Renfrew-Collingwood Community News July 2022

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Collingwood Days are back! July 15 — 23 “We are currently preparing for our annual Collingwood Days Festival, which will be happening on July 23rd this year at Gaston Park,” says Community Connections and Celebrations Coordinator Sussan Yáñez. “The week full of community events and workshops starts July 15th and culminates with the community festival at Gaston. “This year we have also introduced a project called Breathing Life Back into Waterways, with the intention to fulfill some of the Truth and Reconciliation calls to action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by making space for Indigenous folks to take leadership on their ancestral territories and to provide newcomers and the Renfrew Collingwood area and its 40,000-plus commuters with educational resources of the living stories of the Indigenous peoples and ecosystems that still thrive through asphalt and concrete.

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Co lli ng wo od Da ys Ju ly 15 - Ju ly 23 Schedule: page 9

“We are bubbling with excitement as we concoct a previously unseen programming for this year’s festival! Please join us from July 15th to the 23rd in our dance, gardening, historical neighbourhood tours, drum making, hide tanning workshops and more!” Look out for the full schedule and calendar in this issue and the website


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Collingwood Corner:

Another view of the Collingwood Theatre at 4926 Joyce Street

by Loretta Houben

Looking south up Joyce Road from Wellington Avenue. A paving crew is hard at work. Notice the wooden plank sidewalks. Source: Vancouver Archives, date unknown One of my favourite hobbies is staring at vintage photos in the Vancouver Archives online. The more I look, the more I see. Some of the photos are blurred, but many are very clear, taken with a good lens. Compared to 2022 and our digital-camera age, there are few images of Collingwood to view from times long past. I therefore appreciate the photographers who lived over 110 years ago and took time to set up their large and ungainly cameras to take these pictures that fascinate so many of us to this day. The photo that startled me recently was taken at the corner of Wellington Avenue and Joyce Street looking south. At the top of it you can clearly see Carleton School, including the original schoolhouse sitting near Joyce and the fire hall in front. Workmen are busily paving Joyce Street, and the spray or smoke from their machines is hitting a large building on the left, which I believe is the Joyce Theatre. I compared this photo with one from a previous article I wrote (RCC News, March 2021) and the buildings across the road match the ones in the other photo. The way the camera took the picture shows things up close and not realistically,

so I’d never noticed what I was looking at before. The Vanness Avenue intersection is further down the road. I used to think the paving machines were right at Vanness. It was a pleasant surprise to discover I was wrong all this time. They are actually close to Wellington Avenue.

Do you enjoy living in the Collingwood area of Vancouver? Do you have a special story or memory to share? We would love to hear about it, and possibly include it in a project to be completed by October 2022. The booklet will be written by Loretta Houben and will include historical facts and photos, along with your stories. Current residents and newcomers to this area will enjoy reading about this popular, growing part of Vancouver. Please email your story (300 words or less) to Loretta Houben at


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Ceremony starts paddling season for Indigenous youth by Julie Cheng On June 3, the C.R.E.W. program out of Collingwood Neighbourhood House hosted a Canoe Awakening Ceremony at Gaston Park. Dozens of well-wishers and program participants, including paddlers from the Metro Vancouver Transit Police Blue Eagle Community Cadets and the Vancouver Police Department Cadet program, took part in the ceremony and community dinner that followed. A free youth-led program, C.R.E.W. (Culture, Recreation, Education and Work) offers Indigenous youth opportunities to participate in outdoor activities, learn canoe and water safety skills, and gain leadership experience and cultural knowledge. In pre-COVID years, they took part in what’s called Pulling Together Canoe Journey. Samantha Nelson has been a member of the Collingwood C.R.E.W. for five years. “The people are nice and welcoming,” she says of C.R.E.W. She has also been part of the Blue Eagle Cadets for two years, calling it “a fun place to be,” and the VPD Cadets for one year, where they challenge her to be her best. Julia George has been involved in C.R.E.W. for two years now. “There’s always something to do, and there’s food,” she says. The Pulling Together journey she took before COVID hit was physically demanding. “It was a lot of arm work, and my butt hurt, too,” she laughed.

Samantha Nelson and Julia George enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of the C.R.E.W. program.

Arthur Stogan Sr., Thelma Stogan and Felecia Stogan (l to r) conducted the Canoe Awakening Ceremony in the Musqueam tradition, waking the canoes after two years out of use due to COVID, and calling on their ancestors to keep paddlers safe on their journeys. Photos by Julie Cheng To learn more about C.R.E.W., contact Eileen Tann at 604-726-CREW (2739) or

Puneet Mall, a Collingwood Neighbourhood House board member, has taken part in Pulling Journeys before, calling them “powerful.” With each pull of the paddle, all the paddlers work together and the spirits help them.


