Remembrance Day Services for 2017
by Paul Reid Well folks, itâ€™s that time again. Time to remember those who fought to preserve the freedom that we continue to enjoy in this great nation of ours. Time to remember those brave soldiers who often made the supreme sacrifice by laying down their young lives to protect us and that freedom. Words cannot do justice when it comes to the gratitude that we truly ought to have for them. I urge you, reader, to join the thousands who will join in the services this Remembrance Day, for no other personâ€™s benefit than your own. I have attended the last two ceremonies at Memorial South Park as a member of Royal Canadian Legion Collingwood Branch #48, and they were truly remarkable. I must admit that I never attended before that, but now that I have, I will definitely make it my priority each year on November 11. This is the first year that members of the newly amalgamated Grandview-Collingwood Branch #179 will pay their respects once again. Most branch members will be attending the event on Commercial Drive at the Grandview Memorial Cenotaph. The march will leave Branch #179 and arrive at the cenotaph at 1200 Commercial Drive for the ceremony at 10:30 am. Other members, including many of the original Collingwood Branch #48 members, will continue to march in the parade that leaves John Oliver high school at 10 am, arriving at South Memorial Park at Continued on page 2
Remembrance Day 2016. Photos by Paul Reid
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Remembrance Day 2017: Continued from page 1 the Cenotaph at Ross & E. 41st, at 10:30 am. This event, organized by the South Vancouver Veterans Committee, is the one that has historically served the Collingwood community. Whether you plan to the attend the event at the South Memorial Cenotaph, the Grandview Park Cenotaph or the Victory Square Cenotaph (E. Hastings and Cambie) it doesn’t really matter, but do try to attend one of them. Afterwards, everyone is invited back to the Grandview-Collingwood Branch at 2205 Commercial Drive for refreshments and entertainment. Here again, in addition to the cenotaph ceremonies, the experience really is something not to be missed.
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Celebrating Remembrance Day 2016 at Branch #179. Everyone is welcome.
The Poppy by Bill Ritchie Poppy Campaign Chairman 2017, Royal Canadian Legion, Grandview-Collingwood Branch #179 Of course you will not forget to adorn yourself with a poppy, the donations for which, go far in aiding veterans and their families. For availability of Poppies - the 2017 campaign begins on October 27th through to November 11th. “ Veterans Week” is November 5 -11 with a focus this year on the 100th anniversary of “Vimy”. In the Collingwood area Poppies can be found at various supporting partner locations, including: 5103 Joyce Bamboo Cafe BMO 3263 Kingsway 3297 Kingsway CIBC Collingwood Neighbourhood House 5288 Joyce Don Davies (MP) 2951 Kingsway 5022 Joyce Adrian Dix (MLA Office) Eldorado Liquor Store Kingsway & Nanaimo 3366 Kingsway HSBC London Drugs 3328 Kingsway Panederia Bakery 3451 Joyce Tim Hortons 5055 Joyce Vancity Savings 3305 Kingsway It should be noted that the Royal Canadian Legion (since 1926) has always kept the Remembrance Day ceremony, and its symbolic Poppy, in the forefront of Canadian values. Although the first Remembrance Day was held in November of 1919, the Poppy has been worn as a symbol of remembrance since 1921. The Royal Canadian Legion, along with other veterans service organizations such as the ANAVETS, has held to the promise “We Shall Remember Them” and will continue to do so as long as there remains a Legionnaire or comrade to remind society of its debt to those who served to preserve our Rights and Freedoms.
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Renfrew-Collingwood resident Henry Lau wins two Mayor’s Arts Awards by Crecien Bencio A heartfelt congratulations to Still Moon Arts Society board member and volunteer, Henry Lau. Henry Lau has received the Mayor’s Arts Award in October 2017 for Arts Board Member of the Year and the Mayor’s Arts Award for Volunteerism. This is the first time in the history of the Mayor’s Arts Awards that a nominee has won two awards in the same year. The awards ceremony was held in Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre in Yaletown, Vancouver. Henry is a long-time resident of Renfrew-Collingwood and a strong believer of the positive impacts of community arts. He attended Windermere Community Secondary School, where Henry Lau accepts one of his awards at the Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony he led projects that ranged from at the Roundhouse. Photo by Emily Chan coordinating the organic garden to organizing festivals. Henry studied at the University of B.C.’s dietetics program and co-founded the Roots on the Roof rooftop garden at UBC’s Student Union Building. His involvement with various projects and events to boost arts and culture in the city includes his pivotal role in organizing the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival since 2010 and co-founding Renfrew-Collingwood’s first arts council. He currently serves as the vice-president of the Still Moon Arts Society, chairing core organizational committees and spearheading many projects to further the society’s vision of inspiring vibrant and connected communities by creating art and nurturing a passion for nature. Still Moon Arts Society is very proud and humbled to work with such a dedicated and thoughtful volunteer. The work of the society could not be done without the support of Henry. The organization is grateful for the contributions of Henry and other youth in RenfrewCollingwood who work to make a difference in our neighbourhood through the arts. Still Moon Arts Society is looking for administrative and fundraising volunteers for its board committees. If you are interested in volunteering with the organization contact Crecien Bencio at email@example.com. For more information, visit Stillmoon.org or follow them on social media.
