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Renfrew-Collingwood Community News 20th anniversary by Paul Reid

It certainly has been a long time, but has it been 20 years since this amazing community paper reared it’s masthead? Well, the research has revealed that perhaps we are not yet quite 20 years old. BUT, we have entered our twentieth year, so let’s celebrate the process of turning 20 together, shall we. The Renfrew Collingwood Community News blossomed out of the RenfrewCollingwood News, which evolved out of the Collingwood News, which began officially in 1999. If we consider the newsletters of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH), which spawned the Collingwood News, then we are certainly several years over 20. However, 1999 marks the year that the Common Thread (the name of the CNH newsletter at that time) changed it’s name to the Collingwood News, began coming out in newsprint, and began to include advertising. This cover to the right (November 2005) marks the first issue of the new monthly format in which we first attempted to not only break-even, but to use the paper to raise money for CNH as a social enterprise. Although it took a couple of years for this to occur, we did eventually manage to reach that goal. Over-all, the paper has managed to just about break even, some years in the red, some in the black, remaining alive through the generous support of our local advertisers and good old Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Looking beyond the financial prudence of it all, what has the RCC News done for us here in Renfrew-Collingwood? So so much! More than could ever have been foreseen. Continued on page 2


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Firstly, it has given our community residents a vehicle and a voice to share information, communicate local news and events, and express themselves to the rest of the community. Each issue has allowed residents and local businesses to get and stay in touch with this community.

that was created in the 1930s. It is amazing to catch a glimpse into 1930s Collingwood; we know that the RCC News will be viewed someday with similar fascination.

Secondly, the paper acts as an archive. Looking back over old issues, it is amazing to see old photos such as those here of Paula Carr and Albert Battistoni. We can go back and read about what we were doing as a community 20 years ago. As time marches on, each issue of our community paper becomes more precious;someday, they may become the sole reminders of what life in Renfrew-Collingwood was like. In a trip to the Vancouver Archives,I found one of the only remaining copies of the Collingwood Gazette, a local paper

Thirdly, thanks to the sheer power of communication, the newspaper has created some real impacts in this community. Both historic Firehall 15 and Carleton School House would likely not have been saved and renovated had it not been for the RCC News. More recently, the RCC News was instrumental in keeping this community’s oldest organization, Collingwood Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, alive. The list of awesomeness goes on and on. During this year, look for some blasts from the past as the RCC News staff dips back into the past to bring you some of our favourite articles - ones you might have missed. We will also be posting more of our vintage issues to our website so that you can join us in enjoying the past. Let’s sail into this 20th year of the RCC News together.

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Happy Corner Preschool — Where learning is play “We’ve been waiting for you to come to this place.”

simply spend quiet time in a cozy reading nook.

Children’s happy voices blend with those of parents and teachers, as the preschool students at Happy Corner Parent Participation Preschool are welcomed to start their day. The children sing to greet their friends who are joining the morning circle. After their daily song, the children may continue singing, they may listen to a story or be inspired into spontaneous activity. Then they are off – to do their most important work as children – PLAY!

The Butterfly Garden, a whimsical outdoor area surrounding the preschool, is used daily by the children, as often as weather permits.

Founded in 1971, Happy Corner Preschool is located in the Renfrew-Collingwood community and draws children from the local neighbourhood and also beyond in East Vancouver and into Burnaby. Happy Corner is a play-based preschool and is proud to be one of two licensed parent participation preschools in East Vancouver. As a play-based preschool, the teachers are committed to supporting every child to reach their full potential emotionally, socially, physically and cognitively. In 2016, Hisae McMichael, the teacher director at Happy Corner, received the prestigious Goldie Maycock Award for excellence in preschool teaching from the Council of Parent Participation in Preschools in B.C. A typical day at Happy Corner is anything but typical! Daily activities are child-lead, and completely supported by the comprehensive playbased program developed by the experienced McMichael. Children are encouraged to enter fantasy worlds through dress-up play, create and get messy through a myriad of arts and crafts, or

Happy Corner student creating in the Butterfly Garden, outside the preschool located at the Falaise Community Centre.


January 2018 by Brooke Bennett

There are also structured moments throughout the class to punctuate the children’s play and establish a sense of routine – morning circle time, communal snack time and clean-up time. Parents benefit alike as part of the Happy Corner community. Award-winning teacher director Hisae McMichael at Happy Corner PreThe preschool is proud to offer school encourages students to reach their full potential through social and emotional learning. Photos by Amber Hughes Photography a leading-edge parent education speaker series, offered by experts in their respective fields, and is open to the public. Parents broaden their parenting skills by participating in this speaker series. Parents will soon be able to log onto an online library resource on parenting and child development to support their own parenting, and this resource will also be accessible by the public. Happy Corner is more than a preschool for children – it is a strong and supportive community of families, caregivers and teachers, where all are welcomed and valued and where all come together to learn and grow. To learn more about Happy Corner Preschool, please join us at their open house on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. Visit to view their upcoming Parent Education Speaker Series. Brooke Bennett is a transplanted Edmontonian to the west coast, who has loved living in Vancouver for the past decade. In her former life she was a contaminated sites specialist, who left the world of consulting to stay at home to raise her daughter. Her daughter attends Happy Corner Preschool. Brooke enjoys learning along with children.