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Letters to the editor

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: Deanna Cheng, Emily Tam, Julie Cheng, Karen Vanon, Karin Bernauer, K.W., Loretta Houben, Paul Reid, Sophia Han

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: July 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.

Carleton School catchment changes Dear editor, I happened to stumble upon a Vancouver School Board Committee meeting in progress online on June 15. (See the agenda on named 22_06June15_Facilities Planning Committee_Full Agenda.pdf .) One of the agenda items was changing the catchment boundary for Carleton. What is being proposed is to divide up the existing catchment between Cunningham, Weir and MacCorkindale. What will the Carleton catchment be? The school site boundary!

If proposed catchment changes are approved, Figure 3 shows an updated VSB catchment boundary map with enlarged Cunningham, Weir and MacCorkindale catchHow to close a school without going through the process ments and the remnant Carleton catchment. of public consultation! Source:VancouverSchoolBoard The school community will supposedly be consulted in June and September regarding the catchment change. Has the community around the school been consulted? I wonder if one of the questions will be: Do you want your child enrolled at the Carleton site? Karin Bernauer

Liquor store input needed by July 15 Hello, Recently the city rejected the application of the Westcoast Liquor Company from opening their store in the space on Rupert and 22nd across from Renfrew Elementary. The company has decided to appeal that decision and wants to continue to plan to use that space for their business despite many neighbours opposing the idea.

be great to send word out for others in this area to know they can submit their comments to oppose this plan because we are a family-oriented neighbourhood and a liquor store so close to two schools [Renfrew Elementary and Windermere Secondary] would not be ideal. The deadline to receive comments is July 15th and the hearing of the decision to appeal or not will be on July 19th. Thank you, K.W.

The neighbours in this area received a card that provides an email to send comments to ( It would

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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 Karen Vanon


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Gladstone & Windermere Graduates and Scholarship Winners Congratulations to the Class of 2022! This is an exciting time for all of you and your families and I wish you all the very best in your future endeavors. I am proud each year to sponsor scholarships for Gladstone and Windermere Secondary students and a full list of winners will be announced soon. Collingwood Days – July 16th to the 23rd It’s back! This year marks the return of Collingwood Days in our neighbourhood. Thank you as always to Angela Evans and everyone at the Collingwood BIA for organizing this weeklong festival that brings together so many in our community. There will be events happening throughout the neighbourhood culminating in the Collingwood Days Marketplace at Gaston Park so check out to see what’s happening throughout the week. Fiji Festival – Saturday, July 16th On Saturday, July 16th, please join me and thousands of others in celebrating the annual Fiji Festival at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby. This free event encourages communities to come together to celebrate traditional Polynesian, Melanesian and Hawaiian dancing, folk songs, and even boasts a Fijian fashion show. This year’s event will be held in memory of Mr. Vincent Prakash who passed away in December 2020. Vincent was the President of the Bula Fiji Association and organizer of the Vancouver Fiji Festival. Preparing for summer heat events Last summer’s unprecedented heat dome impacted all of us in some way, and for some it was tragic. It made it clear we need to do more as a province to be better prepared for extreme heat events. We’ve taken a number of steps to implement the lessons learned from last year’s events to make sure B.C., and our healthcare system, is prepared and resilient during extreme weather events. Thanks to our new BC Heat Alert and Response System, we will be ready to issue alerts for extreme heat emergencies to make sure people are aware and can take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones. This new system also includes a framework on when health and community agencies should enact wellness checks – for those people who may not have anyone close by to check on them. Lastly, if you have a community event that you wish to promote, my community office would be delighted to help spread the word. Please ask us for details on the types of events we can promote at 604-660-0314 or email adrian. dix.mla@leg.bca. My community office is open to provide services to constituents in person with appointments and via phone and email. Please give us a call at 604-660-0314 or email us at, and we will get in touch with you as soon as we can. 聯絡辦事處,請電郵 adrian. 或致電 604-660-0314. 如欲親臨敬 請預約。 Sincerely, Adrian Dix, MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway