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Collingwood Corner: Joyce Station before and after by Loretta Houben
COMMUNITY NEWS The mission of this non-profit publication is to provide the residents, businesses and organizations of Renfrew/Collingwood with a medium for community communication. Paul Reid: staff writer and layout coordinator Lisa Symons: sales and distribution coordinator Julie Cheng: editorial coordinator Contributors: Alyssa Yan, Bill Ritchie, Cecilia Federizon, Chitha Manoranjan, Christal Do, Cindy Chen, Crecien Bencio, Donna Lee, Emily Chan, Jomar Santos, Jussein Alidina, Katie Frain, Loretta Houben, Lynn Nguyen, Paul Reid, Taya Lawton
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Collingwood West Station, 1950 at Rupert and Vanness. Photo by Ted Clark, Richmond Archives Many things have changed since the long-ago days when British Columbia Electric Railway (BCER) first ran a track through the Collingwood neighbourhood in 1891, travelling from New Westminster through to downtown Vancouver. Collingwood was built up along the track for homeowners who worked downtown, but because of the new streetcar system, could commute quickly while living in a lower-priced and quiet area. There were originally two stations in Collingwood: Collingwood West at the corner of Rupert Street and Vanness, high up near the bridge which crossed Rupert, and Collingwood East, located near the Joyce Station at Vanness and Joyce, on the west side of Joyce. Today, the Skytrain runs through the East station, and it recently has been drastically renovated. Translink has been working on enlarging the East Joyce Station since January 2016, and I noticed one gate on the south side, facing Vanness, was opened the first week in October 2017. The north gate is still closed as the work isn’t quite finished. The newly renovated station has a set of escalators, an elevator, a place to safely store bikes and a building for commercial use. It’s very modern looking with beautiful artwork that resembles stained glass in the window near the escalators. It’s quite a remarkable improvement from 100 years ago!
Collingwood East Station Photo by Philip Timms, Vancouver Archives, CVA 677-386
To read more about the BCER and interurban history, please visit this Translink post online: http:// buzzer.translink.ca/2009/03/a-short-history-ofinterurbans-in-the-lower-mainland/ Loretta Houben is a long-time resident of Collingwood and is completely enthralled with the new Joyce station on the east side.
New Collingwood East Station Photo by Loretta Houben, October 2017
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Time is ticking on the homelessness problem
Alarming homelessness numbers - No end in sight but there’s help around the corner By Christal Do
by Alyssa Yan and Cindy Chen Homelessness isn’t “necessary.” It’s a problem that policymakers can address and take action to improve the situation. Despite that, homelessness is still on the rise in Canada, specifically in Metro Vancouver where the number of homeless people rose up 30% this year, as compared to the most recent count in 2014. More than 1,032 people are unsheltered, sleeping in doorways and alleys, or simply couchsurfing in Metro Vancouver. Furthermore, an additional 2,573 people are living in homeless shelters or transitional houses. Too many Canadians are feeling the effects of the ever-growing housing crisis, and it’s time to take assertive action on homelessness! Causes of homelessness With nearly one in every 300 residents homeless in Vancouver, what is the main cause of homelessness? The main cause of homelessness is the lack of affordable housing – due to rising housing prices and the average house in Metro Vancouver costing around $860,000, according to the Globe and Mail. This leaves most people scurrying to find a place to rent. Even while renting, an average person living with a roommate can start paying at $2,000+. That hefty price tag doesn’t even include taxes, student loans and personal needs, so imagine the price of living alone. That leaves most Vancouverites needing to make $50,000+ per year, per person in order to even have enough money to pay rent. That kind of money is only achievable for a fraction of people, resulting in more homeless people in Vancouver than any other cities in British Columbia. Alyssa Yan and Cindy Chen are students in the Law 12 class at Windermere Secondary.
Local support for the homeless The Morning Star Program, located at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, is dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals that have been affected by the housing and homelessness crisis in Vancouver. Staff provide recreational, educational, social and cultural programs for community members. They offer everything from day camps for children, support for Indigenous people, services for seniors, and food security programs such as shower and breakfast programs and rooftop gardening. The Morning Star gives so much to our community, and it’s time we give back, to aid them in supporting people affected by the housing and homeless crisis that has struck citizens all across Metro Vancouver. The homeless, housing and affordability crisis at an alltime high: • The most recent homeless count found that there are 828 more people who identify as homeless in Vancouver. This is a astounding 30% increase since 2014, which is the highest increase to date in Vancouver. • The number of homeless seniors (55 and over) went up by 185, which makes up 23% of the homeless population. • The crisis has particularly affected the Indigenous population. Metro Vancouver found that 34% of the homeless population identify as Indigenous, despite making up a mere 2.5% of the overall population. – Katie Frain, Law 12 class at Windermere Secondary
Law 12 students from Windermere Secondary School hosted a clothing drive from October 10 to 20 to assist members of our community who are vulnerable to poverty. All proceeds go straight to the Morning Star Program. Photo by Donna Lee Homelessness is a rising issue in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, and it’s no secret. There are so many keys that factor into the cause of people ending up on the streets. However, all but one is very obvious; housing affordability. This year’s homeless count has skyrocketed due to lack of income and the outrageous housing costs of the real estate market. According to the same survey, the report counted 3,605 homeless people in total—a 30% increase since the last report in 2014. Yet, this number doesn’t include those who don’t seek help from public services, or are living in the crooks and nannies of places where volunteers aren’t able to find them. According to Vancouver Sun (Sept. 15, 2017), “Vancouver rental cost for one-bedroom apartment in Vancouver is now $2,020.” It’s going to get even harder for many people to make ends meet. Lack of income and the sizzling real estate market, it couldn’t be more difficult. About half of the people surveyed in the 2017 Metro Vancouver Homelessness Survey stated that they were residents of the city for over a decade before ending up on the streets. Yet, we should keep in mind that this method of counting the number of homeless people all across the Lower Mainland only accounts for those in the state of absolute homelessness. Absolute homelessness is the “visible” homelessness that we see on a day-to-
day basis, such as those on the streets. Meanwhile, there are many more people who are considered in the stage of “hidden homelessness.” Hidden homelessness is where these people have the opportunity to stay in shelters or are “urban couch-surfers”—those who do not have a regular address and temporarily stay in another household. Often times, visible homelessness is only the tip of the iceberg compared to homelessness as a whole. In addition to this, there is the idea of “relative homelessness”—when people are one pay cheque away from reaching the point of hidden homelessness. With temperatures dropping, and Vancouver’s unpredictable weather, shelters are expected to be packed, while many others shiver in the freezing weather. Public services such as serving hot meals, food banks, and other programs are forecasted to be jam-packed with volunteers and guests for this winter season. Are you looking for help? The Collingwood Neighbourhood House is located in East Vancouver, and the Morning Star program for serving homeless folks occurs every Saturday morning from 7 to 10 am. Showers, a community breakfast, clothing exchange, and much more are offered to those who seek support. Christal Do is a student at Windermere Secondary taking the Law 12 class.
