Renfrew-Collingwood Community News August 2022

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Summer cycle to New Brighton Pool by Julie Cheng A bike ride to and swim at New Brighton Pool is one of the great joys of summer. I love the view of the working waterfront with its grain elevators – it’s so uniquely East Vancouver. There are lanes to swim laps and a huge shallow end that’s perfect for kids. Best of all, I top off the day’s exercise with a delicious salmon burger from the concession stand. As an incentive to work extra hard, I sometimes pick up a treat from the Italian bakery at Hastings and Kaslo on the ride back. Depending on where you start in Renfrew-Collingwood, the bike ride can take from 30 to 40 minutes. There’s one big hill and a few small ones, but generally the ride follows bike routes and is quite easy and safe. For a small fee, you can purchase tickets online to reserve for one of several time slots at the pool ( aspx). I like to reserve for the 9:45 am to 12 noon time and go early to avoid the crowds.

On a cloudy weekday, you may have a lane all to yourself at New Brighton Pool. Photo by Bryden Fergusson

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Collingwood Corner:

Summer fun in 1969

by Loretta Houben

Summer fun in the Collingwood area in 1969. From left to right: Loretta, Leona, Marlene (sisters) with a neighbour friend in the background. Photo courtesy of Susan Williams This photo shows my parent’s back yard at 3382 Monmouth Avenue in Vancouver, B.C. My dad built the garage. No garage was provided when my parents purchased the house in 1963 for $14,500. He got the wood for free from the city dump on Kerr Street (now Everett Crowley Park). He built the wooden fence around the property, too, and planted a lawn from grass seed, leveling the bumpy dirt first. No lush turf lawn was provided with the brand-new house. Notice my mom’s large vegetable garden near the lane. Notice our swing set that we often played on. Notice we have the sprinkler going full blast in the middle of the day (now banned in Vancouver). Notice, too, the TV trays behind the swing set where we “baked” our doll’s mud pies. We also camped with our dolls in that area. They ate grass salads, too.

Notice the swing on the side of the garage that my dad also made. I’d swing on it then leap off, seeing how far I could land. The next year my dad made us a sand box in front of the garage, and we played in it for hours. The lane wasn’t paved until the 1980s, so each year a city truck came and put a coating of oil on the gravel, so it wasn’t so dusty. Oh, the memories. Do you have memories growing up in the Collingwood area? Memories from the 1970s to the 2000s? I’d love to hear from you. I’m currently working on an historical book of Collingwood, and it would be wonderful to include your memories. If you’d like to submit a story of 300 words or less, please email me at Photos are welcome too, with a short description. Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2022.


Summer cycle to New Brighton Pool - continued from page 1 It’s important to bring water and get an early start, especially on a hot day. On a cloudy weekday, though, you may find you have a lane all to yourself.


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Renfrew-Collingwood bike route to New Brighton Pool 1. Take the Slocan Street bike route. Going up the hill next to Van Tech high school and just before Broadway is the worst part of the ride. 2. Continue on Slocan. Rest in the shade at Clinton Park and 1st Avenue, if you like. 3. Turn right at Adanac. Turn left at Kaslo. 4. Follow Kaslo until you hit the Portside route. Take in the views of the waterfront. Ride past the horse barns of the PNE’s Hastings Park racecourse on your right. 5. Continue on Portside, going under the train bridge, until you reach New Brighton Pool.

From Slocan, turn right at Adanac then left at Kaslo.

The salmon burger from the concession stand is the best part of the ride. Or try the fish and chips.


The ride up Slocan Street just before Broadway is the worst part of the ride. Photos by Bryden Fergusson


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RISE Community Health Centre grand opening by Paul Reid 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: Jodi Weir, Julie Cheng, Karen Vanon, Loretta Houben, Paul Reid, Penny Lim, Sophia Han, Susan Williams

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It has been over two years since RISE Community Health Centre (CHC) opened at 5198 Joyce St., yet, due to COVID, it was only this past July that the official grand opening celebration occured. RISE, which stands for Resilience, Integration, Social Justice and Equity, was launched by the Province in collaboration with the Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) Society to provide comprehensive primary health care and health promotion services The grand opening offered visitors a chance to tour their local community to residents. health centre. Photos by Paul Reid

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Darren Childs (left) talking with RISE staff, was on hand to show his support. “RISE has really changed my life” he says.

Local artist and art teacher Yoko Tomita was present to guide these young artists.

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Libraries, Collingwood Neighbourhood House, Renfrew Park Community Centre, The Italian Cultural Centre, Collingwood Policing Office, other organizations, religious institutions, schools, laundromats, Starbucks, Rona, Superstore, Canadian Tire, Walmart, London Drugs and Safeway coffee shops, restaurants, markets, corner stores, other businesses, and coffee tables all over Renfrew-Collingwood.