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From left to right: Julie Cheng, Carmen Rosen, January Wolodarsky, Emanuela Sheena, Paula Carr and Matthew Sheena. Photo by Gerry Sheena (right) It had been many moons since the Renfrew-Collingwood Arts PowWow was together again. In late June 2022, our beloved leader, Paula Carr, organized an afternoon for just that. The RC Arts PowWow was formed in the late 1990s, and, through a generous grant from the Samuel and Sadie Bronfman Foundation, this group was able to transform our community in so many ways. Gerry and his youth carvers are to thank for the totems at Synala Housing Co-op and Slocan Park as well as CNH’s Multicultural Gateway. Awe-


to all who advertise with the RCCNews! For over 20 years you have been providing the Renfrew-Collingwood community with a voice! To advertise: Contact Lisa at 604435-0323 or email:

some work! Yoko Tomita (not pictured) brought so many beautiful murals to life. Carmen is still bringing us the Renfrew Ravine Lantern Festival and Still Moon Arts. January completely transformed Slocan Park’s playground and fieldhouse, including the Duchess Street Walkway. Emanuela brought us the CNH Aborginal Canoe Club; Julie Cheng and I (not pictured) are still bringing you this amazing community newspaper. It was great to reunite with this fine bunch. Thank you to January and her husband, Austin, for the snacks.


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What’s happening at Collingwood Branch STORYTIMES (Drop-in)

Have you ever wanted to be in a band? Meet friends, make instruments and make some noise – all together now!

Babytime (0–18 months) Thursdays, July 7–Aug. 11 10:30–11:00 am

Tales Together Wednesday, July 20 |2:30–3:30 p.m. For Grades K–3 Join this story program with fun games, rhymes and activities. The adventure changes each time.

Family Storytime (all ages) Weekly on Fridays 10:30–11:00 am


VPL’s Summer Reading Club is a library program for children from kindergarten to Grade 7 that helps kids keep reading skills strong and makes summertime learning fun. Participants receive a reading record and set and track their own goals to earn online badges, collectible stickers and a Summer Reading Club medal at the end of the program. Discover great reads and take part in free activities, challenges, contests and fun programs for the whole family to enjoy. Lego Block Party Saturdays, July 2–Aug. 27 | 2:30–3:30 pm For Grades K–7 Drop in 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 Be in the Band Wednesday, July 13 | 2:30–3:30 p.m. For Grades K–7

Don Davies MP Vancouver Kingsway

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

Tiny Town Wednesday, July 27 | 2:30–3:30 p.m. For Grades K–7 Have you ever wanted to be an architect or city planner? Here’s your chance! Join other kids in creating miniature buildings and then work together to lay out your town.

Get involved Artist survey Are you an artist in the Renfrew-Collingwood area? Collingwood Neighbourhood House wants to hear from you. Please fill out this short survey at . If the form is not accessible to you but would like to provide feedback, please contact . Make Your Mark – Sketching and Visual Art Want to have a relaxing time? Want to learn some art skills? Want to make something special for your friends or loved ones? Come join this free art workshop! You can draw or make some handicrafts you want. A facilitator will guide you so don’t worry about your skills. It is FREE. Drop-ins welcome. Please email Yoko for more details or to register: . Date: Every Thursday Time: 3:30–5:30 pm Venue: Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex Art Studio, 3690 Vanness Avenue Community Kitchen for Newcomers to the Neighbourhood Want to learn some food skills, cooking skills? Want to enjoy some great food with your neighbours? Want some connections? Come join this community kitchen. We will cook different cultural foods each month. Please call or text Ryan at 778-650-5828 or email rng@ or fill in the form https:// . Next date: July 27, 2022 Time: 5–8 pm Venue: CNH Annex Kitchen, 3690 Vanness Avenue


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A popular Asian treat

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If you walk along Kingsway in Renfrew-Collingwood, you will notice many bubble tea shops. Bubble tea is a popular treat in East and Southeast Asia. It is a refreshing beverage that is both a drink and a dessert.

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Bubble tea was invented in Taiwan during the 1980s. The “bubbles” in the drink are soft, chewy balls made from tapioca that are called “pearls” or boba. Originally, the drink was made using milk, red tea and black tapioca balls.

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Nowadays, a bubble tea drink is any drink made from tea, coffee, milk or juice with toppings. Toppings can be ice cream, grass jelly, fresh fruit, shaved ice – anything that tastes delicious in a cool drink. Some drinks even use cream cheese!

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Family-owned bubble tea shops opened in Vancouver during the 1990s. These days, you don’t have to travel far to find a bubble tea shop franchise from Taiwan or China. The stretch of Kingsway between Boundary and Cecil Street alone has 10 shops serving bubble tea. One reason for their popularity is because of the Asian mmigrant population. Another is because they often stay open much later than neighbourhood coffee shops, making them ideal hangouts during summer evenings.