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Booklist by Taya Lawton, Renfrew Branch Library
The City of Vancouver honours local authors through the Book Award, presented at the Mayor’s Arts Awards held this year on Oct. 11. The shortlist for the Book Award features two former Vancouver Public Library Writers in Residence.BC is fortunate to have many gifted writers call our province home, so try a local read today! The Read Local BC website is a great resource to get started.
Bad Endings: Stories by Carleigh Baker – 2017 City of Vancouver Book Award winner! While steadfastly local in her choice of setting, Baker’s deep appreciation for nature takes a lot of these stories out of Vancouver and into the wild. Salmon and bees play reoccurring roles in these tales, as do rivers. Characters blend with their animal counterparts, adding a touch of magic realism. Nature is a place of escape and attempted convalescence for characters suffering from urban burnout. Troubled characters are taken to a moment of realization or self-revelation, but the results aren’t always pretty. Invisible Dead by Sam Wiebe Dave Wakeland isn’t the usual PI. A 29-year-old ex-cop, he makes a habit of bad ideas. Chelsea Loam falls squarely into that category. Chelsea disappeared 11 years ago. Taking her case quickly starts to look like a good way to get killed. In this fresh and fast-paced noir thriller, echoing the darkest troubles of our age, a witty and badly bruised new face takes his place in the ranks of the very finest characters in crime fiction. Pandas on the Eastside by Gabrielle Prendergast When Journey Song hears that two pandas are being held in a warehouse in her beloved and poverty-stricken neighborhood, she worries that they may be hungry, cold and lonely. Journey makes it her mission to save the two animals. But she’s going to need some help. Susan Point: Spindle Whorl by Susan A. Point The “spindle whorl” refers to a carved, circular plate attached to the end of a wooden spindle that acts to lend weight during the wool spinning process. In Coast Salish tradition, spindle whorls are carved with powerful, symmetrical designs which blur and merge as the spindle turns. In Point’s work, the spindle whorl is frequently used to make two-dimensional work, such as paper screen prints. Due to her mixed-media use of the spindle whorl, Point is widely credited with introducing the tool into modern art. BC Bestsellers presented by The Associaton of Book Publishers of BC and Read Local BC 1. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben 2. Embers: One Ojibway’s Meditations by Richard Wagamese 3. On Island: Life Among the Coast Dwellers by Pat Carney 4. Hello Humpback! by Roy Henry Vickers & Robert Budd 5. British Columbia from Scratch: Recipes for Every Season by Denise Marchessault, Caroline West
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The following is a paid advertisement by Adrian Dix, MLA for Vancouver/Kingsway Dear Neighbours: 15th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival and Harvest Fair This year’s Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival was again a wonderful success. I joined friends from the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute (RCFSI), MP Don Davies, and Councillor Kerry Jang to appraise the hearty vegetables that were entered in competition. Congratulations to all the winners of the fair! We certainly have a lot of skilled growers and gardeners in our community. I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to the organizers, volunteers, artists and performers who make this incredible event possible. If you’d like to get involved in food and harvest throughout the year, I encourage you to learn more about our local food network, the RCFSI. They host community lunches, drop-in programs at the rooftop garden, a\\nd workshops on composting and planting at the Norquay Orchard. More information is available online at https://www.facebook.com/RCFood/, or by calling the Collingwood Neighbourhood House at 604-435-0323. Remembrance Day: November 11th November 11th is Remembrance Day, set aside for all of us to take time to recognize the sacrifice of those who fought and died for their country in battle, and to remember how important it is to work for peace so we may never again face the tragedies of wartime. Please join my staff and I on Saturday, November 11th at the Memorial Park Cenotaph, located at 41st Ave and Windsor St, and the Grandview Memorial Cenotaph, located at 1200 block of Commercial Drive, to recognize the sacrifice that so many have made across the world. The service at the cenotaph will commence at 10:30am. If you are unable to attend a service, you may observe the traditional moment of silence at 11am. Monday Morning Senior’s Tea & Tour Program at the Legislative Assembly of B.C. Beginning in November 20th, 2017, the Legislative Assembly’s Tea and Tour offers BC’s senior citizens an opportunity to engage in the role, history and function of BC Parliament Buildings. The visit includes a light breakfast in the Parliamentary Dining Room, followed by a guided tour with a historical character played by a member of the Parliamentary Players Program. To learn more, please call the Parliamentary Education Office at (250) 387-6668, or speak to one of the staff at my community office at (604) 660-0314. Office Hours
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Global Party Starters releases controversial single supported by Telus STORYHIVE
Getting to know our neighbours by asset mapping by Crecien Bencio
The latest single from the Global Party Starters, titled Bout Us, features radio charting artists Elise Estrada & J.Young. The song recently won a Telus STORYHIVE grant which helped fund the music video that is now on YouTube. Bout Us is a real-life Romeo and Juliet story that highlights cultural stigmas in Canada. The song is written about the true story of desiFEST founder and GPS co-founder, SatsB, and his wife Michelle. SatsB, a South Indian Hindu, fell in love with Michelle, an East African Muslim. Their struggle to bring their families and cultures together ultimately led to the creation of desiFEST, a platform that uses music to build bridges between cultures. The video, featuring Kamantha Naidoo in the lead role, deals with this taboo in South Asian culture of dating and marrying outside of your culture and religion. GPS started as an idea two years ago to take South Asian artists out of their niche markets and expose them to a wider musical audience. The group is comprised of three members from Canada’s east and west coasts: from Toronto, SatsB;
Community volunteer Sage is excited to learn about her neighbours through asset mapping with Collingwood Neighbourhood House.
