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Still Moon Arts brings Still Creek to life through art, memories and history by Julie Cheng The sound of trickling water got louder as we tread carefully down the path. Through the trees we glimpsed a young man hopping over the water and rocks. On this sunny September afternoon, we found ourselves on the edge of Still Creek in the Renfrew Ravine, immersed in a performance by the Still Moon Arts Society called Still Creek: Lost and Found. The young man, Hamish Hutchison-Poyntz, tells the story of playing in the ravine with friends and making sure to avoid the older bullies who would throw rocks at them. Then he was gone in a flash, running down the stream. We followed after him along the safer path. The performance draws from an important new book about Still Creek, which starts near Central Park and winds its way through Renfrew Ravine and on through Burnaby Lake before emptying into the Fraser River. What Comes to Light: Stories of Still Creek Lost & Found, brings together artwork, poetry, historical research and archival photos. At the heart of the book are the stories, collected over two years, from local residents who lived and played in and around Still Creek. You could say the documents the love affair Carmen Rosen has had with the Renfrew Ravine and Still Creek since she moved into the neighbourhood in 2000. Renfrew Ravine was the inspiration for the annual Harvest Moon Festival, started in 2003 and now just finished its 15th year this past September. The Ravine Sanctuary Garden, the 27th Avenue labyrinth and the 22nd Avenue yin yang bench were projects lead by Carmen with organizations including Carmen Rosen sings an original music piece composed by Isaac Rosen-Purcell, joined by youth dancers and fiddlers. Photo by Kat Wadel

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Take part in Homelessness Action Week Page 7

Robert Edwards in Ghana Page 8

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Still Moon Arts Continued from page 1 local artists in the Arts Pow Wow, Evergreen and the Windermere Leadership program. In 2009, Still Moon Arts, Windermere Leadership students and the Department of Fisheries released chum salmon fry in Still Creek. And in 2012, the salmon returned to spawn in Still Creek for the first time in 80 years. The stories of art, celebration, people and the salmon are woven together in What Comes to Light. What becomes clear in this book is an enduring love and respect of art, nature and people can bring us all together and make great things happen.

Hamish Hutchison-Poyntz tells the story of playing in the ravine as a young boy. Photos by Julie Cheng

Find more information on What Comes to Light: Stories of Still Creek Lost & Found at http://stillmoon.org/projects-2/still-creek-stories/

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Old Ted was kind of short, stalky, had worked hard all his life … He lived a real homesteaders’ life with oil lamps in the house and water from a pump and he had pigs and chickens when none of us were allowed to. He was just grandfathered in, probably in his 80s, they thought he’d die soon so it was okay, then he actually lived to 107. – Daniel McNeil

Laura Crema holds the chickens, which were made by Robin Lough, as the story of Ted Twetie and his chickens are told.

Bea Miller reads a 1937 complaint letter to the Vancouver sewerage department about the incomplete work on Still Creek causing problems for their farm.

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What to do in your garden this fall

by Evergreen Canada

When it’s harvest time, here are nine essential things to do in your garden:

Take action to improve the health of the local watershed! Join Evergreen for its Uncover Your Creeks program taking place every month at Renfrew Ravine and help manage invasive species in the local ecosystem.

1. Harvest and dry your rosemary, sage and thyme leaves. Place herbs, 1/4 cup at a time, in a single layer, between paper towels and microwave for about a minute. Chop coarsely in a blender to eliminate their sharp ends then store in a glass container. 2. Collect leaves for pressing. Lay flat between two sheets of paper towel set in a book and in a few weeks, the leaves will have dried and can be used to craft cards and add decorative touches to Thanksgiving-themed table settings. 3. Cut raspberry canes that bore fruit this year down to ground level. This will promote strong new fruit-bearing canes next year. 4. Save your leaves and scavenge the neighbour’s, too. Simply pile them on a corner or bag them and save them till spring. Small leaves from most shrubs should be left in place; they will break down and feed the soil quite rapidly. Large leaves should be chopped; otherwise they can mat and keep air and water from reaching the ground beneath them. Chop them with the lawnmower and put them back on the beds or into the composter.

Uncover Your Creeks – Renfrew Ravine

Please bring weather-appropriate clothing, closed toe shoes and a water bottle or coffee mug. Evergreen will provide training, tools, gloves and snacks. Cut raspberry canes this fall to promote strong new fruitbearing canes next year. Photos by Julie Cheng Plant garlic in October for a spring crop.

Next date: Sunday, October 29, 2017 Meeting Place: 29th Avenue and Atlin St. in Vancouver, BC Commitment: 3 hours per event More information: https://www. evergreen.ca/whats-on/event/ uncover-your-creeksrenfrewravine/

5. There are so many benefits to saving your own vegetable seeds at the end of each growing season. It’s really easy for you to do at home. All you need is a vegetable plant, bowl, small envelope and marker. To learn how, check out Evergreen Canada’s Learn to Harvest Seeds video guide (https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=8IDRlBfq9Po). 6. Plant garlic and add lots of manure to the surrounding soil. 7. Carrots and parsnips get sweeter as the ground gets cooler, especially after a frost or two. When the temperature drops, cover them with a heavy layer of mulch to keep the ground from thawing. 8. Before frost, harvest green tomatoes and provide them a place to ripen indoors on sunny windowsills. 9. Clean up and dispose of dead, decaying or diseased vegetable crops. Remove weeds too to prevent their seeds from overwintering in the soil and top vegetable beds with a layer of compost, leaves, manure. To help create greener, more sustainable cities, Evergreen fosters organic gardening practices through providing hands-on workshops, hosting planting events and supporting urban agriculture initiatives. Reprinted with permission from Evergreen. Source: https://www.evergreen.ca/blog/ entry/what-to-do-in-your-garden-this-fall/

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A new wave of food security

Ways to improve your environmental footprint

by Stephen Elliott-Buckley

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: Cassandra Ly, Evergreen Canada, Julie Cheng, Paul Reid, Richard Berwick, Stephen Elliott-Buckley, Suzanne Liddle, Taya Lawton, Tony Wanless, Yoko Tomita, Bryden Fergusson, Kat Wadel

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.

