October - Collingwood Neighbourhood House


October - Collingwood Neighbourhood House


Block Party Brings Neighbours Together

A perfect summer day for a block party. The band was great; they live around the corner.

Photo John Conte

Ensuring Everybody Counts in

Renfrew-Collingwood Page 3

Renfrew Heights Book a Finalist for

Literary Award Page 4

Collingwood’s History Page 11

October 2009

Builds Community,

Fights Crime

September 12, a group of neighbours

closed off an entire street—

they couldn’t have picked a better

day to hold a Block Party!

At one end of the block, there were

games for kids. At the other end,

the food—a delicious multicultural

buffet of hot dogs, chickpea curry,

chow mein, fried chicken, watermelon

and more. The band started

their set with a Mellencamp song,

“little pink houses for you and

me...” A police car started slowly

down the street with lights flashing

and a couple of whoopwhoops.

The kids all ran

to check it out.

Parties are always fun, but

why a block party?

Blair Lill, Block Watch

co-captain and key

organizer of the block

party, gives us some

background on how it all


Continued on page 8

Band on the Rise: Redgy Blackout

Page 16


October 2009

The Under9teens: Real Education

This summer, the two Undernineteens set off on

a journey to discover Canadian issues. It started

off with a vision to go to Montreal and learn

French, but soon turned into a two-year project

needing a lot of planning and fundraising. Their

goals included making a documentary on social

justice and environmental issues, connecting

with youth and capturing the stories of minority


July 12, 2009, we started our voyage, on the train.

In the middle of the night we woke up and without

saying anything the words were speaking loudly, “This

was real.” Our dreams were no longer dreams but


We experienced our very first Greyhound bus. As usual,

we went to the back of the bus. Wrong move! Let’s

just say it involved a certain smell in a certain place in

the bus, with certain people doing a certain something

after eating. We learned from our mistake to never sit

in the back of a Greyhound bus ever again.

In Fort McMurray, Alberta, we ended up in the

Discovery Centre for the Tar Sands. It was devastating

to see how much control the oil corporations have

over the education system. Toddlers were being taught

how to extract oil and were given toys to learn how to

dig pits and create tar sands. Part of us felt wrong just

being there. We were walking through downtown Fort

McMurray, and the schools and colleges that we saw

were not funded by the government but, instead, the

oil corporations.

Fort Chipewyan was a life-changing experience.

In this north-eastern Alberta town, we got to interview

some of the most inspiring individuals, who believe in

nothing but the truth. It seemed like every person we had

talked to had lost someone to a rare cancer that, in our

opinion and those of many community members, is linked

to contamination from the tar sands. We found the tailing

ponds disturbing. Right in front of our eyes we could see all

the toxins being released directly into the water. We also saw

their “reclamation” site, with bison that were right near the

tailing ponds. Many of the oil sands were actually hidden,

we only saw 3% of the destruction, and that alone scared

the s*** out of us.

After all that, we arrived in Simcoe County, Ontario.

The minute we arrived at the encampment for Dump Site

41 a powerful spirit overcame us. We were staying in an

encampment where people wanting to stop the dump site

from going ahead have been since May 8. The gates to the

dump site are also currently being blocked 24 hours a day

by the concerned citizens to prevent construction. The unity

within this community is a prime example of what needs

to be done across this nation, if not the world. It’s funny

how our system works: the real criminals of the world who

are probably committing the most atrocious acts to humanity

and Mother Earth are seen as the heroes of society. Yet,

the very people who are standing up for not only their basic

human rights, but for ours as well, are considered lawbreakers

and criminals.

We then moved on to Ottawa, where we marched with

the local citizens to promote peace and put a stop to

nuclear weapons. Ironically, on the day of the Hiroshima


By Neelam Khare and Peggy Lam

bombing, the Canadian military put together a show called

“Fortissimo” to show the great work that the military has done

for our country. Sadly, thousands and thousands of people

showed up. However, the people that marched to remember

the civilians that died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were down

to only a few dozens.

“Happy, Sad, Accomplished, Appreciative, Courageous,

Compassion, Naïve, Powerful, Understood, Humble, Capable,

Peaceful and Love,” are just a few of the things we were feeling.

Honestly, when we go back home, we don’t think we can

ever be the same people we were. Maybe it’s because when you

listen to a person telling their story with tears, there’s this part

of you—you know, that part of you that you can’t ignore—

some call it compassion, your gut feeling, some say its just

humanity. But whatever it is, it’s there, and we should follow it,

and so that’s what we’re going to do.

