Renfrew-Collingwood Community News September 2019

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September 2019


Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival is back on September 14! by Angus Ho The Moon Festival is back for its 17th year on Saturday, September 14, 2019! This family-friendly event in Renfrew-Collingwood will bring you tonnes of live music, entertainment, beautiful art displays, food and more, for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and evening. Co-produced by Still Moon Arts Society and the Renfrew Park Community Association, the festival celebrates the harvest abundance and the full moon, while bringing to attention the natural beauty of Renfrew Ravine and Still Creek, which is one of the few remaining open streams with urban forest in the city. Join us and over 5,000 other attendees from all over East Vancouver neighbourhoods to experience the transformation of the natural environment of the Renfrew Ravine into an enchanting scene of light, colour and music.

Pre-Moon Festival workshops

Above: Performers and organizers after the performance of Cracks in Creeks. (L to r) Isabelle Russell, Jenna Berlyn, Roxanna Wang, Red Fawkes, Marie Whimbey, Tasha Hillman, Carmen Rosen, Starr Muranko, Devan Pawa-Larsen, Bea Miller. Photo by Angus Ho

Come take part in public workshops offered throughout the month of September. Prior to the festival, you can make your own lanterns to help guide your way through the night, or learn how to make delicious mooncakes. September 3 – 6: Arduino Lantern Workshop (5 – 8 pm) at Slocan Park Fieldhouse // $100 (4 days) Fee includes $65 supplies for electronics and lantern materials. Must bring your own laptop with pre-installed apps – registration and details on the website

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Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival - Continued from page 1 September 7: 5 – 8 pm: Mooncake Workshop at CNH Annex // $20 September 8: 10 am – 1 pm: Mooncake Workshop at CNH Annex // $20 September 7 & 9: Fire and Water Lanterns at Slocan Park Fieldhouse // $20 (2 days) September 7: 1:30 – 4:30 pm September 9: 4 – 7 pm September 8 & 9: Mushroom Lanterns at Slocan Park Fieldhouse // $25 (2 days) September 8: 1:30 – 4:30 pm September 9: 4 – 7 pm September 10, 11, 12: Glass Jar Lanterns (4 – 7 pm) at Slocan Park Fieldhouse // $10 (1 day)

Moon Festival Schedule September 14 Harvest Fair: 4 – 7:30 pm @ Slocan Park The Moon Festival kicks off with the Harvest Fair, a family-friendly festival featuring local musicians and performers, community organizations, food, games and activities, and a harvest competition where you can bring your homegrown crops to win prizes. Twilight Lantern Walk 7:30 – 8 pm At sunset, attendees are encouraged to light their lanterns and join the parade, which is complete with live music and costumed participants. The parade will pass by various art installations and maybe even surprise performances until it reaches Renfrew Park.

Lantern Festival: 8 – 8:45 pm @ Renfrew Park At Renfrew Park, witness the beauty of candlelight, exquisite lanterns, ethereal music and the shimmering Still Creek, with entertainment and food just outside of the ravine. The evening closes off with a finale spectacle featuring dancing, stilting, fire spinning and an explosion of light. For more detailed information on the workshops, Moon Festival schedule, and accessibility, visit

Cracks in Creeks: Final showcase at the CNH Annex on September 22 On August 11th, a group of emerging artists performed a site-specific version of Cracks in Creeks: Live Streaming on the banks of Still Creek, as part of the Vines Art Festival. The performers embraced the natural sounds and beauty of the ravine in their surroundings, while the audience moved through the creekside space in Renfrew Park with the performers. Tea was served after the performance alongside a knowledge-sharing session about Indigenous plants in the ravine. You can still attend the final indoor performance of Cracks in Creeks at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex on September 22, from 6 to 7:30 pm. Join in witnessing the culmination of this youth mentorship project that spanned the entire summer. Over many weeks, the performers of Cracks in Creeks were inspired by knowledge about Renfrew Ravine’s ecosystem, teachings about Indigenous plants and medicines, eco-art created by Still Moon Arts, and choreography lessons by professional dance mentors. Entrance to the final performance is based on a sliding scale from $5 to $20.

