizik Liza Visagie

Let us commit to living sustainably so we can protect our Earth for future generations.

April 10–June 20, 2018 Opening 7:00PM Tuesday, April 10 Tuesday–Saturday 10:00AM–5:00PM 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver, BC Tel: (604) 430-3337

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Collingwood Days festival takes place on the unceded traditional lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. Collingwood BIA (604)639-4403 International Marketplace ★ ArtisanÕs Village ★n Mobile Museum ★ Food Vendors ★ InteractiveGames ★ Prizes ★ Dog Show ★ Live Music & Dance★ Cultural Performances ★ Drum Circle ★ Face Painting ★ Balloon Art ★ Kids Zone



April 2018

In the garden: Help save bees Why save bees? Bees pollinate one-third of our food, including coffee, nuts, fruits and vegetables. They are in danger from pesticides and habitat loss. This spring, consider planting bee-friendly flowers to provide bees with food and help them produce honey. Bee balm, chives, echinacea and lavender are good choices. You can also look for packets of wildflower seeds that attract bees. Photo by Julie Cheng


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April 2018

Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin

by Alyssa Yan


Since the creation of the first decentralized digital currency in 2009, Bitcoin has disrupted the financial world and cryptomanians have seized the world. Bitcoin, created by Satoshi Nakamoto, was thought as a “passing technology fad.” It’s 2018 and cryptocurrency can now be used to buy fried chicken at Kentucky Fried Chicken. While quantities lasted, KFC released their special edition Bitcoin Bucket. Similar to an e-transfer, users would have to transfer enough bitcoin at the value of $20 to KFC on their online platform. On January 15, it would have cost 0.001147 Bitcoin to buy a single Bitcoin Bucket. Large airline and hotel companies also accept Bitcoin as a type of currency. Companies like Expedia and CheapAir accept cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin directly through their website, during the process of booking a ticket or room at a hotel! How Bitcoin works Bitcoin is a type of cryptocurrency stored in one’s “virtual wallet.” It isn’t a coin in which you can hold in your hand, but rather a type of currency that one invests in with the hope that its future value will grow (as popularity grows). Unlike traditional currencies, there’s no central “control centre.” It works based on a peer-to-peer network, and there’s no way for a single version to issue Bitcoins (like how we print out bills). Instead people must solve incredible hard mathematical calculations to contribute to the Bitcoin’s platform and allow it to continuously grow, and in turn you get the incentive of some “free” bitcoins. Keep in mind, those coins aren’t necessary free, as it the calculations are beyond difficult. Bitcoin’s fad and environmental problems Bitcoin will effectively change people’s spending habits and ways we store money. One of the biggest reasons why Bitcoin has become a public concern is the fad and “bubble effect.” From an interview with Warren Buffet, the digital currency’s massive 1,400% surge this year has all the signs pointing to a speculative bubble. Referencing back to history, the bitcoin fad consists of many elements similar to the tulip mania fad. Tulips became a prized commodity that many people sought out to buy during the Dutch Golden age, but that bubble burst in 1637 and left people in financial ruin. “All that glitter isn’t gold” perfectly describes

Bitcoin’s negative impacts. It has been a recordbreaking year with every statistics surpassed, a record high of 200 million users. Mere clicks of a button make a transaction, but these transactions use about 32 terawatts of energy annually. This energy consumption comes from the “mining” process that involves solving difficult math calculations to build on the platform. The total energy used to verify transactions is almost enough to power three million households in the United States. Even as the value of Bitcoins grows, that dollar value comes with a price. It contributes to climate change, one of today’s biggest problems. While we simultaneously scramble to find a solution to this crisis, Bitcoin continues to escalate it. Volatility of Bitcoin The underlying problem with all the Bitcoin debates is that, for the average person, it isn’t easy to understand. The interest with Bitcoin lies behind the “promise” of wealth. There are almost 28.5 million bitcoin wallets and users, the same people who are all wagering their wallets and savings, hoping that their cryptocurrency assets will increase. Keeping in mind that Bitcoin is fuelled entirely by its users and the “speculations” of its price rise has made it incredibly volatile. According to Coindesk, from Dec. 18, 2017 to Feb. 5, 2018, the value of bitcoin dropped from $19,343,04 down to $6,914.26. Mt. Gox hack The volatility then leads into Bitcoin’s unregulated platform. Even Bitcoin’s platform has an Achilles heel. In 2014, Mt. Gox was known to be the largest