At Montmorency Falls, Quebec, the Undernineteens

felt the mist on their faces and, because of nature, felt



Ensuring Everybody Counts in Renfrew-Collingwood

by Jennifer Gray-Grant

You see them panhandling on Kingsway, pushing a

shopping cart down Grandview Highway or curled

up in a sleeping bag in a corner of a park. There are

homeless people living throughout Renfrew-Collingwood,

but some are wondering how many?

Nobody really knows.

Last May, representatives of a number of services

serving the homeless gathered at Collingwood Neighbourhood

House (CNH) to discuss how best to reach

out to the homeless. What they discovered is that

nobody really had any firm numbers on how many

homeless live in the neighbourhood. Not knowing

even an approximate number makes it difficult to offer

the appropriate services in the neighbourhood.

The committee decided to conduct a homeless count.

“We know that the numbers of homeless are up, according

to the results of last year’s Metro Vancouver

Homeless Count,” CNH executive director Paula Carr

said. “But the numbers for that count aren’t broken

down by neighbourhood so while we know that the

numbers are up in Vancouver and Metro Vancouver,

we don’t have documentation of the number of

homeless in Renfrew-Collingwood.”

Carr explained that the committee, which includes

representatives from Collingwood Neighbourhood

House, Evergreen Community Health Centre, Collingwood

Community Policing Centre and Renfrew Park

Community Centre as well as area MP Don Davies

and area MLA Adrian Dix, felt that a homeless count

would start to establish a sense of how many people

are homeless or tentatively housed in Renfrew-Collingwood.

That would strengthen local outreach and

make it easier for local service organizations to plan

more accurately to meet homeless individuals’ needs.

Members of the committee, called You Count in

Renfrew Collingwood, also wanted to raise awareness

in the community about issues related to homelessness

and teach people about homelessness prevention,

supports, resource referral and how to engage appropriately

with individuals who are homeless. Further,

committee members hope to create a map showing

where there is potential housing stock locally, in order

to improve the neighbourhood’s ability to house those

who have ties to the neighbourhood but are homeless

or tentatively housed.

Since 2003 CNH has offered a weekly shower-andbreakfast

program for those who are homeless or living

in poverty. At least 75 individuals visit the program

each week and while most have roots in Renfrew-

Collingwood—they were born here or have friends or

family living here—many find themselves existing in

the Downtown Eastside. The program helps to link

participants to social services and outreach workers, so

that they can get access to healthcare and start to look

at finding housing.

The homeless count

is set for Wednesday,

October 14 from 6–8

am and will take place

in the area bordered

by Broadway, Boundary

Road, East 45th

Avenue and Nanaimo

Street. It will include

those who are found

living on the street and,

where possible, those

who spent the night

with friends because

they do not have anywhere

to live.

Volunteers will receive

training during the previous

week and then,

working in pairs on

October 14, will carry

out a count and brief

interviews with the

homeless they encounter in their assigned section of Renfrew-

Collingwood. Following the count the committee will produce a

report, with recommendations, to share.

Those who would like to participate in the count are invited to

visit the CNH website www.cnh.bc.ca to download and fill out

Causes of Homelessness

According to the Greater Vancouver Regional Steering

Committee on Homelessness’ website stophomelessness.ca,

the causes of homelessness are that people

don’t have enough income, can’t find affordable housing

or lack access to health or social support services.

In fact, while the 2008 Greater Vancouver homeless

count found that almost half of the people surveyed

received some form of social assistance, and many

others had income from employment, these sources

of income were not sufficient to cover their basic living

costs. Under current provincial guidelines, the

maximum housing allowance available to a single

person on welfare is $375/month.

Meanwhile, as the website explains, those looking for

rental accommodation in Greater Vancouver are faced

with an expensive rental market where the average

rent for a one-bedroom apartment is just over $800

per month. This amounts to half of what a person

working 40 hours a week at $10 per hour earns before

any taxes or deductions.

Finally, some people rely on health and social services

to find and keep housing. This can include drug and

alcohol treatment, mental health services, counselling

and assistance with daily living.

a Volunteer Recruitment Form to fax or drop in to

CNH. For further information, please contact Jennifer

Gray-Grant jgg1@shaw.ca or 604-451-9855.




