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Mobile City Hall launches at Collingwood Neighbourhood House Repurposed fire command unit will regularly visit Renfrew-Collingwood by Shadi Maceac If you popped by Collingwood Neighbourhood House on May 8, then you likely experienced a revolutionary moment in Vancouver history. Mayor Gregor Robertson, city councillor Tony Tang and a group of spectators launched Pop-Up City Hall, a mobile version of the Vancouver city hall.

May 8, Mayor Gregor Robertson, city councillor Tony Tang and a group of spectators launched Pop-Up City Hall, a mobile version of the Vancouver city hall. Photos by Marie Manansala

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Pop-Up City Hall is a new way for make city services accessible to the citizens of Vancouver. Rather than having to commute to the city hall on Cambie and West 12th Avenue, residents can pop by the Pop-up City Hall wherever it is parked. It is a repurposed fire command unit that allows local residents to pay for a parking ticket, book a wedding in the park, register to vote, apply for a license, sign up for an earthquake preparedness workshop, pick up a bike map, inquire about programs, register their hens and even pick up recycling bins and bags. CNH executive director Jennifer Gray-Grant, also a Continued on page 2

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Mobile City Hall Continued from page 1 of the Mayor’s Task Force on Civic Engagement, explained that the idea to create a mobile city hall came about through consultations with residents who said it was inconvenient to have to travel to city hall for so many services. It was included as one of the recommendations in the Task Force’s final report, released earlier this year. The launch of the Pop-Up City Hall at CNH attracted an eclectic group of neighbourhood residents from different linguistic groups and ages, and everybody enjoyed the free popcorn. Residents immediately started gathering information from city staff, collecting recycling bins and, in at least one case, registering to vote.

Pop-Up City Hall will be parked around the city this summer. For more information and a schedule of locations the mobile unit will visit, and a copy of the Engaged City Task Force’s final report visit Based on resident feedback and use of the mobile service, the city will decide whether it will continue to offer the Pop-Up City Hall beyond this summer.



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Speakers wanted for TEDxRenfrewCollingwood

Are you full of ideas? Do you want to share them? Here’s how! Come speak at this year’s TedxRenfrewCollingwood. Organizers are looking for unique, motivated and passionate people who are willing to share their knowledge and vision with the world. TedxRenfrewCollingwood has brought together innovative speakers and members of the Renfrew-Collingwood community who connected with each other through the sharing of ideas. “It’s about collaboration over competition, reaching out to others and helping others to do the same, giving people talking points and encouraging action. It’s for sharing knowledge and leaving people with new wonders, arming them with new viewpoints and ideas,” says Gemma Scott, TEDxRenfrewCollingwood organizer. Last year’s event saw speakers such as Bertha Clark, the Soul Poet, Jerry Ewen, the Play Doctor, and Anna Makosinski, the young scientist whose invention, the body heat powered flashlight, was recently showcased on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. This year’s TedxRenfrewCollingwood will take place on Saturday, October 25th at Windermere Secondary School. It is a day-long event and speakers will get 18 minutes to present their talk under the theme Rock, Paper, Scissors. All presentations will be recorded and shared with the world via TED’s YouTube channel. The opportunity to speak is open to anyone—as long as you have an idea and are willing to share it. “It’s a personal journey for many speakers, it’s often cathartic and it’s always personally rewarding,” says Gemma Scott.

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To nominate a speaker or to apply to speak yourself email speakers@ by Friday, June 20th, 2014. About TEDx In the spirit if ideas worth spreading TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TEDlike experience. TEDxRenfrewCollingwood is an independently organized event, indicated by the “x.” The 2013 TEDxRenfrewCollingwood speakers celebrate the great At TedxRenfrewCollingwood, success of their talks. Photo by Michael J. P. Hall TEDTalks, video and live speakers will combine to spark discussion and connection in a small group. The annual TED conference media initiatives include, The TED conference provides invites the world’s leading where new TEDTalks are posted general guidance for the TEDx thinkers and doers to speak daily, and the Open Translation program, but individual TEDx for 18 minutes. Their talks are Project, which provides subtitles events, including the one in then made available for free at and interactive transcripts as well Renfrew-Collingwood, are self TED speakers have as the ability for any TEDTalk organized. included Bill Gates, Al Gore, to be translated by volunteers Jane Goodall, Sir Richard worldwide. About TED Branson, Isabel Allende and TED is a nonprofit organization U.K. prime minister Gordon Find TED on Facebook at facebook. devoted to Ideas Worth Brown. com/TED and follow on @ Spreading. Started as a four-day TEDTalks on twitter. conference in California 25 years The annual TED conference ago, TED has grown to support takes place on the West Coast; For more information about TED’s those world changing ideas with TEDGlobal is held each year upcoming conferences, visit http:// multiple initiatives. in Edunburgh, U.K. TED’s


