Food brings youth together to share stories and create connections by Kaitlyn Fung
In Renfrew-Collingwood, where there is food, there are stories, and some of the most remarkable stories can be heard from the youth who work here. Some of them have paddled through the waterways of B.C. alongside dozens of canoes as part of the RenfrewCollingwood Aboriginal Youth Canoe Club (CREW), connecting and sharing meals with the First Nations communities that host them. Others have dedicated countless hours to volunteering with groups such as Still Moon Arts Society, cleaning up areas like Renfrew Ravine so that salmon may keep on returning to spawn in Still Creek after an absence of several decades. It was also high school youth who partnered with Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society to create Canada’s first modern schoolyard farm at Vancouver Technical Secondary School. Similarly, students in the Organic Garden Committee at Windermere Secondary School continue to put years of work into their schoolyard vegetable garden and greenhouse, also one of the first projects of its kind in the city. These are the kinds of stories that make RenfrewCollingwood such a uniquely vibrant site of community action, much of it championed by youth brought together by a passion for food. While it’s not everyday that these stories get heard, some of the youth involved in these initiatives had the chance to change that. In collaboration with the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute, a group of youth recently travelled to the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, near Prince George, B.C. It was here that they got to tell their stories at the 17th annual B.C. Food Systems Network Gathering, a provincial conference dedicated to Renfrew-Collingwood youth share their stories, including their struggles and successes, of doing food-related work in the community at the 17th annual BC Food Systems Network Gathering in Prince George, B.C. Photos by Jason Hsieh
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Getting ready to present at the 17th annual BC Food Systems Network Gathering. creating food systems with social justice, health and sustainability in mind. Hosting a panel of their own, the youth presented about their experiences of working with food in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood. Speaking about their personal relationships to food and how that has affected their lives—for the better, as everyone agreed upon at the panel—the group highlighted how their work has led to things like meeting new friends, being able to grow their own healthy food and realizing the positive impacts they could have in their communities. Still, success stories like theirs don’t happen without some
difficulties. Building networks of support for their projects or simply getting adults to listen to them were often cited as challenging, even disappointing experiences. But it seems fair to say that for the youth, coming together to share and celebrate their stories was certainly not a disappointment. The conference also provided the unique opportunity to meet leaders in food justice activism from all across B.C. and gain valuable skills and knowledge, which included learning more about indigenous food traditions as well as how to make homemade cheese. Inspired and excited to bring all that they learned back to RenfrewCollingwood, the group is already thinking about possibilities for future food-related projects. Whatever comes next for these youth, it will surely make for another great story. Kaitlyn Fung is currently working at the Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute for the summer as the intergenerational outreach worker.
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Renfrew Conversation Cafés
by Robert Allen
I’d like to tell you about the Renfrew Conversation Cafés, which I, along with Andrea Berneckas and Esther Yuen, have been hosting for a few months now. They occur twice a month at the local Starbucks across from the Renfrew Skytrain Station. We meet every second and fourth Tuesday of the month (the 11th and 25th for August) from 7 to 8:30 pm.
too little or too much familiarity with the people or subject matter, timidity, extroversion, introversion, identification with an idea or school of thought—all these things and more can be challenges to any conversation and to social cohesion in general. If we add in the oft-cited issue of social isolation, it seems imperative that we get together more.
What, you may ask, is the purpose of these cafés? It’s a forum for sharing our divergent and sometimes eerily similar perspectives on all matters, great and small. But of course it’s more than that.
There is an art to conversation. If practised well, participants not only have an opportunity to bring voice to their perspectives and opinions, to a receptive audience and, in turn, be enlightened through our listening, but we deepen the bonds of friendship, a core strength of community.
We typically have some kind of “check in” at the beginning of the session, just to get some sense of what’s up in each others’ lives. Then the convo begins.
“You can come as you are and leave unburdened and uplifted.”
We seem to have a few ongoing themes. As we have some artists in our core group, art-related topics will inevitably come up. Similarly, discussions around otherness and intercultural subjects tend to arise, with the recent report on the residential schools adding immediacy to historical injustice. The trump card, of course, is “What’s on your mind this evening?” Thus, there is no preparation needed to participate and there is no “homework” or action items take away. You can come as you are and leave unburdened and uplifted. The convos are casual but they are intentional. We don’t have rules but we strive to provide an environment that is both provocative and respectful. Political correctness (whatever that really is), assumptions about others,
So far our convos have been lightly attended. If we have more than five or six people show up or if different topics appeal to those in attendance, we will break up into a couple of groups so that everyone has a chance to participate fully. One might blog about a topic or write something in the local rag, like I’m doing here. That is well and good but it does lack the immediacy and intimacy of sharing ones thoughts in a live convo. We can get a mountain of information and perspectives from the web or the library but it is distant and devoid of our active participation. Our conversation cafés can provide a bit of both of these experiences and provide the added values that only faceto-face interaction can. I encourage you to come out and be part of our conversation café or start one of your own.