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, layout and distribution coordinator

Julie Cheng: editorial coordinator

Lisa Symons: sales coordinator

Contributors: Charito Gailling, Jennifer Gray-

Grant, Neelam Khare, Peggy Lam, Stephanie

Lim, Adam Potvin, Paul Reid, Lisa Symons

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The Renfrew/Collingwood Community News is

an initiative of the Collingwood Neighbourhood

House (CNH). Founded in 1985 CNH’s mission

is to provide leadership, programs, services

and support to community building initiatives in

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Renfrew/Collingwood Community News

Collingwood Neighbourhood House

5288 Joyce Street

Vancouver, BC V5R 6C9

October 2009

Don McLellan’s book, In the Quiet After

Slaughter, is a finalist for a ReLit Award.


Renfrew Heights Short

Fiction a Finalist for

Literary Award

In the Quiet After Slaughter, a short story collection set in the Renfrew

Heights Housing Project for War Veterans—a book reviewed in the June

2008 issue of Renfrew Collingwood Community News—is a finalist for a

national literary prize.

The ReLit Awards, according to the Globe & Mail newspaper, are “the

country’s pre-eminent literary prize recognizing independent presses.”

The 17-story, 152-page book was written by former Project resident Don

McLellan, a trade magazine editor now living

in Killarney. It was issued in May of last year

by White Rock publisher Libros Libertad


The ReLit nomination places In the Quiet

After Slaughter as one of the top 20 story

collections published in Canada in 2008—at

least in the opinion of the four anonymous

judges. The ReLit Award winners will be

announced at the Ottawa Writers Festival

October 21–27.

Community Health and

Information Mini Fair

Talk to health experts to learn

about children’s health and

development, and community

professionals to learn about

resources in your area. Activities

for children, snacks, and door

prizes. Drop-in anytime between

9:30am – 11:30am on Thursday,

October 29th. it’s Free!

Food for Families Program

The Warehouse invites families in

need to participate in a nutritional

food bank and community


The food bank is every Thursday

from 10:30 am – 12 noon.

For more information or to register

for programs, call the Warehouse

at 604-254-2489.


Eating Out in RC: Tandoori House

Phone/Fax: 604.436.5070

3885 Rupert Street (at 22nd Avenue)


Monday: 11-9

Tuesday: closed

Wednesday: 11-9:30

Thursday: 11-9:30

Friday: 11-10

Saturday: 9-10

Sunday: 9-9

~Catering for any occasion.

~Free Delivery up to 10

km ($20 minimum order)

~Take Out

Greetings food fans. On this edition of

Eating Out, we head into central Renfrew/Collingwood

to a new little restaurant

called Tandoori House. It is located

on Rupert Street, one block south of East

22nd Avenue. Featuring the traditional

food of Pakistan, the Tandoori House is

the first restaurant endeavour of the Umar

family, who moved here from Islamabad,

Pakistan in 1998.

“I definitely have never

experienced a Pakistani

breakfast. Yet another great

thing to try in this multicultural

smorgasbord we call


Located at the former site of Grillage

restaurant, the family did an amazing job

of transforming the interior into its new

state of elegance. “We worked very hard

to renovate the restaurant,” said manager

and CEO of the company, 19 year-old

Bilal Umar. After my Dad had the idea

to open the restaurant, it was only two

months after we opened, on August 8.”

Bilal’s mother, a professional Indian chef

for over 10 years, provides the cooking

expertise behind this family operation.

The gourmet/gourmand in me was drawn

to the lunch buffet, offered each day from

noon to 3 pm. For $9.99. Among the items

I sampled were Lamb Curry, Matar Pandeer,

Chicken Curry, Aloo Gobi, Vegetable

Biryani, Chicken Noodles, and, of course

the fresh Tandoori bread straight from the

oven—great for sopping up those errant


Speaking of sauce, if you like it spicy, don’t

forget the green chutney sauce. Really nice!

“The buffet is kept fairly mild.” says Bilal.

“When ordering off the menu, customers

are asked how spicy they like it.”

Other items include appetizers such as

samosas and pakora, lunch specials such

as Tandoori Chicken (served with rice,

chapatti and chutney for $6.99) and the

buffet, of course ($9.99) as well as a large

Tandoori selection that includes Garlic

Chicken Tikka ($8.49), Kabab Roll (chicken

or beef for $5.49), and a variety of lamb,

beef, chicken and vegetarian dishes. There

is also a wide selection of exceptionally

delicious Tandoori bread. To drink, you

by Paul Reid

Above right: The newly renovated and elegant interior of Tandoori House. Above left:

Chicken Noodles and Vegetable Biryani with spicy green chutney sauce represented just

one of my trips to the lunch buffet.

can have a mango lassi shake ($2.99) or

maybe Masala tea ($1.50). For dessert,

may I recommend the Kheer (Basmati

rice pudding cooked with milk, pistachios

and almonds, served cold).

