Renfrew-Collingwood Community News January 2022

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Wellness Telethon raises over $175,000 Together We Can has announced that their annual fundraising gala, the Way Cool Wellness Telethon held in November, has raised more than $175,000 with the help of community. Funds will go toward addiction recovery services, continuing education and free family support and education groups. Founded in 1993, Together We Can Addiction Recovery & Education Society has become a leading treatment centre for men. Located in Renfrew-Collingwood, TWC’s mission is to educate and support men and families who struggle with the challenges of substance misuse and who desire a new life in recovery. TWC provides over 300 men with abstinence-based recovery programs and supportive housing opportunities in a therapeutic residential setting. Their addiction recovery programs, transitional housing and aftercare initiatives provide residents with an integrated approach to rehabilitation.

Together We Can along with volunteers at Family Recovery Society of Canada were hard at work again raising funds for families in recovery. If you still want to support, please feel free to make a donation online at https:// Photo courtesy of Together We Can

As a registered charity, TWC is dedicated to building positive community relationships with families, donors, partners and government. If you would like to learn more or donate to TWC, please visit their website at

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Resolutions for success Tips for New Year’s by David R. Penny

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Chances are at some time in your life, you’ve made a New Year’s resolution — and then broken it. This year, stop the cycle of resolving to make change and then not following through. If your resolution is to take better care of yourself, get healthy and start on a path of wellness and sobriety, you will have a much better year if your resolution sticks. Here are 10 tips to help you get started. 1. Be realistic The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. For instance, resolving to NEVER eat your favourite food again is setting you up to fail. Instead, strive for a goal that is attainable, such as avoiding it more often than you do now. 2. Plan ahead Don’t make your resolution on New Year’s Eve. If you wait until the last minute, it will be based on your mindset that particular day. Instead, it should be planned well before December 31st arrives. 3. Outline your plan Decide how you will deal with the temptation to skip that exercise class or have that piece of cake. This could include calling on a friend for help, practising positive thinking and selftalk or reminding yourself how your “bad behaviour” will affect your goal. 4. Make a “pros” and “cons” list It may help to see a list of items on paper to keep your motivation strong. Develop this list over time and ask others to contribute to it. Keep your list with you and refer to it when you need help keeping your resolve. 5. Talk about it Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Tell friends and family members who will be there to support your resolve to change yourself for the better or improve your health. The best-case scenario is to find a buddy who shares your New Year’s resolution and you motivate each other. 6. Reward yourself This doesn’t mean that you can eat an entire box of chocolates if your

resolution is to eat a better diet. Instead, celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution. If you have been sticking to your promise to eat better, for example, reward yourself with new fitness clothing or by going to a movie with a friend. 7. Track your progress Keep track of each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, focus on losing the first five. Don’t think about quitting drinking for the rest of your life, think about just going to bed each day sober and, before you know it, you’ve reached the first 30 days, then the next 30, and so on! 8. Don’t beat yourself up Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day and take one day at a time. 9. Stick to it Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. It won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient! 10. Keep trying If you have totally run out of steam when it comes to keeping your resolution by mid-February, don’t despair. Start over again! Recommit yourself for 24 hours. You can do anything for 24 hours. The 24-hour increments will soon build on each other and, before you know it, you will be back on track. What are your New Year’s goals? David R. Penny is the marketing and communications coordinator for Together We Can Addiction Recovery & Education Society.



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Renfrew-Collingwood charity delivers Christmas hampers for 700 local families CityReach is a Canadian charity, with a location at 2650 Slocan Street, that provides 1,000 food hampers every week to local seniors and families. This past Christmas, CityReach reached out once again to help make sure the holidays are special for vulnerable families and children. Boxes of Love has been an annual initiative through CityReach, Broadway Church and several other local partners for more than 20 years. This year, despite the continued COVID pressures, this tradition continued in a safe and meaningful way. Thanks to hundreds of generous donors and volunteers, CityReach supported 700 local families and close to 2,000 children on December 18. More than 200 volunteer drivers signed on

to help bring the Boxes of Love to the doorsteps of the families in need. City Councillor Michael Wiebe, MP Don Davies, MP Hedy Fry, MP Taleeb Noormohamed and MLA Niki Sharma also took part this day. For more information, visit Compiled by Julie Cheng


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

Contributors: CityReach, Collingwood Branch Library, David R. Penny, Emily Rees, Julie Cheng, Karen Vanon, Naiya Tsang, Paul Reid, Sophia Han, Together We Can

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

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

Yo u C a n F i n d t h e RC Community News @ Libraries, Collingwood Neighbourhood House, Renfrew Park Community Centre, The Italian Cultural Centre, Collingwood Policing Office, other organizations, religious institutions, schools, laundromats, Starbucks, Rona, Superstore, Canadian Tire, Walmart, London Drugs and Safeway coffee shops, restaurants, markets, corner stores, other businesses, and coffee tables all over Renfrew-Collingwood.

