Renfrew-Collingwood Community News July 2019

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CW Music: Celebrating 5 years in Collingwood by Paul Reid CW Music has been out and about the community, including recent gigs at Graham Bruce Elementary, Canada Day and Collingwood Days Festival (pictured here) where, despite the rain, the students of CW Music put on an entertaining set. Located at 5039 Joyce Street for the past five years, CW Music was founded in 2002 by Christine White. “We are committed to guiding students of all ages and skill levels to meet their goals while finding inspiration in the process. We approach education in a non-competitive light, yet we strive for the excellence of each individual’s artistic ability and potential.” While some students come to CW to prepare for Royal Conservatory of Music exams, other students have come to rock out with one of the many bands that CW is nurturing. CW Music offers private, semi-private and group lessons in music and dance. “Unique to our studio are our ‘multi-discipline lessons’ where a student may choose to learn two instruments in one sitting.” Students prepare for recitals twice a year and may be asked to perform in fundraisers benefiting local charities. In 2016, a group of CW Music students went on a fundraising trip to the Philippines and performed in a benefit concert to support at-risk kids. CW Music’s bands at Collingwood Days. Photos by Paul Reid

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Christine, Aldrin (recipient of the Laura Jane White Scholarship), the late Robert White (Christine’s father) and Rosita White (Christine’s mother). Photo courtesy of CW Music

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New student podcasts Page 7

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CW Music - Continued from page 1 CW Music also raises money for a scholarship fund that they give out every fall during our Rock Band concerts. It is given, in memory of

my sister Laura Jane White, to a student who excels in music, academics and community service. Christine specializes in classical and pop styles and has been teaching since 2002. She is a certified teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music, holding a music diploma (classical) from Capilano University and a bachelor of arts in music with minor studies in psychology from the University of British Columbia where she received Golden Key Honour Society recognition. Christine believes that it is important to instill a sense of equilibrium when it comes to musicianship practice: hard work with smart practicing; to be proud of success and achievements whilst remaining humble; to be dynamic, yet respectful; to find the opportunity in a challenge; and to pursue excel-

lence. It is important to Christine that every student trusts their own ability, acknowledge their progress, and to do something uniquely great with their talent. She is just one of the CW Music teachers who are all very qualified in their disciplines, and dedicated to providing a unique and highly personalized method of learning. At CW Music, they have worked to create an environment to nurture, educate and encourage creative individuals to achieve a deeper appreciation of their studies. CW Music is equipped with a studio engineer to record and mix your music. They also offer music therapy to students/clients of all ages, gender, cultural background, and conditions. CW Music’s Summer Music Camp registration is now open (See page 9). They will also be having their

Rock Band auditions for the 20192020 year soon. Stay tuned.

Celebration of World Refugee Day The Vancouver Public Library and the Multi-Agency Partnership (MAP) co-hosted an event June 20, 2019, at the Central branch to commemorate World Refugee Day. There was a World Refugee Day Proclamation with Vancouver city councillor Rebecca Bligh, a keynote address by former Information tables of Multi-Agency Partners and Member organizations lining the VPL concourse in refugee claimant support of World Refugee Day. Photo by Dianna Lee Justin Negara and other guest speakers. Afghanistan, Iraq, India, Mexico, Sudan, China, Eritrea, Syria, ColomWorld Refugee Day is celebrated bia, Central America, Nigeria and annually to mark the struggle and many others. achievements of people worldwide who leave their homes out of fear of persecution, war or violence and MAP is a collaboration of more than 40 governmental and non-governseek protection in another land. mental agencies working together to serve refugee claimants (www. In 2018 2,310 claimants asked for In addition to participrotection in BC under international refugee law to which Canada pating in the organizing committee for this event, MOSAIC has been a is a signatory. strong advocate on refugee issues and has piloted many programs for Refugee claimants come from refugees over the past 30+ years. diverse countries including Iran,



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A fond farewell for Sharon Gregson by Julie Cheng June 19, 2019, dozens of staff and friends came out to say thank you and good-bye to Sharon Gregson, the former director of the early years for Collingwood Neighbourhood House who stepped down mid2018 after 13 years. A delicious vegan meal was served in honour of Sharon’s choice to have no animal proteins in Sharon Gregson (above: right) with CNH staff and friends. her food. Photos by Julie Cheng Over the 13 years Sharon oversaw the creation and expansion of the early years department, which includes family programs, before- and after-school care, and child care. “It was really good times with good people,” she said. During her time at CNH, Sharon was twice elected as a Vancouver school board trustee. In 2013, she won the Gayle Davies Award from the Early Childhood Educators of BC recognizing excellence in early childhood care and education. Today, Sharon is busier than ever travelling around the province working on the $10aDay child-care campaign to reduce child-care fees for families. This campaign has motivated the provincial government to implement more affordable and accessible child care for B.C. families. There is more advocacy work to be done, Sharon said. “We need to keep working to increase wages and childcare spaces, to recognize the important wok that child-care workers do.”

The Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood as well as our city and province have benefitted from her work.” The memory book given to Sharon was full of love and admiration for an “amazing woman who is kind and gracious.”

“Not only are you an incredible leader, but you empower people “Sharon is so passionate about high- to be the best they can be,” wrote quality, affordable child care,” wrote former co-worker Alison Merton. Jennifer Gray-Grant, executive direc- “Your thoughtfulness, kindness and compassion showed in every tor of Collingwood Neighbourhood interaction and you were never too House. “She honestly cares deeply busy to share your knowledge.” about the care every child receives.



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Contributors: Amber Webber, Barbara Larman, Carmen Rosen, Dianna Lee, Donna Lee, Gianluca Liessi, Julie Cheng, Loretta Houben, Paul Reid, Perry Edwards, Tony Wanless, William McMichael

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4th Three Links community open house recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by Barbara Larman Have an adventure — that’s what I do everyday. I want to have fun and “adventuring” gets me out and enjoying what my community has to offer. Adventures can be as simple as having tea at a neighbourhood cafe or stepping into the ravine. On June 14, it was attending a community open house sponsored by Three Links Care Society (East 22nd and Renfrew) and the BC Association of Community Response Networks (BC-CRN). Presenters from three community organizations participated. Presentations can be boring and make you twist in your seat, but trust me, the speakers delivered dynamic messages. First up was Anna Hofmarks, the program coordinator of Renfrew-Collingwood Better At Home, speaking about the Seniors’ Shuttle (for 55+) that operates out of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH).

Exciting news — a new, decked-out bus was delivered to CNH that day, just in time to bring people to the open house. The bus accommodates 12 seniors plus two wheelchairs. How sweet is that! For details of the cost of a trip, bus operating times and shuttle community boundaries, call 604-719-5553. Second to speak was Faith Malakoff, the program director at Renfrew-Collingwood Senior Centre (2970 East 22nd Avenue). Faith spoke of a new and free seniors’ exercise and social program funded by New Horizons for Seniors Program, Employment and Social Development Canada. It is held Saturdays, 2:30 to 4:30 pm, with a Sit Fit and Stand Fit exercise program for the first hour, followed by a tea social, birthday celebration, health promotion or community give back for the second hour. Call Faith at 604430-1441 for information. The final presenter was Susan Moore, Vancouver regional manager of BC-CRN. Susan’s presentation was educational and passionate concerning a subject that many people ignore: elder abuse. Let’s all say it together, “I am an adult who is competent and I have the right to live safe and free from abuse and neglect.” Now to the best part, where one might say, “I go for the food.” The grub was the best — a barbecue with all the fixins. To find out about the next community open house at Three Links visit www.

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Barbara Larman is a senior living in the RenfrewCollingwood community.



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Remembering a local hero: Richard Berwick by Bill McMichael

Dr. Richard Franklin Berwick, the inestimable living treasure of Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s Morning Star Breakfast Program, our “Aluminium Chef,” left us on June 3, 2019. It wasn’t completely unexpected, he was 74 and his health had been deteriorating, but he was young for his age and very tough. The kitchen team was devastated. Rick had played a huge role in the seamless functioning of our voluntary workplace, involving students from Capilano University in an exemplary food-safety orientation program at CNH he initiated that continues as strongly as ever. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Rick did his undergraduate degree at University of California-Berkeley, then his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of B.C. He grew to become a highly regarded academic in Canada and Japan, specializing in intercultural communication and research methodologyat UBC and CapU in Canada as well as Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Kobe Steel and Kobe YMCA in Japan.

He was an “angel,” as our head chef Nafisa always called him, to many in need, an unyielding force for good in the community. In his honour, Capilano

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University has developed an annual student award in his name, the Rick Berwick Community Spirit Award for community engagement. As an educator and good colleague Rick touched many lives in Canada, Japan and the USA, people who will now, like us, be seeing him in all their familiar places. We all miss him very much.He was our treasure. He was the best of us. Rick is survived by his beloved wife, Taeko, his daughter Yuri, granddaughter Maya and his son Benjamin. The family wishes to thank the physicians and staff at Lions Gate Hospital, BC Cancer Agency and Vancouver Coastal Health.