“Our primary care strategy is providing increased and improved access to everyday health care to people throughout B.C., including in Renfrew-Collingwood,” said Adrian Dix Services available include attaching people without a primary care provider to a family doctor or a nurse practitioner, providing access to preventative and primary health-care services to patients with complex medical and social needs, mental health and addictions challenges, and co-ordination of specialist care.

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RISE also provides health promotion programs, such as health education to the broader community, provision of harm reductions supplies, and outreach and collaborations with local programs and services to support residents.

Renfrew-Collingwood Community News Collingwood Neighbourhood House 5288 Joyce Street Vancouver, BC V5R 6C9 by Karen Vanon

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This is a paid advertisement by Adrian Dix, MLA for Vancouver/ Dear Neighbours, I hope that you’ve all had time to enjoy the sunny weather while still being mindful of the heat. I thoroughly enjoyed my time meeting and engaging with folks at the many returning festivals this year, including the Greek Summer Festival, Fiji Fest, and of course Collingwood Days.

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Medal of Good Citizenship

Nominations are now open for the B.C. Medal of Good Citizenship. This honour recognizes people who, through exceptional long-term service, have made outstanding contributions to their communities without expectation of remuneration or reward. These contributions are outside of paid employment or beyond the perimeters of what their job entails. The medal acknowledges their generosity, service, acts of selflessness and contributions to community life. Nominations are accepted all year, but to be considered for year’s awards, they must be received by September 6, 2022. Please share this information widely so that deserving citizens can be recognized for their contributions. Are You Looking for Resources As the days continue to get hotter, especially into the evening, I encourage you to speak with your family and friends on emergency preparedness for extreme heat. It is important that we all have a plan in place to stay cool when Heat Warnings and Extreme Heat Emergencies happen. Drop by our office to pick up the province’s Extreme Heat Guide as well as guides on how to build a Home Emergency Preparedness Kit which contains valuable information on how to prepare for a power outage, earthquake, severe weather, and more. Please visit to pick up copies for yourself or someone you know who might need this information.

Vaccines for Children Under 5

Approximately 208,000 eligible infants and children in British Columbia between six months and four years of age will soon be able to receive vaccine protection against COVID-19. Following Health Canada’s approval of the Moderna vaccine, and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization’s (NACI) recommendation on its use, for those aged six months to four years, regional health authorities will start offering this vaccine at clinics throughout the province on Aug. 2, 2022. B.C. has the capacity and experience to deliver this COVID-19 vaccination campaign for this new age group. Since the start of the vaccination campaign in B.C., almost 12 million doses have been administered to eligible people. I encourage parents to register their kids under the age of five, either by booking an appointment online at or registering by phone at 1-833-838-2323. As always, my community office is open to provide services to constituents in person with appointments and via phone and email. Please give us a call at 604-6600314 or email us at, and we will get in touch with you as soon as we can. 聯絡辦 事處,請電郵 或致電 604-6600314. 如欲親臨敬請預約。 Sincerely, Adrian Dix, MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway

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This piece of art by Rachel Achus is called Solana. It is among many murals that were created by local artists specifically for the Rise Centre. Rachel was among the artists who were on hand during the grand opening to present their original art works. Rachel states, “When approaching this piece, I wanted to create something that all the staff and civilians could connect to. Collingwood is a vibrant community surrounded by a rich natural landscape and I found it important to reflect that lush nature surrounding the area through displaying valleys and mountains.” “I wanted the viewer to feel peace and tranquility when looking at this piece. During these times of


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Rachel takes time to explain her vision for Solana during Rise’s grand opening. uncertainty due to the pandemic, I wanted the colours to reflect calmness and connection. The white flowing lines all ultimately flow into one another; this represents our association with each other as people and our larger part in the natural world. The overall shape of the valley is meant to make the viewer feel cradled and taken care of, which is exactly what the RISE Community Centre team offers their visitors.”


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The Seniors Connection

Seniors day trip to Shannon Falls and Whistler by Penny Lim Early July, dramatic weather greeted our group when we headed out on the Thunderbird Community Centre day trip to Shannon Falls and Whistler. I puffed up a steep trail to Shannon Falls – very rewarding in the downpour. It brought back memories of my mountain hiking days. Most stop at the viewpoint, which is comfortable. Whistler was so overcast, no mountains were visible at all. At the Audain Museum, I marvelled at the Wolves exhibit carved by Dempsey Bob. Striking the eyes were the influences in his work: Maori, Mesoamerica and Africa. I marvelled at his remarkable use of different woods, including alder.

Shannon Falls in the rain is spectacular. Photos by Penny Lim

The wolf greets me at Audain Museum in Whistler. Shannon Falls trail brought back memories of mountain hiking days.