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

by Naiya Tsang The RenfrewCollingwood Food Hub (RCFH) was launched in September 2021. This initiative is funded by United Way British Columbia and led by Renfrew-Collingwood Food Justice, a Collingwood Neighbourhood House program. The RCFH aims to respond to issues in food insecurity and food distribution through the perspectives of food justice and mutual aid. In particular, the Food Hub works to

Photos courtesy of the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Hub. build the capacity of community partners and community members to create an inclusive neighbourhood response to food insecurity

and to provide access to healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate foods for Renfrew-Collingwood residents. Mutual-Aid Community Supported Agriculture Pilot (September to October 2021) “Getting farm fresh produce that was delicious, fresh, and long lasting was a treat!” “I loved getting out ... this was number one for me. It’s something that I hadn’t done for a very long time. The team involved with unloading and packing up the vegetables were very kind. The setting up was an incredible amount of work.” “Your program made my life not only special, but very tasty. Each Friday I was able to pick up the special paper bag.” We were over the moon to hear these beautiful messages from our Mutual-Aid Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Pilot program participants! Though the pilot is over for now, it was such an incredible experience, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds. A huge thank you to all the participants and volunteers who came out each week! It was so lovely seeing new and familiar faces and hearing everyone’s stories and feedback about how they used these vegetables in their daily lives. The Food Hub’s Mutual Aid CSA Pilot Program ran from September to October 2021 and served more than 30 residents each week with fresh, organic local produce from the Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School. Because the program ran on a mutual aid model, participants could pay it forward and subsidize the cost of neighbours’ boxes, which helped many of our participants get the same high-quali-


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RENFREW COLLINGWOOD COMMUNITY NEWS ty, nutritious vegetables for free! CSA boxes create direct relationships between farmers and community members by paying for produce up front in a subscription-like model. This ensures that all proceeds go directly to the farmers, thus creating a strong connection between our community members and food growers. As staff, we had a blast driving to the farm every week to pick up the food, which was given out to participants that same day!

The following is a paid advertisement by Adrian Dix, MLA for Vancouver/Kingsway Dear Neighbours, Vancouver-Kingsway/RenfrewCollingwood is such a magical place year-round, but it was especially so with all the festive decorations, and window paintings to enjoy in December! If you have a photo of your home or a neighbour’s home that you would like to share with us, please send it to adrian.dix.mla@ Thank you for bringing the holiday cheer! To all business owners, community service providers, groups, and volunteers, I want to thank you for your time, commitment, and work in ensuring our community members are safe and supported during the pandemic and beyond.

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

In December, we announced the rollout of booster shots for everyone in B.C. aged 18 and older. That work is underway, focusing first on those most at risk based on our data showing outbreaks in long-term care and breakthrough hospitalization being more common in people over 70. Beginning this month invitations will be sent out for more folks to get their booster shot with invitations based on risk and date of their second dose. In the meantime, I ask for your continued patience and to follow all the Provincial Health Orders. Please practice safe social distancing, staying home if you are sick, washing your hands regularly, and wearing a mask in an indoor public setting, unless you are exempt. I am deeply grateful for your trust in me as your MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway and BC’s Minister of Health. For more information, regular updates, and translated content on province-wide restrictions, please visit

We can’t wait to run this program again next summer! Special thanks to @marathth for photos of food they made using produce from the CSA. Renfrew-Collingwood Food Hub Community Fridge (Beginning January 2022) It’s almost here! We poured the concrete pad for the fridge on a beautiful November day (under the guidance of several watchful preschoolers), and we are now constructing a wooden shed to protect the fridge from the elements. We hope to have the fridge installed, operational and stocked in early January. That being said, we are on the lookout for volunteers to check in on the fridge every week or so to ensure that everything is up to par! The Community Fridge is a mutual-aid project

Photo by @marathth idea brought to Collingwood Neighbourhood House by members of the Renfrew Collingwood Food Justice Advisory Committee, who noticed the need for a free, outdoor, non-policed food asset available 24/7 for all residents of the neighbourhood.