January 2018



Housing rally: More action needed to address housing crisis by Janice Zeng

The housing rally on Nov. 25, 2017, less people and tents was a great opportunity to take action – that just adds volume in regards to the housing crisis. to what we’re advocating for. When I arrived, a speaker was talking Paul Reid: staff writer and layout coordinator about the purpose of National Hous- We heard more speakLisa Symons: sales and distribution coordinator ing Day. It is a day on the calendar, ers at the end of the Julie Cheng: editorial coordinator but it is not a holiday. Nobody says march. First up was “Happy National Housing Day,” for it Jean Swanson. She is Contributors: Amber Hughes Photography, is not a day to celebrate. It is a serivery passionate about Brooke Bennett, Crecien Bencio, Dylan Le, Janice Bexson, Janice Zeng, Jordan Gammon- ous day for social justice and action housing, she has disFischer, Julie Cheng, Liz Kendler, Paul Reid, regarding housing. sected the recently Tony Wanless, Vincent Wu released national hous- The November 2017 housing rally was hosted by The speaker talked about how, last ing strategy. The conWe want to hear from you! the Vancouver Tenants Union, Chinatown Action year, many people ended up on the text of the document is Yes, You! Send comments, community events, Group and Carnegie Community Action Program. streets around Hastings. Many tents very disappointing, and press releases by regular post, fax or e-mail. Photo by Jordan Gammon-Fischer Suggestions for improving the paper are were put up, which lead to the police Prime Minister Justin welcome. arresting 700 people. Homelessness Trudeau is not takspeaker told us about an empty lot is not a crime, and jailing people that ing appropriate actions towards the and described it as the heart of ChiWe welcome appropriate, unsolicited editorial are already in a difficult living situacause. submissions if accompanied by the author’s natown. The lot was the battleground real name, address and telephone number. The tion is cruel. where development plans have been author should retain the original as we cannot Swanson explained that this “housing defeated by a coalition of the city’s return submissions without prior agreement nor After the speakers, it was time to grab strategy” is nothing but a re-election most marginalized people – not just does submission guarantee publication. We a poster and begin the rally. Leading strategy for the Liberal party. What I reserve the right to make editorial changes. once, but five times. The speaker said the rally were people wearing ponfound most upsetting was their defithat they have not officially won until chos that spell out “10,000 In Social nition of affordable. The plan defines the empty lot can become a home The Renfrew/Collingwood Community affordable as “30% of units having News does not necessarily support the Housing Every Year For BC.” Many for the most marginalized and hard posters were in Chinese as the situaviews of its contributors. rents at or less than 80% of median working people of society. tion with Chinatown was a big issue market rents, for a minimum of 20 Next submission deadline: Jan. 10 discussed that day. years.” The final presentation was directed The mission of this non-profit publication is to provide the residents, businesses and organizations of Renfrew/Collingwood with a medium for community communication.

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During the march, we chanted, “Get up, Get down, There’s a housing movement in this town,” “The people united will never be defeated,” “What’s our housing strategy? 10,000 homes in BC,” “What do we want? Housing! When do we want it? Now! (we also said the same phrase in Chinese),” and “We are ready to fight, housing is a human right.” There was a lot of passion and anger in the people’s voices. As we marched, we passed by many home-

One example that Swanson gave was if the median rent is $2,000 per month, 80% of it would be $1,600. Thus, you would need to make $65,000 a year to afford rent. How is that remotely affordable when the average salary in Vancouver is only $56,000? Afterwards, we had an activist part of the Chinatown movement come speak. I didn’t get to go to the Chinatown workshop, so it was nice getting to learn about it during the rally. The

against Justin Trudeau. They prepared a dummy with a printed picture of Trudeau’s face attached to it. The speaker displayed a giant poster and began educating Trudeau. She took him back to school about the definition of affordability and the basics of problem solving. The audience had a nice laugh and it was an entertaining way to end the event. Janice Zeng is a Grade12 student at Windermere Secoundary. She attended the Housing Rally to have her voice heard and hear from fascinating activists.

Housing Conference hosted at Windermere Secondary “If we can put people on the moon, why can’t we end homelessness.” This was an amazing quote by keynote speaker and Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson at Windermere’s Housing Conference on Nov. 20, 2017. Here, she discussed the present and future of housing in Vancouver. Did you know in the 1970s over 760 social housing units were built every year, but now the number has decreased to only 11?

