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June 2018



Youth Celebrate Canada Day Family fun for everyone Sunday, July 1 by Gabrielle Parman and Angus Ho

Are you seeking something fun to take part in on July 1st? Youth Celebrate Canada Day (YCCD) is back for its 22nd year to bring yet another festive, funfilled event to the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood. YCCD is an annual festival organized by youth from Windermere Secondary School to celebrate Canada Day at Renfrew Park. This is a family-friendly festival that brings the Renfrew-Collingwood community together in a day of joyous celebration. The event consists of stage performances and entertainment, carnival games, food concession, arts and crafts activities, and community organization booths.

There will be fun and games for children at the festival. Photos by Julie Cheng

This year’s entertainment will include acts such as vocal and instrumental performances, cultural dances and other displays of talent like martial arts. In our entertainment sector, we have made a commitment to promote cultural diversity and a greater sense of connectedness in our community. At YCCD, you will see the talent of community groups from a variety of different cultures.

Members of the community gathered around for the cake-cutting ceremony at last year’s event.

Event attendees got nd took part in a community dance last July 1st. Photos by Vincent Wu

This year, we are also incorporating interactive dances, food-eating contests and other festivities into our stage acts. By giving you fun and exciting ways to participate in the event, we hope to create a strong, lasting sense of community during and after the festival! Continued on page 2

RCC News 20 years: Turning 50 Page 3

Tips to fight chafer beetle Page 11

Remembering Pat Page 12

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Children will have a superb time at the festival – whether participating in the carnival-style games to win prizes, getting their faces painted or jumping up and down on the bouncy castle. While you are at the festival, why not check out some of our community booths? This year, YCCD has invited a number of different organizations within the RenfrewCollingwood neighbourhood and beyond, in order to showcase the excellent work that is done in our community. Finally, don’t forget about the food! Make your experience at YCCD complete by swinging by the concession stand for a quick bite, a cold drink or a tasty treat. Youth Celebrate Canada Day is

planned and organized by a group of youth from Windermere Secondary School. The YCCD Core Committee is excited to bring this festival to you once again this year. We hope that you are just as excited to attend this joyous event. Through this year’s festivities, Youth Celebrate Canada Day aims to reflect the cultural diversity of our community and connect community members of all generations by creating positive, lasting memories for you all. We hope to see you at Renfrew Park on July 1st!


Turning 50


June 2018

by Loretta Houben

To commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News, we’re revisiting past stories that have particularly inspired us. September 2010 introduced RCC News readers to Chatty Cathy and Loretta Houben’s memories of receiving this doll. Loretta’s article is utterly charming and took us back to a simpler time — when you could pull a string to get a doll to talk.

1960 was a great year in more ways than one. In 1960, I came into the world, and Chatty Cathy made her first appearance. I wonder how many of you remember Mattel’s talking doll. She said 11 different phrases such as “Will you play with me?” “Please comb my hair!” and “I love you!” I received my first Chatty Cathy doll when I was four years old. I’ll never forget opening her box and seeing the top of her pretty blonde head. I pulled the string on her back, heard her speak and squealed with delight! My mom had to put my doll on her Simpson Sears charge account as she was $11.95―an expensive toy in 1964! Mom took a few months to pay off the bill, as my younger sister also got a Chatty Baby doll at the same time. The Dee & Cee Toy Company in Canada was taken over by Mattel in 1962, and produced the Chatty Cathy dolls until 1964. To this day they are sought after by doll collectors because of their superior facial colouring and peachy coloured vinyl limbs. Dee & Cee contracted local housewives to sew the clothes for Chatty Cathy. A pale blue dress with a white eyelet pinafore can fetch up to $100 today on the eBay auction site, and the seams are unfinished! That may be hard to believe, but there’s no understanding the mind of a collector who is hunting to add to a valuable collection. Chatty Cathy was first produced in Canada with short blonde hair, freckles, blue decal eyes and a blue dress with a white eyelet apron. She had a variety of clothes to choose from, including PJs, fancy party dresses, a red velvet hat and coat, and play outfits.

