Renfrew-Collingwood Community News March 2021

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Places That Matter

Celebrates 10 Years via Zoom by Paul Reid To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Places That Matter, a virtual community celebration was held online via zoom on February 16 (during Heritage Week – as proclaimed by the Mayor of Vancouver). Attended by people from across B.C., the celebration highlighted the Places That Matter program and included four guest speakers, two of which were Carmen Correal and her daughter, Adriana. They shared the story of their family’s deep connection to Collingwoood Neighbourhood House, which was honoured with a Places That Matter plaque on June 27, 2012. The Places That Matter (PTM) plaque program is a project created in 2011 to celebrate Vancouver’s 125th anniversary as an incorporated city. PTM has since helped recognize 125 community-nominated sites, covering some of the people, places and events that tell the story of Vancouver’s history. A new website profiles each of the 125 sites with their own webpage exhibiting the plaque text, historic research, oral histories, contemporary and historic photos, as well as opportunities for community contribution. The address is: https://

www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org/ places-that-matter/ CNH was the 14th of 125 locations across Vancouver to be honoured with a Places That Matter plaque. Carment Correal, who came to CNH in 1988 to study English and is now their recreation coordinator, was joined by her daughter Adriana to tell about their connection to this place that matters. Their niece, Sophia, is now at Family Place. Screenshots from the PTM zoom celebration; CNH illustration by Rosanne Lambert

Windermere fitness park Page 2

Collingwood Corner: Theatre on Joyce Page 3

Do you know which is the other location in Renfrew-Collingwood to be designated by the Places That Matter program?

32-storey condo tower proposal Page 4

Taking out in RC: Chefhyve

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East Vancouver Community Fitness Park by Brad White Many people in the east-side neighbourhood where I work value and live an active life. This has been negatively affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Youth, adults and especially seniors are looking for ways to improve their Teacher Brad White is spearheading a new public fitness physical and park at Windermere school. Photo by Hugo Palmer mental health during these undertaking that will require the difficult times, but restrictions are support of the community to raise limiting the options. Gym memberthe $50,000 to $90,000 needed ships may not fit into the budget or to create a useful, accessible space they may be closed entirely. A zerothat everyone will be proud of. cost outdoor exercise option would be appreciated by all. Please contribute what you can and share the link with as many people I am the physical and health education department head at Windermere as possible in the community or elsewhere who might like to supCommunity School. I believe that port this effort to shape a healthier, creating an outdoor fitness park at fitter community. the edge of the school campus that is easily accessible to everyone will be a https://vsb.schoolcashonline. valuable community asset. com/Fee/Details/1869/196/false/ true?fundDestination=S-WinderEveryone in the community, from mere students who are missing their school clubs and sports, to seniors Thanks for your support. who are having to forego their usual group exercise sessions, will be able to visit a dedicated outdoor fitness facility comprising 15 interesting Brad White is head of the physical stations, complete with QR codes for and health education department exercise ideas and instructions, any at Windermere Community School. time for free. Having worked at Windermere ComThe site on Lillooet Street at 27th Avenue has been selected. The school has received some funds from the Vancouver School Board through federal funding to start this initiative, but additional funds need to be raised. This is a very expensive

munity School for 26 years, he has become very fond of this part of Vancouver. Before he retires in one more year, he would love to create a community facility that all residents may use for years to come.


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Collingwood Corner

Collingwood Theatre at 4926 Joyce Street by Loretta Houben Did you know that a theatre was located at 488, then 4926 Joyce Road, now Joyce Street, from 1914 until 1934, according to the BC Directories? I’ve been researching this mystery for a while and recently located a few clues. One of them was discovered in the Greater Vancouver Chinook newspaper, courtesy of the UBC Archives online (see photo 1). The second clue was Photo 2: 1913, looking north on Joyce Road. Photo courtesy of Loretta Houben, from Vancouver Archives discovered when I placed a photo from the Vancouver archives in my photo editor and enlarged and clarified it, discovering a building that I believe to be the Collingwood Theatre (see photo 2). You can’t see it until you zoom in, and I was startled to find it when I’d never noticed it before. The theatre was near Wellington Avenue and Joyce Street, and by looking at another image (see photo 3), I have deduced that this picture shows a view of Wellington and Joyce that was taken in 1913 and is from the collection of Mrs. Walter S. Baird, courtesy of the Vancouver Archives. If it weren’t for Mrs. Baird, we wouldn’t have any scenes of Joyce Road from the 1910 era. You can see a house on the left side of the photo that stood beside the theatre. I assume it was built in 1913 as it appears in the 1913 photo, and it appears in the directories the following year. The Collingwood Theatre is mentioned rarely in newspapers of the time. It was