Bitcoin exchange in the world, handling 70% of transactions. A massive hack resulted in a loss of 850,000 bitcoin, worth an estimated $450 million at the time. Mt. Gox demonstrated that there are flaws within the regulation and centralization of exchanges. In the age where technology is rapidly evolving, the prospect of digital currency is no longer a surprise. Based on Bitcoin’s herd mentality, it’s a complicated process that’s hard to understand, and the lack of regulations in North America has set Bitcoin to be unsafe for mainstream use. For now, because of Bitcoin’s flaws, it’s unlikely to become an official currency. Despite that, I believe that cryptocurrency as a whole is here to stay. The real advance behind cryptocurrency is not the “currency” itself but rather the underlying technology of blockchain that was created. This kind of disruption will definitely entail international changes, but in the long run, it’ll be beneficial to our economy. Likewise, even in my own life, my younger brother has also made the move to invest in multiple cryptocurrency platforms. That shows that cryptocurrency has already made its mark on the world, and we need to start taking notice now!

Alyssa Yan is a senior student at Windermere Secondary who is interested in the world of business and the impact it has on everyday people. Although not a Bitcoin or cryptocurrency expert, she aspires to learn more and familiarize herself with the everchanging technology.

APRIL 2018 CULTURAL EVENTS IN RENFREW-COLLINGWOOD Saturday, April 7, 14, 21, 28 Social Culture Club 10 am to Noon Collingwood Neighbourhood House Join neighbours in sharing or learning, knitting, crocheting and sewing skills. Please bring your own materials. Refreshments are provided. Free event. Contact Yoko at Tuesday, April 10 Community Conversation Café 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Collingwood Library 2985 Kingsway Community members gather for coffee and conversation in a casual, welcoming environment. Children welcome! Free event. In partnership with the Vancouver Public Library. Friday, April 27 Community Coffee House & Open Mic First Lutheran Church, 5745 Wales Street (enter at 42nd Avenue) 7 to 9 pm Check out local musical talent in your community and meet up With friends and neighbours! Refreshments and entrance by donation. First Lutheran Church in partnership with Collingwood Neighbourhood House Saturday, April 28 West Coast Tea Collingwood Neighbourhood House 5288 Joyce Street 1:30 to 3:30 pm Sharing First Nations culture while sharing local tea and baked goods. By donation

New intergenerational project for seniors and preschoolers Friendships between older and younger people can help to make our communities stronger! by Eliana Pinto

Sunday, April 29 Legion Cafe Royal Canadian Legion Branch 179 2205 Commercial Drive The Legion Café is held the last Sunday of every month. Sunday, April 29 Noon to 1:30 pm Drop by for conversation and coffee in the upstairs lounge. Every month, three different speakers will present three different topics for discussion. Free.

The intergenerational project Ages and Stages is a collaboration between the seniors and the early years departments at Collingwood Neighbourhood House.

This new project will involve local seniors as leaders and volunteers in planning activities with the Collingwood preschool program for children three to five year old. Ages and Stages aims to build networks between seniors and families in the neighbourhood as well as staff from different parts of CNH. Preschool children and seniors will learn from each other through different activities such as: gardening, cooking, arts and crafts, music, story telling, field trips. CNH is currently recruiting seniors to be involved as participants and to volunteer as part of the advisory group. For more information, contact Eliana Pinto at 604-435-0323 or email




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Il Museo: April to June Il Museo, Italian Cultural Centre 3075 Slocan Street Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm Entrance is free Venus Rising: Paintings and Drawings To April 5 Chromatic Light: Artists Paint in the Open Artists Dennis Brown, Paul Chizik, Lisa Visajie April 10 to June 20


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April 2018


Ready for a job interview?

