Renfrew-Collingwood Community News November 2020

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Remembering not to forget Remembrance Day during a pandemic by Paul Reid

Above: This Remembrance Day, Canadians will have the option of picking up a poppy and donating to the Royal Canadian Legion through a new tap-enabled donation box created in partnership by the Legion and HSBC Bank Canada as a health safety measure amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like so many other businesses and organizations affected by COVID-19, GrandviewCollingwood Branch 179 of the Royal Canadian Legion has been no exception. With reduced hours (noon to 10 pm every day) and a maximum of 50 members allowed, the branch has been following all of the rules closely. Members must sign in and remain physical distanced. The branch has also hired extra staff whose primary duty is to wipe down chairs and tables between every visitor. For the first time in our history, Remembrance Day ceremonies will be limited to a small ceremony and the laying of wreaths around the cenotaphs. There will be no parades, however — no crowds of thousands and no big after-parties back at Legion branches, save for maybe the lucky 50. The most we can really do this year is to take time at 11 am on November. 11 to silently contemplate the sacrifices that have been made to keep us free.

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 179’s Poppy Campaign Chairman for 2020: Larry Carlson. He is sporting one of the Legion’s non-medical masks that you can purchase to help support veterans. Visit: poppystore.ca.

Mr. Lawrence is retiring

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I met with Larry Carlson – Poppy Campaign chairperson for Branch 179. This is perhaps his easiest year, since there is less that can be done, but also his most frustrating. He just found out about the new ruling that poppy taggers must stand six feet away from their poppy donation boxes. Fearing that this may be conducive to theft, the committee has decided to forego having taggers this year.“It’s just asking for trouble to put a box of money on the sidewalk with no one standing directly beside it.” So, when you do go looking for a poppy this year look for them in the businesses in our community. You may also run into one of the 250 new tap-enabled donation boxes that have been set up across Canada.


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Online arts workshops: Cooking, crafting and more by Crystal Lan

Join in every Saturday from 1 to 3 pm for a different online art activity workshop run by Collingwood Neighbourhood House. The workshops launched in October and runs through to December 19, 2020. Take part in intercultural cooking, gift crafting, drawing and more. Registration is limited to 15 to 20 participants per workshop. For workshop details and registration information, visit: www.cnh. bc.ca/ event/annex-online-art-series. For questions, email: pprice@cnh.bc.ca. Upcoming workshops: Nov. 7, 2020 Origami by Glenn Tarigan Nov. 14, 2020 Mushroom spore printing by Willoughby Arevalo

by Karen Vanon


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Coping with COVID: Be thankful by Paul Reid Greetings RC. I have been asked if I might share my thoughts on how to get through this virus. Here is my top thought, which seems to work nicely no matter what problems arise – is to be thankful. Thankful to God or your lucky stars, but thankful and/or happily aware of what benefits we still do have. For instance, we can be thankful that things aren’t worse. And things can always be worse. In this case, the pandemic might have been even more severe than it is — perhaps as contagious as the measles or bubonic plague. We might be hiding inside because a nuclear bomb went off somewhere. Thankfully, one did not. If you still have your job – be thankful. If you lost your job and are receiving assistance from the government, be thankful that they are able/willing to give anything. In many countries, those who are out of work are getting zero assistance, pandemic or not. If you lost your job but don’t have COVID, be thankful for that. If you lost

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In addition to being thankful, don’t freak out – remain calm and listen to Bonnie and the experts. We are simply in a pandemic, just like happened in 1915 and many times before this. It will end; more quickly if we do the right things – which in B.C. it seems we are doing relatively well with (knock on wood). Who knows – maybe a trustworthy, effective vaccine, even better than bleach, is just around the corner. Yes, we can even be thankful for having had Donald Trump and the gang entertaining us for these past few years. See you on the other side of the big U.S. election. May the best man win and the other man leave peacefully. We can be thankful that we live here in Canada, one of this planet’s best countries; in its top city’s most awesome community! Viva RC! That’s about it. Oh ya, continue to read the RCC News. Hope that helps. We’re going to get through this. Paul Reid has been a jack-of-alltrades in RC for over 20 years now. He will be thankful when COVID is in the rearview mirror so that we can get together in this community once again for some serious oldtime socializin’! Whoo!

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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: Ann Wong, Brenda Krivuzoff, Crystal Lan, Jessie Yeung, Julie Cheng, Karen Vanon, Lindy Johnston, Madelyn Read, MarieJose Araujo, Paul Reid, 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: Nov. 10 The Renfrew-Collingwood Community News is an initiative of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH).

