Renfrew-Collingwood Community News January 2021

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January 2021


Carleton School: The fight has not been won Letter to the editor

Re: Saving the past for the future I just finished reading the December 2020 edition of the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News. On the first page was an article written by Paul Reid. It mentions the community saving Carleton school. That happened a couple of times with school closure issues bringing the community together. However, in November there was a meeting at the Vancouver School Board where the future of Carleton was mentioned. It included parcelling the land into subdivisions and not reopening the school at all. The fight has not been won and it continues to be an issue. Hopefully the school trustees will go to public meetings instead of letting management make such decisions. Seeing those buildings or green space on a historic tour or even in 10 years is not a given. The buildings have been a large part of the community for well over 100 years. Both the frame building and the brick building are over 110 years old. The Photo credit: VSB Archives and Heritage original Carleton Hall is safe for now, but Green Thumb was given a lease and I am sure they are halfSir Guy Carleton School, then and way through that time period. now. For the picture above we found no details. Could this be just after The community will need to come together again the school opened in 1911, clearif those buildings and green space are important ing the brush to make the playing enough to them to save. fields? Or, are they growing food during the 1930s depression era? Yours respectfully, Any ideas? K.B. Retired Carleton teacher Still looking in great shape.

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Carleton School: The fight has not been won - Continued from page 1

Recommendation for Carleton school in a Vancouver School District meeting Listen to the Vancouver School District’s Facilities Planning Committee Meeting on November 25, 2020 on YouTube ( ch?v=EUOIZaIDySQ&feature=you Listen from 1:18 to 1:31: Recommendation 12, which, in part, states that the Board of Education should decide on future opportunities for the Carleton site, including a subdivision to allow for capital funding to be generated. From 1:46 to 1:48: Agenda item concerning Carleton.

Recommendation 12

That the District decide, in conjunction with the advancement and development of the Carleton Seismic Project Definition Report, if a seismically upgraded Sir Guy Carleton Elementary should be used as temporary accommodation for the SMP or as an enrolling school. STATUS – November 2020 (complete) • Recommendation is considered complete • Ministry staff informed the District that Carleton would not be advanced/supported by the Ministry due to the District not having a business case for either seismic upgrading or use as a swing space • The Board of Education should decide on future opportunities for the site, including a subdivision to allow for capital funding to be generated.

Message from Paul Reid On behalf of the RCC News and the entire RC Community, I would like to thank K.B. for their letter to the editor. This is the type of heads-up play by a community member that will allow us to further spread the word in a timely matter. So thank you K.B.!

Yes folks, it is time to put our full attention now onto what might be considered the very heart of Collingwood — the beloved Sir Guy Carleton School buildings and grounds. Will we pave over this unique historic gem in exchange for a subdivision? What will be the next step for concerned residents to try to preserve this important piece of local history? I’m not too sure myself, but the RCC News will be doing its part to keep our residents informed, so stay tuned.



January 2021

Collingwood Corner: 5050 Joyce Street by Loretta Houben

There are many photos in the Vancouver Archives online website that have fascinated me since I began research of the Collingwood area. Images dated 1913, taken from the Carleton School grounds on Kingsway facing north and including Joyce Street, have intrigued me for a long time. For years I couldn’t place exactly where the Interurban track was located as it was so far in the distance. Collingwood East panorama photo in 1913, with an inset photo from 1911 showing businesses Recently the mystery on Joyce St. and the Interurban track line running beside 5098 Joyce along Vanness. was solved when I hap- Photo from the Vancouver Archives pened across a large wall image in an apartment building on Vanness Avenue. I took a photo of it with my iPhone, and I compared it to photos I had saved on my computer over the years from the archives. The light dawned! I recognized one of the buildings on Joyce and Vanness that I had written about in a previous RCC News article (“The changing face of Joyce Street,” February 2018) In the larger wall image it was unmistakable. In the BC Directories for the early 1910s the building was known as Fraser Bros Grocers, numbered 402 Joyce and later changed in 1930 to 5098 Joyce. I was thrilled to discover that, yes, indeed, the Interurban track ran beside it, as the Skytrain line does today in the same location. On December 11, 1985, the Skytrain began its service to the city, using the old Interurban right of way. That’s 35 years ago this past December 2020!

5098 Joyce Street from the Collingwood Archives in the 1980s. This store was Fraser Bros Grocers for many years, then changed to Payless Market Groc in the 1950s era, and later to other businesses over the years. It was torn down and replaced by a lane in the 1980s when the Skytrain Expo line was built and opened in December 1985.

