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Creative City Strategy — New arts opportunity for engagement by Crecien Bencio A new community-driven plan is coming to RenfrewCollingwood. The Creative City Strategy is a new planning process by the City of Vancouver to guide Vancouver’s future efforts and investments around arts and culture. Through this new civic plan, the City of Vancouver identified four main goals: ● Deepen existing consultation on areas of significant potential impact ● Broaden existing consultation with underrepresented people ● Provide meaningful and strategic recommendations on potential actions and priorities ● Strengthen relationships and knowledge networks across artistic, cultural and creative communities Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) is working with the City of Vancouver to engage community members and listen to their brave and different ideas around arts and culture planning. Through neighbourhood engagement we are opening conversations by asking neighbours, “how do we create an equitable and connected neighbourhood through arts and culture?” The meaning of equity is just and fair inclusion. An equitable neighbourhood is where everyone, no matter what difference, can participate and prosper to their full potential. Equity creates a path for hope and change.

Neighbours sharing their ideas on how to lead an equitable and creative neighbourhood. Photos by Emily Chan

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On June 26, 2018, CNH held its first launch event and brought together 25 neighbourhood leaders to share their own ideas on how arts and culture can create a more equitable and belonging neighbourhood. Neighbours shared many opinions such as adding more public art created by the local community and asking the City of Vancouver to not support cultural appropriation practices.

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Throughout the summer and fall, CNH will continue to collect community feedback at public community events. A report guided by the recommendations of community members will be created and its findings will be presented to Cultural Services staff at the City of Vancouver. For more information on the Creative City Strategy project, upcoming events and to share your ideas on arts and culture planning in RenfrewCollingwood, please contact Crecien Bencio, cbencio@cnh. bc.ca

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Renfrew-Collingwood’s humble historic landmark by John Mendoza

To commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the RenfrewCollingwood Community News, we’re revisiting past stories that have particularly inspired us.

An extraordinary photo of Vancouver Public Library’s Collingwood branch as it appeared before its opening in early July 1951. The glass expanse at the front of thebuilding has since been covered up in a subsequent renovation. Source: Vancouver Public Library, Special Collections, VPL 8856 Located at the northwest corner of Kingsway and Rupert Street, the Collingwood branch of the Vancouver Public Library is a colourful hub of activity. However, this humble library branch holds a secret pedigree that elevates it above the 22 other branch libraries in Vancouver. Unknown to most citizens of Vancouver, the architectural design of the Collingwood branch was designedby two celebrated British Columbianarchitects and could be the mostimportant example of Modernistarchitecture found in East Vancouver. Opened in July 1951, Collingwood Library’s design influenced its community in profound ways. Designed by local architects Harold Semmens and Douglas Simpson, the new building presented a friendly face to the neighbourhood. In contrast to the imposing, old world bulk of the Carnegie branch at Hastings and Main, the design of Collingwood branch was firmly contemporary. The design reflects the spirit and work of famous Modernist architects: the glass expanse at the front alluded to Mies van der Rohe, the use of stone a reference to Marcel Breuer, the low ceiling entrance an influence of Frank Lloyd Wright. (According to Douglas Simpson’s son, Gregg Simpson, the architect studied under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West in Arizona.) Yet due to its “effective scaling and proportioning,” the building presented a welcoming and accessible face to the local community. According to one source, shortly after its grand opening, Collingwood branch

recorded the highest circulation of materials for kids of any branch library in the Vancouver library system. If the architects wanted to create an open and approachable civic building, they succeeded.

This story by John Mendoza reflects his passion for architecture. He brings to life a little-known gem in our neighbourhood with meticulous research and tremendous detail. I love getting stories like these in my inbox. John Mendoza tells us that this news story from October 2010 was used by Heritage Vancouver to help defend the library’s inclusion on the 2011 Top Ten Endangered Places list. The Vancouver Heritage Foundation lists Collingwood Library as one of its Places That Matter. − Julie Cheng, editor