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Get ready for the annual Harvest Moon Festival, September 26 Join ravine stewardship and stiltwalking and lantern workshops by Siling Zhang This summer the Still Moon Arts Society is actively engaging the community in preparation for the annual Moon Festival, scheduled this year for Saturday, September 26. Still Moon Arts Society, in collaboration with local artists Carmen Rosen, Yoko Tomita and Suzo Hickey, has embarked on two new street murals to accompany the existing one at Ravine The Euclid and Moss and the Lillooet and 20th Avenue street murals were finished in Street. The first is located record time with the help of volunteers and neighbours. at the intersection of Photo courtesy of Still Moon Arts Society Lillooet Street and 20th Avenue. The second is located at community telling stories and creating new For youth engagement, a stilt the intersection of Euclid Avenue ones around the lost sections of Still Creek. building and walking workshop and Moss Street. With this street They were a great success for coaxing out was held July 13 to July 17. The mural initiative, Still Moon got the old neighbours and new friends. new skills developed by these workshops can take our youth a long way, maybe all the way to the Moon Festival finale! Other learning opportunities include “Through the 2015 immigration plan we will welcome a record an eco-art workshop with number of individuals who will contribute to our economy and Sharon Kallis on August 28, and labour market.” our weekly Stewardship Tuesday - Hon. Chris Alexander, MP events, where neighbours can Minister of Citizenship and Immigration participate in keeping the Renfrew Ravine healthy. To join in, meet at 9:30 am every Tuesday at the Labyrinth at 27th Avenue beside the Renfrew Respond to Canada’s need for immigrants. Ravine.
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Marjorie Scarfe May 1931 – July 2015
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by Christina Taulu The Renfrew-Collingwood community lost a fearless community advocate in the name of Margie Scarfe. As a single mother, she worked hard to provide a home for her two children and worked tirelessly to make our community a safer and healthier place to live, work and play. Margie made a difference.
long years of work, it developed the zoning for the first rules that made secondary suites legal in the city. In 1994, Margie was a founding member of the Collingwood Community Policing Centre (CPC) and continued to be an active volunteer until shortly before her death. Margie was a very special person and so determined. Whether it was fundraising or helping with an event, Margie never gave up. She worked hard to fundraise whether it was by having garage sales, raffles, roasts or even selling cookies.
Renfrew-Collingwood builder and pioneer Margie Scarfe plants a tree as part of an orchard celebrating Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s 25th anniversary. Margie first began her community work as a founding member of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House, where she worked hard to bring it from its humble beginnings to where it is today. It was her pride and joy.
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Then seeing a need to plan for the future of RenfrewCollingwood and to bring the residents together, Margie along with five others founded the Joyce Station Area Planning Association. Two significant achievements of the association were that it produced the Joyce Area Plan that was passed by the City of Vancouver and, second, that, after five
Yes, in 1996, Margie and I sold cookies in the pouring rain outside an international crime prevention conference in Vancouver to raise awareness around the lack of funding for crime prevention programs. The result was an immediate agreement with the province that, together with the city, helped fund community policing centres in the city. The City of Vancouver now provides that yearly funding. Margie could also be seen walking her dog in the early hours of the morning and removing all the unwanted flyers from the city posts. Ever tenacious, she then followed up by reporting the infractions to the city. While Margie had strong opinions, she was a firm believer in democracy. She was willing to compromise and support whatever was best for the good of the residents. Margie lived her life helping others. This community is safer and healthier because she chose to walk her life’s path here. Margie made a difference .We will remember and miss her. A celebration of life will be held at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House, 5288 Joyce Street, on Thursday, September 17 from 1 to 2:30 pm. In honour of Margie, the Collingwood CPC will be resurrecting the Pooch Patrol program and naming it the Margie Scarfe Pooch Patrol. Christina Taulu is the executive director of the Collingwood Community Policing Centre.
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Still Moon’s most recent Stewardship Tuesday featured Sharon Kallis teaching a workshop on the uses for English Ivy. We turned the invasive species into bionetting to support new growth through hand-crochet and weaving. Upcoming areas of focus for this weekly series:
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August 11 - Labyrinth garden removal & planning August 18 - Ravine walk and water testing August 25 - Garbage removal / path maintenance For more stewardship know-how, check out a recent article by Henry Lau on the invasive species Japanese Knotweed. You can find it here: http://stillmoon.org/about-renfrew-ravine/ japanese-knotweed/
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Kaslo Park summer mural painting and community potluck Local residents are inviting neighbours to join them in prettying up Kaslo Park, located at 7th Avenue and Renfrew Street, this July and August. This spring, after noticing their local park was in need of a little TLC, neighbours Amelia Guimarin and Cathy Stonehouse formed the Kaslo Park Community Association and applied for sponsorship and funding to paint a mural and hold a community potluck in the park this summer. The association has since received a small neighbourhood grant from the City of Vancouver, as well as support from the municipal graffiti management team and local businesses. The mural will be based on Kandinsky’s well-known abstract painting, Squares with Concentric Circles, and will decorate the concrete surround of the park’s tennis court. Neighbours and community members are invited to sign up or just show up for a series of painting days, scheduled for Saturday, July 25, Saturday, August 1 and Monday, August 3 between 9 am and noon and also between 3 pm and 6 pm. All supplies, including paint, brushes and snacks, will be provided. Individuals will be given a square of the mural to decorate with their choice of colours. Everyone is welcome. Small children can work on a square with the assistance of an adult. The completion of the mural will be celebrated with a community potluck (please bring a dish to
Local residents are invited to help paint a mural in Kaslo Park based on an abstract painting by Wassily Kandinsky. Shown here is a mock-up of the mural. share and chairs or blankets to sit on), music and movie screening in the park on Sunday, August 9 from 5 to 10 pm. All events are free and everyone is welcome. Guimarin and Stonehouse hope that the mural will provide an opportunity for Kaslo Park’s neighbours to come together and get to know
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each other better, and make the park more inviting and colourful. For more information or to sign up for a painting slot, please call 604-789-5982 or online at info@ kaslopark.ca.