Next submission deadline: Oct. 10 The Renfrew-Collingwood Community News is an initiative of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH).

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These days you are likely more mindful of food, water and climate. Hurricanes and fires are dramatic reminders that we need to be moving off carbon energy very quickly. But a stable climate is also important for feeding billions of people. This requires arable land that is politically, economically and environmentally stable, as well as a great deal of predictable and clean water. Are you intentional enough about how you affect the food you eat? We know about ecological footprints, but how do your activities support or hinder food security for your community and others? World Food Day is on Oct. 16. This year and every year. Learn more at the United Nations’ World Food Program: WFP.org/worldfoodday.

Beef and Gelderman Farms are our prime meat connections. For those of us who haven’t moved to a fully vegetarian diet, a new social enterprise called Meatme.ca is a solid, highquality meat broker.

Tuesday, Oct. 3 // Advisory Committee Meeting 5288 Joyce Street from 6-7:30 pm Collingwood Neighbourhood House Interested in building your leadership skills, working with a team, and learning about community food issues? Join us at our meeting for more information on how you can get involved!

They help with the logistics of buying meat without farmers so they don’t always have to drive into the city with their product. Meatme helps optimize production and transportation by connecting consumers direct to producers. Tuesday, Oct. 10 & 24 // Language of Food Similarly, Grain, at EatGrain.ca, connects us with grain farmers, but we also learn the stories of the farmers, to help connect us city folk with where our staples come from. We get better logistics and transportation, high-quality grain and richer community.

And finally, a fancy food-related social enterprise is ChopValue.ca. If When I work with organizations to enhance stakeholder engagement, we you know anything about the environmental footprint of chopsticks, start with exploring their core organizational and human values. People you may list using them as a guilty need meaning in their work, so inte- pleasure. Not like straws, though; we grating everyone’s core values in the should all stop using straws! work we do creates more rewarding But wooden chopsticks can only be work all around. single use. Now Chop Value’s visionSo, let me introduce you to a number ary wood scientists have figured out how to process discarded sticks into of new, local social enterprises that are entrenching greater food security fancy wood products. here and abroad. Once you’re aware of them, you can include them in your An increasing number of chopstickusing restaurants are collecting and values-grounded choices. giving these landfill-fillers to Chop And by social enterprise, I don’t mean Value for reprocessing into coasters, frames, yoga blocks, cutting boards just any old organization that donates money to a charity, and defines and tables. Almost a million in just that as some kind of social mission. I over a year. Tell your favourite Asian restaurants to connect with Chop mean organizations that, by design, Value! are creating social, environmental, human or economic good. Make this the year to have a converNada, at NadaGrocery.com, is a new sation in your organization, or among your people and network, about what kind of grocery store. Nada is all you’re doing to be more intentional food, no packaging. We all are tired of excessive packaging. An increasing about improving food security in our community and the world at large. number of us are tired of basically all packaging. Nada helps with that, Stephen Elliott-Buckley is an organizaplus healthier food with ingreditional design consultant helping compaents you can pronounce. They exist nies and non-profits enrich employee at pop-up locations now until their and stakeholder engagement. A trainer Broadway and Fraser store opens in a and teacher since 1986, he is also an few months. Simon Fraser University professor, the We’ve spent enough time at farmers’ markets to learn that Empire Valley

October events with the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute by Cassandra Ly

author of Modern Labour Activism, a poet and a regular in Section F at Nat Bailey Stadium.

Project 5288 Joyce Street from 6-7:30 pm Collingwood Neighbourhood House Do you speak a language other than English? Looking for a place to share your ideas? Interested in learning new languages? Help to create a multi-lingual food resource guide with your neighbours. Wednesday, Oct. 11 // Food Skills: Cultural Desserts 2929 E. 22nd Avenue from 12-2 pm Register at Renfrew Park Community Centre 604-257-8388 Nothing beats the sweetness of a fresh, homemade dessert! Join us in the kitchen to share your favourite sweet treat and learn how to make Che Ba Mau, a Vietnamese Three Colour Bean Dessert. Friday, Oct. 13 & Wednesday, Oct. 25 // Community Kitchen 5288 Joyce Street Register at the Front Desk of Collingwood Neighbourhood House – 604-435-0323 Come cook, eat, and learn together with neighbours in a safe and fun environment. Do you have a recipe that you would like to share? We’d love to learn from you! Saturday, Oct. 28 // Orchard Workshop: Composting 2732 Horley Street from 1-3 pm Norquay Learning Orchard Are you interested in learning more about native plants and composting? Join us for this hands-on workshop at the orchard to pick up new tips and tricks on how to create a thriving environment for these species. Volunteer Opportunities [bold] Are you interested in gardening? Join us to learn more about our community food growing sites! No experience is required and everyone is welcome. Collingwood Rooftop Garden 5288 Joyce Street – Drop-In Sessions Collingwood Neighbourhood House Wednesdays from 5-7 pm Norquay Learning Orchard 2732 Horley Street – Drop-In Sessions Every Friday from 2-4 pm Cheyenne Community Garden 2755 Cheyenne Avenue – Work Party Saturday, Oct. 28 from 11 am-1 pm


