Renfrew-Collingwood Community News December 2021

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December 2021 COMMUNITY NEWS

Local youth programs support remote First Nations youth by Ry Forsythe Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s Peer 2 Peer and CREW Indigenous youth programs are teaming up this holiday season to support the Ballantyne Project on behalf of CNH Youth Services. What is the Ballantyne Project? Dwight Ballantyne grew up in a remote Saskatchewan First Nation until age 21. He received a Premier’s Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sports and represented Team Canada at an international hockey tournament in Europe. On the flight back from the tournament, he founded the Ballantyne Project in order to send supplies to the youth and young adults living on remote reserves. Feel free to watch the videos and check out the website to learn about his experiences and the unique challenges faced by youth living on remote reserves: https://www.

Left: Dwight Ballantyne. Above: Dwight and a few of the Ballantyne Project supporters. Photos courtesy:

What do we need? In the spirit of giving, the Ballantyne Project is looking to receive monetary donations as well as stimulating activities to send to a remote reserve. Continued on page 2

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Local youth programs support First Nation’s youth: Continued from page 1 Stimulating activities that will be accepted include: • board-games • crossword/suduko books • felt pens/markers • playing cards • colouring books • sketch pads • journals • paint supplies • puzzles Please note: electronics, stuffed toys or heavily used items will NOT be accepted.


Dwight Ballantyne Join us on zoom and hear the story of Dwight, the founder of The Ballantyne Project, and learn the importance of the #WeSeeYou movement.

Wednesday December 8th 5-6:30pm

How to give Please bring your donations to the Register via the link provided! reception at Collingwood Neighbourhood House (5288 Source: Joyce Street). Donations will be is for the Ballantyne Project and hit stored until staff are ready to start donate, then fill in your address, packing the boxes. hit continue, enter your payment information and, once filled, click What is the timeline? “complete your donation.” Donations are accepted from November 22 to January 7, 2022. Dwight Ballantyne will be sharing his story live on Zoom Wednesday, On Friday, December 10 and 17, the December 8, 5 to 6:30 pm and the Peer 2 Peer and CREW Indigenous community is invited. To register, youth programs aim to fill up to 40 fill in this form: five-pound boxes. vc2FgkwAUQAb5WVf6 To make a cash donation Go to and mark “donate once.” Under private message mention your donation

Ry Forsythe is the Peer 2 Peer youth worker with Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s Youth Services.

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2400 Motel’s 75th anniversary puzzle delivered to local organizations The 2400 Motel is celebrating 75 years in business. Welcoming guests since 1946, this historic motel is a prime example of the post-war Kingsway auto courts that speaks to the impact of the automobile on Vancouver. To commemorate this anniversary, there’s a new puzzle depicting the 2400 Motel with its iconic neon sign. The puzzle has been distributed to senior homes, the Army Navy Legion and Collingwood Neighbourhood House, and staff aim to deliver it to many more organizations and social services within the local community. As noted on the puzzle box: The 2400 Motel speaks to car culture – the love affair with the automobile that swept North America during much of the twentieth century. The 2400 Motel [is] one of the most recognized grouping of buildings in the city, giving the site a city-wide and even regional importance in the cultural landscape. Its neon sign, a carry-over from Vancouver’s days as one of the greatest centres of neon signage in the world, cements the iconic stature of the site.

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The 2400 Motel’s iconic entry sign is featured on the motel’s 75th anniversary puzzle. Puzzle cover photo by Jonathan Lee


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Collingwood Corner: Christmas 60 years ago COMMUNITY NEWS

by Loretta Houben

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

Contributors: Julie Cheng, Karen Vanon,

Loretta Houben, Robert F. Edwards, Ry Forsythe, Ryan Ng, Sophia Han, Sue Woodland, Vince Prasad

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

Loretta Houben at age 18 months with her gifts.