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Richard Lawrence is retiring after 40+ years at Windermere One of Windermere high school’s longest-serving teachers is retiring this year. Mr. Richard Lawrence has taught art and ESL for many years, as well as a whole slew of other courses during his 40-plus years at Windermere.

photo, please upload the files on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/RichardLawrenceisRetiring under the FILES section. Make sure you identify yourself to help jog his memory, and consider typing your name on the file name.

Staff can’t have a celebration for him due to COVID-19, but they still want to mark the occasion.

Or if you want to mail in a card, please address it to: Windermere Secondary c/o Jaime Tong (for R. L retirement box) 3155 East 27th Avenue, Vancouver BC V5R1P3

They are inviting any former students to mail in congratulation cards, share photos or even record really short video messages for him. If you would like to record a video or share a

Staff will compile the videos and pass on all the cards at the end of the school year in June 2021. Please help spread the word by sharing this Facebook post with your friends: www.facebook.com/RichardLawrenceisRetiring

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What’s happening at your local library Open for browsing, computers and holds pickup! Collingwood Branch 2985 Kingsway Tuesday: 1 to 8 pm Wednesday to Saturday 11 am to 6 pm 604-665-3953

TEEN EVENTS Teen Book Club: 3rd Thursday of the month ESL Conversation Circle: Every other Wednesday Teen Advisory Groups: Every other Tuesday or Thursday Move at Home for Teens – Fitness for Every Body: Mondays, November 9 – December 14 OtakuFest: Saturday, December 12 Teens Read It First: Any time on Instagram!

Renfrew Branch 2969 East 22nd Avenue Tuesday/Thursday: 1 to 8 pm Wednesday/Friday/Saturday: 11 am to 6 pm 604-257-8705

For more info or to register email teens@vpl. ca ADULT ONLINE EVENTS Technology Together: Career Resilience for B.C. Newcomers in Today’s Tech Sector Wednesday, November 18, 10 am – 4:30 pm

Check out the following virtual events. STORYTIMES Join online for songs, stories and rhymes! • Facebook Live Storytimes • Zoom Babytimes • Virtual Storytime on YouTube

Anti-Black Racism and Inequality: What Is to be Done? Wednesday, November 18, 1 – 2:30 pm Chinese Book Lovers Reading Circle - 溫哥華 圖書館書友會 Saturday, November 28, 2:30 – 4:30 pm

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Fall Highlights

We are open! A few things have changed since we saw you last. We will be opened limited times and if you would like to use our pool or fitness centre, you need to go online and book your time. Please plan your visit, you can book up to 3 days in advance. For the program information please go to: vancouver.ca/recreation If you are sick, feeling unwell, or displaying any signs or symptoms of the Flu or COVID19, please stay at home and contact medical professional for assistance. Please practice good hand hygiene and good respiratory etiquette.

Remembrance Day Hours of Operation Wed, November 11th, 2020 Pool

Fitness Ctr

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6:30am-2:00pm

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Badminton Lessons (6-18yrs) 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/II 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. 283422 Sun Nov 15-Dec 6 10:45-11:40am $68/4 sess Shuttle II/III/IV This program will review and introduce advanced techniques for clearing, smashing, net drop and footwork. Participants will learn professional clearing, smashing, drop shot from rear corner, footwork to cover full court, net drop shot, net kill, serve and rules on how to play a full court single game. Strategy and tactics will also be addressed in this program. 283420 Sun Nov 15-Dec 6 11:55am-12:50pm $68/4 sess Osteofit (55+yrs) This class focuses on improving strength, posture, balance and agility through the use of functional exercises, agility activities, resistance training and appropriate stretches. 274838 Tue Nov 3-Dec 8

10:30-11:25am

$34.50/6 sess

Prices do not include tax, if applicable.