Certainly the original colour should be restored and the signage could echo that of 1950s typography. At the very least, As Gregg emphatically states, “To proper maintenance should be enforced. restore it to the original colour would be a great service to his Modernist building in Vancouver. legacy.” Early photos of the build- For example, during Vancouver’s general civic strike of Its influence can even be felt in succesing contrasted with the current sive library projects such as M. E. Uttley’s condition of the building suggest 2007, a vehicle crashed into Okanagan Regional Library (1955) and that successive renovations have the building, causing damage to the brick work. As of late Kenneth Sandbrook’s New Westminster not been respectful of its archiAugust 2010, the brick-work Library (1958). tectural damage remains and can still status. be seen just right of the main Because of their work on the Collingwood entrance. branch library, Semmens and Simpson The Collingwood branch therewere commissioned to design the new fore deserves consideration for its The library and city should set central branch of Vancouver Public significance in the architectural an example for celebrating the Library in 1954. Debuting in 1957, their design history of Vancouver. It city’s heritage architecture and new Modernist library building at Robexists as an east side example design, especially in a humble son and Burrard Street earned praise of local Modernist architecture for its design, winning the 1958 Massey designed by two acclaimed archi- neighbourhood like RenfrewCollingwood. Refurbishing Medal for excellence in Canadian architects. If itmeets the criteria, the this building and many other tecture. building should immediately be added to the Vancouver Heritage heritage landmarks in our area is an important step in the Despite this illustrious history, there Registry as a rare example of preservation of our shared hisare no guarantees for this Modernist Modernist architecture in East tory and the first step of cultilandmark in East Vancouver. Due to Vancouver. vating an identity for Renfrewbudgetary constraints, the library itself almost closed during the 1990s. MoreAs the library approaches its 60th Collingwood. However, it will only occur if the whole comover, the history of preserving heritage anniversary in 2011, recognition buildings and Modernist architecture in is overdue. It would be nice if the munity shares this aspiration and does its best to discuss Vancouver has not been positive. (Ironilibrary’s building design, layout this with others who can help cally, Semmens and Simpson’s awardand interior furnishings could in this goal. winning 1957 central library design has be spruced up in the Modernist lost much of its Modernist features due spirit, sensitive of course to the to a renovation in the last decade.) library staff and patron Renfrew- John Mendoza has lived in Collingwood for almost 30 years. Collingwood’s Humble Historic Heis a teacher and aspiring writIn a recent conversation, Gregg Simpson Landmark needs and to budgeter. Hisinterests include travel, complained about the lurid blue paint ary constraints. reading, art and architecture. that has been slapped on the exterior The impact of Semmens and Simpson’s branch library design was far-reaching; it influenced the local and even regional architectural scene. The new design quickly attracted the curious, and it soon turned into the most visited

of Collingwood branch library. Ideally, the original colour of the building should be retained.


August 2018

COMMUNITY NEWS 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: Afeed Areifiz, Bairma Batomunkueva, Cecilia Federizon, Crecien Bencio, Dee Gorn, Emily Chan, John Mendoza, Lina P. Vargas, Suzanne Liddle, Tony Wanless

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.

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

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Hairstyling for seniors at Collingwood Neighbourhood House by Lina P. Vargas I feel so honoured to be a volunteer hairstylist for seniors at Collingwood Neighbourhood house. For me, it is a great opportunity to reach out to our seniors in the community and to advocate and care for vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities. The best part of my passion is to serve and nurture our most isolated seniors and bring back the beauty of connections in our diversified community, using my skills as a hairstylist and caregiver. Often, I feel so excited each month especially during my volunteer work at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Volunteering is the source of joy in my heart and the fulfilment of my life in sharing what I have with others. My strength and courage in helping these seniors started by being a care provider and the stepping stone of coming over to Canada in Lina Vargas is willing to give anyone over 65 a new hairstyle for free. Photo by Lina Vargas 2004. Through the guidance of our almighty God, I made things possible and, within six years, my family arrived in 2010 to reunite with me in Hairstyling is a great way to give back my gratitude to the Vancouver, B.C. seniors in our community and volunteering is also a good way to educate the younger generation to learn the value In 2012, I finished my hairdressing diploma at Vanof giving back to others. couver Hairdressing Academy and the 10-weeks Business Development Program at YMCA in 2015. “The more you give, the more happiness you receive,” is In 2016, I started to operate my own business named what I believe. Care Cut Mobile Salon specializing in senior citizens and people with disability. I am inviting all senior citizens and people with a disability to book your appointment for a haircut at the I enjoy doing house-to-house services for my hairstyl- CNH front desk, every second and fourth Wednesday of ing on many different occasions. I go from Vancouver the month. Also, I’m giving a free hair and make-up for to Burnaby, Delta, Surrey and Coquitlam to group seniors’ birthday celebrations for their 65th birthday and homes for special needs, and to private houses and up. Feel free to call me at 778-834-9143. hospitals. I am looking forward to reaching out to more community centres for my hairstyling program and expanding the beauty of providing care through hairstyling. Lastly, I would like to thank CNH executive director Jennifer Gray-Grant and seniors program staff for giving me this opportuA . N . A . F. nity to express Unit 100 my whole self New in serving our valuable seniors Me m b e r s in the commuWe l c o m e nity.