Cracks in Creeks performers dancing on a hillside in the Renfrew Ravine. Photo by Bea Miller

For more information on the performance and all events happening in September, visit the new website at Follow Still Moon Arts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ stillmoonarts to stay up to date on all of our news!



September 2019

New nature school for all ages

Democratic Nature School group at Everett Crowley Park. Photo by Ryan Kenny Photography For kids who love to learn outdoors, there is a great new option beginning this fall. The Democratic Nature School is being offered through Fresh Air Learning, a popular nature-based school that has been running programs for preschool and school-aged children in Metro Vancouver since 2010.

program values inquiry-based learning, diversity, inclusion and multi-age groupings. Parent participation is welcome.

The Fresh Air Elementary Program is funded through the Island Discovery Distributed Learning Program and facilitated by a B.C.-certified teacher. This teacher also provides supLearning takes place outdoors in Champlain Heights and the surround- port to families doing home and community-based learning. The ing area. This play-based program program is running Tuesdays includes exploration of the natural environment, planting and restoration and possibly Thursdays, depending on enrollment. The cost is of Everett Crowley Park, taking care approximately $75 a month, of mason bees, harvesting and cookand scholarship applications are ing plants, and hands-on work with traditional skills, crafts, farming and available upon request. permaculture design. To learn more, please visit www.freshairlearning. The goal is to foster a love of learnorg or email democraticnatureing through play, in a self-directed and non-coercive environment. The MEET YOUR NEIGHBOUR

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September 2019


Get ready to vote in the federal election FEDERAL ELECTION

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

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Do you have a pet? A cat or a dog or some other kind of animal? If you do, you are probably more healthy and happy than people who do not have a pet.


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Pets, or companions, as many people call them, have benefits for their owners. Why is it good to have a pet? Pets often become part of a family, taking their place along with children and parents. Also, many people are more alone today because of changing ways of living, such as being unmarried or having no children. A pet makes them feel less alone. A long time ago, animals were workers who helped hunt for food or control pests like rats and mice. But now, these animals are more likely to act as comfort for humans, who want to care for another creature. Providing food and other basics of living makes them happy.

 Over time, life has changed for humans. But one thing has not. We still want to have pets. These are animals of some sort that we care for, usually in our homes. Most pets today are dogs or cats. For years they helped to hunt or to control pests in our homes. But today, most of our furry friends are there to fill a strong human need. That is to care for other living beings.

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The Seniors Connection New B.C. funding to help seniors stay connected to their communities The B.C. Ministry of Health is supporting improved transportation for seniors to help them maintain meaningful social connections and independence in their local communities, Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced August 22, 2019, at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House.

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“Lack of access to transportation can increase social isolation, undermine an individual’s ability to complete daily activities ranging from grocery shopping, health appointments and engaging in community programs that improve mental and physical well-being. That’s why we are taking steps to resolve this barrier,” said Adrian Dix, who is also the MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway. The province is providing approximately $1.23 million through regional health authorities to 13 community organizations throughout British Columbia for projects that improve transportation services for seniors. Community groups will purchase 12 buses and vans and make The Seniors Shuttle is available for medical appointments, grolikeB.C. to seeMinistry the next Seniors Shuttle Collingwood Neighbourhoodare House received funding from the of Health other improvements to existing transportation services for again to take you for a ride! The cery shopping and attending to erhave,” said Hofmarks. “A new, fully to purchase a new bus to drive seniors to calling appointments, social visits and outings. rands. Seniors for a ride were shuttle has experienced some accessible bus will be a fantastic asseniors to help them age in place, stay physically active and majorcourtesy challenges in the past year. often disappointed with an automatic set to Collingwood Neighbourhood Photo of Collingwood Neighbourhood House BRIDES Collingwood Ad_BRIDES Exhibit 11/05/19 3:52 PM Page 1 socially engaged. The only accessible bus owned by message stating that the shuttle was House!” the Collingwood Neighbourhood House was deemed no longer road worthy and recruiting and maintaining a driver for the service proved difficult.