I became interested in Chatty Cathy in 2002 while browsing eBay. I discovered that Mattel had made a re-issue of Chatty Cathy in 1998, sold only in the JC Penny stores in the USA, so I bought one, and the rest is history. Currently I belong to two Chatty Cathy groups online, and have made many friends. I’ve added to my collection and I own over 20 Chatty Cathy dolls, including Chatty Cathy Baby and Tiny Baby dolls, Baby Brother, Singing Chatty and Charmin Chatty, which were added by Mattel in later years. Thanks to the internet I’ve had a chance to learn more about one of my favourite dolls. I also purchased Chatty Cathy’s vintage clothing patterns made by Simplicity and McCall’s. I’ve sewn quite a few dresses for her and have a sewing boutique online, which has added to the pleasure of meeting more friends, as every Chatty Cathy needs a new outfit from time to time! Turning 50 together is an exciting adventure. I wanted to share some of the joy of doll collecting with you, especially such a cute doll as Chatty Cathy! I’d be interested in hearing if any of you have a Chatty Cathy from the 1960s.

Loretta would go on to write many more entertaining and informative articles, notably on genealogy (Family Tree Tips) and history, and she currently coordinates our seniors page. Thank you, Loretta, for your many contributions to the RCC News over the years. To see more of her stories, go to renfrewcollingwoodcommunitynews.com and search Loretta Houben. − Julie Cheng, editor

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Collingwood Corner: Joyce Road Auto Wreckers by Loretta Houben 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: Akberet Beyne, Angus Ho, Bill Chan,

Carole Kurylowich, Cecilia Federizon, Chris Phelps, Debra Donohue, Gabrielle Parman, Kathy Romses, Kirsten Mendonça, Loretta Houben, Marianne Thomas, Naomi Johnson, Sarah Sovereign Photography, Soren Elsay, Tony Wanless, Vincent Wu

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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: Jun. 10 The Renfrew-Collingwood Community News is an initiative of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH).

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Joyce Road has always had many businesses helpful to the community. Frank Montaine, a Collingwood resident, owned an auto wreckers shop and a gas station at the corner of Joyce and Euclid. Do any of you remember it? I found the business listed in the 1952 BC directories. The photos included are from 1952, and you can see the old St. Mary’s school across the street in one of them. Janice K. Bondi, Frank’s granddaughter, shared them on the Nostalgic/Sentimental Vancouver Facebook page. From researching the directories, I discovered that Mr. Montaine operated his business from 1948 to 1952. Previously, the garage was owned many times over the years in the 1930s and 1940s, until it was eventually torn down and offices took its place. 5305 Joyce Street in 1952. Joyce Road Auto Wreckers and Garage, owned by Frank Montaine. Photos submitted by Carole Kurylowich, Frank’s daughter.

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The Seniors Connection

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

Let’s Talk about Elder Abuse The proportion of the senior population (aged 55 and older) has increased steadily over the past 40 years. Now for the first time seniors outnumber children in Canada according to the latest census data. Along with the rapidly growing aging population, elder abuse has become one of the most pressing issues faced by older people.

cal, sexual and neglect. Often more than one type of abuse occurs at the same time. The two most frequently identified and reported types of elder abuse in Canada are financial and emotional.

Elder abuse in any form is wrong. However, many victims of elder abuse don’t report it. Elder Elder abuse refers to the violence, abuse is still a taboo that remains mistreatment or neglect that older largely unnoticed and unreported, adults living in private residences despite clear warning signs. or institutions may experience at Victims are not always aware of the hands of their spouses, children, their rights and sometimes fail other family members, caregivers, to recognize neglect and abuse. service providers or other individuals Therefore, making a vocal, public in situations of power or trust. Elresponse and a collective responder abuse also includes older adults sibility to prevent and address abused by non-family members who abuse are much more important. are not in a position of power or trust and self-neglect. The BC Association of Community Response Networks (BCCRN) Elder abuse can take several forms works at the local community levChromatic Renfrew Ad-P1 including financial, emotional, physi- el to build a coordinated commu-

nity response to the abuse, neglect and self-neglect of vulnerable adults. Seniors are valued members of our society and they deserve respect and to be able to live in dignity. The goal of taking coordinated action on elder abuse prevention is to promote the health, safety and security of older British Columbians. Currently there are 142 communities throughout B.C. that have established Community Response networks. Renfrew Collingwood Community Response Network is one of them. The primary partners in this region are Collingwood Neighbourhood House, MOSAIC and Three Links Housing and as well as several other organizations who care about the well-being of adults in our community. The CRN works with all community groups, including health authorities, Public Guardian and Trustee, police, provincial social and health services, and justice organizations to achieve their purposes. For detailed information please go to CRN website at www.bccrns.ca.


