Renfrew-Collingwood Community News May 2021

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Taking out in Renfrew-Collingwood by Paul Reid Currently here in B.C. we are still seeing over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases per day! That’s a lot more than this time last year. The good news is that, in addition to the vaccines, all of the bans seem to be bringing the numbers down again. The bad new is that our local restaurants are still taking a real beating. That situation went from bad to worse on March 29 when new measures were put in place by the province to counter the new surge in COVID cases. This ban, which was initially intended for three weeks, included a halt to all indoor dining, has now been extended to midnight of May 29. Our poor restaurateurs! They have already been forced to meet so many requirements and restrictions. Now, unless the restaurant has an outdoor space in which to throw a few tables, the only way that they can stay alive is through pick-up and delivery. That’s where we residents come in. Let’s consider it a part of our duty during these trying times, for those that can afford it, to make a point of ordering take-out or delivery a few more times than usual, especially over this next month or until the indoor dining ban is lifted.

Here is a reminder of just a few of our local eateries. See a more complete list on page 2. For reviews of local restaurants, visit eating-out/ Collage by Paul Reid

Collingwood Corner Page 3

Eco-art from Still Moon Page 4

Yes, it’s tough, I know, but at least unlike with other catastrophes we don’t need to get off our couches. Now, in addition to watching Netflix

Beauty of spring brings hope Page 6

Continued on page 2

New Liquor store planned Page 8


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to all who advertise with the RCCNews For over 20 years you have been providing the Renfrew-Collingwood community with a voice!


Taking out in Renfrew-Collingwood - Continued from page 1 for hours on end, your mission is to take hold of your phoning device, locate one of your favourite local eateries, treat yourself to some take-out, and let’s help these guys get through this pandemic so that we can enjoy them down the Andamiro Korean Bistro (604) 620-2500 Balkan Bakery (604) 435-9422 Basil Garden Restaurant (604) 871-9998 Blackball Taiwanese Dessert (604) 620-5550 Boteco Brasil (604) 379-7995 Bubble World Tea House (604) 451-7658 Chefhyve (778) 858-5070 Chili Pepper House (604) 431-8633 Chosun Korean BBQ (604) 434-1222 Dae Ji Cutlet House (604) 255-3335 Dami Sushi & Korean (604) 431-8887 Donair Land (604) 569-3971 Dragon Crepe (604) 565-8088 Freshslice Pizza (604) 568-4003 Golden Seafood Rest. (604) 568-8268 Gong Cha Bubble Tea (604) 336-9797 Got Pho Thien Kim (604) 253-8239 Grandt Kitchen Joyce (604) 451-3737 Happy Day Café (604) 307-6868 Happy Lemon (604) 620-8058 Hyoga Japanese Cuisine (604) 438-0066 I&I Jamaican Restaurant (604) 434-0526 Il Centro: Italian Cultural Centre (604) 430-3337 iSushi (604) 336-6553 Jambo Grill (604) 433-5060 Jenjudan Bubble Tea (604) 563-6768 Joyce Jiaozi Restaurant (604) 436-5678 Kamome Japanese Bistro (604) 428-5228 Kimu Japanese Cuisine (604) 563-0722 Knight & Day Restaurant (604) 299-7701 Kuan Zhai Road Restaurant (604) 430-3488 Kumare Express Restaurant(604) 564-6338 La Piazza Dario Ad-240321(604) Beaux Arts Renfrew 5:49430-2195 PM Page 1 Li’s China Grill (604) 568-1832

road. We are almost there RC, so get your vaccine and soon this will seem like some crazy dream. Until then, here is a list of local restaurants and bakeries that we hope you will enjoy: (604) 568-8884 Love for Pho (604) 431-7707 Marui Bakery (604) 423-2662 Masala Meats Max’s Restaurant (604) 435-3505 (604) 336-9968 Michi Craft Kitchen Milk & Sugar Café (604) 559-5477 Milk and Sugar BBQ Bar (604) 431-8544 (604) 251-1615 Mr. Sub Pampanga’s Cuisine (778) 379-7003 Panaderia Latina Bakery (604) 439-1414 Panago Pizza +1 866-310-0001 (604) 437-1717 Papa John’s Pizza (604) 566-9898 Penang Delight Pho Kitchen (604) 255-3135 Pine House Bread & Cake Shop (604) 438-3373 (604) 559-9155 Plato Filipino Prince Seafood Restaurant (604) 430-6808 1 888-478-7397 Purdys Chocolatier Ragazzi Pizza Co (604) 433-2235 Ricky’s Country Restaurant (604) 293-1242 Sharetea Bubble Tea (604) 423-3619 Sunflower Bubble Tea (604) 909-0669 Super Great Pizza (604) 433-0222 (604) 879-4881 Sushi High (778) 379-3837 Sushi Royal House (604) 454-1023 Sushi Taku The Deli (604) 255-6922 The Sea House Fish and Chips (604) 433-7807 (604) 873-1010 The Tipper Todak Todak Korean Restaurant (604) 336-9866 (604) 253-8714 Trocadero Restaurant Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant (604) 216-2535 Yo-Bones BBQ Catering (778) 882-2376 Yook BBQ and Bistro (604) 428-9292

