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May 2017

COMMUNITY NEWS Get outside and celebrate spring


by Julie Cheng

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping – spring is here at last! And that means stepping outdoors and getting together at the many events and activities happening around our neighbourhood. Here are a few ideas. Join in a community celebration. Whether it’s a school carnival, a European festival or Collingwood Days, there are plenty of fun local celebrations for the family to enjoy. Come on out and meet your neighbours and discover local talents! Explore by Skytrain. Spring is a great time to shop at local farmers’ markets, enjoy new food trucks or discover new neighbourhoods – it just takes a short hop by Skytrain to get there. For ideas check out the RCC News’ Skytrain Rambler series at https:// renfrewcollingwoodcommunitynews. com/?s=skytrain+rambler Continued on page 3

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Interior of Vancouver Public Library Bookmobile with Harry M. Boyce, Peter Grossman, and Colin Robertson, 1953, Photographer: Province Newspaper. Photo from the Special Collections Historical Collections at the Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession Number 3403 Much has been written about the architectural importance of the Vancouver Public Library’s Collingwood Branch Library here in Renfrew-Collingwood. Its modernist architectural design was so striking that, at one time, it was the most visited modernist building in all of Vancouver.

lic Library’s bookmobile. When there were far fewer branch libraries in Vancouver, a proposal for a bookmobile was mentioned in the Vancouver Public Library’s annual report for 1950.

By March 1956, the bookmobile was up and running, and quite popular with library patrons. According to In turn, the design won the loan old newspaper article from the cal architectural partnership of Vancouver Herald dated from July Harold Semmens and Douglas 19, 1956, the total circulation of liSimpson the commission to design brary materials in the bookmobile’s the award-winning main library first four months of operation was branch once housed at the corner approximately 45,000 – a number of Burrard and Robson Street in equal to a small branch library. downtown Vancouver. The Vancouver Public Library’s However, a lesser but equally humble Collingwood library was important story is the fact that connected to the bookmobile as the Collingwood Branch Library was branch library was headquarters for once home to Vancouver Pubthe bookmobile and its book supply.

Get outside and celebrate spring Show the Renfrew Ravine some love. Still Moon Arts Society (www.stillmoon.org/) has an online guide to Renfrew Ravine tours and runs workshops. Evergreen runs its Uncover Your Creeks program in the Renfrew Ravine once a month (www.evergreen.ca/whats-on/event/uncover-your-creeksrenfrew-ravine/).


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Join a walking club. Drop by your local community centre or neighbourhood house to find a walking club or group day trip program that’ll take to you near and far.

Volunteer at a local garden. Dig into the opportunities at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Rooftop Garden or the Norquay Learning Orchard, run by the local Food Security Institute (www/rcfood.wordpress. com/).

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Collingwood bookmobile Continued from page 2 The book stock on the bookmobile was approximately 2000 books. However, the bookmobile could pull from its inventory of 18,000 books from its storage area at Collingwood library.

Julie Cheng has lived in Renfrew-Collingwood for 20 years. She loves to get some vitamin D from the sun while gardening, riding or walking outdoors.

Furthermore, a Vancouver Public Library annual report from 1956 revealed that “wheels have brought the Vancouver Public Library to thousands of people who do not have the advantage of branch library service nearby” and its success encouraged the bookmobile’s librarian to say that the city needed more branch libraries. According to an existing article written by Nora Schubert, the bookmobile’s route ran past several seniors’ homes, reaching an audience that otherwise may have gone without library service.

From its humble home in Renfrew-Collingwood, the bookmobile once operated five days a week and initially had a dozen weekly stops all over the city. According to a 1960 annual report from the Vancouver Public Library, consistently popular bookmobile stops included Kingsway and Fraser, 25th Avenue and Main Street, 54th The bookmobile may have had Avenue and Elliot, 54th Avenue humble roots, but it was an agent and Victoria and Commercial and of transformation for both inBroadway. formal adult learning in the city and for the evolution of the city’s It may not be obvious but this library system. little book bus operated by the Vancouver Public Library could definitely be categorized as an im- Local resident and writer John Mendoza unportant agent in the development of informal adult education here in covered this RenfrewCollingwood connection Vancouver.