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Celebrate Canada Day at Renfrew Park Community Centre 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: Davie Beattie, Cari Chan, Deanna Cheng, Loretta Houben, Shadi Maceac, Paul Reid, Princess Tettey, Sam To, Shirley Wong, Susan Wong

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.

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Join the family fun July 1, 1:00 pm Youth Celebrate Canada Day is back Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Renfrew Park Community Centre (2929 East 22nd Avenue)! This year commemorates Canada’s 147th birthday. The event is organized by driven youth from Windermere Secondary, who very excited to be hosting it once again. Bring your family and friends for a fun and lively time filled with music, dances, and more entertainment by talented local performers. In the past, we have had performances from the Windermere Vocal Ensemble, Chinese senior dancers and lion dancers. We also had notable speakers including our current MP Don Davies and MLA Adrian Dix. There were also fun activities including a watermelon eating contest, arts and crafts and raffle draws.

The Renfrew/Collingwood Community News is an initiative of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH).

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The goal is to create a memorable family-friendly event that promotes diversity and multicultural connections within the community. The festivities kick off at 1:00 pm and will continue throughout the afternoon, so come on down to Renfrew Park Community Centre on Canada Day and enjoy the celebration that the event brings! We hope to see you there to celebrate the birthday of our country!


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The Youth Celebrate Canada Day team is planning to make the event this year just as exciting and engaging for the people in the Renfrew-Collingwood community. There are many ways for people of all ages to participate during this annual local event, including different games such as relay races. Look out for the food booths and other vendors.

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Family Tree Tips for Finding Clues in Old Notebooks or Journals by Loretta Houben My paternal grandma, Alma May Williams, died 10 years ago. She was in a care centre for 16 years and couldn’t keep too many personal belongings. Old photos, a book of memoirs, a pile of musty notebooks and newspaper clippings were passed on to my dad at the end of her life. Probably you have a box or two like this in your possession. To a family tree researcher it can be like rare treasure! Grandma had often told me she was writing her memoirs and I had to wait over 20 years before I finally read through the hand-written pages. She had quite a knack for writing, and scenes from her childhood long ago in South Wales in a mining town are brought to life in her journal, along with her early married life and what Vancouver was like during the Second World War. I’m so glad she took the time to jot her memories down before dementia set in. I’ve gone through the notebooks numerous times. Here is an assortment of what I discovered. On one page, Grandma listed her ration book numbers for herself and her family. They each begin with VR followed by six numbers. The Canadian government rationed certain food during the Second World War, and each child and adult had a book issued in 1942 and used until 1947. This meant they were restricted on sugar, tea,


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butter, meat and other basics. Many people had victory gardens to help their diet. During the war years grandma preserved fruit in quarts: apricots, peaches, plums, blueberries, rhubarb, cherries, pears and strawberries. In Grandma’s piano certificate from 1917 and 1945 she canned a her notebooks. Photo by Loretta Houben total of 288 quarts of fruit, the most prolific year. Yes, it’s all written items are like a window opened onto the past. We get a glimpse in a small notebook in her of daily living in our ancestor’s handwriting. lives and we understand more clearly what it was like in “the There are also notebooks good old days.” carefully listing the price of groceries. In March 1942, six Passports, citizenship papers, loaves of bread cost 33 cents. receipts for items purchased, One nightgown was 95 cents, birth certificates and wills can butter was 37 cents, and milk also be found in our relatives’ was 10 cents. A belt was 19 belongings. Whether historical, cents, pants were $1.98, a relevant or personal, such saucepan was $1.29, and a haircut was 30 cents. Rent for a items are a delight to discover and should be cherished and house in July 1942 was $14! shared with other family members. My grandparents purchased a house on three lots at 3177 East 22nd Avenue in the Collingwood Next month we will look at using Google maps to pinpoint area in 1943 for $1,900. It was where your ancestors lived. surrounded by fruit trees, from which grandma canned 400 Loretta Houben is a member of the quarts of fruit. The oldest piece of paper in the box is a certificate from 1917. It shows Alma May earning honours in a piano exam when she was nine years old. These

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What’s happening at Collingwood Branch Library, 2985 Kingsway Children’s Programs

Family Board Games – drop in Board games and puzzles for the whole family always available in the children’s area (with a wider selection available all day on Saturdays).