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Call for artists in Renfrew-Collingwood by Yoko Tomita The Renfrew Collingwood Artist Network (RCAN) is calling on artists who live in Renfrew-Collingwood (Nanaimo Street to Boundary Avenue, Broadway to 41st Avenue) to connect with the community through festivals, workshops and the exhibition of your work, whether it’s visual arts, music, dance, performance, writing, fashion, textile art, carpentry and cooking. The Collingwood Neighbourhood House has been active in promoting arts and culture through events such as the Artisans Village Market and more seasonal events. The opening of 5050 Joyce Pop-up Art Studio in mid-August near the Joyce Skytrain station is activating the local art scene. In the current art show Imaginature, six local artists are showcasing their works in a collabThe 5050 Joyce Pop-up Art Studio features the works of six local artists until Oct. 3. oration between Collingwood Neighbourhood House and Still Moon Arts Society Halloween is just around the corner and If you have any questions about getting involved until Oct. 3. you can celebrate the season at the Pumpin the arts and cultural scene through community kin Festival! Join in on Monday, Oct. 23 art, please contact Yoko Tomita, the neighbourThe 5050 Joyce Pop-up Art Studio will be open for from 4 to 6 p.m. and carve your own jack hood cultural network developer, at ytomita@ creative use till Oct. 7, 2017. If you have an idea for o’ lantern by donation. All the carving tools cnh.bc.ca or 604 435 0323 extension 224. an activity, event or workshop, please visit www. are provided. stillmoon.org to book the space. The Imaginature art show included an artist’s gathering on Sept. 11 in which the exhibiting artists shared their skills in various visual art forms. This was a great opportunity to make your own art on the spot. On Saturday, Oct. 21 from 3 to 6 pm, Renfrew Collingwood Artisan Network is hosting an Artists Gathering Tea Social to bring together creative people at Collingwood Neighbourhood House (5288 Joyce Street, Vancouver). You are welcome to join in and share your talents.

Renfrew-Collingwood Cultural Activities October Open till Oct. 7 5050 Joyce Pop-Up Art Studio Drop by for workshops, exhbitions and performances www.stillmoon.org Saturday, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 Social Culture Club Collingwood Neighbourhood House Sharing your skills in sewing, knitting and craft making 10 am–12 pm Free. Drop-in Tuesday, Oct. 10 Community Conversation Café Collingwood Library 2985 Kingsway at Rupert Meet up with neighbours and make new friends. 7–8:30 pm Free. Everyone welcome! Saturday, Oct. 21 Artist Gathering Tea Social Collingwood Neighbourhood House 5288 Joyce Street An afternoon of tea, art making and fun! 3–6pm Free

Celebrate Halloween by carving your own jack o’lantern.

Monday, Oct. 23 Pumpkin Festival Collingwood Neighbourhood House

5288 Joyce Street 4–6 pm Carve your own jack o’ lantern. By donation. All carving tools provided Friday, Oct. 27 First Coffee House First Lutheran Church 5745 Wales Street Are you a closet singer, dancer, poet, story teller, ukulele player?! Or an experienced performer wanting to try out new material? This is the place for you! A low key, supportive space to share your passion and join your community for a fun evening of diverse talents! FOURTH FRIDAY of every month 7–9 pm Entrance and refreshments, by donation. For more info call Shannon at 778-328-1874. Or email singerso@hotmail.com Until Oct. 30, 2017 The Venetian Ghetto: A Virtual Reconstruction 1516-2017 Italian Cultural Centre 3075 Slocan Street at Grandview Hwy. Exhibition open Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm until Sept. 1 Tuesday to Saturday starting in September from 10 am to 5 pm. Free event


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What’s happening at your local library Collingwood Branch Library, 2985 Kingsway, 604-665-3953 After school and on the weekends, Collingwood Library is the perfect place for kids to have fun learning new skills and making new friends. Check out these great programs in October. Early Readers Book Club For ages 6-9. Registration Saturdays, once a month starting Sept. 30, 2-3 pm Write Now! Creative Writing for Kids For ages 8-12. Registration Tuesdays, once a month starting Oct. 3, 3:304:30 pm Reading Buddies: Reading practice with teen volunteers For Grades 2-4. Registration Thursdays, weekly, Oct. 26–Dec. 7, 4-5 pm Coding Buddies: Discover the world of coding with teen volunteers For Ages 7-9. Registration Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 14 & 15, 4-5 pm Spook Stories ‘Round the Campfire For ages 6-12. Drop in Friday, Oct. 20, 2-3 pm Lego Block Party For ages 6-12. Drop in Wednesdays, twice a month starting Sept. 13, 3:30-4:30 pm Have a baby or preschooler? Share songs, stories and rhymes with other families: Family Storytime – Drop in Thursday mornings, 10:30-11 am Sept. 14-Oct. 12 & Nov. 2-Dec. 7 Babytime - Drop in Thursday mornings, 11:30 am-12 pm Sept. 14-Oct. 12 & Nov. 2-Dec. 7 Tablet Tales: Songs, rhymes and stories, including time to play with library iPads together. For parents/caregivers with young children. Drop in Friday mornings, Oct. 6-27, 10:30-11:30 am “When I got my library card, that’s when my life began” – Rita Mae Brown

ADULT PROGRAMS ESL Conversation Circle Tuesdays, 7-8 pm, Oct. 3, 17, 31, Nov. 14, 28 Wednesdays, 10-11 am, Oct. 11, 25, Nov. 8, 22 Improve your spoken English skills in a supportive environment. Learn about your com-

munity and Canadian culture while making new friends. This class is suitable for intermediate speakers. 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. One to One Computer Help Collingwood Branch is offering drop-in One-toOne Computer Training. The 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 in order to book your appointment at a day/time that is convenient to you! 604-665-3953