MOSAIC’s 7th Annual Job & Career Fair Tuesday, April 10, 2018 If you’re looking for a new job, or are planning to attend MOSAIC’s Job Fair on Tuesday, April 10, then you need to be prepared to meet job recruiters and hiring managers. How you conduct yourself during your job interview may well be a determining factor in whether you get the job you want. Read on for job interview advice and strategies from the experts at Vancouver Northeast WorkBC Employment Services Centre. First impressions matter A first impression is formed within seconds and can have a direct impact on your success in finding a job. Your appearance, body language and communication are all elements of the image you present. Are you projecting the image of a competent, confident, trustworthy and approachable person? Remember: Most interviewers make their decision about a candidate within minutes. Think about how you may come across to others and how you can improve on that first impression. • Analyze your appearance: Do your clothes and personal appearance project an appropriate image for the position you’re applying for? Consider the workplace environment – is it a formal or more casual setting? • Fine-tune your verbal communications skills: Show good manners by being courteous and attentive. Speak clearly, concisely and don’t rush your words. Practise this in your daily interactions until this feels comfortable. • Be positive, open and confident: Stand tall, make eye contact and greet others with a firm handshake and a friendly manner. Focus on the interviewer(s) and don’t be distracted by your nerves or your surroundings.

“Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?” This question comes up in most interviews, whether it’s phrased exactly this way, or in some other way. Recruiters want to hear what you have to say about yourself, and the way you respond reveals a lot about you and contributes to the overall first impressions.

More than 80 employers will You would think this question is sim- be hiring at MOSAIC’s 2018 Job Fair, representing over 1,500 ple to answer, but we often stumble jobs. Photos courtesy of MOSAIC over how much to say, what to say and how to say it. Your self-introduction should be a concise and well-presented message that quickly provides enough information about you to get the listener interested. Although you want your pitch to sound spontaneous, it is very important to prepare and present yourself in a credible and professional manner. Within 30 to 60 seconds, you need to include information about your: • Professional background, including work experience and interests that are specific to your career goals • Expertise, specialized skills and top accomplishments • Aspirations related to your career and professional development • Expectations regarding what you are looking for and what you have to offer Make your pitch easy to listen to and to understand. Use plain language and ensure that it answers these three critical questions: Who are you? What are you looking for? What do you have to offer the employer? You will want to speak about your skills, experience and accomplishments, but don’t brag! Practice your pitch until it sounds conversational and authentic. Record it and listen carefully – change anything that doesn’t sound natural or that you have difficulty with. Try it out on family and friends and ask for feedback. And keep practising until it sounds natural! MOSAIC Job Fair preparation MOSAIC’s Job Fair allows job-seekers to meet multiple recruiters from many companies and many different sectors. It also provides a unique opportunity for candidates to “interview” with selected companies (which might not otherwise happen if your resume alone doesn’t stand out enough to warrant an interview request).

Job fairs are a great place to ask questions about a company’s policies and work culture.

To maximize the opportunities – and your time – at the job fair, do the following preparation:

• Determine which of the businesses at MOSAIC’s Job Fair match your career objectives and make a list of Jobseekers should come prepared to meet and interview your target emwith recruiters at a job fair. ployers based on their needs, and your skills and interests. A full list of employers is available at careerfair. • Find out about position requirements and company culture. This research will help you determine if the company is a good match for you. • Use your research to prepare a few questions that you would like to ask. Stand out from the crowd by asking smart, thoughtful questions and don’t ask questions where answers are readily available online. Keep your questions brief. • Prepare your resume and make sure you have plenty of copies ready. You may need to prepare different versions of your resume so that it is tailored to specific employers or specific positions. • Apply online before the job fair and reference your application when you meet with the recruiter. • Prepare a 30-second version of your self-introductory “pitch” as you will likely only get a few minutes to meet with the recruiter