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This month, some community events will be organized with Collingwood CRN to echo the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15) and to raise awareness of what is a hidden issue. On Saturday, June 16, a community open house presented by Three Links Care Society and CRN focuses on issues of elder abuse, featuring a speaker from the Alzheimer’s Society of British Columbia. On Monday, June 25, a CRN presentation called It’s Not Right Neighbours Friends and Family on how to tackle the issue of elder abuse will be facilitated at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. The workshop will be provided in plain English to encourage more people including English learners to attend.

You know that summer is in full swing when public events and carnivals are at every corner! I extend my best wishes to everyone involved in this year’s Neighbourhood Small Grants projects. Thank you for all your work in creating a welcoming and vibrant community that I am so proud to serve. A special thank you to the Collingwood Community Police Centre and all the partners for putting on the Pedestrian Safety Event on May 9. Your dedicated efforts help us all ensure that we go home safely at the end of the day. The folks at CCPC also brought the community together for the Keeping Vancouver Specular event, where my staff and I were able to join in beautifying our neighbourhood. Carnivals and Celebrations in Collingwood This year’s Collingwood Days was a huge success! There was a fantastic turnout at Gaston Park for the Main Festival Day. Thanks to Angela Evans and the Collingwood BIA for bringing together the community every year in celebration. This May, my staff and I were delighted to participate in a number of festivities at our neighbourhood elementary schools, including the Playdate at Carleton organized by Ann, and the Graham Bruce Elementary School Carnival – which also celebrated its 50th year anniversary. Congratulations Congratulations go out to all graduating students from Gladstone, Windermere, and Killarney Secondary Schools. This is an exciting time for you and your families, and I wish you all the very best in your future endeavours. I am proud to sponsor scholarships for graduating students each year, and look forward to attending the commencement ceremonies. I’d also like congratulate the RenfrewCollingwood Community News for celebrating its 20th year this month. RCC News—an initiative of Collingwood Neighbourhood House—is more than just a newspaper. It connects local residents, businesses, and organizations to each other; and provides a platform for local commentary, news, events, and stories. The newspaper captures the creativity and diversity of our community as it represents an array of contributions from local residents, writers, and artists. A sincere thank you to everyone involved in RCC News for their dedicated efforts to the many voices of our RenfrewCollingwood neighbours. I wish you many more successful years to come. Sincerely, Adrian Dix, MLA


Read On!


June 2018

A news section for Renfrew-Collingwood learners

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We all do it: We wake up in the morning, hurry through breakfast, quickly get ourselves and, maybe, the children ready for school or work and then head off to our duties of the day.

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Morning is one of the most frantic times of a person’s day. The problem is that this rush creates tension, which we carry all day, leaving us exhausted by the evening. This, then, affects how we work, how we interact with other people and how we view life in general.

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And it is true for teens and younger children as well as adults. But a proper way to start the day can do wonders for your temperament and how you view and manage the rest of your day. It governs whether the day is a good one or a bad one. It’s the difference between coming home late in the day with energy and joy and dragging yourself through the door and flopping exhausted on the couch. So, how do you start the day right and keep it that way? Here are some tips from several experts. 1. Make your bed. Yes, it’s that simple. Making your bed involves concentration, is something you can control and creates a sense of accomplishment – feelings that can be carried through your day. Want more? Add some some basic house-cleaning – sweep, dust, etc. 2. Meditate. Nothing needed – meditation is just quiet reflection. Breathe regularly for five or 10 minutes and let the thoughts flow – or not. Don’t worry about it. The idea is to have a few moments of stillness to warm up the mind in a healthy way. 3. Journal. Usually, when you wake up there are some random thoughts lingering in your mind and new ones flooding in. Writing three pages (longhand!) get them out and starts your day on the right foot. Write whatever comes to mind; don’t try to control it, steer it or worry about being correct. Just let it flow. If you’re new to it, write only one page and build up. 4. Exercise. Morning is the best time to do it. You don’t have to run a mile or lift gigantic weights. Just move for a few minutes – yoga, stretching, body-weight exercises or some kind of aerobics. If you aren’t used to it, start slowly and add as you become more fit.

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Are you or a loved one caring for a senior at home in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood? Are you worried about protecting them from abuse? Are you worried about how to best care for a loved one and protect yourself from injury? Join us for a community conversation about elder abuse and seniors care.