Juno nominee and Western Canadian Music Award winner, DJ A-SLAM who grew up and still lives in the Collingwood area of Vancouver; and DJ REKing, a fresh face on the Vancouver music scene. The GPS sound is EDM-focused (electronic dance music) with a mix of hiphop and R&B vocals and South Asian influences. For all of their releases, remember to subscribe to their YouTube channel (https://www.youtube. com/globalpartystarters). Bout Us - Global Party Starters ft. Elise Estrada & J.Young Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8mI1_ e502k&t=57s Find more info on STORYHIVE: https://www.storyhive.com/project/show/ id/2013 Find Global Party Starters at https://www.globalpartystarters.com/ and on Mixcloud, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Hussein “DJ A-SLAM” Alidina attended Carleton Elementary and Windermere Secondary and worked as a youth worker at Collingwood Neighbourhood House.
The You Count project of Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) deepens relationships between neighbours who live together on the same block or apartment floor through asset mapping. Asset mapping is a community activity where you have conversations with neighbours to collect information on their gifts, skills and abilities. We do this by asking neighbours, “What is something that you are passionate about that you can teach or share with others?” By learning about the interests of neighbours, we can support neighbours to lead community activities based on their own true passions. Sage, who lives in an apartment for seniors and people with different abilities in Renfrew-Collingwood, experimented in doing asset mapping on her apartment floor with the support of another volunteer, Jenny. Jenny helped to support Sage by translating conversations with neighbours. Sage and Jenny knocked on 14 suites on the apartment floor and learned about how neighbours wanted to connect with each other. They learned how neighbours experience health, accessibility and aging affects how they participate in the community. Residents expressed that it is difficult to build relationships and connect with neighbours when they were having personal health and mobility challenges. Even with these challenges neighbours were interested in offering their skills to help teach exercise, sharing first aid knowledge, sharing art materials, listening to others and helping others to grocery shop. Some neighbours also wanted something as simple as having someone check in with them to make sure that they are ok. Sage is excited to continue this project with CNH and get to know the gifts of other neighbours in her building. Through this project, Sage and Jenny also got to know one another very well and are connecting outside of the project. They plan to meet each other for tea in the fall. We are looking for other volunteers to do asset mapping in RenfrewCollingwood. Are you interested in getting involved to asset map and meet neighbours on your block? Contact Crecien Bencio at 604-4350323 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Veterans Memorial Mural of Grandview-Collingwood Legion, Branch #179
by Paul Reid
Three years since it was first rendered, the Veterans Memorial Mural that was painted onto the walls of Branch #179 is looking as fresh as ever. In 2014, The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #179 commissioned local mural artist Nick Gregson to give the front wall of the branch a facelift. Raised in East Vancouver, Gregson Gregson’s artistic practice is rooted in graffiti and community centered public art. Nick worked with the branch to come up with a design. “I got a chance to connect with veterans, hear their stories, hear about the struggles they’re still going through,” Gregson said of his Legion artwork. “I’m thankful personally for the freedom I have day to day, freedom I have thanks to them.”
In the same year that he created the Veterans Memorial Mural, Gregson launched the Metro Vancouver Art and Mural Society: a nonprofit organization dedicated to building stronger communities through public art. Since that time, Gregson’s art and mural Society has been transforming Vancouver’s blank walls into vibrant murals.”
Part of the photo realistic 6th Street Mural completed by artists David Mercer, John De Matos and Jesom. Soon after the front mural was completed by Gregson, work began on the 6th Street Mural. This work was completed by artists David Mercer, John De Matos and Jesom. The three man team worked throughout the summer and into the fall months, right up until Remembrance Day. Four months after the first strokes were, the transformation and resulting mural were nothing short of miraculous. Using photos provided by Branch #179, the painters were able to cap-
ture near photo-realistic renditions of the faces of the Branch #179 members, sports teams, and veterans: now and of the past. “This was a huge project. I wish we had more time to put in more detail,” says mural artist, David Mercer when interviewed on that day of it’s completion in 2014. “It’s something we worked hard at doing – just wish we had another month. But we’re quite proud of it and have been getting positive remarks.” “I have seen a lot of branch murals,” says Gerry Vowles, “and I think this must be one of the best, if not the best.” A member of the branch since 1980 and former BC/Yukon Command President, Mr. Vowles is a retired Canadian Forces veteran who has served in many executive capacities throughout his RCL career at Branch, Zone and Provincial Command levels. Being that it is such an exceptional work of art, the branch hopes to keep it up for years to come. “It’s been laminated,” explained Dave, when being interviewed about the mural back in 2014, “so if anyone tags it with graffiti, it will just wash off and be as good as new.” Thanks to the vigilant maintenance by the branch, it has remained as such.
Nick Gregson at work
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Visible Minorities: A podcast for people of colour education that is easily accessible. It was exciting to find this form of media that can mix my two favourite things: knowledge and media Unfortunately, a lot of people do not storytelling. After graduating the University of BC with a degree in get the same kind of passion I get sociology and gender, race, sexuality from learning because of how the and social justice (GRSJ), I decided education system is structured (for example, standardized testing, grad- to take matters into my own hands and create my own podcast. ing system). In my opinion, everyone learns differently; standardized testing is not the only way someone I chose the name Visible Minorities for my podcast because I wanted to can learn. critique the label given to people of Throughout the past year, I became colour (POC) on official Canadian government documents and census obsessed with podcast shows. Lisforms. To me, “members of vistening to them during commutes and free time, I found that podcasts ible minorities” experience Canada differently depending on numerhas a mix of entertainment and ous factors such as their race, when they immigrated to Canada, and/or whether they were born in Canada. If there’s one thing people should know about me, it’s that I love to learn and seek more knowledge.