MOSAIC’s 7th Annual Job & Career Fair 10 am- 3 pm, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Croatian Cultural Centre


April 2018


Legion Update

Cedar Rocket raises money for veterans

by Paul Reid

May we all be inspired by the generosity of Bryan Reid Sr. of Pioneer Log Homes who, this past March, presented a cheque for $90,000 US ($115,000 Cdn.) from the sale of the world’s fastest log car to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 139 in Williams Lake. “It’s wonderful.” said Joyce Norberg, President of Branch 139. “This money will be donated to our Legion Foundation in Vancouver some of it, and some it will be for our Branch here to continue to do some maintenance and to house our veterans and their dependence. We are just greatly appreciative of what’s happened here today.” The log car known as Cedar Rocket was sold a record three times at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona in January 2018 for $350,000 US with proceeds from the sale going to the Congressional Medal of Honour Society, the Boot Campaign out of Texas, Yellow Ribbon America out of Southern California and the Royal Canadian Branch 139. The first buyer paid US$175,000 for the car, but donated the car back to be sold again. It sold for US $100,000 the second time, was returned again and sold a third time for an additional US$75,000!

Bryan Reid Sr., seated, raises $350,000 US with donation of “Cedar Rocket.”

The body of the Cedar Rocket was fashioned from a single 240-year-old Western Red Cedar and parts of an old Mazda. It has twin 20-horsepower turbines and a fully electric powertrain and set a “log speed” record of 90 kilometres per hour. “The crazy thing about it, is it puts a smile on everybody’s face,” says Bryan.

Photos courtesy of Pioneer Log Homes

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a 92-year-old veteran or a two-year-old child, male or female. Everybody loves it.”

“It is my belief this is not charity but a debt we owe for our freedom.” — Bryan Reid Sr. Asked why he chose the Legion to raise money for, Bryan answered. “I chose the Legion because they have been there for our veterans for so many years and sometimes the people that served in WWll , Korea and Vietnam and the Cold War are forgotten or overlooked with everything going on today. They also have a desire to help the veterans from the war on terror. We gave to three other organizations in the US as we hope that as much of the donation goes to the boots that have been on the ground as possible. It is my belief this is not charity but a debt we owe for our freedom .”

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Little Chefs (5-12yrs)

Outdoor Soccer (6-12yrs)

Learn how to make delicious and healthy snacks and lunches in our kitchen and eat your creations. No session Sat, May 12. Mieko Giang 5-6yrs 158116 Sat Apr 28-Jun 16 9:45-10:30am $42/7 sess Mieko Giang 158117 Sat Apr 28-Jun 16 10:45-11:45am

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Renee Lin 158114 Sun Apr 15-Jun 17 11:00am-12:00pm

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15th Annual Health Fair (55+yrs) Come and join us for our annual Health Fair. Visit display booths from various health agencies. Light lunch provided. Pre-registration required.

Wed, April 4th 10:00am-2:00pm Free (#141863)

Wibit Inflatable Day in the pool Saturday, April 21st 3:00pm–5:00pm

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Tai Chi Chuan (19+yrs)

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Arsenio Chua 156654 Tue Apr 10-Jun 19 7:30pm-9:00pm $77/11 sess


April 2018


Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)


CNH’s Pre-Ballet and Creative Dance class is great for kids who love to move Do you have a young child who loves to move? They’ll definitely enjoy CNH’s PreBallet and Creative Dance class! The class is available in two options: one for children aged 4 and one for children aged 4½ to 5. In the younger children’s class, parents join in the fun.

COMMUNITY LUNCH Collingwood Neighbourhood House invites you to lunch every Tuesday and Thursday. Full meal prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students and $3.25 for children under 12. Items can be purchased a la carte or “to go.”