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Local volunteer Bill McMichael gets City Community Service Award On July 6 at the City of Vancouver’s Excellence Awards Celebration, long-time Collingwood volunteer Bill McMichael was named the 2015 recipient of the Mayor’s Achievement Award—Individual Category. This is the second highest award given by the city, the first being Freedom of the City. Nominations in three categories— youth, organization and individual—are made by the Mayor and are not open to public nomination. In presenting the award, Mayor Gregor Robertson noted, “The Mayor’s Achievement Award recognizes remarkable dedication to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Vancouver. Consideration is given to those whose achievements have also brought positive public recognition to the City. Dr. William McMichael is the driving force behind the 2015 Vancouver-Yokohama Golden Jubilee. “As chair and project manager of the 50th anniversary celebration of this dynamic ‘sister-city’ relationship, he has helped create an exciting program of events that promote intercultural awareness. The Mayor’s Achievement Award recognizes Bill’s contribution to the success of the 2015 Vancouver-Yokohama Golden Jubilee.
Mayor Gregor Robertson presents the Mayor’s Achievement Award to long-time Collingwood volunteer Bill McMichael.
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“An active volunteer at the local, provincial and national levels for more than 30 years, Bill has held many leadership positions. His local roles have included director of the Canada-Japan Society board, founding director of the Vancouver Mokuyokai Society, vice-chair of the Pacific Community Resources Society board and president of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House board.” A recently retired University of BC sociolinguist, Bill has been active as a community educator throughout his career in the post-secondary sector. Readers may recognize him as a former board member of Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH), the “Iron Chef” of the CNH morning breakfast program, a TEDx team member and active participant in many neighbourhood affairs. “Bill has been a long-term, dedicated volunteer in our neighbourhood,” said Jennifer Gray-Grant, the executive director of CNH. “He’s one of those people who has a deep understanding of our neighbourhood, a broad skill set and a huge desire to help to make the world a better place for all. When asked to help out, he always says yes.” “It’s wonderful to hear of this recognition for Bill’s many years of volunteer service,” she adds. The “river” that runs through his career, Bill explains, comes from his strong desire to help bring the quiet voices in our communities to public discourse. “Every voice matters here,” he says. “That’s why I love this place!”
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Light Blackberry Jam with Herbs or Spices – No Sugar Needed Pectin by Jason Hsieh In the heat of the summer, the pink flowers of the Himalayan blackberry bush transform into juicy dark purple berries on vines reaching over fences, along Renfrew Ravine, and many other places throughout the neighbourhood. Jason Hsieh of the Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute offers a blackberry jam recipe to take advantage of this summer bounty. The recipe uses “No Sugar Needed Fruit Pectin” instead of regular pectin so you can control the amount of sugar in your summer jam. You can also experiment with putting a little bit of spice or herbs – like cinnamon, basil or rosemary – into your favourite jam recipes. To make sure your jam is safe for you and others to eat, be sure to follow the instructions carefully! This recipe, adapted from Bernardin, makes 4 to 6 x 250 ml jars, depending on chosen sweetener. • 4 cups (1000 ml) crushed blackberries • 1 cup (250 ml) unsweetened blackberry, raspberry, cranberry or apple juice • 1 pkg (49 g) Bernardin No Sugar Needed Fruit Pectin Sweetener (optional) – if using: • Granulated white sugar – up to 1.5 cups • Honey – up to 1 cup Herbs or spices (optional): • Blackberry Basil Jam: 1/4 cup of fresh basil, chopped; or • Spiced Blackberry Jam: 2 tsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp of nutmeg Place 3 to 4 clean 250 ml or 236 ml mason jars on a rack in a boiling water canner; cover jars with water and heat to a simmer (180°F/82°C). Set screw bands aside; heat lids in hot water, not boiling (180°F/82°C). Keep jars and lids hot until ready to use.
sweetener, herbs, or spices you are using and aside. Stirring constantly, bring fruit mixture to a boil over high heat. If using, add sweetener, herbs and spices and return mixture to a boil. Stirring frequently, boil 3 This jam recipe takes advantage of the abundant blackberries found locally minutes. Remove from heat. Skim in the Renfrew Ravine. Photo by Julie Cheng foam. Quickly ladle jam into a hot jar to within 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) of top of jar (headspace). Using nonmetallic utensil, remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if required by adding more jam.