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We have a wide variety of Eastern European products: Stollens, Printen, Cookies and Chocolates. Order your charcuterie or sandwich party tray for your holiday events. December 2 is Customer Appreciation Day with 10% off everything. Spend $100 or more and enter to win a beautiful gift basket.

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And that’s what the Community Fridge is! The fridge will provide lowbarrier access to vegetables and fruits, protein foods and grain products for Renfrew-Collingwood residents, and will be located on the west facing side of the CNH main house, adjacent to the gym entrance. If you are interested in joining the Food Hub volunteer network, or if you have any questions, please email CommunityDevelopment@ Naiya Tsang coordinates the Food Hub at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. restrictions

BC Leg Internship Program

Applications are open for the 2023 BC Legislative Internship Program! BCLIP provides 12 university graduates with a 6-month temporary assignment at the Legislative Assembly where they complete placements in provincial ministries and in caucus during the spring session, as well as various educational and leadership assignments. The program is currently accepting applications until January 31, 2022. You can find more information online at:

Get In Touch

My community office will continue to provide services for constituents via phone and email. Please leave us a voicemail at 604-660-0314 or we are best reached at adrian.dix., and we will get in touch with you as soon as we can. You can also visit us on our website at www. 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 604-660-0314 留言。詳盡及 最新資訊,請遊覽辦事處網頁 www.adrian.dix.mla. I hope this finds you and your loved ones well! Take care. Sincerely, Adrian Dix, MLA Vancouver-Kingsway


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The Seniors Connection

Avoid slips and falls this winter Everyone is at risk for falls, especially during winter weather when sidewalks can be icy. Vancouver Coastal Health has a number of resources, including a brochure and a home activity program to help you understand and avoid falls. For seniors and those with elderly family members, note that many falls are preventable. There are proactive steps you can take to reduce your risk of experiencing a fall:

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These include improving your mobility and balance, increasing your physical activity and muscle strength and following the Canadian guidelines for calcium and vitamin D consumption. Keep your body active • Do strength, balance and flexibility exercises, such as lifting light weights, stair climbing, yoga and tai chi. • Do exercises that promote endurance, such as walking and dancing. • Organize regular vision check-ups and correct vision problems, review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist, and reduce trip and slip hazards in your home or outdoors. The British Columbia Falls & Injury Prevention Coalition offers information and resources to help prevent falls through its Finding Balance website ( You’ll also find a link there to assess

your risk of falling and a Fall Prevention Myths video in English, Farsi, Cantonese and Punjabi.

Safe winter walking Consider the following safety tips from the Canada Safety Council for safe winter walking ( • Plan ahead so you have enough time to get where you’re going. • Walk on cleared walkways if there is ice and snow on the ground. • Use boots or shoes that fit well and have a thick, nonslip tread sole. • Use a cane, ski poles or walking sticks to help with balance. If using a cane, attach a retractable ice pick to the end. Source: Vancouver Coastal Health

City of Vancouver Snow Angel program When there is snow and ice, getting around can be difficult, especially for seniors and people with limited mobility. When it snows the Snow Angel program helps match-up people throughout Vancouver who have limited mobility with neighbours willing to lend a hand to remove snow and ice outside their homes. To volunteer as a Snow Angel, visit If you are a senior or have limited mobility and need help clearing snow from your sidewalk, first talk to your neighbours, friends, family and community and church groups for assistance. If you still need a hand, call 3-1-1 to request a Snow Angel when it is snowing and sticking at least one centimetre (half inch) on the sidewalk.

by Karen Vanon

Source: City of Vancouver



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Read On!

A news section for RenfrewCollingwood learners

A fresh start for the New Year by Sophia Han

New Year’s resolutions

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The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions is common in Western countries. People want to begin the year with a fresh start and turn over a new leaf.

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Typically, people decide to kick a habit that is unhealthy such as eating junk food or smoking, or they decide to exercise more. Exercising can be hard to do when the weather outside is cold, wet or snowy, but many Canadians still hike or snowshoe during the winter.

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The Renfrew Park Community Centre and Collingwood Neighbourhood House are great places where you can take an indoor class in yoga, zumba or dance all year round.