Photo 3: 1913 Joyce Road. Photo from Vancouver Archives managed by Cecil R. Hall, who lived on Aberdeen Street, as shown in the 1930 directory. However, by 1932 the theatre was no longer operating, according to the directory. Cecil Hall had moved to North Vancouver and became the operator of the Lonsdale Theatre.

The property on which the Collingwood Theatre once operated for 19 years is now for sale for a hefty price. Things are always changing in Collingwood! Loretta Houben enjoys solving mysteries in the Collingwood area, where she has lived for 55 years.

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Online open house for Joyce Street development Have your say on 32-storey condo proposal

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: Brad White, Garry Moore, Hugo Palmer, Loretta Houben, Paul Reid, Penny Lim, Rosanne Lambert, 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: Mar. 10 The Renfrew-Collingwood Community News is an initiative of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH).

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

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

Source: City of Vancouver Across the street from Collingwood Neighbourhood House, just beside St. Mary’s Parish, from 5153 to 5187 Joyce Street, there are a number of restaurants and small food stores. You may have popped in one of the restaurants for a delicious Filipino or Chinese meal or picked up some food at one of the convenience shops. Now there’s a proposal to build a 32-storey condominium tower on the site.

Usually, the city of Vancouver would hold an in-person open house but they’re requesting responses online during the pandemic.

The proposal includes 293 condominiums, 228 car and 588 bicycle parking spaces, retail on the ground level and a new library on the second floor.

For further information please contact the rezoning planner Kent MacDougall, 604-829-9579 or kent.macdougall@vancouver.ca

What do you think of this proposal? You are invited to let the city of Vancouver know what you think through the Shape Your City webpage where you can make comments or ask questions on the proposal (up until March 14) and ask questions at 51635187 Joyce Street rezoning application | Shape Your City Vancouver (shapeyourcity.ca/5163-5187-joyce-st):

It is so important for city planners to hear from our neighbourhood. Please let the city know what you think – and encourage your neighbours to do the same. Deadline for comments and questions is March 14, 2021.

• What do you think about the possible loss of one Chinese and three Filipino restaurants, two small grocery stores (one sells Southeast Asian and many specialty Filipino foods) from our neighbourhood? • What do you think about the addition of a 10,000-square-foot library to Joyce Street? (This came out of neighbourhood discussions when the city was creating the Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Plan.) • What do you think about having a 32-storey condominium tower on Joyce Street? • What do you think about the amount of parking planned for the site? • Any other thoughts?

The link to the 5163-5187 Joyce Street rezoning application includes, on the right-hand side, under the map, a list of application documents with more information about the proposal.


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March 2021

Real T online youth program returns

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Real-T is back. This youth program based out of Collingwood Neighbourhood comes in a podcast style where youth can jump in when they want, youth workers Ry Forsythe, Sylvia Ma and Kate Smith chat about topics/current events as they drink some tea. New this series is guest facilitator Tricia-Kay Williams. In addition, youth who join the call will count their time as volunteer hours. By the end of the series, the aim is to pass on leadership and facilitations skills for youth to take the lead on a subject and host their own Real T session in the next series. It’s a safe online space where youth can openly talk about their experiences. Contact Ry Forsythe at mforsythe@cnh.bc.ca to get a link to the Zoom sessions.

SFU online survey to support small business A team of researchers conducting a social venture project through Simon Fraser University’s Civic Innovation Change Lab is exploring how they may support Vancouver’s corner stores and neighbourhood retailers in a post-pandemic, green recovery initiative. Their goal is to help these businesses thrive and continue to support their communities by promoting walkable neighbourhoods, sustainable retail and community engagement. The team aims to reach out to local businesses and community members to better understand the challenges they face and come up with solutions. They have developed online surveys for small businesses and residents to fill out. If you’re a small business in Vancouver, fill out this survey: https://forms.gle/GDQb8MU1eDQPNzDu7 If you’re a resident of Vancouver, fill out this survey: https://forms.gle/pJ8ZZ7GWGTss6g5C6 All responses will remain confidential and anonymous.

by Karen Vanon


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Th e S e n i o r s C o n nection

Stanley Park birds in winter by Penny Lim A fine sunny day beckoned me to go on a rare outing away from home in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grebe (below) and common merganzer (right) are winter visitors.