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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: Andrea Berneckas, Coastal City Ballet, Harkarn Kaler, John Mendoza, Julie Cheng, Loretta Houben, Norman Hill, Olivia Lee-Chun, Paul Reid, Penny Lim, Robert F. Edwards, Rosanne Lambert, Tiffany Tu

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Collingwood Days 2017 – New location, same great family fun by Andrea Berneckas Collingwood Days Festival is an annual intercultural community festival that celebrates the diversity, history and natural environment of Renfrew-Collingwood. Traditionally taking place in the last week of May, this year’s event will be celebrating its 14th year from Saturday, May 20 to Sunday, May 28. We have many fond memories of Collingwood Days at Sir Guy Carlton Elementary, but due to a fire at the school last year, the main festival day will take place this year at Gaston Park, at Euclid and Tyne. Over the years, Collingwood Days has highlighted the contri-

butions of various groups and members of the neighbourhood. This year, we are honouring and celebrating the contributions of the First Nations in our community. There will be music, dancing, storytelling and history. Throughout the festival week, there will be activities in various parts of the Renfrew-Collingwood: a carnival at Graham Bruce Elementary, a Cantonese and Italian Opera performance and exhibition at the Italian Cultural Centre, a native plant walk at Norquay Learning orchard, a tea house event at Collingwood Neighbourood House, First Nations storytelling at Collingwood Branch library and much more.

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On the festival day, May 28, local Lions Club members will serve up a pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 am. After our opening blessing at 11 am, festivities will begin with live music and dance from Bright Sunset Chinese Dance Group, Windermere Choir, Calpulli Cemanahuac Aztec Dance Group, Peter Yap, Alicia Crestejo, Kathara Indigenous Filipino Cultural group and others. Drop by and check out the International Marketplace, Artisan Village, BMX and the Dog Agility shows and Collingwood Gardens Tea tent. There are opportunities to volunteer, promote your organization or sponsor our event. Please check out the Collingwood Days Facebook page (www.facebook. com/collingwooddays/) for updates and Collingwood Days website (www. collingwooddays.com/) for more information.


Eating Out in RC The Captain’s Boil

3309 Kingsway, Vancouver Phone: (604) 565-3999 Greetings food fans. We journey now to one of Collingwood’s newest restaurants – the Captain’s Boil. The Captain’s Boil is actually a franchise with 16 locations now across Canada. “The Captain’s Boil was inspired by Cajun seafood boil, where freshly caught seafood is boiled and served right away to retain its freshness and tenderness. The Captain’s Boil took this idea further by adding aromatic Asian spices to enhance the natural taste of our ingredients,” says the CEO and founder, The Captain. As this franchise is aimed at the millennial crowd, we older types may or may not immediately appreciate this style of dining, which The Captain describes as “feast like a pirate! dine like a captain.” You may be surprised to find that the tablecloth is a sheet of paper, that all of the utensils and bowls are plastic and Styrofoam, or that the food arrives in plastic bags. Or, maybe I have just never been to a Cajun seafood boil, which I hadn’t, until now. But that’s how it is. The Captain explains, “By removing all the unnec-


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by Paul Reid essary hassle of table settings and cutlery, we make sure that the food is ready-to-eat — from sea to table.” Also, once we’re done, I guess they can just fold up the paper tablecloth and voila – no dishes. My sweetie and I arrived one Wednesday evening around 6 pm to find the Captain’s Boil quite busy, but a table was available. You may have to wait awhile on the weekends. We examined the menu and found out about the Captain’s steps.

an order of the Cajun Seafood Fried Rice ($10.95). My accomplice immediately put on her bib and plastic gloves; I decided to wait a bit. The rice arrived first. We scooped some rice into our bowls. We agreed – very delicious. Next came our bag of clams. It was time to put on my bib and gloves. You just reach in, pull them out, and have at ’em. The garlic flavour was intense. I guess that’s what you would expect from something in a bag swimming with garlic. I must say though, if you love garlic, like I do, it was pretty darn tasty. Soon after our crab legs arrived. Again – delicious.

eating with plastic gloves and utensils on Styrofoam. Now that I know the Captain’s philosophy (“We serve our food messy to let you enjoy it in a fun and unique way”), I guess it was pretty fun; a change for sure. One thing that was also for sure — everything that we ate at the Captain’s Boil was delicious. Our hostess was pretty friendly too. Well done Captain’s Boil.

The first step is to “choose your catch.” My sweetie and I ordered one order (pound) of King Crab Legs and one order of clams. Originally, my sweetie had ordered lobster, which said “market price” next to it. The waitress was kind enough to let us know that one lobster was currently $45. “Can we order half a lobster,” I asked, being kinda poor and all. That was not possible, so the You do have to work for your dinner with crab legs though, and I still Bon appetit. King Crab Legs, at $19.95, was this don’t know how crazy I was about beggar’s choice. Step two, you choose your flavour. The options are Cajun, Lemon Pepper, Garlic Sauce or the Captain’s Boil (a “perfectly balanced” combination of the other three sauces). We chose Garlic for the clams and the Captain’s Boil for the crab legs. Step three, you choose your heat: non-spicy, mild, medium or fire (smokin’ hot). We love the spice but thought we better take it easy, so we went with medium on both. In retrospect, I think we could have handled the fire. That’s it for the steps, but you still have many add-ons or sides to choose from as well. We decided on

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Bruce Spring Carnival – Now in its 5th year! See you there – Friday, May 26, 4–8 pm by Rosanne Lambert

Let me tell you about a little gem in our neighbourhood, just in case you hadn’t already stumbled across it.