Tips for keeping a resolution



Stay active by stepping outside even on the coldest days of the year. Photo by Sophia Han


Scientists have found that people are more likely to stick to a resolution they make at New Year’s than at any other time of the year. When starting a new habit, it’s best to start small. You should choose goals that really matter to you and are achievable. To keep your resolution on track, write notes on your progress in a diary or take photos. You can also ask a friend to support you and text them every time you meet a goal. Go easy on yourself when you slip up and always celebrate the small wins. If your resolution is to be more active, be sure to check out the classes at Renfrew Park Community Centre and Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Visit their websites or call for more information. Renfrew Park Community Centre 2929 East 22nd Avenue at Renfrew 604-257-8388


Collingwood Neighbourhood House 5288 Joyce and Euclid 604-435-0323

resolution – when you make a resolution, you decide to do something that will improve your life. fresh start – a new beginning turn over a new leaf – to change a habit typically – normally kick a habit – give up a habit all year round – throughout the year have found – use have found to talk about something you learned in the past that is true in the present: “I have found that learning English is fun.” more likely/than – use more likely to compare the possibility of two things: “It is more likely to rain than to snow.” stick to – continue doing achievable – something that can be done on track – something that is likely to succeed progress – how far you move towards a goal go easy – to be gentle with someone slip up – to make a mistake small wins – something that is not too difficult that helps you achieve a goal


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Get involved: Join a planning group for local

2SLGBTQA+ initiatives by Emily Rees Local residents and organizations are invited to collaborate in the creation of a new committee based in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood representing 2SLGBTQA+ communities. In 2019 and again in 2021, an informal group including Collingwood Neighbourhood House staff, neighbourhood volunteers and partner organizations worked together to organize successful Renfrew Collingwood Pride events. Many thanks to Sterling James who initiated the formation of this group. There has been interest from community members to have a formal committee to support organizing in the neighbourhood. That is why we are looking to start a new committee! To start, we would like to come together as an interim planning group to create the terms of reference for the committee, including the community responsibilities,

committee name and process for new members to join. Once this work has been finalized, we hope that the official committee will be formed by April 2022. Representatives from community organizations, residents and individuals connected to Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood, with priority given to BIPOC 2SLGBTQA+ individuals, are invited to join three planning meetings starting in January 2022 to work together to create the committee structure.

2SLGBTQA+ Committee Join to collaborate! 2SLGBTQA+ community members and organization representatives who are connected to the RenfrewCollingwood neighbourhood are invited to collaborate in creating a 2SLGBTQA+ Committee in Renfrew-Collingwood. We are holding 3 meetings in January - March to create the committee.

Email Emily Rees erees@cnh. by January 10, 2022, if you are interested in being involved. We look forward to this being a collaborative process that will strengthen and celebrate 2SLGBTQA+ communities in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood. Emily Rees is the director of community development at Collingwood Neighbourhood House.

Priority to BIPOC 2SLGBTQA+ community members.



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Eating out in RC Zoom fatigue? Favourite lunch breaks from the home office by Julie Cheng It’s been almost two years since I started working from home due to COVID safety measures. I miss the cycle commute to my downtown office, a good chat with my coworkers and all the usual lunchhour eateries. Now Zoom fatigue and work isolation is getting to me. For my mental health, I try to get some sun and exercise with a walk around the Renfrew Ravine. I also go out for a lunch treat once in a while. These are my favourite restaurants within walking distance. In addition to delicious food, they have kind and friendly staff. Kopitiam Malaysia 3885 Rupert Street and East 23rd 604-566-9898

Mee goreng and chicken curry laksa from Kopitiam Malaysia are two of my lunch go-tos. Photos by Julie Cheng

The name of this Malaysian restaurant has changed (they are no longer part of the Penang Delight franchise), but the wonderful flavours of my favourites remain the same – chicken curry laksa, mee goreng and sambal green beans. Check out their lunch special. Basil Garden 2889 East Broadway and Renfrew 604-871-9998 The hike down and then up the hill to Basil Garden is well worth it for me. All their pho is wonderful. I discovered their free-range chicken pho to be just as flavourful – I ask for no skin as a healthier option. Also healthy are their vermicelli bowls ad salad rolls. It gets busy at lunch so go early or late. Dami Sushi and Korean Restaurant 3280 East 22nd Avenue and Rupert 604-431-8887 This restaurant has been going strong since opening in Renfrew-Collingwood in January 2021. I agree with Paul Reid, in his Taking out in RC review, that the pork in the Gamja-Tang hot pot “is of the melt-in-your-mouth variety” – just like the bone broths my grandma used to make. My favourites are the bibimbap and japchae. Kimu Japanese Cuisine 4441 Boundary Road and East 29th 604-563-0722 Another bit of a hike from home, Kimu has long been a reliable lunch and dinner spot. In addi-

Ramen from Kimu Japanese Cuisine warms you up on a winter day.