Birding is a favourite pastime of mine, especially migrating sea birds, so I headed to Stanley Park. It’s soothing to hear the chorus of birds including song sparrows, towhees, and a fox sparrow, too.

Great blue heron, a permanent resident in the Lower Mainland.

Poems of love and devotion by Garry Moore

Adorable chickadees live here year round.

These poems, written in 2020, are about love between a man and a woman who are committed companions in life. As you read his words, Garry invites folks young and old to appreciate the tenderness of love and the undying devotion of partnership. I love you, my dear. Hold me tight. Kiss me tenderly. You are mine, so sublime. Thoughts of you, just divine! One fine love, you are, forever mine. I love you so, my love. Be forever mine. You are always on my mind. You are so lovely and sweet. With your hand in mine walk with me by the creek. You are wonderful. I am yours. Always, forever. I am yours.

Garry Moore is a Renfrew-Collingwood resident with a passion for language. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing poetry as it gives him a sense of comfort and solace. Love is a common theme in his writings. Garry is influenced by poets such as William Carols Williams, John Keats and William Butler Yeats.

On-going programming: For information and registration Call 604.445.1773


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Chefhyve

by Paul Reid 2525 Kingsway 778-858-5070 Hours: Open daily from 12pm or until the day’s fresh batch sells out

Greetings food fans. How is everyone? Let’s talk about the new food place that everyone is buzzing about, Chefhyve.

onion, cucumber, pita crisps, tahina dressing. ($16.75) Also that day, for the ol’ accomplice, I ordered Lingcod Fish & Chips: fresh wild Chefhyve’s Falafal Salad is amazing! lingcod served with fresh-cut chips and homemade tartar sauce. ($14.95)

Chefhyve’s owner, Ala Munzer Barghouti, explained to me what Chefhyve is all about. “It’s a food hall where you can watch local chefs prepare an endless variety of cuisines from all over the world.”

For dessert, a slice of Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake. ($8.95)

Our Renfrew-Collingwood location features a Mediterranean food bar, artisan salads, gourmet fish and chips and a variety of desserts including a full waffle bar. “Everything at Chefhyve is locally sourced and fresh. The only thing in the freezer here is ice cream.”

Everything was out of this world amazingly good, especially my falafal salad. I highly recommend that you investigate Ala’s Chefhyve where fresh, local and gourmet all come together. I wish I had more room, but you can read all about Chefhyve.ca on their website, phone for pick-up, or get their goodness delivered by Skipthedishes, Ubereats or Doordash. Bon appetit.

After a delightful conversation with Ala, I decided upon the Falafal Salad, which includes handmade falafel, spinach, chopped iceberg, hummus, seasonal hummus (carrot), seasonal pickles, spicy olives, tomato

Watch the chefs at work in this gourmet kitchen.

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

Complex Office: 604 257-8388 ext 1 Fax: 604 257-8392 Website: www.vancouver.ca/renfrewrec or www.renfrewcc.com

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

Renfrew Park Community Association Annual General Meeting

We hope that you will attend our AGM to meet our current board members, elect new ones and find out about the accomplishments of this past year and goals for next year. All members 18 and over are eligible to vote. Bring your current RPCA membership card (loaded onto your OneCard). If you do not have a membership card, please register for your free RPCA membership. #292656

Renfrew Pool Schedule

Starting January 25th till further notice Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

**Aquafit (Mod) 9:00-10:30am

**Aquafit (Mod) 9:00-10:30am

55+ Swim 9:00-10:30am

Lengths 6:30-7:15am Lengths 7:45-8:30am **Aquafit (Mod) 9:00-10:30am

55+ Swim 9:00-10:30am

CHANGES

Saturday, March 27th 12:00pm-2:00pm

**Aquafit (Mod) 9:00-10:30am

55+ Swim 9:00-10:30am

**the Aquafit class is a 60-minute class (9:15-10:15am) imbedded in a 90-minute session ** Please arrive before the 9am entry to ensure your pre-registered spot