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3595 Kingsway, Collingwood Autoworkers circa 1942 by Loretta Houben Bill Steffensen shared these two photos on the Nostalgic/ Sentimental Vancouver Facebook group and gave permission to share them with RCC News readers.


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His great-grandmother and

his mother (the little girl) are standing on the sidewalk at 3595 Kingsway, which is the shop just behind them on the left. In the distance is the intersection of Kingsway and Boundary. On the right you can see a tall brick building, which is the BC Telephone Dexter Exchange. The white building next to it is the Central Park Funeral Home, later the Technocracy 1942, Bill Steffensen’s great grandmother and his mother, standing at 3595 Kingsway. Building and now a Buddhist Photos courtesy of Bill Steffenson temple.

Bill’s grandfather, Lesley

Trotter, owned the Collingwood Autoworkers shop, and his grandmother ran a beauty salon in the same building. His great-uncle Hilton Trotter is in the second photo. He was in the Royal Canadian Air Force at the time. Bill’s mother, Doreen Trotter, is

the little girl in both photos. Just past the autoworkers shop is the Central Park Sash and Door, and near the corner is Robertson’s Bakeries at 3665 Kingsway. These photos are nearly 80 years old, and it’s interesting to see how the area has changed in that time.

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Businesses in 1942 located near Kingsway and Boundary, from the B.C. directories. Image courtesy of Loretta Houben

1942, Bill Steffensen’s great-uncle Hilton Trotter, standing near the Collingwood Auto Workers shop at 3595 Kingsway, with his mother, Doreen Trotter.


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Eco-art sculptures: Beaver Pond(er)ing Lodging 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: Bill Steffenson, Bryden Fergusson, Carmen Rosen, Jessie Yeung, Julie Cheng, Karen Vanon, Lindy Johnston, Loretta Houben, Paul Reid, Penny Lim, 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: May 10 The Renfrew-Collingwood Community News is an initiative of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH).

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by Lindy Johnston, Carmen Rosen and Jessie Yeung Still Moon Arts Society has an exciting year ahead of them. With a new eco-arts program manager and a number of grants approved, the organization is getting ready to put into action several projects, including Beaver Pond(er)ing Lodging. Beaver Pond(er)ing Lodging interweaves the ancient tradition of willow basketry, communityled riparian (stream bank) stewardship and innovative mycelial (mushroom) sculpture techniques. This eco-art project aims to connect stories of human displacement and habitat loss through the creation of a beaver and recreational vehicle (RV) woven from living willow plant material filled with myco-remediative Turkey Tail mushroom mycelium (as shown in the photo). Why a beaver and RV? Local seniors and Indigenous knowledge keepers tell us stories of a time when the area held natural bogs and many streams flowed throughout the watershed. Beavers had engineered ponds all along

A beaver climbs up the stream bank, curiously noticing an RV that is parked on the lawn. Photo by Carmen Rosen lower Still Creek, creating abundant wetlands that slowed and stored rainwater and nurtured a diverse ecosystem. In the Coast Salish worldview, the beaver symbolizes social respon-

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sibility and diligent collaboration. The beaver has also become a national symbol for Canada. This came through the exploitation and trading of beavers for their pelts that were used to make hats for the aristocrats of Europe, where beavers had already been trapped to near-extinction. By honouring and encouraging beavers as ecosystem builders, the artists strive to embody the traditional values of Beaver, while working towards ecosystem health. The RV respectfully acknowledges the residents who find refuge in the outskirts of our unaffordable city. Still Moon hopes the collaborative process can inspire a sense of belonging and a culture of stewardship in the human community of the watershed. Eco-restoration This project coincides with Still Moon’s larger stewardship initiative Shedding Light on Still Creek, aimed towards long-term ecosystem-based restoration: replacing invasive species with native species, improving water quality of local creeks and increasing biodiversity through community participation. The exact location of this project is currently pending permit approval. Carmen Rosen, founding director of Still Moon, and mycologist/artist Wil-