Furthermore, back then welfare was more than enough to be able to survive. Now, welfare only supplies $710 per month, which is not enough to even rent a one-room apartment. One of the main reasons for this was because taxes on the richest one percent have decreased by $41,000 since the 1970s. To combat this situation, Swanson has lobbied for a mansion tax. This tax would increase property taxes of houses ranging from $5 to 10 million by one percent and houses over $10

by Vincent Wu

million by two percent. This would end homelessness within one year. The next presenter, 23-year-old co-founder of City Hive Tessica Troung, showed that Vancouver was no longer affordable. In order to save enough money for a 20 percent down payment of a house in 1976, it would take five years. Compared to today, it would take over 25 years. Studies show millennials earn $8,000 less than their parents even though they have more education. Vancouver housing is a real problem that we need to solve.

Housing: Why you should care and how you can fix it


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Housing for homeless residents planned for 4410 Kaslo Street Community garden near the 29th Avenue SkyTrain station slated to become City of Vancouver’s latest site for temporary modular housing by Julie Cheng

by Dylan Le Imagine being evicted out of your home and forced to move. Your new neighbourhood doesn’t have any grocery stores, Skytrain stations or community centres nearby, but it’s the best you can afford. Now let that happen to you again and again, until you’re dwindled down to nothing, leaving you homeless. The situation I just described is that of gentrification. It is a term used to describe affluent people moving in historically less wealthy neighbourhoods. Gentrification is closely associated to capitalism, which is the economic and political system for the private ownership of goods and services with the objective to accumulate more wealth. Capitalism and gentrification are two prime issues that leave many in the Lower Mainland homeless. Why does gentrification happen and how do landlords profit from it? By evicting your tenants, you can legally raise the price of rent however high you want. How many times can you be evicted, and rent be increased until there is nowhere you can stay? Capitalism can be found in Vancouver’s Chinatown. To cater to the wealthier residents, more and more coffee shops are opening up. However, the majority of locals, especially long-time residents, in Chinatown are less interested in coffee shops and prefer traditional stores. This hurts the culture of Chinatown and the community that the locals have built. [For more information visit:]

5 responses to Vancouver’s housing crisis Regulation: Higher taxes for real estate speculators and limiting foreign ownership Using Public Powers and Assets: Community land trust. Transit-oriented development. Inclusionary zoning Yes in My Backyard: Support shelters being built in your neighbourhood Support Renters: Encourage new rental investments. Protect renters’ rights. Stop home ownership bias Vote for Housing: Pay attention to the news show support for an affordable housing market. Become aware of the issues in the housing market and how we can respond to it. We can bring Vancouver’s housing crisis to an end.

Dec. 13, 2017, local residents packed the First Hungarian Presbyterian Church in the first of two information sessions to find out more about the temporary modular housing that the City of Vancouver has planned for 4410 Kaslo Street. Currently a community garden, 4410 Kaslo is located across from the 29th Avenue SkyTrain station and Slocan Park. One threestorey building with 50 units is being considered there as housing for people experiencing home- The paths around the current garden at 4410 Kaslo are heavily used by commuters as a thoroughfare to the 29th Avenue lessness. SkyTrain station and bus loop. Photos by Julie Cheng Kaslo is the city’s fourth site planned for such housing, following sites in the Staff from Atira Women’s Resources Society Marpole neighbourhood and on Franklin and will manage the Kaslo site and will connect its Powell streets in the Downtown Eastside. residents to support services. Together the four sites make up roughly 200 Development permit timeline out of the 600 new units of temporary modular December 13 and 14, 2017: Community inforhousing that the city aims to place across Vancouver. The city is working on six to seven more mation session to present project and gather feedback. sites, according to Abi Bond, director of affordable housing community services. December 22, 2017: Public can provide input Vancouver’s first temporary modular housing at until December 22 via email ( or at the community information 220 Terminal Avenue opened in February 2017 sessions. and has been a “big success,” says Luke Harrison, CEO of the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency. “It’s operating beautifully. There’s been January 2018: Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency applies for a development permit no increase in crime. The residents have been to build temporary modular housing at 4410 good neighbours.” Kaslo Street. January to February 2018: City and community partners hold another community information session to present the project and listen to feedback. Public has the opportunity to provide input for one week after the community information session via email (housing@vancouver. ca) or at the community information session. February 2018: The city’s director of planning determines whether a development permit will be issued. Spring 2018: Once approved, it takes about three months for construction to be completed. For more information visit

Did you know?

Jennifer Gray-Grant of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House and Chris Taulu of Collingwood Community Policing Centre were among the The 2017 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver reports more than 2,100 people living in homemany community members who attended the less shelters or on the street within Vancouver. 4410 Kaslo information sessions.


January 2018


The Seniors Connection

Seniors and kids at Three Links Care Centre

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

“They’re brilliant,” says Winifred, “look how determined they are.” She’s talking about the preschool students who have come to build Lego towers with her and the other seniors at Three Links Care Centre. This is their fourth visit and Winifred hasn’t missed one. Just the mention of kids brings a smile to her face. The children are part of Muddy Boot Prints preschool, a unique early learning program that connects children with nature and the wider community. The program is based in the Forest School Philosophy but with an urban twist that involves building a vibrant community in the city. Muddy Boot Prints founder Belva Stone partnered with Three Links with the hope of broadening the children’s community. She wanted the children to visit regularly

New Full-time Constituency Assistant

Seniors and preschoolers at Three Links Care Centre build Lego towers together. Photo by Liz Kendler enough for real friendships to be born with “the grandmas and the grandpas.” Charley, age 3, says, “I think it’s great there. I like playing with the



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Happy New Year! I’d like to wish you all a happy 2018! A sincere thanks to everyone who came to our Holiday Open House December 16th. We had a packed house and it was a pleasure to see all of you come by to share our merriment.