April lunch menu

Instructor Larissa DuffGrant is a dancer with years of experience. As a youth, Larissa studied dance at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and performed with Shadbolt’s Youth in Motion Dance Company. She later completed a Fine Arts degree at Simon Fraser University, with a major in Dance. Larissa continues to dance at the Harbour Dance Centre. Help your child put their energy to good use: enroll them in CNH’s Pre-Ballet and Creative Dance class and watch as they have fun developing their dance skills and creativity. Pre-registration is required for both classes. Parent participation is required for the younger children’s class.

Age 4, with parent participation Dates: Tuesdays, April 17 - June 19 Time: 3:45 – 4:25 p.m. Cost: $55.00 for 10 sessions Instructor: Larissa Duff-Grant

Tuesday, April 3 Tomato soup Hamburger / veggie burger Salad Chocolate chip cookies

In this lively and fun class, parents and young children interact and explore creative movement together. They explore the elements of dance using a wide variety of music, props, and rhythm instruments.

Ages 4½ to 5

Dates: Tuesdays, April 17 - June 19 Time: 4:30 – 5:10 p.m. Cost: $55.00 for 10 sessions Instructor: Larissa Duff-Grant Creative dance is a playful and fun way for young boys and girls to develop age-appropriate physical movement skills, stimulate their imagination and creativity and strengthen their cognitive, social and emotional skills. For more information on CNH’s Recreation programs for children, adults, and seniors, visit

Muriel Pete wins Walmart Community Playmaker Award We’re happy to share the good news that Muriel Pete, who works as an Aboriginal Child & Family Support Services worker for CNH and Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House, was recently awarded the Walmart Community Playmaker Award. Muriel received the award for her important work supporting First Nations families for more than a decade. As part of the award, Muriel received 4 tickets to a Vancouver Canucks game, videoboard recognition, a game jersey worn by a Canucks player, a $100 Walmart gift card, and a Community Playmaker’s trophy. CNH would like to congratulate Muriel on receiving this award. To learn more about CNH’s programs for First Nations and other families, visit This page is sponsored by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Thursday, April 5 Chicken a la king on rice / veggie option Salad Chai tea cup cake Tuesday, April 10 Cream of mushroom and barley soup Roast beef / veggie panini Salad Marble brownie Thursday, April 12 Steamed white fish with tofu and green onions Quinoa salad Lime shortbread cookies Tuesday, April 17 Butternut squash and turnip soup Salmon and caramelized onions quiche Salad Coconut macaroon Thursday, April 19 Butter chicken on rice / veggie option Salad Walnut cookies Tuesday, April 24 Spring vegetable soup Crab and salmon cakes / veggie option Salad Date bar Thursday, April 26 Meat or veggie loaf and mashed potatoes Salad Pear tart


April 2018


Collingwood BUSINESS


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FRESH NEW LOOK FOR WHOÕS WHO IN COLLINGWOOD Updates Planter Box Adoption and Contest There are thirty planter boxes located throughout Kingsway between Rupert and Boundary Road. The Collingwood BIA is asking our members (the businesses) to adopt a planter. Help us take care of these beautiful plants and flowers by watering them weekly through the self-watering system. Report to the CBIA or Skookum Landscapes if you are missing items or of any damage or graffiti to the boxes. We will be choosing a planter box each month as the ÒBest Planter Box of the MonthÓ your business can win prizes. The planter boxes are part of the Street Beautification initiatives the CBIA undertakes. Along with the Clock Tower Gardens, street banners, street signs and lighting. To adopt a Planter Box please contact the CBIA office 604.639.4403 or email Pedestrian Safety Day and Keep Vancouver Spectacular Events Once again the Collingwood BIA is participating in these two community events. Partnering with the Vancouver Police, Community Policing Centre and ICBC to promote pedestrian safety in Collingwood. Heads up, phones down while crossing the streets. We will be handing out safety material in different areas of Collingwood. The event will occur late April or early May. Keep Vancouver Spectacular - May 19th. Check out the City of VancouverÕs website to sign up to volunteer for this event. Collingwood Days 2018 May 26th, 2018 Theme for this year is PLAY. There will be lots of games from all over the world to learn and play. 9a.m. Pancake Breakfast 11a.m. Official start of the festival Everyone is welcome to join us in the largest community festival the Collingwood area. If youÕd like to participate in the International Marketplace or as a food vendor or volunteer go to