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The Seniors Connection Aging with grace at 90 years old by Loretta Houben Canada will be 152 years old on July 1st, and my dad, Jack Williams, will be 90! Canada was only 62 years old back in 1929 when my dad was born. He spent the first 12 years of his life in Saskatchewan, before moving to Vancouver by train during the Second World War. He lived for a while in the Strathcona neighbourhood, attending Templeton high school. From 1945 to 1998 he lived in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood, and maybe that had a lot to do with his long life. Dad got married young, had five children (one died prematurely) and worked at Glidden Paints for 30 years, retiring early at age 60. For another 30 years he’s lived on his pension. His wife of 63 years, Susie, manages the finances and is his main caregiver. I remember during his working years he always got to bed by 10 pm, rising at 6:30 am, eating a bowl of oatmeal with toast and coffee, before heading off for work from 8 to 5 each day. Maybe the oatmeal contributed to his long life?

Each weekend he did household chores such as grocery shopping and yard work, and he attended the Apostolic Faith church at Rupert and Kingsway, which he helped build in 1950. Maybe being happily married along with his faith in God helped him live so long? Dad has always had a keen interest in world affairs and has voted for each federal and provincial election. Although he lost his sight due to glaucoma a few years ago, he keeps up with the daily news through TV. His mind is razor sharp and he has a photographic memory. He can recall many past events and remembers how things used to be in the olden days, such as teasing the firemen at Firehall No. 15 by running in and pulling the bell when they weren’t looking. He was even around when Palm Dairies delivered milk by horse and cart! Maybe being interested in the world about him, both close to home and worldwide, has helped him have a long life? Whatever the reason, I’m glad my dad, Jack, has had 90 years to enjoy! Happy birthday, dad!

New exercise class for seniors at MOSAIC MOSAIC first introduced this exercise class during the Collingwood Days week in May. It was very well received, and now it is part of their activities for seniors at their Vancouver head office. The session includes two sets of exercise to achieve overall wellness: Holistic stretching Holistic stretching exercise. Photo by Daisy Au exercise ( 回春功)is a self-regulating and body movement involving gentle body movement , done in a calm and soft manner way. 回春功 是一种自我调节和身体运动,涉及柔和的身体动作,以平静和柔软的方式完成。 Patting acupressure exercise(達摩十八式)helps individuals keep themselves physically and mentally healthy and their bones and muscles alive. 达摩十八式帮助个人保持身 心健康,保持骨骼和肌肉的活力。 Date: Mondays, June 3—July 22, 2019 Time: 8:30—9:30 am Location: MOSAIC Head Office, 5575 Boundary Road, Vancouver 日期: 6月3日 至 7月22日 (每週一) 時間: 上午8時半至9時半

Jack Williams with his 90th birthday cake showing him at age 20. Photo by Loretta Houben


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Building community through storytelling by Gianluca Liessi Our world is becoming increasingly more fast-paced and confusing. From new technologies that are redefining the way we go about our daily lives to the issues we face as a global community, navigating the transformations our world is undergoing, even within our own communities, has never been more challenging. For students in the Leadership 10 class at Windermere Secondary School, this issue was the basis for our most recent class project. Urban storytelling has been used in the making of our projects. Urban storytelling reflects on issues that matter to you, finding diverse opinions on this topic and presenting the opinions in a creative way. In urban storytelling, there is an opportunity for people to express and share their real thoughts and feelings, when they may not always get that opportunity in community movements where only a selected few are “at the table.” A short podcast called a “streeter” was used to display our projects. This is a 1-to2 minute audio clip where people out in public are asked to give their specific ideas and opinions on the same question. Working in groups of two to four, each of us brainstormed specific topics that we felt were important and wanted to learn more about. A variety of issues were chosen, from the education system, to ridesharing companies, to refugees, to the importance of family and culture to identify formation. It was fascinating discovering all the different points of view on one particular topic. It was specifically the reasons behind the opinions that taught me so much more. The people we interviewed all took into account different aspects of our soci-

Windermere Leadership 10 class. Photo by Donna Lee ety when forming their statements, depending on their backgrounds or what they found important in their lives. The variety of input we received was truly astounding and really reflects the diversity of the place we all call home. Upon editing all the audio clips together, each group presented their own streeter for the rest of us to listen to. Everyone in our community has different perspectives, and they were beautifully put on display through these projects. This concept of urban storytelling is a really powerful and honest way of learning about the communities we live in. Just taking the time to listen to what others have to say, without judgement or prejudice, teaches you so much, not only about the issues that are being discussed, but also about the ideas and values of your community. Through urban storytelling, even the smallest voices can make an impact if given the chance. To listen to the podcasts, please visit: https://www.

Source: Windermere Streeter: Voices of Collingwood podcast

Gianluca Liessi is a Grade 10 student in Windermere Secondary School’s Leadership program. Gianluca is an active member of the community, often volunteering at community events, such as the Moon Festival and Collingwood Days He is an avid reader and considers writing, acting and team sports three of his passions.