Although I did not get the chance to

sample the breakfast, yet, Bilal says that

it has been getting very good reviews.

That is available on Saturdays and Sundays

(9am-11am) and features Halwa

Puri, Haleem (ground lentils and shredded

beef prepared in special curry)

sand Nehari (spicy beef curry with

special herbs and spices). It sounds interesting.

I definitely have never experienced

a Pakistani breakfast. Yet another

great thing to try in this multicultural

smorgasbord we call home.

Bilal and the rest of the Umar family

welcome the community to share with

them in the joys of Pakistani cuisine.

They are currently offering free samples

of samosas and pakoras to the local

school students. They also offer a 10%

discount to both students and business

owners—just show your business card.

And to all, bon appetit.


6 October 2009

Fall Is Flu Season! What to do to keep away flu

by Charito Gailling, Evergreen

Community Health Centre

Fall is a beautiful season as the leaves

change colour, the air seems crisper

and we get to pull out our favourite

cozy sweaters. Unfortunately, it can also

mean getting the flu for some of us.

What is flu

Influenza, or the “flu,” is a common respiratory

disease caused by a virus. Every

year, the flu virus causes outbreaks

in fall and winter. This is because each

year, the flu virus changes a little so the

protection, or immunity, our bodies

have built up against previous viruses is

not as effective.

Signs of flu

The flu spreads easily from person to

person through coughing and sneezing

and hands touching your eyes, mouth or

nose. Flu symptoms can appear suddenly

and include a fever, cough, fatigue,

headache, muscle pain, a runny nose

and a sore throat. The worst symptoms

usually last about five days, but cough-

Free Flu Clinics

Each year, local nurses

at Evergreen Community

Health Centre offer free

flu clinics to eligible people

at different sites in your


Here is the schedule for flu

shots in your area. If you

do not see your neighbourhood

on this list, or if you

have questions related to

the flu shot, feel free to call

one our community health

nurses at 604-872-2511 or

the HealthLinc BC line at

8-1-1 for non-emergency

health advice. If you have

access to the internet, you

can also visit www.vch.ca.

ing can last up to two to three weeks.

Sometimes children with the flu can have

nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

What to do

There are several things you can do to

reduce your chances of getting sick with

the flu, and to avoid passing it to others

if you are infected.

l Have good routine health practices

like eating well, getting enough sleep and

exercising regularly.

l Get a flu shot each year. It is the

best way to protect you from getting sick

from the flu each year. By getting vaccinated

every year, you will also help to

ensure Canada has the necessary facilities

to make enough vaccine for all Canadians

during a pandemic. If you are over

65 years of age, ask your doctor for a

shot to protect you against pneumococcal


l Wash your hands often and for at

least 20 seconds with soap and warm water,

and always after you cough or sneeze.

An alcohol-based hand cleaner also

works if your hands do not look dirty.

This is one of the best ways to protect

you from the flu!

l Practice good cough manners. Cover

your mouth and nose with a tissue when

you cough or sneeze, or cough into your

upper sleeve if you don’t have a tissue.

Throw the used tissue into the garbage

right away and wash your hands.

l Stay home if you are sick to make sure

that you get the rest you need and so that

you don’t spread your germs to others.

l Stay away from people who are sick.

You should especially try to stay at least

three feet away from people sick with the


l Try not to touch your eyes, nose or

mouth. This is a common way to spread


l void public gatherings and crowds.

l Call your doctor before visiting the

office while you are sick and are able to

spread the illness to others. Your doctor’s

office will also be able to tell you if

there are special clinics for people with

the flu or flu-like symptoms, and where

those clinics are. If you can’t contact your

doctor’s office, call the BC NurseLine and

they will be able to help you.

Community Lunch for a First-Class


by Stephanie Lim

The Seniors’ Lunch crew at Collingwood

Neighbourhood House has been serving

up delicious low-cost lunches for many

years. Energetic local seniors play an active

role in the success of the lunch. From

developing menu ideas and preparing

food, to washing dishes and serving with

a smile, seniors are involved in every part

of the program.

All lunch proceeds support Collingwood

Neighbourhood House seniors’ programs,

but non-seniors have always been

welcome to share in the meal. Lately we

have begun to call the program a Community

Lunch. This new name helps

local workers and residents of any age

know how welcome they are to eat or


Served every Tuesday and Thursday at

noon, the lunch is a great place to connect

with neighbours of all ages and to

share in a tasty three-course meal for

the best price around. A regular meal

(including soup/salad, main dish, dessert,

and coffee or tea) can be had for

$5.50. Seniors pay $4.50, and children

and students pay only $3.00!