The Gamja-Tang hot pot from Dami Sushi and Korean Restaurant is a pork back bone soup with Chinese cabbage, potato and perilla seed, served with rice.

tion to delectable sushi, they have a good grill – I love their teriyaki meals. There’s even more reason to stop there now with Masala Meats next door. iSushi 3883 Rupert Street 604-336-6553 iSushi opened despite the pandemic and quickly pivoted to become a busy takeout spot. I like to dine in to enjoy the tea and the food fresh from the kitchen. You can choose from a variety of sushi and rice bowls to make your own lunch special, but I invariably order a healthy house salad and sashimi.

Basil Garden salad rolls make a healthy meal. Try the marinated tofu vegetarian option.


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What’s happening at Collingwood Branch January 2022 Staff at Collingwood Branch Library are excited to be offering in-library programs for children, youth and families once again. Space is limited and registration is required. Please register in person (2985 Kingsway) or by calling 604-665-3954. STORYTIMES Babytime (0–18 months) Thursdays, January 20–Febrary 10, 10:30–11:00 am Family Storytime (all ages) Fridays, January 2–Febrary 11, 10:30–11:00 am “The family that reads together grows together!” ― Carmela Dutra SCHOOL-AGE PROGRAMS Lego Block Party Fridays, January 21, February 18, March 18, 3:30–4:30 pm Come to the library for some LEGO® building fun at this block party! Connect with other kids and break out the bricks for a building bonanza at the library. For Grades K–7. Family Fort Fun Tuesday, January 25, 6:00–8:00 pm Bring the whole family to the library and build a fort! Share stories together by flashlight – there will be great reads and supplies. All ages welcome.

St. Joseph’s School

Values-Based Education for Grade K to Grade 7

Open House Feb 9, 2022 — 9am to 1pm 3261 Fleming St., Vancouver 604-872-5715

Lunar New Year Celebration Saturday, February 5, 2:30–3:30 pm Celebrate Lunar New Year with stories, songs and crafts. For Grades K-7. For complete listings visit Adult registration and info: (604) 331-3603 | Childrens and Teens registration and info: (604) 331-3663

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Recreation Programs: Winter 2022

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!

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 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 pre-registered 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 & Children Recreation Programs at CNH Children's Gymnastics (Ages 4 and over) Gym Sense Gymnastics provides an excellent gymnastics program. The safe and supportive atmosphere helps children learn the skills needed to enjoy gymnastics. Classes work on a Can Gym badge system with children progressing at their own pace. $68/8 Sessions (Pre-registration is required). Gymnastics Spring Camp (Ages 7-12) 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. Monday – Friday, March 14 – 18 and March 21 – 25 9:00 am – 4:00 pm $150/week or $75/week for half day participation Creative Dance (5-13) Creative Dance is a program for children and youth with various disabilities. This class will provide a fun and safe environment to explore different movements, games and dance routines. Participants that require substantial behavioural or physical support, may be asked to be accompanied by a guardian or support worker. Tuesdays, January 18 – March 8 4:30 – 5:30 pm $60/8 Sessions Baton Twirling (Ages 7-12) Baton class is a combination of dance, gymnastics, and twirling a baton. With baton twirling you work on hand eye coordination all while having fun. Saturdays, January 22 – Mar 12 12:00 – 12:45 pm $38/8 Session and $40 for the cost of the baton Rhythmic Gymnastics (Ages 4 – 12) Annex Location Enjoy the unique combination of dance, gymnastics, music, and selfexpression through the use of ribbons, balls, hoops, and ropes with choreographed routines. Mondays, January 10 – March 7 4:00 – 5:00 pm (Ages 4-6) 5:00 – 6:00 pm (Ages 7-12) $72/8 Sessions Mixed Media (Ages 6-11) 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 masterpieces. To register, call 604-435-0323.