This fun-filled, intergenerational, intercultural community event is in its fifth year, with a longstanding tradition of bringing together families, students, staff, alumni, local neighbours and businesses from the broader community of Renfrew-Collingwood and beyond.

Each spring, Graham Bruce Elementary’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC) proudly presents the annual Spring Carnival – located at 3633 Tanner street, in the back basketball courts on Moscrop. When our youngest first started at Bruce, the Mark your calendar for Friday, May 26 from 4 to Spring Carnival was in its inaugural year (2013). It was created by the PAC as a way to raise funds 8 pm. to replace a primary playground, Collingwood Baptist Church invites you to: which the VancouLEGO | COMPUTER | HOCKEY ver School Board removed due to deterioration and safety issues. The playground was successfully installed in 2015, but this annual fundraiser continues as TO REGISTER & FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: a way to mitigate collingwoodbaptist.org/daycamps shortfalls in education funding. or call: 778-775-9378


Come for the carnival games – Stay for the food, the fun, the atmosphere and so much more at this annual neighbourhood event! Photo by Mary Anne Purdy

doors at this event each year… seeing all the folks in the ’hood… sinking our teeth into delicious barbecued smokThe proceeds from the Spring Carnival have been ies … watching our kids at the classic used for classroom technol- carnival games. ogy upgrades, transportaThere will be indoor bouncy castles, tion to field trips, new plus a variety of quality goods to peruse equipment and enhancing at the silent auction, and over $5,000 our school’s curriculum. in raffle prizes! I’ll try my chances at Last year’s event raised winning the grand prize package, and more than $9,000, which so can you: It’s a trip for two to Victoria has funded a commercial popcorn machine this year, including round-trip airfare, IMAX film admission, and tours to the very beautiLEGO Robotics kits, subsidies for new after-school ful Butchart Gardens and the very tropical Butterfly Gardens. programs, and more. Over the years, the annual coordination of the Spring Carnival also brought diverse families together in collaboration towards shared goals… building neighbourly relationships through this process, and strengthening the fabric of our community. So, after a long winter in Vancouver it’s finally spring. We look forward to relaxing in the fresh out-

That’s not all. There’s free entertainment – a magic show by Ray Wong Magic, demonstrations of LEGO Robotics and much more! There’s something for everyone. Best of all, when you support the Spring Carnival you also support Graham Bruce Elementary School in the education of children and youth in this community – our future citizens. Hope to see you there rain or shine! A local artist, Rosanne Lambert has been a parent at Bruce Elementary for the past eight years.

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Coastal City Ballet brings the classic Giselle to Vancouver audiences for its 6th season Love, betrayal, madness, despair and forgiveness from beyond the grave come to the Vancouver stage For the first time in 10 years, the traditional classical ballet Giselle will be performed on the Vancouver stage. After sold-out performances of Swan Lake in 2016, Coastal City Ballet presents the highlight of the 2016–2017 season: the illustrious and beloved ballet Giselle, a Canadian premiere choreographed by Irene Schneider, on Friday, May 19 at 8 pm at the Playhouse in Vancouver and Friday, June 9 at 8 pm at the Surrey Arts Centre in Surrey. Since its Paris premiere in 1841, Giselle has become the epitome of ballet romanticism. Giselle tells of a young peasant girl betrayed by a nobleman disguised as a commoner. Unable to withstand the prince’s deception, Giselle dies of a broken heart only to join the ranks of the supernatural Wilis, restless spirits who have died before their wedding day. As vengeful as they are entrancing, the Wilis lure young men into their lair—driving them to dance until they die. In a heartfelt display of forgiveness from beyond the grave, Giselle saves her beloved from certain death at the hands of her ghostly sisters. A haunting story of innocence and betrayal, and a timeless tale about the redemptive power of love, Irene Schneider’s Giselle features some of ballet’s most dramatic scenes and otherworldly images.

The diverse talents of Coastal City Ballet along with the beautiful score of Aldolphe Adam, glorious costumes and imaginative sets bring this heart-wrenching love story to life. This full-length masterpiece will be enjoyed by both young and old alike. Li Yaming, artistic director of Coastal City Ballet, is excited to stage this ambitious ballet in the company’s sixth season. “Vancouver audiences have such limited opportunity to see the traditional story ballets. After sold-out performances of Swan Lake it was clear to me that Coastal City Ballet provides a much-needed glimpse into the arts,” she says. “I was determined to mount such a traditional classic again this season. Giselle has long been one of my favourite ballets and I’m overjoyed that Vancouver will experience it as well.” Coastal City Ballet is a repertory ballet company, based in Vancouver’s Renfrew neighbourhood, that provides performance opportunities for emerging dancers, both Canadian and international. Since its conception in September 2011, Coastal City Ballet has presented 11 productions to audiences in greater Vancouver and Regina, Saskatchewan, classical excerpts and commissioned world premieres and choreographies by Wen Wei Wang, Ben Stevenson, Joshua Beamish, Erica Trivett, Farley Johansson and artistic director, Li Yaming. www.coastalcityballet.com

