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CNH pilot program provides farm-fresh vegetables to you and your neighbours by Emily Rees

Are you interested in receiving farm fresh vegetables this October? Do you want to support neighbours who is unable to afford healthy and locally grown food? Then you may be interested in joining Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s Mutual Aid Community Supported Agriculture program. When you sign up you’ll receive a weekly box of seven to 10 types of fresh, locally grown, organic vegetables – and so will a family in the neighbourhood.

Julie Cheng, local resident and Renfrew-Collingwood Community News editor, thoroughly enjoys eating nutritious, fresh vegetables from her weekly haul from CNH’s CSA food program. Photos by Emily Rees and Gillian Der

Your membership to CNH’s Mutual Aid CSA will support the Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School, an integrated vegetable and livestock farm that focuses on Indigenous and regenerative agriculture. At a cost of $45 per week, you’ll receive fresh produce delivered directly from the farm school to Collingwood Neighbourhood House every Friday through October 29. At the same time, you will also subsidize a box for a neighbour. For more information on how to join, email foodsecurity@cnh.bc.ca. Emily Rees is the director of community development at Collingwood Neighbourhood House.

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Spotlight on Volunteers: Vince Prasad by Paul Reid

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Renfrew-Collingwood community can be happy and proud to know that it is the home to such fine people as Vince Prasad, a man who has made volunteering the central theme of his life. He tries to live the words of Martin Luther KIng Junion when he said: “Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You only need a heart full of Grace, a soul generated love.” Vince was born on the small island of Fiji in a family of ten siblings. His father: Sukhu Prasadi, only wanted the best for his children. And his mother, Raj Kumari Prasad was, according to Vince, a wonderful mother. “She never punished but instilled high moral values in them by her loving personal example. she was loving, caring, supporting and always nourishing.”

Prior to leaving Fiji in 1969, Vince served for three months with the United States Peace Corp language training program where he taught Fijian Hindi at University of Hawaii for Fiji Peace Corp volunteers. After working for the Suva City Council from 1964 to 1969, Vince migrated to Canada with his wife and son in search of better opportunities. Although he did not find work at first, eventually, he got a six months opportunity to work at the City of Vancouver in the electrical division, accounting section, permits and licensing. Vince’s next move was to Unemployment Insurance Commission and took up a position as a debt collector. This role helped prepare Vince for his career as a public servant. In 1981, he joined the Canada Customs Operations (now known as Border Services), Pacific region as a regional customs collector for Port Vancouver, BC and the Yukon. During this time, Vince developed a revenue recovery plan for CBSA; he would travel to all the regions of Canada implementing this program.

Vince (centre) with his language class at University of Hawaii 1969. Photos courtesy Vince Prasad


Following his retirement, Vince Prasad, was recognised and honoured for his long and illustrious career with the Canadian Customs Revenue Department. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among those who specially recognised his service. Mr Trudeau, in a personal note, said: “On this occasion of your retirement from the Public Service, I wish to thank you on behalf of the Government and people for 31 years of loyal service and to extend to you our best wishes.” Since 1986, Vince has volunteered for for the Asia Evangelistic Fellowship Canada, helping the poor children in Nepal in their education. Vince is also a devout Christian, who has been awarded for his service in the Gospel Church.

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federation of Canada awarded by the Governor-General. Vince continues to volunteer, now as a member of the National Association of Federal Retirees, Vancouver Branch. Working as their director of Media Relations, Vince worked to bring a band to sing Christmas song at the Italian Cultural Centre. “With approximately 300 in in attendance, we sang songs and celebrated Christmas. There were also programs for advocacy for elder abuse, wills and estate planning; a pharmacist from London drugs advising about medication awareness; a podiatrist talking about foot care etc. Due to Cov 19 we are taking a break till the situation improves.”

Vince has also been very active in our community. He was honoured for his continuous volunteer work with Collingwood Neighbourhood house from 2002 to 2014.

His advice to immigrants: “Be prepared to take up any type of work initially to get established in a new country. Take courses through night classes to advance one’s choice of skills.”

Vince was nominated in 2019 for the Life Time Volunteer Award for dedicating the rest of his life to serve people in need. He is a recipient of the Commemorative Medal for the 125th anniversary of the Con-

“Work hard and try not to get discouraged as Canada is a wonderful country and an opportunity to move forward.”