Loretta Houben enjoys solving puzzling mysteries in the Collingwood area, where she has lived for 55 years.


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January 2021


Coping with COVID: Give generously

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

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Vancouver charity providing Christmas hampers for local families As the challenges of the COVID-19 continue to surge, CityReach Care Society has been reaching out to help. With its Vancouver location at 2650 Slocan near Broadway, CityReach has been providing hundreds of hampers every week to local seniors and families since the start of the COVID pandemic this spring. Now, with many families and children continuing to struggle through Christmas, CityReach has helped make sure the holidays are still special for them. Boxes of Love has been an annual initiative CityReach Care Society chair Laurie Wallace (l) and MP Don Davies were on hand to through CityReach, launch the Boxes of Love event on December 19. Photo by Julie Cheng Broadway Church and other local partners for over 20 years. But it looked a little different in 2020. CityReach not only raised funds to provide toys, grocery gift cards and other gifts for 400 local families including those referred by local organizations and schools, says Laurie Wallace, chair of CityReach Care Society. but they also recruited more than 170 volunteer drivers to help bring the Boxes of Love to the doorsteps of the families in need. It was a drive-through, contactless pick-up for the volunteer drivers, and proper COVID precautions were followed. On December 19, local MP Don Davies dropped off a hamper to a Renfrew-Collingwood family after touring CityReach’s “impressive” food distribution facility the day before. Find more information at www. With files from Julie Cheng



January 2021

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

I hope this finds you and your loved ones well! COVID-19 has brought about changes to our communities in ways that we could not have imagined. This summer will look different, but as Dr. Bonnie Henry has shared with us, this is not forever. The Province has taken a holistic approach early on to ensure everyone is 100% all in to flatten the curve. We have done so successfully, but COVID-19 is still very much present in our lives. I would like to express my appreciation to you again for all your sacrifices in protecting your family, friends, neighbours, elders, and community frontline workers from COVID-19. The Provincial State of Emergency is renewed every two weeks and is announced by Minister Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General to allow government to continue working on the COVID-19 pandemic response. Please visit for more information and to stay updated on when the declaration will be extended to. At a more local level, I am very proud and excited to announce the

official opening of RISE Community Health Centre (CHC). RISE stands for Resilient, Integrative, Socially Just, and Equitable and is governed, owned, and operated by Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Located at 3425 Crowley Drive, the CHC will help connect more people with the health care they need, when they need it. This will make a significant difference for people who have been struggling for a long time to access primary care and health promotion services in RenfrewCollingwood. Thank you to the tireless efforts of Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society, RISE staff, and all its partners to ensure people in the community and surrounding areas have access to proper health care services. For more information about referrals and RISE, please contact staff at 604558-8090 or Since the beginning of June, thousands of K-12 students had the option to return to school on a part-time basis. With the start of summer vacation, parents and students may be wondering what classes will look like in September. At the moment, full-time school is set to resume in the Fall. For the most recent updates from the Ministry of Education, please visit or the Vancouver School Board at or 604-713-5000. This year’s summer school courses will be offered online. A special congratulations to all the preschool, elementary, and secondary school graduates of 2020! I am very proud of your accomplishments and I wish you all the best in your future endeavours. In recent weeks, we have witnessed horrific acts of racism and hate against Black communities in the United States. I was devastated by the news of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and all the innocent lives that have been taken away. I know that it is more imperative than ever for us to take action against anti-black racism, systemic racism within our government, and other forms of racialized violence toward BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour). Black Lives Matter. I also acknowledge that these hateful acts are not new to our communities; they have existed for a very long time and continue to persist today. Our province and Canada have a history of racism and discrimination, from colonialism on the unceded and ancestral lands of Indigenous

communities to the Chinese Head Tax to the Komagata Maru. I want to reiterate that any act of racism, hate, or violence will not be tolerated in Renfrew-Collingwood or in any part of our Province. It is dangerous and these kinds of injustices and hate must be addressed immediately. Thank you, Renfrew-Collingwood community members for all you do! For the past 23 years, the Youth Celebrate Canada Day team has hosted a fun and engaging family day event at Renfrew Park Community Centre on July 1st; July 2020 would have been their 24th year. Thank you to all the youth coordinators and community partners over the years for all the great work you have put in to creating this long-standing community event. I look forward to tuning in virtually to other community activities including Collingwood Days in August. While our office will be limiting in-person meetings as part of managing the COVID-19 virus, we will continue to provide services for constituents via phone and

email. We are working on reopening our office, so please stay tuned; we greatly appreciate your patience. Please leave us a voicemail at 604-660-0314 or we are best reached at adrian.dix.mla@, and we will get in touch with you as soon as we can. 基於抗疫措施,本辦事處暫 時只提供電郵及電話服務, 如需協助請電郵adrian.dix. mla@leg.bc.ca或致電 604660-0314 留言。詳盡及最 新資訊,請遊覽辦事處網頁 Take care. Sincerely, Adrian Dix, MLA Vancouver-Kingsway

