Renfrew-Collingwood Community News September 2021

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Finding balance at the 19th Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival







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by Still Moon Arts Society

What reflections has the pandemic brought you? What brings you out of balance? What brings you into balance? How can we strike a balance with our Earth and our ecosystems? Through performance, illuminated installations and storytelling, the 19th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival will explore the concept of Balance. As we collectively heal and grow from this challenging year and a half, we all have the opportunity to work together to reimagine, rebuild and find the balance that our world needs to thrive. This year’s festival is an opportunity to relish in the beauties that the Moon Festival offers and to contemplate creating a better world. Save the dates of your favourite events: Saturday, September 11 – Harvest Gathering Workshop Series The Harvest Gathering offers the opportunity to learn local harvesting techniques and practices with both invasive and native plants. These workshops include salve making, ivy basket weaving, and seed saving. Saturday, September 11 – Harvest Fair & Lost Streams Lantern Parade At the Harvest Fair, you can play games, make crafts, enjoy performances by local musicians, eat delicious food, purchase last-minute lanterns and engage with community organizations. At twilight, musicians, dancers and the giant moon lantern lead everyone along the pathways of lost streams of the Still Creek watershed to Renfrew Park. Saturday, September 18 – Streamside Lantern Installation Come see the Renfrew Ravine and Still Creek illuminated with hundreds of lanterns and light-up installations while enjoying live music by local musicians. Other events to look forward to this year include: • Lantern-making workshops with Yoko Tomita • Pop-up lantern installations throughout Renfrew-Collingwood • Full Moon Labyrinth Walk • Equinox Moon Music • Youth Finale To see all of the festival events and workshops, visit the website at


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One of Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s longest-serving and beloved staff, Nina Vacca, passed away this summer after a battle with cancer. Nina started working with Collingwood Neighbourhood House on June 1, 1992, as a childcare worker. She later worked as a childcare worker for the LINC program, the Single Mother’s Program, Family Place and CNH’s earlier community dinners. Most recently she was providing childcare to the LINC and Families Branching Out programs. Her gentle, loving approach made children feel safe and provided their parents with confidence that Nina cared for their children, for them and their family. Nina’s playful sense of fun and her giggle was a constant refrain when working with colleagues. Nina was also a huge fan of music, particularly Latin music. She helped to organize and sell tickets for Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre’s annual music shows and was an enthusiastic audience member at the performances.

Friends and colleagues honoured the memory and extraordinary community contributions of their dear Nina with a meditation on July 25 at Gaston Park. To Nina with love I will miss her presence deeply. Nina taught me so much – about what it was like to be a refugee woman, about caring for and teaching young children, about truly being kind. We sang together, shared gong baths, practised yoga and had such authentic conversations. She is a beautiful soul – her light still shines. – Pati Steiner Nina welcomed everyone ... myself and family included ... with her open arms and kind heart. She welcomed all with a warm smile on her face, no matter what age, background, religion or race, she encouraged inclusiveness. I first met Nina in Family Place 20 years ago. She spent time with my children in both Family Place and the Families Branching Out Program. Over the years, not only did Nina and I became co-workers, but we developed a relationship of maturity and understanding together. My children have fun loving and playful memories of Nina. Thank


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July 12, 1953 — July 21, 2021

you, Nina, for being a part of our lives. – Rosanna Costantini I had the honour of hiring Nina 29 years ago and even after this many years that particular day stands out in my memory. Nina’s beautiful spirit and friendly personality was clearly evident in the interview. Over time from being colleagues we became friends as well as confidantes. I can still feel her aura and her warm hugs … my dear Nina you are greatly missed. – Satinder Singh I am glad to have the opportunity to meet and work with Nina. She was always kind and pleasant. I will miss her. – Lupita Chebib Nina was one of the first people I met at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, at Family Place. Her gentle spirit and calm demeanour meant a lot to me as a new mom. Over the next 20 years or so, she would greet me like an old friend whenever we ran into each other at the neighbourhood house or on the street. Thank you for being there all these years caring for our family and community. I miss your beautiful smiling eyes. – Julie Cheng I was so impressed with Nina’s dedication to her career in childcare. Later in her career, Nina decided to earn her Early Childhood Educator designation. This was not an easy challenge, but Nina worked extremely hard to complete the program. I still remember the day she came to my office, lugging along several huge binders of some of the work she had completed for the program. She sparkled with pride in her accomplishment and passion for her career. – Jennifer Gray-Grant

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Nina and Marcela Fuller with her 25th anniversary star.