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loughby Arevalo will be leading artists on this project. This project is made possible with funding from Canada Council for the Arts. For more information on Beaver Pond(er) ing Lodging and Shedding Light on Still Creek, follow Still Moon @stillmoonarts on Instagram, Facebook @Still Moon Arts Society or sign up for their monthly newsletter at

by Karen Vanon

Although the vaccine news gives hope that the pandemic will be over soon, Dr. Bonnie Henry has stressed the importance of not becoming complacent, particularly as cases remain relatively high. Therefore, we must continue to remain within our own region of B.C., avoiding non-essential travel.

Still Moon Arts Society is a non-profit organization based in Renfrew-Collingwood in Vancouver and founded in 2004 by artistic director Carmen Rosen. Since inception, Still Moon has used art to raise environmental awareness and connect the community within the Renfrew Ravine and Still Creek. Still Moon is known for its annual festival, the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival. Willoughby Arevalo is passionate about the ecology of fungi, the ways they shape our world and the ways we shape theirs. His lifelong friendship with fungi has led him down a mycelial pathway – from a start in field identification and mushroom hunting, branching into cuisine, DIY cultivation, farming, education, writing and eco-arts. He has more than 30 years of lived experience with fungi and, in the last decade, has prioritized sharing mycology with communities. See his work at, and

Here in Renfrew-Collingwood, we are fortunate to be part of Vancouver, our diverse, vibrant and intriguing city. As we all stay close to home, my Noticed... art feature will sometimes zoom out to showcase not just our neighbourhood, but our city too.

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

Complex Office: 604 257-8388 ext 1 Fax: 604 257-8392 Website: or

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

Spring Highlights

Fitness Centre Hours of Operation

Craft Time (10-17yrs)

Starting Saturday, April 10th

The fitness centre will have additional times available on Saturdays! 9:15am-10:15am 10:30am-11:30am 11:45am-12:45pm (65+yrs) 1:30pm-2:30pm

Victoria Day Weekend Sat, May 22-Mon, May 24 Swimming Pool

Fitness Centre

Centre Area

Saturday May 22




Sunday May 23




Monday May 24




Renfrew Licensed Preschool On-Line Registration

Apr 6-Jun 24

For Sept 2021-Jun 2022

Starla Bayley Come and join the Community Youth Worker and complete some fantastic crafts! Could be anything from inspirational rocks to building bird housesevery week will be a new craft that has you hanging out with your friends in a safe distanced environment. 326286 Fri May 7-28 326288 Sat May 8-29

3:30-5:00pm 2:30-4:00pm

Free Free

Badminton Lessons (6-18yrs)

Richard Le Participants will focus on their movement and coordination required for Badminton. This will help improve their clearing, net drop shot, serve techniques, while introducing smashing. Rules on how to play half court single game will be reviewed. Please note participants are encouraged to bring their own Badminton racquet. Shared supplies such as birdies designated for use between specific participants each session. They will be sanitized between classes. Shuttle I 320745 Sun May 23-Jun 20 9:30-10:25am

$85/5 sess

Shuttle I/II 320747 Sun May 23-Jun 20 10:40-11:35am

$85/5 sess

320749 Tue May 18-Jun 22 3:50-4:45pm

$102/6 sess

Shuttle II/III/IV 320751 Sun May 23-Jun 20 11:50am-12:45pm 320753 Tue May 18-Jun 22 5:00-5:55pm

$85/5 sess $102/6 sess

Spring Highlights continued Osteofit (55+yrs)

Berdjis Bahrami This class focuses on improving strength, posture, balance and agility through the use of functional exercises, agility activities, resistance training and appropriate stretches. 319200 Tue May 18-Jun 22 10:30-11:25am $34.50/6 sess

Foot Care Clinic (55+yrs)

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 one day prior to the appointment date.


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Nancy KF Lee

$42/30 min sess

Summer Registration Start Dates for Centre Programs

In Person/On-Line .... Saturday, May 22nd at 9:00am By Phone ................ Saturday, May 22nd at 10:00am Prices do not include tax, if applicable. Programs subject to change.


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Coping with COVID: Spring brings hope Nature photos to ease the mind Photos by Penny Lim

(Right) Amazing hummingbird in action amid floral beauty.