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Cooper’s Hawk in Renfrew Ravine An expert in predatory birds spotted a Cooper’s Hawk in the Renfrew Ravine this May. He posted this information and photo on the Facebook page Lower Mainland Raptors. Perry Edwards writes: A soft “kik kik” call was heard nearby, typical of a male returning with a meal for its mate announcing, “chow time.”

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The most likely scenario is that the adult male had already delivered the meal to its juvenile mate, and was tending the nest while she sought out a place to consume it.

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Right: Cooper’s Hawk with squirrel in the Renfrew Ravine. Photo by Perry Edwards. Reprinted with permission

A Caring and Sharing Community for Our Residents “Our organized activities are a great opportunity for our residents to get to know one another,” Dupont added, “everyone here, from the residents to the staff, get along so well that we really do think of ourselves as family.”

At Chelsea Park, everyone belongs. With a mandate as simple as that, it is no wonder the independent senior retirement residence is one of the most sought after in the city.

“We are a warm and welcoming community,” said Karen Dupont, the manager at Chelsea Park. “People who want to enjoy the total community will not find a better setting.” Nestled in a quaint residential neighbourhood, seniors of Chelsea Park are perfectly situated to stroll through John Hendry Park, walk around Trout Lake, or meander down the block to the retail shops lining Commercial Drive.


Student Gagan finds the new station more spacious and less crowded. Photos by Julie Cheng

Though, with organized activities filling calendars, home cooked meals and “sit and fit” exercise classes, seniors might be hard pressed to leave the comforts of their home. Whether it is Monday afternoon tea with Dianne the resident hostess, live entertainment with dinner, or bingo night, Chelsea Park seniors have every chance to live their lives to the fullest. Residents also have the choice of Nintendo Wii bowling, playing tennis or golf indoors without leaving their home, or join in the exciting new Bocce games on the patio. Gardening and card clubs, the games room, and QiGong relaxation exercises and the knitting social also ensure residents do not have to give up their hobbies and cherished pastimes.

Chelsea Park proudly earned the BC Seniors Living Association Seal of Approval in 2011. “Standards matter to us and the seal of approval ensures that safety and comfort are always prioritized,” Dupont explained. Offering comfort, security, and affordability without compromise, Chelsea Park can truly ensure seniors enjoy one of the best phases of life.

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June 17, 2019, the community was invited to celebrate the reopening of the west side of the Joyce-Collingwood Skytrain station. Student Gagan uses the station every day and gives the new look a thumbs up. “It looks great,” he says. “Now we have more space and it’s not crowded.” Renovations first started in 2015, says Nadia Kris, TransLink project manager. The east side of the station was completed in fall 2017. As of the end of June 2019, the new bus loop on the west side will be fully operational. An avid cyclist, Nadia Kris noted that the cycling/pedestrian path, the BC Parkway, will now run along the north side of the Joyce-Collingwood station. Cycle-commuting is made even more convenient by the bike parkade located on the station’s west side.

Carpeting by Renee Van Halm is a colourful mosaic of squares found on the west station.



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Indigenous gatherings and more this summer at the Alder EcoArts Hub in Slocan Park by Carmen Rosen Still Moon Arts is thrilled to again have the Slocan Park Fieldhouse as an art studio through the Park Board’s Fieldhouse Residency program. Still Moon Arts calls it the Alder Eco-Arts Hub, where people can explore how to collaborate with the natural world in many creative ways. This past autumn and spring we built three mushroom sculptures, now installed in Renfrew Park, and now our summer season is bursting with activity that the community is invited to check out.