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Wipe jar rim removing any food residue. Wipe jar rim removing any stickiness. Centre hot lid on clean jar rim. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight. Return filled jar to rack in canner ensuring jars are covered by water. Repeat for remaining jam. When canner is filled, ensure that all jars are covered by at least 1 inch of water. Cover canner and bring water to a full rolling boil before starting to count processing time. Boil filled jars for 10 minutes.
When processing time is complete, remove canner lid; wait 5 minutes, then remove jars without tilting. Cool upright on a protected work surface; leave Crush blackberries one layer at undisturbed for 24 hours; DO a time. If desired, press half of NOT RETIGHTEN screw bands. blackberries through a sieve to After cooling check jar seals. remove seeds. (When seeds are Sealed lids curve downward. removed, the quantity of fresh Remove screw bands; wipe and blackberries requires increases.) dry bands and jars. Store screw Measure crushed blackberries and bands separately or replace fruit juice into a large, deep stainless loosely on jars, as desired. steel saucepan. Whisk in No Sugar Label and store jars in a cool, Needed Fruit Pectin until dissolved. dark place. For best quality, use Measure and prepare the types of home canned foods within 1 year.
August Activities Make sure to RSVP. Spaces are limited. All activities are FREE unless noted otherwise. Find more about community kitchens at http://rcfsi.blogspot. ca/2014/07/8-benefits-of-community-kitchens.html Friday, August 14 - Community Kitchen 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Collingwood Neighbourhood House RSVP at CNH front desk, 604-435-0323 Come cook and eat together with neighbours. Childminding available upon request. Tuesday, August 18 – Workshop: Fermenting Kimchi 12 – 2:30 pm Renfrew Park Community Centre RSVP at Renfrew Park CC, 604-257-8388 Learn to make this Korean staple with local produce. Wednesday, August 26 - Community Kitchen 5:30 – 8:30 pm Collingwood Neighbourhood House RSVP at CNH front desk, 604-435-0323 Come cook and eat together with neighbours. Childminding available upon request.
Sherry Daniels is a proud supporter of her Métis heritage and culture. Did you know that Renfrew-Collingwood is the home of the BC Métis Federation? Located at the corner of Boundary and Kingsway, the BC Métis Federation office is managed by Sherry Daniels. Founded in 2011, the BC Métis Federation is a non-profit association that works with Métis communities to ensure the well-being of its members. “We try to keep tabs on the Métis community that is spread out across B.C., as far North as Fort St. John., about 70,000 people in total,” explains Sherry. The BC Métis Federation helps to promote and maintain the culture of the Métis: their language (Michif), food, dance and art. With the assistance of donations from people, industry and government, BC Métis Federation promotes the Métis at festivals across B.C. You may have seen their displays this past July at Surrey’s Fusion Fest, or more locally at the European Festival at Swangard. “We are bringing Metis back together, to celebrate and share our music, dancing and food with everyone.” One project currently supported by the BC Métis Federation is to have the name of Louis Riel, who is considered the “Father of the Métis Nation,” exonerated from the charge of high treason. He was hung on November 16, 1885, having been tried for rebellion, a charge that was doubted by many back then, and even more so now with new evidence coming to light to prove his innocence. A Canadian politician and one of the founders of Manitoba, Riel is revered by the Métis as a Canadian folk hero. “He fought merely to preserve his family and community against corrupt government forces back then who were trying to steal their land.” The official language of the Métis is Michif. “There are many different dialects of Michif. Two different communities just 20 or so miles apart might not understand one another.” With the Michif language becoming extinct, one of BC Métis Federation’s goals is to keep the language alive, which they are achieving with new language classes, including online lessons, something that Sherry helped organize.
Sherry, a Métis herself, was born in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, into a family of six boys and six girls. Although families of this size seem incredibly large for us now, Sherry says, “That’s nothing, I knew a family with 23 children.” Wow! Sherry’s was a tight-knit family, which included her grandparents, all living together. Métis are big into family. Sherry was brought into this world by her grandmother, who was the midwife for the area at that time. Like the Métis of the past, her family lived entirely off the land: hunting, gathering, gardening and canning all of their food. “There were no stores, we relied 100 percent on our own survival skills. As young Métis children in the area at that time were being taken from their parents and put into residential schools, Sherry’s family moved to Saskatoon at age 7, leaving the farm behind. “I went to a Catholic school until I was 16. We had to wear uniforms. I was with the other 12 or so native children at the back of the classroom. We were abused at times and treated with outright prejudice.” To make matters worse, as a Métis, Sherry found herself caught in the middle between the whites and the natives and shunned by both, had few, if any, friends. Later Sherry would move to Fallis, Alberta, where she finished high school. In 1979, Sherry moved to Vancouver. She obtained a degree in architecture and design from Capilano University and ran her own design company before turning her energies towards work with the Métis – as president of Penticton’s Métis and eventually the BC Métis Federation not at work, Sherry, a former pro body builder, is in the gym a lot. She loves cooking and entertaining. She loves to ride horses and now has a horse at her daughter’s house in Las Vegas where they ride through the desert. Sherry is the proud mother of three children. Her eldest daughter is the head bartender in Elton John’s Las Vegas club, Fizz. She is also the wife to Brent Fitz, famous hard rock drummer who currently plays with Slash’s band, Slash. Cool! Sherry’s other daughter has just graduated as a registered nurse, having worked very hard to put herself through training school; her youngest son has been a missionary since he was 16. Now 24, he has lived in Africa, Poland, Czech Republic; he smuggled bibles into China and plays in the church band.