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

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Contact the RCCNews Phone: 604-435-0323 extension 261 Fax: 604-451-1191 Editorial: Advertising: Phone Lisa Symons at 604.435.0323 email: Renfrew/Collingwood Community News Collingwood Neighbourhood House 5288 Joyce Street Vancouver, BC V5R 6C9

The little girl in the photo taken in 1961 is me. I was greatly absorbed by my gifts underneath the Christmas tree, although I was not at all interested in the steel tricycle that my mom purchased using up her green stamps to get the trike for free. I grew to love that tricycle very much, and later when we moved to Monmouth Avenue I would take it to the top of the hill near Grenfell school and race down with my feet off the pedals. Christmas was a simple time for children 60 years ago. My other gifts were a blue wooden piano, a children’s picture book, a plastic kangaroo that rolled on wheels while its baby poked up and down in the pouch, and a huge blue and white teddy bear. The other gift was a plastic cookie jar with a lid for playing house. I loved playing on a real piano later in Grade 3 when I took lessons after school. I also developed a great love of reading and spent hours in my room with books borrowed from the library. Playing house with the cookie jar for hours, along with a stove and table and chairs, turned into a lifelong love of baking and cooking. So even though I “missed out” on modern technology, I think I had a very happy Christmas all those long years ago. And I still love teddy bears! Loretta Houben is a long-time resident of Collingwood and a frequent contributor to the RenfrewCollingwood Community News.



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Thank you contributors, advertisers and distributors Many thanks to the writers, artists, photographers, advertisers and distributors who help our monthly newspaper bring the Renfrew-Collingwood community together. We are grateful to all of you for your ongoing support during this unusual and challenging COVID-19 year. Warmest wishes for a safe and healthy 2022. ―The RCC News team


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The Seniors Connection

Fostering meaningful connections amidst COVID-19 by Sue Woodland While helping vulnerable seniors to access basic needs like food in a really uncertain time, unlikely friendships bloom in the heart of Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s (CNH) diverse community. Rowena is a participant of CNH’s frozen meal program and orders meals most weeks. Kaylynn Chong, one of the program’s volunteers, calls Rowena each week to see how she’s doing and takes her order for that week’s meals. Through their weekly chats Rowena and Kaylynn have become close and when restrictions were lifted they were excited to meet in person for the first time after nearly a year of weekly chats. They decided to meet for lunch at The Piazza Dario at the Italian Cultural Centre and promptly found out that each of them had Italian family history. Kaylynn loves the weekly chats they share and thinks Rowena “is such a sweet person.”

Rowena’s incredible penmanship. Photos courtesy of Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Each week, Rowena hands candies to her volunteer driver in gratitude for the free delivery and makes sure to send some along for CNH staff as well along with an expertly inked appreciation note. Rowena’s calligraphy is absolutely amazing and completely self-taught. Rowena is a delight to serve and we at Collingwood Neighbourhood House are grateful to be able to foster meaningful relationships that nurture body and soul in such trying times.

Noticed in Renfrew-Collingwood

Sue Woodland coordinates the frozen meal program at Collingwood Neighbourhood House.


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Cold-weather comfort foods Bowl of comfort food  Vancouverites know that the dark, rainy days of winter can make you feel chilled to the bone. On days when you want to stay inside and hibernate, a bowl of comfort food can help.

In many Asian countries, people like to enjoy a communal soup dish called a hot pot. The food is cooked at the same table where it is served, and everyone takes turns cooking and serving the food to each other. In China, hot pot dishes have existed for a thousand years and there are many varieties. Sichuan hot pot uses spicy peppers that can make your tongue feel numb. A type of hot pot from Japan is called shabu-shabu. Thin slices of meat are cooked for a short time in a light broth and then dipped in a sauce for extra flavour. In the Korean dish called jeongol, boiling soup is poured over raw ingredients. Jeongol is spicy and served with kimchi. Luckily, Renfrew-Collingwood is a multicultural neighbourhood where you can try hot pot at a restaurant or buy ingredients to cook hot pot conveniently at home. Whether at home or in a restaurant, the experience should be shared with friends and family. Hot Pot Master 5737 Battison Street


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Vancouverites — people who live in or around Vancouver chilled to the bone — (expression) a very cold feeling hibernate — to sleep for a long time like a bear in winter comfort food — food that makes you feel good remind — to make you think of something satisfying — something that makes you feel happy crave — to want something very much communal — something that is shared by a group of people take turns — when people do an activity one after another variety — a type of something numb — a body part that is numb does not have much feeling light — when light is used to describe food, it means that the food is not too fatty or flavourful dip — to put into a liquid for a short time raw — uncooked conveniently — something done conveniently is easily done

Dear Neighbours,

Third doses for COVID19 Vaccine

Comfort foods are simple hot meals that remind us of our childhoods and home cooking. They have a lot of fat and are very satisfying to eat. Scientists believe we crave fatty foods during the winter because of the cold temperatures. December is also a time for people to get together and share large meals to celebrate the holidays. 