“I encourage others to keep volunteering to stay active in mind and body, make connections and continue to learn.”

Thank you Vince for showing us how it can be done!

WHY VOLUNTEER? by Vince Prasad Volunteering is a Canadian tradition and is an extension of being a good neighbor and there are many reasons why I make time to volunteer. We have many new immigrants settled in our community, raising their families and experiencing new life in Canada. It is truly a privilege for me to be able to welcome and help our new neighbours. A great way to use my talents and experience acquired through Public service. We can do this by: • Not letting an opportunity pass by to say a kind word to people we meet. • Be genuinely interested in others. The people we meet feel that we regard them as a person of importance. • We can keep an open mind on all controversial questions and discuss without arguing. It is possible to disagree and be friendly. • Not to be anxious about our rights and having favours repaid. Let the satisfaction of helping others serve as its own reward. • It supports the cause I believe in which I stated earlier. • Gives me an opportunity to make a contribution to society. • As a retired Federal Public servant I know that experience matters and it provides an opportunity to use valuable skills, to give back to the community, to mentor others and it creates and maintains relationship. • We can play a vital role in a society and it helps in delivering services and programs that improve and enhance the life of our communities. • One can experience learning and satisfaction. • I enjoy social interaction – Meeting new people. • It gives an opportunity to learn about people, country or community. • Gives fulfillment and a sense of empathy, connection with a “cause” • It gives an opportunity to be part of the community where I live. • It also instills a value of giving and caring. I encourage others to join to stay active in mind and body, make connections and continue to learn.

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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, Emily Rees, Gillian Der, Julie Cheng, Loretta Houben, Paul Reid, Robert F. Edwards, Sophia Han, Vince Prasad

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.

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The value of salt by Robert F. Edwards

Salt is something that we all use and, in many cases, have on our kitchen table. At one time salt was as precious as gold and often was traded in exchange for gold. People often used to say he was either worth his salt or he wasn’t worth his salt. I’ll try to explain some of the things that I’ve learned about salt through travelling the world. The salt mines in Poland are some of the largest in the world. The mines go down as well as sideways for kilometres in every direction. In areas of the salt mine, the miners have carved out cathedrals with statues made of salt. I had the good fortune of witnessing the camel caravans that carry salt across the Sahara Desert. And in the Indonesia Islands, I watched people transport salt from the ocean into making salt for everyday use. In a remote area of Turkey, I met a young man in his mid 20s. He was one of the guides that showed visitors around the monasteries and relics of centuries past. As we got to know each other, we had a fondness of sharing knowledge. It was then that he told me about arranged marriages and that he had an arranged marriage.

Long before he ever met his wife-to-be, his parents made the arrangements with her parents. It often started with the mothers talking about their children and would lead to the acceptance of the fathers welcoming their new daughter to their home. This young man had barely reached 19 when his father escorted him to the home of his future wife to meet her father and to discuss their marriage. As the three men sat in a small living area, the two elder men discussed the future of their children. When both men agreed that the children should get married, the daughter was asked to bring in refreshments. She brought in a tray with three cups of tea. She gave the first cup to her father and then the second cup to the young man’s father. However, this is where the critical part of the relationship comes: when she handed the young man his cup of tea, he wondered whether it would have salt in it or just plain tea. If it had salt in it, this would mean that she would not only marry him, but she would love him. If it did not have salt in it, that would mean that she would marry him, but she would not love. To his happiness, his cup of tea had salt. I asked if he knew any man that did not have salt in his tea on his betrothal. The young man turned to a man who was in his mid 30s to early 40s. The man looked tired and old and unhappy, as this man had a wife that didn’t love him. Robert F. Edwards is a long-time resident of Collingwood and contributor to the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News.