Grass jelly and tapioca pearls in fresh milk from Blackball Taiwanese Dessert. Photo by Sophia Han

Below are a couple of favourite bubble tea shops in RC. This summer, be sure to try as many as you can! Milk & Sugar Cafe 3365 Kingsway

Coco Fresh Fruit & Juice 3275 Kingsway

Gong Cha Renfrew Blackball Taiwanese Dessert 2887 East 12th Avenue 3377 Kingsway Check out Gong Cha Renfrew’s Eating out in RC review by local foodie Emily Tam: eating-out-in-rc-gong-cha-renfrew/ VOCABULARY if – use if at the beginning of a sentence to talk about something that will happen in a situation: “If it rains, we will stay home.” notice – to be aware of something refreshing – something that makes you feel cool both – use both to state two unique facts about the same thing: “Jane is both a teacher and a mother.” invented – to make something for the first time any – use any to say that there is no specific type or kind even – use even before something that is surprising crawl – when you visit many places of the same kind family-owned – owned by one family instead of a large company these days – in the present time franchise – a business that sells products that belong to a corporation stretch – a stretch of road is one part or area along the road alone – by itself: “The rice alone is delicious.” another – use another to talk about an additional thing hangouts – places to spend time



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Kin Balam Xaxli'p Chief Darrell Bob

Featuring performances by:

Peter Yap Hooksheda Indigenous Drum Group CW Rock Band Jaye Simpson as Poet/MC



Thursday July 14 Monday July 18 Pre-Festival Walking Tours Anti-Racism and Equity Bruce MacDonald Panel & Dinner 11:00am-1:00pm 6:00pm-8:30pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm Friday July 15 Renfrew Collingwood Community Development Neighbourhood: Waterways Cement Boxes, Tuesday July 19 Inauguration, Dance Indigenous Futurism & Planting Flowers & Virtual Reality 11:00am Raven John Annex Plaza 11:00am-2:00pm (3960 Vanness Ave) (Location) CPC Movie Night in the Park Wednesday July 20 Storytelling Showcase: 9:00pm Tales Together Collingwood Park Saturday July 16 2:30pm-3:30pm Renfrew Public Library Weaving Traditions & Ecological Future Symposium Garden Walk & Still Moon Arts Society Microgreens Workshop 1:00pm-5:00pm Food Justice Falaise Park 3pm-5pm Sunday July 17 Norquay Food Forest Grand Opening RISE Community Health Centre

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Thursday July 21 Storytelling Showcase: Babytime 10:30-11:00am Renfrew/Collingwood Public Library Arts & Culture: Make your Mark 3:30pm-5:30pm Norquay Food Forest Farmer’s Market & Wine Italian Cultural Centre 6:00pm Italian Cultural Centre Plaza Music in the Park Penny Pom Pom 6:00pm Renfrew Park

Friday July 22 Storytelling Showcase: Family Storytime 10:30-11:00am Renfrew/Collingwood Public Library Drum Making Workshop John Wolf S. 12:00pm-3:00pm Slocan Park Qi Gong Led by Arsenio 11am-12pm Dance Led by Loretta 1:30pm-3pm MOSAIC (5575 Boundary Rd) Movie Night: Monkey Beach Screening Loretta Todd 8:00pm Gaston Park Weekly Workshops: Hide Tanning Suna Galay Norquay Food Forest


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Royal Canadian Legion Branch 179 Update by Paul Reid As the world begins to wake up after two years of COVID blues, we can once again enjoy all of the fun and games that our dear GrandviewCollingwood Legion has to offer: music, sports, darts, pool, affordable beverages, meat-draws ...everyone is welcome to join the fun. RCL#179 CELEBRATES NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY On Saturday, June 18, RCL Branch #179 celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day: honouring and celebrating the contributions of Indigenous veterans and community members. The event featured a variety of vendors, amazing entertainment, delicious food and a beer garden — all outside. And as Murray Porter predicted (and due to his reverse rain dance) the rain did hold off and a fun time was had by all.

The crowd was in for a treat when JUNO winner and Mohawk Blues Piano Man Murray Porter took to the stage. Photos courtesy of RCL Branch #179

The highlights included wonderful sets from the talented Murray Porter and Daisy Joe. The Artisan Market featured jewelery, carvings, candles, instruments, bannock and more! Randy Tait was the wonderful emcee for the day. A great big thank you went to Donna Harrison, who worked so hard to get the event up and running in a short period of time. Melanie Mark, the MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, expressed her gratitude and support for the work that Donna and the RCL #179 had done in celebrating the contributions of Indigenous community members.

Murray was a hard act to follow, but Daisy Joe held her own, gracing us with her fine guitar, ukelele and singing skills.