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SENIORS WELLNESS PROGRAMS BIRTHDAYS AND BINGO MONDAY SEPT 9TH 1:30 - 3:00pm Join us for FREE cake for everyone and a celebration of the September birthdays then stay for Bingo! BOOK READING WITH MAY WONG MONDAY SEPT 30TH 1:30-3:00pm (Multi Room) Book reading by May Wong, from “City in Colour” -a bout the multicultural pioneers of Victoria and their stories. It’s about the interesting people who have contribute to making their communities better. Books will be available for sale and signing. It’s a free event and refreshments provided.



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The bus will not only be used by the Seniors Shuttle program, but several other programs offered by the neighbourhood house as well. “We have an exciting line-up of senior outings planned for the summer and having a brand-new accessible bus means we can accommodate those in wheelchairs and walkers,” said Jenny Shen, the senior wellness program coordinator. Visit the neighbourhood house to find out more and to register for trips. The Seniors Shuttle is part of the Better at Home program, which is funded by the United Way of the Lower Mainland. It currently runs Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 3 pm. Fees are on a sliding scale based on income and ranges by donation to $10.

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Last month, the neighbourhood house hosted a “Which Bus Should We Buy” open house. “The purpose of this bus open house was to gather community input on what features they would

Fees based on a BOWEN ISLAND TRIP HAIRCUT FOR SENIORS MONDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD sliding scale WEDNESDAY SEPT 11TH AND 25TH 10:00am - 5:00pm (approx). 2:30 - 5:30pm (Multipurpose Room A) By donation-$10 Join us for a trip to the You can sign up at the front desk to save beautiful Bowen Island. Enyour spot with our hairstylist, Lina! joy the ferry ride and many natural spots on the island. Please bring your pack KARAOKE lunch. Limited spots availaTHURSDAY SEPT ble. Register at the reception desk. No wheelchair 19TH accessible. 1:30pm - 3:30pm VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Sing, listen, enjoy! Friendly Visitor for seniors All are welcome. Music in many different Are you interested in improving the social and languages. Free activity. • emotional wellbeing of isolated 55+ seniors in our community by havNeed a ride to visit a friend? To see ing a nice chat, playing a game or COMMUNITY LUNCH making tea with them? Can you Every Tuesday and Thursday at 12pm your doctor? Tuesday–Saturday To the grocery store? 10:00AM–5:00PM visit seniors on a weekly or bi These three-course lunches are weekly basis in their home? inexpensive and delicious. Call the seniors shuttle for lift! 3075 Slocan Street,aVancouver, BC Menus are different each week; Please contact Jenny Shen, reflecting the changing seasons and Seniors Program Coordinator at diverse food traditions. Tel: (604) 604-435-0323 ext. 227 Tues,430-3337 Wed, Thurs

For more information and to register, call the shuttle hotline at 604-719-5553 or call the program coordinator at 604-433-4375.


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However, a rainbow always follows a storm. The Seniors Shuttle is back and more robust than ever. The program has hired two new drivers and The shuttle offers one-to-one and/ is looking to hire a third. or group rides to seniors in the “Having a roster of three drivers will S E P T E M B E R 2Renfrew-Collingwood 0 1 9to wherever they neighbourhood need to go. mean we should always have coverMost common uses for the shuttle age should a driver not be available,” WORLD CAFÉ WITH says Anna Hofmarks, the BILL MONDAY Better at Home program SEPT 16TH 55+ coordinator. “Under1:30 - 3:00pm Need a ride to visit a friend? To see A casual conversation circle to share standably, seniors have your opinions about news and events been feeling frustrated your doctor? To the grocery store? from around the world. and let down by the lack Call the seniors shuttle for a lift! of availability in the last COFFEE SOCIAL six months. Hopefully, Every Thursday seniors will trust in the 10:15am service again and book A casual conversation Tues, Wed, Thurs us for their next ride.” circle. Cost: $1