CNH seniors 1.15– 3pm Every Monday Different programming every week including bingo, health and wellness talks, dance, information workshops, bus trip and more!

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Walk with us! 跟我們走! The Renfrew Collingwood Better at Home Walking Club leaves Collingwood Neighbourhood House every Monday and Wednesday at 10.30am Mondays: Local walk followed by coffee Wednesdays: Further walk exploring Vancouver’s many parks SENIORS ON THE MOVE Need a Ride? Volunteer drivers will help. Free service for seniors who have barriers with public transportation. For social purpose only. Call number: 604-435-0323 Ext. 227 Contact person: Jenny Shen Seniors Program Coordinator

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cats, the playdough and the balloons.” The balloon activity is a big hit – the children toss balloons to the seniors who lob them back by hitting them with pool noodles. The whole thing is accompanied by riotous laughter. Benjamin, age 3 and usually quite shy, comes alive when he’s tossing balloons.

I am pleased to welcome our new fulltime Constituency Assistant, Thuy Pham, to our office! Thuy is passionate about connecting people to their community, and is knowledgeable of the nearby community resources and programs that you can benefit from. Feel free to stop by my office any time throughout the year. My Constituency Assistants are always happy to help with any problems or difficulty you may be having with the provincial government, or to hear your ideas for making our community a better place to live. Free Public Access Computer

Our constituency office offers a free public access computer! The computer has quick The joy and laughter the kids bring links to Ministry websites, government to Three Links are a real tonic for services, and community resources. All seniors who are living with memory constituents are welcome to drop by during loss and disabilities. Making the move our office hours (Monday to Thursday from from home to long-term care can be 9am to 4pm or on Friday by appointment) to tough. It’s a change that often means access the computer, necessary for social losing connections with neighbours assistance applications, BC Housing files, and acquaintances. The gleeful chaos resume creation, and so much more. My of a busy group of kids makes living in staff are happy to help with any difficulty. the care home feel like being part of a neighbourhood again. Seeking Nominations for the BC Community Achievement Awards! “It’s a lot of fun,” says Kay, who has Do you know someone who has made a lived at Three Links for three years. significant contribution to your community Having kids around reminds her of through a unique achievement or growing up on a farm in England, outstanding service – either as a volunteer where she and her siblings would or in the course of their work? Nominate beg their parents to let them ride the them for a BC Community Achievement horses. Awards!

Kay smiles as she talks and pauses to ask one of the kids what her name is. The kids aren’t bothered by being asked the same question twice by a forgetful senior – it’s just great to be around people who break into a wide grin every time they see you. Liz Kendler is the coordinator of communications, volunteers and community engagement at Three Links Care Centre.

Awards will be presented for significant service in any area that provides a benefit to the community, such as sports and recreation, arts and culture, environment, multiculturalism, environment, healthcare, education, civic duty, business innovation, community volunteerism, and youth or seniors’ leadership. If you’d like to nominate a member of our community, visit http://www.bcachievement. com/community/info.php and nominations close on January 15th, 2018.


Read On!


January 2018

A news section for Renfrew-Collingwood learners

Ringing in the new year


by Tony Wanless

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New Year’s Eve is on Sunday, Dec. 31, and Renfrew-Collingwood residents are already planing what they will do to “ring in the new year,” as they often describe the process of celebrating the event.

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The day is the annual time for renewal – a recognition that the past is gone and, tomorrow, you can start over. This celebration has been turned into a giant party in the Western countries, and, often, by people in other parts of the world who have adopted Dec.31 as a reason to celebrate. Even though many who live in Renfrew-Collingwood come from different backgrounds and countries and speak different languages, they can join in. New Year’s Eve is for everybody. Vancouver’s biggest celebration will be the Free Street Party on Canada Place Way downtown. Broadcast live on Global TV, it’s being held at Jack Pool Plaza and will involve roving performers, neon robots, fire dancers and wild visuals. Top food trucks will be there, as will fireworks exploding above beautiful water and mountain views. Kids, parents, oldsters and young adults are expected to make up the 100,000 people expected to show up. I’m told that it is a traditional New Year’s Eve activity to cruise the downtown parties and take to the area’s streets with your (new or old) sweetie to simply enjoy the scene. You’ll experience a different kind of excitement.