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Colour Me Local Natural Dye Garden Still Moon Arts and the commuLeona Brown from Resurfacing History will talk about Indigenous plant medicine. nity have planted a Leona, seen here with her daughter Maggie at the National Indigenous Peoples Day garden with plants at Trout Lake June 21, developed traditional healing salves, tinctures and decocthat will yield tions to relieve her daughter’s rheumatoid arthritis. Maggie uses a comfrey salve beautiful colours for external pain, putting it on her hands when they hurt and feeling relief within a on cotton, wool, silk and linen. The half hour. She also takes a decoction of devil’s claw daily and now her flare-ups are garden takes weed- “few and far between,” says her mom. Photo by Julie Cheng All community members, including non-Ining and watering. digenous neighbours, are welcome to join in. Robin Lough, Moon Festival production coordinaGardening and learning work parties are held Together we explore knowledge to integrate tor, is already busy getting everything prepared for every second Wednesday 6 to 8 pm (July 10 and action steps that can make social ecosystems the 17th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival on and infrastructure work for urban Indigenous 24). Drop by, help out, have a snack and learn Saturday, September 14. Robin will also be involved from local gardeners and natural dyers about families and community members. as a visual artist in Still Moon Art’s other major how to get colour from plants. The garden is loproject this summer, Salmon Sounds in Motion. Activities at the Alder take place on the second cated on the west side of Renfrew Ravine at 24th Avenue and Renfrew Street. and last Friday of the month from noon to 4 Salmon Sounds in Motion pm. Upcoming events are June 28 – Bug Bite Still Moon Arts is pleased to create this new siteSalve/Calendula Lotion. The July 12 and July You can also register for Still Moon Arts’ next specific performance work that will premiere Sun26 activities will use locally abundant materi- Natural Dye workshop and experience the joy of day, August 11 in Renfrew Park. It is a collaboration getting natural dye colours on fabric Saturday, als that the land offers up for ethical harvest. with youth performers; choreographers Starr MuJuly 13, 11 am to 4 pm. Register through Renranko and Isabelle Kirouac; Still Moon Arts visual frew Park Community Centre at 604-257-8388. artists Carmen Rosen, Bea Miller and Robin Lough; videographer Jamarr Hepburn; and tech support Still Moon Art’s summer students are from VIVO Media Arts. The Alder Eco-Arts Hub making things happen in the community will be a hive of creativity all July as the artists work Emma Warner-Chee, Still Moon Arts’ stewardtowards the performance. ship coordinator, will host Stewardship Monday activities to enhance Renfrew day camps and All this creative work would not be possible without host public stewardship events and the Stream the support of many funders and community partKeepers meetings on the 4th Monday of the ners – BC Arts Council, Vancouver Parks, Telus, month 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Beech Foundation, Lohn Foundation, Renfrew Park Community Centre, Collingwood Neighbourhood Angus Ho, communications and community outHouse. reach coordinator, is supporting the Still Moon Youth Committee to put on a youth-organized Save the dates community barbecue in Slocan Park on Sunday, • Sunday, August 11, Renfrew Park , 5 pm - Salmon July 14 from 12 to 3 pm – everyone welcome. Sounds in Motion The committee is also planning summer art • Saturday, September 14, Slocan and Renfrew activities for young people, and planning the Parks, 4 – 9:30 pm Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival Harvest Fair portion of the Moon Festival coming up in September. Indigenous Gatherings summer 2019 – Resurfacing History at the Alder EcoArts Hub This Indigenous-led project, coordinated by Jolene Andrew, focuses on developing a community process for promoting understanding of the land around us and in our communities. We work together to build capacity for Indigenous communities to learn and practise land-based teachings.

Carmen Rosen is the artistic director of Still Moon Arts Society and a long-time resident of Renfrew-Collingwood.

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A news section for Renfrew-Collingwood learners

How to speak (strange) Canadian 

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Every language has unique ways of talking that are not in the language-training books. These are usually called slang.

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Canada is no exception and, in fact, is rich in slang – so much so that it is sometimes difficult to understand what Canadians are saying. Also, different regions often have their own slang.

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Here are some weird and wonderful examples: Bootin’ it: This is common across Canada. It means to move quickly or use more speed, as in: We were late so we were bootin’ it to get there on time. It is also sometimes pronounced as bootin’er. Mayzel: A lazy way of saying May As Well, as in: There isn’t much else to do, so I mayzel go with you for a couple-a (a few) beers. Giver, or given’er. Speeding, moving quickly, adding force, as in: We were late so really had to giver (that is, make the car go faster). Hydro: Electricity; electricity bill. (The Hydro). Caesar: A Canadian-designed alcoholic drink that is the Canadian version of the American Bloody Mary. The Caesar uses clamato juice instead of tomato juice and is said to have aphrodisiac properties. Left Coast: What people in Eastern Canada call British Columbia because residents often vote for governments that believe in liberal and socialist politics. Vancouver Special: A style of house that is unique to B.C., because of high housing costs. Vancouver Specials tend to be cheaper to build, typically have no basements, are very large and often rent sections to other people. Had the biscuit: Spent, broken, dead. Also common in most of Canada. Mickey: A small bottle of spirits such as whisky. Mickeys are more affordable than regular bottles. Saltchuck: Sea water. Chuck is an old B.C. First Nations word for water. For example, there are rapids on the Sunshine Coast named Skookumchuck, which translates as Mighty Water.

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unique: being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else. pronounced: make the sound of a word in the correct or particular way. aphrodisiac: a substance that increases sex drive when consumed. clamato: a drink made by Mott’s. A combination of clam and tomato juice.