An Old-Fashioned Fair with a Multicultural Flair!

Local cherry blossoms.

Northern flicker on the ground for a while.




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May 2021 55+PROGRAMS

5288 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC, V5R 6C9 Registration Required for all programs. Programs are FREE unless indicated. Phone: 604-435-0375 E-mail

Monday Walking Club May 3, 10, 17, 31 Closed on May 24 (Victoria Day) 10:30-11:30 am, meet outside CNH. Get some fresh air and exercise. Join us for a socially distanced walk.

Sing For Fun May 3, 17 2:00-3:00 pm on ZOOM Sing-along led by an experienced local singer. Option to sing in front of the group in the talent show section of the meeting.

Friendly Phone Visits Ongoing, weekly Enjoy a social phone visit with a volunteer.

Frozen Meals: $4-6 Delivery every Thursdays, Call by Sunday Delicious home cooked meals. Healthy and Hearty! Delivered to your door! Online or phone ordering available.

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

Fees based on sliding scale $0-10/ round trip Tues, Wed, Thurs 9:30-2:30

Choose to Move… from your home!

Over the phone tech support. For example zoom, downloading apps, or using your devices.

Working for National Standards in Long-Term Care

Shuttle Service

Come discuss news ,politics, culture and events from around the world and practice English


Support our Seniors and Caregivers

Order by phone and have your groceries delivered to your door by our trusty volunteers. Minimum order is $40. Save on Foods only.

May 17 1:30-2:30 pm on ZOOM

One on One Tech Support

Vancouver Kingsway

Delivery every Wednesdays

Our driver will pick up, drop off and take you home. Only 2 riders at a time. Wheel chair accessible. Masks mandatory on shuttle.

World Café & English Conversation

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Grocery Shopping- Save On Foods

Registration for Summer cohort now open Zoom or phone Join Choose to Move to have a coach to support you integrate physical activities into your daily routine, connect with other likeminded older adults, and make a positive impact in your life. Call us to learn more!

Gentle Chair Yoga on Zoom Thursdays, 2pm to 3pm ($39/12 sessions) Enjoy safe, slow moving exercises guided by a certified and experienced Yoga coach. Suitable for people with arthritis and various levels of ability.


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Plans for new liquor store at East 22nd and Rupert by Julie Cheng In April 2021, Renfrew-Collingwood residents received a letter in the mail from the West Coast Liquor Company seeking support to open a liquor store at 3281 East 22nd Avenue and Rupert Street. The company runs West Coast Liquor Stores in Vancouver, Burnaby and Richmond and is owned and operated by Gibson Hospitality. Its principals, John Teti and Roger Gibson, have 20 years’ experience running liquor retail stores. See the application letter to the City of Vancouver at https://


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

by Sophia Han Dear Neighbours,

I hope this finds you well! As the Spring expresweather warms up with longer, sions please remember brighter days,

to follow all public health orders. There are moretoEngWe must continue stop the lish expressions spread of COVID-19 about in our spring thanespecially any other communities as we season. to head into To the spring summer months. We also recognize the challengVOCABULARY es that the pandemic continues spring toyou life toloved move or to take to bring to and— your ones,quickly so we would greatly action appreciate your feedback. The SPEAK 2 survey serves as a platform for you to share your perspectives and experiences on how COVID-19 has affected you and what tools and supports you need as we look ahead to A liquor store is proposed for the development site at 22nd Avenue our pandemic recovery in the coming months. and Rupert. Photo by Bryden Fergusson The online survey is now open and focuses on how our behaviours and experiences have changed over Find more information on the West Coast Liquor Company is the course of the pandemic, the barriers that may exist development site at 3281-3295 asking for your support by emailto vaccinations, and how people can be supported to East 22nd Avenue at https:// ing recover from the effects of the pandemic. It will take or 20 minutes to complete and is available in 10 languages applications/3281-3295e22/ If you have questions, contact including English, French, Simplified and Traditional index.htm them at 604-683-6506. Chinese, Punjabi, Farsi, Arabic, Spanish, Korean and American Sign Language. For more information, please visit

New garden pop-up store in Renfrew-Collingwood Mid-April, an Urban Roots Garden Market popped up at the northeast corner of East 29th Avenue and Rupert. The flowers and vegetables come from growers in Aldergrove and Abbotsford and currently there are three other locations in Vancouver, including one near the PNE. The pop-up market runs through June. The pop-up garden store carries a good selection of flowers, bedding plants, hanging baskets, herbs, tomato, zucchini, cucumber, squash, strawberry plants and blueberry bushes as well as West Coast Seeds and garden tools.