If you are a teenager or a young adult, New Year’s Eve could also be when you go to a house party with old friends and meet new ones, preferably of the dating kind. Several people have said that their favourite way to celebrate the new year is to simply meet up with some friends, and just party. Nice and friendly. This form of new year celebration is also popular with older adults, who often get together to discuss the past year, their hopes and plans for the next one, and generally welcome in 2018 with a toast and a round of kisses and hugs. Of course, everyone has to recite their new year’s resolutions, which at that age, tend to be a bit more realistic and wellthought-out than those of their children or their young friends. But, really, it doesn’t matter where you spend your time on New Year’s Eve as much as how you do it. What’s important are friends and strangers who discuss their pasts and plans for the future.

Family Literacy Day is January 27 As a child, a favourite activity was to cuddle up on the sofa with my sisters and my brother and listen to dad read stories to us. He would use different tones, accents and dialects to bring each character to life. My love of reading has never stopped. My early experiences of reading and being read to fostered my reading, writing and comprehension skills from a young age. Therefore, I am always excited when January rolls around because it is the month when we celebrate Family Literacy Day! In 1999, Family Literacy Day was created by ABC Life Literacy Canada, and this national awareness initiative is held every year on January 27 to promote the importance of literacy for everyone. Literacy expands knowledge, imagination and creativity, and

develops reading and writing abilities, leading to improved communication skills. Parents and caregivers are their children’s first teachers and spending just 15 minutes a day to engage in a family literacy activity is an investment in life-long learning. Fun activities that families can do together Parents and caregivers can foster early literacy by providing access to books and games; exposing children to seeing adults reading at home every day; singing rhymes and songs out loud or creating unique family songs together; speaking to their child in the language that the adult knows best; and engaging their children regularly in informative conversations. You can find many more unique family literacy ideas in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood

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by visiting the public libraries, the neighbourhood house and other family-serving community organizations. Renfrew-Collingwood also has a successful literacy project, which operates several programs including a weekly reading circle, a weekly literacy group, a book exchange kiosk, two family literacy programs (Family Place and Families Branching out) and a one-toone literacy tutoring project. For more information, you are welcome to visit Collingwood Neighbourhood House (5288 Joyce Street, Vancouver) or contact Janice at What will you do for national Family Literacy Day? Perhaps participate in a community story time, or play “I-Spy with my little eye” or create a routine of reading a bedside story?

Maybe create a picture shopping list together and go shopping for the items on the list, with both children and adults responsible to find certain picture items? How about counting how many dogs or how many blue cars you see on the way to school or the child care centre? If you’ve never participated in Family Literacy Day, make 2018 the year to challenge yourself and your family. Perhaps you could try doing 52 different family literacy activities this year (that’s one activity a week) or spend 15 minutes a day participating in an activity. Take turns to choose who will lead or plan the activity. I would love to hear about what activities you try. Have fun! Janice Bexson is the literacy outreach coordinator at Collingwood Neighbourhood House.


January 2018


The neighbours who support Still Moon Arts Society by Crecien Bencio Still Moon Arts Society (SMAS) is well known for the annual Renfrew-Ravine Moon Festival. But did you know our board of directors work throughout the year to support our community? The “board of directors” is a group of volunteers who act as the governing body of a non-profit organization. They are responsible for providing the strategic direction of an organization. The board members of SMAS also do administrative duties, accounting, fundraising and communications. The group is connected to the RenfrewCollingwood community and they represent a diversity of ages, ethnicity, education and professional backgrounds. Emily Xu, a local youth who is on the board for her second year, states, “Since elementary school, I have attended the Moon Festival and it has become a tradition at home. Learning about the administrative and behindthe-scenes responsibilities required to host the annual Moon Festival and various other Still Moon events Still Moon has been illuminating and is vastly different from being a participant of the festival. Overall, it is allowed me to gain a greater appreciation for the community as a whole.”

The board of directors of Still Moon Arts Society. Missing from the photo: Janet Hall, Susan Gordon, Ann Hepper. Photo by Eda Ertan

“The best part about being on the board, however, is being a part of a microcosm of the community,” adds Emily. “Being a high school student and joining Still Moon as a board member was intimidating at first. But members of the board have been nothing but friendly and welcoming, helping me get through the steep learning curve associated with being a board


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member. Additionally, I have always been passionate about the arts and environmental awareness. Still Moon has managed to unite these two topics in a pragmatic manner and make a difference in the community – an amazing feat.” Susan Gordon has been on the board for 10 years. “What I’ve learned from being a board of director is that it takes innovation and great energy to connect people in a community and that people like being part of a community that has unique creative strengths,” says Susan. “I love seeing the commitment of so many young people who make their community a better place.” Volunteering on a board is a powerful way to contribute back to your community. SMAS is actively recruiting for volunteers who have experiences in fundraising, accounting, administration and marketing. If you are interested in volunteering with SMAS, contact Crecien Bencio at crecienbencio@ To learn about Still Moon Arts Society, visit stillmoon. org and follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Crecien Bencio is the president of Still Moon Arts Society who is also involved in many other projects in Renfrew-Collingwood.



January 2018

Community kitchen dishes up friendship and food

by Julie Cheng

You are guaranteed a warm welcome and a hot meal at Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s community kitchen. Lead by chef Najia Elacel, community kitchen participants — who are from all walks of life and cultures — share their dishes with each other. “Everyone comes and cooks then eats,” explains Najia. “Everybody has teamwork,” adds Lisa Pan.