COURT BOOKINGS  Court bookings are for a maximum of 2 individuals per court. Playing with individuals from other courts is not permitted.  Each court rental is for 50 minutes  Please bring your own equipment.  Please note that private lessons are prohibited.  No spectators permitted.  A 50% refund is available up until 3pm on the day prior to the book date, after this time refunds will not be provided. Badminton (19+yrs) Sun Oct 18-Dec 13 1:30pm-4:30pm $8.57/court Mon Oct 19-Dec 14 2:00pm-3:50pm $8.57/court Wed Oct 21-Dec 16 2:00pm-3:50pm $8.57/court Thu Oct 22-Dec 17 7:00pm-8:50pm $8.57/court Pickelball (55+yrs) Tue Oct 20-Dec 15 Thu Oct 22-Dec 17

2:00pm-3:50pm 2:00pm-3:50pm

$5.71/court $5.71/court

Foamball (55+yrs) Fri Oct 23-Dec 18

9:30am-12:20pm

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Community Lunch Program (All Ages) Meals include a hot entrée, salad or side dish, dessert, coffee or tea. We try our best to use locally grown seasonal vegetables and fruit from community gardens! Lunch can be bought in person with cash/credit card or on line with credit card the day of, limit of 2 per person. Lunches go on sale starting at 10am no refunds will be issued if you do not show up. Limited number of lunches available. Fri Nov 6 12:00-1:00pm $5/adult/seniors $3.57/child/youth


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The Re-Envisioned Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival: Constellations and Transformation by Madelyn Read, Lindy Johnston and Jessie Yeung the Renfrew Park Community Association. This year’s theme, Constellations and Transformation, was inspired by the ways communities have come together and stayed connected while The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival was start- remaining physically ed by Carmen Rosen, Still Moon Arts Society’s distant during these artistic director, and is now co-produced with changing times. This year marks the 18th anniversary of the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, which happens on the Saturday closest to the 8th full moon of the year: the Harvest Moon. This festival celebrates the full moon, harvest abundance and diverse cultural traditions in Canada.

In non-COVID times, the Moon Festival con- Equinox Labyrinth Walk at Renfrew Ravine. sisted of smaller events leading up to the main festival day, attracting four signature events onto separate dates, emphasize the smaller events and ensure the festival was ready to up to 5,000 people. The main day consisted go digital! While the COVID-19 regulations led to some of four signature events: the Harvest Fair, drastic changes, they also inspired some beautiful and Parade, Streamside Lantern Installation and unanticipated transformations. Finale Spectacle. With vast changes to how events could be run, Still Moon had to re-envision what the Moon Festival could look like and find innovative ways to reach the community. Yoko’s Abundance by Yoko Tomito at the Streamside Lantern Installation. Photos by Marie-Jose Araujo

After hours of idea generation and deliberation, the Still Moon team decided to move the

For example, in past years the Harvest Fair consisted of games, a vegetable-growing competition and prizes. This year’s Harvest Fair was re-imaged into the Harvest Gathering, consisting of workshops that allowed participants to learn about harvesting techniques and beneficial uses for both native and invasive plants that grow locally. The workshops included seed saving, ivy basket weaving and salve making. The seed-saving workshop was a particular favourite! Reshaping the Harvest Gathering allowed participants to connect more deeply with the Renfrew Ravine, the practice of harvest and each other. The iconic Streamside Lantern Installation faced many unexpected challenges. Still Moon had crafted a plan to have over 300 attendees safely move through the outdoor gallery over the course of the event. However, due to heavy rains and smoke during the third week of September, the event was postponed. Then, three days before the event, rising cases of COVID-19 forced the team to scrap their initial plan and live stream the installation for community members to enjoy from their homes. While Still Moon was sad that they could not provide an in-person experience of the Streamside Lantern Installation, more than 1,000 people have watched the live stream, which more than doubled the number that could have seen it in person! All in all, over 300 people attended in-person Moon Festival events this September, and over 1,000 engaged with online events. Still Moon now invites you to enjoy the online events on their website stillmoonarts.ca. You are encouraged to gather around with your family, light a candle and write your prayers for the water and the earth. Still Moon Arts Society hopes the festival this year allows you to safely connect across communities and to reflect on your relationship with the natural world.


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St. Mary’s Fine Arts Annex St. Mary’s Elementary School (5239 Joyce in Vancouver) opened its new Fine Arts Annex this September. The Fine Arts Annex is where the students will have their music/band classes, and is a flexible space for visual and performance arts. The building was blessed by St. Mary’s pastor on September 25 with a virtual celebration that was joined by 50 families and supporters via Facebook live and Zoom. The Grade 5 class led the singing of O Canada, and the Grade 7 band played after the ribbon cutting. The school is planning a special mural project for the north side of the Annex this spring. Photos courtesy of Brenda Krivuzoff, Principal

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Dessert class at the Italian Cultural Centre by Julie Cheng

Vanilla Panna Cotta

The Italian Cultural Centre is a local gem within the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood. When I saw they were offering a dessert-making class, I just had to sign up. This was a chance to learn to make tiramisu, my daughter’s favourite dessert. The instructor, Tanis Petrin, is the pastry chef at Nightingale restaurant. She had the recipes, ingredients and cooking utensils well organized for us. We wore masks and were socially distanced following the restrictions from the health authority. Panna cotta is delicious served with crumble and fresh berries.