Nina was a kind, compassionate and resilient colleague and she is going to pass that legacy to every child she cared for. – Maryam Jalili-Rasti Nina was a great support to my son and me in the first months of our arrival in Canada in 1998 in ESL classes. She listened to us and identified with my son and me. She had arrived 15 years before us. She comforted my son when he was frustrated with not understanding English. He learned with songs and at circle time the new language. – Carmen Correal Nina with Jennifer Gray-Grant and two other long-serving staff, Satinder Singh and Kulwant Kaur.


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Collingwood Corner: Robertson’s Bakeries COMMUNITY NEWS

by Loretta Houben

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: Carmen Correal, Cheryl

McManus, David Hurford, Dawne Koke, Jennifer Gray-Grant, Josie Moreira, Julie Cheng, Loretta Houben, Lupita Chebib, Maryam Jalili-Rasti, Pati Steiner, Rosanna Costantini, Satinder Singh, Sophia Han, Sterling James, Still Moon Arts

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Yes, You! Send comments, community events, press releases by regular post, fax or e-mail. Suggestions for improving the paper are welcome. We welcome appropriate, unsolicited editorial submissions if accompanied by the author’s real name, address and telephone number. The author should retain the original as we cannot return submissions without prior agreement nor does submission guarantee publication. We reserve the right to make editorial changes. The Renfrew/Collingwood Community News does not necessarily support the views of its contributors.

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

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Robertson’s Bakeries at the corner of Kingsway and Boundary Road in 1936. Source: Vancouver Archives CVA-99-4928 Thanks to the wonderful photo collection online at Vancouver City archives, I discovered that Robertson’s Bakeries LTD was at 3665 Kingsway in 1936. I researched a bit in the BC Directories and in Newspapers.

com, which are both amazing resources for those of a curious nature. The BC Directories is provided free from Vancouver Public Library and dates from 1860 to 1955.

Robertson’s Bakeries was in business from 1921 until 1946, when General Bakeries from Toronto, Ontario, purchased it. I’m unsure how long General Bakeries occupied the building on Kingsway, but it was still there in the 1955 BC Directories. In there is a Robertson’s Bakeries ad for Stanley’s NRG (energy) bread in 1938. It was low in starch and a new way to get slim due to a high vitamin B content. The phone number listed for the bakery is Carleton 6. In the 1940s the phone number was DE1212. In 1942 during the Second World War, home delivery of Robertson’s Purity bread was halted and sold in local stores due to a rubber tire shortage. Currently Starbucks and small businesses occupy this space at the corner on Kingsway near Boundary Road. Loretta Houben is a long-time resident of the Collingwood area. If you have any historical photos you’d like to share we’d love to see them. Please contact

An ad taken from the Province newspaper dated January 15, 1942. Source: Newspapers. com


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Collingwood hotel to become supportive housing 3505 Kingsway

In town for a concert, weekend getaway or sports event? Our nostalgic neighbourhood 2400 Motel offers great budget accommodation.

Lu’ma Native Housing Society is purchasing the Deluxe Hotel, located at 3505 Kingsway in Vancouver, with supporting funds from the government of Canada and the province of British Columbia.

The 2400 Motel on Kingsway is a Vancouver classic, a drive-in motor court offering units with kitchens or cozy motel style rooms. We are pet-friendly and have nice lawns and open areas to walk your pet.


The 24-room building will be renovated and reopened as supportive housing for Indigenous residents, providing the Indigenous community with safe housing with cultural support services.