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Thank you for Joining Us for Collingwood Celebrates Canada Day
On July 1st we celebrated Canada Day in the Safeway parking lot (Kingsway and Tyne). Cake, refreshments and Canada Day swag were handed out. This year’s performing was Suseh Nievares singing good old Canada songs from Joni Mitchell to Glass Tiger. Congratulations to our raffle prize winner Denver. Special Thank you to our sponsors and partners Heritage Canada, Safeway, Starbucks and Don Davies MP of the cake, Adrian Dix, MLA and the Jr. BIA for making this event lots of fun for everyone. l
Up Coming Events: Collingwood International Film Festival 2015
This is the third year the Collingwood Business Improvement Association and the Collingwood Community Policing Centre are partnering in the Collingwood International Film Festival. These are family friendly movies with english subtitles. The remaining dates are: August 14 China @Aberdeen Park & August 21 India @Collingwood Park Movies begin at dusk. Bring your own chair and blanket. Come early to participate in the preshow interactive actifvities. Make sure to pick you a CIFF 2015 stamp card and bring it to the movies to get stamped and
then enter for great prizes. Stamp cards available the the CPC office, CBIA office #300 - 3665 Kingsway and for a list of participating businesses check out our facebook and twitter @ CollingwoodIFF.
Notice of Annual General Meeting Collingwood BIA AGM will be held Tuesday, September 15th., 2015 at 5:30 - 7:00p.m. AGM packages will be delivered to all Collingwood BIA members and property owners. Save the date and come out to network, review and celebrate. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP by September 4th. If you are interested on sevring on the board of directors please contact the CBIA office to recieve a nomination form.
Summer Newsletter Jr. BIA members have hand delivered the Collingwood BIA’s Summer Newsletter. Make sure you read it to know what’s happening in Collingwood. The BIA is working on updating the business directory for the upcoming 2015-2016 Business Directory and Brouchure. We appreciate your time in helping us gather all your current information.
l Planter Boxes We still have some planter boxes than need to be adopted in the meantime it would be appreciated if business can go out and water the planters especially in the extreme heat we are getting this summer. Signs have been inserted into the planters to help keep the planers looking beautiful by keeping your trash out and watering them when you have a chance.
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10 ways to reduce the stress of a job interview Job interviews can be very stressful with so much pressure at the moment to secure a job. When you do get that much-coveted interview, you want to make the most of the opportunity. It’s important to remember when you’re going for a job interview that the purpose of the interview is to assess your suitability for the job. Think of the event as a conversation about a job and this will probably make you feel more at ease. Here are 10 suggestions on things you can do to reduce the stress: 1. Good preparation is essential to reduce the stress of the interview. If you are well prepared and have done some research about the organization then that can certainly help. As part of your preparations for the interview visit the website of the company or organization that you’ll be interviewing with and learn as much as you possibly can about them. The interviewers will be impressed if you demonstrate knowledge about the organization. 2. Approach the interview with the right mindset. One of the most important things to do is to go to the interview with the right mindset. Turn your focus away from asking yourself things like what can the job do for me, to the alternative focus of what can I do for the job. Make a list of all
the things you can do to add value to that organization using your skills, past experience and knowledge. If you go to the interview focused on what you can do for the organization then this will certainly create a very good impression and greatly increases your chances of getting the job. 3. Rehearse the job interview using positive visualization. A few hours prior to attending the interview visualize yourself going through the interview in a relaxed calm and a professional way and actually enjoying the process. You may even visualize yourself being surprised at how well it’s going. This will certainly with your stress levels, relax you and prepare you for the event in as positive a way as possible. 4. Organize the details and tasks you need to cover for the day. Make a list of the things that you actually need to do on the day of the interview. For example, decide what clothes you are going to wear, what documents or items you might be taking to the interview such as references or other material that is required. Make sure you know where you are going. Double check the address of the interview and the specific room or floor in which it will be held. You may need to consult a map or discuss with your friends about the best way of getting there. Take with you your contact telephone numbers just in case something unexpected occurs on the way. If anything does happen you will be able to ring up and explain that you’re delayed.
5. Get to the interview in plenty of time. Arrive in plenty of time for the interview so that you can relax in your surroundings and compose yourself before actually talking to the people who will be assessing you for the job position. Once you are in the waiting room and you have some time to spare, you can calm your mind and focus on the event. 6. Expect to feel a little nervous and welcome it. You’ll probably feel nervous before going into the interview and this is actually a good thing. Some level of nervousness will assist you to keep alert and attentive. You don’t want to appear too laid back or relaxed, interviewer may conclude that you’re just not interested.