I’m not a good cook and don’t make many desserts, but Tanis made me feel very comfortable. There is nothing like learning expert techniques and tips in person rather than trying to follow a recipe. My daughter was happy when I brought home panna cotta and tiramisu. “I’ll take a class with you next time,” she said. I’m now on the lookout for more classes. The pizzaand pasta-making classes are particularly popular, Tanis said.

Tanis Petrin recommends topping the panna cotta with crumble and fresh berries and, for a different level of flavour, a drizzle of olive oil. This recipe uses half a gelatin sheet, but powdered gelatin also works. To bloom the gelatin sheet is to hydrate it in very cold water to make it pliable to melt over heat. Serves 2. It was easy to make two delicious Italian desserts with Tanis Petrin as an expert instructor. Photos by Julie Cheng

25 grams buttermilk 100 grams sour cream 10.5 grams vanilla extract 75 grams cream 40 grams honey 0.5 sheet of gelatin In a bowl, whisk together buttermilk, sour cream and vanilla extract. Set aside . Next, bloom the gelatin. Fill a small bowl with ice water and add the gelatin sheet. Once softened, remove the gelatin and squeeze out excess water. Set aside on a plate. In a saucepan, bring cream and honey to a slow simmer. Remove from heat, add gelatin and whisk until completely dissolved. Pour cream mixture into the buttermilk mixture and whisk until incorporated evenly.

Seniors Shuttle Service Is Back Seniors Shuttle Service Visiting a friend, heading to an appointment, picking up groceries? We can take you there and drop you home when youÕre all done. Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday First pick up: 9:30 am Last drop off: 2:30 pm FREE in 2020 - 2021 fees TBD Call 604.453.0323 ext 227 to make a booking

Pour in desired containers. Refrigerate until set, 1 to 2 hours. Tip: Substitute ingredients with wildflower honey, elderflower extract or tea infusions and, more traditionally, add orange blossom to the panna cotta base.

Upcoming events at the Italian Cultural Centre Pasta Making Class: Gnocchi Monday, November 2, 2020 1 to 4 pm or 6 to 9 pm italianculturalcentre.ca/blog/events/pasta-making-classgnocchi/ Taste of Roma Dinner Friday, November 6, 2020 6 to 9:30 pm italianculturalcentre.ca/blog/events/taste-of-roma-dinner/ Pasta Making Class: Lasagne Monday, November 16, 2020 1 to 4 pm or 6 to 9 pm


Read On!

Pandemic pets

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A news section for Renfrew-Collingwood learners Read On!

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by Sophia Han

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COVID-19 is changing the lives of many Canadians, who now work from home. Because pets can help with feelings of isolation, many people are considering pet adoption. There are many things to consider before adopting.

Reading levels on this page Level 1

Getting a pet Getting a pet from an animal shelter helps animals who need a home. In Vancouver, the wait to adopt from an animal shelter can be long, especially if you want to adopt popular pets such as small dogs. You can also find a pet through a breeder — a person who raises animals before selling them to pet owners — but the breeder should take good care of the animals. They should let you visit their home so you can check and see if the animals are treated well. Never buy pets from puppy mills which are businesses that try to raise and sell as many animals as possible. Dogs at puppy mills are often kept in small, dirty cages and treated poorly.

Taking care of a pet

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Bringing home a pet is a big decision. You have to prepare your home, and make sure that you have time to play with your pet. It is also expensive. You have to pay for food, toys, and visits to the vet and the groomer. Enjoy pets without owning one You can still enjoy being with animals without owning one. If there is someone in your social bubble who has a pet, ask to walk or play with them. Own a pocket pet Dogs and cats need a lot of time, money and care. There are smaller animals that also need good homes. These are “pocket pets,” such as rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, and rats. BCSPCA is a shelter where you can find beautiful rabbits and friendly rats waiting for new homes. https://adopt.spca.bc.ca/type/small-animal/

