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February 2020



New community health centre coming to Renfrew-Collingwood People and families living in RenfrewCollingwood and surrounding neighbourhoods will soon have access to more quality primary health-care services with the launch of the new RISE Community Health Centre in April 2020. The B.C. government is launching RISE Community Health Centre in collaboration with Collingwood Neighbourhood House to provide comprehensive primary-care services to residents. Community health centres are community governed with services tailored to meet the health needs of the community they serve. The centre will be governed, owned and operated by Collingwood Neighbourhood House.

January 8, 2020, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix announced the launch of RISE Community Health Centre in April 2020 at 3425 Crowley Drive. Photos by Kayla Isomura Inset: Sonja Rietkerk, clinical lead and nurse practitioner for RISE Community Health Centre, shares the current impact of RISE Community Health Centre on local residents through its limited primary-care services, which have been in operation at Collingwood Neighbourhood House since November 2019.

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“We’ve listened to people in RenfrewCollingwood and are using our primary care strategy to build on the good work their community organizations are already doing,” said Minister of Health Adrian Dix. “The RISE Community Health Centre will help connect more people with the health care they need when they need it. This will make a difference for people who have been struggling to access health-care services.” “Collingwood Neighbourhood House has been at the heart of the RenfrewCollingwood neighbourhood for decades, working with local residents to improve the social determinants of health locally

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Rise: Continued from page 1 and give people a sense of belonging,” noted Greg Allen, board chair of Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society. “Opening RISE Community Health Centre gives us the satisfaction of knowing we have yet one more way to work with local residents to help improve their lives and give them the tools to achieve a healthier life.” Located at 3425 Crowley Drive, RISE will offer comprehensive primary-care and health-promotion services. This includes attaching people without a primary-care provider to a family doctor or nurse practitioner, providing access to preventive and primary health-care services to patients with complex medical and social needs, mental health and addictions challenges and co-ordination of specialist care.

chronic disease management, pregnancy, prenatal and postpartum care, mental-health assessment, treatment and support, medication prescription refills and health screenings, assessments and prescriptions. By April 2020, seven full-time equivalent staff will work at the RISE Community Health Centre’s main location and at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. The centre expects to have around 12,000 patient visits in the first year of operation. RISE will continue to expand its services and clinical team in the first two years of operation. Over time, patients will also benefit from additional health promotion and disease prevention activities such as a pharmacy dispensary, physiotherapy, nutrition support, counselling and patient education, as well as support to navigate health and social service systems.

Since November 2019, the health centre has been providing limited primary-care services through a small clinical space at Collingwood To learn more see page 10 and visit Neighbourhood House. It is currently accepting patients by referral http://www.cnh.bc.ca/programs/ rise/. To learn about the Provfrom selected organizations and ince’s primary health-care stratprograms. Services at this site will egy, visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/ continue when the main location Sayers Collingwood Ad_Sayers Exhibit 15/12/19 11:12 AM Page 1 releases/2018PREM0034-001010 opens, offering services such as


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Get ready to submit your 2020 Neighbourhood Small Grant applications Opens Tuesday, February 11. Share your idea for bringing your neighbours together to receive up to $500 in grants. by Sheri Parke From now until April 6, 2020, applications for the Neighbourhood Small Grants are open to residents in Renfrew-Collingwood, as well as every neighbourhood in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, North Shore and many communities beyond. The program offers grants between $50 and $500 to people who have an idea to bring neighbours together — whatever that means to them. A grant is money you receive to help you bring your project to life. You must apply for the grant, but you do not need to pay the money back.

What fun can you imagine creating with a Neighbourhood Small Grant? Photo courtesy of Neighbourhood Small Grants

Grants can be used for any costs that are needed to bring people together, including food or event rental.

Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants have been awarded to gardening projects, composting workshops, pollinator pathway activities, bee friendly projects, clothing swaps and climate change action workshops.

Neighbourhood Small Grants have been awarded to talent shows, community kitchens, drop-in sports nights, cultural exchange nights, potlucks, walking tours, living room art shows, book exchanges and, of course, block parties.

This year, we continue to prioritize ideas that connect Indigenous and non-Indigenous neighbours (Please note, the term “Indigenous” refers to First Nations, Inuit and Métis people collectively), as well as projects led by youth ages 18 to 24.