Wushu (Ages 6-17) Wushu is a modern combination of Chinese martial arts on the northern and southern Chinese form of Kung Fu. This class is designed to work on conditioning, flexibility, and basic techniques Sundays, January 16 – March 6 5:00 – 5:45 pm (Ages 6-11) 6:00 – 7:00 pm (Ages 12-17) $40/8 Sessions Arts & Craft (Ages 6-9) Children will learn a variety of visual art media, methods and contents in a freeflowing, 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 22 – March 12 10:00 am – 12:00 pm $56/8 Sessions Parents & Tots (Ages 6-9) 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. Fridays, January 7 – Ongoing 10:00 – 11:45 am $30/11 Sessions Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) Music Class (Ages 0-6) The years from birth to age 6 are a crucial time in a child’s development, establishing brain circuitry that will last a lifetime. VSOSoM Early Years classes are designed to develop strong musical foundations in an engaging and stimulating way, whilst also building skills in literacy and numeracy, and the social skills which set them up for future learning. One guardian and two children per registration spot. Registration will be on our website, or 604-915-9300 Register directly through VSO website: Tuesdays, January 11 – March 1 9:30 – 10:15 am (Ages 0-6 with parent participation) 11:00 – 11:45 am Ages 0-6 with parent participation) $130/8 Sessions Creative Writing (Ages 8-12) Explore creative writing through a variety or exercises. Topics include fiction, nonfiction, letters, public speaking, grammar, and spelling. Students are encouraged to think about sentence structure and the power of the written word. Supplies needed: 2 pencils and an eraser. No supplies are provided or shared: Students must bring their own pencils, erasers, and sharpener. This class includes homework assignments.

Wednesdays, January 12 – March 2 4:30 – 5:30 pm $140/8 Sessions

Fridays, January 21 – March 11 4:10 – 6:00 pm (Ages 8-10) 6:10 – 8:00 pm (Ages 11-12) $120/8 Sessions

Spring Sports Camp (Ages 8-12) A fun class for anyone who loves to play soccer and basketball. Learn to play the most beautiful game one week and learn how to improve your shooting and handles the next.

Children Soccer (Ages 6-12) This program gives your children a positive introduction to sport by teaching high quality soccer skills in a friendly, pressure-free environment. Fundamentals and team skills will be emphasized.

Monday – Friday, March 14-18 and March 21-25 1:00 – 3:00 pm $65/week

Wednesdays, January 19 – March 9 3:45 – 4:40 pm (Ages 6-8) 4:45 – 5:45 pm (Ages 9-12) $48/8Sessions

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Recreation Programs: Winter 2022 Children Basketball (Ages 8-13) Basketball is currently the number one sport for elementary aged children. This program allows students develop their physical and basketball fundamental skills, individual and social skills, teamwork and sportsmanship. Tuesdays, January 18 – March 8 3:45 – 4:45 pm (Ages 8-10) 5:00 – 6:15 pm (Ages 11-13) $48/8 Sessions

Adult Recreation Activities at CNH 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, January 4 – Ongoing 7:00 – 8:15 pm $60/12 Sessions $6 Drop-in Modern Fusion Yoga Practice Annex Location Mindfulness. Neuroscience. Traditional Chinese Medicine. Yoga. Through this relaxing & intelligent practice, we will be moving gently to improve flexibility, increase balance & strength, as well as release muscle tension, join pain, headaches, digestive issues, anxiety, depression and more. Thursdays, January 6 – Ongoing 7:00 – 8:15 pm $60/12 Sessions $6 Drop-in Zumba A typical Zumba lasts about an hour and incorporates several dance styles, including cumbia, bachata, meringue, salsa, reggaeton, 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! $60/12 Sessions $6 Drop-in Zumba Toning A typical Zumba lasts about an hour and incorporates several dance styles, including cumbia, bachata, meringue, salsa, reggaeton, 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! Tuesdays, January 4 – Ongoing 7:15 – 8:15pm Thursdays, January 6 – Ongoing 9:30 – 10:30 am $60/12 Sessions $6 Drop-in Improval Plus Modern Line Dance Annex Location A program of exercise and enthusiasm where we dance in lines to music without requiring a partner. Modern Line Dance is a combination of multiple dance steps including Salsa, Waltz, Bachata, Hip-Hop supported by contemporary songs Mondays, January 10 – April 4 7:00 – 8:30 pm $60/12 Sessions $6 Drop-in