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August 2018

Remembering Chris Jamieson by Suzanne Liddle

Chris Jamieson, who worked as a homeless outreach worker with the Collingwood Neighbourhood House, passed away on July 9, 2018. Chris started at CNH in 2009 and worked with the Homeless Program for nine years, until June 2018. Chris managed the Morning Star Breakfast program and did street outreach and one-on-one support work with homeless or tentatively housed folks in Renfrew-Collingwood, alongside his colleague MaryAnne.

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Chris was a great asset to CNH Cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Depression, Asthma, Irregular menstruation, Palpitations, Cramps, Headaches, Low back pain, Liver disease, Kidney disease, Arthritis, Insomnia, and to the Homeless Program; he Stroke, Various types of unsuitable treatment after-effects, Spinal illness, Adhesive was compassionate and caring and capsulitis, Sciatica, Tennis elbow, Limb stiff, Hemorrhoid & etc. 癌症, 帕金森病, 抑鬱 症,哮喘, 经期综合症, 心悸,絞痛,頭痛,腰腿痛,肝病,腎病,关节炎 always had a smile and story to tell. ,失眠,中風及各種不當治療後遺症, 脊柱疾病,肩周炎,坐骨神經痛, He worked diligently with those 網球肘,肢體僵硬, 痔瘡等. who came through the Homeless You will find that kungfuyes QiGong treatment is miraculous. program and had good relationChris Jamieson’s Celebration of Life will be held KungFu Training for All Ages(5~85) ships with many folks who have at the Gathering Place (609 Helmcken Street) on been coming to the Morning Star August 1, 2018. Photo sources: Facebook kungfuyes.ca 604-729-3186 加西中國功夫學院 Program for years. His was a familCollingwood Ad-Freschi_Bruno Freschi 12/06/18 2:04 PM Page 1 iar and steady presence for a lot of pun or a joke on hand, most usually delivered people. with a hilarious setHe also worked at the Gathering Place downtown, again working with vulnerable and marginalized populations providing front-line support. All of the staff and volunteers who work with the Homeless Program are greatly saddened about Chris’s passing. Suzanne Liddle is the director of community services at Collingwood Neighbourhood House.

“Working with Chris for me was like being the straight person in a comedy duo. He always had

up in which he made himself the target. It was impossible not to like him, a quality that endeared him to our team and our participants. We will miss that mischief in his eyes when a “good one” was coming.

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– Volunteer, Morning Star Breakfast program

“Chris has been great support to the team and to many of our clients we sent his way. Compassionate and caring. No second thoughts, always ready to help. Gentle in his speech and manner.“ – Karen Caguioa, CNH Settlement Services team

“A really warm-hearted and caring person.” – Yoko Tomita

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How to design a bird-friendly garden by Dee Gorn Ever since the 1500s, western gardens have been designed with the human aesthetic in mind. Gardening philosophies have ranged from taming nature to allowing it to flourish under certain conditions. Rarely have these gardening trends taken native fauna, such as birds, into account on an equal level to human needs. With this year’s Vancouver International Bird Festival from August 19 to 26, 2018, coinciding with the International Ornithological Congress (IOC2018), the Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute decided to host Gardening for Birds workshops to encourage our community to help our feathery neighbours in the city. Why make bird gardens Since the advent of industrialization, 200 bird species have gone extinct and another 1,200 are endangered worldwide. Birds face challenges from deforestation, over-hunting and mass-scale agriculture, pollution, pesticide and herbicide use. To add to all these problems, urban spaces tend to replace native plants with lawns. This leads to less nutrition and shelter for insects and the birds who feed on both. Because of this trend, over 33 million hectares of land in the U.S. is covered by lawn grass (stats which are believed to be similar in Canada). If all of this were to be converted to native gardens, the U.S. would gain a native landcover equivalent to 16 Yellowstone National Parks! To restore our urban native habitats, a great way to start is to create pollinator and bird gardens. How to design a bird garden Bird gardens need to consider the three fundamental needs of birds: food, shelter and water. A bird garden would attract more of our feathered visitors if they recreate the spatial dynamics found in nature. This means