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

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

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

Winter Highlights Creative Drawing and Painting (6-14yrs)

Hours of Operation Reopening dates

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Pool Starts Jan 2 6:30am-2:00pm 6:30am-2:00pm 6:30am-2:00pm 6:30am-2:00pm 6:30am-2:00pm 6:30am-2:00pm 6:30am-2:00pm

Fitness Ctr Starts Jan 4 7:30am-11am 1:30pm-5:00pm 7:30am-11am 1:30pm-5:00pm Closed Closed Closed

Centre Area Starts Jan 4 9:00am-6:00pm 9:00am-6:00pm 9:00am-6:00pm 9:00am-9:00pm 9:00am-9:00pm 9:00am-5:00pm 9:00am-5:00pm

Due to COVID, there are time slots within the pool and fitness centre operational hours. Please plan your visit, you can book up to 3 days in advance. For the program information please go to: If you are sick, feeling unwell, or displaying any signs or symptoms of the Flu or COVID19, please stay at home and contact medical professional for assistance. Please practice good hand hygiene and good respiratory etiquette. Masks are mandatory in our facilities at all the times with the exception of those under the age of 12. Masks may be temporarily removed when participating in sports and fitness .

Winter registration for Centre programs has already started.

Foot Care Clinic (55+yrs)

Christina Chan

Children will improve their drawing techniques in both traditional and modern painting by applying a graduated and creative method that merges Chinese painting and kids cartoon drawing techniques together. Students should bring along a sketch or drawing pad, pencil, pencil sharper, crayons or color pencil. For those who like painting bring along their own water color, 3 to 4 different brushes, plastic plate and little mug. 305018 Sat Jan 9-Feb 20 11:30am-1:00pm $45.50/7 sess

Watercolour 101 (8-12yrs)

Kathryn Wadel Join local artist, Kathryn Wadel, in a series of watercolour painting sessions. In these weekly sessions, students will learn a variety of techniques using watercolour paints and watercolour pencils to create texture effects, colour mixing and practice their skills through creative painting exercises! 305007 Thu Jan 14-Mar 11 4:30pm-5:30pm $117/9 sess

Drawing 101 (8-12yrs)

Kathryn Wadel Join local artist, Kathryn Wadel, in a series of drawing sessions perfect for budding-artists and visual story-tellers. The instructor will teach drawing techniques and principles of design using graphite and charcoal on paper. Learning about the basics doesn’t have to be boring; in these sessions Kathryn will encourage your child’s artistic expression through creative drawing exercises! 305006 Thu Jan 14-Mar 11 3:30pm-4:30pm $108/9 sess

Nancy KF Lee Have your toe nails cleaned and cut safely by a registered and certified foot care nurse. Manage your callus, corns, diabetic feet, fungal and ingrown nails. Foot assessment and teaching also provided to ensure healthy feet! Please bring a large towel. Please phone in for your 30 minute session. 604-257-8388 ext 1. Please request a receipt from the foot care nurse. Registration must be done one day prior to the appointment date. 303946 Mon Jan 11 12:30pm-4:20pm $42//30 min sess

Osteofit (55+yrs)

Berdjis Bahrami This class focuses on improving strength, posture, balance and agility through the use of functional exercises, agility activities, resistance training and appropriate stretches. 303598 Tue Jan 12-Feb 9 10:30am-11:25am $28.75/5 sess

Gentle Yoga Beginner (55+yrs) Bill Mercer Gentle movement and stretching through beginner Yoga poses can reduce swelling in joints while increasing joint mobility and improving balance which helps in reducing falls. No session Feb 15. Please note participants are to bring their own Yoga Mats and other equipment. 303594 Mon Jan 11-Mar 8 10:15am-11:15am $44/8 sess

Arts Get Together (55+yrs)

Cheryl Palidda If you enjoy painting and sharing ideas, this is the perfect group for you. Please bring your own art supplies. There is some instruction given by Cheryl Palidda program. 303653 Wed Jan 13-Mar 10 10:00am-12:00pm $18/9 sess Prices do not include tax, if applicable.