Renfrew Branch 2969 E.22nd Ave. 604-257-8705 CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Storytimes at Renfrew A program for parents and caregivers with young children. Songs, rhymes, and stories are shared. • Babytime (0-18 months) Wednesdays, Sept. 20 – Dec. 13, 11:15 am | Drop-in • Family Storytime (0-7 yrs) Saturdays, Sept. 16 – Dec. 16, 11:15 am | Drop-in • Toddler Storytime (18 month – 3 years) Wednesdays, Sept. 20 – Dec. 13, 10:15 am | Drop-in

MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMS Write Now! Creative Writing for Kids Our fun writing activities will have you writing stories and poetry in no time. These programs are appropriate for both advanced writers and beginners. Please contact the branch to register. For Grades 3-7. Tuesday, Oct. 17, 3:30–4:30 pm

TEENS PROGRAMS Tripe 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, Oct. 5–Dec. 14, 4–5pm Afternoon at the Movies Join us on Friday afternoons for family friendly movies!

Fridays, 3:30p.m. | Drop-in • Oct. 6: The Smurfs • Oct. 13: Treasure Planet • Oct. 20: Hotel Transylvania • Oct. 27: Hotel Transylvania 2

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, Oct. 7, 2-3:30 pm • Saturday, Oct. 21, 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, Oct. 19 (10:30 am – 12 pm): Soups and Stews • Thursday, Nov. 30 (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: The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada. This feature documentary zeroes in on key concerns such as violence against women, access to abortion, and universal childcare, asking how much progress we have truly made on these issues. Saturday, Oct. 14 (2:30–4:30 pm) • Gun Runners. When it comes to world-class marathon runners, Kenyans are considered the cream of the crop, and have won marathons across the world while setting countless world records. But some of Kenya’s top runners aren’t running for fame and fortune. Some are wanted warriors, running for their lives. Saturday, Oct. 28 (2:30–4:30 pm) Internet Essentials In this series, discover the internet – from online browsing and searching to staying safe on the Internet. No experience required. • Tuesday, Oct. 17 (6:30–8:30 pm): Get to Know the Internet • Tuesday, Oct. 24 (6:30 – 8:30 pm): Get the Most Out of Internet Searching • Tuesday, Oct. 31 (6:30 – 8:30 pm): Let’s Talk about Online Privacy


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Take part in Homelessness Action Week Film and panel discussion Wednesday, Oct. 11, 6:30 to 8 pm

by Suzanne Liddle

Each year, communities and organizations join together throughout Vancouver to mark Homelessness Action Week. Homelessness Action Week 2017 is October 8 to 14. The week aims to raise public awareness on issues of homelessness and rally local solutions. Homelessness Action Week is organized by the Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness. The committee is a coalition of community organizations and all levels of government. The Collingwood Neighbourhood House received a grant from the city of Vancouver to fund a project that creates awareness around issues facing the homeless population in the Collingwood neighbourhood and beyond. This year, we will be producing a short film made by Ana Mateescu, the homeless programs coordinator. The film will have five different stories of people who are currently homeless or are tentatively housed. It will expose myths surrounding homelessness and also show the importance of receiving one-on-one individual support through outreach staff and how this can make a crucial difference in helping people to get housed. We invite homeless participants, community stakeholders and partners, residents and representatives from BC Housing to this event to watch the film and take part in a community dialogue afterwards. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with some of the individuals featured. By showing this film in community settings and schools, we hope to increase the physical and emotional safety for homeless and tentatively housed people in Renfrew-Collingwood and downtown Vancouver. Greater education on issues facing homeless people and sharing individual stories will help others to acknowledge the people behind the statistics. Creating community connections and networks with our neighbours is also an important way to potentially prevent homelessness; we all have a part to play.

Every Saturday morning volunteers and staff help the homeless at the Morning Star Breakfast Program at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Photos by Richard Berwick

By highlighting the importance of oneto-one help navigating the complex and high demand housing system we hope that local community partners, funders and politicians will become aware of how crucial it is to allocate resources to individualized support. The event will also have performances by one of the participants featured in the film: Desirae Cardinal will be sharing her creative talent by dancing and being accompanied by a drummers group. The Morning Star Breakfast Program at Collingwood Neighbourhood House happens every Saturday morning where a group of volunteers and staff are supporting up to 70 homeless or tentatively house people each week. You have the opportunity to be a part of this project by attending a screening of the film and panel discussion at CNH on Wednesday, October 11 from 6:30 to 8 pm. Hope to see you there! Please call 604-435-0323 to register for this event. Suzanne Liddle is the director of community services at Collingwood Neighbourhood House.