Please visit the website (neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca) for more details and many project ideas. From there you can click on the link to the online application starting February 11. If you cannot apply online, visit Collingwood Neighbourhood House (5288 Joyce Street) and ask for a paper copy application form. Sheri Parke coordinates the Neighbourhood Small Grants program for Collingwood and South Vancouver.

Thanks for the community holiday cheer at the Kingsway Continental by Cassandra Ly The holiday season has always been the perfect time to get together with friends and loved ones, and in classic RenfrewCollingwood spirit, several neighbours and organizations came together to host a feast in December for our friends at the Kingsway Continental. A special thanks to Najia Elacel and Kitty Ma for contributing their time and energy in preparing a tasty turkey meal; Sheri and Graham Parke for their generous donation; the Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors’ Society for the entertainment, lovely gifts, and inviting Santa to drop by and say hello; and Adrian Dix Community Office

and fellow community member and photographer, Othmane Mechatte for volunteering their time.

Most of all, we greatly appreciate the staff and residents at Kingsway Continental for welcoming us into their home!


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From refugee to generous restaurant owner by Alexandra Dawley 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: Alexandra Dawley, Ann Wong, Cassandra Ly, CBR Photography, Deanna Cheng, Himani Bhatnagar, Julie Cheng, Kacia Tolsma, Karen Vanon, Kayla Isomura, Othmane Mechatte, Sheri Parke

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

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

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

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Malik and Jamila Malikzada radiate kindness and an authentic desire to enrich the community. On December 16, 2019, more 100 people gathered for the MOSAIC Refugee Settlement and Integration/I Belong Winter Celebration. Guests, many of whom are newly arrived refugees, enjoyed delicious samosas, biryani and pizza, all generously provided free of charge by Malik and Jamila’s restaurant, Jamila’s Kitchen. The Malikzadas are no strangers to the refugee experience. Malik was attending the University of Kabul in 1995 when civil war broke out and his family was forced to flee. They lived in Left to right: Restaurant owners Jamila and Malik Malikzada, and Pakistan, working odd jobs to survive for nearly brother Faridoon Malikzada. Photos courtesy of MOSAIC six years before being resettled to Canada. Since arrival to Canada, they have opened Jamila’s Kitchen in We have food available for customers to buy, but more Coquitlam, B.C. We had the opportunity to sit with Maimportantly we also have food available for customers lik and learn a little bit about his journey from refugee who have empty stomach and can’t afford to pay. to entrepreneurial restaurant owner. As a human, compassion is our essential duty. To do Q: Could you share a little bit about how you what we can to help those that we can. It was important came to Canada? for us to put this sign outside our door and let people A: In 2000, Canada opened its arms to welcome us. It know that they are welcome and will be treated with was one of the biggest, brightest moments of our lives dignity, respect and a warm meal. We want to use our to migrate to Canada. We landed in Vancouver and the capacity to help others. beauty of this region wouldn’t let us move anywhere else. We have now lived for 20 Q: What is something you years in the Coquitlam, Triwould like the wider commuCities area. nity to know about newcomers with refugee background here Q: How did you become a in Vancouver? business owner, and what A: First of all, I think we all need to motivated you to open a restaurant? see the power of refugees. These are people who didn’t A: Back home, many say that what the father and parchoose to be refugees. It is the unsafe circumstances of ents do, and how they approach their work, dictates how their homeland that led them to flee their countries for they train their children’s minds. My father was a busitheir safety and the safety of their children. ness owner and he trained us to work hard and live a life of honesty and respect. This left us motivated to open Within refugee populations there are doctors, businessmany businesses throughout our life. minded people, professors, bankers, chefs, accountants, doctors, all types of professionals. The abilities that exMy wife had the vision to work hard and open a small ist within the refugee population needs to be utilized, as kitchen. She has supported me for many years, so it was we are doing in Canada. This makes not only the small my turn to support her and stand by her to achieve this communities but the entire country successful. dream. Q: Have you found Vancouver to be a welcomQ: Would you like ing community? to share a little bit A: Absolutely. Every day! We see that refugees are part about the sign beside of the mosaic of this country. We feel able to explore the front door of your our full potential. We value that here in Canada we face restaurant? no criticism towards faith, religion, gender, colour, and A: The sign says, “No so on so forth. This is the beauty, the true act of welMoney No Worries, We come in Canada. Love to Serve Our Community.” The idea of hav- Alexandra Dawley is the manager of the Refugee Settlement and Integration Program at MOSAIC. Through meaning such a sign outside ingful collaboration, the Refugee Settlement and Integraour door was thinking:

“Compassion is our essential duty.”