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June 2018

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Canada’s updated Food Guide coming soon by MarianneThomas, Naomi Johnson and Kathy Romses Even though our knowledge about food and nutrition has grown, it has been more than 10 years since Canada’s Food Guide was revised. In upcoming months, Health Canada will be introducing the updated Food Guide to better reflect the current lifestyles of Canadians. Why is Canada’s Food Guide important? It shapes policy, hospital menus, school nutrition education, and dietitians’ guidance to help people make healthier choices. Today a clear, easy-to-follow food guide is needed more than ever as 7% of Canadians over age 12 have diabetes and 2.4 million Canadians suffer from heart disease. To help Canadians be well and avoid getting sick, the revised Food Guide will have a new look and feature how to make healthy eating easier. The key messages are to eat more fresh vegetables and fruit and choose foods lower in sugar and salt. The new Food Guide will also include tips on how to build healthy eating habits.

What are easy ways to follow the Food Guide? • Cook more at home – This can help reduce salt and sugar intake and allow you to control the foods you’re eating. • Make half your plate vegetables – This can be tasty, easy and healthy. Below is a quick recipe that can help add more vegetables into your home cooking. • hoose more plant-based proteins – Beans, tofu, nuts and seeds are all great sources of fibre and nutrients, plus they cost less than meat. So, what’s the bottom line? Eat more plant foods, cook at home, cut down on packaged foods, and be on the lookout for updates coming to Canada’s Food Guide. Check out the delicious recipe to get you started! Marianne Thomas and Naomi Johnson are third year dietetics students at the University of B.C. Kathy Romses is a public health dietitian with Vancouver Coastal Health.

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Expert tips to save your lawn from the chafer beetle If there is one thing that homeowners love as much as their home, it’s their lawn. It’s often the most noticeable part of someone’s landscape and often functions as a convenient spot for mini soccer matches or picnics. Lawns are also under attack in Vancouver. Thanks to the notorious chafer beetle, people across the Lower Mmainland are seeing their beloved grass shredded, seemingly overnight. While it may seem inevitable, there are a few tactics that you can take to reduce the chances that your lawn faces the same fate that so many others have fallen to. The chafer beetle is not in fact the animal responsible for tearing up your lawn; rather, the chafer beetle is the catalyst for the destruction of people’s green pride and joy. The beetle lays its larva roughly two to four inches under the grass,unnoticeable to the naked eye. What is noticeable is when the local wildlife comes searching for the delicious little white grubs, and your lawn is the only thing standing in their way. Mostly through crows, which shred lawns small chunk by small chunk, and racoons, which peel back the grass in large patches, this wildlife is virtually unstoppable once they decide that your lawn in the source of their next meal. If you are looking for a way to ensure your lawn stays flawless then artificial turf is the only sure bet in this day and age. For those who want to keep the natural look but don’t want to go down without a fight, there are a couple of things that can be done to mitigate the chance of the chafer beetle battle playing out in your yard. Keep your lawn healthy The best protective measures are the preemptive ones, which is to say, give your lawn its best chance to repel the chafer beetle before they become a problem. This means maintaining a healthy lawn and keeping your grass slightly longer than you normally would. Healthy, thick, longish grass is the best defence against the beetle getting into the soil, as the healthier and longer the grass, the heartier the root system and the harder it is for the beetle to penetrate the outer layer.



June 2018 by Soren Elsay

Proper aeration and topsoil applied early in the season, as well as continued watering and fertilization are factors that can lead to a thick, healthy lawn. While many people love the golf-green-style short grass, I would recommend keeping your grass at least three inches long. It may not offer the crisp look of super-short grass, but it beats witnessing the slow destruction of your lawn. Superbugs to the rescue If your lawn does fall victim to the local wildlife, not all hope is lost. Nematodes are microscopic living organisms that feed on other living organisms (like the chafer beetle larva) and are easily applied. Avail- Give your lawn its best chance to repel the chafer beetle before able at most large lawn and garden they become a problem. Photo by Julie Cheng care centres, nematodes are a nontoxic, organic way to rid your lawn of pests. vancouver.ca/home-property-development/water-exemption-permits.aspx. Applied by mixing into water that gets Soren Elsay has worked as a professional landscaper. He is sprayed evenly across the lawn, nematodes are biological warfare at its most basic level. an aspiring writer with a bachelor of arts from the University of British Columbia. It is important to note that once applied, nematodes require constant watering, often more than summer water restrictions allow. A city permit will allow you to get an exemption to these bylaws. For more information on chafer beetles, visit the City of Vancouver web page http://vancouver.ca/ home-property-development/chafer-beetles. aspx and for water exemptions visit http://