• Free Wireless Internet • Free Parking • On major transit route and near Skytrain

Lu’ma Native Housing Society will be operating this site once open. Lu’ma has more than 40 years of experience operating affordable housing and provides a range of services to Indigenous families and individuals. Renovations will take place before anyone moves into the building. Move-in is planned for early 2022. Once the building is operational, Lu’ma will have staff on site 24/7 to provide support services to residents including daily meals, Indige-

nous cultural programming, skills building and connections to community resources

• 10 minutes from Metrotown • 15 minutes to Downtown Vancouver • Long term stay rates available

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BC Housing invites the community to learn more about the project and are happy to address questions that neighbours may have about supportive housing being operated at the site. For more information and to submit a question, visit Questions and comments can also be sent to

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Fall Highlights Volunteer Training (13-18yrs)

Starla Bayley This training is for youth wanting to volunteer in Renfrew Park Community Centre programs/events. This training provides hands on experience, enhances your skills in problem solving, conflict resolution and teaches you how to lead activities and games. Pre -registration required. If you have questions please email Starla Bayley at 370179 Sat Sep 25



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Pre-Teen Social (10-12yrs) Jesse Woolverton Bring friends or make friends and enjoy different activities every week. Be ready to go ice-skating, swimming, the movies and more. All activities will be planned in advance and shared with parents on the first day of the program. Consent forms will be required. When traveling we will be walking or taking public transit when necessary. 367229 Fri Sep 17-Dec 17 5:30-9:30pm $35/14 sess Snack Attack - Teens (13-18yrs)

TBA Instructor Yummy in my tummy! Snack attack gets you in the kitchen, preparing, cooking/baking and eating all the food! No session Oct 8, Nov 12. 367402 Fri Sep 17-Dec 17 7:00-9:00pm $24/12 sess

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Register early as spaces are limited. To register online go to Centre Program registration starts Saturday, August 28th In person/On-line 9:00am By phone 10:00am

Swimming Lesson registration starts Tuesday, August 31st at 9:00am

NEW Pool Schedule—Starting Tue, September 7th Monday-Friday..................................................... 6:30am-9:30pm Saturday & Sunday.............................................. 9:00am-5:00pm Pool Session Breaks For the safety of patrons and staff, we are scheduling closures throughout the day for enhanced cleaning. These closures are the end of the swim sessions and all patrons are required to exit the facility. To allow staff time to clean we ask that all patrons exit the change-rooms within 15 minutes of the end of the session. Pass scan or payment is required for readmission. Aquafit NEW Aquafit continues to be a pre-registered program and registrants will be required to wear a wrist-band. The majority of aqua-fit spaces will be pre-registered with some spaces held for drop-in. To avoid disappointment we Encourage participants to pre-register. NEW Fitness Centre Schedule—Starting Tue, September 7th Monday—Friday .................................................. 6:30am-9:30pm Saturday & Sunday.............................................. 9:00am-5:00pm


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The Seniors Connection MP and MLA visit Three Links Care Centre to celebrate health-care heroes by David Hurford The last week of July was an historic one at the Three Links Care Centre as 45+ front-line care aides that had been laid off by their private employer in March officially became Three Links staff members. To mark the occasion, the Three Links Wellness Committee organized a week of safe celebration to officially welcome these healthcare heroes.

Vancouver-Kingsway MP Don Davies and MLA/B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix.

“It meant a lot to have our local elected officials visit with the care aides and the rest of our team,” said Three Links Care Centre’s assistant director of care Pretika Narayan. “It is encouraging to know the hard work and dedication of our The Unity Week celebration inteam is being noticed and cluded visits from a few doubleappreciated.” vaccinated special guests – our

VANCOUVER KINGSWAY All Candidates Meeting September 14, 2021 at 7 pm In person at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, 5288 Joyce Street, Vancouver, or via Zoom To participate virtually, email (advanced registration required to receive Zoom link). No registration necessary to participate in person. This event is only open to those who have been fully vaccinated, or who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons. Masks required.

MP Don Davies thanking Three Links health-care heroes Christina, Tony and Sabtir. Photos by Dawne Koke In addition to celebrating the unification of the Three Links care aides, MP Davies recognized the heroism of staff during the COVID-19 outbreak last year and the importance of improving the long-term care system across Canada. The day after MP Davies visited, B.C.’s health minister and local MLA Hon. Adrian Dix paid a visit.