Donna thanked all of the RCL #179 volunteers who wanted this event to be a success. This event couldn’t have happened without all of their support and enthusiasm and the branch looks forward to building on this event in the years to come.

MEAT DRAW AND 50/50 Meat and 50/50 draws every Friday and Saturday from 5 pm to 7 pm with draws taking place every half hour. LIVE MUSIC Jimmy’s Jam: first Thursday of ev- Emcee Randy Tait with RCL Branch Seargantery month 7 to 11 pm and live bands at-Arms Karl Hartlan. on Saturday nights. See you there.

Manager at Branch #179 and event organizer, Donna Harrison; Branch #179 President, Diane Janes, and MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, Melanie Mark acknowledge emcee Randy Tait. The branch wanted to recognize and celebrate the First Nations, Inuit and Metis veterans who made many impressive contributions over the years. Thank you for your service.



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Eating out in RC: Yummy Slice Pizza by Emily Tam

Yummy Slice Pizza #2 – 2889 Grandview and Renfrew 604-564-6123 Yummy Slice Pizza has been open in Renfrew-Collingwood for one year now, as of June 1st. They have seven locations across Vancouver and Richmond that were previously named Fresh Slice, but they rebranded all these locations overnight. This joint is available on UberEats, SkipTheDishes and DoorDash, and they also have their own delivery vehicle. I would highly recommend picking up or calling the store directly for delivery to ensure that all proceeds to directly our local Yummy Slice Pizza. I had the opportunity to try their delicious pizza last month as they invited me to promote their one-year anniversary deal. As a celebration, all their locations offered any eight extra-large slices for only $11.99. It was the perfect occasion for me to try new pizza flavours since I am the type to always get Hawaiian pizza (I still ordered a few slices of their Hawaiian and it was defiThe Hawaiian is sure to be a favourite. nitely my favourite). Though their celebration is over, I would support this local business by grabbing a quick bite while satisfying all our pizza cravings. With so many businesses popping up in RC, it’s the perfect place to grab an inexpensive team lunch. Other than Hawaiian pizza, I also enjoyed the Pesto Chicken and Yummy Meat pizzas. My foodie adventures have led me to enjoying pesto in all my dishes, which I previously never ordered. The next time I have a family gathering, I will definitely order from Yummy Slice so we can all try a variety of new pizza flavours! From my experience, it’s always fun to do a blind taste test – just make sure no one has allergies before doing this.

Any 8 XL slices from the warmer: BBQ chicken bacon, pesto chicken, cheese, yummy meat, Italian, the Canadian, pepperoni and veggie lovers.

Find more of Emily Tam’s food reviews on her Instagram page, @ hungrygirl_ emily.

Yummy Slice Pizza Grandview recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. Photos by Emily Tam


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JULY 2022 Collingwood BIA Expansion The Collingwood BIA has officially begun the process of surveying the businesses and property owners. They will be emailed, or hand delivered. You can also answer the survey here: Collingwood BIA Expansion Survey link: 216e-43ca-49a8-8d47-8b89f46ab110

Coming Events July 1 Canada Day July 15 - 23 Collingwood Days July 23 Collingwood Days Festival @ Gaston Park

List us know your top 3 priorities: __ Maintenance: Street Cleaning, graffiti & needle removal __ Safety & Security __ Advocacy __ Street Beautification __ Parking Issues __ Special Events __ Other Email your choices to Collingwood Days July 15 – 23, 2022 Full Event Schedule at The schedule of events has something for everyone everyday from July 15 – 23rd. Two movie nights July 15 & 22nd. One of the movies will be Monkey Beach. The movie was written and directed by a local director, Sarah Todd. This movie takes us on an indigenous journey of a young woman. From the street of the Downtown East Side back to her home town near Kitimat. More information can be found on the Collingwood Days website. See insert in this issue.

How to Reach Us: @shopcollingwoodvancouver @shopcollingwood @shopcollingwood

Office: #300 – 3665 Kingsway,

On July 23rd at Gaston Park from 10- 4pm The final day of Collingwood Days. There will be a mainstage, learning and drum circles, Kid Zone and the Marketplace booths. We will focus on our Natural lands and waterways. Looking forward to seeing all your lovely faces again.

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ReClaim Your Name by Deanna Cheng Racialized people and people of colour explored the story of their name, all versions of it, in an online workshop at the end of May.

wondering what it could have been if not for the Spanish colonialism and imperialism of the Philippines in the 1800s. In a short documentary played in the workshop, dela Cruz talked about being the first in her family to grow up away from the Philippines and the pain of losing access to her grandparents, food and culture. “It’s a shock to immigrate.” Clinical counsellor Michelle Wing (Winter Bamboo) helps those who feel disconnected and figures out how intergenerational traumas are embedded. One example of how they reconnect their patient to one’s roots is assigning the patient to find a relative to help learn the language.