Photo by Julie Cheng

St. Mary’s Charity Flowers Project This year St. Mary’s church at 5251 Joyce is running a Mother’s Day fundraising campaign by Ave Maria Garden. Order a flower bouquet by April 30 and proceeds will go to The Door Is Open in the Downtown Eastside to feed people who are experiencing homelessness. Pick-up is May 1 or May 8. To order and find more information visit

To better support businesses during these difficult times, the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant is now available. Affected businesses, including restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, gyms, and fitness centres can receive up to $10,000 in one-time funding to help with expenses, as well as unexpected costs. Applications for the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant are now open, and we encourage all eligible businesses to apply at A friendly reminder the timeline for B.C.’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan is dependent on vaccine supply and availability. For more information, please visit https://www2. Regular updates can be found at the site above or over the phone at 1-888-COVID19 from 7:30am to 5pm and translation services are available in more than 120 languages. As of April 23rd, anyone born in 2003 or earlier (age 18+) were encouraged to register to get vaccinated. You will be contacted separately when you are eligible to book an appointment. 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, and we will get in touch with you as soon as we can. You can also visit us on our website at 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 604-660-0314 留言。詳盡及 最新資訊,請遊覽辦事處網頁  www.adrian.dix. Thank you for all that you’re doing and take care! Adrian Dix, MLA Vancouver-Kingsway

Read On!


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A news section for Renfrew-Collingwood learners


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by Sophia Han

Celebrating mothers around the world


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This year, Mother’s Day takes place on May 9. It is not a public holiday but a day to honour mothers and mother figures such as a stepmother or mother-in-law.


The tradition of Mother’s Day comes from the United States. It is celebrated around the world but not always on the same day. In the United Kingdom, Mothering Day is celebrated three weeks before Easter Sunday. Many Mexicans and people from Latin America celebrate the American holiday and a special day for mothers called El Dia de la Madre on May 10.


Photo by Sophia Han

How do Canadians celebrate Mother’s Day? 

Sons and daughters show their appreciation by sending gifts of flowers and cards. Others thank their mothers by taking them out to a restaurant. The carnation is the most popular flower to send on Mother’s Day because they were used in the first Mother’s Day ceremony in 1908. While carnations come in all kinds of colours, their meaning depends on the colour. Pink carnations mean gratitude and white carnations mean purity. Of course, the holiday can be celebrated without gifts or flowers. Many Canadians will express their appreciation with a phone call to their mothers or by spending time with them doing a favorite activity. There are many ways to recognize all the hard work that mothers do.

Florists in Renfrew-Collingwood


public holiday — a holiday for the whole country mother figures — someone who cares for you like a mother stepmother — someone who is not your biological mother but is married to your parent mother-in-law — the mother of your husband or wife tradition — something that has been done for a long time appreciation — to show that you feel thankful taking them out — to take someone out means that you go somewhere with someone and pay for that person

all kinds of — many and different types depends on — decided or affected by something else gratitude — a feeling of thankfulness purity — innocent of course — when something is wellknown express — to show recognize — to show appreciation for someone’s work looking to (idiom) — to think about something unique — one of a kind

If you are looking to send a unique bouquet to someone special for Mother’s Day, try one of these local florists. BC Flower Vancouver Local Florist 2522 Nanaimo Street A Flower’s Touch 2980 East 22nd Avenue Paradise Garden 2124 Kingsway Vin’s Flowers 4280 Slocan Street puzzle/2233081/celebratingmothers-day/


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Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)