January 2021


Local stewardship introduces the wonders of Renfrew Ravine to students and residents by Adrian Avendaño Still Moon Art Society’s new stewardship programs manager, Adrian Avendaño, has been busy leading invasive plant removal sessions for outdoor education students from Vancouver Technical Secondary in Renfrew Ravine Park. A total of four sessions spread across two weeks in December focused on removing English ivy and holly from the northern section of the park boardwalk. For many students, it was their first time being in the ravine. They were introduced to local native plants such as salmonberry, bigleaf maple, vine maple, red alder and Oregon grape. In addition, they learned to identify invasive species and their effects in the Renfrew Ravine Park ecosystem. A brief history of the Renfrew Ravine and the watershed was shared and the group pulled from an 80-metre parcel of a dense stand of ivy and holly. The students got a chance to

observe oyster mushroom mycelium and fruiting bodies, artist conks (Ganoderma applanatum) and young turkey tail mushrooms! With their enthusiasm and hard work, this area is ready to be planted with native species in the spring and summer. Thank you so much to Mike Kerklaan for reaching out and bringing his students down to the ravine for some great stewardship work! Still Moon recently had the immense pleasure of having Deborah Harford, executive director of SFU Faculty of Environment’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) join as a guest speaker for its Shedding Light speaker series. Harford spoke about adaptation to climate change through the lens of her work with ACT. She walked us through some examples of what adaption looks like in practice through local and international examples.

January 2020 55+PROGRAMS

CNH is closed from December 23-January 3

5288 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC, V5R 6C9

Registration Required for all programs. Phone: 604-435-0375 E-mail

Coffee Social SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 10:15-11:15 am, Program A & B Room, CNH A casual conversation with friends. Bring your own drinks & snacks. Bring your devices to access 1 on 1 tech support.

Monday Walking Club JAN 11, 18, 25 10:30-11:30 am, meet outside CNH.

Frozen Meals: $3-5 Delivery every Thursdays, Call by Sunday CLOSED: JAN 7 Delicious home cooked meals. Healthy and Hearty! Delivered to your door! Need we say more? Online or phone ordering available.

Grocery Shopping- Save On Foods Delivery every Wednesdays, Call by Sunday CLOSED: JAN 6

Get some fresh air and exercise. Join us for a socially distanced walk around the neighbourhood and park, rain or shine.

Order by phone or online and have your groceries delivered to your door. Pay for your own groceries only. Free Delivery. Min purchase of $40 preferred.

Sing For Fun

FREE- Shuttle Service

Jan 4, 18 2:00-3:00 pm, ZOOM

Tues, Wed, Thurs 9:30-2:30

Sing-along led by an experienced local singer. Whoever wants to can sing in front of the group in the talent show section of the meeting.

By appointment only. Our driver will pick up, drop off and take you home. Only 2 riders at a time. Wheel chair accessible. Masks mandatory on shuttle.

World Café & English Conversation Jan 11, 25 1:30-2:30 pm, ZOOM Led by UBC sociolinguist, come discuss news , politics, culture and events from around the world and practice English

One on One Tech Support Ongoing Contact Jenny to arrange for over the phone tech support. For example zoom, downloading apps, or using your devices.

Choose to Move… from your home! Zoom or phone Would you like to be more active with the activities you enjoy and need a motivational support? Join Choose to Move to have a coach to support you integrate activities into your daily routine, connect with other likeminded older adults, and make a positive impact in your life. Call us to learn more!

Friendly Phone Visits Ongoing, weekly Enjoy a social phone visit with a friendly volunteer.

Still Moon’s monthly Shedding Light on Still Creek speaker events are recorded and can be found One of the many piles of ivy removed during the on their YouTube Still Creek Streamkeepers work sessions. Photo by channel, Still Moon Adrian Avendaño Arts Society. Check out Harford’s talk (youto organize, plan and talk about stewardship activities in the watershed. Activities have h16JZnk) as well as past included salmon counts, invasive species retalks about ecological resmoval, native species planting, garbage cleantoration in the Still Creek up and water-quality sampling. there. The next Streamkeepers meeting will be held Want to learn more about online via Zoom on Monday, January 25, Still Moon’s ecological res- 2021 from 6 to 7:30 pm. If you’re interested toration in the Still Creek in participating please email streamkeepers@ watershed, get involved in hands-on environmental Adrian Avendaño is an environmental technician, restoration or participate percussionist, sound artist, recordist and interdisin local eco-arts? Sign up ciplinary artist based in Surrey-Vancouver (unfor Still Moon’s monthly ceded lands of the Katzie, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo, newsletter at stillmoonMusqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples). and follow their His diploma of technology from BCIT’s Forest and social media on Facebook Natural Areas Management program has enabled (Still Moon Arts Society) him to work in many public institutions around and Instagram @stillthe Lower Mainland. He created the invasive plant moonarts. management plan for Chile’s Torres del Paine The Still Creek Streamkeepers are a group of citizen scientists and volunteers concerned for the health and well-being of the Still Creek Watershed. They meet monthly