Jotika Chaudhary Collingwood Neighbourhood House and Jotika Chaudhary, an expressive art therapist and interdisciplinary artist, guided the conversation and provided an opportunity for everyone to reflect on the pressure many racialized folks feel to westernize their names to be accepted. Today, there’s also a growing movement to reclaim one’s birth or ethnic names and normalize it within local communities and societies. Chaudhary, a queer woman of colour with a chronic illness, said white supremacy creates insecurities surrounding our names and this includes the lack of space for those whose names don’t reflect gender. “By reclaiming our names, we are demonstrating that respecting all forms of our names is a vital part of anti-racism.” When talking about the story of their names, participants shared a range of emotions from pride to shame to confusion. In a word cloud where they contributed anonymously, “community” was one of the bigger words. Collingwood Neighbourhood House systems change community developer and event co-host Maria dela Cruz went through her own journey, knowing and not knowing her name and


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Wing’s great aunt Mona was the one who gave them their Chinese name “Winter Bamboo.” Though the great aunt was born here in Strathcona with Wing’s grandpa, her great aunt left and was adopted in China. Later, Wing’s great aunt came back to Canada as a postal bride. Due to her lived experience in China, great aunt Mona became the name giver in the community, and she gave Wing “Winter Bamboo” because they were born in January (winter time) and bamboo is a strong and resilient plant.

CNH Youth summer programs C.R.E.W. Indigenous Youth Program Weekly cultural, recreational, and community building summer activities for Indigenous youth. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and select weekends.

Youth Centre Summer Programs Drop in and take part in our wide range of recreational, art, and cooking programs Tuesday to Saturday evenings! Want more? Come out on Thursdays for weekly out trips across the Lower Mainland.

Peer 2 Peer Program Summer Programs Wellness and social justice activities, workshops, 2SLGBTQ+ programming, walking tours, field trips, and picnics galore! Join us as we explore important topics, give back to our community, and have fun while we are at it! Tuesdays, Wednesday, & Fridays.

Youth Settlement Summer Programs From music, to digital arts and design, to professional development, and recreational activities -- Youth Settlement has a variety of activities for newcomer youth to enjoy. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Registration Required!

For more info check out OR e-mail

ALL GENDERS YOUTH PRIDE & BOBA OUTING! Saturday, July 23rd 12-5pm

In the film, dela Cruz shared a beautiful depiction of the word “diaspora.” To be part of the diaspora, she said, is like dandelion seeds. “We spread and thrive where we are.” This event was developed by Elimin8Hate, the advocacy arm of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival.

TL;DR: Come with us to Burnaby Pride (12-2:30) and the Bubble Tea fesstival (3-5pm)! Meeting in front of CNH at 11:30AM! Reach out to Ry ( if you'd like to come with us!


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Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)


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

CNH Board call for nominations

Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) is accepting nominations for its Board of Directors. This is an exciting time to join our Board as we move on from the pandemic to continue and develop as a vibrant organization. Applicants should live and/or work in RenfrewCollingwood, have a broad understanding of the neighbourhood, feel committed to becoming engaged in improving all aspects of our neighbourhood, and be able to bring expertise and perspectives that increase our organization’s capacity to be equitable and inclusive. We are interested in hearing from people from all backgrounds and ages but are especially interested in applicants who are between the ages of

21-29 or are 55-plus. We are also interested in hearing from individuals who live with a disability. This year we have a particular need for those who have experience in health care, religious/ spiritual associations, and knowledge of government. We are also particularly interested in candidates with relevant lived experience or who are representative of a historically marginalized group. The CNH Board of Directors is committed to an anti-oppressive, anti-racist approach to its work and welcomes those who thrive in a vibrant, welcoming environment. Our Strategic Plan has three strategic priorities: l Connect with and be more accessible, equi-

table and inclusive for people in the community. l Build community capacity to advocate for the future of the people in Renfrew-Collingwood. l Invest in our organizational foundation to support our sustainability and growth. Applicants should be able to spend 8-10 hours per month on Board-related work and be able to commit to a three-year term, starting this October. The deadline for applications is July 8; members of the Board’s Nominations Committee will be contacting applicants during the following two weeks. If you are interested, please contact Board President Leila Trickey at

CNH announces scholarship for Early Childhood Education The Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) Board of Directors is proud to provide a scholarship of $750.00 in honour of long-term staff member Nina Vacca.

was also a childcare worker in the Families Branching Out Program and Family Place. She always showed a lot of love and care in the work she did with children.