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Robert F. Edwards visits Ghana by Paul Reid Just this past September, our very own Robert F. Edwards, a frequent contributor to the Renfrew Collingwood Community News, traveled to Ghana with 15 of his fellow World Vision ambassadors. Ghana was chosen this year as the country that was most in need sponsors. In the past, four years, a group of ambassadors has travelled to Tanzania, Honduras, Peru and Mongolia. Robert was able to attend each time, except last year with Tanzania. It should be noted that the Ambassadors pay their own ways. Their aim this year is to each find sponsors for at least five children in Ghana. World Vision usually spends about 15 years in each community to improve their living standards. Basic hygiene education is high on the list, such as how to wash properly. “That can be difficult when the only water source is 3-4 kilometres away,” explains Edwards. “The $39 per month that people are asked to send to their sponsored child goes far beyond just helping that one child. It helps the entire community with nurses and teachers; wells, irrigation and equipment. We especially focus on the children, who are most vulnerable between 3 to 5 years.” Prior to leaving for Ghana, I asked Robert how he felt about going. “I am thoroughly looking forward to it. Each time I have travelled with World Vision has been a remarkable experience and I don’t know who gains more, them or me. They are generally very poor people, but very positive. What they lack in material goods they make up for in their spirit. Each time I come back from one of these visits, I find myself highly inspired and animated to get back home and try harder. And the people are so grateful. I remember one man in his forties, who had five or six children. He started out three times to try to say thank you and each time he broke down. You can see it in their eyes and in their hearts how grateful they are.” They spent ten days touring various communties in Ghana that were beginning to be aided by World Vision. On his return home from Ghana, Robert shared some of the highlights that made an impression on him: “We went to a farm that we have sponsored children with and got to see how limited their accommodations are. It basically consisted of three adobe rooms or huts. One was for sleeping and I should add that there was the parents and eight children. The other room or hut was a more open area for cooking. The last room consisted of plastic chairs which gave the family a chance to sit together.” “Another event that touched me deeply was in a small community where the young people conducted a show of the rules and regulations of the community. For example if you were caught fighting over water or any other thing the fine was 50 Ghana dollars. If a man was caught raping a girl the punishment was 1000 Ghana dollars and 10 years in prison. These are just two of the examples that were given during this performance.” “Another event that impressed me a great deal was school children that did parliamentary procedure. They conducted this procedure as if it was in Parliament itself with the speaker of the house. This particular program is practised throughout Ghana. As the competition escalates, those who are the best in parliamentary procedure and debate are invited to the capital to the Parliament building to perform the parliamentary procedure. I can’t help but feel this is definitely nation building at its best.” Robert is a frequrent contributor to the RCCNews. He has sponsored more than 20 children through World Vision, many of whom have gone on to successful careers.

Above: Robert and the children of Ghana. Right: “Another day on a World Vision field visit and more vehicle drama - this time we got the ‘fun’ van’s axles hung up on a section of road that washed out. We found a tow strap and eventually got pulled out.”

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Vancouver Walk for Reconciliation 2017: ‘Namwayut - We are all one Sept. 24, 2017, tens of thousands marched two kilometres from Queen Elizabeth Plaza to Strathcona Park in Vancouver’s Walk for Reconciliation, including friends from the Collingwood Neighbourhood House. The act of walking and sharing stories joins us in committing to reconciliation and building better relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. Photos by Bryden Fergusson

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The Seniors Connection

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World Café: a new monthly conversation group by Suzanne Liddle In a recent discussion, a group of Collingwood seniors described how they felt about living in the neighbourhood. Even though everybody loved the mountain views, they were also proud of the multicultural mix in Collingwood, the proximity to daily shopping, the friendliness of their neighbours and the efficient transportation services. They agreed there was room for improvement, though; more room for community activities, more affordable housing, more parking on the streets and more greenery. The streets could be safer with improved street crossings and less traffic congestion (large trucks were a particular concern), and the constant construction noise was a nuisance. They called on government to pay more attention to the needs of the elderly, stop land speculation, reduce property taxes, slow development plans that increase population and provide more HandyDART transit service.

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Dear Neighbours, Fall is in full swing, so I hope you’re bundling up and enjoying the brisk, blustery weather. I’d like to highlight two great programs that are currently seeking applicants. The 2018 BC Community Achievement Awards are now open for submissions! Do you know someone who have made a significant contribution to their community through a unique achievement or outstanding service to the community?

Seniors discussing hot topics at World Café, which meets once a month. The discussion was held as part of World Café, a new monthly conversation group offering our seniors an opportunity to explore topics ranging from election results and government structure to lucky numbers and the price of houses, to religious beliefs, Canadian versus American English, Great Canadian Inventions (like Hawaiian Pizza) and the greatest Canadian ever (Tommy Douglas). Even Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, and being a cetacean at the Vancouver Aquarium were discussed.

Participants help come up with the topics. Upcoming topics include NAFTA and the Golden Rule and Reconciliation for Residential Schools. Interested? Come join the group for coffee or tea, snacks and lively conversation. It’s free! Next meetings Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 All meetings: 1:15–3 pm, in the multipurpose room at Collingwood Neighbourhood House.

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October 1 is National Seniors Day At Collingwoood Neighbourhood House we like to celebrate the contributions of seniors every day but this occasion gives us extra reason to do so. Thanks to all of our senior volunteers who share their time, energy and skills to make our neighbourhood healthier and safer. Seniors help to make lunch in the community kitchen, drive others to social appointments and visit people who are isolated, to name just a few contributions!

Nominate them for a BC Community Achievement Awards! Awards will be presented for significant service in any area that provides a benefit to the community, such as sports and recreation, arts and culture, environment, multiculturalism, environment, healthcare, education, civic duty, business innovation, community volunteerism, and youth or seniors’ leadership. If you’d like to nominate a member of our community, visit www.bcachivement.com. Nominations close on January 15, 2018. BC’s 85th Youth Parliament Seeking Applications Interested in learning more about the parliamentary process? Apply to be a member of the Youth Parliament! Each year 95 youth are “elected” to the BCYP as representatives of their communities. The British Columbia Youth Parliament¹s 86th Parliament will be held in Victoria at the Provincial Legislative Chambers from December 27 to 31, 2017. The Youth Parliament is a province-wide non-partisan organization for young people ages 16 to 21. It teaches citizenship skills through participation in the December parliamentary session and in community service activities throughout the year. This is a one year commitment. Visit www. bcyp.org/joinus.html for more information, as well as an application form. All forms must be received by October 27th. Thank You Still Moon Arts Pop Up!