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VOCABULARY pandemic — a disease happening in many places at the same time isolation — being alone pet adoption — when someone becomes the legal parent of an animal consider — think about animal shelter — a place that takes care of animals until they are adopted breeder — someone who raises, takes care of, and sells animals puppy mill — a business that raises and sells many animals poorly — badly decision — choice you make after thinking about something prepare — to make ready vet — a doctor for animals groomer — someone who cleans and makes pets look nice social bubble — a small group of people you spend time with

pocket pet — a pet smaller than a cat or dog

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Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)

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

Early Years staff members recognized for 25 years of service By Collingwood Neighbourhood House Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) proudly recognizes its long-serving staff members. At this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), CNH staff and contractors who have reached the milestones of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and, for the first time in CNH’s history, 30 years of service and dedication to the neighbourhood house, were thanked by the Board of Directors. This year, we recognize and celebrate Alison Merton, Director of the Early Years, and Diana Taykandy, Operations Child Care Program Coordinator, for 25 years of service. Alison Merton

Alison is an efficient woman: she grew up, was educated and met her husband in the same city, Preston, England. When her to-be husband decided to return to Canada (he had relocated temporarily to Preston to be near his mother, who was friends with Alison’s mother) Alison decided to move with him.

Trained and experienced as a Nursery Nurse (the British equivalent of a Child Care Worker), Alison landed in Canada in 1995 wondering how she would ever find work. Turned out her skills in efficiency worked yet again: a woman living across the hall from Alison’s mother-in-law happened to be looking for casual child care workers for CNH. Alison applied and within a week of landing in Canada, she had a job. Within two months, Alison was hired permanently as a child care staff at CNH and two years later she became the program’s manager. When she was just three years shy of working at CNH, Alison was promoted to Child Care Assistant Coordinator where she worked on human resources, program operations and financial management. By 2001 she was a Child Care Coordinator, adding enrolment to her list of responsibilities. In 2018, Alison was appointed as Director of the Early Years Department. While growing her career at CNH, Alison and her husband Dave have also raised two children, Ross and Cerys, whose sporty talents led Alison and Dave to attend more soccer and basketball games per year than most people attend in a lifetime. In looking back at her 25 years with CNH, Alison said one of the hardest challenges was moving away from her coordinator colleagues, Ana and Diana. For so many years they were a tight threesome, sharing one office and working very collegially and Alison found it tough to move away from them and into the Director’s office. As a director, responding to COVID-19 has been one of the biggest challenges Alison has had to face but she said there have been other, day-to-day This page is sponsored by Collingwood Neighbourhood House

challenges she has faced from the moment she started in the role. She said learning to focus on finding a balance of what’s good for the individual (staff or participant) and the organization has been a learning curve. She also reflected on how, in her role as a director, she’s learned to take the time and reflect on why people are responding in particular ways to a situation: “I’m not so quick to judge,” she said. Highlights in her work at CNH include a CNH staff trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy to study the Reggio philosophy and approaches to child care as well as meeting, “amazing mentors, friends and leaders at CNH”. Best of all: “I’m making a difference in people’s lives.” Diana Taykandy

Diana was born and bred in East Vancouver. She attended Capilano College (now University) to study Early Childhood Education (ECE). In early 1995, Diana was sought out by a former director to be on the team that would bring more licensed child care to the Renfrew-Collingwood community-offsite and then the programs at the Main House on Joyce Street just in 1995 alone… And there has been a steady stream of more programs over the years! Her fondest memory at CNH was overseeing the opening of Sarah House and Duke St and how rewarding that was.

Diana’s role as a Coordinator is to oversee the operational pieces of the programs, to ensure the delivery of quality experiences in our child care programs. One of Diana’s many strengths is working with staff to create plans for children who require extra support in the programs. Her education and experience in special needs care, enables her to think outside the box and plan for children’s success no matter their ability. We are fortunate to have this expertise on the child care team and many children over the years have benefitted from this. She has always given her time willingly to CNH – participating in the Health and Safety Committee, arranging countless staff professional development opportunities and helping out with other CNH events. Her passion for quality childcare never wanes and after a trip to Reggio Emilia in 2018 for professional development, Diana was a great resource in supporting staff to implement ideas and changes to programs to ensure CNH continues to be highly regarded in the field of ECE. Her ability to speak Italian was also most helpful! Diana puts her longevity at CNH down to the people she works with and notes that the community is special and CNH provided her with flexibility while raising her family. Her commitment to CNH and the ECE profession is truly commendable. Thank you, Diana, for your many years of service and congratulations.