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Creating memories and wealth

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Summer vacation is the start of relaxing beach time soaking up the sun. Many of us take time off to enjoy the beauty of British

Columbia and the waters along the West Coast. Some folks have a cabin to enjoy all year long. As you relish the times spent in the great outdoors, give some thought to how you want to pass this great property to the next generation as part of your legacy for them to enjoy, even if you are no longer around. Let’s take a look at the case of Margo and Fred. They own their principal residence in Vancouver. They purchased a vacation home in Harrison Hot Springs in 2003 from a friend for $220,000. Today they figure it is worth about $550,000. During these years, they have brought their children, Carmen and Jack numerous times for long weekends and a few weeks in the summer. The family always had fun and relaxing

Summer is just around the corner and I am excited for all the fun and exciting community events and celebrations! We had a great time at Collingwood Days in May with everyone braving it through the rain in good ‘ol Renfrew-Collingwood fashion. A heartfelt thank you to Angela Evans and the Collingwood Business Improvement Association (BIA), the Collingwood Community Policing Centre, and all the spectacular volunteers and community organizations for putting together another successful event for the books.

times. Now Jack is married to Samantha and has a six-monthold daughter named Janice. Carmen is dating and she would also like to start a family in the near future. Both Margo and Fred have fond memories of the children growing up and see that the property will continue to help them create more treasured moments with the addition of grandchildren. Both Jack and Carmen work for the government and have stable jobs; however, they do not feel that they have very much savings aside from their pension plans. Margo and Fred would like to make sure that the vacation home stays in the family for their

SENIORS WELLNESS PROGRAMS BIRTHDAYS AND BINGO MONDAY JULY 8TH 1:30 - 3:00pm Join us for FREE cake for everyone and a celebration of the June birthdays then stay for Bingo! WORKSHOP: AGE-RELATED HEARING LOSS AND ITS CONSEQUENCES/ DIZZINESS AND BALANCE ISSUES. MONDAY July 29 1:30 - 3:00pm Nexgen Hearing Clinic’s Hearing Instrument Practitioner certified by the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC will give a talk about these important issues, particularly of interest to the elderly population. BELCARRA REGIONAL PARK TRIP MONDAY July 22 10:00am - 3:00pm Join us for a trip to the beautiful Belcarra Park. Enjoy the park, picnic and comradery of your peers. Limited spots available. Register at the reception desk. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Friendly Visitor for seniors Are you interested in improving the social and emotional wellbeing of isolated seniors in our community by having a nice chat, playing a game or making tea with them? Can you visit seniors on a weekly or bi weekly basis in their home? Please contact Jenny Shen, Seniors Program Coordinator.

J U LY 2 01 9 WORLD CAFÉ WITH BILL MONDAY JULY 15TH 1:30 - 3:00pm A casual conversation circle to share your opinions about news and events from around the world. COFFEE SOCIAL Every Thursday 10:15am A casual conversation circle. Cost:$1 (Free on the first Thursday of the month) HAIRCUT FOR SENIORS WEDNESDAY JULY 10TH AND 24TH 2:30 - 5:30pm (Multipurpose Room A) You can sign up at the front desk to save your spot with our hairstylist, Lina! Cost: by donation only (Suggestion $2). KARAOKE THURSDAY JULY 18th 1:00 - 3:00pm LOCATION CHANGE: STAFF LOUNGE Sing, listen, enjoy! All are welcome. Music in many different languages. Free activity.

COMMUNITY LUNCH Every Tuesday and Thursday at 12pm These three-course lunches are inexpensive and delicious. Menus are different each week; reflecting the changing seasons and diverse food traditions.

Join me to celebrate Canada Day – Sunday, July 1st Come out to Renfrew Park Community Centre on Sunday, July 1st starting from 12:00 – 4:00 PM to celebrate Canada Day! The Youth Celebrate Canada Day Festival is organized each year by a terrific group of Windermere Secondary Students. This annual event brings together over 1000 attendees of all ages and backgrounds. The youth organizers work diligently all year to highlight the diversity of RenfrewCollingwood through a variety of festivities, including vibrant performances, arts and crafts, carnival-style games, and tasty food vendors. See you there!

next generation but are worried about the tax liability when both of them pass on. They have a few ways to save to cover the tax owing on the vacation property: 1. Saving for it. 2. Sell other assets. 3. Set aside a small amount to fund an insurance policy. Their financial planner Amelia proposes that they use the latter, an estate preservation strategy to fund the tax liability. Margo is fairly healthy while Fred has high cholesterol. They can purchase a permanent life insurance policy, with the proceeds being paid upon the last person’s death to cover the capital gains tax. This funding model alleviates the pressure on the children to pay the taxes. The money will be accessible when the children need it. They will not need to worry about whether other assets can be sold in a timely manner to pay the tax bill or any stock market volatility. And the vacation home stays within the family to enjoy and appreciate in value over time. Ann Wong has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. She holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Financial Management Advisor (FMA) designations and is also a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI). Send an email to ann.wong@awsmgroup. com for an Estate Planning Workbook and a complimentary consultation on wealth preservation strategies.