National Park. In addition, he has studied music at Vancouver Community College and has been mentored in sound initiatives in Vancouver, Peru and Chile (VIVO Media Arts Salmon Sounds, Memorias Sonoras del Cusco II and Tsonami’s International Sound Art Festival). He is interested in the intersection of ecology, sound thinking, open-source technology, community-engaged art and ecological restoration.


January 2021


Collingwood Neighbourhood House Recreation Program Winter 2020 - 2021


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 and with some at the Annex Location on 3690 Vanness Avenue. Integration, fairness, cooperation and mutual respect are some of the values central to our recreation programs, while having fun!

Registration 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 program’s participants must register before the program begins; in those cases, it is a good idea to sign up early as many popular programs fill quickly. Most pre-registered programs run for 10 weeks, three times each year (fall, winter, and spring) or as special spring & 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.

Collingwood Neighbourhood House is currently monitoring the issue of the COVID-19 virus and its potential spread. We recognize that this is a growing concern among our commu­nity and we would like to be proactive around this manner to ensure that everyone feels safe at our programs.

Our Commitment to you: Disinfecting High-Touch Surfaces: Before, during, and after every class, we will disinfect all door handles, light switches, bathrooms, front desk, program equipment’s and rooms with Health Canada approved disinfectants. Protective equipment and social distancing: We have installed glass barrier at the front desk to ensure safety of all participants and staff members. We will also have strict social distancing policies during our programs and have designated spots for social distancing around our Neighbour­hood House. Facility and Occupancy limit for recreation programs: To ensure two-metre physical distancing during activities, all indoor recreation programs will have maximum occupancy limits. Guidelines for recreation programs: All programs will have specific guidelines and protocols se in place to ensure the safety of our participants. Guidelines for each program can be found at the front desk upon registra­tion and from instructors. NOTE: The dates are subject to change depending on the BC health authorities’ protocol and guidelines

Spring Break Camp: Gymnastics Camp Spring Break Camp

This camp run by Gym Sense Gymnastics Education will create an atmosphere of fun and excitement that encourages participants to safely learn new gymnastics skills and techniques. This program will educate, challenge and entertain young children. Weather permitting; we will go outside to do exciting field trips. Ages 6-12 Full Day: 9:00 am-3:00 pm $140.00 / Week Half Day: 9:00 am-12:00 pm $75.00 / Week Week 1: March 15- March 19 Week 2: March 22- March 26 Maximum # of Participant: 20

Mixed Media

Fun and messy class of creation, learning and making new friends. Acrylic painting, watercolor, painting, ink, printmaking and more art techniques will be involved. The main project will be step by step, 3D mixed media creation. Come and have fun while creating masterpiece Ages 6-12 Week 1: March 15-March 19 $140.00/ Week Maximum # of Participant: 9

Preschool & Children Recreation Programs at CNH 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. Program on Going Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00-11:45 am $30/ 11 classes or $3.00 drop-in Maximum # of Participant: 14 + 1 adult for child. Starts Jan 7

Rhythmic Gymnastics (Ages 4-6) Annex

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, Jan 11- Mar 8 4:00-4:55 pm. $60/ 8 classes. (Pre-registration is required). Maximum # of Participants: 14

Children’s Recreation Programs at CNH 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.

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, Jan 23- Mar 13 10:00-12:00 noon. $56/ 8 classes or $7.50/drop-in (includes supplies). Maximum # of Participants: 10

Mixed Media Annex Location

Fun and messy class of creation, learning and making new friends. Acrylic painting, watercolor, painting, ink, printmaking and more art techniques will be involved. The main project will be step by step, 3D mixed media creation. Come and have fun while creating masterpiece Wednesday, Jan 20-March 10 4:00-5:30 pm $120/ 8 sessions Maximum # of Participants: 9

Adult Recreation Activities at CNH Our adult recreation pass is available at a cost of $48/12 sessions; this pass can be used for the following activities: Volleyball, Badminton, and Soccer. A single drop-in fee for these activities is $4.75 Our fitness recreation pass is available for $57/12 sessions; 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 $5.75; you will save $12.00 by purchasing one pass