having plants of differing heights that simulate the tree canopy found in our local Westcoast forests. Planting or designing around an already existImage source: www.vanbirdfest.com ing conifer that can provide shelter, materials for nesting and food year-round is a straightforward way of starting a bird garden without having to plant and wait for the growth of a tree. Shrubs, such as snowberry and wild raspberry, can also provide food and nesting materials over a longer period. Access to water – especially during the hotter months – is a very important aspect to a bird garden. Most urban birds get water from ponds, streams and anywhere where water pools (such as rain gutters). By adding a concrete or granite bird bath with no more than one inch of water, this need is met in the generally drier city environments. Want to learn more? If you would like to learn more about gardening, cooking or food issues, come join the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute! They run workshops and events as well as regular Rooftop Gardening sessions on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 pm. For more information, visit rcfood.wordpress.com, like us on Facebook @RCFood, or contact them by email foodsecurity@cnh.bc.ca or phone 604-435-0323 ext 237. Dee Gorn is a physical geography student and aviculture enthusiast. She is summer intern for the Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute.

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August 2018

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The Seniors Connection

Community Open House No. 1 for seniors — June 16 by Afeed Areifiz To seek out the rest, comfort and security in the autumn years of life is natural. Indeed, it would be an obligation to the rest of us, in this altogether too quickly moving world, to offer our elders a place of stability, vested with the knowledge that they are nurtured and protected. Such was the case with the Three Links Care Centre’s new Community Open House: the first of a series of seasonal events aimed at improving the quality of life for seniors both within, and without, the centre. This first open house took place June 16 at the Three Links Manor (2898 East 22nd Avenue, Vancouver). The event focused on connecting attendees with the reality of senior issues, familiarizing the RenfrewCollingwood community with the faces of service providers and vesting seniors with a renewed trust towards these services. The greater focus for this first open house was Elder Abuse Awareness and Dementia Leading to Isolation and Abuse.

Suzan Moore from the Community Response Network sharing her knowledge on the warning signs that you or someone you love may be in an abusive situation. Photos by Bairma Batomunkueva abusive situation, stressing to loved ones: “listen to your instincts: when you get the feeling in your gut and the hairs on the back of your neck[s] start to stand up…something’s wrong.” She noted a free, confidential, multilingual, 24/7 referral number – 211 – offering support and services during harmful situations.

The second speaker, Sandra Medina, the coordinator of Better at Home at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, discussed the The event was MCed by volunteer services the organization offered, coordinator Martina Holblingova including friendly visits, transand hosted by community liaison portation, light housekeeping and Amber Webber, both of Three grocery shopping. Her approachLinks. Among its speakers, this able demeanour and wealth of open house featured several key or- information allowed attendees to ganizations within B.C., all offering associate a welcoming face with advice on ensuring continued com- Better at Home. fort and safety both on residence grounds and in seniors’ homes. Third speaker Laura Feldman from the Alzheimer’s Society of The first speaker was Susan Moore, BC offered a condensed, informathe regional mentor from the BC tive overview on the types of deCommunity Response Network mentia and warning signs hinting (CRN). She highlighted the warnat its development. The succinct, ing signs of a senior being in an well-crafted presentation has been particularly successful, with many attendees reaching out for further information ever since.

Some attendees browsing the information table and chatting with speakers.

tance of the person-centred care model, touching on tips concerning safety and violence prevention and reasserting the high quality of life Three Links strives to provide its residents. Before wrapping up, Three Links CEO David Hurford presented Faria Ali and the director of support Marie Ollson with flower bouquets, and thanked them for their respective 16 and 18 years of outstanding devotion to the organization: exemplars of Three Links’ aim in care and service. A decided success (hopefully the first of many!), the open house wrapped up with a question period and more informal information exchanges. The Three Links Care Centre now looks forward to its next open house session and to the bettering of lives passing into those autumn years.