Good Luck Story by Dempsey Bob.


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Eating out in RC: Miss Siam food truck by Julie Cheng

Broadway Tech Centre (Renfrew and Hebb) Usually Mondays and Wednesdays 11 am to 2 pm Check location and time at or @streetfoodapp “No mango salad today,” said Lek. “The mangoes are too ripe.” Seeing my pained expression, she told me that she’ll make papaya salad next week, as customers have been asking for it. I’ve been hooked on Miss Siam’s fresh green mango salad ever since I saw a line-up in front of the food truck one day while walking to a nearby appointment. Because of my high cholesterol, I eat more salads, and this one is a refreshing change from the usual lettuce ones I make. I also suspect, like green papaya, that green mango is full of enzymes that help digestion. Lek, the friendly chef-owner, recalls growing up in the countryside in southern Thailand always eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Hence the mango and papaya salads as well as dishes chock full of vegetables.

The Miss Siam food truck brings Thai street food to the Broadway Tech Centre (kitty corner to the Renfrew SkyTrain station) usually on Mondays and Wednesdays. Photos by Julie Cheng

It seems many of Lek’s customers work at the Broadway Tech Centre and know her by name. I mentioned to one customer, “The green curry is so delicious.” He replied, “The red one is even better.” I’ve now tried both the green and red curries, and I can’t decide which one is better – both are amazing – as is the pad Thai. For these dishes, you can choose your own protein such as chicken, prawns or tofu.

(Above) Miss Siam’s Pad Thai and green mango salad give you healthy servings of vegetables. (Left) Red curry pineapple with chicken has a smooth curry flavour with a delightful sour note from the pineapple. The walk down and up the hill to Miss Siam is well worth the effort and makes a welcome break from the home office. On a recent Friday, I also noticed the Thai Box on Truck in the same location and made a mental note to check this out.


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A passion for community and crafting by Jodi Weir In February 2022, I started working part time at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Working as an office assistant gives me the opportunity to meet lots of different people within the organization, including the board of directors. Everyone here is friendly and helpful and you can feel how much the staff care about this organization from the ground up. I love working for a non-profit organization because the focus of our work is on helping the community, not driving sales or profits. Working for a neighbourhood house aligns with my values and makes me feel like I’m helping to make a positive difference in people’s lives. I enjoyed being part of the organizing team for the volunteer appreciation event that was held virtually in April and I look forward to being able to help with an in-person version of it next year.

As well, I am enjoying my veggie delivery every Friday as part of the community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. I’ve always been a supporter of the Vancouver Food Bank, but in these difficult economic times, I wanted to do more to help our community with food scarcity. Signing up for the CSA delivery has been a win-win for me. I encourage others to consider it too. Every week I receive beautiful greens and other seasonal vegetables and through my donation, another low-income member will also receive fresh veggies. In my spare time on the weekend, you will find me selling my jewelry at the Vancouver farmers markets. I’m a regular craft vendor at both the Riley Park location on Saturdays, as well as the Mount Pleasant Market on Sundays.

Jodi Weir displays her jewelry for sale at a local farmers market. Photo courtesy of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House


Still Moon Arts summer events

20th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

Summer Stewardship Series Continues Come join enthusiastic community members working together to establish more biodiversity within the Still Creek Watershed. Saturday, August 20, 10 am to 1 pm | Stewardship Work Party – Fall Planting Prep at Renfrew Ravine Saturday, August 27 | Stewardship Work Party – Fall Planting Prep at Beaver Pond(er)ing Lodging Gardeners’ Gatherings Work Parties Weed, water and maintain the Colour Me Local Dye Garden on the east side of the Renfrew Ravine and East 24th Avenue. Plus artwork and natural dyeing. Photos courtesy of Still Moon Arts Saturday, August 6 | 9:30 am to 12:30 pm –Weeding, watering, harvesting PLUS botanical illustration Wednesday, August 17 | 5:30 to 8:30 pm – Weeding, watering, harvesting, garden maintenance PLUS natural dyeing Invasive Ivy Removal & Basket Weaving Workshop Learn to safely remove invasive English ivy and weave it into a basket. The skills you learn in this workshop will help you participate in Still Moon’s Beaver (Pond)ering Lodging project. Friday, August 12, 1 to 4 pm | Renfrew Ravine Eco Printing on Silk at the Silk Dye Garden Take part in a natural dye class right where the dye materials are grown: the Colour Me Local Dye Garden. Thursday, August 25, 6 to 8:30 pm | Colour Me Local Dye Garden, Renfrew Ravine For more information on these events and to register, .