This spring enjoy lots of free kids’ and family-friendly programs at the Collingwood Branch library. Lego Block Party – drop in Children of all ages make friends while they express their creativity with Lego! A program for children aged 5 to12 years. Lego provided (and Duplo for smaller hands). Please note children under 8 years must be accompanied by a guardian. Tuesday evening, June 3, 7:008:00pm

Summer Reading Club Our regular Babytime and Family Storytime programs take a break during the month of June, but starting June 13, school-aged kids can sign up for Funny Business – BC’s Summer Reading Club 2014. Members may attend exciting programs, play games, win great prizes and gain incentives to read, read, read. A great addition to summer fun!

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Get Involved Just Say HELLO announces “intervention” as part of 100 In 1 Day Vancouver On Saturday, June 7 commuters at the Joyce-Collingwood Skytrain station are in for a nice surprise: a mock living room where they will be wined and dined—but only on condition they stay and chat awhile and befriend their neighbours. The event is part of the global 100 in 1 Day series, a movement started two years ago that prompts citizens to come up with low-cost, creative one-day events intended to liven up their cities and especially to promote citizen interaction ( vancouver). The Just Say Hello Society of BC, a registered non-profit, is dedicated to eroding social isolation, first and foremost in Metro Vancouver (https:// 059381550/?fref=ts). The society has created a new group on the social networking site - the Joyce-Collingwood Social Circle. The Hello Society’s “intervention” on June 7 will be one of scores planned for the day. Hello founder and lead organizer David Beattie explained how it would work. Right outside the eastern entrance and exit of the Skytrain station is a sizeable open area, part concrete and part lawn. A living room—complete with sofas, easy chairs, a coffee table, lamps, rugs and even a stereo—will be the main feature. It is an ideal location to entice commuters to sit, put their feet up and enjoy chilled alcohol-free wine or juice, or in the event of cold weather they will be offered coffee, tea or hot chocolate. They will also be served a range of small eats. Beattie said those who succumb to the “bribes” of food and drink will be encouraged to stay and chat awhile with others from the neighbourhood. Mandarin and Cantonese speakers will be on hand to translate where necessary. In particular, people will be informed of the Joyce-Collingwood Social Circle, which will meet twiceweekly at the Bamboo Cafe, which is directly across the road from the transit hub.

Share your Still Creek stories It’s not too late to share your memories and experiences with Still Creek. Whether its building forts along the ravine, taking part in the Moon Festival, or hearing stories from your grandparents, we want to hear from you and learn more about how Still Creek has impacted the community. You can: • Contact Carmen at carmen@ to submit a story • Send us a video or photos at mail@, or on our Facebook/ Twitter/In

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Source: Sunday, June 29, July 27 and August 31, 10:00 am–noon Meet at 29th Avenue and Atlin Street, east of the German-Canadian Gardens across from the 29th Avenue Skytrain Station RSVP: Contact Dana McDonald at or 604689-0766 ext.28 On the last Sunday of every month, Evergreen organizes a ravine cleanup at Renfrew Ravine. Meet at 29th Avenue and Atlin on the German plaza (across the street from the 29th Avenue Skytrain station). Snacks and refreshments are provided. Come down, help our community and the local ecosystem and meet new friends! Activities include monitoring water quality, removing invasive species and replacing them with native plants.


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Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture presents two events in June 2014 On Wednesday, June 4, sylvi macCormac and the Horizon bring an intimate concert with material from their forthcoming album The Feather. Presented in partnership with Vancouver Adapted Music Society. The Feather is sylvi’s fifth CD, and will feature a book and DVD. It is being recorded at the Vancouver Adapted Music Society’s fullyaccessible recording studio and will be released in spring 2015. On June 12, Kim Clark and Robyn Levy perform Sexy Sick Chick Lit. Come for the performance, stay for the question-and-answer. We welcome volunteers at all our events—working the door, helping with refreshments, selling memberships, hanging our banner, and providing assistance to the audience in whatever way necessary. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch. Email or phone 604-809-5871.