Beginner’s Modern Line Dance Annex Location A program of exercise and enthusiasm where we dance in lines to music without requiring a partner. Modern Line Dance is a combination of multiple dance steps including Salsa, Waltz, Bachata, Hip-Hop supported by contemporary songs. The Intermediate Line Dance Program requires past line dance experience, and is most suitable for young adults to seniors. Wednesdays, January 12 – March 30 7:00 – 8:30 pm $60/12 Sessions $6 Drop-in Yoga & Movement Therapy Annex Location and Online Experience intelligent, gentle and compassionate sequencing to access, release, and heal physical tensions, mental stresses, and emotional blockages. Enjoy calming and short meditations while learning to access healing methods through breathing practices. Modalities: Traditional Chinese medicine, Neuroscience, Compassionate Movement and Breath. Kindly bring your yoga mat. Wednesdays, January 5 – Ongoing 5:30 – 6:30 pm $60/12 Sessions $6 Drop-in Dance Fusion (New) The easy-to-follow dance-fitness choreography to popular Latin and radio hits in this high-energy dance-fitness fusion class will get your heart pumping and sweat dripping while having a blast. These routines incorporate interval training, alternating fast and slow rhythm to help improve cardiovascular fitness PLUS using weights with some routines for toning. All ages and levels of fitness are welcome. Mondays, January 10 -Ongoing 6:00 – 7:00 pm $60/12 Sessions $6 Drop-in Boxing Fit / Cardio Box This aerobic boxing class requires no experience in boxing techniques. Movements follow the music to get a fun, high-energy, simple cardio workout with an infusion of strength-building moves. Using simple boxing drills, you can choose your impact level to raise your heart rate and sweat it out. This class also includes intervals using weights to build strength. All ages and levels of fitness are welcome Saturdays, January 8 – Ongoing 10:00-11:00 am $60/12 Sessions $6 Drop-in Adult Soccer This recreation soccer program is a great way to stay in shape and meet new friends in your community. The program is popular so register early to ensure your spot. People of all skill levels are welcome. Tuesdays, starting January 4 Thursdays, starting January 6 8:30 – 10:15 pm $51/12 Sessions $5 Drop-in Adult Volleyball Join us in a social game of volleyball where you can bump, set, and spike to your heart's content. Join friends and meet new people form your community while enjoying friendly games of volleyball. Players of all skills levels are welcome Mondays, starting January 10 Wednesdays, starting January 5 8:30 – 10:15 pm $51/12 Sessions $5 Drop-in Badminton A CNH favourite, badminton will help sharpen your reflexes and develop your racquet skills! The gym can be divided into four courses so we’ll be playing doubles throughout the program. All skill levels welcome. Thursdays, 6:45 – 8:20 pm (starting January 6) Sundays, 10:15 – 12:15 pm (starting January 9) $51/12 Sessions $5 Drop-in

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Recreation Programs: Winter 2022 Seniors Recreation Activities at CNH 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.

Chinese Calligraphy 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.

$42/12 Sessions

Thursdays, 2:00 – 3:30 pm January 6 – February 10 (Term 1) February 17 – March 24 (Term 2) $48/6 Sessions

Seniors Kundalini Yoga Drop-in and relax, renew, and rejuvenate through breathing, exercises, stretching and meditation.

Chinese Classical Dance 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.

Mondays, 9:15 – 10:15 am (starting January 10) Thursdays, 8:45 – 9:45 am (starting January 6) $42/12 Sessions Qigong 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 disease. This exercise is particularly suitable for those who find Tai Chi complicated and physically demanding. Tuesdays, January 4 – March 22 9:30 – 10:30 am $54/12 Sessions Pre-registration required 42 Forms Tai Chi 42 Tai Chi is a 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 nurtures good health. Mondays, January 10 – March 28 11:45 am – 12:45 pm $49.50/11 Sessions 24 Forms Tai Chi Integrate mind, body and qi (energy) – keep blood and energy circulation smooth in the entire body to prevent disease.

Seniors Drop-in Badminton Bring your own rackets and birdies. NO instruction provided. Saturdays, starting January 8 1:15 – 3:00 pm $42/12 Sessions Strength and Stretch Improve your muscle strength and endurance using light resistance equipment. Work your heart with gentle cardio and enjoy relaxing stretches. Please bring your own resistance band and other equipment needed. Wednesdays, starting January 5 11:00 am – 12:00 pm $42/12 Sessions 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. Meet in front of the CNH lobby. Mondays, starting January 10 10:30 – 11:30 am FREE

Mondays, 10:30 – 11:30 am, January 10 – March 28 $49.50/11 Sessions Fridays, 9:30 – 10:30 am, January 7 – March 25 $54/12 Sessions 48 Forms Tai Chi 48-Form Tai Chi embraces 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 nurtures good health. Fridays, January 7 – March 25 10:45 – 11:45 am $54/12 Sessions