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Collingwood Corner: The Dexter and Hemlock Exchange by Loretta Houben Everyone uses the telephone, although in 2021 phones are vastly different from 100 years ago, or even 30 years ago. Now nearly everyone has a cell phone and many no longer have a land-line phone based in the home, connected by a cord to the wall. Telus was originally named the BC Telephone Company and its first office in Collingwood was located on Vanness, before moving to Kingsway near Boundary on the southwest corner. I’ve always been interested in this plain-looking building with its oddly shaped tower, which is still standing, so I did a bit of research. From the Vancouver Chinook newspaper, May 18, 1912, courtesy of UBC Library online; “The BC Telephone Company have just completed the purchase of a 1959 southwest corner of Kingsway at Boundary Road. The new Hemlock (automatic) and old Dexter (manual) lot and residence on Joyce Street, exchanges. Courtesy of Burnaby Archives, William Bros Photographers with a view to coping with the increasing demands of the district by putting in However, the 1915 BC Directories shows the BC According to Newspapers.com, a contract for a new building was underway in 1955 for the a larger exchange. It is proposed to remodel the Telephone Company at 2574 Vanness on the changeover to an automatic system. This was building and install a switchboard capable of south side, not on Joyce. The office remained dealing with 1,600 subscribers. The present exthere until 1924. Nothing is listed after this date completed March 7, 1958. Now everyone was able to place their own local and long-distance calls, change provides for only 100 subscribers, and it until 1927, when the address for BC Telephone using the new Hemlock exchange. A new teleis proposed the new building will supply not only Co. is at 3056 Kingsway. This was the Dexter phone directory was announced in 1957 and was Collingwood, but its adjacent districts.” manual exchange building for many years, B.C.’s first metropolitan telephone directory. where switchboard operators would handle all phone calls.

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Marking Truth and Reconciliation Day, September 30 by Julie Cheng Some local businesses and organizations closed their doors on September 30 to mark Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. September 30 also marks Orange Shirt Day, which commemorates the first day Phyllis Webstad attended residential school, when the new orange shirt that she was wearing was taken from her. An orange shirt now symbolizes the stripping away of Indigenous children’s culture and freedoms over generations. Collingwood Neighbourhood House offered tee-shirts by Indigenous artist Melaney Gleeson-Lyal (Point) to staff to wear to spark conversation and to visually show support for the day. CNH closed its doors this day to encourage staff to take time to learn about Truth and Reconciliation and support Indigenous-led movements.

Vancity closed its branches, allowing the time for staff to reflect on and learn about the systemic policies, practices and attitudes that have led and continue to lead towards injustice and violence towards Indigenous people.

Resources Read about the Phyllis’s story at www.orangeshirtday.org/phyllisstory.html. Visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation – Reconciliation Week at https://nctr.ca/education/ trw/. Learn about Indigenous relations at Indigenous Corporate Training https://www.ictinc.ca/about-us. Take a free course at the University of Alberta (about 21 hours to complete) www.coursera.org/learn/indigenous-canada

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Julie Cheng proudly wears her orange shirt in support of Truth and Reconciliation Day. Photo by Bryden Fergusson


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Preparing for unexpected illness during and after COVID-19 by Ann Wong, Certified Financial Planner

riage/divorce, births/deaths, lottery winnings, inheritances and starting/ selling businesses. Note that special attention should be paid to blended families.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought a sensitive topic into the spotlight – the need for us to have a plan in case of illness or unexpected death. Two easy ways to accomplish this include writing a will and purchasing proper and adequate life, disability and critical illness insurance.

members, allowing for substantial savings in time, money and emotional stress.

There are many benefits of having a will. First, you are able to make the final decision on how your estate will be distributed. You are also able to disinherit potential beneficiaries provided a letter or memorandum is written to explain the rationale. This prevents lengthy legal challenges between family

Finally, a will enables you to appoint a guardian for your children so they will be looked after until they reach the age of majority. If you have an existing will, the ongoing pandemic may be a good reason to revisit its contents. A rule If you are younger, you can benefit of thumb is to review your will when from term insurance, which provides temporary coverage at affordthere is a life event such as marable rates.

Second, you are able to choose the executor of the will, ensuring that someone trustworthy and competent is able to settle affairs in an unbiased manner.

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To complement the will, you should also consider the purchase of life, disability and critical illness insurance. Life insurance has mostly been portrayed as something only suitable for older people, but in reality, a wide range of life insurance policies are available to suit varying needs.

If you are a business owner, you may want a blend of term and permanent insurance to ensure that your business is able to cover short-term expenses in case of an unexpected death as well as future planning needs.