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September 2019

Collingwood history revealed through pioneers

Dear Neighbours,

by John Mendoza

The great summer weather brings about such exciting festivities! I am fortunate to be able to get out in the community to meet and engage with so many wonderful people. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Graham Bruce’s Annual Year-End BBQ, Youth Celebrate Canada Day, the very first RenfrewCollingwood Pride Event, the Vancouver Greek Summer Fest, Fiji Fest, and many more. In a blink of an eye, our rainy fall weather will return, so I do hope you get every opportunity to spend some time outdoors with your friends and loved ones.

Published in 1991, Collingwood Pioneers: Memories of a Vancouver District largely chronicles the history of the Renfrew Collingwood through “the personal stories and anecdotes of the district.” The book reveals a history largely vanished from the public consciousness, but leaves its imprint on the present. The first main roads running to and from the area were Westminster Road (Kingsway), No. 1 Road (45th Avenue), No. 2 Road (54th Avenue) and River Road (Marine Drive). The first firehall in the neighbourhood was built in 1910 and stood on the corner of Kingsway and Joyce, inside the Guy Carleton Elementary School grounds. One charming story connected to Guy Carleton Elementary School was in 1939 when King George and Queen Elizabeth travelled via Kingsway in order to visit New Westminster. The school community wanted to see them again and a stand was built in front of the school’s main gates, complete with banner. Veterans formed an honour guard. A bouquet was made and someone was chosen to present it, if the royal procession was to slow down. At the time, the chief of police in charge of the procession did not think it would. However, King George saw the presenter on the stand and gave orders for the car to stop. The presenter came down, made a curtsy,and presented the flowers to Queen Elizabeth. In response, Queen Elizabeth thanked the presenter and shook her hand. As a result, the royal couple was short of time in New Westmin-


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ster because of the stop at Guy Carleton Elementary School. The book is not without its flaws; it lacks the stories of a diverse audience. Nevertheless, the book is a commendable achievement, utilizing various community stakeholders to collaborate on a social history of Renfrew-Collingwood. If there is inspiration to be taken from this book, its that the stories and the histories of the area still need to be articulated and chronicled. For example, a past story in the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News revealed the existence of a long-forgotten aviary in the neighbourhood (published in June 2019, see collingwood-corner-the-birds-paradise). Who knows what other stories and histories exist in the photo albums, yearbooks, writings, diaries of our area? It is up to us to take a chance like those pioneers of yesteryear, to have faith and to take a calculated risk to inquire, to research and to share our findings. Collingwood Pioneers: Memories of a Vancouver District is available through your local library. John Mendoza is a history buff and long-time resident of Renfrew-Collingwood.