Online Programs Online 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 all forms of arthritis and various levels of ability. Thursdays, starting January 6 2:00 – 3:00 pm $3.50 Drop-in

32 Forms 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.

Yoga & Movement Therapy The Power Flow is anchored into music, breath, and fluid movements, and centred in meridian yoga therapy and vinyasa yoga with the focus on breath, flow, movement, and holding poses in intelligent ways- all to activate the healer within

Wednesdays, January 5 – March 23 10:00 – 11:00 am $54/12 Sessions

42 Forms 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 is a standard routine for international competition (Yang, Chen and Sun styles). Wednesdays, January 5 – March 23 11:15 am – 12:15 pm $54/12 Sessions

Wednesdays, starting January 5 5:30 – 6:30 pm $60/12 Sessions $6 Drop-in


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Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)


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Community Fridge at CNH Coming Soon By Collingwood Neighbourhood House

During the next few weeks, observant passers-by will notice a change in front of CNH: a community refrigerator!

boxes of fresh, organic produce; neighbours could buy a box for themselves, which also paid for part or all of a box for somebody in the neighbourhood exMany people struggle to access healthy, periencing food insecurity. affordable, and culturally appropriate food. The pandemic meant some people Over the winter, we will be partnering lost their job or were sidelined by illness with local organizations to directly disand required food support. We know tribute healthy, culturally appropriate there are still individuals and families foods to our neighbours. We will also who cannot access healthy, affordable be partnering with the Working Group food anytime, not just during the for Indigenous Food Sovereignty to inpandemic. crease food literacy through workshops. With funding from United Way British Columbia, we have started to operate a food hub, bringing food to those who need it. We started with an eight-week program where we partnered with Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School to create Community Supported Agriculture

Additionally, this winter, we’ll be launching an outdoor community-run fridge, inviting neighbours to donate healthy food such as fruit, vegetables and unopened, packaged food. Food in the fridge will be available for everyone! It’s yet another way for us to take care of

This page is sponsored by Collingwood Neighbourhood House

one another in our neighbourhood. While the fridge’s food will be donated, this kind of program, and others we offer, require funding to support their continued operation. And that’s where you can help. We know that this has been a financially challenging time for many. If, however, you are in the position to help, please direct a donation, of any amount, to Collingwood Neighbourhood House to support our programming. Please help us enhance the lives of those around us by generously considering a tax-receiptable donation today. Please visit to donate to CNH online or mail a cheque to CNH at 5288 Joyce Street, Vancouver, B.C. V5R 6C9. Thank you for making a difference! Learn more at



January 2022

January 2022 Happy New Year – 2022 Will be Better

Coming Events January 1

It can only get better from here on. Vaccines and booster shots are available, and Vancouver will be opening in most areas. Back to working in the office, either full-time or a few days a week we will begin seeing more familiar faces, more people having breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have seen some new restaurants and businesses opening over the past few months. Please help me welcome them by visiting their stores. Collingwood businesses represent the world’s food from Africa, Brazil, China, Philippine’s, South America, Vietnam and many more countries and regions. Travel the world through our shops in Collingwood. Most of the businesses have an online store as well to order and have delivered. A directory of all the businesses in Collingwood can be found on the website.

New Years Day

Covid protocols and Provincial Health Orders are continuing to change, and we encourage you to follow the news and go to the website frequently

Family Day

February 2 Ground Hog Day February 12 Chinese Lunar New Year February 14 Valentine’s Day February 18 Chinese New Year Lion Dance 11a.m. – 1p.m. February 21

Thank you for supporting the Give Big, Shop Small Campaign in December Congratulations to our winner of the $250.00 gift prize. The social media campaign had Holiday Shopping Lists ideas of each day before Christmas. We look forward to doing it all over again next December. Chinese Lunar New Year – February 18th


Collingwood will have the return of the lion dancers visit businesses on February 18th between 11am. – 1p.m. To register your business contact Angela at More information to follow next month.

How to Reach Us: @shopcollingwoodvancouver

Collingwood Micro Improvement Grants – Deadline March 4, 2022 The Covid Micro Grants helped over 20 businesses earlier this year and the CBIA is extending the program. Grants up to $1,000 are available to businesses to make improvements to their exterior and interior. For more information email Stay in Touch Follow us on social media, for feature businesses, contests, and other promotions.

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Warmest wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2022. Community Office 2951 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5J4 604-775-6263 |