The important takeaway is that life insurance offers financial peace of mind for the individual and their beneficiaries, which can include spouses, parents, children and business partners. Disability and critical illness insurance are just as, if not even, more important than life insurance. You are a responsible person when you provide financial security for your loved ones if you are no longer around. Do not neglect to provide for yourself and loved ones when you are alive but not able to earn income due to disability or illness. A thorough risk management plan should be put in place to address all scenarios in the event the unfortunate happens. As we face the new realities of the current and post COVID-19 world, we should prepare for the possibility of unexpected illness and death. By drafting a will and getting adequate insurance, we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from unnecessary disputes while providing financial security. Speak to a certified financial planner who is also an insurance broker to determine the right amount of coverage based on both your needs and budget.


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PUMPKIN MANIA AND CANADIAN THANKSGIVING by Sophia Han

Pumpkin mania  A mania is a feeling of excitement for one thing. In the fall, many people have a mania for drinks or food flavoured with pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice is ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon mixed with the flavour of the cooked vegetable. Pumpkins are popular in the fall but they are not often eaten except in pies. Traditionally, these pies are served at the end of the Thanksgiving meal. Another reason to enjoy pumpkins is because they are used for Halloween jack-o’-lanterns. Choosing the best pumpkin for a jack-o’-lantern gives us the saying, “the pick of the patch.” When something Jack-o’-lanterns are fall favourites. Photo by Sophia Han is “the pick of the patch,” it is the best of a group of similar things.

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American Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November whereas Canadians celebrate the holiday on the second Monday of October. One possible reason for the difference is because the holiday is traditionally associated with the fall harvest season, which ends earlier in Canada. Another difference has to do with the origins of the holiday. Many history books explain that the first official Thanksgiving dinner in Canada took place 17 years before the first American Thanksgiving. In 1578, Martin Frobisher and his crew gave thanks for their safe arrival in Nunavut and ate beef, biscuits and peas. Both holidays are celebrated in similar ways. Friends and family get together and share a meal that not only includes turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, but also local favourites such as blueberry pie and Nanaimo bars. In October, Collingwood Neighbourhood House will host a pumpkin festival for children. Please email Yoko Tomita at ytomita@cnh.bc.ca for more information.

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except — use except when describing something that is different from what is generally true serve — to offer food or drink jack-o’-lanterns — a lantern made from a pumpkin that is made to look like a face whereas — use whereas to compare and contrast two things: “Winter in Canada is cold whereas winter in Australia is hot.” has to do with — to be related to something origins — the beginnings of something to give thanks — to show appreciation biscuit — a small, hard dry cake. In the U.K. and Australia, a biscuit can also mean a cookie. not only/but also — you can use not only/ but also to join two statements: “Not only does the dinner include turkey but also pumpkin pie.” local favourite — an item that is enjoyed by the people in an area

The following is a paid advertisement by Adrian Dix, MLA for Vancouver/Kingsway Dear Neighbours, I hope the start of the cooler season is treating you all well! Although summer is over, Fall always brings about such great and nostalgic events and activities. The change in colours of our trees is always a special treat to witness and a beautiful spectacle on its own. With the dip in temperatures, the likeliness of catching a cold or flu will be much higher. In addition, we are still working hard to stop the spread of COVID-19, so please take care. A friendly reminder that if you are experiencing any flu or cold-like symptoms, visit a COVID-19 testing site to get tested and stay home. We are continuing our work in ensuring that our communities are safe from COVID-19 and the strongest line of defense is to get vaccinated. Please continue to encourage everyone you know to register online (www.gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated), over the phone (1833-838-2323), or in-person at a Service BC Office to get vaccinated. Second doses are now available 28 days after your first dose. BC’s vaccine card is required to access a broad range of social, recreation, and discretionary events and businesses. By October 24, entry to these settings will require people to be fully vaccinated at least seven days after receiving both doses. You can save the digital version to your phone or tablet or print a paper copy to carry in your wallet. Both options are accepted everywhere: www. gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard. Thank you very much for your continued support and efforts. Rachna Singh, Parliamentary Secretary for AntiRacism Initiatives and the team would like to hear from you as they begin their work on shaping the province’s anti-racism data legislation. The public consultation will help inform government about how to collect data in a way that is reflective of the needs and experiences of Indigenous, Black and people of colour (IBPOC) communities. British Columbians are encouraged to share their stories and experiences to help illuminate recurring themes and issues. SenseMaker, an online tool, will be used to let users share and reflect on their own stories anonymously and in real time with researchers and policy makers. The public engagement will run until November 30, 2021, and will be available in multiple languages here: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/ antiracism/data My community office will continue to provide services for constituents via phone and email. Please leave us a voicemail at 604-660-0314 or we are best reached at adrian.dix.mla@leg.bc.ca, and we will get in touch with you as soon as we can. You can also visit us on our website at www.adrian.dix.mla.bcndpcaucus.ca/. 本辦事處暫時只提供電郵及電話服 務,如需協助請電郵adrian.dix.mla@leg.bc.ca或 致電 604-660-0314 留言。詳盡及最新資訊, 請遊覽辦事處網頁www.adrian.dix.mla.bcndpcaucus.ca/.       Take care! Sincerely, Adrian Dix, MLA Vancouver-Kingsway