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Collingwood Days May 20 to 28, 2017

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Festival Week Events May 20 – May 28 May 20 1:30 – 3p.m.Tea House, Collingwood Neighbourhood House May 23 10:30a.m. Totem Tales, Collingwood Branch Library 12 – 1p.m. Community Luncheon, Collingwood Neighbourhood House May 24 12 – 2:30p.m. May Flower Luncheon. Renfrew Comm. Ctr. May 25 6p.m. Native Plant Walk, Norquay Learning Orchard 2732 Horley St. 7p.m. Common Voices: The Cultural Legacy of Cantonese & Italian Opera, Italian Cultural Centre 7-9p.m. Lost, Found& Lasting – Celebrating the Stories of Still Creek May 26 th 4-8p.m. 5 Annual Graham Bruce Carnival 3633 Tanner St. May 27 9a.m. – 4p.m.Main Celebration Day - Gaston Park 3470 Crowley Drive May 28 th 10a.m.- 12p.m. 4 Annual Historical Walking Tour of Upper Still Creek Watershed. Meet at Swanguard Stadium. www.stillmoon.org

Main Stage: Music and Dance 11:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. Opening Blessings Windermere Secondary School Choir Calpulli Camanahuac Aztec Dance Group Bright Sunset Chinese Dance Group Kathara Pilipino Indigenous Art Collective Alice Crestejo Peter yap as Elvis! Balkan Schmalken Josie De Baat’s Polynesian Dancers And More!

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The Seniors Connection Collingwood Corner: Home Delivery in the 1960s by Loretta Houben

Once upon a time there weren’t online stores like Amazon. There weren’t personal computers, tablets or cell phones. Apparently, humanity was cut off from one another, living in a vast void. Not quite. Growing up in Collingwood over fifty years ago, homemakers had access to home delivery options. One of them my parents subscribed to was Dairyland Home Delivery. Please study the prices of the attached 1965 price list. For a growing family, usually consisting of two parents and four or more children, you had the option of an 8-quart family milk pack for $2.23. This was in the days before

metric conversion. A quart of milk was 29 cents. Along with a variety of milk products you could indulge in cream, whipped cream, apple and orange juice, yogurt, cottage cheese and butter. Butter was 66 cents for one pound. The prices were comparable to a working man’s wage. My dad earned $150 per month working for the Glidden Paint Company as a fork lift driver, yet he could indulge in home milk delivery. I remember the pale yellow truck rumbling down our street early in the morning, and the bottles clanking as they were set on our front porch. Of course, the dairy products were all in glass containers which my mom set out washed the next week.

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Another wonderful sound of a truck stopping outside our home quite often was the Simpson Sears truck from the warehouse in Richmond. Each season every home in Vancouver would receive a thick free Simpsons catalogue to dream over, filled with useful and exotic items for the home or your wardrobe. Your order was placed by telephone one day, and your goods were delivered without charge the very next afternoon. Once, age 3, I remember a large brown paper covered box arriving at the front door. My mom paid the delivery man, and quickly hid the package in her closet. I begged her to see what it was, and so she emptied the box and gave it to me to play with. I could smell that there had been a new doll in it! I cried and cried until my mom relented (for reasons unknown) and gave me the doll, which was meant to be a Christmas gift! Woodward’s and Eaton’s also had home delivery, but Simpson Sears was my parent’s first choice.

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Do you have memories of those long-ago days, and free delivery to your door? Loretta Houben is a long-time Collingwood resident and the coordinator of the Seniors Connection section of the RCC News.

Home delivery price list from 1965. The prices are simply astounding. Image from the collection of Loretta Houben’s parents

HAIRSTYLING AND BASIC MASSAGE FREE activity, every last Thursday of each month, at 1pm-3:30pm. Come get a haircut or styling and a shoulder massage provided by professionals and volunteers. Please register to save your spot. Join our casual conversation circle to talk about current topics and events from **Pick up a copy of the Monthly Seniors bulletin around the world! at reception for more information** It is a great chance to make friends while 604-435-0323 developing your intercultural communication skills.

Correction In the Seniors Connection page of the April 2017 issue, Lund Milton was identified as a volunteer. In fact, Lund is a staff member, not a volunteer. We apologize for this error. Lund is the shuttle driver for the Better at Home program. He is happy to take Better at Home clients to medical appointments, grocery shopping and other errands, Tuesday to Thursday from 9:30 am to 4 pm. Please contact Sandra Medina at 604-435-0375 or smedina@cnh.bc.ca to arrange a service. —Julie Cheng, editor


May 2017


The Amalgamation Celebration of Grandview-Collingwood Branch #179 by Paul Reid

Singer Linda Jones, here with Joe Sharples, was on hand to entertain a packed house.