If you will be later than noon, please call

604-435-0323 to reserve a plate. Takeout

is also available; you can save a few

cents (and the environment!) by bringing

your own reusable container.

The following is a paid advertisement by Adrian

Dix, MLA for Vancouver/Kingsway

Dear Neighbours

Volunteers needed for

Renfrew Collingwood

Homelessness Count,

October 14th

As we move towards the

winter months of the year,

it is more important than

ever that we have proper

community support in place

for our homeless population.

On October 14th, I will be volunteering for the Renfrew

Collingwood Homeless Count, as one of over 100

community volunteers. A homelessness count is critical to

determine the needs of our community in terms of support

services, establishing contact with homeless people in the

area, and also raises awareness of the growing homeless

population in Greater Vancouver. We hope to make the

count annual, so that homelessness can be tracked from

year to year in our part of the city.

If you are able to join me and help out on the morning of

October 14th, please contact Jennifer Grey-Grant at the

Collingwood Neighbourhood House by phone at 604-

451-9855 or by email at jgg1@shaw.ca. I look forward to

seeing you there.

Gaming Grant funding crisis

Over the last several months, community groups across

the province have been notified by the government that

their gaming grant funding will not be renewed. In many

cases, this means that groups have had to lay off staff or

significantly reduce their operations. So many parts of our

community that we value and depend on, from hospices

to school sports and arts groups, are funded by provincial

gaming grants, and the government’s sudden decision to

not renew many grants that have been provided for years

could have a devastating effect. If your organization has

seen its funding eliminated or reduced this year, please

contact my office so that we can call attention to your


Opening of Trout Lake Rink

On Thursday, September 24th I was proud to attend

the opening ceremonies for the new rink at Trout Lake

Community Centre. This was the culmination of years of

hard work by the board at the community centre and by

the community at large, and the beautiful new rink will

surely be enjoyed by East Vancouver for many years to

come. My thanks to our supporters on City Council and at

the Parks Board for seeing that this project went through

successfully. The new rink will serve as a practice space

for Olympic athletes next spring for the 2010 Olympic


Congratulations to Bill McMichael

I would again like to recognize my friend Bill McMichael,

former president of the Collingwood Neighbourhood

House and one of our community’s most tireless

volunteers. It was my sincere pleasure to attend

a celebration for Bill’s years of community service

last month, and I am sure all of you will join me in

acknowledging the positive impact that Bill‘s work has had

in our neighbourhood.

Please feel free to stop by my Community Office,

located at 5022 Joyce St, (just north of the Joyce-

Collingwood SkyTrain station), at any time for help with

a provincial government ministry or agency, information

on government or community activities, or to let me know

your opinion on issues of any nature. You can also reach

me by phone at 604.660.0314 or by email at adrian.dix.



Saturday, October 3. Seventh

Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon

Festival and Harvest Fair

Harvest Fair at Slocan Park starts at 4 pm

followed by a twilight lantern parade and

performances at Renfrew Park with finale

at 8:30 pm. For more details visit http://

stillmoon.org or email stillmooncarmen@

shaw.ca. For more information on

entering your your tubbiest tomato, most

creative growing container or favourite

garden photo in the Harvest Fair, contact

Stephanie Lim at foodsecurity@cnh.


Tuesday, October 6. Engaging

Immigrant Women in Leadership

Roles. 6–8:30 pm at CNH. This

Leadership workshop is facilitated by

Comfort Ero of the National Organization

of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women

of Canada. Comfort is also an ESL

teacher, playwright and storyteller. Cost

is $20 or $10 for seniors and students. 604-

435-0323 or leadership@cnh.bc.ca.

Tuesday, October 27. Introduction

to Writing Grant Proposals. 6–8:30

pm at CNH. Settlement Services

Coordinator Marcela Mancilla-Fuller

leads this Leadership Institute workshop.

Cost is $20 or $10 for seniors and students.

604-435-0323 or leadership@cnh.bc.ca.

Saturday, October 31. Halloween

Canned Food Donations. Once

again, Windermere High School

Leadership students will be trick-ortreating

for donations of canned food.

In the past this food drive has been

well supported by the community and

the food has found its way to different

organizations such as the Food Bank and

the Union Gospel kitchen.

