Renfrew-Collingwood Community News January 2017

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January 2017


Why I love Renfrew-Collingwood: Livable, accessible, friendly by Julie Cheng

Renfrew-Collingwood is a special place where its warm and friendly residents of diverse cultures— pioneers and newcomers, young and old—live together in harmony and feel like they belong. The locals come out in droves to two annual festivals to celebrate this diversity: Collingwood Days and the Renfrew Ravine Harvest Moon Festival.

A spring day on a quiet street in Renfrew-Collingwood, with Grouse Mountain and Seymour Mountain in the background. Photos by Julie Cheng

This historic residential neighbourhood is tucked away on the eastern edge of Vancouver on the border of Burnaby, B.C. The neighbourhood is home to hidden gems, from unexpected sweeping mountain views and the Renfrew Ravine (an urban forest with a salmon-bearing creek running through it) to Carleton School (one of the oldest schoolhouses in Vancouver) to many authentic, ethnic restaurants including Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Filipino, Italian and Indian. It’s always been an easy neighbourhood to get to. In the 1890s the interurban tram connected Renfrew-Collingwood to the rest of Vancouver. Today two Skytrain lines run through it, carrying residents to and from work in a matter of minutes, north to Port Moody (on the brand-new Evergreen line), east to Burnaby and Surrey and west to downtown Vancouver. Walking or cycling is a great way to discover the neighbourhood. Why do you love Renfrew-Collingwood? Please let us know! Email

Still Creek runs through Renfrew Ravine.

Residents travel by Skytrain and cycle paths alike in Renfrew-Collingwood.

Julie Cheng has loved living in Renfrew-Collingwood for past 20 years. She is the editor of the RenfrewCollingwood Community News.

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Multinational corporation pays $15 a day for Hope water by Cindy Chen, Jessica Sun and Alyssa Yan At Selmak Realty Ltd., we offer 3 months free 誠意邀請房地產經紀加入本公司營業行列, desk fee. We also provide free training to new 每月只須繳付 $75.00的行政費, 首三個月 agents. Our monthly desk fee is $75. 免繳付行政費。領有新牌無經驗者, 可享 有本公司提供之免費完善培訓。 We welcome you to contact Selina Mak at 604-456-0873 or email to 查詢詳情, 請電604-456-0873與麥太 for further information. (Selina Mak) 聯絡。 ** Limited Time only & Other Terms and Conditions may apply**


The earth’s surface is covered by 70% water. Only 3% is fresh water,and less than 1% is accessible for personal uses. How would you feel about a brand name company being able to access your water supply in the middle of a drought, while withdrawing the water that you and your community rely on for only a price of $2.25 per one million litres? You may be familiar with the brand name Nestle, known for their countless products ranging from food to cosmetics. The Switzerland-based company is currently extracting millions of litres of water from Hope B.C., and profiting through their bottled water industry and much more. Up until 2016, Nestle has been profiting off our water for free, until they were required to pay $2.25, which only covered their access fee, per every million litres. However, this enormous corporation withdraws millions of litres of water while paying Hope less than $15 a day. Their plastic water bottles alone are sold around the world and back to the citizens of Hope for over $6 for a pack of 12 bottles. What is supposedly a human right for everyone is being taken by large corporations like Nestle, and sold back to us without us even considering where the water comes from,or why we buy it. Troubled by this, a group of 30 youth is taking action and raising awareness for this problem through social media, newsletters, petitions, videos and more. By doing this, we hope Nestle will stop stealing our water and take responsibility of the damages they have created on Hope. Cindy Chen, Jessica Sun and Alyssa Yan are Grade 11 students in the Leadership program at Windermere Secondary. Cindy enjoys learning about social justice and sustainability. Jessica is passionate about environmental sustainability and social rights. Alyssa is dedicated to giving back to her community through volunteering ranging from organizing community events to teaching kids piano.

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Community engagement through arts and culture in RenfrewCollingwood by Yoko Tomita

The Collingwood Artisan Village Market celebrated its 8th year, bringing arts and crafts to the community on December 3, 2016, at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. This warm, seasonal event brought together artisans and crafters with community members, youth volunteers and recent newcomers to Canada. As always, this event was a wonderful opportunity to see the creative talent residing in our community as well as a chance to purchase locally made gifts for family and friends. Before market day, community members got together to bake cookies and gingerbread houses with Najia Elacel. As a token of appreciation, volunteers and performers were given homemade cookies in decorative boxes for their wonderful contribution. During the big day, 20 artisans showcased their work, ranging from felt craft and knitwear to handmade jewelry, baked goods and wood carving. The Food Security program provided organic hot chocolate, apple cider and dried apple chips—all were greatly appreciated! Social Culture Club members shared their crafts skills and friendship through knitting, sewing, and their shared stories of their life experiences with newcomers and long-time residents. One of the Culture Club’s talented members is Uma, the senior knitting guru of the club. Originally from India, she has made new friends at the club and shared her skills with others. Lately, local youth have been joining the Saturday group, and have been learning from Uma how to knit – even recording how she knits by using their phones! This is a great opportunity for one generation to pass on knowledge and skills to another generation. Some of the club members were making the ever-popular flower pins with felt and yarn while socializing and listening to the talented musical duo of Katie and Karen playing accordion and violin

At the Collingwood Artisan Village Market held December 2016, 20 artisans showcased their work, ranging from felt craft and knitwear to handmade jewelry, baked goods and wood carving.

as well as the lyrical voice of Roan Shankaruk singing and playing ukulele. Background music was provided by Robert Moya and his wonderful youth volunteers. The Social Culture Club is free to attend every Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Please bring your own materials. The next session starts on January 7, 2017. There are many opportunities to engage with your neighbours in RenfrewCollingwood from craft clubs, conversation cafes, celebrations and much more. If you would like to know more, please contact Community Development at 604-435-0323 ext: 224 or email to



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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: Cindy Chen, Jerry Chen, Julie Cheng, Peter Greenwell, Taya Lawton, Suzanne Liddle, Luxi Lin, Jessica Sun, Yoko Tomita, Alyssa Yan

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.