“It was important for us to put this sign outside our door and let people know that they are welcome and will be treated with dignity, respect and a warm meal,” said Malik Malikzada.

tion Program provides essential services to refugee claimants throughout Surrey, Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. For more information visit www.mosaicbc.org/services/settlement/refugees/our-work-with-refugees/ Email: refugeeclaimant@mosaicbc.org




Feeling the squeeze in the sandwich generation by Ann Wong

Then identify family and friends who can assist you either because they have had experience handling the matter before or they are geographically close by to step in. Delegate some of the responsibilities. Offer assistance when it is convenient for you whereas it may take another person a much greater effort. Having a reciprocal arrangement can come in handy and reduce stress.

have their legal documents in place. Ask that they let you know where important documents, insurance and investment statements, keys, and other relevant information are stored in the event you need to access them. Try to keep them contained in a box or binder so they are easily accessible. It is also important to get to know their advisors: lawyer, accountant and financial planner.

Look into programs offered by various organizations that specialize in seniors’ programs. These are particularly helpful in areas of health care, social assistance, personal care and community-based activities. Contact the local community centres Take time to make sure you rest and or neighbourhood houses for adrecharge. Eat a healthy balanced diet. ditional information. Have an open For the times when it is not possible, pack or buy healthy snacks to carry you dialogue about care while at home, forward. Schedule exercise three to four seniors living residences or longterm care facilities. times a week and if a workout buddy can add greater accountability, invite If your parent has mental capacity, them along so you get the workout help them get organized so that they done.

Children often see parents as role models; talk to your kids about getting ready to develop independence and help them build habits around the house and in the community. Let them know that you are helping them save for their education and they can pitch in by doing chores around the house, re-use items rather than buy new and look for savings opportunities whenever possible.

Do you have children who depend on you? Do you also have aging parents who also depend on you? Welcome to the sandwich generation. This is the life stage where your time, energy, resources and money are all in high demand. Like all things that are important to us, you have to prioritize them. And first on the list should be you. Let’s begin with gratitude that you are physically, mentally and emotionally able to handle all that has been thrusted upon you. It often begins when a parent’s health has deteriorated suddenly.

Not all activities come with a price tag. Children can participate in after-school sports and clubs, vol-

unteer to help younger children, or support programs that they are passionate about like those focused on cleaning the environment, fostering social inclusion and anything else (art, science, sport) that strikes their fancy. Ann Wong has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. She holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Financial Management Advisor (FMA) designations and is also a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI). Email hello@awsmgroup.com.

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Monolid make-up for East Asians by Deanna Cheng Monolid, also known as single eyelid, is a feature commonly found in East Asians. When it comes to western style make-up, not a lot of information on what to do with single eyelids is available. Walk down the magazine aisle or any local pharmacy and you will rarely see a Korean or Chinese woman dolled up in western style make-up. Western make-up for Asian-Canadian women is left mostly up to social media, YouTube videos and beauty bloggers to fill the gap. Instead of going under the knife for doubleeyelid surgery or using eyelid stickers every morning, two Vancouver make-up artists gave some tips for single eyelid make-up. International make-up artist Sara Au Yeong said, for the eyeliner, to draw the line on thicker. Otherwise, “with the shape of the eye, the eyeliner gets folded under the lid.”

Getting back to single eyelid make-up, makeup artist Faye Smith said, “If you do three or four eyeshadows on the eyelids, it disappears on monolids.” She suggested doing a smokey eye all over the eyelid instead of just the outer corners and blending it up a little past the crease. Then top it off with a thin eyeliner. A number of Smith’s Korean clients are not a fan of lashes because they don’t look natural or they don’t work with their features. Instead, Smith uses a shorter set for something more believable. She also adds a bit of smokey colour under the eye to make the eye look bigger. The feedback Smith receives from her Asian clients lines up with the cultural differences between eastern and western make-up.