It’s been great having the wonderful, creative, Still Moon Arts Society as a neighbour these If you are interested in atpast 10 weeks in their pop-up space at 5050 tending any seniors proJoyce Street. It has provided artists and art grams or getting involved in organizations and invaluable space to connect and share their work. If you haven’t had a volunteering, simply drop by Collingwood Neighbour- chance I recommend popping by and checking out their last exhibit happening on Saturday hood House (5288 Joyce October 7th! Street at Euclid ) for more

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Once Upon a Time

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October 2017

Booklist by Taya Lawton

Whether in movies, television or being fractured into modern stories, fairytales continue to resonate with people of all ages. Discover new favourites with these enchanting fables. Drop by the Renfrew Library to discover good books, help complete the community puzzle and join one of its many free programs. The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth Long ago in far Bavaria, Franz Xaver von Schönwerth went hunting for fairy tales. Tragically, the collection disappeared. His work was thought lost forever, until 2009 when many of these tales were rediscovered in a dark basement. If talking swans insist you let a giant breathe fire on you and then kiss 12 tortoises, there’s no point asking why; if your friends leave you at the bottom of a well, might as well wander around until you find a magical garden. The land of stories is crawling with princes and evil. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden Vasilisa Petrovna is the youngest child of a wealthy boyar in the north of Russia, and heir to old magic: her grandmother stepped out of fairy tale into marriage with a prince, and her mother died to give birth to her. Sure enough, Vasya can see spirits. She keeps it secret – until her father remarries. Her new stepmother sees the spirits, too, but is terrified of them and forbids Vasya any communion with them. But something is waking in the woods, more terrible and threatening than the Winter King himself, and it’s coming for Vasya and all she holds dear. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart – he breaking under the weight of the farm work; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. With the first snowfall comes a mysterious girl, Faina, and her red fox. Faina brings hope and new passion to the marriage of Mabel and Jack and, as she flits back and forth between their small cabin and the winter forest, she also lights up the lives of other homesteaders of their remote community. Inspired by a Russian folktale, the haunting and bittersweet narrative captures the beauty of Alaskan landscape. Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce On Christmas Eve, Tara Martin reappears on her parents’ doorstep after vanishing as a teen into the forest 20 years ago. Tara looks as though she has not aged and claims she was taken by fairies, with a fantastic story of a handsome stranger on a white horse who took her to a strange land where time flows differently, bodies are just clothes for the soul, and free love is part of the culture. What’s most compelling in this blend of reality and fantasy in a modern-day fable are the characters’ chaotic emotions and reconnections as they cope with what they can’t understand. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire Wicked re-imagines the Land of Oz through the lens of young Elphaba, a smart, misunderstood young woman with green skin who goes against the Wizard and his secret police when the lives of the animals are threatened. Maguire creates a full and detailed world: Oz has climate, ethnic groups, competing religions, mythology and political rifts and alliances. Wicked offers us a radical new evaluation of one of the most hated characters in literature: the much-maligned Wicked Witch of the West who, as Maguire tells us, wasn’t nearly as wicked as we imagined.

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Read On! Renfrew Ravine

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A news section for Renfrew-Collingwood learners 

by Tony Wanless

Residents of RenfrewCollingwood can consider themselves lucky because in their neighbourhood is an oasis of nature and calm that acts as a relief from the usual city noise and energy. The Renfrew Ravine is an urban jewel – a little bit of wilderness that is a reminder of what all of Vancouver once looked like. This section of forest and stream sits surrounded by busy streets with car, truck and transit noise and all the other sounds that are a feature of daily life in a city. It reminds us that, not long ago, Vancouver was a lush wilderness teeming with birds, animals and fish, and which was home to many Native peoples. A walk in the ravine begins across the street from the busy 29th Avenue Skytrain transit station and makes its way through forest, brambles and berry bushes that border a small gurgling, stream that makes its way along the floor of the valley on the left side of the trail. As you walk, be sure to stop and visit the Renfrew Ravine Labyrinth, a large circle of stones that imitate ancient stone circles created by peoples around the world thousands of years ago. Built in 2002, it has become a favourite meditation spot, so follow the circles and have a little meditation of your own. Then continue down the path, past houses and along the laneway, until the path picks up again. Just before you reach 22nd Avenue, stop to admire the quirky two-person stone bench. Cross the street and go down the hill to the left of Renfrew Park Community Centre, along a path that borders a tumbling stream. Sometimes, in early spring, you can see little fish swimming in the waters just before the creek goes under Grandview Highway. At this point you will probably notice something about yourself. Stress, sadness or weariness that might have bothered you before are now gone. That is the revitalizing power of a walk in the ravine.

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Your vote counts!

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5 things you should know about the Vancouver by-election

1. What are the voting days? • General voting day: Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 • Advance voting days: Wednesday, Oct. 4 & Tuesday, Oct. 10 2. Who are we voting for? We are voting to elect one city councillor and nine school trustees. • We are replacing Geoff Meggs, who resigned as city councillor in July 2017 to become Premier John Horgan’s chief of staff. • We are also replacing the nine Vancouver School Board trustees who were fired in October 2016 by then B.C. education minister Mike Bernier for failing to balance its budget. Find the list of candidates at http://vancouver.ca/your-government/ candidate-profiles.aspx 3. Who can vote in the Vancouver by-election? You can vote if you: • Are 18 years old or older on general voting day • Are a Canadian citizen • Have lived in BC for at least 6 months immediately before voting day • Have lived in Vancouver for at least 30 days immediately before voting day • Are not disqualified by law from voting Find more info at https://vancouver.ca/your-government/information-forvoters.aspx

Image source: Vancouver.ca You can also vote by mail: https://vancouver.ca/your-government/voteby-mail.aspx 5. Am I registered to vote? If you are registered on the current Provincial list of voters, you are automatically on the voters’ list. If you are not registered, you can do so when you vote, but you must bring two pieces of identification such as B.C. driver’s license and B.C. Identification card. Find out if you’re registered at https://vancouver.ca/your-government/ register-to-vote-identification.aspx#find-out