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Nootka school’s 50th anniversary celebration a huge success Families flock to Nootka’s Spring Carnival and playground fundraiser by Deanna Cheng In one corner of the field, kids jumped frantically on the giant yellow bouncy castle while in another corner, crowds enjoyed the entertainment and info booths under the festive white tents. A red fire truck parked beside the gym blasted music from the covered area. On May 3, families with strollers and umbrellas flocked to Nootka’s Spring Carnival and Auction event to celebrate the school’s 50th birthday. Proceeds from the carnival will cover the Nootka Parent Advisory Council’s budget and the rest will go towards a new playground. “It was a huge success,” said Hollie Brooks, carnival organizer and volunteer on Nootka PAC’s fundraising committee. “We raised around $15,000 for the playground.” “We sold over 500 hot dogs and there was still a demand,” she said.

A dapper Jeff Brooks coaxes people to enter Nootka’s 50/50 draw. Photo by Sam To

The family who sold the pulled pork sandwiches has catering experience and prepared 250 sandwiches. “They sold out too.” Brooks was blown away from all the people who showed up and she was happy to see how the PAC committee and its volunteers reached Grade 3 teacher David Epp braves the cold and light rain as “the dunk guy.” A out beyond couple kids succeeded. Photo by Sam To the Nootka community through social Assistance Class for kids grades media and flyers. “It was the 4 to 7. first time we did this and we didn’t know if there’d be Nootka alumni supported the 50 people or hundreds of carnival, spreading the word. people.” Anna Altwein, a teen volunteer at the giant Jenga station, According to Vancouver School said, “My friend used to go to Board archives, the school this school and when there are was originally named Lord volunteer opportunities, she Beaconsfield Annex and the lets quite a few of us know.” official opening was November A couple of Grade 12 physics 27, 1959. It became Nootka students stopped by, she said, Elementary on December 6, and decided to break the record 1963 with 352 kids in total. for the highest Jenga. The original record was 19 blocks Being named Nootka, the school high. The physics students set a grand opening had an “Indian” new record with 32 blocks. theme. “Six large foot totem “Two nine-year-olds beat it poles made of heavy cardboard after that,” Altwein said. “They were placed throughout the got it at 33 blocks. They were school,” according to the the sisters of the grade 12s and Nootka history book. they were, ‘have to beat them.’ Large “Indian”-theme murals “I did help them out a little,” graced display boards and little she admitted. cardboard “Indians” pointed directions to visitors and Family members helped out guests. where they could. Portrait artist Faron Mar held a charcoal, Today Nootka has 428 students deliberating the next stroke with three programs: the on the white paper as a young Volunteer Anna Altwein helped regular kindergarten to grade 7 girl squirmed in her chair. “I two determined nine-year-olds curriculum, a fine-arts program volunteer because my nephew break the Jenga record their and an Extended Learning comes to this school.” older siblings had set. Photo by Sam To

RENFREW COLLINGWOOD COMMUNITY NEWS As for the playground, Brooks said: “The Vancouver School Board deemed the wooden structure unsafe and it has to come down by 2016. They don’t pay for it. PAC, the parents, are supposed to be responsible for it.” Claire Fogal, volunteer on the


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playground committee, said the first item would be a net climber. “The net climbers were most voted by kids. It’s about $40,000 for one.” The vision for the playground includes an amphitheatre for outdoor classes, where teachers can educate the kids about

nature, and, in the final phase, a circuit track around the gravel field, a new painted surface for the basketball court and an outdoor mural of the Nootka rose. Fogal estimates it’d cost about $150,000 for everything.

visit www.NootkaPlayground. ca. Those who wish to donate can contact Leanne Barlow at Deanna Cheng is a journalism student at Langara College. Her journalism portfolio is at dmwcheng.wordpress. com.

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Beatriz Ohep got into the spirit of it with her kids, Dylan (left) and Matias (right). “It’s carnival!” she said. Photo by Sam To

Special thanks to our funders, sponsors and community partners! Abantu, Active Copies, Art House in the Field (ArHF), Aardvark Armadillo Tents Inc, Bamboo Café, Junior BIA, PartyWorks Interactive, Paws Squad Canine Club, RC Aboriginal Canoe Club, RC Multicultural Artists’ Network, RC Community Newspaper, RC Food Security Institute,Telus, Urban Village Church, Vancouver Firefighters, Tisol, Windermere and Killarney Secondary Schools, Sir Guy Carleton and Graham Bruce Elementary, Italian Cultural Centre, City of Burnaby, and all the many volunteers, artists, performers, and great neighbours.