The following is a paid advertisement by Adrian Dix, MLA for Vancouver/Kingsway I hope you’re all staying as safe and warm as possible during these cold and blustery days. This past year has continued to be one of tremendous challenges, as we wrestle with the ongoing effects of COVID-19 on our communities and our world. At the same time, I am heartened by the incredible work this community, and the people of B.C. have done to stop the spread of this disease. I thank you again for all your efforts, your support, and your sacrifice, especially during the holiday season.

by Sophia Han

Hot pot — A comfort food popular in Asia


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Hot pot dishes are a favourite comfort food in cold weather. Photo by Sophia Han

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Cold-weather comfort foods

More people in B.C. will start to receive invitations for a COVID-19 booster shot as the Province continues its COVID-19 immunization plan, prioritizing B.C.’s elderly and most at-risk through to the December holiday. The plan expands to include all British Columbians 12+ beginning in January 2022. People 70+ who are registered in the Get Vaccinated System, as well as Indigenous Peoples 12+, will soon be invited to book their booster, which will help maintain protection against COVID-19. Booster doses are underway for other priority groups, including residents of long-term care and assisted living facilities and vulnerable people living in shelters or high-risk congregate settings, and are in use as part of outbreak management. People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems will generally have lower antibody responses from two COVID-19 vaccine doses. Studies show that giving a third dose to complete the initial vaccine series can help these individuals create antibodies to protect them from COVID-19. For more information, please visit, call 1-833-838-2323, or drop by a Service BC Office. To obtain a copy of your vaccine card please visit And thank you so much for your continued support and efforts.

Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education

The Ministry of Education is once again coordinating the annual Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Education which seeks to recognize the enormous contributions of British Columbia’s exceptional teachers, administrators and support staff. The Awards recognize all outstanding education professionals who have made exceptional contributions to benefit their school, students and their communities. Nominations are open until January 7, 2022

Online Holiday Open House 網上節日聯歡會: 12月18日 星期六 下午1時至2時 Save the date, as you are cordially invited to our annual Holiday Open House Party on Saturday, December 18th from 1PM to 2PM. Join Renee, my staff, and I virtually through Zoom as we sing along to some yule-tide favourites care of the wonderfully lyrical Jim Edmondson. RSVP by emailing the community office at adrian.dix.mla@leg. or giving us a call at 604-660-0314. 報名: 請電郵 adrian.dix.mla@leg.bc.ca或致電 604-660-0314。 Speaking of which, my community office continues to provide services for constituents via phone and email and through appointments. Please leave us a voicemail at 604-660-0314 or we are best reached at adrian.dix.mla@, and we will get in touch with you as soon as we can.  聯絡本辦事處請電郵adrian.dix.mla@leg.bc.ca或 致電 604-660-0314。

Sincerely, Adrian Dix, MLA Vancouver-Kingsway


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Learn to cook new foods at the CNH community kitchen Last Wednesday of the month starting January 2022 by Ryan Ng

The Community Kitchen is a popular and favourite program at Collingwood Neighbourhood House.Through this free, monthly program, neighbours can cook and enjoy a meal or learn a skill such as canning, preserving or pickling together. You’ll also share recipes, stories, budget tips and cooking ideas.

Place: CNH Main House Kitchen, 5288 Joyce Street

In addition to increasing your food skills, you’ll build your social networks and feel a greater sense of belonging in Renfrew-Collingwood.

Registration: through the Google form by scanning the QR code, email, phone 604-4350323 or 778-650-5828.

Dates: January 26, February 23, March 30, April 27, May 25, June 29 (starting from January 2022, every last Wednesday of the month)

Need more info? Email Ryan Ng or text 778-6505828.

Cost: Free Numbers of participants: 3 participants per session (one spot is for previous participants and two spots are for newcomers)

Ryan Ng is the community food liaison at Collingwood Neighbourhood House.