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November 27th // Workshop on Alzheimer)
from 1:15 – 3pm (The workshop may end earlier) Multipurpose Room In this workshop, participants will learn How to actively engage in protecting and maintaining their brain strategies and goals for improving the health of your body, mind, and spirit
English Conversation Circle for Persian-Speaking Women Join this free conversation circle for women to improve your English. Persian-speaking volunteer assistants provide support to Persian-speaking women of all English levels. Tuesdays, until Dec. 19, 10:30 am–12:30 pm Contact Mehrzad 604 254 9626 ext 1013 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Drop-In English Conversation Circle for Work Permit Holders Learn effective communication skills and practice workplace English. Learn about Canadian workplace culture while meeting new friends. Mondays, until Nov. 13, 6:30–8:30 pm Contact Rey 604 438 8214 or email@example.com
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So over the summer I interviewed my friends to speak on their experiences as a POC living in a multicultural Canada. After holding 12 conversations, I’ve learned a lot and have had to confront many of my biases as well. It was enjoyable to speak with my friends about their passions because I truly got Cecilia Federizon’s new podcast is a platform to witness first-hand the for people of colour (POC). complexity of people and and would have to talk it through how our experiences shape who we to come to a conclusion. are and our perspectives. I always need to remind myself However, the most difficult lesson to that making mistakes is a normal part of the learning process. At the learn during this process was being end of the day, we are all learning okay with making mistakes publicly and learning never stops. and being challenged with my own opinions. In some of the conversaVisible Minorities is available on tions, I do say some things that iTunes, GooglePlay and SoundCloud. could be considered problematic
MOSAIC helps immigrants and refugees settle and integrate into Canadian society. The following are workshops offered at the MOSAIC head office at 5575 Boundary Road near Kingsway.
November 6th // Birthdays and Bingo
stories POCs have living in Canada, specifically Vancouver. It is a platform for POCs to share their stories because we often don’t get that opportunity in mainstream media.
MOSAIC community events for newcomers
SENIORS’ ACTIVITIES FOR November
from 1:15 – 3pm Multipurpose Room Join us for FREE cake and a celebration of the September birthdays and play Bingo! There is no cost for this program but please bring $2 or a small prize worth $2.
by Cecilia Federizon
Basic Computer Class for Seniors This workshop is for seniors. Learn how to use the basic functions of the computer. PR card is needed for registration. 10 sessions. Fridays, Nov. 10, 2017–Jan. 26, 2018, 10 am–12 pm Contact Gerardo 604 254 9626 ext 1022 or email@example.com Green Ambassador Training In partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation. Learn how to create a more sustainable and green place for living through discussion and do-it-yourself (DIY) activities and group mentoring. Mondays, Oct. 30–Dec. 4, 1–3 pm Contact Daisy 604 254 9626 or firstname.lastname@example.org Seniors Club: Everyday English Conversation Circle For permanent resident seniors. Learn English expressions and practice speaking English in a comfortable and friendly environment. Volunteers provide support in multiple languages Thursdays, until Dec. 7, 10 am–12:00 pm Contact Daisy 604 254 9626 or email@example.com
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9th annual Climate Change Conference Calling all students: What will be your legacy? by Lynn Nguyen
Calling out youth in the Lower Mainland! It’s that time of the year again, Windermere Leadership’s ninth annual Climate Change Conference (C3) is happening on Friday, December 1, 2017! This year’s theme is What Will Be Your Legacy? We decided on this theme because we wanted to deliver the message that our time here on this beautiful Earth is fleeting. Decades from now when climate change has done its damage on this planet, will you be able to be satisfied with the actions you have took? What have you contributed towards our planet? It implies to take action and do something that will leave a positive impact for future generations. What is C3? The idea came about not too long ago, from just a group of Leadership students who wanted to educate and spread awareness about climate change to primarily youth.
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Climate change is upon us more than ever in this day and age. Temperatures are rising, glaciers are melting and, in turn, sea levels are rising more than we’ve ever seen before. Yet youth are still turning a blind-eye to this pressing crisis. This is why the Windermere Leaderships students present C3. In the past, we’ve had workshops revolving around fracking, LNG, food security, water and more. Now, each year the Grade 11 Leadership class is involved in continuing this vision. Our goals are for everyone to leave the conference with a heightened knowledge of climate change, and be able to walk out feeling inspired to take action and apply that knowledge in the real world. The entire day is student-led and organized by the Windermere Leadership 11 class. The day starts off with inspiring keynote speakers, then attendees break off into different morning workshops, followed by a lunch break, then an afternoon workshop. Workshops are determined by the attendees’ choice when they register. They range from more information-heavy sessions to hands-on activities to team bonding. This provides opportunities to network with other youth passionate about sustainability, like yourself! There is an option to buy lunch upon registering, and as always this is a zero-waste event so everyone must bring their own cutlery! Now that you have a better understanding about this phenomenal event, we encourage you to come join us! You can register online on our website, and get notified on any additional information such as our workshops and speakers for this year by following us on social media! Hope to see you there! Website: http://www.c3vancity.com Facebook: @c3vancity Twitter: @c3vancity Instagram: @c3vancity
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What’s happening at your local library Renfrew Branch
2969 E. 22nd Avenue at Nootka 604-257-8705 CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Toddler Box Party A special box party just for toddlers. We’ll provide crayons, music and cardboard boxes of all sizes to play with and draw on; you provide the toddlers! For ages 1-3. Friday, Nov. 17, 10:30-11:30 am Storytimes at Renfrew A program for parents and caregivers with young children. Songs, rhymes, and stories are shared. Drop in. • Babytime (0-18 months) Wednesdays, until Dec. 13, 11:15 am • Family Storytime (0-7 yrs) Saturdays, until Dec. 16, 11:15 am • Toddler Storytime (18 month–3 years) Wednesdays, until Dec.13, 10:15 am MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMS Reading Buddies Children from Grades 2 to 4 will practise reading with a “big buddy” teen volunteer. Please contact the branch to register. Wednesdays, Nov. 1-Dec. 6, 4–5 pm Write Now! Creative Writing for Kids Kids, it is time to start writing and thinking creatively! Fun writing activities will have you writing stories and poetry in no time. Please contact the branch to register. For Grades 3-7. Tuesday, Nov. 21, 3:30–4:30 pm
TEEN PROGRAMS Triple R Book Club A teen-led book club for students in Grades 5, 6 and 7.