“Everyone comes and cooks then eats” at the community kitchen at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Photo by Julie Cheng Today Martha Barrones has cooked up a meal of Mexican adobo chicken and Mexican rice. January community kitchens: How did the meal taste? “Fantastic! Viva Mexico,” This was accompanied by Najia’s cabbage stuffed Friday, Jan. 12, 10 am to 1 pm with quinoa, and plenty of vegetables. In true fusion says Dory Uy. Wednesday, Jan. 31, 5:30 to 8:30 pm style, some of us drizzle the rich adobo sauce over All are welcome to experience the kitchen’s friendthe cabbage rolls. It is delicious, too. For more information, drop by or phone ship and food. Come share your dish and a few the Collingwood Neighbourhood House, laughs. The community kitchens are held the last Dessert featured Linda Ngo’s Halloween pumpkin. Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 8:30 pm and 5288 Joyce Street, 604-435-0323. They had pureed and frozen it and today they’ve the second Friday of the month from 10 am to 1 pm. turned it into a luscious pumpkin pie. E

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Recreation Programs: Winter 2018 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 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 3) 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 16-March 6, 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 16-March 6, 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 15-March 12, 4:00-5:00 pm. $60/ 8 classes. (Pre-registration is required). No class on February 12th Little People’s Art (Ages 2-5) 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 17-March 7, 10:30 to 11:30 am $44/ 8 classes. (Pre-registration required)

Children’s Recreation Programs at CNH Kids Hip-Hop Class (Ages 7-9) (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 18-March 8, 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 17-March 7. $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 20-March 10 $86/ 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. Pre-registration is required. Tuesdays, January 16-March 6 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 17-March 7 Ages 7-10: 4:00-5:00 pm Ages 11 and over: 5:00-7:00 pm (all levels) $56/ 8 classes. Saturdays, January 20-March 10. 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. Spring Camp: First week: March 19-March 23 $115/full day $65/half day Second week: March 26-March 29 $92/full day $52/half day $17.00 annual insurance fee must be paid directly to the gymnastics instructor

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Recreation Programs: Winter 2018 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 15-March 12 5:00-6:00 pm. $60/ 8 classes. (Pre-registration is required). No class on February 12th 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 20-March 10, 10:00-12:00 noon. $52/ 8 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 16-March 7 Ages 9-12: 5:30 – 6:30 pm $40/ 8 classes. (Pre-registration is required). Thursdays, January 18-March 8 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 15-March 12, 4:00-5:15 pm. $40/ 8 classes. (Pre-registration required). No class on February 12th 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 21-March 11, 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. To be announced $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 20-March 10, 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.

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 prechoreographed, so the more classes you attend the easier it gets! Wednesdays, 12:05-1:05 pm & 7:15-8:15 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 dance-floor. 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. Dropin:$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. 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. Mondays & Wednesdays, 8:30-10:15 pm. $4.50 drop-in or $45/12 sessions. Program is on-going

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Recreation Programs: Winter 2018 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.

Seniors Recreation Activities at CNH Qigong (New) Also known as Baduanjin Qigong, this gentle program uses calisthenics, stretching, and breathing exercises to increase circulation of vital energy (Qi) to maintain good health and fight decease. This exercise is particularly suitable for those who find Tai Chi complicated and physically demanding. Tuesdays 9:30am-10:30am. $3.75 drop-in or seniors pass $37.00 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 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, Starting Jan 18, 2018 $60/10 classes. Pre-registration is required. Maximum 14 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, 2:15pm- 3:15pm Thursdays, 1:15pm-2:15 pm Fridays 12:40pm-1:40pm $3.25 drop-in. Program ongoing. No class on March 30, May 4 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, 1:45pm-2:45pm; $3.25 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. $3.25 drop-in. Program ongoing. No class Feb 12, April 2, and May 21 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, 10:30am-11:30am, and Fridays 9:30am-10:30am. Drop-in $3.25. Program ongoing. No class Feb 12, March 30, April 2, May 4, and May 21

32/42 Form Tai Chi Sword 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. 42 Form Tai Chi is an international standard routine created for competition. It absorbs elements of Chen, Yang, Wu, and Sun styles as borne out by its solid contents, well balanced exercises, lissome movements, and well-knit composition. It embraces more technical skills, involves a higher degree of difficulty and a greater volume of exercise, and is more sophisticated in style. Participants must successfully complete the 32 Form Tai Chi Sword to qualify for enrollment 32 Tai Chi Sword Wednesdays, 11:15am-12:15pm 42 Tai Chi Sword Wednesdays, 12:30pm-1:30pm; Starting in January 3rd 2018. Maximum 12 participants. $3.75 drop in. Discount passes available. Program ongoing. Participants must buy their own swords. Prerequisite: 24Form 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 $3.75 drop-in. Discount passes available. Program ongoing. No class Feb 12, March 30, April 2, May 4, and May 21 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; $3.25 drop-in or use your fitness pass. Program ongoing. No class March 30, and May 4 Chinese Classical Dance for 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. Fridays, 12:00pm-1:30pm. $54/12 classes. Seniors pass, program ongoing. No class on March 30, and May 4 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 12, April 2, and May 21 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 2018