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

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The Seniors Connection Join the Social Culture Club At the Social Culture Club, members share their life experiences, friendship and crafts skills through knitting and sewing. Local youth have been joining the Saturday Social Culture Club and learning how to knit from Uma, the club’s senior knitting guru. The youth even record her knitting skills with their phones. Every Saturday, 10 am to 12 pm Next session starts January 7, 2017 Collingwood Neighbourhood House Please bring your own materials

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Local youth have been joining the Saturday Social Culture Club and learning from Uma how to knit – even recording her knitting skills with their phones.

Third Thursday of the month. 1pm– 3pm

Different programming every week including bin- Choose your songs, dance and sing in this go, health and wellness talks, dance, information welcoming friendly program. workshops, bus trip and more!

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SENIORS ADVISORY GROUP 1st Thursday of every 2nd month What would YOU like to see at CNH? Come along and give us feedback on our programs and talk about any issues or events related to seniors.

A full schedule of physical activity programs **Pick up a copy of the Monthly Seniors bulincluding Zumba, Tai Chi, Yoga, Badminton letin at reception for more information** and more!

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Collingwood Neighbourhood House every Monday and Wednesday at 10.30am Mondays: Local walk followed by coffee Wednesdays: Further walk exploring Vancouver’s many parks 免費參與!每星期一及星期三上午 10:30 在本中心 (5288 Joyce St.) 集合。 星期一我們會在附近散步,然後返回中心喝茶聊天。星期三我們會走遠一點到 附近的公園。



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Farewell Peter Greenwell

Peter Greenwell, CNH’s homeless program coordinator, is leaving after six years. Peter has done wonderful work with the homeless program including coordinating events for Homeless Action Week and taking the lead in advocating for access to transit. He was also key in providing a local voice to the City of Vancouver when it was setting up the Kingsway Continental, to house those with complex health needs. The Morning Star Breakfast and Shower program has thrived under his stewardship and provides not only a hot, nutritious breakfast but a friendly, welcoming atmosphere each week for homeless or precariously housed people in Vancouver. Peter has been a valued coordinator and will be missed as part of the CNH family. We thank him for all of his work and wish him the very best for the future. To learn more about CNH’s Homeless program, visit http://www.…/renfrew-collingwood-hamelessness-co…/ ─Suzanne Liddle

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Welcome to Azin Kalantari as the new seniors programs co-coordinator at Collingwood Neighbourhood House! Azin will be looking after seniors wellness programming at CNH as well as coordinating two new, threeyear programs funded by New Horizons for Seniors aimed at reducing social isolation. Seniors on the Move aims to improve transport options for seniors and Scaling Up and Scaling out: Seniors Hub model (in partnership with Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House) will connect isolated seniors with their neighbours and any programs or services that they might benefit from.


January 2017

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Art Institute of Vancouver Multicultural Carnival

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

by Jerry Chen

Dear Neighbours:

The Art Institute of Vancouver, a postsecondary institution located in close proximity to the Renfrew SkyTrain station, hosted a Multicultural Carnival on the evening of November 22, 2016. In recognition of the diverse cultures represented at the Art Institute of Vancouver, the event recognized this diversity by sharing what different cultures have to offer.

Happy New Year! I would like to send my New Year greetings to you all, and thank everyone for coming to our Christmas Open House! We were so happy to see you all. 2016 was a busy year with many successes to celebrate, and we thank you for celebrating it with us!

Each of the venues set up represented a Many people enjoyed the recent Multicultural Carnival at the Art Institute of Vancouver. different country and Photos by Luxi Lin its respective culture. Countries that were and memorabilia derived directly from ing the vibe of the event. represented include Mexico, Philippine, Ukraine, Vietnam, their country and culture. As such, atTaiwan, China, Japan, Brazil, tendees gained a first-hand experience Making a special appearance was singer and songwriter Wanting Qu, who also of what each country and culture was Afghanistan and Indonesia. happens to be an alumni of the Art Instilike. tute of Vancouver. In order for attendees to gain a sense of these different cul- A show by the band The Noumenon Attendees were enthusiastic about taking and DJ performance by DJ 909 & tures, each venue had a variin what other cultures had to offer. They ety of games, food, activities Kennix provided live music, increasall enjoyed the abundance of activities that were available. It was a night filled with laughter and enjoyment, regardless of whether it is the people sharing the culture or those experiencing it.

Looking ahead to the Lunar New Year, come and celebrate with us on Saturday, February 11th. We will once again be welcoming Collingwood BIA’s Lion Dance to our office. Refreshments and snacks will be served and everyone is welcome! Lunar New Year Gathering Adrian Dix Community Office 5022 Joyce Street 1:30 – 2:30 pm The 44th Chinatown Spring Festival Parade on Sunday January 29th. The parade route begins at the Millennium Gate at Keefer St and the full route can be found at the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver’s website: BC Legislature Spring Session The house will return into session this early spring 2017. In the next session, we hope to raise issues such as seismic upgrading of schools, affordable rental and social housing, and ICBC rates.

The China table at the Multicultural Carnival.

I am always happy to hear your thoughts and ideas for legislation and would welcome any suggestions you may have for the spring session.

AiV staff and the Student Association get ready for the Multicultural Carnival held Nov. 22, 2016. .



January 2017

Get Involved

Find Your Hygge

Memorial for David Hanuse Saturday, Jan. 7, 1 pm Collingwood Neighbourhood House gym Dave Hanuse passed away this year in October. Dave was a former board director at Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH), an elder to CNH’s Aboriginal youth and a volunteer with CNH’s Families Branching Out Program. All are welcome.