Two New StrongStart Programs for

Parents, Grandparents, Caregivers

and Their Children Ages Five and

Under. Find the tools to support your

child to be successful at school. Enjoy,

laugh and relax with others in our fun

learning environment. Healthy snacks

are provided! Locations: Collingwood

Neighbourhood School, 3417 Euclid Ave.,

Room 107, Monday–Friday 9 am–12 pm

AND Grenfell School, 3323 Wellington St.

Monday–Friday, 1–4 pm. Contact Evina

Mak 604-713-5918 or emak@cnh.bc.ca.

Crafters Wanted for Holiday Craft

Fair. Renfrew Collingwood Multicultural

Artist Network seeks local artisans who

want to sell their creative and colourful

work at its pre-holiday Craft Fair.

Saturday, December 5, 2009, 11:00 am–

4:00 pm. Collingwood Neighbourhood

House, 5288 Joyce Street. $10 per

table—tables provided. Craft Fair will be

held in the lobby/foyer area. For more

information or to reserve a table, please

contact Alexis Seto 604-438-8540 or Yoko

Tomita at 604-251-6862.

Renfrew Library’s

Children’s Programs

East 22nd and Renfrew

Phone: 604-257-8705

Babytime. Wednesdays, 11:15 am.

Rhymes, songs, bounces, fingerplays

and stories for babies, their parents and

caregivers. Recommended ages: Newborns

to approximately 18 months. Drop-in. No

registration required.

Toddler Storytime. Wednesdays, 10:15 am.

Rhymes, songs, fingerplays and simple stories

for toddlers, their parents and caregivers.

Recommended ages: approximately 18

months to 3 years old. Drop-in. No registration


Family Storytime. Mondays, 3:30 pm. Stories,

songs, fingerplays and rhymes for the whole

family. Program will include stories for older

children to share with their younger siblings.

Recommended ages: approximately 18

months to 6 years old. Drop-in. No registration


Cantonese Man in the Moon.

Wednesdays, 6:30 pm. A unique program

conducted in Cantonese for dads, uncles,

step dads, foster dads, granddads, and all

male caregivers with newborns to 18 months.

Registration required.

Renfrew Adult Programs

All classes in the computer lab at Renfrew

Library 2969 East 22 Ave.

Adult Computer Classes.

Please phone 604-257-8705 to register.

Cantonese Computer Basics.

Friday, October 2 at 10:30am–12 pm

Cantonese Internet Basics.

Friday, October 2 at 2–4 pm

Mandarin Internet Basics.

Saturday, October 3 at 10 am–12 pm

Mandarin Email Basics.

Saturday, October 3 at 2–3:30 pm

Repeated Cantonese Internet Basics.

Friday, October 9 at 10am–12 pm

Cantonese Email Basics.

Friday, October 9 at 2–3:30 pm

October 2009

Get Involved in Renfrew/Collingwood

English Computer and Internet series.

Saturday, Oct 10 & Oct 24 at 10:30 am

Collingwood Library

Children’s Programs

2985 Kingsway at Rupert

Phone: 604-665-3953

Toddlertime. Thursdays, 10:15 am. October

1–December 17. For ages 18 months–3 years.

Preschool Storytime. Thursdays, 11:15 am.

October 1–December 17. For ages 3–5 years.

Babytime. Fridays, 10:30 am. October 2–

December 18th. For ages infants–18 months.

Family Storytime. Saturdays, 10:30 am.

October 10th–November 28th. For ages 18

months–5 years.

Renfrew Park



2929 East 22 Avenue at Renfrew

Phone: 604-257-8388

Web page: www.renfrewcc.com

Pre-registration required for

all programs

Sat Oct 3

Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

Free 4:00-9:00pm

Sat Oct 10

Community Diwali Celebration :

The festival of Diwali is a unifying

celebration with different significance, but

equal importance in many communities.

People give expression to their happiness

by earthen diyas (lamps). The lighting of

lamps is a way of paying obeisance to

God for attainment of health, wealth,

knowledge, peace, valor and fame.

Doors will be open at 5:00pm. There will

be display booths, Henna, Diya and

entertainment. This event will include

dinner and door prizes. $5/Adults

Free/Children & youth 5:00-9:30pm

Fri Oct 16

Diya Painting for Diwali (3-5yrs)

Paint your own diya, a clay lamp to

celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights.

Traditional music and tasting sweets

included. Adult to accompany children.

10:00-11:00am or 1:30-2:30pm FREE

Sat Oct 17-Oct 31

Computer Workshops- Being Safe (40+yrs)

This is a hands-on introduction to using the


10:00-11:30am $30/3 sessions

11:45-1:15pm $30/3 sessions

Basic E-Mail (19+yrs)

Computer classes in Chinese.