Minister Dix talked about the importance of raising wages for front-line health-care heroes and taking the time to grieve the residents lost during the 2020 outbreak. Three Links staff also took the opportunity to thank Minister Dix for his tireless and inspiring leadership throughout the pandemic crisis.

The Vancouver Kingsway candidates are: • Carson Binda (Conservative) • Virginia Bremner (Liberal) • Kimball Cariou (Communist) • Farrukh Chishtie (Green) • Don Davies (NDP) • Ram Joubin (Libertarian) • Jeremy MacKenzie (People’s Party of Canada) Send questions for the candidates to by 5 pm on Sep 14! For more information, contact 604-435-0323.

Health Minister Adrian Dix thanked Three Links care aides for their commitment to improving the quality of life of the seniors they serve.


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What is a hidden gem?


A gem is a precious stone like a diamond. You can use the word to describe a person or a place that you think is outstanding. The idiom “hidden gem” is used to talk about places that are special but are not well-known. Still Creek is a hidden gem in Renfrew-Collingwood. It is the longest creek in Vancouver that you can see above ground. It is the only creek in the city you can visit in a natural forest where more than 60 kinds of birds live. Still Creek runs through Renfrew Ravine Park and Renfrew Community Park.

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A peaceful view of Still Creek at Renfrew Community Park. Photo by Sophia Han

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Every year, the Still Moon Arts Society organizes a festival that celebrates the “harvest moon,” the beauty of Still Creek and different cultural traditions. A harvest moon is the full moon closest to the first day of autumn which falls on September 22 this year. The festival is known for its lantern parade, which is a tradition associated with the Mid-Autumn Festival or Mooncake Festival that is celebrated in East and Southeast Asia. This year, Still Moon will host a lantern workshop on Tuesday, September 7. Participants will learn how to make paper lanterns for the parade on Saturday, September 11. On Saturday, September 18, Still Creek will appear magically lit with lanterns at Renfrew Ravine Park. Visit the Still Moon Arts Society website to learn more or to sign up for the lantern workshop.

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The following is a paid advertisement by Adrian Dix, MLA for Vancouver/Kingsway Dear Neighbours, I hope you had a restful summer. This year’s wildfire season and heatwave has impacted our communities in so many horrific ways -- we will see and feel the long-lasting impacts for many years to come. If you are able, please consider donating to the Canadian Red Cross 2021 BC Fires Appeal as every $1 donated will become $2 to support those affected by the wildfires. The Federal Government will match all donations made by individuals and corporations, and the Provincial Government will match all donations made by individuals or groups of individuals between July 3 and December 31, 2021, up to $20 million. For more information, please visit how-we-help/current-emergency-responses/2021-british-columbia-fires. My gratitude to all our firefighters, everyone involved in the wildfire effort, our emergency health service providers, and every frontline worker for all that they continue to do. 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 (, 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. As of mid-August, there have been over 7.2 million doses of vaccines administered to people across the province. For more information on BC’s Restart Plan and to find out which step we are currently in, please visit Thank you very much for your continued support and efforts. A friendly reminder that nominations for the B.C. Medal of Good Citizenship must be submitted before September 19, 2021. Do you know someone in the community who went above and beyond, without expectation of reward, during the COVID-19 pandemic? Someone who has demonstrated kindness, selflessness, and generosity, and service to community life in B.C.? The B.C. Medal of Good Citizenship recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the well-being of their communities. Individuals, couples, organizations or groups of three or more may be nominated. For more information, please visit the government’s page on “B.C. Medal of Good Citizenship.” 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, and we will get in touch with you as soon as we can. You can also visit us on our website at 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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An explosion of sound and colour The birth of Renfrew Collingwood Pride