A couple members of the first graduating class from Nootka and one former teacher came out to enjoy the festivities. Photo by Susan Wong


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A news section for Renfrew-Collingwood learners

Welcome, Summer!

Read On!

The first day of summer is on June 21, the day of the summer solstice. In the northern hemisphere (the top half of the earth) the solstice happens when the sun is the farthest north. It is often called the “longest day of the year” because the sun rises the earliest and sets the latest on this day. For many it is a day to celebrate the coming of summer. We expect warm weather and sunshine will continue until fall. Living in Vancouver, this is not always the case. Sometimes it will rain for a week in July or be cold over the August long weekend. In general, though, summer is a beautiful time to be in Vancouver. Get out and enjoy it!

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Watch the Dragon Boat Races What better way to celebrate the summer solstice than by attending the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival? This is the 26th year of the festival, taking place from June 20 to 22. Besides the dragon boat races, the festival has activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Dragon’s Den for kids includes a bouncy castle and face painting. In the Global Tea Lounge you can taste teas from all over the world. Enjoy live music at the World Beat Stage or relax in the beer garden. The Dragon Boat Festival is located at Creekside Community Centre, Village Plaza and the waters of False Creek near Science World. The festival is easy to access by Skytrain (Science World station) and is free to attend. For more information, check the festival’s website at

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The Collingwood Days committee would like to say a big thank you to: - Principal Tim Krug and the staff and PAC at Carleton Elementary School, - Over 100 volunteers who worked throughout the many events occurring between May 24th and May 31st, - The performers and artists - Paws Squad Agility Dog Show, - Bouiles Freestyle BMX Performance – presented by G& F Financial - Bent Air Balloons – presented by Abantu Beauty - Urban Village Church for providing the children’s bouncy castles - Food Court vendors - City of Vancouver - Pop Up City Hall - Vancouver Fire Department – Firehall 15 - All 40 International Marketplace vendors - Historical Pavilion - Jr. BIA - Renfrew Collingwood Community Newspaper The Collingwood Days Steering Committee is comprised of the Collingwood BIA, Collingwood Neighbourhood House and the Collingwood Community Policing Centre. We look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions for future Collingwood Days. Please email or phone 604.639.4403.

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Senior’s lunch at Collingwood Neighbourhood House by Loretta Houben On a lovely spring day I strolled a few blocks to the Collingwood Neighbourhood House located at 5288 Joyce Street. Every Tuesday and Thursday a healthy lunch with a dessert and beverage is provided. The price is $6.25 for adults and $5.00 for seniors.

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Kat Cureton, the seniors program coordinator, introduced me to a group at one table. I sat with them and discovered why the lunch program is so popular. The menu consisted of creamy butternut squash soup, roast beef or roast vegetable sandwich, salad, lime shortbread cookie and a drink. When paying at the front desk, a receipt and a number are issued. I had #28 so I had to wait a while. There were around 30 people, but sometimes there are over 40 and the food runs out.



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The program has been ongoing for approximately 17 years. Najia Elacel, the cook, prepares everything from scratch. She is helped by a small army of dedicated volunteers who help prepare the food, set up the room and wash up afterwards. Barry Londry, a skilled chef who lives nearby, is the Tuesday soup master.

met Freda, Daisy, Dorothy, Yau, Maureen, Frank and Elizabeth. Daisy brings her own tablecloth each time so our table felt special. She attends weekly. Some of the others come less often, but all agreed that the menu was delicious and the price was affordable. When asked if they would recommend the lunch program to the residents of Collingwood, they wished to keep it a secret! (For fear the food would run out.) Halfway through the lunch hour, a cute little choir from Duke St. preschool, run by CNH, entertained us with two boisterous songs for Earth Day.

The people at Daisy’s table realize that they should mill around and meet others, but they have gotten to know each other well and enjoy sitting together. For some it’s their only social outing. Maureen, Frank and Elizabeth are also involved in Renfrew Park Community Centre and were off to play badminton there. Yau felt that was too ambitious after the big meal. After discussing the topics of the day, everyone hurried to their next engagement and by 1:00 pm the room was empty. I discovered that Freda has been involved in the shower/ breakfast program at CNH for the past seven years, but that’s a story for another day.