Read your favourite books and discuss them with your friends. Registration ongoing. Thursdays, until Dec. 14, 4–5 pm Afternoon at the Movies Join us on Friday afternoons for family-friendly movies! Fridays, 3:30 pm | Drop-in Toy Story • Nov. 3 • Nov. 10 Cinderella • Nov. 17 Toy Story 2 • Nov. 24 Atlantis: The Lost Empire
ADULT PROGRAMS ESL Conversation Circle Improve your spoken English skills in a supportive environment. Learn about your community and Canadian culture while making new friends. This class is suitable for intermediate and advanced speakers. • Saturday, Nov. 4, 2-3:30 pm • Saturday, Nov. 18, 2-3:30 pm Cook and Tell Cookbook Club Calling all foodies! If you love paging through cookbooks and trying new recipes, then this is the club for you. Choose from one of the books on our list, use one of your favourite recipes or have a look at new books in the ‘food and drink’ category on the VPL website. • Thursday, Nov. 16, 10:30 am–12 pm: Desserts • Thursday, Dec. 28, 10:30 am–12 pm: Family Favourites Top Docs Join us on Saturday afternoons for adult documentaries and discussion at the Renfrew Branch. Status Quo: Angry Inuk In her award-winning documentary, director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting. Saturday, Nov. 25, 2:30–4:30 pm Buy or Rent? : Home Ownership Demystified Vancity volunteers share their expertise to help you decide if renting or owning is right for you, and how to calculate what mortgage you could qualify for. In partnership with Vancity. Wednesday, Nov. 1, 6:30– 8 pm Job Search and Workplace Culture Learn about the Canadian workplace culture and resources for your successful job hunting. In partnership with S.U.C.C.E.S.S BC Settlement and Integration Services (BCSIS). Contact S.U.C.C.E.S.S to register at 604-408-7274 ext. 2048 Tuesday, Nov. 14, 12:30–2:30 pm)
“When I got my library card, that’s when my life began.” – Rita Mae Brown
Collingwood Branch 2985 Kingsway, 604-665-3953
CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Coding Buddies For ages 7-9. Registration required Discover the world of coding with a teen buddy, using some of the latest iPad apps. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov 14 and 15, 4-5:30 pm Early Readers Book Club For ages 6-9. Registration Children from Kindergarten to Grade 3 will discover the thrill of books and fun activities with new friends. Saturday, once a month, Nov. 25, 2-3 pm Write Now! Creative Writing for Kids, For ages 8-12. Registration Fun writing activities will have you creating stories and poetry in no time. Tuesday, once a month, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5, 3:30-4:30 pm Reading Buddies. For Grades 2-4. Registration Children from grades 2-4 will practise reading with a “big buddy” teen volunteer. Thursdays, weekly, Oct. 26-7 Dec. 7, 4-5 pm Lego Block Party. For ages 6-12. Drop in Wednesdays, twice a month: Nov. 8, 22 and Dec. 13, 27, 3:30 pm
BABY OR PRESCHOOLER
Share songs, stories and rhymes with other families: Family Storytime - Drop in Thursday mornings, 10:30-11 am Nov. 2-Dec. 7 Babytime - Drop in Thursday mornings, 11:30 am-12:00 pm Nov. 2-Dec. 7
ADULT PROGRAMS ESL Conversation Circle Tuesday, Nov. 14, 28, 7-8 pm Wednesday, Nov. 8, 22, 10-11 am Improve your spoken English skills in a supportive environment. Learn about your community and Canadian culture while making new friends. This class is suitable for intermediate speakers. No registration required. Computer Essentials Fridays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm Nov. 3: Get to know your computer Nov. 10: Use the mouse and keyboard Nov. 17: Create and format documents Nov. 24:Let’s talk about file management Get to know your computer – from the mouse and keyboard to creating, saving and sharing files. No experience required. Call 604-665-3953 to register. One to One Computer Help The computer training is based on the questions you bring. You tell us what you want to learn, and we will work with you to improve your skills. Personal laptops and tablets welcome! Call the library at 604-665-3954 in order to book your appointment at a day/time that is convenient to you! Community Conversation Café Tuesday, Nov. 7, Dec. 5, 7-8:30 pm Community members gather for conversation and coffee in a casual, welcoming environment. Children welcome! No registration required.