Lengths 11:15am-12:00pm Public Swim 12:30-2:00pm

Renfrew Fitness Centre Schedule

2021 Spring Registration

Centre Program Registration Starts On-line and in person Sat, March 13 @ 9:00am By phone (604 257-8388, ext 1) Sat, March 13 @ 10:00am To create a new account, go to recreation.vancouver.ca

Starting March 1st till further notice

Mon

Tue

Wed

7:30-8:30am

10:30-11:30am

7:30-8:30am

10:30-11:30am

8:45-9:45am

11:45am-12:45pm

8:45-9:45am

11:45-12:45pm

10:00-11:00am

1:30-2:30pm

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11:45am-12:45pm

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11:45am-12:45pm

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For the most up to date information, please go to recreation.vancouver.ca to register.

Prices do not include tax, if applicable. Programs subject to change.

Thu

Masks are mandatory in our facilities at all times with the exception of those under the age of 12. Masks may be temporarily removed when participating in sports and fitness programs.

Fri

1:00-2:00pm

Foot Care Clinic (55+yrs)

Extended Hours Sat

Sun

Closed

Closed

Nancy KF Lee Have your toe nails cleaned and cut safely by a registered and certified foot care nurse. Manage your callus, corns, diabetic feet, fungal and ingrown nails. Please bring a large towel. Please request a receipt from the foot care nurse. Registration must be done one day prior to the appointment date. Mon Mar 8 12:30pm-4:20pm $42/30 min sess


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Spring break at the Vancouver Public Library

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

March Online Events

Dear Neighbours,

Teen Book Club: A Very Large Expanse of Sea Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm Looking for a great new read and some amazing conversation? Or maybe do you want to share all your feels for the characters you loved and hated? Come talk about today’s latest and greatest YA books with other teens at our Virtual Teen Book Club!

I hope you had a wonderful Lunar New Year and Family Day with your household members. These important celebrations often call for large gatherings of friends and loved ones but right now, stopping the spread of COVID-19 is a priority for all of us. We will be able to celebrate in-person again in the future because of your efforts. Spring is just around the corner and I’m looking forward to the longer, brighter days. For students, teachers, and families on Spring Break, I wish you a restful break and hope you get the opportunity to engage in COVID-friendly activities with your household members. There are so many great spots to explore in RenfrewCollingwood -- I’d love to hear where you enjoy spending time in the neighbourhood!

Spring Break: Dungeons and Dragons 102 Thursday, March 25 & 26, 2021 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm Have you already played D&D, but want to level up your characters? Join us for a two day campaign, where you will explore the mysteries of a flying tower that is plummeting toward the Earth. Bring a Level 5 character sheet if you have one, or use one of our pre-made characters. You must be available for both dates.

Nominations for the Order of British Columbia are being accepted until April 9, 2021. Do you know an extraordinary individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, excellence or distinction in their field? Community leadership, business, labour, industry, volunteer service, research, culture, the arts, sports -- the possibilities are nearly endless. For more information on the nomination process, please visit https://orderofbc.gov. bc.ca/nominations/.

SCHOOL-AGE KIDS Spring Break: Dungeons and Dragons 101 Wednesday, March 17, 2021 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm Curious about Dungeons and Dragons but not sure where to start? Join us for an introduction to D&D where you’ll design your own characters and play a short campaign

Virtual Tween Book Club: The Hobbit

Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm Join us online to discover new books and connect with other kids. Fantasy, adventure, laugh-out-loud books and graphic novels – each month has a different focus. For Grades 4-7.

SPRING BREAK

Check vpl.ca for spring break events for kids coming soon! For more information or to register, contact: (604) 331-3663 childrensprograms@vpl.ca

TEENS Teen ELL Conversation Circle Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm Make friends and practice speaking English together. We play games and learn one new word or phrase every time. Spring Break: Creativity in the Time of COVID – A storytelling workshop for teens Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm Join Kung Jaadee, the 2021 Indigenous Storyteller in Residence, for a workshop on creativity and expression in the time of COVID. A Haida storyteller for over 30 years, Kung Jaadee has the gift of turning her struggles and triumphs into stories that bring people together. In this workshop she will share tools on how to take experiences and turn them into art and stories. Come hang out with Kung Jaadee and other teens for an afternoon of connection and creativity.