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“I’m going to look for you in the moon” It was the beginning of the new year – 2018 had arrived. I was very excited as in a few days I was going to Europe to see my beloved mother. However, deep in my heart there was also an unpleasant feeling. My dear friend Patricia, being 94 years old, was in the hospital once again. I wanted to believe that everything was going to be alright with her, as so many times before when she was faced with illness and health challenges. I was looking forward to coming back from my trip to share my stories with her. Whenever she needed critical care, Pat recovered at St. Joseph’s hospital. It was there that I had visited her before I left on my trip, not knowing that it would be my last time. Over the last two years there had been many occasions when I received a phone call from Patricia’s son Jerry to inform me that she was once again back at St. Joseph’s, fighting one thing or another. She had had a weak heart for a long time. At those times I always used to go and visit with Pat. She always bounced back, and was ready to go back home after a short while. Like every other senior I know she loved to be back home, in her own bed, no matter how sick she was. When she did have to go and stay at the hospital, she was always happy when friends and family visited her. “Please come back again!” she would say repeatedly in her weak voice, her small and beautiful eyes tingling with love and happiness. Her smile never left her pale face, and she always tried to stay positive, reaffirming that she

by Akberet Beyne

would still be there the next day and the day after that. And that was my wish on my last visit at the hospital. To see Pat forever. Lovely Patricia was one of the seniors who welcomed me into her home with open arms, and allowed me to be part of their family. I meet her through the Renfrew-Collingwood Neighbourhood House with the Better at Home program. It has now been seven years since I first stepped through her door. Over this time we became true friends, and I became a friend of her family as well. I lived only a few blocks away from her home, which made it easy for me to visit her often. Patricia was one of the few people I cared very much about. Over my years volunteering for the Better at Home program I had met some very special people, many of whom are no longer with us, but I can still feel their presence. Perhaps they are still here as angels, protecting me and watching out for me with their spirit. This last time that Pat was at the hospital was somehow unlike the other times. She stayed longer and I started to be concerned. For the first time in years I didn’t get a Christmas card from Pat. “You will get it soon,” she said, convinced that she would be able to get it done once she was back home again. Pat was very happy for me, that I was going to be able to see my mom. But she was also sad, and said that she was going to miss me very much, and asked me to come back soon. I felt the same, it was difficult for me to leave her in that condition. Deep inside I hoped that she would once again be well and return home, just like last year when she was very sick but miraculously recovered. I recall seeing the joy in Jerry’s eyes then. He had visited her day and night, and cried, burying his face at the bottom on her bed, embracing her leg. Pat had been delirious and we were all worried. Fortunately our prayer was heard, she came back and asked about her garden, as well as her little

palace. Everyone was overwhelmed with happiness when she recovered, Jerry loudly proclaiming, “I have still my mom!” Despite her age, Pat used to tend to her garden and took great pleasure in it. The front of her home was bestowed with many colourful flowers. In the backyard she grew potatoes, Swiss chard, tomatoes – you name it – all the healthy veggies were in Pat’s garden. Before I met Pat, I hardly knew anything about gardening. When I first went to help her with her garden and she asked me to pick out the weeds, I made a huge mess and took out some good plants as well. Pat, patient as always, showed me to replant the good ones. She was happy that I learned so fast and was able to accomplish the work of the day. That was the beginning of many summer days spent with Patricia in the garden. She shared all her secrets and tricks to keep out weeds and how to grow healthy vegetables. I learned about annual and perennial flowers. I had so many wonderful days enjoying all kind of flowers and plants with Pat and her son Jerry. And Pat was always insisting on sharing the fruit of our labour once the veggies were ready to harvest. Once I left on my trip I could not stop thinking about Pat.

Jerry was regularly updating me on his mom’s condition. Then one day he wrote to me that Pat was in bad shape and might only have a few days left. I wrote back a message to Pat, sending all the love in my heart. My heart broke and tears were streaming down my face. For the next few days I didn’t want to check my emails. I was too scared of receiving bad news and I wanted to avoid it. Four days later I checked and was super happy to not find an email. I tried to believe that miraculously she was getting back to life. However, those good wishes didn’t last long, and then at last the unwanted message arrived, that Pat is now an angel up above in the vast sky that we know as heaven. I cried for many days, wondering what life would be like now without Patricia, recalling the many wonderful times we had spent together. Jerry told me that Patricia, after receiving my message, told him that whenever I miss her I could see at her in moon. This was her last message, her last words for me. I look at the moon often, and I miss her so much. Rest in peace, dear Patricia.