Time: 5:30–7 pm

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Best wishes for the holidays

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The electric car by Robert F. Edwards I would like to share the knowledge that I have acquired about the history of the electric car. In 1839, Robert Davison was the first person to record the use of an electric car. The batteries of the day were inadequate to make this a reality. In 1913, the electric car was once again explored as an affordable mode of transportation. Henry Ford had already developed the assembly line, which brought car prices under $1,000. Thomas Edison and Henry Ford did a joint venture for over a year on developing an electric car. They had somewhat success and Edison strongly believed it would be the mode of transportation for the future. After exhausting avenues to make this a reality, both men realized that the combustion engine was going to lead the way for the car industry. This basically ended the development of the electric car at that time. Once again, the electric car got some notice with General Motors and Ford in the years 1996 to 1999. The same problem persisted: the batteries were not sufficient to allow this vehicle to have range of any distance.

It wasn’t till Tesla launched a very aggressive program that the electric car gained traction. Just as a point of interest, Tesla’s Elon Musk, as I write this article, is the richest man in the world. His net worth is $230 billion. Though Tesla is leading the market in innovation, it is accompanied by the largest car manufacturer in the world, which is Volkswagen. Volkswagen this year will meet its target of 80,000 to 100,000 vehicles sold in China alone. Other car manufacturers all over the world are producing not only cars but are going to introduce trucks and other modes of transportation with electric energy. Along with this technological advancement comes another encouraging moment in the future of the electric automobile and that is the most important – distance. Until lately, electric cars could produce a mere 200 to 300 kilometres before needing to be recharged. Car batteries have improved greatly and their capacity for distance has increased remarkably. Further, companies are developing charging stations that will recharge the batteries within 15 minutes. When the stations become in general use,

Robert Davidson invented the first electric vehicle. Photo: wikipedia travelling great distances with the limitation of the battery will be overcome. I sincerely believe that, like the large vehicles of the 1950s, the gas combustion engine for cars and other vehicles will be a thing of the past. Many predict by 2030 that worldwide manufacturing of electric cars will surpass all combustion engine vehicles.


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The story of Christmas — One of our favourite times of the year by Vince Prasad Renfrew-Collingwood is blessed with many newcomers to Canada who will be experiencing their first Christmas in the community. In December Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus.

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Some celebrate by decorating their homes with many lights, singing Christmas carols, anticipating freshbaked food or getting together just as a holiday and spending time with loved ones. My family usually starts decorating the house early December, putting up decorations and lights. We usually put up our Christmas tree in mid December and spend a night decorating it and being thankful to have another year with each other. Not everyone celebrates this way; Christmas in Canada is a combination of lot of traditions since our population is very ethnically diverse. For those who wish who celebrate Christmas meaningfully and biblically, we need to focus our hearts and minds on Jesus. As important as food, gifts and family are, this day is really about the Prince of Peace and commemorating the event that changed world history, provided salvation for the human race and brought peace to our hearts. This day we celebrate the day God entered humanity, through Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, the son of God, the son of Man, the son of David.

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The Virgin Mary could not herself understand how a virgin birth could be possible, but she abided by God’s will. Mary’s response to the first Christmas message is worthy of our meditation. Her humanity, humility and obedience to God’s will are examples to be followed if we are to celebrate true spirit of Christmas. When trials come our way, we long for peace – peace of heart, peace of mind and peace of life. When we have the Prince of Peace ruling in our heart, we have the most precious gift – the peace of God.

Happy holidays. Vince Prasad is a Collingwood resident who worships at Faith Fellowship Baptist Church.



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RENFREW PARK COMMUNITY COMPLEX 2929 East 22nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5M 2Y3

Complex Office: 604 257-8388 ext 1 Fax: 604 257-8392 Website: or

Jointly operated by Renfrew Park Community Association and Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.

2022 Winter Registration Register early as spaces are limited.

To register online go to

Centre Programs

has already started. Register early so you don’t miss out.

Swimming Lessons starts Tue, December 21st at 7pm

Fall 2021 Program Highlights Red Cross Babysitting Training (11+yrs)

First Aid Hero So you want to be a babysitter, or your parents want you to take this course so they feel confident leaving you at home alone? Babysitting with First Aid Hero emphasizes learning through real life scenarios. Covered in this course:  Exploring the Business of Babysitting  Creating Safe Environments  Safely Caring for ages 0-12  First Aid Skills Please bring a bag lunch (no nuts please), yoga mat, medium sized doll or stuffed animal, plenty of water and snacks. 372855 Sun Dec 19 9am-4pm $60/person

Paint by Blunders— Gnomes for the Holidays (19+yrs)