Well Collingwood, we did it. The amalgamation of our dear ol’Collingwood Branch #48 with Grandview Branch #179 was made complete on April 21. As the new sign (above) now reads, Branch #179 Grandview-Collingwood has been born and we have a new place to call home.

Grandview/Collingwood Branch 179’s Gerry Vowles and Jenny Kwan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver East, were on hand to celebrate the amalgamation. In the background (and left) is the new charter for the branch. The branch’s orgins now officially stretch back to that of the original Branch #48, which is November 17, 1926.

Following the ribbon cutting and hanging of the new charter, a great time was had by all. D

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May 2017


Shop local farmers markets There’s nothing like fresh food from the farm to your table. These markets are close by or accessible by Skytrain.

Windermere Secondary Car Free Day and Ride Don’t Hide Wednesday, May 10, 2017 will bring two events to Windermere Secondary. Leadership students present Car Free Day, with numerous events and speakers throughout the day. Traffic patterns along Windermere Street and 27th Avenue will be affected. The morning of May 10, Windermere students will source: Il Mercato, Italian Cultural Centre also participate in the Ride Don’t Hide event, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET Lakewood Dr. & East 13th Ave. to raise awareness of mental health issues. Graham Bruce Elementary Welcome to Kindergarten Wednesday, May 10, 9-10:30 am Graham Bruce school library 3633 Tanner St. A special introduction for kids entering kindergarten. Meet the teachers, have fun, snacks and a free activity bag. Call 604-713-4788 to register. Free Resume Clinic @ Collingwood Library Tuesday, May 16, 1–3 pm Collingwood Library, 2985 Kingsway Free but registration required Bring a copy of your resume. Bring a specific job posting, too. A career advisor from the MOSAICWorkBC Employment Services Centre will give feedback on your resume and job search tips. Registration required for your 15-minute appointment. For more info and to register, contact Collingwood Branch at 604-665-3953. Coastal City Ballet’s Giselle Friday, May 19, 8 pm Tickets: $29.95–$59.95 with group discounts Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver Box Office: https://www.vtixonline.com/604.241.7292 Vancouver Playhouse 604.665.3050 VIVO Sound Design workshop Session 1: Saturday, May 6, 1–4 pm Session 2: Saturday, May 13, 1–4 pm Session 3: Saturday, May 20, 1–4 pm In this introductory, three-session workshop, students create sound effects for film, video and multimedia as well as custom virtual instruments for music production. The course is based on Ableton Live, a digital audio workstation, and free plugin synthesizers such as Synth1. VIVO is a non-profit artist-run media centre located on Kaslo Street behind the Rona in RenfrewCollingwood. Their workshops include video editing, lighting for video shooting, and recording and editing sound. www.vivomediaarts.com/education/upcomingworkshops/ Evergreen Uncover Your Creeks – Renfrew Ravine Sunday, May 28, 9 am–noon This is a volunteer opportunity to improve the health of the local watershed. Join Evergreen for citizenscience training and other activities every month at Renfrew Ravine. Meet at East 29th Ave. and Atlin St. Sign up at www.evergreen.ca/whats-on/event/ uncover-your-creeksrenfrew-ravine/ or contact Drew Macdonald dmacdonald@evergreen.ca

Saturdays, May 6–Oct. 21, 2017 9 am – 2 pm Near Nanaimo Skytrain station www.eatlocal.org/markets/trout-lake/ MAIN STREET STATION FARMERS MARKET 1100 Station Street Wednesdays, May 31, 2017–Oct. 4, 2017 2–6 pm Near Science World Skytrain station www.eatlocal.org/markets/main-streetstation/ MERCATO ITALIAN MARKET Fridays, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18 & Nov. 24 (Christmas market) 5–9 pm 3075 Slocan St. @ Grandview Hwy. www.italianculturalcentre.ca/events/ mercato-italian-market/ Run by Il Centro, the Italian Cultural Centre, Mercato Italian Market blends a traditional farmers market with an Italian community market that highlights local, organic and artisan products and produce. Near Renfrew Skytrain station

The Other Guy’s Opinion: On Syria On April 4, 2017, the government of Syria attacked their own people with chemicals. Just a few years ago, they had promised the global community that they had relinquished all of their chemical warfare material. Nevertheless, this most inhumane way of hurting the innocent once again surfaced in Syria by its own government against its own people. On April 6, the president of the United States issued a command to launch Tomahawk missiles on the airbase and its facilities that were directly related to the aircraft flying the chemical warheads. The free world and any person in their right mind would want to see the annihilation of chemical war materials.