The Danish word hygge (HOOG-uh to rhyme with sugar) does not have a direct English translation, but cozy often gets mentioned. The website Visit Denmark defines it here: In essence, hygge means creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people around you. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too. And let’s not forget the eating and drinking – preferably sitting around the table for hours on end discussing the big and small things in life. Perhaps the Danish idea of hygge explains why Danes are often considered the happiest people in the world? In the cold, dark days of winter, discover your hygge.

Survey for Joyce-Collingwood – Deadline Jan. 10 In June 2016, Vancouver city councill approved the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan. The plan sets out directions for future growth and development in the vicinity of the station area. When the plan was approved, city council identified an opportunity to connect the precinct area with Kingsway, and directed staff to investigate opportunities for additional affordable housing, including rental housing, as well as transportation and public realm improvements. Share your thoughts on the potential opportunities in this short questionnaire! Your feedback will help inform planning to create a policy statement that would be amended to the main Precinct Plan. To take the survey, copy and paste the full URL below into your browser: 2MP6SL0iw0P1iJ26Fh0n&m=600000229 The questionnaire will be open until Jan. 10, 2017. Share your thoughts on character homes! – Survey deadline Jan. 15 The City of Vancouver is conducting a Character Home Zoning Review to explore ways of retaining pre-1940 character homes in single-family areas (also called RS zones). The review is also looking at ways of improving the fit of new homes with older neighbourhoods they may be built in. This review was initiated in response to community concerns about demolitions of high-quality older homes and the size and scale of new homes being built in single family neighbourhoods. Share your thoughts on character homes and the options to help retain them! This questionnaire will take about 12 minutes to complete, and your input will inform recommendations to Vancouver city council in early 2017. To take the survey, copy and paste the full URL below into your browser: ma8Vt1X83Y82mq4hJ3N&m=600000224 The survey will be open until Jan. 15, 2017.

Booklist by Taya Lawton

The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn’t Disneyland, but Denmark. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born, or made? Helen decides there is only one way to find out: she will give herself a year, trying to uncover the formula for Danish happiness. The Year of Living Danishly is a funny, poignant record of a journey that shows us where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves. Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere by Zach Klein Rural escapes for those yearning for a simpler existence. Featuring photos of the most remarkable handmade homes in the backcountry of America and all over the world. With their idyllic settings, unique architecture and cozy interiors, the photographs are an invitation to slow down, take a deep breath, and feel the beauty and serenity that nature and simple construction can create. Highland Knits: Knitwear Inspired by the Outlander Series Inspired by the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, the romantic tale of time travel and adventure (historical romance fans take note!), Highland Knits is a rustic, yet sophisticated collection of quick-to-knit projects. Drool over these beautifully made, cozy knit pieces that will make you yearn for an excuse to hike through the wet wilderness of the Highlands. 109 Walks in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland by Alice Purdey From trails to spectacular waterfalls near Squamish and historic urban forests in South Surrey, coastal headlands in Howe Sound and ridgetop meadows in the Fraser Valley, 109 Walks offers a route for everyone who likes to be outdoors. In this revised seventh edition are 109 of the region’s best walks of four hours or less to suit every taste, whether you’re a visitor to the city or life-long resident, occasional recreationalist or avid walker. Most of the classics remain and their trail directions and maps have been completely updated with GPS coordinates to make route-finding easier. Soup & Comfort: A Cookbook of Homemade Recipes to Warm the Soul by Pamela Ellgen Family-friendly soups to satisfy your soul--and stomach. To close the coldest, bonechilling day or soothe the roughest afternoon, turn to Soup & Comfort for hearty classics, international favourites, and inventive updates. Packed with pages of nourishing, emotionally satisfying soups and stews using affordable, fresh, easy-to-find ingredients. Featuring full-colour photos, Soup & Comfort explores the many ways that homemade soup can nourish body and soul. Shuffle and Deal: 50 Classic Card Games for Any Number of Players by Tara Gallagher After a long walk, warm up with a night of friendly competition! Shuffle and Deal includes one-on-one play and party games. Here are the classics, each chosen for its fun factor as well as its nostalgic value, along with complete rules and variations, fascinating anecdotes about card-playing history, strategies for winning and a glossary of “card-speak.” Featuring a wide selection of games and a handy bookmark, and illustrated with colourful card art from medieval times to the present day, Shuffle and Deal offers fun for all ages.



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Tips for a happy, healthy new year Whether it’s enjoying the beauty of the Renfrew Ravine and walking its labyrinth, or visiting the local farmer’s market to take advantage of the nutrition boost from their fresh produce, you can get a great start to 2017 by taking these simple steps now to improve your mental and physical health.

Many studies have shown that the presence of trees is directly correlated to a decline in stress levels. Contact with nature can have a powerful therapeutic effect by reducing the stress response of the body and the mind, which helps to improve both physical and mental health.

Befriend a forest Nearly 23% of Canadians report high amounts of life stress. It is estimated that more than 70% of doctor visits is related to stress and it is known that chronic stress in adults increases the likelihood of depression, diabetes, heart problems, arteriosclerosis, bone loss, obesity, impaired immune system and infections.

Source: A Healthy Dose of Green: A prescription for a healthy population

takes about 16 pounds of grain to produce just one pound of meat. Each of those pounds of grain takes considerable energy to produce, process and transport. Find inspiration and recipes at a favourite source of healthy recipes, The labyrinth in Renfrew Ravine near 27th Avenue is a favourite spot for meditation. or at Vegetarian- Photo by Julie Cheng Or pledge to have Meatless Mondays Source: (

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Recreation Programs: Winter 2017 Collingwood Neighbourhood House offers a range of recreation programs and activities for all ages. Activities include music, dance and the arts, as well as other physical and social activities. We strive to provide a good balance of activities for people of all ability levels and interests in our neighbourhood. Most of our recreation programs take place at our main site at 5288 Joyce Street; some, however, are located at satellite facilities in the community. Integration, fairness, cooperation and mutual respect are some of the values central to our recreation programs, while having fun!