Sylvie Jehle Rid yourself of holiday stress this evening to let your inner creativity out for a fun and whimsical scene! This 3 hour guided paint session is a mistake-friendly, blunder-full opportunity to let your creativity flow as you follow along with each step with the instructor. Sylvia will walk through the steps of creating the designated scene and encourage you to follow your own ideas in creating your own unique version. 373198 Tue Dec 21 6-9pm $30/person

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Ready, Set, Go! Yoga (3-5yrs) DANCEPL3Y Vancouver Ready, Set, Go! Yoga is a physical literacy, mindfulness & social-emotional learning program where kids PLAY with yoga poses, movement and breath. Participants build flexibility, strength, balance, coordination and focus. Kids get active through a variety of fun & interactive yoga & mindfulness activities that allow them to develop self- regulation strategies, as well as positive social interactions as they discover connections with themselves, others and the world. 388019 Tue Jan 11-Mar 8 10:45-11:30am $114/9 sess

DANCEPL3Y Preschool (3-5yrs) DANCEPL3Y Vancouver Introduce your child to dance in a fun and playful way! The DANCEPL3Y Preschool program focuses on the development of physical literacy and Fundamental Movement Skills, which are the ABCs of healthy growth and development. Your child will explore a variety of dance genres through imaginative and engaging story lines that take them around the world as they develop musicality, social skills and confidence with movement! 388018 Tue Jan 11-Mar 8 10-10:45am $117/9 sess




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Back to Regular Hours Tuesday, January 4th

As of January 2nd there will be no more session breaks in the swimming pool. Please go to for the Winter 2022 pool schedule. Winter lessons will also be once-per-week

Monday, February 21st 2:00pm-4:00pm Free

Activity # 383494 Celebrate BC Family Day. Come Join us for an afternoon of family fun. We'll have games, crafts, face painting, balloon animals and a bouncy castle. This is a free event but please register as space is limited. All children under the age of 8yrs must be accompanied by an adult.

DANCEPL3Y Kids (6-8yrs) DANCEPL3Y Vancouver DANCEPL3Y (dance-play) is a new kids fitness where your kids will learn simple moves from a variety of styles - Hip Hop, Urban, Ballroom, Bollywood, Lyrical, Jazz/Funk as they get interACTIVE and ‘play’ with dance. Watch self-confidence and positive attitudes grow each week thanks to our motivating coaching philosophy featuring the 3 Rules of PL3Y: Be positive. Be fun. Be yourself. 388020 Wed Jan 12-Mar 9 4-4:45pm $117/9 sess Workshops DANCEPL3Y Kids (9-12yrs)

DANCEPL3Y Vancouver Grab your fav pair of kicks - it’s time to get active with dance! DANCEPL3Y (dance-play) is a new dance program where kids ages 9-12 learn simple moves from a variety of styles - Hip Hop, Urban, Ballroom, Bollywood, Lyrical, Jazz/Funk. Forget 5-6-7-8 or technical routines, these classes are designed to prepare kids to perform a fun and engaging final dance while also focusing on getting active, building social skills and boosting mental health through the 3 Rules of PL3Y: Be positive. Be fun. Be yourself. 388021 Wed Jan 12-Mar 9 4:45-5:30pm $117/9 sess

Violin - Private Lessons (7-14yrs)

December 24/21-Jan 3/22


Winter 2022 Program Highlights

Pre-registration required for free workshops Life Without Driving (55+yrs) COSCO 382931 Fri

Feb 25


Low Back Workshop (19+yrs) 386172 Wed Jan 26


Frauds and Scams (55+yrs) 382932 Fri

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Memory and Aging (55+yrs) 382933 Fri

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Adrian Kwan Students will learn the basics of playing violin in a private one on Arthritis Workshop (19+yrs) one 30 minute setting. Instruments will be available for lessons or 386173 Wed Mar 23 7-8pm bring your own instrument. Lesson material will be provided. No session Feb 21. Mon Jan 10-Mar 7 5:00-8:00pm $152/8 sess

Guitar - Private Lessons (7-16yrs)