Join me at the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival on Saturday, September 14 from 4PM - 7PM at Slocan Park (29th Ave. and Slocan St.) and 8PM – 8:45PM at Renfrew Park Community Centre to celebrate the full moon, harvest abundance, and diverse cultural traditions in our community. Highlights include local art and artists, music, environmental stewardship, and community participation. Throughout the event, musicians and dancers prepare the way for the twilight lantern parade along the ravine. Beautiful lantern displays and the finale spectacle will take place at Renfrew Park. I am especially looking forward to help judge the Harvest Fair Competition. Come to see who takes home the prize for “Tubbiest Tomato” or “Biggest Sunflower!” Feedback to Ban, Reduce, and Reuse Plastics Our government is seeking feedback from British Columbians on proposed new actions to reduce the plastic waste polluting our waterways, environment and landfills. The consultation paper is available for viewing and opinions can be shared in an online survey: Community members can also make written submissions to plastics@gov. The deadline for all feedback is Wednesday, September 18 at 4PM. Looking for Resources? I encourage you to speak with your family and friends on emergency preparedness plans. Drop by our office to pick up a “Master of Disaster” Home Emergency Preparedness Kit which contains valuable information on how to prepare for a power outage, earthquake, severe weather, and more. My office has a wealth of information and resources on other topics that matter to you, including Provincial Government Programs, Community Programs, and Seniors’ Health and Wellness Services. Please drop by to pick up copies for yourself or someone who might need the information. Seniors Stay Connected to their Communities The Ministry of Health is supporting improved transportation for seniors to help them maintain meaningful social connections and independence in their local communities. The Province is providing approximately $1.23 million through regional health authorities to 13 community organizations throughout British Columbia for projects that improve transportation services for seniors. Community groups will purchase 12 buses and vans and make other improvements to existing transportation services for seniors to help them age in place, stay physically active and socially engaged. I am excited to announce that Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society received $150,000 to purchase a new bus to drive seniors to appointments, social visits and outings. The Seniors Shuttle operates Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9AM – 3PM by donation. Please call 604-719-5553 for more information. Our community office is located at 5022 Joyce Street and is open from Monday to Thursday 9AM – 4PM and Friday by appointment. Feel free to contact us at 604-660-0314 or adrian.dix.mla@ My staff and I are here to help you on matters related to provincial government services and ministries. I look forward to seeing you soon!


Sincerely, Adrian Dix, MLA Vancouver-Kingsway


September 2019


Intercultural Community Banquet Photos by Paul Reid The Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute (RCFSI) at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House hosted an Intercultural Community Banquet on Saturday, August 24 at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House ANNEX (Boundary and Vanness). A great time and meal was had by all!

Thank you to the volunteers

Before dinner was an exciting performance from Toque Flamenco

The new CNH Annex was a nice location for the banquet

Our Host: Rosanna

Yoko facilitated a World Map Activity

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Lasab Abebe conducted an Ethiopian coffee ceremony

The wonderful dinner (right) included: Cabbage Salad (Vietnam) Vegetarian Rice (Iran) Ground Beef Stew (Africa) Enchiladas Verdes (M exico) and Vegetarian noodles (Philippines).

Melinda Broome taught us about needle felting

Petrona Garcia (w/ Francisco) showed us about Guatemalan weaving

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Indian Dance and Vinyasa-Flow Yoga classes Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex, 3690 Vanness Avenue (Corner of Boundary and Vanness Ave.) These Indian dance and yoga classes bring community members together to move, breathe and practice different aspects of Indian philosophy, health and wellness. Indian dance and mudras involve unique styles of dance moves accompanied with hand gestures. These hand gestures are used in conjunction with breathing exercises and poses to stimulate different parts of the body and mind, and to affect the flow of prana (breath, life force) in the body. Vinyasa-Flow Yoga is a unique style of yoga that synchronizes movement with breath. Learn to move towards a peak pose through building strength by creating a series of welldesigned poses, conscious initiation of breath and music. This is an “all levels” practice as there are always options for each pose and can be considered “movement meditation.” Open to all levels. No experience needed. You can select any session you’re interested in or come to all classes. Registration or questions: (604)428-9142 or VINYASA-FLOW YOGA Instructor: Eda Ertan Tuesday, August 27, 4 – 5 pm Tuesday, September 3, 4 – 5 pm Saturday, September 7, 10 – 11 am Cost: Sliding scale ($5 - $15, pay cash in class). Proceeds will be used to plant trees INDIAN DANCE Instructor: Koyali Burman Free trial session: Tuesday, August 27, 5:30 – 6 pm Tuesday, September 3, 5 – 6 pm Saturday, September 7, 11 am – 12 noon Cost: 2 Sessions $30 or $18 per session (Pay cash in class)


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Set up sound financial habits by Ann Wong As Labour Day comes around, children will be back to school, and regular routines are set in motion. For most parents, it is getting them ready for school; from breakfast and lunch, to homework and laundry, to soccer and ballet. Even if you don’t have children, you will feel the difference with heavier morning traffic and the daily flow become more orderly.