Please read the following program descriptions which include start dates, times, cost and registration information. Participants in the many drop-in recreation programs at CNH pay the drop-in fee at the front desk. For some programs participants must register before the program begins; in those cases it’s a good idea to sign up early as many popular programs fill quickly. Most preregistered programs run for 12 weeks, three times each year (fall, winter, and spring) or as special summer programs. Recreation participants are required to purchase a very modestly priced annual CNH membership to participate in programs. For more information call 604-435-0323.

Preschool Recreation Programs Intercultural Choir (Age 4 to 5) (New) Welcome to the CNH choir! This intended to be for children with parent’s participation. Previous musical knowledge is not mandatory but is a plus. Participants will learn how to use the body to enhance into different musical styles from various backgrounds while having lots of fun. Wednesdays, January 18-March 8, 10:00 am-10:30pm $35/8 Sessions. (Pre-registration is required). Mini Hands (Ages 3-5) (New) with parent participation Ready to stimulate your child’s creativity…and senses? Come and join us in a fun artistic sensory environment. You and your child will explore, play and create engaging sensory art crafts. Create art projects with finger painting, stamping, sticking, gluing, and coloring. They will enjoy the variety of textured material from fabrics to aluminum foil. Children will have the opportunity to build on sensory skills and learn different ways of expression through art, music, and free play. Saturdays, January 21-March 11, 10:30 am-12:00pm $44/8 Sessions. (Pre-registration is required). Parent and Tot Activities (Ages 2-5) Games, music and play start us off on a journey of exploration and adventure! Gymnastics games and physical play activities will help children develop social and motor skills. Adult participation is required. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:45 am. $2.50 drop-in fee or $25/11 classes pass. Program is ongoing. Pre-Ballet and Creative Dance (Ages 2½- 3½) with parent participation In this lively and fun class, parents and young children interact and explore creative movement together. We will explore the elements of dance using a wide variety of music, props and rhythm instruments. Boys and girls will develop age-appropriate physical movement skills, simulate their imagination and creativity and strengthen their cognitive, social and emotional skills. Creative movement for young children helps wire the brain and sets the foundation for success in preschool and beyond. Tuesdays, January 17-March 7, 3:40-4:25 pm. $44/8 Sessions. (Pre-registration is required). Pre-Ballet and Creative Dance (Ages 4-5) Creative dance is a playful and fun way for young boys and girls to develop their physical movement skills, stimulate their imagination and creativity and strengthen their cognitive, social and emotional skills. We will explore the elements of dance using a wide variety of music, props and rhythm instruments in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Tuesdays, January 17-March 7, 4:30-5:15 pm. $44/8 Sessions. (Pre-registration is required). Rhythmic Gymnastics. (Ages 4-6 Boys and Girls) Children develop hand-eye coordination using rhythmic equipment such as skipping ropes, hoops, ribbons and balls to learn routines to music while they have fun and make new friends. Mondays, January 16-March 6, 4:00-5:00 pm. $52.50/ 7 classes. (Pre-registration is required). No class on February 13th

Little People’s Art (Ages 2-5) (New) Art makes the world a beautiful place by adding colors, shapes, and patterns. This class gives little kids opportunities to create expressions of their learning in any way they like. All materials are provided. To protect children’s clothing please bring an apron. Wednesdays, January 18-March 8, 10:30 to 11:30 am $48/8 classes. (Pre-registration required)

Children’s Recreation Programs at CNH Kids Hip-Hop Class (Ages 9-12) (New) Time to bust a move! Come join in on the fun and learn basic Hip Hop. Breakdance and Party Grooves to get down to your favorite music. A great way to exercise and keep the party alive! Thursdays, January 19-March 9, 4:00pm-5:00pm $36/8 classes. Children’s Floor Hockey (Ages 6-8 and 9-12) Canada’s favorite game is coming to Collingwood Neighbourhood House! Learn, work on your skills, and play lots of games in a friendly and safe environment. Its great exercise and lots of fun! Equipment provided. Wednesdays, January 18-March 8. $48/8 Sessions. (Pre-registration is required). Ages 9-12: 3:45-4:45 pm Ages 6-8: 4:50-5:50 pm Piano Classes (Ages 5-7 and 8-9) This is a fun class for beginner music students learning piano and theory. This class focuses on the basics of proper touch, hand technique and reading notes. Along with playing piano, listening to music also plays an important factor in the early musicianship training. John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course will be the book used in this class, which features colorful pictures and useful material for beginning music students. Saturdays, January 21-March 11. $85/8 Sessions. (Pre-registration is required). Ages 5-7: 10:30-11:15 am or 11:30-12:15 pm (beginner and intermediate) Ages 8-9: 12:30-1:15 pm. (beginner and intermediate) Children’s Gymnastics Education Gym sense provides and excellent gymnastics program where children can have fun learning how to use their bodies. The safe and supportive atmosphere helps children learn the skills needed to enjoy gymnastics. Classes are working in a can Gym badge system with children progressing at their own pace. Preregistration is required. Tuesdays, January 17-March 7 Ages 5–7: 4:15-5:15 pm (beginner and intermediate) Ages 7-10: 5:15-6:45 pm (intermediate and advanced) $56/8 classes. Wednesdays, January 18-March 8. Ages 7-10: 4:00-5:00 pm Ages 11 and over: 5:00-7:00 pm (all levels) $56/8 classes. Continued on next page