Free Elsa Wong, MPT Free

Elsa Wong, MPT Free

Nadim Kmeid Learn and fine tune your guitar skills at your own pace. Students will be guided through a series of 30 minute lessons to develop their skills. Guitars are provided for lessons or bring your own guitar. Josefino (Joe) Soliven Thu Jan 20-Mar 10 3:30-8:30pm $152/8 sess Chess for Kids (6-12yrs) “When there’s connection, there’s protection; there’s checkmate!” Chess is school academics in a game! Playing chess and being smart are interconnected. There's a strong correlation between chess and academic achievement including math, spatial analysis and non-verbal reasoning ability. Chess teaches higher level thinking skills such as visualization, analysis and critical thinking. Chess affords kids to connect with something in the real world which in turn, fire up their desire to learn. Joining in this SherlockHolmes-world of tactics and strategies, where the chessmen come personified, kids get trained in life-skills goal-setting: checkmate! What’s more, chess clothes them up as Commanders leaders - in a friendly social setting where art meets science and math with fun. Novice 387875 Fri Jan 14-Mar 11 6:00-7:20pm $72/9 sess Go to for a complete Intermediate schedule of our Winter programs. 387874 Fri Jan 14-Mar 11 7:25-8:45pm $72/9 sess


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Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)


Joyce Location: 5288 Joyce St. ; Tel: 604-435-0323 / Annex Location: 3690 Vanness Ave. ; Tel: 604-428-9142 / Visit:

Celebrating up to 15 years of service to the community By Collingwood Neighbourhood House Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) proudly recognizes its longserving staff members. At this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), CNH staff and contractors who have reached the milestones of 5, 10, 15, and 25 years of service to the neighbourhood house were thanked by the Board of Directors. Calee Christoffersen Calee is a hardworking, dedicated and strong individual who is passionate about her work. She has the best combination of talent, skills, and perspective. The staff in Collingwood ELCC say they love having Calee as part of their team! Nicole Rousselle Nicole currently works in the Collingwood Preschool Program and has also worked in our Duke St. ELCC. Nicole is one of our senior staff who has lots of expertise in the field of Early Childhood Education. The children in preschool love her fun storytelling and her colleagues very much enjoy working alongside her. Fun fact: Nicole recently got married at the Collingwood Annex! Karen Caguioa Through Karen’s role as a settlement worker—and with her skills, enthusiasm, and lived experience as an immigrant—she has been able to serve over 1500 families and people from the Filipino community and other communities. Karen’s work has been crucial in the lives of so many immigrants and the community at large: she has developed healthy and meaningful relationships with immigrant families and community members; her commitment to social justice has supported participants to obtain permanent residency and reunite with their families; and she has mentored immigrants on how to advocate for their employment and

human rights. We’re sure that Karen will continue making a difference in the community in her new role as the Settlement Women & Youth Leadership Development Coordinator. Throughout the pandemic, Karen worked tirelessly in researching and sharing the ever-changing health and safety practices, as well as government and immigration policies. Her supervisor Marcella Mancilla-Fuller shares that she remembers waking up at 6:30am and seeing messages from Karen about these updates— she was just on it. Marcella also shares how Karen has encouraged her colleagues throughout stressful and difficult moments thanks to her smile and positivity. Maryam Jalili Rasti Maryam is a familiar face in many of the programs at CNH. She is a friendly hard worker who loves keeping busy! She is always willing to support her peers and the families she works with. She can work with children of any age group and shows her loving and caring ways in all her interactions with them. Antonio Dela Vega Tony is a very good worker, and is very kind and helpful to all his colleagues. He does his best to keep CNH safe and clean. Derrick Chiang Derrick Chiang started his journey at CNH as a participant in the Youth With A Purpose summer leadership program. Not long after, Derrick returned to CNH to become a volunteer youth leader and has since remained as a core member of our Youth Services Team. One of Derrick’s first jobs at CNH was as a CAP Youth Intern, supervising the CNH computer lab

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and helping adults develop their computer skills. Derrick also worked as a program leader for the Summer Youth Drop-In and as a Daycamp Leader for Childcare, before settling in as a Youth Worker at the Youth Centre. Throughout his time at CNH, what stands out about Derrick is his commitment, leadership and willingness to lend a hand. While working on weekends and attending BCIT to complete his education as an IT Technician, Derrick still made time to volunteer at CNH and the community. Derrick was an integral part in many volunteer projects, such at the Cambie Village Haunted House, Youth Media and The Renfrew-Collingwood Income Tax Service. Some of Derrick’s fondest memories include the energy and cheering he experienced at our youth sleepover nights and he also appreciates being recognized by youth and peers while out in the community. Marcela MancillaFuller Marcela Mancilla-Fuller has made enormous contributions to the Collingwood Community during her 15 years at CNH. As Settlement and LINC Coordinator, Marcela has grown and developed services and initiatives for newcomers and immigrants in the neighbourhood, extending programs and building capacity and sense of belonging. Marcela works closely with Settlement and LINC staff as a supportive mentor and supervisor and has also taken a leadership role in developing the CNH Anti-Racism and Equity Committee. Marcela is dedicated to creating welcoming and inclusive spaces for staff, participants and residents of Renfrew-Collingwood and her work continues to be deeply impactful at CNH. Suming Celine Chen Celine is a very creative, fun, and loving teacher. She loves turning driftwood into beautiful masterpieces in our classrooms.