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. Starts Jan 12 Fitness Program pass: $57.00/ 12 session $5.75 drop-in Maximum # of Participants: 12

Women’s and Men’s Drop-in Badminton

Collingwood Neighborhood’s favorite, badminton will help sharpen your reflexes and develop your racquet skills. The gym can be divided into four courts, so we will be playing doubles throughout the program. People of all skill levels are welcome. Thursdays, 6:45-8:30 pm. Starts Jan 14 Sundays, 10:15-12:15 pm. Starts Jan 17 $4.75 drop-in or $48/12 sessions. Program on-going. Maximum # of Participants: 16

Vinyasa Flow Yoga Annex Location

Join Eda for a vinyasa flow yoga practice that increase flexibility, mental focus, cardiovascular conditioning and muscle development. This yoga practice helps us work on our body, mind, and spirit to offer a holistic experience. Open to all levels and body types. Mats and equipment’s are provided. Wednesday 11:00-12:00 pm. Starts Jan 13 Fitness Program pass: $57.00/ 12 session $5.75 drop-in Maximum # of Participants: 12

Seniors Recreation Activities at CNH Qigong Annex Location

Tuesdays, Jan 19- Mar 9 Ages 5–7: 4:00-5:00 pm (beginner and intermediate) Ages 7-10: 5:15-6:45 pm (intermediate and advanced) $68/ 8 Sessions Wednesdays, Jan 20- Mar 10 Ages 7-10: 4:00-5:00 pm Ages 11 and over: 5:15-7:00 pm (all levels) $68/ 8 classes. Saturdays, Jan 23- Mar 13 Ages 5-7: 9:00-10:00 am (beginners and intermediate) Ages 7-10: 10:15-11:45 am (intermediate and advanced) $68/ 8 classes. Maximum # of Participants: 20 Participants who are interested in participating in the BC GYMNAESTRADA annual event will pay $42.00 to the gymnastics instructor to cover the insurance

Rhythmic Gymnastics (Ages 7-12) Annex

Enjoy the unique combination of dance, gymnastics, music and self expressions through the use of ribbons, balls, hoops and ropes, within choreographed routines. Mondays, Jan. 11- Mar 8 5:00-6:00 pm. $60/ 8 classes. (Pre-registration is required). Maximum # of Participants: 14

Hatha Yoga Annex Location

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, 6:30 – 7:45 pm. Starts Jan 12 Fitness Program pass: $57.00/ 12 session $5.75 drop-in Maximum # of participants: 12


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! Mondays: 12:30-1:30 Annex Location. Starts Jan 11 Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 Annex Location. Starts Jan 13 Thursdays, 5:45-6:45 pm Annex Location. Starts Jan 14 Fitness Program pass: $57.00/ 12 session $5.75 drop-in Maximum # of Participants: 12

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. Pre-registration required Mondays, 2:00 – 3:00 pm January 11 – March 8 $32.00/ 8 sessions. No class on Feb 15 Maximum # of Participants: 12

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 “9”, 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. Pre-registration is required. Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am January 13 – March 31 $78/12 classes. Maximum # of Participants: 10

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 Annex Location. Starts Jan 12 Fridays 12:40pm-1:40pm Main House Gym Starts Jan 15 $3.50 drop-in Seniors pass available at the rate of $39.00 / 12 sessions. Program ongoing. Maximum # of Participants: 12

Gentle Chair Yoga on ZOOM

Enjoy safe, slow moving exercises for increased joint range of motion, relaxation and improved stamina and muscular strength. Suitable for people with all forms of arthritis and various levels of ability. Thursdays, 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Starts Jan 14 $39.00 / 12 sessions. Maximum # of Participants: 30

Seniors’ Kundalini Yoga

Drop-in Relax, renew and rejuvenate through breathing, exercises, stretching and meditation. Mondays, 10:30 – 11:30 am. Starts Jan 11 $3.50 drop-in $39.00 / 12 sessions. (No class on Feb 15 and April 5th ) Maximum # of Participants: 10

32 Form Tai Chi Sword Annex Location 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. Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 pm January 14 – March 11 $36.00/ 9 sessions pre-registration required Participants must buy their own swords. Maximum # of Participants: 12

24 Forms Tai Chi Annex Location Integrate mind, body and qi (energy) – keep blood and energy circulation smooth in the entire body to prevent disease. Thursday, 11:15 am-12:15 pm January 14 – March 11 $36.00/ 9 sessions. Pre-registration required Maximum # of Participants: 12 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. Pre-registration required Tuesdays: January 12 – March 30 Annex Location $50.00/ 10 sessions (No class on March 16 & 23) Maximum # of participants: 12 Fridays: January 15 – March 26 Main House $55.00/ 11 sessions Maximum # of participants: 10

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.