1:30-3:00pm $30/3 sessions

3:15-4:45pm $30/3 sessions

Wed Oct 21

October Fest Luncheon (45+yrs)

Celebrate the October Fest with German

food, entertainment and door prizes.

$6/person 12:00-2:30pm

Sat Oct 31

Children’s Halloween Party (2-10yrs)

Join us for some scary Fun! there will be

entertainment, games, face painting,

crafts, and Halloween trick or treat goodie

bags. For the younger siblings there will be

a play area available. Concession will be

run by the Youth Council.

$4/child 12:30-


Sat Nov 7

Craft Fair

This is our 6th Annual Craft Fair. Space is

limited, so book your tables early to avoid

disappointment. Free Admission.

$20/ table 10:00-3:00pm




5288 Joyce Street at Euclid

Phone: 604-435-0323

We are closed on Thanksgiving Day

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sundays, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25

Badminton 19+, 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Wushu, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Mondays, Oct 5, 19, 26

Seniors’ Yoga Drop-in, 9:30 - 10:30 am

ESL Cafe, 10:00 am–12:00 noon

Music, Movement & More, 11:00 am -

12:00 noon

Seniors’ Wellness Group, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Children’s Basketball, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Badminton (10-12 years), 4:30 - 5:45 pm

Jazzercise, 6:00–7:00 pm

ESL Cafe, 6:30–9:00 pm

Volleyball, 8:15–10:00 pm

Tuesdays, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27

Parent & Tots, 10:00 - 11:45 am

Jazzercise, 12:00 noon–1:00 pm

Ballet, 2:00 - 4:25 pm

Hatha Yoga, 6:45–8:15 pm

T’ai Chi, 7:30–9:30 pm

Wednesdays, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28

Adult & Seniors’ Chinese Cultural

Dance, 9:30 - 11:00 am

Parent & Toddler Dance, 10:00 - 10:50


ESL Cafe, 10:00 am–12:00 noon

Seniors Strength and Stretch, 11:00

am–12:00 noon

Pilates, 12:05–1:05 pm

Seniors Gentle Fit Chair Exercise,

1:00–2:00 pm

Children’s Floor Hockey, 3:45 - 6:50 pm

Chess (children), 3:45 - 4:45 pm

Jazzercise, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

ESL Cafe, 6:30–9:00 pm

Drop-in Soccer (Adult), 7:15–8:45 pm

Drop-in Badminton (Adult), 8:45–10:00


Thursdays, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Seniors Yoga Drop in, 9:30–10:30 am

Parents and Tots, 10:00–11:45 am

Seniors Coffee, 10:30 am–12:00 noon

Jazzercise, 12:00 noon–1:00 pm

Hatha Yoga, 6:45–8:15 pm

Drop-in Badminton (Adult), 7:00–8:30


Drop-in Soccer (Adult), 8:30–10:00 pm

Fridays, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Seniors T’ai Chi, 9:30–10:30 am

Seniors Strength and Stretch, 11:30

am–12:30 pm

Spanish Music for Mommies &

Children, 11:00 am - 12:00 noon


8 October 2009


Block Party Brings Neighbours Together: Continued from page 1

“A block party was one of the things we wanted to do to help reduce

crime in our area,” writes Blair.

“The goal was to get neighbours out on the street so we can meet

one another and know who’s who. We believe that by knowing one’s

neighbour is another excellent way to reduce crime. Not only will the

increased community connection result in us looking out for one and

other but also strangers will stick out and be asked to leave our streets.

“Our block party brought 65 people out of their homes. We had a

tremendous response in terms of turnout, food, music and games. Our

local fire hall came along with their fire truck (which had to attend to

a call but returned to the party), Constable Heather Brown and MLA

Adrian Dix.

“Many of the people who live on our block on East 21st Avenue have

lived here for many years. Many of us are raising families here. John

Conte started our Block Watch and he’s been a key driver in getting the

neighbours involved in helping to reduce the crime in our area.

“For the past eight years a drug house, located just two blocks from

us on the 2700-block East 22nd Avenue, has been operating. We have

been active in reporting the daily crimes and drug deals we witness.

The Vancouver Police Department has been very active on this house

and we understand some 800 calls to police were logged in the past 12

months. Furthermore, we recently learned at a police community meeting

that in addition to illegal drugs, the house was also trading firearms

and prostitution.