purchase 10 units of the fund (price is $25 per unit). In October, the market experiences a downturn, and you are still saving $250 and buy 12.5 units (which equates to a price of $20 per unit). So you bought more for the same price. Then later in November, you again save another $250 and buy 8.9 units (which work out to $28 per unit). Since the market is more expensive, you bought fewer units using the same dollar amount. The beauty of this strategy is that when the markets are at a discount, you buy more and when it is expensive, you buy less. 2. Since the savings is through a pre-authorized chequing (PAC) arrangement, it is like an automatic bill payment no different than you cellular phone bill. I recommend you set up the PAC on a date after your payday. Every month, on the stated date, your savings is set aside before you even spend it. When you work, you see deductions for taxes. You can think of it as an investment that will benefit your future self. Most say they cannot save money because there is not enough at the end of the month. Setting up a PAC as part of your savings strategy eliminates that problem. The “savings bill”

Saving for your future is not a short sprint. It is a marathon.

As you adjust from the laid-back summer schedule to a more regimented schedule, it is a good time to do the same with your investment strategy. You may have heard of the term “dollar cost averaging” but are not sure what it is. Very simply, it is an automatic habit where you set aside a fixed amount of savings on a set frequency. For example, $250 per month of savings is deposited into an investment fund. Dollar cost averaging works well because of two main reasons: 1. The account is set up automatically to transfer $250 from your bank account to your investment account. Let’s presume that the markets in September is performing average and you

is paid before other spending sprees. And soon enough, you won’t even miss the funds. Saving for your future is not a short sprint. It is a marathon. Start early, with any amount that you are comfortable with. As your income increases, so should your PAC amount. Aim for 10% to 15% of your gross (before deductions) monthly income. Review your savings account with your Certified Financial Planner annually. With a simple yet effective routine, this structure will set you free. Ann Wong has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. She holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Financial Management Advisor (FMA) designations and is also a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI). Send her an email if you would like to obtain a budget worksheet and schedule a complimentary consultation to start on the right path to financial success. ann.

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Brennen Murray Learn how to make a rustic, crusty loaf with a depth of flavours! 6:30-8:30pm

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Mon 6-8yrs 9-12yrs

Sep 18-Nov 20


Sep 16-Dec 2 242825 242826

Break Thru Multi Sport (6-10yrs)


$150/10 sess

Kathryn Wadel

$130/10 sess 3:30-4:30pm 4:30-5:30pm

Break Thru Academy

Join us as we introduce you to new, fun sports while learning the importance of teamwork and communication. Participants will develop soft skills that will support them in sports and in life. Sun

Hearth Breads (19+yrs) 240064 Thu Sep 26

Building Bridges with Music (6-13yrs)

Students will be led in exciting explorations in acrylic painting, watercolour painting and mixed media drawing practices. All materials are provided by DeSerres, a leading Canadian retailer of fine art and creative hobby supplies. No session Oct 14, Nov 11.

Go to for more information. Sat Sep 14 242425 4:00-9:00pm Free

First time making bread? Learn The basic bread method and Making a great sandwich loaf.

Kung Fu (7+yrs)

DeSerres' Creative Space (6-12yrs)

Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival (All Ages)

Intro to Bread (19+yrs)

Program Highlights

6-7yrs 8-10yrs

Sep 15-Nov 17 241095 241096

$75/10 sess 11:30am-12:25pm 12:30-1:25pm

Shung Ying Kung Fu Club

In the beginner class, students will learn the basics of stretching, hand techniques, kicks and forms. Advanced students will continue to perfect previously acquired skills and further their understanding of the style through higher level techniques and forms. W, F 7-15yrs 16+yrs

Sep 4-27 242464 242466

$50/8 sess 7:00-8:25pm 8:30-9:55pm

FUNdamental Pilates (19+yrs)

Tracey Clark

This class will introduce the fundamentals of Pilates and relate them immediately to the beginner Pilates repertoire. $14.29+tax/drop-in if space. No session Oct 14. 241491 Mon