by Sterling James It was simply a fabulous week that the Renfrew Collingwood Pride Committee There was a beautiful rainbow lunch at Collingwood Neighbourhood House had put together – a true neighbourhood then a movie night at Collingwood LGBTQQ2SAI+ Park with the movie Love, Simon. celebration success. The Pride Committee consisted of several employees of CNH, the Collingwood Community Policing Centre, the Colling- The RC Pride Week earlier this summer brought some colour to the benches outside of wood Business Asso- Collingwood Neighbourhood House. Photos courtesy of Sterling James ciation, the Honourable Adrian Dix (Minister of Health We didn’t know what 2021 was goNo one could prepare me for how and our local MLA) and Spectrum ing to look like. It was decided that the evening turned out. Society for Community Living (with The Birdcage would be a fun movie me −Sterling James) to show and to attach the celebraBy 6:30 pm, many of the East Side tion to Collingwood Days. Marching Band had arrived in In 2020 RC Pride, as did all LGbrilliant costumes. The Vancouver BTQQ2SAI+ celebrations, had to I suggested that the benches outSisters of Perpetual Indulgence of be cancelled due to the COVID-19 side of Collingwood Neighbourhood the Abbey of the Long Cedar Canoe pandemic. House be painted. I claimed the arrived in their beautiful habits. Albench facing the front door of CNH lan Morgan, artist-in-residence at where I had been lounging on and the Massey Theatre, arrived with a t c off for the better of a decade. e bedazzled bike helmet and trickedl E out bike. MLA Adrian Dix and MP Re I knew the theme would be queer Don Davies arrived. Jewell Thomas related. CREW, an indigenous youth did a First Nations blessing group, designed one of the benches, a CNH seniors group designed The crowd started to swell and at another and the last bench was dethe stroke of 7 pm the band started signed by the CNH youth group. The playing. It was truly an explosion of vision of diversity and inclusiveness sound and colour. and a burst of colour came to life. The benches were presented and 2021 Renfrew Collingwood each group named. Then came the Pride Week — July 12 to July 16 parade, lead by Allan Morgan and followed by the East Side Marching An unveiling of the newly decorated Band playing along the way. We benches and entertainment on the stopped traffic on Joyce and along front lawn of CNH was planned for Euclid. July 16, followed by a pride walk to one of the local parks for a movie No words can express the joy that night. was surrounding the RenfrewCollingwood neighbourhood. The first Renfrew Collingwood Pride was in 2019.

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1,000 backpacks given to children at CityReach by Cheryl McManus CityReach Care Society hosted its annual Back to School Blast on August 14. This initiative provides backpacks and school supplies for 1,000 local community children as part of a safe and fun event for families. The event was hosted in three locations, with the main site at their East Vancouver centre near Broadway and Slocan. Dozens of volunteers and several community partners made this event possible, with the generous support of hundreds of individual donors. The day was filled with smiles and excitement from the children, and parents who were grateful at the timely support for their families.

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2021 federal election

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Well folks, like it or not, it’s time to exercise. At least with this type of exercise, you won’t have to get off the couch. Yes, it’s time to exercise your right to vote (yay!) and if you don’t want to stand in line, you can vote by mail. You simply need to be a Canadian citizen, be at least 18 years old on election day and prove your identity and address. If you do plan to vote at a polling station, don’t worry, COVID-19 measures are in place to keep you safe. Remember to wear a mask and stay two metres away from voters and poll workers. You will be given a single-use pencil to mark your ballot, or you can choose to bring your own pen or pencil. Visit the Elections Canada website at to check or update your registration, find out the candidates in your riding and more.

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Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH)


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

All Candidates Meeting: September 14 @ CNH By Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Vancouver Kingsway residents will have an opportunity to hear from the candidates in the upcoming federal election at an All Candidates Meeting on September 14 at 7 pm.

been fully vaccinated, or who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons. Masks will be required and the event will take place in the gym, with plenty of space between attendees.

There will be two options for attending the meeting; in person or online. The meeting will take place at Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH), 5288 Joyce Street in Vancouver. The event is only open to those who have

Those who prefer to view the meeting online are invited to email to request a Zoom link to the meeting. The The All Candidates Meeting link will be sent out shortly before is co-sponsored by CNH, the the meeting. Collingwood Community Policing Centre and the Renfrew Park

Attendees will be invited to write out questions for the candidates during the meeting (in person or via Zoom). Those living in Vancouver Kingsway are also welcome to send in questions ahead of time to Deadline for emailed questions is Sept 14 at 5 pm.