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Programs at Collingwood Neighbourhood House
5288 Joyce Street at Euclid; Phone: 604-435-0323
We are closed on November 11, Remembrance Day And November 13. (Ages 7 - 10), 5:15 - 6:45 pm Children Soccer (Ages 9 - 12), 5:30 - 6:30 pm Zumba Toning, 7:15 - 8:15 pm Men’s and Women’s Soccer (drop-in), 8:30 - 10:15 pm
Sundays Badminton (Ages 19+), 10:15 am - 12:15 pm Zumba, 12:45 - 1:45 pm Wushu (Children), 5:00 - 6:30 pm Mondays Seniors’ Kundalini Yoga Drop-in, 9:00 - 10:00 am Seniors’ Tai Chi (24 Form), 10:30 - 11:30 am Better at Home Walking Club, 10:30 am Seniors’ Tai Chi (42 Form), 11:45 am - 12:45 pm Zumba Steps, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Seniors’ Wellness Group, 1:15 - 3:00 pm (A variety of activities and trips. Times vary. Pick-up schedule at reception.) Basketball, 4:00 - 5:15 pm Rhythmic Gymnastics (Ages 4 - 5), 4:00 - 5:00 pm (Ages 5 1/2 and up), 5:00 6:00 pm Jazzercise, 6:00 - 7:00 pm Volleyball (drop-in) , 8:30 - 10:15 pm Tuesdays Seniors Qigong , 9:30 - 10:30 am Parent & Tots, 10:00 - 11:45 am Jazzercise, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Zumba Gold, 2:15 - 3:15 pm Hatha Yoga, 6:45 - 8:15 pm Pre-Ballet and Creative Dance, (Ages 2 1/2 -3 1/2), 3:40 - 4:25 pm (Ages 4 - 5), 4:30 - 5:15 pm Children Gymnastics, (Ages 5 -7), 4:15 - 5:15 pm
Wednesdays Chinese Classical Dance (Adults & Seniors) , 9:30 11:00 am Better at Home Walking Club, 10:30 am Little People’s Art (Ages 2 - 5), 10:30 - 11:30 am Seniors’ Strength & Stretch , 11:00 am - 12:00 noon 32 Form Tai Chi Sword , 11:15 am - 12:15 pm & 12:30 - 1:30 PM Zumba, 12:05 - 1:05 pm 7:15 - 8:15 pm Gentle Chair Yoga, 1:45 - 2:45 pm Floor Hockey, 3:45 - 4:45 pm & 4:50 - 5:50 pm Children Gymnastic (Ages 7 - 10) 4:00 - 5:00 pm (Ages 11+), 5:00 - 7:00 pm Jazzercise, 6:00 - 7:00 pm Men’s and Women’s Basketball, 8:30 - 10:15 pm
Chinese Calligraphy, 2:00 - 3:30 pm Children Soccer (Ages 6 - 8), 3:45 - 4:45 pm What’s Cooking with Kids, 3:45 - 5:15 pm Kids Hip Hop, (Ages 7 - 8), 3:40 - 4:25 pm Zumba Adults, 5:15 - 6:15 pm Hatha Yoga, 6:45 - 8:15 pm Drop-in Badminton (Adult), 6:45 - 8:30 pm Drop-in Soccer (Adult), 8:30 - 10:00 pm Fridays Zumba Toning, 9:30 - 10:30 am Seniors’ Bo Jan Cho Exercise, 9:30 - 10:30 am Seniors’ Tai Chi (24 Form), 9:30 - 10:30 am Seniors’ Tai Chi (48 Form), 10:30 - 11:30 am Seniors’ Strength and Stretch, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Chinese Classical Dance (Adults & Seniors) 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm Zumba Gold, 12:40 - 1:40 pm Creative Writing for Teens (Ages 8 - 11), 5:45 - 7:45 pm Zumba, 6:00 - 7:00 pm Saturdays Jazzercise, 10:00 - 11:00 am Arts and Crafts for Children, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Zumba, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm Baton Class, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm Piano Class, (Ages 8 - 9), 12:30 - 1:15 pm (Ages 5 - 7), 10:30 - 11:15 am & 11:30 am - 12:15 pm Children Gymnastics, (Ages 5 - 7), 9:15 - 10:15 am (Ages 7 - 10, intermediate and beginners) please call
Thursdays Seniors’ Kundalini Yoga Drop in, 9:00 - 10:00 am NOTE: Every 2nd Thursday of the month, 8:45 9:45 am Parents and Tots, 10:00 - 11:45 am Seniors’ Coffee Social, 10:15 - 11:30 am Jazzercise, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Zumba Gold, 1:15 - 2:15 pm Karaoke, every 3rd Thursday of the month, 1:30 3:00 pm
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.
Special Hours of Operation Remembrance Day Weekend Sat Nov 11 Sun Nov 12 Mon Nov 13
1pm-5pm 1pm-5pm 1pm-5pm
1pm-5pm 1pm-5pm 1pm-5pm
Closed 10:30am-5:30pm Closed
Program Highlights Badminton Lessons (6-18yrs) Shuttle I 128944 128945
Emergency First Aid 124576 Sa Nov 18
Emergency First Aid Recert- Manual included. 124579 Su Nov 12 9:00am-2:30pm
CPR C & AED Recert 124573 Su Nov 12
Tue Nov 7-Dec 5
NEPP Earthquake Preparedness (18+yrs)
Thu Sep 21-Dec 7 5:15-6:45pm Free with OneCard
Friday Youth Night (10-18yrs)
Come join us on Friday nights! Friends, snacks, games, sports, tournaments, computers and movies. Fri Sep 8-Dec 15 4:00-9:55pm Free with OneCard
Tue Nov 7-Dec 5
Join the Renfrew Youth Council and help shape the vision of youth involvement in the community. Come join us and bring your ideas. New members are always welcome.
Pro D Day Out Trip- Science World (10-13yrs)
Standard First Aid Recert 124585 Su Nov 12
Youth Council (13-18yrs)
Standard First Aid Manual included. Includes CPR C Basic Rescuer. 124582 Sa Su Nov 18-19 9:00am-5:00pm
Shuttle III 128946
First Aid Workshops (14+yrs)
Tue Nov 7-Dec 5
CPR C & AED-Basic Rescuer- CPR/Manual included. 124570 Sa Nov 18 9:00am-2:30pm $80/person
Renfrew Annual General Meeting (18+yrs)
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. If you do not have a membership card, please register for the AGM to receive your membership.
Sat, November 18 12:00-2:00pm
Price includes entrance and public transportation. Out trip waiver and Park Board waiver forms must be completed two days before the out trip. Forms are available at the centre office and online (www.renfrewcc.com)
Ideas and Input Committee (55+yrs)
We are seeking engaged and interested members of the community provide input on our programs. 119440 Tue Nov 14 12:05-1:05pm Free
Snowflakes Luncheon (55+yrs) 119444
Wed Nov 22
Craft Fair (All Ages) Get a head start on your Christmas shopping at our Craft Fair. It’s a great place to find unique gifts. 121455 Sat Nov 25 10:00am-3:00pm
Arts Whistler Holiday Market (55+yrs) 121105
2018 Winter Centre Programs
Registration Starts On-line and in person registration Tue, November 21 Register by phone (604 257-8388) Wed, November 22
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Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)
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Choose CNH for High Quality Child Care and Preschool Are you looking for high quality early childhood education and care for your child in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood?
Collingwood Neighbourhood House invites you to lunch every Tuesday and Thursday. Full meal prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students and $3.25 for children under 12. Items can be purchased a la carte or “to go.”
November lunch menu
CNH now has child care and preschool spaces available for 3 to 5 year old children at our Collingwood Preschool and at Sarah House and Duke Street Early Learning and Care Centres.