For more information or to register, contact: (604) 331-3690 teens@vpl.ca

In town for a concert, weekend getaway or sports event? Our nostalgic neighbourhood 2400 Motel offers great budget accommodation. The 2400 Motel on Kingsway is a Vancouver classic, a drive-in motor court offering units with kitchens or cozy motel style rooms. We are pet-friendly and have nice lawns and open areas to walk your pet.

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• 10 minutes from Metrotown • 15 minutes to Downtown Vancouver • Long term stay rates available

Call and Reserve Today! 2400 – Kingsway

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Tel: 604-434-2464

Toll-Free: 1-888-833-2400 reservations@2400motel.com

If you or a loved one is in search of programs and services in their home communities including available COVID-19 relief programs, please get in touch with BC211 by dialing or texting 2-1-1 or visiting bc211.ca. 211 Navigators help connect callers to a variety of support services including mental health, housing, employment services, newcomer supports, youth programs, and much more. 211 is free, confidential, and available 24/7, 365 days a year in 150+ languages. As always, I ask for your continued patience and to follow all the Provincial Health Orders. For non-health related information and services over the phone, please dial 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) between 7:30AM – 8:00PM. Translation service is also available in 120 languages. The timeline for B.C.’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan is dependent on vaccine supply and availability. For more information and regular updates on the plan, please visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/ emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19provincial-support/vaccines. My community office will continue to provide services for constituents via phone and email. Please leave us a voicemail at 604-660-0314 or we are best reached at adrian.dix.mla@leg.bc.ca, and we will get in touch with you as soon as we can. You can also visit us on our website at www.adrian.dix.mla.bcndpcaucus.ca/. 基於 抗疫措施,本辦事處暫時只提供電郵及電話服 務,如需協助請電郵adrian.dix.mla@leg.bc.ca或致電 604660-0314 留言。詳盡及最新資訊,請遊覽辦事 處網頁  www.adrian.dix.mla.bcndpcaucus.ca/.  I hope this finds you and your loved ones well! Take care.

Adrian Dix, MLA Vancouver-Kingsway


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Read On!

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A news section for Renfrew-Collingwood learners

SPRING FORWARD IN 2021

Read On! has a web page. You can:  Read the articles http://renfrewcollingwood communitynews.com/category/ read-on/

by Sophia Han

Spring expressions 

Reading levels on this page

There are more English expressions about spring than any other season. To spring to life means to move quickly or to take action. When someone springs to mind this means that we suddenly think about that person. In the spring, we turn clocks forward by one hour so that we have one hour less of sleep but one hour more of daylight. This is called daylight savings time. This year, dayPlum trees begin flowering in early March. Photo by Sophia Han light savings time is on March 14. March 20 is the spring equinox. On this day, the length of the day and the length of the night is the same in all parts of the world. The spring equinox is a special occasion in some cultures. In Iran, it is the start of the Persian new year. In Japan, the first day of spring is a national holiday called Shunbun no Hi. Traditionally, people celebrate the holiday with family reunions and by leaving sweet rice balls on the graves of ancestors.

Early spring flowering trees  In Vancouver, people take advantage of the early spring weather by visiting one of the city’s 230 parks or by walking neighbourhood streets lined with plum and cherry trees. Cherry trees bloom from mid-March and peak in April. Many of Vancouver’s 43,000 cherry trees were planted in the 1930s to honour JapaneseCanadians who served in World War I. The plum tree is also a stunning sight in early spring and blooms earlier than the cherry tree. Groves of plum trees can be found at Aberdeen Park in Renfrew-Collingwood. While both trees produce flowers with five petals, a single bud from a cherry tree produces numerous blossoms. After a long and difficult winter, step outside and enjoy the early spring. Places to view early plum and cherry tree blossoms Aberdeen Park Clive Avenue from Spencer to McHardy Street McSpadden Park

VOCABULARY spring to life — to move quickly or to take action spring to mind — to suddenly think about someone or something spring equinox — the time of year when both night and day are equal ancestor — someone you are related to who lived in the past take advantage — to make use of