Syria is now going into their seventh year of civil war. Over 11 million people have been displaced. Refugees staying in internment camps have lost all that they had lived and worked for as well as for their children. Over 400,000 Syrians have lost their lives to this senseless barbaric civil war. As a Canadian, I’m very proud of what we’ve done and are doing in this troubled region of the world. We are not only sharing our expertise in war and the strategy and communications that are so necessary in today’s wars. In many cases, some of our brave personnel are on the front lines. Yes, Canada is doing its very best with its capabilities where it is needed the most.

by Robert F. Edwards But the real contribution Canada has given to the Syrian people, though small in number compared to the tragedy that is taking place, is that we have found homes and welcomed to our country over 30,000 Syrian families. We have given them the hope and the future they once experienced in Syria but now they are secure forever in their new home. As I was born in Canada in the 1940s, I’ve seen many changes in this remarkable country. The one thing I can say is we are going in the right direction. As Joe Biden said, “the world needs more Canadians.” Robert F. Edwards is a long-time Collingwood resident.



May 2017

Indigenous art project at Windermere high school: Reconciliation from the ground up by Julie Cheng This spring, look for a new mural at Windermere Secondary School that brings together nature and Indigenous culture. Windermere has received a $20,000 grant from the Betty Wellborn Artistic Legacies Foundation for an art project that features local Indigenous artists running workshops and working with students to paint this mural. Fine arts teacher Alyssa Reid’s project proposal was inspired from reading Wab Kinew’s The Reason You Walk, a memoir about reconciliation and healing between father and son that may ultimately spark conversation about Canada’s own reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Coincidentally, Windermere’s former vice-principal, Alison Ogden, had once posted outside her office a quote from the same book that Reid “really took to heart.” The quote reads: “Reconciliation is not something realized on a grand level, something that happens when a prime minister and a national chief shake hands. It takes place at a much more individual level. Reconciliation is realized when two people come together and understand that what they share unites them and that what is different between them needs to be respected.”

Windermere’s aboriginal support teacher, Davita Marsden, suggested to Reid that local contemporary Indigenous artists Sharifah Marsden, Corey Bulpitt and Jerry Whitehead might be interested in working on the project. “After speaking with the artists we decided on three workshops for staff and students that would give them some grounding and knowledge in Indigenous art that would lead to a large (1,000 square foot) mural on the front of the school,” Reid explains in an email.

Jerry Whitehead demonstrating the art of spray painting. Photos taken and edited by Olivia Lee-Chun, Harkarn Kaler and Tiffany Tu

“Our basis for the mural is a rooting in Mother Nature that links everyone to the earth and stresses the importance of nature and the earth to our Indigenous people done in the three very unique styles of each artist.” The workshops started late April, with Sharifah Marsden teaching a beading workshop, Corey Bulpitt doing a stencilling and spray painting workshop, and Jerry Whitehead leading a design question/answer workshop. The painting begins in May.

Two students spray painting the stencil design they created.

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

604 257-8388 Centre: ext 1 Pool: ext 2 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 Licensed Preschool Registration

Fri May 5 6:00am-11:30am

Forms will be handed out, if accepted then a time will be issued to return for the orientation, payments and return completed forms.

Special Events

Collingwood Days 2017 (All Ages)

A Local festival celebrating the diversity and culture of the Renfrew-Collingwood Neighbourhood. Come celebrate with children's games, an international marketplace, artisan village and live entertainment. Family friendly fun for everyone. Event is held at Gaston Park (3470 Crowley Drive). 109144 Sa May 27 11:00am-4:00pm Free

Volunteer Training (13-18yrs) Lynsey MacDonald 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 and conflict resolution and teaches how to lead activities and games. 101677 Th May 11 3:45-5:45pm Free

2017 Summer Centre Programs

For our full listing of programs check out our website or drop by and pick up a brochure. GST to be added. Registration Starts On-line and in person Registration Tue, May 23 Register by phone (604 257-8388) Wed, May 24 To create a new account, go to recreation.vancouver.ca

Wibit Inflatable Day in the pool

Pro D Day Out Trip GLOW bowling (10-13yrs)

Lynsey MacDonald Come and join us for a day of fun on your Pro D Day. We will be heading out to GLOW Bowling at Grandview Lanes. Price includes entrance & public transportation. Out Trip Waiver & Park Board Waiver Forms must be completed two days before the out trip. Forms are available at the centre office. 101685 Fr May 5 9:00-10:30am $10/person

Youth Week Dance (13-17yrs)

Will be held at Trout Lake Community Centre. 98139 Sa May 5 7:00-10:00am

At the Movies (55+yrs) Come out and enjoy an afternoon with popcorn and a movie, “The Illusionist”. 103501Th May 18 3:30-6:00pm


Program Highlights Hatha Yoga (19+yrs)

Hisae McMichael $10.48+tax/Adults, $9.52+tax/Seniors drop-in if space, with permission of instructor. No session Jun 3. 103278 Sa May 13-Jun 24 9:15-10:30am $52.50/6 sess 103276 Th May 18-Jun 22 7:15-8:30pm $52.50/6 sess