Sep 9-Oct 21


Stretch Therapy (19+yrs)

$72/6 sess

Rob Cole

Learn the contract and relax technique of PNF Stretching plus other partner assisted techniques to release fascia, tight muscles and unlock your joints so you can move with ease. For more information, please visit $23.81/drop-in if space 240040 Wed 240032 Wed

Sep 4 Sep 11-Oct 23

Tuesday Social (55+yrs)

5:30-6:30pm 5:30-6:30pm

Free $140/7 sess

Cecilia Vulama

Join us in this free social. Free with OneCard. Pre-registration required. 241479 Tue Sep 10-Dec 17 11:00am-12:00pm


September 2019


Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)


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

Youth helping youth


Kayla Isomura

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.” *Joyce location

After volunteering at Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) in Grade 11 for her high school graduation, Odette Videla never left.

September lunch menu

The 19 year old continues to volunteer with youth programs and more recently, began working with daycare services offered through CNH, too.

Tues 03 Borscht soup Egg sandwich salad Maple syrup tart

“They have the youth program so [during high school] I would come here every Friday and Saturday to help in the kitchen or in the gym or to help set up when we had events,” she said. “But now I just come here for fun and to help out if they need it, especially in the kitchen.”

Thurs 05 Meat or veggie pie Salad Olive oil & lemon cake Tues 10 Roasted pepper soup Baked bannock tacos Salad Raspberry almond cup cake

Odette has spent more than 15 years living in the neighbourhood, but she only recalls visiting the neighbourhood house in her earlier years when her younger sister attended daycare. Part of continuing to volunteer and work at CNH is being able to check up on her sister, who now spends time participating in youth programs, but also simply because she enjoys volunteering. On Friday evenings, Odette can be found leading baking sessions for Kids’ Kitchen. She often makes cookies with the participants, who range from 10 to 18 years old, but sometimes she switches it up, opting for a recipe new to the youth. One example is Wacky Cake.

Personally, Odette enjoys working with children and youth all the time. On her days off, she visits CNH “to relax” and spend time with other children and youth. She credits staff from youth services for encouraging her to volunteer with different programs and to participate in new opportunities at CNH— such as selling slime and jewelry at the Makers Market organized in July—as well as for assisting her with seeking job opportunities.

“It’s just a chocolate cake with no eggs or dairy,” she said. “A lot of people have never heard of it so we tried making it one time.” When working with children, Odette offers a hands-on approach to participation.

“I’ve learned that it’s better to keep being open minded,” said Odette.

“I always try and get some kids included when I’m baking so it’s not just me baking fulltime,” she noted. “We’ll just ask the kids to come help and say, ‘If you help, you get [a piece] first.’”

“Try to help out as much as you want and can, and don’t be afraid to talk to others or see if they’re okay,” she said. “And just invite everyone in when you see someone new.”

As for her advice to other young people in the community?

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Thurs 12 Butter chicken veggie option on rice Salad Coconut cookies Tues 17 Creamy squash soup Roasted beef or veggie sandwich Salad Vanilla pudding Thurs 19 Baked white fish with risotto Salad Brownie Tues 24 Black bean soup Smoked salmon or veggie quiche Salad Semolina cookies Thurs 26 Meat or veggie lasagna Salad /garlic bread Ice cream & fruit


September 2019


September 2019

Upcoming Events


Bubble Tea Crawl

Street Beautification Projects in Collingwood The New Mel Tobias Plaza The Clock Tower has a refreshed look. The clock tower and historical signs have been painted, new benches have been installed and the garden has been spruced up. We welcome you all to visit the Mel Tobias Plaza. Thank you to the City of Vancouver and Skookum Landscapes for making this project happen.

September 14 -22 for more information go the website or any of our social media platforms.

A mural site has been selected and painting will start early fall. Keep your eyes posted it will be hard to miss.

In partnership with I Love Bubble Tea

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September 2019



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