4. Where can I vote? In Renfrew-Collingwood, the closest voting places are: • John Norquay Elementary School, 4710 Slocan Street • Renfrew Elementary School, 3315 East 22nd Avenue • Killarney Community Centre, 6260 Killarney Street

Find the identification you’ll need to register at https://vancouver.ca/ your-government/register-to-vote-identification.aspx#id

Find more info at http://vancouver.ca/your-government/where-to-vote.aspx

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Special Hours of Operation Thanksgiving Day Weekend Pool Sat Oct 7 Sun Oct 8 Mon Oct 9

8:30am-4pm 1pm-5pm 1pm-5pm

Fitness Ctr

Centre Area

9:30am-4pm 9:00am-5:00pm 1pm-5pm 10:30am-5:30pm 1pm-5pm Closed

Volunteer Training (13-18yrs)

This training is for youth wanting to volunteer in Renfrew Park Community Centre programs/events. This training provides hand son experience enhances your skills in problem solving, conflict resolution and teaches you how to lead activities and games. Preregistration required. 126536 Thu Oct 5 3:45-5:45pm Free

Program Highlights Fashion Illustration

Sa

Oct 14-Dec 9

11:45am-12:45pm

Paula Parman The Passion Project is an opportunity for participants to discover what they are passionate about, to decide what project they want to take on and to set weekly goals to accomplish this project. No session Nov 11.

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Oct 14-Dec 9

12:45-1:45pm

Intermediate (7-14yrs) 128962 Fri Oct 6-Dec 8

6:35-7:35pm

$80/10 sess $80/10 sess

Wibit Inflatable Day in the pool

Saturday, Oct 7th from 2:00pm–4:00pm

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

$8/8 sess

Pre Teen Leadership (10-13yrs)

Paula Parman This is a beginners leadership program to work on what it takes to become a leader and how to become involved in your community as a leader. Lessons will consist of teamwork, active listening, speaking assertively and more! No sessions Nov 11.

Youth Life Essentials (13-16yrs)

$80/10 sess

$8/8 sess

The Passion Project (10-13yrs)

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5:30-6:30pm

7:45-8:45pm

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Niki Chung

Beginner (7-14yrs) 128961 Fri Oct 5-Dec 8

Advanced (13-16yrs) 128963 Fri Oct 6-Dec 8

Paula Parman Come hang out with the girls. Participate in fun activities such as nail art and DIY’s. $2/drop-in if space. No session Nov 11.

Sa

Oct 14-Dec 9

2:00-3:00pm

$8/8 sess

Paula Parman Lessons consist of cover letter and resume writing, interview skills, cooking affordable/healthy meals, learning how to network and much more! No session Nov 11.

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Oct 14-Dec 9

3:00-4:30pm

Conversational Spanish (55+yrs) 121460

Tue Oct 31-Nov 28 10:00-11:30am

Portrait Drawing for Beginners (55+yrs) 121470

Tue Oct 24-Nov 21 1:00-2:30pm

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Special Events Audain Art Museum & Fairmont Chateau Whistler (55+yrs) 120467

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Oct 12

8:00am-5:45pm

$132.38/person

Cedar Weaving Display and Demo (All Ages) 124893

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Oct 14

1:00-3:00pm

Free

GLOW Bowling (10-13yrs) 126538

Fr

Oct 20

9:00am-3:00pm

$10/person

Diwali Festival (All Ages)

There will be diya painting, henna, crafts and traditional Indian dancing. During the event there will be light refreshments, Chai tea and sweets. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. 119429 Sa Oct 21 12:30-3:00pm Free

October Fest (55+yrs) 119445

Wed Oct 25

12:00-2:30pm

$8.57/person

SPOOKtacular Halloween (2-11yrs)

Join us for some scary fun! Bounce your way into Halloween with our bouncy castle! There will also be games, prizes, crafts, costumes and Halloween trick or treat goodie bags. Tickets are limited, buy them early. 126544

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Oct 28

12:00-3:00pm

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Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)

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Prevent identity theft and support CNH’s new annex—join the community Shred-a-thon! Statistics from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC), which is a branch of the RCMP, show that identity theft has been on the rise. According to CBC News, “In 2008, the CAFC reported there were 12,309 victims of identity fraud in Canada, with a total reported loss of about $9.7 billion. In 2012, there were 17,009 incidents and nearly $16 billion in losses. Halfway through 2014—the last period for which there are statistics—the CAFC had documented over 10,000 victims and $4.7 billion in losses.”*

That’s where CNH comes in! In cooperation with Vancity’s Collingwood community branch and the Collingwood Community Policing Centre, CNH is holding a community Shred-a-thon on Saturday, October 28. Help protect your identity and the environment—bring your confidential documents to the Shred-a-thon! Urban Impact Recycling Ltd. will be on site to professionally shred them for you. Shredding is by donation and 100% of the proceeds will go to support Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s new annex. Representatives from Vancity and the Collingwood Community Policing Centre will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on how to prevent identity theft and fraud. Light refreshments will be served.

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.”

Oct lunch menu Tuesday, October 3 Cream of mushroom soup Chicken / Veggie macaroni & cheese Salad Strawberry chocolate mousse

What exactly is identity theft? The RCMP defines identity theft as “acquiring and collecting someone else’s personal information for criminal purposes”. Identity thieves typically use stolen identities to commit crimes, such as credit card or bank account fraud. What can we do about identity theft? There are a number of ways that people can protect themselves against identity theft, but one of the easiest ways is to shred any confidential documents, such as bank statements or credit card information, before throwing them out.