Her love for nature is exhibited through the art activities that she teaches our children and the conversations she initiates during our neighborhood walks. She loves having hilarious but informative conversations—and that’s why the children of Duke St. ELCC love her so much. Jolene Andrew Jolene Andrew is Gitskan Witsuwiten and has worked with the Urban Indigenous community in the Lower Mainland for 18 years. Her specialization is in strategizing to build resilient communities through Indigenous approaches, and community and systems engagement. She is an artist creating prints with traditional West Coast style prints, carving totem poles, singing, drumming, and is a wonderful storyteller.

Five and 10 year milestones Lastly, we are thrilled to honour staff and contractors who have reached the milestones of five and 10 years of service and dedication to CNH. We would not be able to do the work we do for our community without them. The following staff have reached over 10 years of service: Ana Valle, Anahita Kaviani Destjerdi, Asif Ali Hassan, Daniela Todorova-Chomakova, Karla Avelar, and Lillian Chin. The following staff have reached over five years of service: Alyssa de la Cruz Yip, Angela Ho, Carmelita Aguilar, Editha Mejia Sanchez, Gorgonio Villaruel, Gurpreet Dhillon, Isabelle Kirouac, Katayoon Mirghavamedin, Koyali Burman, Maria Victoria Kenny, Muriel Pete, Nadina Morin, Willoughby Arevalo, Yndira Arteaga, and Zaldy Ferrer. We sincerely thank these individuals for their commitment and contribution to CNH. They are all amazing—congratulations!


December 2021


December 2021

Happy Holidays

Thank you for Attending the Annual Winter Carnival and Tree Lighting on November 27

Coming Events December 1 - 20 Holiday Shopping in Collingwood

We did it! The Winter Carnival and tree lighting event was a success. We missed you all last year and are so happy we were able to see you all again. Encouraging for 2022. The tree will be lit until early January. We hope it brings you joy to see it on your journey to work or home.

Contest (Social Media)

The Clock Tower it lit up as well. The snow is falling in the plaza. Please stop by to take a photo and share on social media. It could win you a prize just in time for Christmas.

Christmas Day

Follow our social media to learn more about the Gift Big, Shop Small and Stock Joy.

December 24 Christmas Eve December 25 December 26 Boxing Day/Kwanzaa December 31 New Years Eve

It’s the Holiday Season Check out all the decorated storefronts and share a photo on Instagram. Tag #shopcollingwood and you could win prizes from your favourite shops in Collingwood. Give Big Shop Small Stock Joy Campaign December 1 – 20 Online auction by the Vancouver BIA Partnership. There are 22 BIAs in our wonderful city and many BIAs will be donating a Stocking full of Joy. You can bit on a stocking filled with over $250.00 valued gifts from several different BIA’s throughout Vancouver. Go to Auction is opened from December 1 -20 and all the winning bids will be notified on December 21 and delivered to you in time for Christmas! All proceeds will be donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

How to Reach Us: @shopcollingwoodvancouver @shopcollingwood

Collingwood Micro Improvement Grants – November – January 2022 The Covid Micro Grants helped over 20 businesses earlier this year and the CBIA is extending the program. Grants up to $1,000 are available to businesses to make improvements to their exterior and interior. More information will be delivered to the merchants directly or email Covid 19 Updates for Businesses Until January 31, 2022, you will need to two vaccine doses and QR code for vaccine passport. Covid protocols and Provincial Health Orders are continuing to change, and we encourage you to follow the news and go to the website frequently From the Board and Staff we wish you a happy holiday season & Thank you for Shopping in Collingwood in 2021.

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December 2021


Happy Holidays TOGETHER WE CAN


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