This year marks two decades paying tribute to the lost stream systems of Still Creek with the theme of Resurfacing. The signature events run throughout September: Harvest Fair, Lost Streams Parade, and Streamside Lantern Installation features live music, dance, shadow puppets, eco-arts, workshops, youth performances and community veggie competitions. There will be two new performances: Consciousness of Streams and Treesong. For the full event schedule, visit


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How many times do you wear clothes before you throw them away? Shockingly, people in Metro Vancouver throw away thousands of tonnes of clothing each year.

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This is both wasteful and expensive. Canadian families spend $2,000 a year on clothes. Instead of throwing old clothes away, we can upcycle them. Upcycling means that we change old clothes into clothes that look more updated and stylish. We can also use the material from old clothes to make new things like scarves, hats or bags.

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It’s easier than you think to breathe new life into worn-out clothes. Of course, cast-offs can be used as rags and dish cloths, but you can also cut up old clothes and use the fabric to upcycle other items in your closet. Here are some ideas to try for your first upcycling project: 1. Add something decorative like an embroidered patch. 2. Cut up the clothes into fabric for crafts like quilting or macrame. 3. Take apart and restitch the clothing into something completely different. 4. Decorate clothes with acrylic paint.


This stylish vest was upcycled by Yoko Tomita from a pair of jeans! Photo by Sophia Han

To learn more about upcycling and other crafts, join the Make Your Mark class at Collingwood Neighbourhood House on Thursday afternoons. Classes are free, and there is a sewing machine to use. All you need to do is bring your old clothes for upcycling! Make Your Mark Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex 3690 Vanness Avenue

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2021 Community Vision Award recipient shares impact of nomination A year after receiving Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s Community Vision Award, Jillian Tale continues to pursue her passion for early childhood education. The Community Vision Award, which includes a $500 scholarship, is given to a Grade 12 student from Windermere Secondary School. It aims to support a student with a connection to CNH and/or who has volunteered in the neighbourhood, and is entering a diploma program for early childhood education, community services or community development. Jillian, who started her Early Childhood Education studies at Douglas College last fall, recently obtained her license to be an Early Childhood Education Assistant. She currently works with infants and toddlers at Port Moody’s The Kids Academy. “[The award] helped me move forward and pay for the class I needed to get my license,” she said. Now finishing her first year at Douglas College, Jillian hopes to build transfer credits to Capilano University to do a Bachelor’s, and then a Master’s in Early Childhood Education. Jillian, who also lives in the Renfrew Collingwood neighbourhood, credits her time volunteering for the community in helping her figure out what she wanted to do and what her passions were. She started volunteering in the neighbourhood, as well as for Collingwood Neighbourhood House, during high school. “I found out through volunteering that I actually loved working with children,” she said. “I would do activities like cooking, arts and crafts, lego, and reading with the kids.” She encourages young people to volunteer for the community as a way to figure out what they want to do in life. “Get out there as much as you can, as soon as you possibly could. Ask friends if you want to do volunteering together… it was less scary volunteering with my friends. We all figured out what we wanted to do and what our passions were as well. It helps a lot, going out and getting into the community,” Jillian said. The Community Vision Award is announced annually at CNH’s Annual General Meeting. This year’s recipient will be announced in September.

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AUGUST 2022 Collingwood BIA Expansion Stage 1 Almost Complete The Collingwood BIA has officially begun the process of surveying the businesses and property owners. They will be emailed, or hand delivered.

Coming Events August 1 BC Day September 5

You can also answer the survey here: Collingwood BIA Expansion Survey link:

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Annual General Meeting

Collingwood Days July 15 – 23, 2022

National Truth & Reconciliation

Thank you for joining us this year and we look forward to seeing you all next year.

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September 30

Make sure check out the website for current information Annual General Meeting Collingwood BIA’s AGM will be September 27th AGM packages will be delivered at the end of the month. Meeting is open to all businesses and commercial property owners in the Collingwood BIA and along Joyce Street. Information will also be on our website We are looking for board members to join us. If you own a business or commercial property the Collingwood BIA’s boundary (Kingsway between Boundary Rd and Rupert St.) you are eligible. Please contact our office. We also have committees you can participate in (marketing, street enhancement/beautification, safety and events). National Truth & Reconciliation Day September 30th The Area Service Team of Renfrew Collingwood are having an Orange Shirt designed specifically for our neighbourhood. If you are interesting in order one or more for staff and family please contact Angela at to place orders. T-Shirts will be ready a week prior to September 30th. More information will be provided next months with event activities. Summer Watering for the Planter Boxes We are the businesses with the planter boxes outside your store to please add water to the reservoir. If you require some help, please call 604.639.4403. They only need watering 2X a month but in the summer, it may be more frequently. Thank you for your help. Shop Collingwood! It’s good for Business!

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