7. Fully understand the nature and requirements of the job. Make sure that you are fully informed of the requirements of the job. Review the job advertisement again and ask yourself if this is a job that you would really enjoy. If you are going for the job just because you need a job then your motivation may not convey any real enthusiasm for the position. If you really want the job and you are enthusiastic and excited about it, visualize yourself doing it and doing it very well—this creates a powerful mindset. 8. Give yourself full credit for actually getting the interview. You made the final cut. The organization was sufficiently impressed by your credentials to want to learn more about you. Give yourself credit for this. If 100 people applied for the position and 10 are granted interviews then you are in that top 10 percent. 9. Schedule interviews in the morning. Get stressful things out of the way early in the day. That leaves less time for negative thinking. 10. Get rid of negative thoughts. As an interviewee, enter the interview room with the correct mindset, set aside negative thoughts, especially the thought of failure. This information has been brought to you by the Vancouver Northeast WorkBC Employment Services Centre. For more information on effective interview skills and other helpful job search tips including information about their services and weekly orientations, please contact 604-708-9300 or visit www. employmentworks.ca.
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The Seniors Connection Seniors enjoy the sea air with Collingwood Neighbourhood ay trips by Suzanne Liddle The Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) Monday Fun Day group has been travelling outside of the city to make the most of the summer days. In June the group went to Steveston, Richmond, for a walk by the sea and some fish and chips for lunch. In July a large group went to Deep Cove, North Vancouver, to take in the spectacular scenery and spend some time in the village. There’s one more trip coming Seniors walk in Central Park on Monday Fun Day. up this month on August 17 when the group will head to Granville Island for some sun and 2:15 pm and refreshments are volunteer, please call Better at shopping. The group will leave at provided. Home at 604-435-0375. 10:30 am and return at 2:30 pm. If you’d like to join you can register The Renfrew Collingwood Introducing Eda at the neighbourhood house, 5288 Better at Home program has The seniors team at CNH is Joyce Street, 604-435-0323. recently introduced a new delighted to introduce Eda friendly visiting service for local Ertan, a summer student who Monday Fun Day is open to all seniors. Volunteers can visit will be in the role of program ages! Join the group on the first seniors in their home to provide assistant/outreach worker for Monday of every month for a companionship and a chat to July and August. Look out for birthdays and bingo celebration help them to stay connected to Eda joining the walking club or with free cake. There will be a their community. The Better at senior’s programs and say hi! Mayan arts and crafts session on Home program also provides August 24 and on August 31 the a light housekeeping and yard Eda is a third year health group will be joined by a local work service, senior’s shuttle sciences student with a nutrition student who will talk and a walking club. gerontology minor at Simon about the different types of salt Fraser University. She is in our food: which are good and If you or someone you know interested in improving which are bad? All of these sessions would benefit from any of these understanding of healthy aging will take place at CNH from 1:15 to services, or you would like to with a blend of education and work experiences. Eda has three years of professional experience with seniors, over two years of experience with women in marginalized communities and with kids and adults with disabilities.
Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society is seeking loving and dedicated foster parents who are willing to share their homes and provide foster care for Aboriginal babies, children, and youth in the Greater Vancouver area. We invite Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal applicants. Information Sessions are held on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6:45pm in our office at 3284 East Broadway, Vancouver. For more information, please email email@example.com or call 604-216-7447.
She is excited to be part of a great organization that provides services to all ages. Her focus is to provide assistance for the seniors and Better at Home programs and to reach out to businesses and organizations in our neighbourhood to promote the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood services. Suzanne Liddle is the Better at Home co-coordinator at Collingwood Neighbourhood House.
The following is a paid advertisement by Adrian Dix, MLA for Vancouver/Kingsway Dear Neighbours:
Summer Legislative Session The legislature sat for 6 days in July, specifically to vote on The LNG Project Agreements Act, and a Project Development Agreement signed by the Province and an industry group, led by Petronas, who want to build the project. I voted against this bill, alongside my colleagues in the Official Opposition. While it’s clear the premier is working hard to meet the interests of Petronas, it isn’t clear she’s looking out for the interests of the people who own the resource – British Columbians. I support an LNG industry that includes a fair return for British Columbians, and jobs for British Columbians. The premier has negotiated a deal with Petronas that includes no job requirements for British Columbians and locks us into a low tax regime for the company for 25 years. We support an LNG industry that works in partnership with First Nations and protects our air, land and water. The Premier negotiated a deal that includes First Nations in the category of “other matters” and she has set up a legal framework that allows 70 per cent of the emissions from LNG production to go uncounted towards her promise of cleanest LNG in the World. We can do better than that. British Columbians deserve better. We are still a long way off from seeing shovels in the ground. There has been no final investment decision, the project doesn’t have environmental approval from Ottawa, and we have yet to see meaningful partnership with all First Nations involved.