Thurs 02 Beef stroganoff with noodles /veggie option Salad Vanilla pudding
The programs at these three locations all provide high quality, licensed early learning and care.
Tues 07 Vegetable soup Spinach or chicken pie Salad Chocolate cake
CNH’s child care programs are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, a child-centered early childhood education philosophy developed in Italy. At CNH, educators encourage the children by provoking their interest in different subjects. They support the children by creating a healthy environment that provides for social, emotional, intellectual, creative, and physical growth. Children learn by experience. CNH’s child care programs are also based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community. And CNH’s child care programs encourage and support diversity. Child care programs include part day programs at Collingwood Preschool (Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon or 1:15 - 4:15 p.m., with the option of 2-5 sessions per week) or full day programs at Sarah House and Duke Street early learning and care centres (Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., with full or part time options).
Thurs 09 Baked lemon white fish or baked vegetable with quinoa Salad Coconut macaroon Tues 14 Cream of potato soup Chicken or veggie frittata Salad Orange and carrot muffin For details on the child care spaces available at CNH, see the advertisements on this page. To arrange child care for your child or to get answers to any questions, call 604.412.3700. More details on CNH’s child care programs are also available at http://www.cnh.bc.ca/childcare/
Child Care Work Opportunities at CNH CNH is always looking for qualified staff with the skills to work within a team to plan and implement an aesthetically pleasing and engaging program for young children, maintain healthy relationships, and communicate effectively and respectfully with children, their families and colleagues. If you’re interested in learning about work opportunities on CNH’s child care team, visit http:// www.cnh.bc.ca/careers/ or call 604.412.3700.
This page is sponsored by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Thurs 16 Roasted chicken with roasted vegetable/ veggie option Salad Walnut cookies Tues 21 White bean soup Chicken or veggie burger Salad Maple tart Thurs 23 Cabbage roll Salad Sesame cookies Tues 28 Cream of broccoli soup Egg salad sandwich Salad Italian biscuit Thurs 30 Spaghetti with meat or veggie balls Salad and garlic bread Chocolate pistachio cookies
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N OV E M B E R Linda Doan
Linda Doan is surprised to find herself at age 26 running a yoga studio. Not because she’s still quite young, but because yoga was never really her thing. Primarily, she’s a hardcore weightlifter, able to ‘clean and jerk’ enormous amounts of weights up and over her head. Now she finds herself as, not only a yoga instructor, but the face of Orijin Yoga. Linda has learned now just how beneficial yoga is. “You need balance,” says Doan. “If you are an avid cyclist or runner or weightlifter, that’s great, but to do only those things is not healthy. You can’t just go, go, go. At the end of the day, exercise is stress on the body and you need to take a break. Now I have found that yoga is the perfect supplement. You don’t know how beneficial it really is until you do it.” Since taking over the studio, Linda has been busy making changes. In addition to renovations, Linda has added different varieties of yoga to the ‘hot’ yoga. Hot yoga is very therapeutic and has a wide range of benefits: it alleviates back, neck, shoulder and knee pain; burns body fat; improves balance, coordination, focus and discipline; improves one’s posture, quality of sleep; and immune system. It also increases flexibility and energy levels while reducing stress. “We have also added other types of classes to give our students a balance.” One of those classes is Hot HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training. Aided by heat and upbeat music,
UPCOMING EVENTS: 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Thank you all our members and guests who came out to the Annual General Meeting Sep-tember 27, 2017. Our 2017 -2018 Jr. BIA greeted our guests and introduced themselves. It was approved at the AGM to renew for another seven year mandate. We will go to City Council in February to seek their approval. The CBIA is excited to continue in the initiatives and begin new ones in the coming months and years. l
We are pleased to announce the new board: Phil Hemming Geo Graham Mony Sodhi Jas Parmar Rajesh Josni Beth Hernandez We are sad to say goodbye to Stephen Hill and Stephanie Song. Thank you for your dedi-cation on the CBIA board. l Turn Down the Heat 2017: November 4-10th. Items can be dropped off at Vancity (Kingsway and Joyce) and at the Central Park Business Centre #300 – 3665 Kingsway.
Hot HIIT participants use bodyweight exercises to build strength while improving the cardiovascular system. With Flow yoga, another one of the new styles at Orijin, participants bring together movement and breath, strengthening shoulders and core. “One of the biggest misconceptions, I believe, is that you need to be flexible to do yoga. Those who are inflexible are the ones who need it and will benefit the most. Also, yoga is about health, not fashion, so you don’t need to make it your lifestyle. It’s for everyone out there: moms, dads, seniors, and youth will all benefit from doing yoga.“ In keeping with this philosophy, Orijin also now offers ‘Family Yoga’. Linda grew up in Collingwood, attending local schools: Carleton,Windermere and Killarney. Though she was born in Canada, her heritage is Vietnamese. Her parents were among a group of refugees known as the ‘Vietnamese boat people’ who fled the country by boat after the Vietnam War. They made it to Hong Kong before making their way to Prince George, British Columbia. Shortly after Linda was born, they moved to Vancouver. Linda loves to travel and explore. “I just want to see what’s out there.” In addition to weightlifting and yoga, she now practices Ju-jitsu. Let’s wish her luck in her upcoming weightlifting competition. It’s her first one and she’s slightly nervous. You can visit her at Orijin Yoga.
Contact the CBIA office 604.639.4403, if you’d like your business to participate by collect-ing warm clothing (coats, hats, mittens, blankets, sweater etc.) All clothing items will be donated to the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Homeless Committee. Winter Carnival & Community Tree Lighting Ceremony: November 25th, 2017, 4 – 8 p.m. Carollers, hot chocolate, cookies, arts and crafts, photo booth, children’s choir, magic show and a holiday movie! Fun for the whole family and help “light up “ the community tree at 5p.m. See ad in this issue. l
l Join the Board We have room on our board and would like to have you on board. Do you have great ideas and want to help shape the Collingwood BIA’s future please come to a meeting and join the board or a committee. Every little help goes a long way.
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