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Recreation Programs: Winter 2017 Saturdays, January 21-March 11. Ages 5-7: 9:15-10:15 am (beginners and intermediate) Ages 7-10: 10:15-11:45 am (intermediate and advanced) $56/8 classes. $17.00 annual insurance fee must be paid directly to the gymnastics instructor Rhythmic Gymnastics. (Ages 7-12) Enjoy the unique combination of dance, gymnastics, music and self expressions through the use of ribbons, balls, hoops and ropes, within choreographed routines. Mondays, January 16-March 6, 5:00-6:00 pm. $52.50/7 classes. (Pre-registration is required). No class on February 13th Arts and Crafts for Children (Ages 6-9) Children will learn a variety of visual art media, methods and contents in a free-flowing, fun environment where children can discover, experience and share the joy of the creative process. Techniques will include painting, collage, casting, relief and using recycled materials to create forms. Saturdays, January 28-March 11, 10:00-12:00 noon. $46/ 7 classes or $6.75/drop-in (includes supplies). Children’ Soccer Girls and boys will be introduced to basic soccer skills including dribbling, passing, shooting and ball control. Fun, skill development and teamwork will be emphasized in this program. Tuesdays, January 17-March 7 Ages 9-12: 5:30 – 6:30 pm $40/8 classes. (Pre-registration is required). Thursdays, January 19-March 9 Ages 6-8: 3:45-4:45 pm $40/8 classes. (Pre-registration is required). Children’s Basketball (Ages 9-12) Make new friends practicing and learning basketball skills. Fun, skills development and learning positive values such as teamwork, cooperation and respect will be central to this program. Mondays, January 16-March 6, 4:00-5:15 pm. $35/8 classes. (Pre-registration required). No class on February 13th Wushu (Ages 6-17) Wushu is a modern combination of Chinese martial arts based on the Northern and Southern Chinese form of kung-fu. This class is designed to work on conditioning, flexibility, and basic techniques. Sundays, January 22-March 12, 5:00-6:30 pm. $36/ 8 classes. (Pre-registration required) Creative Writing for Pre-Teens (Ages 8-11) This class is tailored for children who want to explore creative writing in an encouraging environment. Participants are encouraged to participate in several writing projects including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and letters. There are weekly homework assignments. Fridays, 6:00-8:00 pm. January 13, 20, 27 & February 3, 10, 17 $60/6 Sessions. Baton (Ages 7-12) Baton is a combination of dance, gymnastics and twirling a baton. Learn how to twirl a baton and learn different skill. With baton twirling you work on hand eye coordination and coordination all while having fun. Saturdays, January 21-March 11, 11:45-12:30 pm. $36/8 classes plus $40 for the baton. (Pre-registration is required).

Adult Recreation Activities at CNH Our adult recreation pass is available at a cost of $45/12 sessions starting April 1, 2016; this pass can be used for the following activities: Volleyball, Badminton, and Soccer. Our fitness recreation pass is available for $54/12 sessions starting April 1, 2016; this pass can be used for the following activities: Jazzercise, Yoga, Zumba, Hatha Yoga, Meditation and Pilates. A single drop-in fee for these activities is $5.50; you will save $12.00 by purchasing one pass Intercultural Choir (New) Welcome to the CNH choir! This intended to be for adults and seniors. Previous musical knowledge is not mandatory but is a plus. Participants will learn how to use the body to enhance into different musical styles from various backgrounds while having lots of fun. Wednesdays, January 18-March 8, 10:45 am-11:45am $40/8 Sessions. (Pre-registration is required). Hatha Yoga Slow your life down and join us for a relaxing yoga class. Increased strength, balance, stamina and body awareness are some benefits you can attain from Hatha Yoga. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:45 – 8:15 am. Drop-in: $5.50. Meditation Learn how to meditate using the power of soul. With simple body postures, creative visualization, music and chanting, participants will develop a healthier, happier way of being. Thursday, 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Drop-in: $5.50. Zumba A typical Zumba lasts about an hour and incorporates several dance styles, including cumbia, bachata, meringue, salsa, raggaeton, mambo, and belly dance. The Latin music includes both fast and slow rhythms, allowing for a great cardio workout as well as body sculpting exercises. Zumba classes are for ALL ages – no experience necessary. Most songs are pre-choreographed, so the more classes you attend the easier it gets! Wednesdays, 12:05-1:05 pm & 7:158:15 pm Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm Fridays, 6:00-7:00 pm Saturdays, 11:15-12:15 pm Sundays, 12:45-1:45 pm. Drop-in: $5.50. Zumba Steps With Zumba steps we combine the awesome toning and strengthening power of Step aerobics, with the fun fitness party that only Zumba brings to the dancefloor. Participants learn to new ways to increase cardio and calorie burning, while adding moves that define and sculpt your core and legs. Mondays, 12:05-1:05pm. Drop-in: $5.50 Zumba Toning Participants learn how to use lightweight, maraca-like toning sticks to enhance rhythm and tone all their target zones, including arms, abs, glutes and thighs. It combines targeted body- sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness-party. Tuesdays, 7:15-8:15 pm. Fridays, 9:30-10:30 am. Drop-in: $5.50. Jazzercise Jazzercise is the number one dance/fitness programs in the world. Using a follow-the-leader style, the instructor gives you the option of doing exercises no impact, low impact and high impact techniques. Drop-in:$5.50 Mondays and Wednesdays: 6:00-7:00 pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12 noon-1:00 pm. Saturdays: 10:00-11:00 am Women’s and Men’s Drop-in Soccer (Pre-registration required to ensure a spot) This recreational soccer program is a great way to stay in shape and meet new friends in your community. The program promises to be popular so register early to ensure your spot. People of all skill levels welcome and local residents are given sign-up priority when pre-registering. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-10:15 pm. $45/12 sessions or $4.50 drop-in. Program on-going.

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Recreation Programs: Winter 2017 Men’s and Women’s Drop-in Volleyball. Join us in a social game of volleyball where you can bump, set and spike to your heart’s content. Players of all skill levels welcome. Wednesdays, 8:30-10:15 pm. $4.50 drop-in or $45/12 sessions. Program is on-going Women’s and Men’s Drop-in Badminton Collingwood Neigbourhood’s favourite, badminton will help sharpen your reflexes and develop your racquet skills. The gym can be divided into four courts, so we’ll be playing doubles throughout the program. People of all skill levels are welcome and local residents are given sign-up priority when they pre-

register. Thursdays, 6:45-8:30 pm. Sundays, 10:15-12:15 pm. Drop-in: $4.50. Program is on-going.