Contact information for associated organizations • First Link® Dementia Helpline – 1-800-936-6033 (Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm) Alzheimers Society of BC: Toll-free: 1-800-667-3742 • Better at Home – To register or for more information, please call 604Finally, Three Links’ 435-0375 or email smedina@cnh. bc.ca own director of care • Three Links Care Society – threeFaria Ali reintrolinks.com, 604-434-7211 duced services provided by Three Links, Martina Holblingova, Volunteer Coordinator/Community Engagement stressing the impor-

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

Last month I had the pleasure of attending so many events in our vibrant community, including Pista Ng Bayan, Vancouver Greek Summer Fest, and Cedar Cottage Garden’s 10th anniversary celebration. Thank you to everyone involved in this season’s celebrations. A number of summer events organized by our neighbours are funded by the City of Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Small Grants project, which can be applied for locally through Collingwood Neighbourhood House. The Neighborhood Small Grants project is a fantastic way to encourage more local, community-based events in our city that helps us get to know our neighbours a little bit better. The deadline to apply for up to $500 in funding is generally in the Spring, but it’s not too late to think of ideas for next year. Gladstone & Windermere Scholarship Winners I am honoured every year to provide the Adrian Dix Scholarship for outstanding graduates of Gladstone and Windermere secondary schools. Congratulations to scholarship recipients Brandon Lowe and Victor Wu of Gladstone Secondary School, and to Selena Shew and Gordon Leung of Windermere Secondary School. I wish you all the best in your bright futures. Information and Resources Our office has a wealth of information and resources on topics that matter to you, including: - Provincial Government Programs - Community Programs - Affordable Housing - Seniors’ Health and Wellness Please stop by at 5022 Joyce Street to pick up some copies for yourself or someone who might need the information. Free Public Access Computer A reminder to those seeking computer access for social assistance applications, BC Housing files, resume creation or housing and job searches: I have set up a public computer in my constituency office with quick links to Ministry websites, government services, and community resources. All constituents are welcome to drop by during our office hours. My Constituency Assistants are happy to help with any difficulty. My office is here to serve you Feel free to call or drop by to ask questions, get assistance with provincial government issues, or to let me know about a community event. I look forward to keeping in touch, and encourage you to just come by to say “hello.” 5022 Joyce Street Vancouver, BC V5R 4G6 Tel: 604-660-0314 Email: Adrian.Dix.MLA@leg.bc.ca Wishing you all a fantastic summer.

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A news section for Renfrew-Collingwood learners

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When learning a language, it helps to know that there are other ways to “talk” with people without using your voice. Sign language, often used by those who can’t hear, is an example.

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But the most common method is body language, which uses gestures or facial expressions to send information.

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Although we mostly use speech for talking, we also use body language – much more than we realize. Often we combine the two for emphasis.

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Body language is an ancient form of communication that is used by all animals, including human beings. It is commonly used to send messages to others without speaking or to amplify a spoken message.


Sometimes body language users don’t even know they are using it. Have you ever waved goodbye to someone who is leaving? Stood tall when you were angry? Nodded your head to agree with someone? Used your hands to explain something? You were “speaking” body language. Most often, “talking” in body language is done with the head or the hands (or both). But sometimes other body parts are used. Winking (closing and opening an eye quickly) to indicate a secret is one example. Some body language is universal: A raised open hand is understood by most people to mean “stop” (but if it is softened or moved, it could also mean “Hello!”) At other times, bowing your head is a sign of respect, nodding your head is a sign of agreement and shaking your head back and forth means no. It can also be a sign of recognition, or a sign of acceptance. Sometimes we move our heads to tell someone to move in a particular direction. Sometimes we only shift our eyes to signal they should look somewhere. Opposite to this is the body language that shows anger or disapproval. When angry, you may open your eyes and nostrils wide, or breath in deeply to fill your chest and appear “bigger” and more threatening. Can you think of more examples of “body talking” from your country’s culture?