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Meet the 2021 Community Vision Award Winner By Collingwood Neighbourhood House

This past June, Jillian Faye Tale was awarded Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s Community Vision Award during her high school graduation. Each year, a Grade 12 student from Windermere Secondary School receives the award, which includes a $750 scholarship. It aims to support a student with a connection to CNH and/ or who has volunteered in the neighbourhood and is entering a diploma program for early childhood education, community services, or community development.

Jillian will begin her studies for Early Childhood Education this September at Douglas College.

Jillian first learned about CNH first by volunteering at Windermere Community Programs in her 8th Grade. Since then, “I did not expect to qualify for this she has volunteered and even award and I was ecstatic when I performed in Collingwood Days was given the opportunity to fur- multiple years in a row until her ther my work with the community 12th Grade. and further my studies”, Jillian said. She has been a part of the Reading Programs with kids, the Arts Jillian’s dream is to make a posi- and Crafts Programs, the School tive change in children’s lives by Choir at Collingwood Days, and ensuring that children of all abili- multiple WCP Programs, where ties and orientations are loved she helped children in the comand nurtured in the community munity feel nurtured. that they live in. Congratulations, Jillian!

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October 2021 Happy Fall – Seasons Changing The weather has become crisp with the smell of leaves on the ground and pumpkin spice lattes are in the air. The Collingwood BIA will be installing new colourful banners with recognizable places in Collingwood. The iconic clock tower at the Mel Tobias Plaza at Joyce and Kingsway. The bountiful of fresh produce you can find in Collingwood and the third design is of the intersection of Wessex and Kingsway featuring the centre of our BIA. These will brighten up our streetscape and we would like to thank the designer Adelia Lee, who grew up in the Collingwood neighbourhood.

Coming Events October 11 Thanksgiving October 31 Halloween November 11 Remembrance Day November 27 Tree Lighting Ceremony 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Covid 19 Updates for Businesses As of September 13th, the Provincial Health Office has introduced the Vaccine Passport. This passport can be acquired by going to www.2.gov.bc.ca. Until October 23th you can use your paper card that was issued at the time of your vaccinations. From October 24th until January 31, 2022 you will need to two vaccine doses. Places where you will be required to show your vaccine passport: -

Restaurants where you dine in or pick up; fast food established do not require to show the vaccine passport. Large sporting events and concerts in arenas Theatres (cinema and live performances) Organized events with over 50 people Gyms

Help us keep the sidewalks safe and remove the leaves frequently.

Covid protocols and Provincial Health Orders are continuing to change and we encourage you to follow the news and go to the website frequently www.2.gov.bc.ca. 2021 Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting was held on September 21st at Mosaic BC and on Zoom. We are happy to announce the budget was passed with a second year of 0% increase to the levy for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. The 2021-202 Board of Directors: President Paul Cheng, CIBC Vice President, Jas Parmar, Vancity Directors: Dylan Bliss, Linda Doan, Beth Hernandez, Nar Karbar, Mony Sodhi, Arlindo Valinho, & Cleo Yeh.

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Collingwood Micro Improvement Grants – October – December The Covid Micro Grants helped over 20 businesses earlier this year and the CBIA is extending the program. Grants up to $1,000 are available to businesses to make improvements to their exterior and interior. More information will be delivered to the merchants directly. Shop Collingwood – It’s good for business!

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