Better at Home 家中安享计划 帮助老年人独立自主地生活

The lunchroom was vibrant with people chatting together, while taking turns lining up for their food. I

Supporting Seniors In Our Community Renfrew-Collingwood Better at Home provides non-medical support services to promote seniors’ independence. Fees on a sliding-scale based on income; seniors on a low income may be eligible for free service. Free Walking Club Seniors’ Shuttle

Come and celebrate

Father's Day

Light Housekeeping & Yard Work

with us and enjoy a huge selection of menu choices.

老年人接送 打理轻家务和庭院活儿

CNH offers other seniors programs, i.e. seniors’ wellness group, community lunch, yoga, Tai Chi, and more.

Serving great home cooked meals everyday.

3684 Lougheed Hwy.


To learn more, please contact:

604-435-0375 Or visit us at 5288 Joyce Street


Talia Mastai

Kat Cureton

Better at Home is funded by the Government of British Columbia.


Eating Out in RC


June 2014

Sushi Miga

by Paul Reid

Trust fund for little girl hurt by fatal domestic violence established

Sushi Miga 4441 Boundary Road Phone: 604.563.0722

A trust fund to help the young girl who both lost her grandmother and was hospitalized after an incident of fatal domestic violence in Vancouver’s East End has been established by Adrian Dix, New Democrat leader and MLA for Vancouver Kingsway.

Open Everyday (11am - 9:30pm)

Greetings food fans. I want to tell you this month about the good folks and food I found down at Sushi Miga, the object of my accomplice and I’s latest gastronomic investigation. First, so we can get a vision, do you know where the north end of Joyce street curls around into Boundary? Where James St. Cafe was for so many years? It’s in there. Remember, with ample parking to the north? It’s nice. There’s a nice new sushi bar in the back; a familiar yet revamped layout with some new décor. My favourite is the new liquor license and the ice cold genuine Asahi draft on tap at a mere 4.90 a pint. That alone is worth the trip. But folks, there’s more. My accomplice and I ordered Party Tray A (44 pieces of Tuna, Salmon, Kappa, California, Spicy Tuna, Yam, and Dynamite Rolls) ($22); Prawn and Vegetable

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Party Tray A (a mere $22) along with a few side dishes, left the accomplice and I more than well satisfied. new father of Sushi Miga who knows that he is not alone in Vancouver when it comes to Sushi restaurants. “Apparently How often can two people dine there are twice as many sushi restaurants in Vancouver than on healthy, delicious, visually Los Angeles, and they have ten appealing, tongue tantalizing, times the population!,” Simon stomach filling goodness (including that cold Asahi draft says. beer) for under $40, and still So how will he set Sushi Miga have some to take home for a apart? One thing will be the snack later? With Sushi Miga now in our hood, the answer is addition of Korean fare to the menu. This will coincide with every day. the arrival of Sushi Miga’s new Now about the good folks, let’s chef, a master of Japanese and start with Simon Kang – proud Korean cuisine, who will join the team in June. Tempura ($5); Deep Fried Gyoza ($5); and Miso Soup (1.50).

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One of the current chefs is Simon’s old time friend. We’re talking highschool chums, serving in the Korean military together, forty year strong type of friendship. It was his encouragement paired with Simon’s background in restaurant supplies that brought Sushi Miga to life. Sushi Miga is already involved in our community’s awesome spirit with a generous donation to Graham Bruce Elementary’s recent fundraiser. “I want Sushi Miga to be a cornerstone of this community over time. We may not be the largest or the fanciest restaurant, but we want to provide fresh quality food to the community, in good amounts, at fair prices.” But don’t just listen to me or Simon. Taste for yourself. Not just Sushi Miga either, but all fine eateries across this fine community. Bon appetite!

“After a fatal act of domestic violence left this little girl facing great loss and injury, both my constituents and people across this city have expressed a shared concern for her future wellbeing. Starting today, they can make contributions to the ‘Kingsway Child’s Fund’, established for her at the Community Savings Credit Union,” said Dix, who made the initial contribution to open the trust fund. People who want to donate can visit any of the Community Savings Credit Union branches in the Metro Vancouver and Victoria listed below. Donations by cheque should be made out to “Kingsway Child’s Fund” and mailed to the Vancouver branch In the coming days, there will also be information on how people from other parts of the province who wish to help can donate through different credit unions. Donations can be made to the Kingsway Child’s Fund at any local credit union. The closest credit union is Community Savings, at 5108 Joyce Street, Vancouver BC or Vancity, at 3305 Kingsway (at Joyce) Speak out against the cuts to Evergreen! Vancouver Coastal Health is shutting down Primary Care (doctors/nurse practitioners) services at Evergreen, South Vancouver and Pacific Spirit Community Health Centres. The result – thousands will lose their doctors, many vulnerable people will have a difficult time accessing services and communities such as ours will lose vital health care. Worse, the solution will cost taxpayers more. Help us stop a bad idea and work to improve health care in Renfrew-Collingwood and across the city. Sign the petition at our office, at 5022 Joyce St and help speak out on twitter. Tweet directly at the Minister of Health, @TerryLakeMLA and Vancouver Coastal Health, @VCHhealthcare, use the hashtags #CHC and #bcpoli