New bike parkade at Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain station

by Julie Cheng

Bike riding in Renfrew-Collingwood just got more convenient with the addition of a brand-new bike parkade located on the southeast side of the Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain station. Opened early December 2017, the parkade can hold 56 bikes on two tiers of racks. Currently there are two other bike parkades in the TransLink system, one at King George SkyTrain station and the other at Main Street-Science World. The bike parkades are “a good addition to the transit system,” says Derek Yau, TransLink transportation engineer in charge of cycling projects. “Month over month a lot of new people are registering.” If you ever do part of your trip with your bike and the other part on transit, the parkades are a safe place to store your bike, says Yau. It could be part of your daily travel to work. “The key is the parkade is open 24/7 and you have access whenever you want.” TransLink plans to open three more bike parkades in 2018: at King Edward, Metrotown and Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain stations.

Derek Yau of TransLink demonstrates how to place a bike on the upper rack in Joyce-Collingwood’s new bike parkade. Photo by Julie Cheng Sign up for the bike parkade You get into the bike parkade by simply beeping in with your Compass Card. The cost is $1 per day to a maximum of $8 per month. To sign up: 1. Get a Compass Card 2. Register your Compass Card online at 3. Sign up for bike parkades under “My programs.” Find more information at

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

604 257-8388 Centre: ext 1 Pool: ext 2 Fax: 604 257-8392 Website: or

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

Holiday Hours of Operation Mon Jan 1 Tue


Fitness Ctr

Centre Area




Jan 2

Regular Hours

Special Hours of Operation for staff training On Friday January 5th


Fitness Ctr



Program Highlights Drawing 101 (6-12yrs)

Diana Huynh

6-8yrs 128955 Mon Jan 15-Mar 5


$45.50/7 sess

9-12yrs 128956 Mon Jan 15-Mar 5


$45.50/7 sess

Painting 101 (6-12yrs)

Diana Huynh

6-8yrs 128957 Wed Jan 17-Mar 7


$52/8 sess

9-12yrs 128958 Wed Jan 17-Mar 7


$52/8 sess

Fashion Illustration—Beginner (7-14yrs)

Niki Chung

140784 Fri

$95/10 sess

Jan 12-Mar 16


Youth Leadership Programs (10-18yrs)

Program Highlights LEGO Brick Animation (6-12yrs) Tomorrow’s Playground Create your own stop-motion BrickAnimation using LEGO elements! Students will learn the basic techniques of Brick Animation with LEGO Movie Maker, including movement timing, effects, editing, voice overs and more. In a fun and supportive environment, students will create a short LEGO Brick Animation Mini0movie using our LEGO sets, including Star Wars, LEGO Friends, LEGO City and More! Or they can bring their own favorite Lego sets from home! 140812 Mon Jan 15-Feb 5


$100/4 sess

Fashion Illustration—Beginner (7-14yrs)

Niki Chung

140784 Fri

$95/10 sess

Jan 12-Mar 16


Karate (7-18yrs)

Alan Chan Please note: program fee does not include Karate BC membership, test, uniform or sparring gear. Adult and children practice in the same room during classes. No session Feb 12. Beginner/Intermediate 140883 Mo Tu Th Jan 4-Mar 29 7:15-8:45pm

$153/36 sess

Advanced—Brown and Black Belt Levels 140881 Mo Tu Th Jan 4-Mar 29 7:15-9:45pm

$171/36 sess

Youth Social & Games Area Drop In (10-18yrs)

Join us for Air Hockey, Pool, Foosball, board games, video games, and surfing the web. Tue-Thu

Jan 9-Mar 15


Free with OneCard

Leadership programs at Renfrew offer youth the opportunity to build their confidence and skills. Each program builds on one another and through fun and engaging programs, equip youth to become prominent leaders in the community. See page 12 of the Renfrew Park Community Centre brochure for more information.

Tai Chi Chuan (19+rs) 138177 Tue Jan 9-Mar 20


Arsenio Chua $77/11 sess

Colour Energy Yoga (19+yrs)

Lina Chow Colour Energy Yoga class consists of breathing, meditation, stretching and lifeline massages. It also relaxes the body, mind and nerves, making your body energetic, healthy and happy. This class is taught in Cantonese. 140172 Wed Jan 17-Mar 21 10:30-11:30am $56/10 sess

Groove Dance (19+yrs)

Tracey Clark The GROOVE DANCE floor is a “united and unique” group dance experience. You will learn simple steps and dance them your way! GROOVE offers a little structure to ground your movement creativity and self-expression. It is an authentic dance experience for the mind, body, heart and soul. 139504 Wed Jan 17-Mar 21 6:45-7:55pm $80/10 sess