June 2018


Local East Van church shares music with the neighbourhood Neighbourhood Party and everyone is invited to atCommunity of Christ church, located at 3333 tend – free of charge. Kaslo Street (at East 17th Avenue), has been cranking out the music for years. And it’s no surprise because several members are professional The Maybelles put on a great show, singing hits from sixties girl groups. With their lively performances, great voices and eye-catching costumes, everyone from kids to grandparents will love this show. The Maybelles have also have a Community of Christ connection: Alexis Beer is Dan Beer’s second cousin, and a member of the Chilliwack congregation.

musicians, so there are plenty of concerts and musical events to attend year-round.

In fact, one of the members, Brian “Hoot” Gibson, won a Lotus award in 2015 for writing the theme song for the animated series Pirate Express. Mike Reno from Loverboy sang lead vocals on another Lotus award winner for Brian Gibson. Debra Donohue, organizer of the event, says, “be It was for the theme song to the animated series sure to bring your sunscreen, but know that if it rains, we will definitely move indoors.” Being Ian. Two members of the Celtic band the Seabilly’s (www.theseabillys.com) are also members at Community of Christ. The band plays a mix of original music and classics. Dan Beer, the founding member, has written countless songs and Kat Goheen, the newest member, has already contributed original songs including Queens Reach and the one I’m sure will someday by a classic We’re All a Bit Irish Tonight. Folk singer Edith Wallace performs often at Community of Christ when she’s not on tour. The church is home to the now retired, but great Canadian opera singer, Helene McDonald.

The barbeques will be fired up, they’ll be games for the kids, and maybe even some impromptu jammin’. So, bring the family out Sunday, June 24, and don’t forget your lawn chair or blanket to sit on. This is an afternoon not to be missed.

The Maybelles. Photo courtesy of Sarah Sovereign Photography

Community of Christ Church is also a rental space to several music schools, choirs, and two other church groups, so if it seems that every time you walk past the church you hear great music coming from the building, that’s why.

Community of Christ is a contemporary church who believe in peace and justice, practicing good environmental habits, and the worth of all persons, to name a few. To find out more go to call 604-435-5344 or go On Sunday, June 24 from 12:30 to 3:00 pm, Community of Christ has hired a Chilliwack to www.CofChristVancouver.ca The Seabilly’s. Photo courtesy of Chris Phelps band, the Maybelles, to headline their annual

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Workshops Gardening 102 (19+yrs)Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security

Join us for the second gardening workshop with local organic farmer Karly Pinch! In this workshop we will talk about garden planning (including planning for your fall gardens), companion planting, weeds, diseases, and pests, as well as saving seeds, protecting your soil, and preserving your harvest! · Late season starts, planting for fall/winter· Companion planning, intercropping· Succession planting· Weed control (organic)· Disease management· Identification· Organic management· Pest· Identification· Organic management · Basic seed saving· Cover cropping· Preserving/keeping your harvest· Resources 170124 Mon Jun 4 6:30-8:30pm Free

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Summer Programs Volunteer Training

(13-18yrs) Paula Parman This training is for youth wanting to volunteer in Renfrew Park Community Centre programs/events. This training provides hands on experience, enhances your skills in problem solving, conflict resolution and teaches you how to lead activities and games. Pre-registration required. 156693 Thu Jun 28 4:00-7:00pm Free

Special Events Chance to Dance and Entertain (55+yrs)

If you are a senior, this is your chance to showcase your talents. Please contact Andrea Mah at 604-257-8390 if you would like to be part of the showcase. 159498 Sat Jun 9 12:30-3:00pm Free

Lady Bird Luncheon (55+yrs)

Menu: Pork Chops with Fennel and Capers, Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables, Individual Tiramisu. 157194 Wed Jun 20 12:00-2:30pm $8.57/person

Pender Harbour Cruise (55+yrs)

Enjoy a 90 minute narrated tour of Pender’s vibrant and historic harbor with SloCatHarbour Tours. Visit a Sunshine Coast favourite Rockwater Secret Cove Resort for a stroll on the forest boardwalk and lunch. Additional $10 ferry fee for 65 years and younger. 158180 Wed Jun 20