Men’s and Women’s Drop-in Basketball. This is a non-league, casual night of basketball. Join us from in a social game of basketball where you practice and learn new skills. Players of all skill levels welcome. Teams are made nightly for half of full court games, depending on number of players present. Mondays, 8:30-10:15 pm $4.50 drop-in or $45/12 sessions. Program is on-going

Seniors Recreation Activities at CNH Karaoke Come to sing, come to listen, come to dance and have fun! We have access to a wide variety of music in different languages. Every third Thursday of the month, 1:30pm-3:00pm. FREE Intercultural Choir (New) Participants will learn how to use their body to enhance the projections of their voices as well as to share and engage into different musical styles from various backgrounds while having lots of fun. Wednesdays 10:45am-11:45am, January 18-March 8 $40/8 sessions. Pre-registration is required. Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners This program is meant for seniors who are interested in the art of Chinese calligraphy. It contains a brief history of Chinese calligraphy and introduces the basic elements of the standard Chinese calligraphy script known as “Kaishu”, with step by step instructions for each of the 8 basic strokes. Practicing Chinese calligraphy can help with emotional stability, stress relief, concentration, and cognition. Thursdays 2:00pm-3:30pm, January 5-March 9 $60/10 classes. Pre-registration is required. Maximum 18 participants. Zumba Gold Combines catchy Latin tunes with choreography for an aerobic workout that feels like dance party. It is accessible for beginners, seniors or others needing modification in their exercise routines. Tuesdays, 2:15- 3:15pm Thursdays, 1:15-2:15 pm Fridays 12:40-1:40pm $3.00 drop-in. Program ongoing. No class on Apr 14, May 5, and May 9 Zumba Gold – Low Impact (New) Low Impact Zumba classes will be the same Zumba music you love, although the movements will be very simple and easy to follow for those with physical and or mental disabilities or limitations. Starts January 11th on Wednesdays 1:10pm-2:10pm, $3.00 drop-in. Program ongoing Seniors Drop-in Badminton Bring your own racket. No instruction provided. We recommend you come early to claim your spot. Saturdays, 2:30-4:15pm; $3.50 drop-in. Program ongoing.

Gentle Chair Yoga Enjoy safe, slow moving exercises for increased joint range of motion, relaxation and improved stamina and muscular strength. Suitable for people with al forms of arthritis and various levels of ability. Wednesdays, 1:45 pm-2:45 pm; $3.00 drop-in or use your fitness pass. Program ongoing. Seniors’ Kundalini Yoga. Drop-in Relax, renew and rejuvenate through breathing, exercises, stretching and meditation. Mondays and Thursdays 9:00am-10:00am. Second Thursday of the month 8:45am-9:45am. $3.00 drop-in. Program ongoing. No class Feb 13, April 17, and May 22 24 Forms Simplified Tai Chi Integrate mind, body and qi (energy) – keep blood and energy circulation smooth in the entire body to prevent disease. Mondays, 10:30 am-11:30 am, and Fridays 9:30am-10:30am. Drop-in $3.00. Program ongoing. No class Feb 13, April 14, April 17, May 5, and May 22 32 Form Tai Chi Swords Tai Chi Sword is a weaponry form of Tai Chi Chuan, in which the sword is considered an extension of the body. The integration helps to direct body energy through the sword and bring about movements that are smooth and graceful. Wednesdays, 11:15am-12:15pm and 12:30-1:30pm; $3.50 drop in. Discount passes available. Program ongoing. Participants must buy their own swords. Prerequisite: 24-Form Tai Chi, 48-Form Tai Chi or experience in other styles of Tai Chi Chuan. 42/48 Forms Tai Chi 42 Tai Chi condensed version of the 48 Form Tai Chi embracing four major styles namely Chen, Yang, Wu, and Sun as the official competition routine for international tournaments. This form enhances body balance, relaxation, concentration, and nurturing good health. 42 Tai Chi: Mondays, 11:45am-12:45 pm 48 Tai Chi: Fridays, 10:30am-11:30am $3.50 drop-in. Discount passes available. Program ongoing. No class Feb 13, April 14, April 17, May 5, and May 22 Seniors Strength and Stretch Improve your muscle strength and endurance using light resistance equipment. These exercises may be done seated, standing or floor positions. Wednesdays 11:00am – 12:00pm and Fridays 11:30am – 12:30pm; $3.00 drop-in or use your fitness pass. Program ongoing. No class April 14, and May 5 Chinese Classical Dance for Adults and Seniors These dances are a good way to exercise and maintain an energetic lifestyle as well as to learn new skills and Chinese culture. These dances fit all ages. Wednesdays, 9:30am-11:00am. January 4-March 22, and March 29-June 14 Fridays, 12:00-1:30 pm. January 6-March 24, and March 31-June 30 $54/12 classes. Pre-register for each session. $5.25 drop-in No class on April 14, and May 5 Walking Club Get some exercise and meet new people. Dress for the weather and bring an umbrella. See the schedule which is available at the front desk. Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 am. Meet in CNH lobby. FREE. No program on Feb 13, April 17, and May 22 Monday Fun-Day Group (Seniors’ Wellness Group) This group meets weekly for a variety of activities. Please ask reception for current schedule. Join the group for “Birthdays & Bingo” on the first Monday of every month. Bring small price or $2.00 Mondays 1:15-3:00pm. Cost $2.00, unless otherwise noted. No program on public holidays


January 2017


Learn the basics of renting in B.C.

Income Tax Workshop in Spanish

The Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC) and the Justice Education Society are pleased to announce the launch of a new online course for tenants called Renting It Right.

Child-minding available.