June 2014


Collingwood Neighbourhood House


14th Annual Prevention Education Fair tackles tough topics Students participate in wellness-related workshops led by Windermere mentors

COMMUNITY LUNCH Collingwood Neighbourhood House invites you to lunch every Tuesday and Thursday. Please note that seniors are served at 12 noon; others are served at 12:10 pm. Full meal prices are $6.25 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for students and $3.25 for children under 12. Items can be purchased a la carte or “to go.”

June menu 2014 Tues 03 Cauliflower soup Spinach pie/beef pie Salad Vanilla pudding Thurs 05 Chicken cacciatore rice/veggie option Salad Chocolate cupcake Tues 10 Lentil soup Ham frittata /veggie frittata Salad Coconut & semolina cookies fThe Prevention Education program hosted the 14th annual “I can Choose, We Can Choose” - Prevention Education Fair on Friday, May 2nd. “I Can Choose, We Can Choose” is a unique peer preventative education program that focuses on peers teaching peers about topics such as drug and alcohol misuse, bullying, teen depression and sexual exploitation. The program aims to provide the right information and tools to help youth make healthy decisions. The mission statement is to develop youth leadership and empowerment through the peer-to-peer model in response to the social, health and cultural needs in RenfrewColingwood, and to enhance the well-being of the community as a whole. During the event, several rooms within Collingwood Neighbourhood House and the Collingwood Annex were transformed into a series of small workshops. Youth leaders showcased presentations on their selected topics and led a series

of interactive activities. Vive Wong, the Prevention Education Coordinator at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, along with the youth leaders organized the event and transformed the grounds into a series of handson workshops that were filled with presentations, dialogue and skits acted out by students from Windermere and family of schools. Each room had a group of mentors that provided information and encouraged critical thinking on a specific issue that would ultimately help their peers in their transition from elementary to high school; some of the topics chosen were online safety, bullying, mental wellness and gender identity. Students from Graham Bruce, Carleton, Norquay, Renfrew, Grenfell and Nootka were split up into groups and led through each workshop; once all of the students had rotated through each room, the group assembled in the gym for a final speech and raffle draw. The keynote speaker for the fair

this year was Dianna David, who identified herself as a “movement storyteller”. All of the students attending the Prevention Education Fair completely immersed themselves in the workshops. The youth leaders were well equipped with information and managed to tackle even the most difficult questions with an incredible amount of knowledge and diplomacy. The event closed its doors with a heartfelt speech delivered by Vive Wong, thanking all of the students for their countless hours of preparation and all of the hard work they put into making the event the success that it was. Vive would like to thank Panago Pizza for their generosity of donation as well as Collingwood Neighbourhood House School for sharing their space. The Prevention Education program and the fair wouldn’t be possible without funding from SMART Fund through Vancouver Coastal Health.

Summer Camp programs are now accepting registration.

A full listing of Children’s Summer Camp programs and activities can be found on This page is sponsored by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Thurs 12 Pork chow mein /veggie chow mein Salad Sesame seed cookies Tues 17 Carrot soup Chicken stromboli/veggie option Salad Dry fruit tart Thurs 19 Beef stew/veggie stew on mashed potatoes Salad Fruit salad Tues 24 Potato & leek soup Pepperoni /veggie pizza Salad Brownie Thurs 26 Pasta with Smoked salmon in white sauce Salad /garlic bread Ice cream & berries

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June 2014


Sock drive is a community-wide success MacCorkindale Elementary students donate 350 pairs of socks to the local homeless program by Shadi Maceac When teacher Adrian Low asked his class at MacCorkindale Elementary what they hoped to achieve in grade 7, Liam Wong wasn’t sure of his answer, but he knew it would involve helping his community. Liam knew that he wanted his big grade 7 achievement to be a memorable community-initiative. He was challenged by Mr. Low to come up with an idea. “I heard from neighbours about the Ramada Hotel and that some older men that needed financial help were moving in. I thought that maybe the school could do something nice to welcome these new people,” says Liam. Liam contacted Collingwood Neighbourhood House executive director Jennifer Gray-Grant to come up with a plan to help those in need in the community. Realizing that socks are always in demand and that it can be challenge to get a change of socks in

difficult times, Liam and classmates Joma Panganiban, Eric Yan, Aaron Tso and Brendan McIntyre organized a sock drive at their school. The group surpassed their goal of 200 pairs of socks with a final count of about 350 pairs. All of the socks were donated to Collingwood Neighbourhood House for the Kingsway Continental welcome bags and to the homeless program.