Fiji Festival – Saturday, July 13th On Saturday, July 13th, join me and thousands of people in celebrating the annual Fiji Festival. The free event encourages communities to come together and celebrate traditional Polynesian, Melanesian and Hawaiian dancing, folk songs, and a Fijian fashion show. This annual event is organized by our neighbour, Vincent. Thank you very much, Vincent for allowing us to live a day the Fijian way! Location: Swangard Stadium, 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby BC Date/Time: Saturday, July 13th from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Congratulations to High School Graduates Another big congratulations to all graduating students from Gladstone and Windermere Secondary Schools. I am delighted to witness this milestone you have worked so hard for. I wish you all the very best in your future endeavours! In the wise words of Dr. Seuss, “You’re off to great places, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…get on your way!” Summer in the Neighbourhood The Collingwood Community Policing Centre is once again hosting movie nights in the park all summer long. Enjoy free popcorn, fun activities, and a familyfriendly movie at sunset! This month’s movies will be playing at Norquay Park on July 5th; Trout Lake on July 12th; Collingwood Park on July 19th; and Kensington Park on July 26th. Also, be on the lookout for free Neighbourhood Small Grant (NSG) events organized by your very own neighbours. For more event information, please contact Sheri Parke at Our community office is open all summer long from Monday to Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Friday by appointment. We would love for you to come by and say hi. Have a question and not sure where to go? Feel free to contact us at (604) 660-0314 or adrian.dix.mla@ My staff and I are here to help you on matters related to provincial government services and ministries. Sincerely, Adrian Dix, MLA Vancouver-Kingsway


July 2019


CNH Community Choir Premiere Concert by Paul Reid

Making good use of Collingwood’s new multipurpose room at the CNH Annex, conductor: Maria A.Valasquez was with her first students as part of the new Community Choir program. This concert, on June 12th, showcased this group who has been practicing since April 3rd. Under Maria’s expert guidance, they entertained the audience with the classics of classical and some popular hits as well. For just over a couple months of practice, those who attended were suitably impressed by this new choir’s skills. Of course, they have been whipped into shape by Maria. With a master’s degree in voice performance, Maria is a professional performer and teacher with a wide background in classical, rock, and pop music. “I love sharing and helping my students to achieve their goals and to accompany them in their musical and personal growing throughout the development of the confidence in themselves.” If you are interested in joining the choir, please contact the Collingwood Neighbourhood House at 604-4350323 or the CNH Annex at 604-428-9142.

The CNH Annex and the choir were very happy to receive a piano for the Annex location. One of the choir participants, Sue Chong, was responsible for this generous donation. Many thanks to Sue! Her wish is that the community benefits from this donation by implementing music classes for children adults and seniors singing together as a community.

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

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

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

Canada Day Weekend Hours of Operation Saturday, June 29th-Monday, July 1st Renfrew Complex will be closed. ********************** Come join us in celebrating Youth Celebrate Canada Day Monday, July 1st 12:00pm-4:00pm Admission is free. See you there rain or shine.

Renfrew Summer Carnival Thursday, July 18th 12:00pm-3:00pm Free for Ages

Come out and enjoy the Summer Carnival at Renfrew Park. There will be lots of free entertainment and all sorts of fun activities and games.

Workshops Matcha Madness: Tea & Cookies (19+yrs) Michelle Chow

In this hands on workshop, you'll learn how to make a delicious batch of matcha cookies. Then we'll teach you how to properly prepare a traditional bowl of matcha to pair with your cookies. 220824 Wed Jul 17 5:00-7:00pm $10/person

Program Highlights

Program Highlights

Kid Zone Tennis Beginner/Intermediate (8-15yrs)

Karate (7-18yrs)

Richard Le We will teach how to hold the proper grip for tennis, hit a forehand, a backhand, serving, footwork and game play for tennis. Held at Slocan Park Tennis Courts (near 29th Ave Skytrain station)

228368 Mon-Fri 228369 Mon-Fri

Jul 8-12 9:00am-12:00pm Jul 22-26 9:00am-12:00pm

LEGO Camps (6-13yrs) Brick Animation

$225/5 sess $225/5 sess

Tomorrow’s Playground

Students will create a mini-movie using a huge variety of LEGO sets including Star Wars, LEGO Friends, LEGO City and many more themes. Students will learn the basic techniques of Brick Animation with LEGO Movie Maker Software, including movement, timing, effects, editing, voice overs, and more. 223729 Tue-Fri Jul 2-5 10:00am-12:00pm $150/4 sess

Beginner Robotics WEDO 1.0

Students will be able to build and program from a variety of Robots featuring working motors and sensors, including a Roaring Lion, Drumming Monkey, Alligator and many more, while exploring a series of cross-curricular theme based activities. 223728 Tue-Fri Jul 2-5 1:00-3:00pm $150/4 sess