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

A love for CNH and its staff: Kulwant Kaur By Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) proudly recognizes its long-serving staff members. At the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM), Kulwant Kaur, Director of Operations, was recognized for over 25 years of service and dedication to the neighbourhood house. When Kulwant Kaur talks about Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH), she often refers to love: her love of working at CNH and her love for what CNH staff do both inside the organization and in the neighbourhood. When Kulwant arrived at CNH in July of 1994, it was an instant love match. Kulwant said she remains amazed at all that the staff do with and for residents and organizations in Renfrew-Collingwood. Kulwant had arrived in Canada four years previously from her native country Malaysia. At CNH, she started as an Office Manager, then Office and Volunteer Coordinator and now, for many years, Director of Operations. Along the way she also served a couple of times as Acting Executive Director. While Kulwant often expresses her love for CNH, she’s also clear that dealing with change—even positive change—isn’t her favourite activity. When she worked as Office Manager and Office and Volunteer Coordinator, her desk was in a very public part of the administration office. Once she became Director of Operations, the role came with a private office. It took Kulwant a full year to make the shift, as she had to get used to the idea of a new work space before moving into it. Looking back on her years at CNH, Kulwant recalls fondly working with former staff such as former Executive Director Paula Carr, and Operations Directors Oscar Allueva and Sandra Menzer. She recalls saying to them: “There’s no university that could teach me what I’m learning from you.” Kulwant’s favourite memory from CNH is the opening of CNH’s Joyce Street location. The premier at the time was This page is sponsored by Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Kulwant Kaur Glen Clark, a local resident. There was a huge ceremony which felt very celebratory. Another cherished memory is the opening of the CNH Annex. Kulwant was deeply involved with the Annex so, she said it felt wonderful to be part of the opening ceremonies and to think of both the satisfaction of all that work completed and the possibilities the new space represents for our neighbourhood. Kulwant expresses huge praise for the Operations team members, saying they are talented, work hard and are very dedicated to CNH. In her free time, Kulwant loves to watch Bollywood movies, walk trails with her “Just Walking” group, and have dinner with friends—when we’re not in a pandemic. Her current life goals are to help plan her son Mandip’s upcoming wedding, walk up the Eiffel Tower in Paris and travel to India. In looking back, Kulwant notes some people work at their jobs simply for their pay cheque. Kulwant stresses that is not her motivation; she works from the head and from the heart. As those who work with her would say, it shows. Congratulations, Kulwant on 25 (now 26) years at CNH!



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MAY 2021 Coming Events Covid Micro Grants for Businesses Ð Second Intake Our first intake was so successful the board of directors has approved to have a second intake for the Collingwood BIA Covid Micro Grant. The Collingwood BIA businesses are eligible to receive a maximum of $500. If you have already received this micro grant you will not be eligible to apply. The Collingwood BIA appreciates all of the businesses following all the Public Health Orders take were given throughout the pandemic. We are aware the increase expenses in insuring the high standards of sanitizing and safety precautions and would like to help our businesses to cover some of these costs. The CBIA will be offering Covid Micro Grants up to $500.00 to cover these added expenses. Please contact us at 604.639.4403 or email for more information. The grant will cover costs retroactive to April 2020 to present and to items such as: -

hand sanitizers/refills masks PPE Plexi glass partitions

- floor stickers or markers - signage (with Covid messaging) - face shields - gloves

Receipts must be submitted with application. A list of suppliers is available upon request. Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grants Available

MAY 9 MotherÕs Day MAY 24 Victoria Day

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

The Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant provides grants to hospitality and fitness businesses impacted by the March 30, 2021 Provincial Health Orders. Grants from $1000 - $10,000 are available until June 4, 2021 or until funds are fully expended, whichever comes first. Hospitality businesses include: restaurants, pubs, bars, coffee shops & cafes Fitness businesses include: pilates, yoga (Hatha) studios, barre studios and gyms offering indoor low intensity group exercise classes Go to for more information and to apply. Collingwood Days 2021 ItÕs happening this year! We are happy to announce the dates for Collingwood Days 2021 is July 16 to July 30th. We will begin and end the festival with movie nights. Go to for event schedules. There will be in-person and online activities spread over the community and over the two weeks. Looking forward to seeing you all again. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with our monthly contests.

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With pesto and grilled vegetables

INCLUDES A CHOICE OF: roast potato and insalata verde or penne in tomato sauce

INCLUDES A CHOICE OF: roast potato and insalata verde or penne in tomato sauce

Includes insalata verde

Includes insalata verde

LASAGNA | Meat or Vegetarian Il Centro offers a full dinner take out menu. Order online and select your pick up time for the following day and enjoy authentic Italian dinners appreciated by our patrons for over 6 decades. Go to: or scan the QR code Follow us on social media @ilcentrovan

(Frozen | Serves 6-8 people)

EGGPLANT PARMESAN (Frozen | Serves 6-8 people)

� 45

(cooked add � 10)

� 45

(cooked add � 10)


� 13


� 12


� 13

Add these dishes to your meal: Drop by Ilaria’s Café on our piazza for lunch and enjoy Italian sandwiches, salads or baked goods prepared daily. Scan the QR code to see what is being offered daily.


�4 �5 � 3.5 �3 �4

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