Growing up, Au Yeong said a female is conShe suggested drawing it on three times thick- sidered beautiful in Asian culture if she has er, but for beginners, build it up gradually. “It’s big eyes and thin lips. “Double eyelid surgery is encouraged and fair skin is beautiful.” easier to add than to erase.” Au Yeong also suggested using only smudgeproof eyeliner or brands that are good for oily eyelids. “Make sure it has that specific word ‘smudge-proof’ on the box. It’s not always the case but look for it when you are shopping.”

In North America, she said, small eyes are considered exotic, dark skin is considered stunning and full lips are considered sexy. It’s the opposite of eastern beauty standards.

In addition to East Asian skin being more oily than Caucasian skin, Au Yeong said it’s The former Renfrew-Collingwood resident explained East Asian skin tends to be more oily thicker, which is why the skin lightening industry in Asia is booming. The skin can than Caucasian skin, making it hard to find handle the chemicals. “The product doesn’t suitable products. dig that deep in the skin as it does for Caucasian women.”


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Her struggle to find make-up products that don’t smudge or last long under hot lights is the reason why she developed her own line of make-up, Amaterasu Beauty. So far, her line includes eyeliners, brow liners and mascara. Smith herself had to learn about East Asian skin and features on the job, by trial and error and listening to what her clients prefer. She said there is a greater demand for diversity training in hair and make-up. “Schools can help a lot to by using models of different backgrounds or models with the appropriate skin tones to practice on,” Smith said. Deanna Cheng is a freelance journalist and copyeditor. Her work has been published in the Vancouver Courier, the Asian Pacific Post and New Canadian Media. One of her goals in the new year is to buy no new make-up and use the stuff she already has. Another is to read more engaging books. She welcomes book suggestions by email: dmwcheng7@gmail.com.

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February 2020

Windermere students fundraise for community scholarships

Still Creek Streamkeepers Public Talk: Green Infrastructure with Kacia Tolsma Monday, February 24 Slocan Hall 2750 E. 29th Ave 7 - 8:30 pm Join Still Creek Streamkeepers this month as Kacia Tolsma, a masters student in Simon Fraser University’s Resource and Environmental Management program, looks at examples of green infrastructure in different cities.

Grade 11 Windermere students Sarah Cheng and Carmen Huang, of the Windermere Marketing Group, volunteered to fundraise for Windermere community scholarships on January 12, 2020 at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Photo by Julie Cheng

Green infrastructure is an approach to water management that mimics natural systems through restored ecosystems and built structures such as green roofs, bioswales, rain gardens and rehabilitated wetlands.This talk will consider bioswales in-depth, as Still Moon Arts is planning to lead the construction of a bioswale in 2021. This event is part of a series of educational talks hosted by the Still Creek Streamkeepers. Every month, the group invites speakers who are doing work related to

Example of a rain garden. Photo courtesy of Kacia Tolsma streams, wildlife, stewardship, water quality, salmon and more to give presentations. Everyone is welcome! Stay tuned on the Still Creek Streamkeepers page (www.facebook.com/stillcreekstreamkeepers/) or get on the email list by getting in touch at streamkeepers@stillmoonarts. ca. The Still Creek Streamkeepers meet at 6:30 to 7 pm before the talks begin at the same location; feel free to come early and join the meeting.

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The Seniors Connection The unstoppables: A senior’s walking club in Renfrew-Collingwood and beyond by Himani Bhatnagar On a cold, gloomy and rainy Vancouver day, with not even a sliver of hopeful sunshine, a group of seniors walks through the doors of Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH), ready to go on an adventure. The Walking Club is a group of around 20 unwavering seniors that love to

walk to different places around Renfrew-Collingwood, as well as explore areas across the Lower Mainland using public transit. After their walks, this diverse group often enjoys a nice communal lunch and tries different cuisines together. Far and wide, near and around your neighbourhood, you may find the RenfrewCollingwood Walking Club in any corner! Their determination to staying active, both physically and socially, is what makes them most inspiring. Their spirit is seldom dampened by rain or by any obstacles they may have to overcome. “If there is no bus or no

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BALLROOM / SOCIAL DANCING FOR SENIORS 1:30 – 3pm. Cost: $1 (Multi) Enjoy an open space to dance your  heart out in a relaxed, fun, social  environment with lively music.  Whether you are a beginner, or an  expert, a couple or individual,  drop‐in to get your body moving  and grooving! 