Special Events

Alan Chan, Karate BC Karate is the most popular form of martial arts and is practiced world-wide today. Learn the basics of Karate in a safe and fun environment. Advanced students are welcome to join the Beginner time to warm up. Please note: program fee does not include Karate BC membership, test, uniform or sparring gear. Adults and children practice in the same room during classes. No session Aug 5. Beginner/Intermediate 227461 M, Tu, Th Jul 2-Aug 29 7:15-8:45pm $106.25/25 sess Advanced - Brown and Black Belt Levels 227459 M, Tu, Th Jul 2-Aug 29 7:15-9:45pm $118.75/25 sess ...Our downstairs office is closing. Effective July 2nd, 2019 all community centre registration and inquiries will be accommodated at the Complex Office (near the 22nd Avenue entrance on the upper floor). Combining the offices will allow us to extend our hours of service to the following: Monday-Thursday.............................................. 6:00am-9:00pm Friday................................................................. 6:00am-8:30pm Saturday ............................................................ 8:00am-4:30pm Sunday ............................................................ 10:30am-4:30pm

Italiano Luncheon (55+yrs)

Entertainment: Lower Mainland Mandolin Society Menu: Lasagna, Green Salad, Garlic Bread, Tiramisu 220825 Wed Jul 17



Prices do not include tax, if applicable.

Wibit Inflatable Day in the pool

Saturday, July 13th from 3:00pm–5:00pm

Come and join in the fun! *Regular admission rates apply


July 2019


Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)


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

Amlat’si Drop-In – A Welcoming Place for New Indigenous Families The Amlat’si Drop-In program, led by Gisela Briceno, is an Indigenous-focused program for children from 0-6 years old and their extended family. The program includes child development activities with an Indigenous focus, crafts, storytelling, and lots of play. Everyone is welcome, especially young parents, to join us in a friendly, creative, comfortable and supportive place to socialize and learn about Indigenous knowledge, practices and culture. We also do outings throughout the year! Past trips have included Seymour Mountain in the winter and Gibson animal farm in the summer. We plan to visit TsleilWaututh Nation soon. For more info, please call Ana Mateescu at 604-435-0323 ext. 231 or email at

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

July lunch menu Tues 02 Borscht soup White fish pie Salad Blueberry muffin Thurs 04 Salmon or veggie quiche Salad Almond tart

Pictured in pink is Jewel Thomas, Elder from Musqueam Band.

Tues 09 Tomato soup Egg sandwich Cinnamon bun Thurs 11 Grilled chicken or vegetable with salsa on rice Salad Mango pudding Tues 16 Zucchini basil soup Spinach or chicken pie Salad Peach tart Thurs 18 Meat or veggie burger Salad Strawberry jello Tues 23 Vegetable soup Crab or veggie cake with scone Salad Coffee cake

Cedar weaving was done by Rebecca Graham, Environmental Artist and Instructor.

Thurs 25 Meat or veggie Loaf Salad Fruit and ice cream Tues 30 Cream of broccoli Chicken pot pie / veggie pot pie Salad Apple crumble

This page is sponsored by Collingwood Neighbourhood House


July 2019


JULY 2019

Upcoming Events


Collingwood International Film Festival June 21 @ Gaston Park

We would like to thank the 2018-2019 Junior BIA Members from Windermere Secondary School. This year the Junior BIA focused on working with the CBIA with major events and on their annual Case Study they held in April. Telus sponsored the case study this year. Some of the alumni from the Jr. BIA were asked to be judges for the case study. So encouraging to see their legacy being continued. We look forward to possibly an expanded Jr BIA involving other high schools. If you are interested in joining the Jr. BIA and are a high school student in the Renfrew Collingwood area please contact, Angela Evans at

Kubo & the 2 Strings - Japan

Congratulations to the Grade 12 students moving on to their next chapter. All the Best!

A Monster in Paris - France

July 19 @ Collingwood Park Love, Simon Ð RC Pride Committee Aug. 2 @ Gaston Park

Ñ Collingwood International Film Festival Collingwood BIA and the Collingwood Policing Centre are excited tobe th presenting the Collingwood International Film Festival, for its 6 year. Bring your blanket, chairs and snacks. Dates, Location and Title of Movies are on the right. We will be dedicating the July movie night to the Renfrew Collingwood Pride Committee. Come out early to join in the festivities.


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July 2019


COLLINGWOOD International Film Festival 2019

JUNE 21 Gaston Park

Featured Country :JAPAN


August 2

Collingwood Park RenfrewCollingwood Pride

Gaston Park

Featured Country: FRANCE

Bring a chair or blanket

FREE outdoor movies Arrive early for pre-show activites

Movies at dusk Weather permitting

Brought to you by: Collingwood Policing Centre (604) 717-2935 Collingwood BIA (604) 639-4403

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