Latin Summer Fest at Trout Lake, August 16th The annual Latin Summer Fest will be on Sunday, August 16th this year, from 11am to 7pm at Trout Lake. The day is always filled with great food and entertainment, and it’s a great way to celebrate with the Latino community of Renfrew Collingwood. For more information, visit www.latinsummerfest.com.
Join me at the Moon Festival!
On Saturday, September 26th the annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival will take place at Slocan Park, next to the 29th Avenue SkyTrain Station. I am delighted to be participating as a judge in the Harvest Fair again this year. Bring your veggies! The Moon Festival is a wonderful combination of Asian and western harvest celebrations, and also an excellent opportunity to reflect on the Renfrew Ravine’s place in our environment. Our office will have a table up for the duration. Stop by! I look forward to seeing you! 4:00 - 7:00 pm. A festive Harvest Fair at Slocan Park with food, music, art, and harvest abundance. 7:00 pm. A twilight lantern parade along Renfrew Ravine 7:30 - 9:00 pm. A magical display of lanterns, art, music, tea and moon cakes at Renfrew Park. 8:30 pm The explosive finale at Renfrew Park field with dancing, stilting, fire spinning, and live music playing swing and jazz music.
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Paula Carr says farewell to CNH by Norman Hill At the end of May, Paula Carr, Community Strategist for Renfrew-Collingwood Intercultural Development, left her position at Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) to pursue new work. Paula had been with CNH for 27 years! Over that long time, she served in key positions, including as Executive Director. Current CNH Executive Director Jennifer GrayGrant described Paula as “a leader, mentor, friend and inspiration to many at CNH and beyond”. Paula is now working with the Doctors of BC as a Physician Engagement Lead, under the Division of Family Practice. She facilitates family physicians to work collaboratively with health authorities, other health care professionals and community organizations to improve the delivery of primary health care in BC. In her farewell communication to CNH staff, Paula expressed her gratitude for the relationships she developed over the years at CNH and for the sharing and growth that she experienced there. When asked what achievements she was most proud of at CNH, Paula cited the expansion of relationships that happened through CNH’s work, the physical growth of CNH, the development of CNH’s programs and
services, and CNH’s willingness to deal with ‘difficult issues’. In a neighbourhood as diverse as Renfrew-Collingwood, that has seen many changes, it was through a focus on relationship-building that people of different backgrounds learned mutual respect and how to support and care for one another, Paula said. A highlight of Paula’s CNH career was the learning and engagement that occurred with the aboriginal community and the heritage that aboriginal people shared with her and CNH. Paula is also proud of the physical growth of CNH. It grew from a single storefront on Kingsway to a 25,000-square foot space in 1994. Now a new Annex is under construction that will add even more capacity for CNH’s work. Over the years, CNH’s programs and services have expanded dramatically, to the point where it has become a focal point for the community. One area that stands out for Paula was the development of a child care ‘hub’ through which CNH coordinates Early Childhood Education services working in partnership, linking into family supports, and bringing the community together to support families. Paula is proud too that CNH has never been afraid to deal with ‘difficult’ issues such as poverty,
Collingwood Neighbourhood House invites you to lunch every Tuesday and Thursday. Full meal prices are $6.25 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for students and $3.25 for children under 12. Items can be purchased a la carte or “to go.”
August lunch menu Tuesday, August 4 Chicken quesadilla Salad Tortilla soup Churros
homelessness, and isolation. For example, CNH successfully worked to improve health and safety conditions for local sex workers. In the future, Paula would like to see a continued commitment in RenfrewCollingwood to relationship-building, collaboration and collective action, and the promotion of interculturalism and openness to diversity. And she’d like to see even more people—from youth to elders—feeling a sense of belonging and contribution and taking pride in the neighbourhood. Paula has some advice for anyone who wants to make our community more caring and connected: “Always work to connect your head and heart; be patient with one another; feel the confidence and courage to bring ideas and actions forward; trust yourself and trust others; and don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things. And remember, it’s all about relationships!”
Settlement Services’ Resume Clinic and Job Fair help local job seekers CNH Settlement Services recently held two events to help local job seekers find work: a Resume Clinic and a Job Fair. The Resume Clinic was offered on June 23. Non-profit organization Training Innovations provided advice to job seekers, helped them with their resumes, gave them interview tips, and helped them prepare to meet employers at the Job Fair. On June 27, 130 participants attended the Job Fair. The Fair was held in the gym at CNH and employers set up booths for job seekers to visit. Employers included CNH,
DHL, Concord Security, Coast Mental Health, Swissport, Starbucks, SilverLine, CAP Skilled and Trade Solutions, Organo Gold, and Collingwood Community Policing Centre. Participants had an opportunity to learn from employers about job opportunities and to apply for jobs. Some participants had interviews on the spot and some were invited to interviews later. Settlement Worker Lupita Garcia said, “The job fair offered job seekers a better chance of finding a job because they got
a better idea about job requirements and had a chance to make a connection with employers.” As a result of the Resume Clinic and Job Fair, a number of participants got interviews and several of them have even gotten jobs. For example, participant Mae Joy Castillo was hired full time by CAP Personnel Ltd. Through the Resume Clinic she also received valuable advice on how to pursue her social work profession in Canada. She said, “I must say, the CNH job fair made me hit 2 birds with 1 stone!”