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EVERY COMMUNITY LUNCH 12 pm TUES, Cost: $6 for seniors $32 for 6 meal pass THURS: These three‐course lunches are inexpensive  and delicious. Menus are different each week  and reflect diverse food traditions.

The Renfrew-Collingwood Walking Club out and about in Vancouver. Photos by Himani Bhatnagar train, we will walk to the end of the world. My feet are not on strike!” says Armando Chiang, a regular member of the group. These adventures wouldn’t be possible without its fantastic leader volunteer, Josie Dong, who makes sure everyone stays safely together and plans the walks of the month. The kindness and care of the group to always look out for each other is truly heart-warming. You can hear from the group’s active member Colin Lau, who gives us 6 things to love about the Walking Club: 1. The club is very healthful for an old geezer like me who enjoys walking and going places. 2. I enjoyed sitting in on some of the health and wellness topics CNH occasionally arranged for the club. 3. The club leader is always knowledgeable in how to get to our destination.

4. The club members are friendly, enthusiastic and fun to be with. 5. We’ve formed a chat group on this club to exchange ideas, share news, photos and life experiences and to arrange other health and social activities. 6. It’s so amazing I’ve become a member of the “unstoppables” in the pursuit of health and fitness! The Walking Club meets at Collingwood Neighbourhood House (5288 Joyce Street) at 10:30 am on Mondays for a short walk around the neighbourhood, and on Wednesdays for a local trip out to various destinations. Seniors are welcome to join this free group to improve their health and well-being and to make new friends in this little Walking Club! The Renfrew-Collingwood Walking Club is part of the Better at Home services funded by the United Way of Lower Mainland.


Get Involved

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

Hot Chocolate Fest 2020 January 18 – February 14 There are 144 flavours from 44 different venues for the 10th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival. Proceeds this year benefit the Fresh to Families Fund, which provides fresh food coupons to low-income families that can be used at any farmers market in the province. So grab a Festival Walking Map available at both Winter Farmers Markets (Saturdays at Riley Park and Sundays at Hastings Park, both 10 am to 2 pm) and tag your hot chocolate moments on Instagram for a chance to win gift certificates from participating Festival vendors. More info at hotchocolatefest.com Crisis and Hope Town Hall on Climate Change Thursday, February 6 7 – 9 pm Collingwood Neighbourhood House 5288 Joyce Street Brainstorm ideas and action steps to address the climate emergency in this workshop hosted by the Green Technology Education Centre. To register or find more info: www.gtecanada.ca or Facebook @gteccanada Valentine’s Flower Arrangement Workshop with Preserved Flowers Saturday, February 8 10 am to 12 noon St. Mary’s Elementary School Gymnasium (5239 Joyce Street, Vancouver) Cost: C$40 – All materials included More info: Text Jane at 236-867-1882 The Ave Maria Garden Ministry at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church presents its Valentine’s Flower Arrangement Workshop, using preserved flowers, which can last for years even without water. All profits go back to the community by making more floral gifts for the shut-ins. www.AveMariaGarden.org

Still Creek Streamkeepers Public Talk: Green Infrastructure with Kacia Tolsma Monday, February 24 Slocan Hall (2750 E. 29th Ave.) 7 – 8:30 pm Join Still Creek Streamkeepers as Kacia Tolsma of Simon Fraser University’s Resource and Environmental Management looks at examples of green infrastructure. This talk will consider bioswales, as Still Moon Arts is planning to lead the construction of a bioswale in 2021. Stay tuned on the Still Creek Streamkeepers page (www.facebook. com/stillcreekstreamkeepers/) or get on the email list by getting in touch at streamkeepers@stillmoonarts.ca. The Still Creek Streamkeepers meet at 6:30 to 7 pm before the talks begin at the same location; feel free to come early and join the meeting.


February 2020

Dear Neighbours: Happy Lunar New Year! Gung Hey Fat Choy! Chuc Mung Nam Moi! 2020 is the Year of the Rat. I hope the New Year brings you and your loved one’s success, great health, happiness, and prosperity.