FEATURES OF THE MONTH: WELLNESS Pharmacy: Hanyi Health Centre 604.438.6883

Optometrist: Eye Protect Optical Ltd. 604.438.6602

Collingwood Dental Centre 604.436.3421

Parkview Dental Ceramics 604.438.1555

London Drugs 604.433.4100

Image Optometry 604.438.8122

Pioneer Dental Ceramics 604.439.0212

Medicine Shoppe #285 604.438.5155

See-Rite Eye Care 604.451.7483

Happy Family Dental Centre 604.336.2050

Medigas - Praxair 604.435.3965

Dentist: Advanced BC Dental Diagnostic 604.432.7226

Pharma Choice 604.620.9050 Doctors: Dr. Rachel Lee 604.430.2311 Ng-Tom Louis & Tony Dr. 604.431.5008 Massage/Physio: Big Feet 604.451.7483 Care Plus Wellness Centre 604.454.1003

Kingsway Medical Centre 604.433.3348

Tyne Dental Clinic 604.430.5559

London Square Dental Clinic 604.435.4545

Ceragem 604.422.8585

Ispa 604.568.9238

Ninecomm Acutreatment 604.432.1895

Collingwood Physiotherapy & Wellness 604.569.3419

Jasmine Skincare & Acupuncture 604.506.2551

Physiotherapy (Alaaedin) 604.432.1895

Comfort 100 604.558.0228

Kang Health & Foot Massage 778.861.9518

Emax Massage 604.568.5255 Great Pharaoh Clinic 604.426.3131

Join the Board We are always looking for new board members. Criteria to be a board member: own a commercial property; business tenant over 6 months; passion to make the Collingwood commercial area grow to help make a healthy neighbourhood.

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Unihealth Group 604.438.2836

Upcoming Events April 22-25: BIABC Conference Kelowna

@ Kingsway Spine + Muscle ÒDavid is very professional and kind practitioner. His office hours are very convenient for people who need to work 9 to 5. I highly recommend Kingsway Spine + Muscle.Ó

May 22-27: Collingwood Days Events

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May 26: Collingwood Days Festival (Gaston Park)

April 28: Keep Vancouver Spectacular



April 2018

7th Annual


Tuesday, April 10th (10am – 3pm)

Career & Job Fair Over 70 participating employers are looking to fill 1500+ positions! Bring resumes and come prepared to be interviewed! Air Canada Airport Terminal Services Alliance Maintenance Ltd. ALS Group Andrew Sheret Limited Angus One Recruitment Avigilon Bayshore Home Care Solutions BC Alliance for Manufacturing BC Plant Health Care Inc. Bell Best Personnel Inc. Best Services Pros Brighton College Canada Revenue Agency Canadian Armed Forces Canadian Tire Carillion Customer Care CertaPro Painters City of Vancouver

COIT Services Comfort Keepers Donorworx Inc Eco Paving Embers Staffing Solutions Factors Group Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Five Star Building Maintenance Ltd. Fortinet Technologies FPS Food Process Solutions Gate Gourmet Canada Gateway Casino Hard Rock Casino Vancouver Hastings Racecourse Home Care Assistance Home Depot Home Instead Senior Care Hudson’s Bay IKEA Impact Recruitment

Interior Health Authority K-Bro Linen System Inc. Kin’s Farm Market Labtest Certification Inc. LUSH Cosmetics On Side Restoration Pacific Gateway Hotel Paladin Security Para Space Landscaping Inc. Parq Vancouver People Ready Pro Administration Services Proof of Care Inc. Providence Health Care Purdys Chocolatier Recruiting in Motion Vancouver River Rock Casino Resort Robert Half Canada Royal Bank Of Canada Saputo

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