language speech communication messages wave


winking bowing nodding gestures facial

emphasis amplify universal disapproval threatening

gesture: the use of motions of the limbs or body as a means of expression facial: of or relating to the face emphasis: special consideration of or stress or insistence on something amplify: to make larger or greater


August 2018


Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)


More Opportunities to Play and Learn: The New Preschool at the Annex By Cecilia Federizon With the opening of the Annex this fall, there are many things to be excited about. The building will house programs focused on the arts and culture in beautiful, open rooms. One of the many highlighted spaces in the Annex is the Children’s Room, where a variety of programming including a Community Choir, Children’s Piano, and child-minding for the LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) Program will take place. Among these programs held in the Children’s Room is a new afternoon Preschool. Collingwood Neighborhood House (CNH) currently holds two half-day preschool programs, one in the morning and another in the afternoon, each licensed to care for 20 children. The Preschool program provides support for each child’s development through art, imagination, and playtime. As a well-regarded preschool, there are often large waitlists leaving families with young children unable to participate. The addition of the Annex’s new preschool will help lessen this problem. The Annex’s preschool will increase the capacity of CNH. Two certified early childhood educators will primarily oversee this program, which is designed to take 18 children. The preschool curriculum is developed the unique pedagogy, the Reggio Emilia approach. It is through this emergent curriculum that children’s development and relationships

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.”

August lunch menu Thursday 2 Beef stroganoff/ chickpeas with curry egg noodles, salad upside down cake Tuesday 7 ham and leek soup, beef burger/veggie burger oven Baked Potatoes Lemon Cake

are learned through self-direction, self-expression and their environment. As a student-centred curriculum, the environment and resources are crucial to its success for children. The Children’s Room’s bright open natural lighting and its impressive modern space makes it suitable for the preschool’s needs. It is filled with new, engaging and educational toys like letters, puzzles, shapes and puppets. In addition, the easy-to-access outdoor area allows the children to play in other surroundings during bright and sunny days. That’s why Sharon Gregson, the Director of the Early Years at CNH, is excited to see the “beautiful new environment” where the kids can play and use various art materials in their learning with each other. All of CNH’s licensed programs use the Reggio Emilia pedagogy to develop its programs as it results in highquality programming. It provides children with the tools to be ready and successful when they start kindergarten. Because the current CNH preschool programs are often full and waitlisted, the Annex preschool will help meet the needs of the local community members with young children, giving families access to enroll them in this great program. The inclusion of a new preschool, as Sharon puts it, “is an exciting new opportunity to offer more to the local community.”

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Thursday 9 Meat loaf/ mix mushroom loaf mashed potatoes, Salad Mixed berries with pastry cream Tuesday 14 White bean Soup chicken salad sandwich/broiled tofu sandwich, salad Chocolate zucchini cake Thursday 16 Chicken Pad Thai/ veggie pad Thai, salad orange sponge cake Tuesday 21 Mexican tortilla soup Fish tacos/deep fried spicy tofu tacos Salad Churro with Chocolate mousse and whip Thursday 23 Roast beef/ mixed lentils with tomato coulis Roasted veggies Fresh fruit with gelato Tuesday 28 Roasted red pepper soup Roasted chicken sandwich/roasted veggie sandwich Risotto Mixed berries with chocolate ganache Thursday 30 Baked fish/ baked stuffed mushrooms Roasted sweet potatos, salad Pie with ice cream


August 2018


WHOÕS WHO IN COLLINGWOOD 604.639.4403 info@shopcollingwood.ca www.shopcollingwood.ca @shopcollingwood #300-3665 Kingsway

CBIA WHATÕS HAPPENING 1)Annual General Notice of Meeting - SEPTEMBER 26TH 5:30 - 7:00P.M. at The Green Thumb Theatre Please join us to Review Network and Celebrate - Come and Win some Great Prizes Register by calling 604.639.4403 or email info@shopcollingwood.ca 2) New Street Decorative Lighting - We are excited to be installing four street decorative lighting fixtures on our light poles along Kingsway. Let us know what you think. 3) Collingwood International Film Festival - August 24th Featuring England - Paddington 2. 4) REMINDER to Water the Plants Boxes in front on your businesses. ItÕs been a warm and hot summer and the plants need water. The planter boxes are self watering but with the heat the water will evaporate faster. Usually the planter boxes only need to be filled once every two weeks. There is a black cap that is removable and fill water to until the water comes out of the holes on the side of the planter. We appreciate you helping taking care of our streets and making Collingwood beautiful. Call the office if you have any questions 604.639.4403. 5) We are working hard to keep the street clean and graffiti removed as fast a possible. We want to thank our partners Goodbye Graffiti, Coast Foundation Society, Mission Possible and Skookum Landscapes for working together to keep our street clean and looking the best it can be. If you see any unclean areas please contact us or call 3-1-1.