Community Centre. At press time, the candidates in Vancouver Kingsway are: Carson Binda (Conservative) Virginia Bremner (Liberal) Kimball Cariou (Communist) Farrukh Chishtie (Green) Don Davies (NDP) Ram Joubin (Libertarian) Jeremy MacKenzie (People’s Party of Canada)

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Labour Day September 7th Step 4 Ð BC Restart September 20 Federal Election Day September 21 Annual General Meeting 5:30 Ð 7:00p.m.

Collingwood Days 2021 Ð July 16th Ð July 30th ItÕs a wrap! The 18th Annual Collingwood Days festival had two weeks filled with art and dance classes, movie nights, Pride night and a public art project revealed. There are four newly painted benches in front of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House. The benches represent four community groups please check them out. Boba Crawl 2021 July 23rd Ð August 6th Thank you all who came out to participate in the first ever Boba Crawl. We appreciate all of our bubble tea shops in Collingwood. We can be considered one of the areas in Vancouver with the most shops in the City. Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to our Boba Crawl Team for coming out to the Community events like Saturday Dance series at the Collingwood Neighbourhood Annex and to Collingwood Days movie night. ItÕs Time to Vote Ð Federal Election September 20th Look out for your registration card in the mail or sign up There will be advance polls and mail in ballots. The City of Vancouver want to hear from you. Scan the QR Code on the right to link to the survey to decide on VancouverÕs 2022 Budget. ItÕs important for the small businesses in our community to continue to thrive and be viable as we get through the aftermath of the pandemic. This is were you can have your say and to provide input on where you would like your tax dollars to be allocated. Annual General Meeting Notification - September 21, 2021 tsh

Collingwood BIAÕs AGM will be held Tuesday, September 2 at 5:30 Ð 7:00 pm. At MOSAIC 5575 Boundary Road, Vancouver. To register email AGM packages will be mailed or hand delivered this month. We want to hear your suggestions in improving the Collingwood business district. Shop Collingwood Ð ItÕs good for business!

Please express your thoughts and ideas to help out your small businesses and your City. Small businesses need to be heard. How to Reach Us: @shopcollingwoodvancouver @shopcollingwood @shopcollingwood #300 Ð 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5R 5W2 T: 604.639.4403 E: W:


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Care Centre Planning Memorial Garden by David Hurford As part of our 2021 Year of Recovery and Renewal, the Three Links Care Centre’s Wellness Committee confirmed plans to establish a Memorial Garden on-site to commemorate COVID-19 victims. Three Links made the announcement following a province-wide Butterfly Release event in honour of the seniors who lost their lives in BC care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, Three Links was one of 200+ BC long term care homes and health care facilities that suffered through COVID-19 outbreaks. Fourteen (14) beloved residents died from COVID-19 during out outbreak and seven more passed away from other causes during this time, isolated from their families and loved ones. “This small garden will be a way we can remember the amazing contribution these beloved residents made to our community and the truly unique lives they lived,” Wellness Committee Co-Chair and Three Links Assistant Director Michelle Ivanusec. “We hope family members, volunteers, staff current and future residents will find some peace and perspective here.” To support the creation of the Memorial Garden, Three Links is pleased to confirm Vancouver’s Donohoe Living Landscapes has agreed to provide support for the project’s development and design over the coming weeks and months. Among other things, the Garden will include personal elements prepared by residents and messages of love to seniors we lost.

Photos: Dawne Koke

In response to significant community interest, the Three Links Wellness Committee will launch a grassroots fundraising campaign this fall to provide local residents, businesses and other community organizations to support the development of the Memorial Garden and other activities that celebrate and recognize the health care heroes working at the Long Term Care Centre. “We have been humbled by the level of support we have received from our community throughout the pandemic, and particularly during the outbreak last year,” said Three Links community engagement coordinator Amber Webber. “Our local fundraising campaign will be launched next month and provide an outlet for the public to express their gratitude to the workers and the great generation of Canadians they are caring for.Regardless of whether it is $5 or $5,000, these contributions will help us make a positive difference in the lives of these extra-ordinary people.”

For more information about the Memorial Garden project for Three Links residents and to plan a donation, contact

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