E-mail for Computer (55+yrs) Sa May 6-20 English 96045 Cantonese 96044


May Flower Luncheon (55+yrs) Menu: Kentucky Burgoo, mash potatoes, green salad, peach shortcake 96098We May 24 12:00-2:30pm $8.57/person Galiano Island (55+yrs)

Saturday, May 20th from 2:00pm–4:00pm

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

Enjoy Tour and Travel This tour includes an escorted ocean side walk on Gray Peninsula, local artisans Glassworks Studio, Pottery Studio, lunch at the Hummingbird Inn and afternoon dessert at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa. Please Note: Additional $20 ferry fee applies to those under the age of 65 and to non BC residents. 96350 Th May 18 7:45am-7:00pm$141.90/person

I-Pad (55+yrs)

Sa May 27-Jun 10 English 96078 Cantonese 96077

$6/3 sess 9:30-11:00am 11:00am-12:30pm $6/3 sess 9:30-11:00am 11:00am-12:30pm

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Victoria Day Weekend Hours of Operation Pool

Fitness Centre


Sat May 20 8:30am-4:00pm 9:30am-4:00pm 9:00am-5:00pm Sun May 21 1:00pm-5:00pm 1:00pm-5:00pm 10:30am-5:30pm Mon May 22 1:00pm-5:00pm 1:00pm-5:00pm



May 2017


Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)


A day of fun at Mt. Seymour means a lot to neighbourhood families by Norman Hill (adapted from a video by Ana Mateescu) A group of neighbourhood families in CNH’s Families Branching Out (F.B.O.) and Amlat’si programs recently spent a day tobogganing for free at Mt. Seymour Resort, thanks to the generosity of the resort, which donated passes. The scene at the resort was like a winter postcard: a big, brilliant white hill, dark grey trees covered in white snow, and a pale grey sky. But everywhere this background was animated by the movement of the participants in their colourful coats, many of them smiling and yelling as they slid down the hill on bright plastic sleds. Erin, a single mother of twelve children, holding her young daughter in her arms, said, “This is our first time. Never been up any mountain. Never been on a sled.” She was interrupted by her daughter, who fed some snow to her. Choking with emotion, Erin said, “It’s an amazing thing.” Eddie Wood, General Manager of Mt. Seymour Resorts, said, “Our vision here for Mt. Seymour is really to be the starting gate in alpine recreation. And really what that means is giving everybody an opportunity to come up and play in the snow... And so we want to continue providing opportunities for kids... I think the other aspect is we see the social benefits of kids coming up and playing in the snow, enjoying it, and feeling good about themselves, feeling good about being with other people, and the camaraderie they can gain by being here. And I think that has positive effects on those children going forward.” The event was made even better through the support of volunteers from the Red Fox organization, who helped the parents and played with the children. Cassie, a volunteer with Red Fox, said, “Oh, we love working with Collingwood Neighbourhood House and the families

COMMUNITY LUNCH Collingwood Neighbourhood House invites you to lunch every Tuesday and Thursday. 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.”

May lunch menu Tuesday, May 2 Tomato soup Tuna or grilled cheese sandwich Salad Chocolate cookies

that come to the dinner program... We’re really happy to be invited today and get to have fun and go tobogganing with all the families that we know.” The participants had a wonderful time. There were screams of excitement as the children slid down the hill. There were smiles and laughter all around. A mother named Veronica said, “An amazing experience. Family time, very quality family time. Seeing a good friends. Having fun everybody. And being a place that we usually not able to go. So it’s amazing. The [F.B.O.] program has been so supportive in many ways to many families. And I can be very proud to say that I am in the program for more than fourteen years already.” It was obvious from participants’ faces how much the day meant to them. Erin said, “That’s the first time they’ve ever been on a sled, right, like ever. So that’s amazing... Like coming here is like saying we’re going to go to Disneyland.” CNH would like to offer a big thank you to Mt. Seymour Resort for the free tobogganing passes and to the Red Fox Society for helping the participants on the trip. To learn more about CNH’s programs for families, visit http://www.cnh.bc.ca/programs/families/ To see Ana Mateescu’s video of the day of tobogganing at Mt. Seymour, go to https://vimeo.com/207252038