February cultural events in Renfrew-Collingwood Social Culture Club Saturday, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 10 am – Noon Art Studio, CNH Annex 3690 Vanness Avenue at Ormidale Join neighbours in sharing or learning, knitting, crocheting and sewing skills. Please bring your own materials. Refreshments are provided. Free. Contact Yoko at ytomita@cnh.bc.ca Annex Art Studio Time Saturday, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 1 – 3 pm Art Studio, CNH Annex 3690 Vanness Avenue at Ormidale Some materials provided by donation. Contact Yoko at ytomita@cnh.bc.ca Community Dinner Wednesday, February 12 5 – 6 pm Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex 3690 Vanness Avenue Adult $7/Senior $6/ Child $3.25 Hosted by CNH Senior’s Program, all ages welcome! Tickets available at reception on day of event. Shuttle service available from 5288 Joyce Street. Community Dance Saturday, February 15 1 – 4 pm Collingwood Neighbourhood House 5288 Joyce Street, Multi-Purpose Room Hosted by Community Development and PLAN community members. Music from 1960s to today – DJs Darren and Owen will take requests. $5.00 Tickets available at the door. ALL’ ITALIANA: The Craft of Italian Fashion circa 1900-2000 Il Museo: January to March 28, 2020 Tuesday to Saturday 10 am – 5 pm 3075 Slocan Street Vancouver, B.C. Admission is free Valentine’s Day Dinner Saturday, February 8 5 pm Royal Canadian Legion Branch 179 2205 Commercial Drive Drop by for a tasty lasagne dinner with Caesar salad, garlic toast, and dessert – only $7.00.

Collingwood Lion Dance & Lunar New Year Gathering Come celebrate with us on Saturday, February 1st as we welcome the Lion Dancers to our office. Special thanks to the Collingwood BIA for their enthusiasm in celebrating the New Year with this fantastic performance. Refreshments and snacks will be served at the Community Office. Location: MLA Adrian Dix Community Office (5022 Joyce St.) Time: Saturday, February 1st @ 1:00 – 2:00 PM RISE Community Health Centre I am proud to announce that people and families living in Renfrew-Collingwood and surrounding neighbourhoods will soon have access to more quality primary health-care services with the launch of the new RISE Community Health Centre in April 2020. The Province is launching RISE Community Health Centre in collaboration with the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society to provide comprehensive primary-care services to residents. Community health centres are community governed with services tailored to meet the health needs of the community they serve. The centre will be located at 3425 Crowley Drive and be governed, owned and operated by Collingwood Neighbourhood House. For more information, please visit https://news. gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0005-000018. Spring Legislative Session The spring session of the BC Legislature will begin on Thursday, February 12th. I am always happy to hear your thoughts and ideas and welcome any suggestions you may have. Our community office is located at 5022 Joyce Street and is open from Monday to Thursday 9AM – 4PM and Friday by appointment. Feel free to contact us at 604660-0314 or adrian.dix.mla@leg.bc.ca. My staff and I are here to help you on matters related to provincial government services and ministries. I look forward to seeing you soon! Sincerely, Adrian Dix, MLA Vancouver-Kingsway


February 2020


Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)


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

An introduction to RISE Community Health Centre By Kayla Isomura Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) is thrilled to announce the launch of RISE Community Health Centre (CHC), offering comprehensive primarycare services to the neighbourhood. Over the last several years, community members and health professionals have been advocating to bring a Community Health Centre to Renfrew-Collingwood.

1. What is RISE Community Health Centre (CHC)? RISE CHC connects Renfrew-Collingwood community members who have difficulty accessing health care to a healthcare team and social supports. 2. What kinds of services does RISE Community Health Centre offer? RISE offers ongoing medical care (primary care) as well as health promotion activities. Primary care services include medical exams, diagnosis, immunizations, wound care, sexual and reproductive health services, and more. RISE also provides addictions medicine and harm reduction as part of comprehensive primary care. Health promotion activities, such as health education groups and flu clinics for the public; social support, such as help navigating health and social service systems, and accessing financial and housing support; and health-related community development activities, such as engaging community members to develop health programming that meets local needs.