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November 2020 Collingwood Eatiers & Food Markets Collingwood BIA welcomes you to taste the world in only 17 blocks. We are fortunate to have foods from Brazil, Latin America, The Philippines, India, Africa, many regions in China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and many combinations of fusion cuisine. We have grocery stores dedicated to bringing foods from all over the world for us to purchase and share with our families. We invite you all to try a new country and let us know what you thing and please post it on our social media. We can all do our part in the Take Out to Help Out. With the pandemic precautions try out the restaurants in Collingwood via Take Out and help our small local businesses stay open to serve you. Shopping local will allow our small businesses to remain viable, providing employment and

Upcoming Events November 28, 4 Ð 5:30 pm Community Tree Lighting at the corner of Tyne and Kingsway. Come out and join us with The Silver Belles, singing along with the holiday classic carols. Hot chocolate, cookies for everyone.

December Holiday Merchant Promotions

contribute back to the local economy. We are in this TOGETHER.

Meet out Board of Directors 2020 - 2021 Introducing the board of directors. President: Philip Hemming Ð Central Park Business Centre Vice President: Jas Parmar Ð Vancity Treasurer: Paul Cheng Ð CIBC Directors: Linda Doan Ð Orijin Yogo

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

Mony Sodhi Ð HM Tax & Accounting Inc

- Wear masks when required

Arlindo Vahlino

- WASH HANDS OFTEN 20 seconds

Beth Hernandez Justin Martell Ð London Drugs

- BE PATIENT & STAY INFORMED

Please feel free to reach out to any one of them or Angela Evans the Executive Director.

Help keep our streets clean. During the fall and winter months we will need our members to help keep the sidewalks clear of leaves, ice and snow. The BIA has a street clean team out two to three times per week but we need your help too. If you have any areas where youÕd like some help please contact the BIA office.

Shop Collingwood. ItÕs good for business!

How to Reach Us: @shopcollingwoodvancouver @shopcollingwood @shopcollingwood #300 Ð 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC T: 604.639.4403 E: info@shopcollingwood.ca W: shopcollingwood.ca


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Financial protection during the COVID-19 pandemic by Ann Wong

not do anything; and (4) transferring Disability insurance the risk – insurance will do just that. This coverage applies when you are not able to do your job and therefore It looks like we are well into the secThis article focuses on how to trans- not able to earn income. The key ond wave of the pandemic as we see the surge in positive COVID-19 cases. fer financial risk. A number of people point here is the “definition of dishave reached out recently wondering ability” whether you cannot perform If you are like most folks, you can choose to manage the risk you take by what types of insurance are available the duties of your “own occupation,” in the event they are diagnosed with or your “regular occupation” or “any (1) avoiding it – stay home, order in occupation.” delivery meals or online shopping; (2) COVID-19. Typically, we are speakreducing exposure – keep your bubble ing of living benefits, insurance that Make sure that you have the best pospays while the person is alive, and small and wear a mask if you need to go out; (3) accepting it – you recognize life insurance, when one passes away. sible definition for the longest benefit Below are some areas to think about. duration that your budget can afford. there is an inherent risk and choose

This is a difficult insurance to qualify for as it factors in the type of job you have, particularly if you have any specialized education and experience. Insurance companies show that more than 50% of claims arise from musculoskeletal and psychiatric/psychological illnesses. Your ability to earn income is by far the biggest asset that you own, much more than your house. For example, a 25 year old earning $65,000 per year today will earn over $4 million dollars to age 65. And that does not consider future raises. Critical illness This benefit pays out when you are diagnosed with an illness, typically life threatening or life altering. You likely notice that there are many more stories of Walk or Run for Cancer/Stroke/Diabetes/ Alzheimer’s/and name-that-cause fundraisers. The reality is there are more and more people diagnosed with illnesses and have receovered but in the process of getting better, they exhausted all their finances. This type of insurance is one of the most expensive due to the high claims rate. Statistics show that for cancer alone, one in two people will become diagnosed with the disease. If you are currently healthy, even with a family history of illness, you can still qualify. If you have car and home insurance in place, why would you not value your health- and incomegenerating potential? Your health and ability to work is your biggest asset. Ann Wong has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Are you worried about how to manage risk if you cannot work due to illness from COVID-19? Along with lawyer Sasha Ramnarine, Ann Wong is holding an online presentation for business owners called Business Structures & How to Bulletproof for Success on Thursday, November 5 from 6:15 to 7:15 pm. Register at ann.wong@ awsmgroup.com. Find more info at awsmgroup.com.