Special Events Robbie Burns Luncheon (55+yrs)

There will be a full lunch served, entertainment and door prizes. Pre-register required as space is limited. 136422 Wed Jan 17 12:00-2:30pm $8.57/person


January 2018


Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)


CNH’s Children’s Recreation programs help kids beat the winter blues! Many kids are bored during winter free time, so they just play video games or watch TV. But parents know that it’s good for kids to get out of the house and be active. CNH offers a variety of recreation programs that kids will love. Help your child beat the winter blues—enroll them in one of CNH’s Children’s Recreation programs! See below for some great ideas or visit for information on all CNH’s Recreation programs. Kids Hip-Hop Class (Ages 7-9) (New) Does your child like to dance? Let them bust a move in this fun class! Kids will have a great time learning the basics of Hip Hop. This class promotes an active lifestyle, allows kids to express themselves, and helps develop their social skills. It’s also a great way to bring a shy child out of their shell and build their confidence.

Time: Thursdays, January 18 - March 8, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cost: $36 / 8 classes. Instructor: Rupert Common Little People’s Art (Ages 2-5) Does your child like to create things? Little People’s Art will give them an opportunity to create their own art. This class promotes creativity, develops kids’ problem-solving abilities, opens their minds, and helps develop their fine motor skills. All materials are provided, but children should bring an apron to protect their clothing. Pre-registration required.

COMMUNITY LUNCH Collingwood Neighbourhood House invites you to lunch every Tuesday and Thursday. Full meal prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students and $3.25 for children under 12. Items can be purchased a la carte or “to go.”

January lunch menu Tuesday, January 2 Minestrone soup Spinach or chicken pie Salad Pecan tart

Children’s Floor Hockey (Ages 6-8 and 9-12) Does your child like hockey? They’ll love this dynamic class! Kids will have fun as they improve their skills and get lots of exercise, in a safe, comfortable environment. This class helps develop kids’ balance, coordination, agility, and social skills. It also helps them build character and improve their teamwork skills. Equipment provided. Instructor Amir Sabbaghan is a certified coach who has been coaching at CNH for the past 4 years. Preregistration is required. Time: Wednesdays, January 17 - March 7 Ages 9-12: 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Ages 6-8: 4:50 - 5:50 p.m. Cost: $48 / 8 Sessions Instructor: Amir Sabbaghan Children’s Gymnastics Spring Camp Does your child enjoy gymnastics? Send them to Gymnastics Spring Camp during March Break! For more information on CNH’s Gymnastics program, visit programs/children-programs/

Time: Wednesdays, January 17 March 7, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Cost: $44 / 8 classes. Instructor: Olga Kouts This page is sponsored by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House

First week (March 19 - March 23): $115/full day; $65/half day Second week (March 26 March 29): $92/full day; $52/ half day

Thursday, January 4 Beef or veggie stew on rice Salad Coconut macaroon Tuesday, January 9 Lentil soup Chicken Macaroni and cheese Salad Chocolate cookies Thursday, January 11 Baked salmon with roasted veggie Quinoa salad Almond tart Tuesday, January 16 Cream of spinach soup Roast beef or veggie sandwich Salad Pumpkin tart Thursday, January 18 Roasted chicken or veggie with fries Salad Chocolate cake Tuesday, January 23 Tomato soup Tuna melt or grilled cheese Salad Vanilla pudding Thursday, January 25 Meat or veggie loaf Salad Vanilla cupcake Tuesday, January 30 Borscht soup Chicken or veggie melt Salad Chocolate brownie



January 2018

Updates l Happy New Year and Welcome 2018 This year will begin with our final stages for our renewal process. Letter will be send out to property owners and business owners in the Collingwood BIA area by the City of Vancouver (Kingsway between Boundary Road and Rupert). If you have any questions or queries please contact Angela Evans 604.639.4003 or or Peter Vaisbord at peter.vaisbord@

The members have approved a seven year mandate which will bring us up to 2025. We look forward to continuing our programs and initiatives like our Collingwood Guardians, Clean Streets Team, Graffiti patrol and removal and all of our community events to make Collingwood more welcoming and inclusive. l Social Media and the Holidays Thank you to everyone who posted a photo using #hollycollingwood. Winners will be notified.

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l Bank in Collingwod The Collingwood Jr. BIA hosted their first event. Bank in Collingwood. Thank you to Vancity, TD BANK and RBC Royal Bank for contributing your expertise to the community to help provide valuable information to the students and their parents in post secondary school funding options. The event was held Dec. 19th at the Renfrew Community Centre.

Their next event with be their annual Case Study which will occur in February. Find them on Facebook. l New for Collingwood Street Lighting should be installed by February. l Upcoming Events: Chinese New Year Lion Dance - February 24th to be confirmed Collingwood Days 2018 - May 26, 2017 @ GASTON PARK




January 2018


Don Davies MP Vancouver Kingsway

Happy New Year! Warm wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018.

Community Office 2951 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5J4 604-775-6263 |

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Renfrew-Collingwood Community News January 2018  
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