January 2021


Youth programs at Collingwood Neighbourhood House by Ry Forsythe

(l to r) Sylvia Ma, youth worker, Ry Forsythe, youth engagement manager and Kate Smith, Indigenous CREW program manager, discuss representation in media in a December Real T event for youth. Screenshot by Ry Forsythe

Welcoming newcomer youth Did you know that Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s Youth Services runs programs for newcomer youth? New youth are welcome to sign up, make friends and build skills in one of the four programs available. Please note: until further notice, all CNH’s newcomer programs have moved online. Interested in taking part in the following programs? Email Robert Moya at

by Karen Vanon

Newcomer youth programs: 1. Young Musicians: Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5 pm 2. Leaders Club: Saturdays, 1:30 to 3:30 pm

3. Say it with Art! Thursdays, 3:30 to 5 pm 4. Fitness Session: Saturdays, 3 to 4 pm Real T opens dialogue for youth Youth can touch on current events and important issues not usually talked about in school through a new program called Real T. In a podcast style where youth can jump in when/if they want, youth workers Ry Forsythe, Sylvia Ma and Kate Smith chat about topics/current events as they drink some tea. It’s a safe online space where youth can openly talk about their experiences. Contact Ry Forsythe at to get a link to the Zoom sessions.


Read On!


January 2021

A news section for Renfrew-Collingwood learners


Read On! has a web page. You can:  Read the articles http://renfrewcollingwood read-on/

by Sophia Han

Fresh start 

Reading levels on this page

A “fresh start” is a phrase to describe a change in your way of life or a change in how you do things.


For many people, the beginning of a new year is when they will try different things. In order to make room for these new hobbies, many people start the year by decluttering their homes. There are many ways to begin the Keep things organized in boxes as you declutter. Photo by Sophia Han task of decluttering. Marie Kondo, author of The Magic of Tidying Up, has VOCABULARY some tips on how to quickly declutter your home.

Out with the old and in with the new  To start, sort through things by category. Sort through all your clothes, books, papers and small household items you no longer use. You should sort through personal belongings such as cards and gifts last because these are sentimental items that are difficult to throw away. As you sort, try to organize your belongings. Fold your clothes to save space. Use old shoeboxes to keep things organized. Store bags inside of other bags. If you are unsure whether or not to keep an item, Marie Kondo suggests that you should keep only the things that “spark joy” or things that truly make you happy. Try to donate items you no longer need. There are many places in Vancouver where you can drop off items for other people to use. Value Village 6415 Victoria Drive Vancouver Salvation Army Thrift Store 261 East 12th Avenue If you start the year fresh, you’ll have more room to welcome new things into your life. Happy new year!

hobbies — things you do often for fun declutter — to throw away things you do not need task — type of work author — someone who writes a book tip — useful advice “out with the old and in with the new” — (expression) when you throw old things or ideas away to make room for new things or ideas sort — to separate things by category — by type household items — things you use in the home

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January 2021


Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)

H IGHLIG H TS Congratulations to staff for reaching milestones

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

By Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) proudly recognizes its long-serving staff members. At the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM), CNH staff and contractors who have reached the milestones of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and, for the first time in CNH’s history, 30 years of service and dedication to the neighbourhood house, were thanked by the Board of Directors.

Maria Alpirez Maria Alpirez started in the organization as a receptionist. By the time she was hired as a settlement worker, she already had a lot of knowledge and experience working with immigrants in the community. Maria has been a great asset to the Settlement Services team. Her critical thinking and understanding of immigration policies and mainstream services have helped immigrants to successfully start their integration process in the community and in the Canadian society at large. Maria is a worker that always gives 110% and more to serve others.