Swing Into Summer (55+yrs)

There will be a live band, door prizes and light lunch refreshments, tea and coffee. Register early to reserve your seat for this event. 159488 Sat Jun 23 1:15-3:45pm $7.62/person

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June 2018


Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)


Serving a bigger meal to the community: the new CNH Annex kitchen By Kirsten Mendonça and Cecilia Federizon Collingwood Neighbourhood House is a space for diverse cultures to come together to build meaningful community. Often, the CNH kitchen is where this collaboration takes place. When we cook together, we share our traditions with each other, and this fuels connections across our cultures. As CNH Executive Director Jennifer Gray-Grant said, “The kitchen is the heart of our home at CNH.”

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.”

June lunch menu Tuesday, June 5 Cream of broccoli soup Tuna melt or veggie melt Apple bran muffin

One of the CNH kitchen’s most impactful programs is the “Community Lunch” on Tuesdays and Thursdays, run by chef Najia Elacel. Najia sees these community lunches as an opportunity for community members to remain engaged with others, but the limited kitchen space can be a challenge for this program. So, two years ago, when Najia heard about the CNH Annex opening in 2018, she believed it essential that a kitchen be built there, as did Jennifer.

Thursday, June 7 Chicken or mushroom risotto Salad Almond Macaroon Tuesday, June 12 Corn chowder Chinese style meat or veggie bun Salad Sesame seed cookies

A large committee worked on the design of the kitchen, including staff from the Child Care, Morning Star and Families Branching Out programs, the RenfrewCollingwood Food Security Institute, and Operations, as well as an expert who runs commercial kitchens. Barry Londry, an avid volunteer with commercial kitchen experience, also was part of this group that provided input about the desired elements of the kitchen design and that gave feedback on the various drafts of the design. In the beginning stages, Barry remembers Jennifer asking them to be inspired by what their “dream kitchen” would look like. Now, two years later, with the construction of the Annex kitchen complete, Najia says that she “truly got to see her dream become a reality”.

Tuesday, June 19 Lentil soup Meat or veggie pie Blueberry scone

When creating the Annex kitchen, Jennifer, Najia, Barry and the full team envisioned a space that provides our community with the possibility to be more creative with their programs and more ambitious with their events.

Tuesday, June 26 Green pea soup Fish or veggie burger Salad Egg tart

At 950 square feet, the Annex kitchen is double the size of the kitchen in CNH’s main house on Joyce Street. In addition, some of the Annex kitchen’s most meaningful features are its portable islands that can adapt to a variety of programs, teachable stoves to encourage communal cooking, and a walk-in cooler to increase food storage space. Considering the lack of available commercial kitchen space in the city, the hope is that the Annex kitchen invites other

Thursday, June 14 Hamburger or veggie burger Salad Italian biscuits

Thursday, June 21 Butter chicken with brown rice Salad Walnut cookies

members and organizations to benefit from its beautiful facilities. For Najia, by creating a space that welcomes more people into our community, the Annex kitchen is a symbol that “we at CNH are moving forward”, thus honouring our CNH vision for the community to belong and to grow. We hope that you will join us in celebrating the Annex kitchen when it officially opens to the public later this year! For more information about the Annex or for kitchen rental rates please contact Emily Chan at echan@cnh.bc.ca.

This page is sponsored by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Thursday, June 28 Meat or veggie lasagna Salad and garlic bread Chocolate chip cookies


June 2018


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CBIA WHATÕS HAPPENING Thank you for coming out to Collingwood Days and celebration its 15th Anniversary.  See the Thank you ad in this issue.    Jr. BIA: The CBIA would like to thank the 2017 Ð 2018 Jr. BIA students from Windermere Secondary School for another year of success. The Bank in Collingwood and TELUS Case Study have increased the Jr. BIAÕs visibility in the community and with the local business.  All the best to the graduating students and we hope you stay in touch.  Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you again in September.     Canada Day in Collingwood: July1st 11a.m. Ð 1p.m. Join us in the Safeway parking lot for our annual Collingwood  Celebrates Canada Day with Cake.  Wear your red and white and show your Canadian pride.  Cake and coffee will be provided.   Collingwood International Film Festival 2018: Dates: June 22 Ð Gaston Park (Mexico), July 13 Ð Collingwood Park (TBA),  August 24 Ð Gaston Park (TBA)

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