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Thursday, August 6 Roasted lamb Roasted veggies Salad Frozen yogurt Tuesday, August 11 Roast beef sandwich Salad Bacon potato soup Vanilla cake with mixed berry sauce Thursday, August 13 Lasagna Salad Garlic bread Chocolate brownie Tuesday, August 18 Salad shrimp roll Salad Thai coconut curry soup Lemon tart Thursday, August 20 Roasted chicken Grilled veggies Rice Banana walnut cake Tuesday, August 25 Chicken salad wrap Salad Carrot ginger soup Blueberry scone Thursday, August 27 Salmon burger Roasted yams Salad Chocolate chip cookie **All the meals will have a vegetarian option.**
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Volunteer Judy Woodhall brings joy and friendship to seniors at Three Links by Liz Kendler When Judy Woodhall started volunteering at Three Links Care Centre in December of 2013, she had just moved to the RenfrewCollingwood neighbourhood from Hawaii. Becoming a volunteer has not only made her feel more connected to her new community, it has given her a new perspective on life.
Links’ 80 other volunteers, there would be a lot less for residents to do with their time. Judy says that it’s a real plus that Three Links has so many activities for the people who live there. She says she would be pretty bored if she were in their place and didn’t have anything to do.
“The smiles volunteers put on the faces of our residents are absolutely priceless.”
It doesn’t take much to bring a bit of joy to “When you haven’t worked with seniors a difficult phase of life. Small acts of kindness before, doing something like go a long way. “I love this sheds a whole seniors,” says Judy. “One day we’ll all be that age new light on what it’s going to be like and the little things we –Faria Ali, director of care when you get older. do for them mean a lot at Three Links I’d never really to them. The other day I shared a donut with a thought about that before. Everybody gets old, and when resident and she said, ‘This is so it happens to you, you might have good. I get a special treat.’” dementia or you might not. It’s good to know that there’s lots of help and good Judy also spends time with care out there.” Durene doing puzzles every week. Sometimes they get frustrated Judy volunteers her time twice a week trying to get the pieces to fit, to organize bingo and arts and crafts at so they throw one down on the Three Links. Without her, and Three table and laugh together. Even
frustrations can be fun when you have someone to share them with. Sharing a moment of laughter is good medicine, and Three Links staff notice the difference. Faria Durene Eikenberry and Judy Woodhall. Photo by Liz Ali, the director Kendler of care, says volunteers are a vital piece of budget for long-term care facilities. the team. They have the luxury Of even greater concern is that of unrushed time with residents, 61% of B.C.’s 30,000 seniors in an advantage that really benefits long-term care have dementia, residents who might be feeling creating a real and growing need lonely or confused. “The smiles to keep seniors connected with the volunteers put on the faces of our communities around them. residents are absolutely priceless,” says Faria. If you have time to donate and would like to make a difference in Within the next 20 years, the lives of seniors living in care, Canadian seniors are predicted contact Liz Kendler, the Three Links to increase from 13% to 25% of volunteer coordinator, at 778-452our total population, a change 6508 or firstname.lastname@example.org. that unfortunately coincides with For more information, visit www. a tightening of the provincial threelinks.com.
For our full listing of programs check out our website or drop by and pick up a brochure. GST included. Registration has now started. Register early so you don’t miss out.
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Saturday, August 1, 2015
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Mon, Aug 10-Thu, Sep 3, 2015 Fitness Centre
Carnival at Renfrew Park (All Ages)
Come celebrate the summer with us and enjoy the sun, fun and games. Thu 12:00-4:00pm Aug 13 FREE Splashdown Waterslides (13-17yrs) Thu 9:00-3:00pm Aug 13 $15/person Heat of Summer Luncheon (55+yrs) There will be a full meal with entertainment and door prizes. Wed 12:00-2:30pm Aug 19 $9/person Youth Musicfest (All Ages) Come and join us at Falaise Park for this fun day of music, games, arts and crafts and of course carnival food. Join the Renfrew Youth Council in celebrating the last day of summer. Fri 1:00-5:00pm Aug 21 FREE
Pool Closed for Annual Pool Maintenance Mon Aug 10 – Mon Sep 7
Outdoor Active Play (4-6yrs)
Outdoor Art & Stories (4-6yrs)
Multi-Sport Mania (8-12yrs)
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Aug 10-14 Aug 24-27
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For our full listing of programs check out our website or drop by and pick up a brochure. GST to be added. Registration Starts On-line and in person Registration Tue, August 11 Register by phone (604 257-8388) Wed, August 12 To create a new account, go to recreation.vancouver.ca
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August 2015 news stories from the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood in East Vancouver. Local news on events, people, history, eating out, re...
Published on Aug 6, 2015
August 2015 news stories from the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood in East Vancouver. Local news on events, people, history, eating out, re...