Florists & Gift Shops

Coin Laundry 604.559.5477

Four Seasons Floral & Gift 604.738.0078

Courtesy Cleaners 604434.3646

Home Decor, Products & Services

Century Star Fashion 604.566.9930

HugoÕs Shoes Repair 604.433.5065

ABC Gift Shop 604.431.8869

Advance Reinforcing 604.437.7572

Sewaholic Patterns 604.639.4414 Something Special 604.431.1838 Tallor Atter 604.438.0066

Discount Stores

Real Liquidation Store 604.433.1484

Buddha Worshipping Materials City 604.438.9685 Commercial Vent Cleaning Ltd. 604.251.1717 Gold Mountain Home & Party Ltd 604.434.2814 Kingsway Vacuum 604.435.5581

REMINDER Please water the Plants Boxes in front on your businesses. There is a black cap that is removable and fill water to until the water comes out of the holes on the side of the planter. We appreciate you helping taking care of our streets.

Kingsway Veterinary Clinic 604.435.0222

Piano Music & Art 604.437.1792

Pacific Pet Hospital 604.437.3799

Sea Horse Household Products 604.451.9288

Pookt Pet 604.639.4442

SeasonÕs Mattress Mart 604.676.7014

Sporting & Rescue Equipment Soccer Cents 604.630.0550

Sleeping Beauty 604.321.9183

Best Windows Fashions Inc 604.436.3738

JEÕs Alteration 604.434.9677

Led Future Lighting 604.336.6663

Carleton Rescue Equipment Ltd. 604.438.6303

Sun Shades Blinds Mfg Ltd 604.322.7080 Tha Bong Shop 604558.2664

Pet Supplies & Veterinary Services

Doggie Goodie Pet Centre Ltd 604.568.5697 Downtown Dogs 604.435.5505


Upcoming Events

@ HugoÕs Shoe Repair ÒHugo does it all. Super friendly and does top notch work. You can tell he has many many years of experience. He always goes extra mile to make the shoes look greatÓ

June 22: Collingwood International Film Fest - Gaston Park

- Google Reviews

July 20: Collingwood International Film Fest - Collingwood Park August 24: Collingwood International Film Fest - Gaston Park


August 2018


Don Davies MP Collingwood International Film Festival Vancouver Kingsway

Ju n e 22




IN NE R Featured Country: AfGHANISTAN

You’re invited to our

Annual Community BBQ


Collingwood PARK MOVIE: Ferd inan d

Featured Country: Spain

Saturday, August 18th 1 PM - 3 PM Grays Park


MOVIE: P a d d in g

ton 2 Featured Coun try: ENGLAND

(New Location! 33rd Ave between St Catherines & Windsor)

F R E E outdoor movies

Rain or shine! Free hot dogs, entertainment & kid-friendly activities

weather permitting BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

Community Office 2951 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5J4 604-775-6263 | Don.Davies@parl.gc.ca

movies at dusk

Collingwood Policing Centre (604) 717-2935


Collingwood BIA (604 ) 639 -440 3


Three Links Care Society would like to thank and recognize two of our most dedicated and long serving employees. As Three Links’ Director of Operations, Marie Olsson has been serving the residents of our five housing properties in the neighbourhood for 16 years.

A s t h e T h r e e L i n k s C a r e C e n t r e ’s Director of Care, Faria Ali has been caring for vulnerable seniors in the CollingwoodRenfrew neighbourhood for 18 years.

Fa ria and Ma ri e h ave ha d a p osi t ive i mp a ct on th e l i ves o f th o usan d s of l o c al sen io rs an d th e ir fa m i lie s o ver t hei r care e r, a n d w e kn ow th ey a re just g e tt in g st arte d !

Thank you Marie and Faria from the Three Links team, volunteers, families and residents!

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