This year, we recognize and celebrate Lucinda Donaldson, Maria Alpirez, and Mary Hoang for 20 years of service. Lucinda Donaldson It is safe to say that Lucinda Donaldson has impacted the RenfrewCollingwood community with her popular gymnastics program since she started working at CNH in July 1999. That year, she transitioned from summer camps to afterschool classes in September. Now she teaches six classes per week and runs gymnastics camps every summer. She credits the CNH Recreation Coordinators throughout the years for giving her the opportunity to build her programs and she is thankful for the continued support. Lucinda has always had great motivation and enthusiasm to grow her program and open new classes. After 20 years, Collingwood has become an extension of her family. Lucinda has had the pleasure of teaching some fantastic children and worked with amazing people. Two of her current assistants were participants in gymnastics classes from an early age. Why has she stayed so long? She says, “I love the community that is Collingwood. The kids who walk in the door, and the ones who remain and the ones who come to visit me or come to talk to me on the street. That’s why I’ve stayed. Being in the gym is like being at home.” This page is sponsored by Collingwood Neighbourhood House

One of her client’s shares: “Maria is a real ANGEL in my life, she has provided me with tools and supports to be successful with my children in Canada, especially because I am a single mother”. Maria is a very valuable asset to our Settlement team and CNH. Congratulations, Maria! Mary Hoang Mary has been a regular face in our childcare programs, for many, many years. She worked as a casual staff who floated from program to program on a daily basis up until recently. We finally were able to encourage her to take a more permanent role in our programs at the Collingwood School Age Program. All the children know and love Mary! She is very modest and she has a quiet, respectful approach to everyone who knows her. She is a very talented photographer who loves to take photos of our Kindergarten graduates. You will find her actively involved in soccer with the children or creating amazing art. We are very fortunate to have Mary working alongside us. Congratulations and thank you to Mary for her years of service!


January 2021


January 2021 Happy New Year We hope you were able to enjoy the holiday lights in Collingwood. The Clock Tower at the corner of Kingsway and Joyce was a new installation. The Community Christmas tree at the corner of Kingsway and Tyne has been a tradition for over 10 years. We are still living with Covid 19 and all safety protocols are in place in our businesses. A vaccine has arrived and slowly but surely we will work to get back to life as we use to know. Please continue to wear your masks in all public spaces and allow for 2 meters for physical distancing. Thank you for helping us be safe.

Up Coming Events January 1 Ð New Years Day February 12 Ð Lunar New Year February 14 Ð ValentineÕs Day February 15 Ð Family Day

Covid Micro Grants for Businesses The Collingwood BIA appreciates all of the businesses following all the Public Health Orders take were given throughout the pandemic. We are aware the increase expenses in insuring the high standards of sanitizing and safety precautions and would like to help our businesses to cover some of these costs. The CBIA will be offering Covid Micro Grants up to $500.00 to cover these added expenses. Please contact us at 604.639.4403 or email for more information. The grant will cover costs retroactive to April 2020 to present and to items such as: -

hand sanitizers/refills masks PPE Plexi glass partitions

- floor stickers or markers - signage (with Covid messaging) - face shields - gloves

Covid 19 Ð We all need to work together. WHAT YOU CAN DO: - Stay home if you are sick or not feeling well - SOCIAL DISTANCE 2 Meters apart - Wear masks when required - WASH HANDS OFTEN 20 seconds - BE PATIENT & STAY INFORMED

Receipts must be submitted with application. A list of suppliers is available upon request. Bubble Tea Hub CollingwoodÕs Bubble Tea phenomenon was featured in an article in UBCÕs The Thunderbird. Reporter Kaitlyn Fung interviewed Angela Evans, Executive Director of the Collingwood BIA, Bubble Tea owners, a student from Windermere and the founder of the Meet Up group I Heart BBT. CollingwoodÕs bubble tea bubble has grown from 2007 to 2020 with 12 establishments along Kingsway from Boundary Road to Rupert and along Joyce Street to the Skytrain. Link Help keep our streets clean. During the winter months we will need our members to help keep the sidewalks clear of leaves, ice and snow. The BIA has a street clean team out two to three times per week but we need your help too. If you have any areas where youÕd like some help please contact the BIA office. Shop Collingwood Ð ItÕs good for business

How to Reach Us: @shopcollingwoodvancouver @shopcollingwood @shopcollingwood #300 Ð 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC T: 604.639.4403 E: W:


January 2021


Don Davies MP Vancouver Kingsway

Warmest wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2021. Community Office 2951 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5J4 604-775-6263 | PAGE COUNT PRESS

A third collection of raw, unflinching, and darkly comedic neo-noir from the two-time Commonwealth Short Story Prize contender and Pushcart Prize nominee. Several tales feature Collingwood/East Van settings and characters, including “A Few Bad Apples,” the closing novella, about a teen gang war waged in Renfrew Heights. 265 pages. Can$20 plus postage. Orders at

“Every story packs a punch.” Sheryl Salloum, B.C. Book Prize finalist for The Life and Art of Mildred Valley Thornton.