Nina passed away in 2021. Nina arrived to Canada as a refugee and was a lifelong learner; she pursued her Early Childhood Education Certificate later in life.

Her contributions and work did not stop with her caring for children at CNH: she volunteered in her community every year to organize events for the Chilean community.

Nina worked at CNH as a manager of the LINC Childcare Program; she

At CNH we want to celebrate Nina’s legacy by offering this schol-

This page is sponsored by Collingwood Neighbourhood House

arship to refugee and immigrant women. To apply, please complete the application online at or get an application form from reception at CNH Joyce and email it to info@ The deadline for applications is Friday, July 22, 2022 at 5 p.m. Nina Vacca



July 2022

CNH Summer Programs:

Registration Now Open

By Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Children’s 2022 Summer Recreation Programs Adult’s 2022 Summer Recreation Programs Dance Fusion Maximum number of participants: 14 Hatha Yoga (Annex) Children ages 6-12 can look forward Instructor: Andrea (Jenny) Ayala Everyone is welcome to immerse into Instructor: Vicky Kenn to a summer of gymnastics, arts Mondays, 7:00 – 8:00 pm the world of rhythm, graceful motion, Tuesdays & Thursdays (starts and crafts, and more in our summer $60.00/12 Sessions; $6 Drop-in and beauty. Camp practices will focus July 7), 7:00 -- 8:15pm programs, starting July 2022! These Maximum number of participants: 18 on flexibility and general physical $60.00/12 Sessions; $6 Drop-in programs provide a fun and safe The easy-to-follow dance-fitness fitness. We will be going outside after Maximum number of participants: 14 learning environment where they can 2022 February choreography to popular Latin and lunch to do exciting activities, weathSlow your life down and join us for play and beef up their skills and techComing Events radio hits in this high-energy danceer permitting. a relaxing yoga class. Increased niques in sports and the arts, fitness fusion class will get your heart strength, balance,February stamina and body while also meeting new friends. To 1 Happy LunarArts New Year – 2022 Year of awareness the pumping and sweat dripping while and Crafts are some benefits you sign up, please call 604-435-0323. Chinese Lunar New Year a blast. These routines incorTiger having Instructor: Julieta Hernandez can attain from Hatha Yoga. Please Learn more about the programs’ porate interval training, alternating Ages 6 to 9 wear loose, comfortable clothing. health and safety guidelines by going February 2 Chinese Lunar New Year – February 12 fast and slow rhythm to help improve Monday - Friday, 9:30am-3pm to our website at Ground Hog Day cardiovascular fitness PLUS using Weekthe 1: July 4-8of the lion dancers visitZumba Collingwood will have return th between weights with some routines for tonWeek 2:19 July 11-15 Instructors: Mika February & Kayo12 Gymnastics Summerbusinesses Camp on February 11:30 am. – 1:30p.m. ing. All ages and levels of fitness are $140 full day Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 pm Instructor: Lucinda Donaldson We invite you to join in the number parade of and celebrating of the(Annex), Chinese Newpm Year Lion Dance welcome. Maximum participants: 12 the Year Thursdays 5:30 – 6:30 Ages 6 to 12 Tiger. Children will learn a variety of visual Monday - Friday, 9-4pm 11a.m. – 1p.m. Badminton art media,contact methodsAngela and contents in a Saturdays, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm July 4-8; 11-15; 18-22;To 25-29 register your business at February 14 Supervisor: Jimmy To free-flowing, fun environment where $60.00/12 Sessions; $6 Drop-in August 2-5 (no class on August 1); Thursdays, 6:45 – 8:25 pm children can discover, experience Maximum number of participants: 14 8-12; 15-19; 22-26 Valentine’s Day Sundays, 10:15 – 12:15 pm and share the joy of the creative pro(Annex), 18 (Main House) Full day (9am-4pm): $150.00/week; $51.00/12 Sessions; $5 Drop-in February 21 cess. Techniques will include paint$120 for first week of August Covid – Updates: Maximum number of participants: 18 ing, collage, casting, relief and using Zumba Toning Half-day (9am-12pm): $75/week; $60 Family Day All businesses must reinstate COVID-19 Safety Plans. B.C. employers will once A CNH favourite, badminton will help recycled materials to create forms. Instructors: Claudia & Elizabeth for first week of August again be required to perform an assessment and address protective controls for sharpen your reflexes and develop Tuesdays, 7:15 – 8:15 pm Maximum number of participants: 25 their workplaces in their Plans, and can include: your racquet skills! The gym can be Summer Sports Camp Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am This camp, run by Gym Sense workersDaniel to workPetkovic remotely or from home, if$60.00/12 possible, Sessions; $6 Drop-in divided into four