UPPER INTERMEDIATE  LOWER INTERMEDIATE  BEGINNER 

honour — to show someone respect bloom — to make flowers peak — when something is at its best serve — to represent your country stunning — extremely beautiful grove — a group of trees bud — the part of a tree or plant that becomes a flower numerous — many


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Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)

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

Elizabeth Ramos ‘a pleasure to work with and a great morning coffee partner’ By Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) proudly recognizes its longserving staff members. At the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM), CNH staff and contractors who have reached the milestones of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and, for the first time in CNH’s history, 30 years of service and dedication to the neighbourhood house, were thanked by the Board of Directors. Elizabeth Ramos A school practicum assignment first brought Elizabeth (Beth) Ramos to CNH 15 years ago. Shortly after, she was hired as a casual accounting assistant before securing a permanent position. Beth has worked with the Early Years department in accounting since 2007. Her daily tasks ensure that the Early Years payments and invoices are in order. She also assists the invoicing requirements of the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News, and had once stepped in to cover the Accounting Coordinator role while the coordinator was on leave. “Beth is an important part of our team. Her knowledge, dedication and efficiency is what helps the department run smoothly,” a team member says. Beth is a pleasure to work with and a great morning coffee partner. We truly feel that without her, we would be lost. We are blessed to have her! Five and 10 year milestones Lastly, we are happy to honour staff and contractors who have reached the milestones of five and 10 years of service and dedication to CNH last year. We would not be able to do the work we do for our community without them. The following staff have reached over 10 years of service: Bharti Vardhan, Crecien Bencio, Jennifer Gray-Grant, Nazima Rahiman, Valeria Mancilla, and Tiffany Ouyang. The following staff have reached over five years of service: Akberet Beyene, Andrea Noel, David Le, Eda Ertan, Harpreet Gill, Hong (Joy) Yang, Lianjie (Jenny) Shen, Nhan Lu, Nic Galdamez, Sandra Medina, Suzanne Liddle, Verna Kate Smith, and Wen Jing (Mandy) Fang. We sincerely thank these individuals for their commitment and contribution to CNH. They are all amazing—congratulations! Elizabeth Ramos This page is sponsored by Collingwood Neighbourhood House


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MARCH 2021 Coming Events LOVE YOUR CITY For the month of February, 16 BIAs in Vancouver participated in a City wide promotional campaign ÒLove Your CityÓ contest. The BIAs contributed prize items worth thousands of dollars. Large hearts were found in many parts of the City. In Collingwood we featured the large mural on the Cassandra Hotel. Along side this campaign we held our own Family Day contest. Winners will be contacted. Spring has arrived and we will be offering many more fun, exciting promotions. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

Covid Micro Grants for Businesses Congratulations to the 20 businesses who have received the first ever Collingwood BIA Covid Micro Grant. We appreciate our members who made a quick pivot to follow the Covid 19 Provincial Hea Orders. The grant covered all partitions, masks, gloves, face shields, sanitizers and cleaning product up to $500.00. Free WomenÕs Personal Safety Webinar The WomenÕs Personal Safety Team are women from the Vancouver Police Department who have moved their workshops to virtual. Email wpst@vp.ca with REGISTRATION in the subject line. March dates are March 11 & 25th. Please register at least three days before the date of the workshop. Learn how to be more aware of your surroundings, some self-defense moves and learn how to keep yourself safe.

MARCH International WomenÕs Month 14 ÐDaylight Savings 17 Ð St. PatrickÕs Day 21 Ð First Day of Spring

Covid 19 Ð We all need to work together. WHAT YOU CAN DO: - Stay home if you are sick or not feeling well - SOCIAL DISTANCE 2 Meters apart - Wear masks when required - WASH HANDS OFTEN 20 seconds - BE PATIENT & STAY INFORMED

WorkBC Centre Ð Vancouver Commercial Wage Subsidy - Coverage of a new or re-hired employeeÕs on boarding wages for up to 24 weeks! For more information go to WorkBC Wage Subsidy Employer Application Guide. Or contact Irene Lin ilin@mosaicbc.org 604.365.7929 or Anastasia Sillick asillick@mosaicbc.org 236.558.2429 International WomenÕs Month We celebrate the many women who own and operate their business here in Collingwood. This month we will be featuring a few of these incredible women on our social media. Check regularly to meet some of them. Happy International WomenÕs Month!

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