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, 2-4 pm

For registration, contact: Nubia M. Reyes Collingwood Neighbourhood House, 5288 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC, 604-412-3706


Designed for first-time renters, the course covers both practical and legal topics to consider before deciding to rent. Course participants will learn about: • Needs and preferences – understanding rental expenses, creating a budget, and thinking about unique requirements • Searching for rental housing • Submitting a strong application • Signing a tenancy agreement • Moving in

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Cómo, cuándo y dónde hacer la declaración de impuestos? (Income Tax)

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Securing rental housing can be a challenge, especially for those who have never rented in B.C., or who lack recent references. Renting It Right aims to help renters find the place that is right for them. The video-based course guides B.C. residents through the rental process, in preparation for submitting a strong rental application. Course participants who pass the final exam will earn a certificate to present to landlords.

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Qué gastos son deducibles de impuestos? Qué hay de nuevo para 2016?

Fecha: Enero 24, 2017 Hora: 2:00—4:00 pm

Renting It Right is available free at Register today to learn about renting in B.C. and earn a certificate!

Lugar: Collingwood Neighbourhood House. 5288 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC V5R6C9 Llame a Nubia para registrarse

For more info visit

Tel. 604 435 0323 Ext 247 Habrá cuidado de niños !

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Happy New Year!

Special Events

Lunar New Year Festival (All Ages)

85334 Sat Jan 28 12:30pm-3:00pm Free

Buddhist Temple & Steveston (55+yrs) 85331 Mon

Jan 23


Robbie Burns Luncheon (55+yrs)

88244 Wed

Jan 25

Program Highlights

12:00pm-2:30pm $8.57/person

Fashion Illustration - Beginner (7-14yrs)

Niki Chung For those with little or no experience. - Students will begin to explore basic skills for fashion illustration and design. For new students, please register in the 5:30pm time slot. For returning beginner students, please register in the 6:35pm time slot. Please note there is a $10 fee for supplies (sketch book etc.) per season. No new enrollees after 3rd class. 88330 Fri Jan 13-Mar 3 5:30pm-6:30pm $66/8 sess 88331 Fri Jan 13-Mar 3 6:35pm-7:35pm $66/8 sess

Start the 2017 year off with a bang! Give some of our new programs a try! Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Hip Hop

Sarah Stonehouse 6-8yrs

Hip Hop


93135 Jan 4


Sarah Stonehouse 9-12yrs


93134 Jan 4


Contemporary/Lyrical Dance Sarah Stonehouse 9-12yrs


93132 Jan 4




93130 Jan 8


Sarah Stonehouse 6-8yrs

Jazz Dance

Sarah Stonehouse 7-12yrs


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Sarah Stonehouse 9-12yrs


93131 Jan 8


Drawing 101

Samantha Gosse



93115 Jan 9


Drawing 101

Samantha Gosse



93116 Jan 9


Creative Dance

Anna Dueck



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Anna Dueck



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Anna Dueck



93123 Jan 10


Dance Jam

Anna Dueck



93125 Jan 10


Drama Bugs Minis

Rebecca Salters



93097 Jan 11


Painting 101

Samantha Gosse



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Painting 101

Samantha Gosse



93118 Jan 11


Rock Bottom (19+yrs)

Elizabeth Leon This 45 min class will target the gluteus (largest muscle of your body) and core, helping to improve your posture, to strength your body, and to ROCK YOUR BOTTOM. $5+tax/drop-in if space. 87040 Wed Jan 18-Mar 22 6:00pm-6:45pm $42.50/10 sess

PIYO (19+yrs)

Youth Council (13-17yrs)

Help create youth programs and community projects? Join the Renfrew Youth Council and help shape the vision of youth involvement in the community. Come join us and bring your ideas. OneCard is required for free youth programs. 87662 Thu Jan 12-Mar 9 5:15pm-6:45pm Free/9 sess

Rachel King This is an intense cardio workout that combines the corerming benets of Pilates with the strength and exibility of yoga movements while using only your body weight. $11.43+tax/drop-in if space. 87330 Sun Jan 15-Mar 12 10:45am-11:45am $90/9 sess


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Explore your musical side with CNH’s new music classes Do you enjoy music? Why not explore your musical side by taking a music course at CNH? We’ve got two new programs that could be perfect for you: Guitar for Adults and Intercultural Choir. Both classes are taught by amazingly talented teachers.

Instructor David Sossa Fernandez is a talented guitarist who currently serves as the Head of the Guitar Department at The British Columbia Conservatory of Music. He has studied under many great guitarists and has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Universidad de Antioquia in Columbia and a Master of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of British Columbia. Throughout his career, David has received numerous scholarships and performed in the master classes of famous guitarists. David has also performed as a soloist around the world and his debut solo album was released in 2010. To see one of David’s solo performances, visit watch?v=38QxsGQd8tY Intercultural Choir

Age: 4 to 5 years old, with parent participation Time: 10:00 - 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays Dates: January 18 - March 8 Cost: $35/8 classes Age: 19 and up Time: 10:45 - 11:45 a.m., Wednesdays Dates: January 18 - March 8 Cost: $40/8 classes

Collingwood Neighbourhood House invites you to lunch every Tuesday and Thursday. Full meal prices are $6.25 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for students and $3.25 for children under 12. Items can be purchased a la carte or “to go.”

January lunch menu

Guitar for Adults Age: 19 and up Time: 9:45 to 11 a.m., Tuesdays Dates: January 17 to March 7 Cost: $80/ 8 classes In this beginners’ class, you can learn how to play folk and classical guitar music on an acoustic guitar while pursuing your own musical interests. Instruction will focus on repertoire, technique, ear training, sight reading, and theory. Students will be taught imitation and spoken rhythm methods that result in correct phrasing and expressive articulation of even the most difficult passages. A guitar will be necessary for practice at home, but the instructor will discuss guitar options in the first class, such as buying or renting. CNH also has some guitars for in-class use.