COMMUNITY LUNCH

Thursday, October 5 Salmon pie or veggie pie Salad Vanilla cheesecake CNH’s annex is a new CNH space that will be located on the main floor of a new condominium tower being built on Vanness Avenue at Boundary Road. Just a short walk along Vanness from the Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain station, the annex will include a large multipurpose room, a commercialgrade kitchen, a multipurpose arts room, a children’s room, office space, a staff break room, and 51 parking spaces. After the annex opens, CNH’s Joyce Street building will remain as CNH’s main site. Programs, services and initiatives will run out of both sites.

Community Shred-a-thon

Tuesday, October 10 Minestrone soup Turkey or veggie enchilada Salad Carrot cake Thursday, October 12 Chicken or veggie stew with brown rice Salad Chocolate cup cake

Date: Saturday, October 28 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Location: Collingwood Community School driveway, 3417 Euclid Ave, just East of Joyce Street on Euclid (Euclid is halfway between the Joyce-Collingwood SkyTrain Station and Kingsway)

Tuesday, October 17 Lentil soup Crab cake with cheese scone Salad Coconut cookies

*(http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/identity-theft-insuranceis-it-worth-it-1.2919364)

Thursday, October 19 Prawns or veggie risotto Salad Blueberry muffin

Join CNH’s fun, social adult recreation programs! Adult Indoor Soccer Drop-in Do you like soccer? Join CNH’s Adult Indoor Soccer program! Participants play in a fun, welcoming and safe atmosphere, where players of all skill levels can enjoy the sport they love and improve their overall fitness and playing ability. Men and women welcome!

Adult Volleyball Drop-in Do you like volleyball? Join your neighbours in a friendly game of volleyball and bump, set, and spike to your heart’s content! Players of all skill levels are welcome.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays Time: 8:30 – 10:15 p.m. Cost: $4.50/session to drop in or $45/12 sessions

Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays Time: 8:30 – 10:15 p.m. Cost: $4.50/session to drop in or $45/12 sessions

For soccer, volleyball and other adult recreation program details, visit http://www.cnh.bc.ca/programs/adults-activities/ This page is sponsored by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Tuesday, October 24 Cream of spinach soup Tuna melt or veggie sandwich Salad White chocolate cookies Thursday, October 26 Meat or veggie lasagna Salad and garlic bread Shortbread cookies Tuesday, October 31 Tomato and chick pea soup Chicken / veggie panini Salad Egg tart


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Let’s have a warm round of applause for our Collingwood Guardians. Celebrating their 10th anniversary, the Collingwood Guardians Program is a joint initiative between the Collingwood Business Improvement Association (CBIA) and the Collingwood Community Policing Centre (CCPC). The Guardians aim to keep Collingwood a safe place to work, to do business, shop and enjoy life by reducing crime in the business areas of Collingwood. To help them to conduct these duties effectively, the Guardians are trained to use various types of equipment. This includes two-way radios to communicate with other Guardians; digital cameras, cell phones and first-aid kits. Patrolling the area of Kingsway between Boundary and Rupert Street, the Guardians keep their eyes open for issues such as panhandling, loitering and any suspicious activity. They may need to respond to specific needs or incidents. They are also there to provide assistance for those with questions, help people to contact an appropriate agency and help give people directions. “The Guardians program is a unique partnership between the businesses and the police and has been very successful,” says Partap Sahota, program manager of the CCPC. In addition to establishing a presence in the Collingwood business area along Kingsway, the Guardians have been

working with businesses to educate them on ways to help keep themselves and their community safer. “One of the main concerns we hear from our members (the businesses along Kingsway) is their concern to street safety,” says Angela Evans, coordinator of the CBIA. “The Collingwood Guardians have provided that safety for at least this past decade. We appreciate their presence and knowledge to help the businesses and pedestrians when needed. I appreciate the Guardians attending all of our community events, helping to keep it safe and fun for everyone. The CBIA and Collingwood Community Policing Centre partner in many events throughout the year: Collingwood Days, Winter Carnival and Community Tree Lighting, Canada Day, Pedestrian Safety Day with the VPD and ICBC, Keep Vancouver Spectacular and the Collingwood International Film Festival. We look forward to continuing these events for many years to come and the CBIA thanks the CPC for their dedication to keeping Collingwood safe.” If you or someone you know thinks that they would enjoy working to help keep Collingwood safe, you can contact either the CBIA or the CPC. Do you like working outside? Do you like meeting and interacting with new people? The program is great for improving the experience and resumes of aspiring police officers.

CBIA UPDATES l 2017 Annual General Meeting – September 27th @ 5:30p.m. to 7p.m. at Green Thumb Theatre Thank you to all the property and business owners, business operators who attended the 2017 AGM. We were able to network, review and celebrate the Collingwood BIA’s past year, and to hear about the future plans. The CBIA is in the renewal process and will be pursuing another seven year mandate to continue the programs and initiatives. New street furniture, new branding, improving our street safety and helping the next generation of entrepreneurs and future leaders. It’s an opportunity to meet the CBIA staff and board and fellow members. The list of board members will be in the November issue. l Turn Down the Heat 2017 This year’s dates are for the week of November 4th to 10th. We will be asking businesses to collect warm clothing (coats, hats, mittens, blankets, sweater etc.) all clothing items will be donated to the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Homeless Committee. Sign up your business as a drop off centre for your customers, contact the CBIA office 604.639.4403. See ad in this issue.

l Annual Winter Carnival, Saturday, November 25, 2017 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Mark your calendars for the annual Winter Carnival and Community Tree Lighting Ceremony happening November 25th, one month before Christmas! Fun for the whole family, music, magic and movie and so much more. Look for more information in the November issue.

Decorate Lighting coming soon! l Join the 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. Contact Angela at angela@shopcollingwood.ca

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Don Davies MP Vancouver Kingsway

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Renfrew-Collingwood Community News October 2017  

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