courses so we’ll be Instructor: Gymnastics Education, will create•anpermitting workers to stay at home when they are feeling ill, playing doubles throughout the proAges 9 to 12 Maximum number of participants: 18 atmosphere of fun and excitement• facilitating • placement of physical barriers between workers, whenApossible, gram. All skill levels welcome. Monday - Friday, 1-3pm typical Zumba lasts about an hour that encourages participants to safely • return to zone-based access to worksites, Week 1: August 2-5 (Soccer; no class and incorporates several dance learn new gymnastics skills and and mixing among workers in the workplace, Soccer oncrowding August 1) styles, including cumbia, bachata, techniques. This program will edu-• reducing • cleaning and hand washing procedures Supervisor: Omid Azarpendar Week 2: August 8-12 (Basketball) meringue, salsa, reggaeton, mambo, cate, challenge, and entertain young • requiring face3: masks when in all (Soccer) common areas. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30 – Week August 15-19 and belly dance. The Latin music children. Weather permitting, we will 10:15 pm Week 4: August 22-26 (Basketball) includes both fast and slow rhythms, go outside to do fun and exciting field WorkSafe BC has updated its Safety Plan Planning Tool. $51.00/12 Sessions; $5 Drop-in $56.00 for Week 1; $70 for Week 2, allowing for a great cardio workout trips. Covid protocols and Provincial Health Orders are continuing Maximum number of participants: 18 3, and 4 as welltoas body sculpting exercises. change, and we encourage you to follow the news and go to the This recreation soccer program is a Maximum number of participants: 12 Zumba classes are for ALL ages – no Mixed Media website frequently great way too stay in-shape and meet A fun class for anyone who loves to experience necessary. Most songs Instructor: TBA new friends in your community. The play soccer and basketball. Learn are pre-choreographed, so the more Ages 7 to 12 program is popular so register early to play the most beautiful game one classes you attend the easier it gets! Monday - Friday, 9:30am-3pm Vancouver to ensure your spot. People of all skill and learn how to improve your Week 1: August 2-5 Love your City –week levels are welcome. shooting and handles the next. This Yoga & Movement Therapy Week 2: August 8-12 The City of Vancouver has 22 BIAs representing diverse will emphasize basic fundaInstructor: Eda Ertan $120 for Week 1; $150commercial for Week 2 areas.class For the month of February, the Vancouver Volleyball mentals and drills. Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm Maximum number of participants: 12 BIA Partnership will be showcasing the treasures in our beautiful Supervisor: Omid Azarpendar $60.00/12 Sessions; $6 Drop-in A fun and messy class of creation, city. Check out onNote: social media: #loveyourcity for information on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30 – Creative Writing has been Maximum number of participants: 14 learning, and making new friends. contests and giveaways throughout the city. Visit the Clock 10:15 pm cancelled You will be guided through intelligent, Acrylic painting, watercolour, paintTower the Mel Tobias Plaza (Joyce and Kingsway) for a photo $51.00/12 Sessions; $5 Drop-in gentle and compassionate sequencing, ink, printmaking, and moreatart op with many hearts. Tell us what you love most about Maximum number of participants: 36 ing tothe access, release and heal techniques will be involved. Thethe main How to Reach Us: City. Join us in a social game of volleyball physical tensions, mental stresses project will be step-by-step, 3D mixed @shopcollingwoodvancouver where you can bump, set, and spike and emotional blockages. You will be media creation. Come and have fun @shopcollingwood to your heart’s content. Join friends led through calming and short mediwhile creating masterpieces. @shopcollingwood Collingwood Micro Improvement Grants – and meet new people form your comtations that can transform your mindmunity while enjoying friendly games set. You will learn to access healing Rhythmic Gymnastics Deadline March 4, 2022 of volleyball. All skill levels are welmethods through breathing practices Instructor: Olympia Rhythmic GymThe Covid Micro Grants helped over 20 businesses earlier this In this class we will be using modalinastics come. Office: year and the CBIA is extending the program. Grants upties to of Traditional Chinese medicine, Ages 6 to 12 #300Compassionate – 3665 Kingsway, $1,000 are available to businesses to make improvements to Neuroscience, and Monday - Friday, 10am-3pm Vancouver, BC V5R 5W2 Week 1: August 2-5 their exterior and interior. For more information email Movement and Breath. T: 604.639.4403 Week 2: August 8-12 or clink on link to the application: E: $120 for Week 1; $150 for Week 2





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