Thursday, January 5 Chicken/veggie souvlaki Rice and potatoes Salad Vanilla cup cake Guitar instructor David Sossa Fernandez There are two classes: one for children aged 4-5 and another for adults and seniors. Previous musical knowledge is not necessary, but is a plus. Both classes will be full of fun and participants will learn how to sing in different musical styles from various backgrounds. They will also learn how to use their body to enhance the projection of their voice. Instructor Maria Alejandra Velasquez is a versatile lyric soprano with expertise in art song, opera, and musicals. She has performed in principal and secondary roles in operas and as a soloist in a number of oratorios and other musical performances. Maria is an expert in teaching classical and popular singing as well as choir conducting and has many years’ experience teaching both adults and children, including in the areas of voice, choir, Intercultural Choir and opera. She is also very skilled in American, Rock, Pop, instructor Maria Latin-American, and traditional Alejandra Velasquez Columbian music. Maria has a Bachelor of Music degree from EAFIT University and a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Eastern Michigan University. Other new winter recreation classes CNH will be offering two other new classes this winter, including a very low impact Zumba Gold class for seniors with limited mobility and a Basketball for Adults session on Mondays. For details of all CNH winter recreation programs, visit the CNH website at http://

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Tuesday, January 10 Cream of broccoli soup Chicken/veggie burgers Salad Chocolate chip cookies Thursday, January 12 Perogies and sausages Salad Marble brownie Tuesday, January 17 Lentil soup Roast beef /veggie sandwich Salad Orange cranberry cake Thursday, January 19 Fish and chips/veggie option Salad Blueberry muffin Tuesday, January 24 Minestrone soup Macaroni and cheese Salad Vanilla cheesecake Thursday, January 26 Meat /veggie pie Salad Almond tart Tuesday, January 31 Split pea soup Tuna melt/grilled cheese Salad Chocolate pudding



January 2017

Sensei Marlon Bonilla (top left) and Sensei Marilina (top right) with their students at the Western Canadian Martial Arts Championships. When we last visited Intention Martial Arts Academy, husband and wife team Marlon and Marilina Bonilla were just opening their doors at the corner of Boundary and Kingsway. Seven years later, Intention Martial Arts is going strong with over 100 students in their four main programs: Karate, MMA, Ninjitsu and the STX KICKBOXING program. There are four levels to IntentionMAA’s Karate program. Karate Prep is for ages 3-4.5 and is the best way to get your young child classroom ready. Next they can enjoy the Lil Dragons which is for ages 4.5-6.5. At this level, in addition to the physical kicking and punching skills, your son or daughter will learn how to use discipline, respect, self-control and teamwork to excel in academic school, as well as, at home with you. From here, they are ready to move on to Junior’s Karate (ages 7-13) and Adult Karate. Another program at IntentionMAA is Combat Submission Wrestling or Mixed Martial Arts. Marlon is a certified coach under Sensei Erik Paulson who has trained such notable MMA athletes as Josh Barnett, Ken Shamrock, and Brock Lesnar. “Taught in a safe, high energy training environment, our program is one of the most complete mixed martial arts programs anywhere and will get you in the best shape of your life.” Also offered at IntentionMAA is Modern Ninjutsu, a realistic approach to self defense that utilizes techniques that are effective in real life situations. Both Sensei Marlon and


Sensei Marlina are personally trained by Grandmaster Will Maier. Intention Martial Arts Academy is the Canadian home for the International Modern Ninjutsu Association. Finally, there is the STX KICKBOXING program. This is a Full body Kickboxing program that will get you in the best shape of your life while learning effective striking techniques from Muay Thai and French Savate kickboxing. In the past seven years also, IntentionMAA has produced 10 black belts. The youngest of those is Ryan Tom who began the Little Dragons program seven years ago at age four. His mother, Leah Tom, says “Our family has been taking class at Intention Martial Arts since they opened 7 years ago and our experience has been excellent overall. For my kids, training at Intention Martial Arts not only has them working on a skill set as young martial artists, it sets a positive tone for their overall life experience.” In addition to learning the skills and getting in shape, part of the joy of learning martial arts is in competing. The members at IntentionMAA have begun to enter more ‘open tournaments’ which are tournaments that include all martial arts. In the 2014 World Games, Marlon represented Team Canada and won two medals: A bronze medal in Point Fighting and the Gold in Brazilian Jujitsu and Grappling. Way to go Marlon! The games were attended by over 70 countries and 800 competitors. Also in the past seven years, Marlon and Marilina now have two sons. Congratulations!


Happy New Year! The Collingwood BIA is looking forward to an exciting 2017 year. We will have new spring/summer banners installed this spring. To celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday we planted hundreds of red and white tulips that should be ready to bloom in the early spring. l

We will be celebrating Lunar New Year, Collingwood Days, Canada Day, Collingwood International Film Festival and to complete our year we will have our Winter Carnival. We will also begin our renewal process. Our seven year mandate ends 2018. We want to hear from our members (all the businesses in Collingwood, Boundary Road to Rupert along Kingsway). We will be coming by to visit everyone this year for your feedback on how the Collingwood BIA is doing and what you’d like to see for the future. We encourage business to contact the office and we are always looking for board members to help shape Collingwood BIA’s vision. 2017 should be filled with exciting projects to continue to improve Collingwood business area.

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Upcoming Events:

Chinese New Year Lion Dance - February 11th, 2017 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. All businesses are invited to participate in the Traditional Lion Dance. A Lion dance team will come to bless your business. The parade route is from Boundary Road to Rupert and then along Joyce to Wellington. Look for a flyer to be delivered to all the businesses. To sign up please contact the CBIA office 604.639.4403 or email Complete parade schedule will be posted on social media February 9th. See ad in this paper. Collingwood Days 2017 - May 27, 2017 @ GASTON PARK - NEW LOCATION! Sponsorship Opportunities, International Marketplace and Food Court vendor application are online. Call out to local martial art schools, dance, music, performers and bands we want you to be a part of our largest community event of the year. Contact Angela for more information on how you can participate.




January 2017


Scenes from Renfrew-Collingwood Do you have a favourite photo of Renfrew-Collingwood? Please share it with us! Email

This past December, this snowy guardian was watching over the denizens of Renfrew Ravine on 27th Avenue near Nootka. Photo by Peter Greenwell


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Another Guardian. Photos by Paul Reid