Photo by Shirley Wong difference in the community is a big heart, a great idea and a group of dedicated elementary school students.

The success of the MacCorkindale Elementary sock drive shows that sometimes all it takes to make a

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For our full listing of programs check out our website or drop by and pick up a brochure. GST included. Registration has now started. Register early so you don’t miss out.

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3 Easy ways to Register 1. Click 2. Come In 3. Call

Register online Pay by MasterCard or Visa To register in person drop in to our centre at 2929 East 22nd Avenue Pay by cash, cheque, credit card or debit 604 257-8388, ext 3 To register by phone Pay by MasterCard or Visa

Youth Celebrate Canada Day Tue, July 1st 12:00-4:00pm “Free”

Join friends and neighbours in this fun event organized by Windermere youth. There will be games, entertainment and a bouncy castle just to name a few attractions. Come join us rain or shine to celebrate Canada’s 147th birthday!!!

Hours of Operation

Movie Matinee (55+yrs)

Jun 28-Sep 2

Community Centre (excluding pool hours) Mon-Thu Fri Sat Sun

Centre Hours 9:00am-10:00pm 9:00am-6:00pm Closed 11:00am-6:00pm

Office Hours 9:00am08:45pm 9:00am-5:00pm Closed Closed

Beauty and Anti Aging DIY (19+yrs)

We Mo


Jun 11



Jun 9



Monday, June 9 - Wednesday, July 2 Pool Closed for annual maintenance.


Canning with Fruit (19+yrs)

Learn how to preserve whole fruits at home. Tu 1:00-3:00pm Jun 3

Hats off Day Luncheon (55+yrs)

Cultus Lake All-U-Can-Eat Crab Feast (55+yrs)

Vancouver Draw Down (All Ages)

This annual summer event reconnects EVERYONE with the creative pleasure of making your mark at FREE drawing workshops and events held in museums, art galleries, community centres, public parks and on city streets. For more information and workshop times visit: Sa 11:00am-1:00pm Jun 14

Afternoon at the Movies “Hairspray” with some munchies. Preregistration required, seats are limited. Payment at the door. Tu 12:45-2:45pm Jun 17 $1/person


Design and create all natural anti aging scrubs, creams and washes. Take out the cost and toxicity of your beauty routine by making them at home! Easy, fun, and low cost! We 7:00-9:00pm Jun 4 $15/person

Fitness Centre June 9-27 Mon-Fri ..................................7:30am-7:00pm Sat & Sun...............................Closed

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Tue, July 1




Fitness Centre





Centre Area



June 2014

Used Used Clothing Used Clothing Sale 28th, 11am –1pm Clothing June Sale 2650 Slocan Street Sale th June 28 , 11am –1pm $3/bag or 2 bags for $5 June 28th, 11am –1pm

2650 Slocan Streetyou shop 2650 Slocan Street

Kid Zone available while

$3/bag or 2 bags for $5

$3/bag or 2 bags for $5


International Film Festival


Outdoor Movies & Popcorn! CARLITOS Y EL

CAMPO DE LOS SUEÑOS June 20 @ Gaston Park (3470 Crowley Drive)

STANLEY KA DABBA June 27 @ Collingwood Park (5275 McKinnon Street)

BAT DI KA CRUSH NG CRUSH MO? July 4 @ Gaston Park

Kid Zone available while youKid shop Zone available while

(3470 Crowley Drive)


you shop

July 11 @ Aberdeen Park (3525 Foster Ave.)

8:00 pm - Activities 9:30 pm - Movie Weather Permitting. Bring a blanket or chair! Presented by:

MORE INFO: Community Policing Centre 604. 717. 2935

Renfrew-Collingwood Community News, June 2014  

June 2014 news stories from the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood in East Vancouver. Local news on events, people, history, eating out, recr...

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