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.” *Joyce location

February lunch menu Tuesday 4 Tomato soup, spinach or meat pie, salad, almond cookie

Our neighbourhood has a very low num- RISE CHC staff, CNH executive director Jennifer Gray-Grant, ber of family doctors for the local popula- and Health Minister Adrian Dix (right) pose for a photo following tion, compared to other parts of Vancou- the announcement of the Community Health Centre on Jan. 8. ver. Many community members in RenPhoto by Kayla Isomura frew-Collingwood face barriers to care, 3. Is RISE CHC a walk-in clinic? including: transportation, language, childcare, evening No, RISE CHC is not a walk-in clinic. Clients go and weekend hours, overall navigating the health care through an intake process and generally have booked system, and discrimination. appointments. We will also have same-day access available for urgent access for existing clients. Limited services offered by RISE CHC have been in operation at CNH (5288 Joyce St.) since November 4. What does RISE stand for? 2019 on a referral basis. However, the Community Each letter in the acronym RISE represents our valHealth Centre will begin to offer more comprehensive ues at the Community Health Centre: Resilient, Inteservices at its new location at 3425 Crowley Dr. in April grative, Socially Just, and Equitable. 2020. What is RISE CHC and what does it offer? Below, RISE CHC staff respond to five frequently asked questions about the new operation.


Resilient: Rather than focusing on vulnerabilities, RISE takes an “asset-based approach”. We meet clients where they are at in their health journey and work with them to identify wellness goals. Integrative: RISE offers team based-care, enabling clients to access different team members who can help support their medical, mental health and social needs. Socially Just: RISE works to address barriers to health and well-being, providing opportunities for those facing barriers to access culturally safe, trauma-informed care. Equitable: Health outcomes are not just biological, they are impacted by social determinants and access to resources. RISE strives to offer accessible services to those who need them the most. 5. Do I pay to receive services at RISE CHC? No, there are no fees to access medical services at RISE CHC. To learn more about RISE CHC, please call us directly at: 604-558-8090, email: RISECHC@cnh.bc.ca, or visit: cnh.bc.ca/rise.

This page is sponsored by Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Thursday 6 Baked fish or vegetables, quinoa salad, coconut white chocolate cookie Tuesday 11 Chickpea and lentil soup, turkey or veggies enchilada, salad, chocolate chip cookie Thursday 13 Meat or veggie burger, salad, mango pudding Tuesday 18 Roasted pepper soup, meat or veggie burrito, salad, vanilla cake Thursday 20 Chicken cacciatore or veggie option with rice, salad, lemon cup cake Tuesday 25 Cream of mushroom soup, chicken shawarma or falafel sandwich, salad, bran oatmeal muffin Thursday 27 Meat or veggie loaf, mashed potatoes, salad, egg tart



February 2020

February 2020

Upcoming Events

— Chinese New Year 2020 – Year of the Rat st

FEBRUARY 1 Chinese New Year Lion Dance 12:30 – 2 p.m.

The annual lion dance and celebrations will occur Saturday, February 1 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come and see the two lion dance team parade along Kingsway between Boundary Road and Rupert Street then finishing up down Joyce Street to the Skytrain. We wish everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous 2020.

MAY 30 Collingwood Days Festival www.collingwooddays.com


Rapid Bus has arrived in Collingwood

All businesses must have the snow in front of their storefronts removed by 10:00a.m. This insures the safety of your customers and accessible for everyone. Thank you

Translink, the City of Vancouver and UBC are introducing the Rapid Bus service along 41st Avenue. Beginning at the Joyce-Collingwood Station to UBC. The 41st Avenue corridor is the second busiest bus corridor in the region after Broadway, serving 35,000 trips every day and more than 11 million per year. Now you can get into Collingwood a little faster. For more information go to www.trankslink.ca/rapidbus

— Parking Rates Reduced from 6 – 10p.m. Parking rates have been reduced in Collingwood! The City of Vancouver has decreased the hourly rate to $1.00 from $2.00 between the hours of 6 – 10 p.m. Not everyday parking costs go down.

— Look Up! New Banners for the New Year We have refreshed our street banners to reflect what’s happening on the streets. Hope you like them and send in your comments or ideas for future designs.

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

Help us keep Collingwood safe and clean. Contact us when you see areas that need attention. @shopcollingwoodvancouver @shopcollingwood @shopcollingwood

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February 2020

Don Davies MP Vancouver Kingsway

恭賀新禧 Chúc MØng Næm M§i 새해 복 많이 받으세요

Warmest wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous year. Community Office 2951 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5J4 604-775-6263 | Don.Davies@parl.gc.ca



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