Mini-Yogi Do you have a young child? Get them moving with CNH’s new MiniYogi program. It will help to further develop your child’s motor skills. Children will have a lot of fun, learning through group tasks and challenges and by executing a wide range of movements, including throwing, catching, dancing, singing, rolling and stretching. For children ages 3 to 5, with parent participation. Time: Fridays 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Location: CNH Cost: $ 25 / 8 classes or $3.50 drop-in This page is sponsored by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Thursday, May 4 Chicken stew with vegetables / veggie option Salad Almond tart Tuesday, May 9 Cabbage soup Veggie frittata with cheese scone Salad Chocolate mousse Thursday, May 11 Baked fish with mashed potatoes Salad Cranberry muffin Tuesday, May 16 Cream of mushroom soup Chicken salad sandwich / veggie option Salad Vanilla cake Thursday, May 18 Chicken or veggie skewers with rice and potatoes Salad Lemon cupcake Tuesday, May 23 Corn chowder soup Sockeye salmon sandwich / veggie option Salad Almond cookies Thursday, May 25 Spaghetti and meatballs / primavera Salad and garlic bread Quinoa shortbread cookies Tuesday, May 30 Zucchini and green bean soup Hamburger or veggie burger Salad Tiramisu cake



May 2017

The Collingwood Junior BIA, young entrepreneurial leaders from Windermere Secondary, serves as a bridge between youth and businesses in our community. The team is composed of thirteen young leaders from Windermere Secondary who strive to offer their skills and insights to local businesses. The year’s co-chairs are Jeffrey Ma and Shawna Turai. Both are now in grade 12; This is Shawna’s third year and Jeffrey’s ’s second year on the Jr. BIA. “As leaders of our school, we have experience in accounting, marketing and innovating through our wide range of business programs. We want to help local community businesses by applying our business knowledge and skills with social media, market research, website creation, advertising, logo creation, event creation and other promotions. Most of these services are absolutely free!” Both Shawna and Jeffrey feel that they have learned a lot from the JrBIA. “It has helped me to take on bigger and bigger roles,” says Shawna, who has moved from events director, to community outreach director, and now to co-chair. Shawna was nominated for the City of Vancouver‘s Excellence Award by the CBIA and was selected as a winner under the Youth category. Congratulations Shawna! Jeffrey has learned leadership skills, how to be organized, and how to manage his time better. “Being so busy with school and other activities, I need to manage my time almost flawlessly.”

Both have also gained a lot of confidence through public speaking and working with the local business community. Latest event was a case study for London Drugs, who wanted to know ‘how can London Drugs get more youth to visit their store.’ So, the Jr.BIA held a competition. Creating six teams of four people, they were given one hour to brain storm and strategize. The ideas were then judged by the judges which included Angela Evans of the CBIA and three London Drugs managers. “The teams were able to come up with lots of ideas and London Drugs was impressed. “They got to find out how youth think and to benefit from our creativity.” Apart from the many business skills, The Jr.BIA also teaches teamwork and helps the youth to build their networks. It’s not just for people interested in business says, Jeffrey who want to study Law. The skills are highly transferable.” The students learn from experience as well as from each other. The more seasoned JrBIA members mentor the younger ones. “We find that student to student learning is effective, convenient and easier since we can relate better with our own age group. We can also go to Angela for advice. She encourages us, helps us with our ideas and warns us about possible challenges, but mostly, she allows the JrBIA members to take the lead.” The JrBIA is now gearing up for this month’s Collingwood Days. They will have a booth at the fair with arts and crafts and food! They also help out every year with Keep Vancouver Spectacular. Way to go JrBIA!

CBIA UPDATES l Collingwood Days 2017 - May 27, 2017 @ GASTON PARK - NEW LOCATION! Please join us in celebration Collingwood Days 2017 in it’s new location Gaston Park 3407 Crowley Drive, Vancouver. Pancake Breakfast 9 – 11a.m. – hosted by the Lions Society Festival Opens at 11a.m. will opening remarks Main Stage Entertainment 11a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Kid Zone featuring a Corn Maze, International Marketplace and Food Court Face Painting, balloon twisting, Artist Village, teepee and canoe display Fun for the whole family. Dog Agility Show, BMX demonstrations and much much more.

Sponsorship Opportunities, International Marketplace and Food Court vendor application are online. Pancake breakfast 9 – 11a.m. Festival official opening 11a.m. to 4p.m. For more information www.collingwooddays.com l Collingwood International Film Festival 2017 This year will be the 5 th annual event. The dates and park locations are: July 7- Japan Gaston Park July 21 – China – Collingwood Park

August 4 – Spain – Gaston Park August 18 – India – Collingwood Park movie Lion Movies begin at dusk. Bring your chair, blankets and snacks and enjoy a good movie in the park. l Collingwood BIA Renewal It’s that time again. Renewal of the BIA. Surveys will be going out to all the businesses in May and June to poll where the members priorities are in the Collingwood BIA. We focus on Street Enhancement and Beautification; Street Safety and Graffiti Removal and Patrolling; Maketing and Events. We want to hear from you. Let us know what’s important to you. info@shopcollingwood.ca l Collingwood BIA Board Members Needed We have a few positions available on our board of directors and various committees and invite all property owners and businesses owners to join the board. We meet monthly during the lunch hour every second Wednesday. Call or email angela@shopcollingwood.ca for more information.


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