“Through John’s and my leadership along with Cory Kinney, our Block

Watch group (Renfrew Collingwood District – RC-46) continued to

pressure at higher levels as we saw increasing crime in our area, much of

which is directly connected to this problem house.

“We had lines of communication into Wally Opals office, but the most

effective response was from our local MLA Adrian Dix. He has been

terrific in our cause and attended and spoke at our block party.”

Adrian Dix had been to several block parties this summer, he said, and

every time he’s amazed at the community building that’s going on.

The neighbours would agree. As Block Watch co-captain and key

event organizer John Conte reports, “Community building was the real

achievement on this day.”

Neighbours were

happy to have

local MLA Adrian

Dix come to their

Block Party as

well as Fire hall

15 and Constable

Heather Brown

from the Collingwood


Policing Station.

Photos John Conte

Key block party

organizer Blair Lill (r)

with neighbour Roger

Bella grill up some

great food.

The kids had lots of fun

with Constable Heather

Brown and her police car.







10 October 2009


Thanksgiving Traditions Old and New

by Lisa Symons

Growing up in New Brunswick,

I recall gathering with

family and friends on Thanksgiving

Day to celebrate the

abundance we received over

the past year. We were joining

in Thanksgiving traditions that

were first established in North

America in 1621 to give thanks

for the harvest. Though we

didn’t plant crops, we had

much to be thankful for.

In our home the fragrance of

a turkey cooking welcomed

our guests at the door when

they arrived for Thanksgiving

dinner. I looked forward

to tasting the variations of

familiar dishes everyone would

bring. An aunt might make her

cranberry sauce with orange juice and maple syrup,

while another would use cranberry juice and lots

of cinnamon. Potato dishes would be mashed with

whipping cream, butter and cheese mixed in or baked

sliced, potato-scallop style. Numerous tasty versions

of apple and pumpkin pies showed up at our door

over the years, too, always enjoyed by all.

The desire to embrace the culinary delights of other

cultures is within us all. A coworker recently mentioned

that her Chinese parents cooked their first

turkey a couple of years ago after being in Canada for

35 years. This got me thinking that the idea of making

a traditional Thanksgiving meal may be new to many of

you and something you’re considering this year.

In many homes this begins with the cooking of a turkey,

and all cooks strive to create a moist, tasty bird. I’ve

heard of people going to great lengths to prepare the

perfect turkey: Some have deep fried it, brined it with

salt, even smoked it over a fire while hung on a tree


Here is a very simple and

flavourful version of a

roast turkey recipe. Whatever

traditions you follow

or foods you are serving

this Thanksgiving, I hope

the day is full of joy in

the company of family

and friends.

Lisa’s Simple

Thanksgiving Turkey

12 lb fresh turkey (about 5.5kg) If frozen, thaw bird

before cooking

Salt and pepper

½ cup of melted butter (for basting)

Sprigs of fresh rosemary and thyme (optional)

2 lemons (cut into quarters)

2 oranges (cut into quarters)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/

2. Remove giblets and turkey neck from cavity. Thoroughly

rinse and pat dry.

3. Run your hands gently between skin and meat of

the turkey breast to separate the skin from meat. Do

so carefully to prevent the skin from tearing. Gently

slide rosemary and thyme underneath the skin. (This

step is optional, but it provides nice flavouring.)

4. Brush butter over the bird and season with salt and

pepper. Fill the bird cavity with the quartered lemon

and orange wedges. To maintain the shape while

roasting, tie the legs together with string.

5. Roast bird, breast side up, in a large, covered

roasting pan on the lower portion of the oven at 350

degrees F for first the 30 minutes and then reduce

heat to 325 degrees F. Continue roasting, basting

every half hour with drippings in bottom of pan., until

a thermometer inserted in thickest part of leg of thigh

reads 180 F, about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Transfer turkey

to serving platter, cover with foil and let rest for 20

minutes before serving.

Serves 8.


Strain gravy drippings into bowl and, with a spoon or

ladle, skim 1/2 cup of fat off the top of the drippings

and discard. Return gravy drippings to pan or pour

into a separate bowl. Over medium heat stir in 1/2 cup

flour, stirring constantly with a whisk or spoon until it

browns, about 3 minutes.

Slowly and carefully, pour 8 cups of chicken broth into

flour mixture, whisking constantly. Bring gravy to a boil

and then reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Continue

simmering, whisking occasionally until gravy thickens,

about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and

pour into bowl for serving. Gravy can be poured over

your turkey and vegetables too.


Collingwood’s Calling by Adam Potvin, Grade 11 Youth Historian

Sharing Our Neighbourhood


ReCollections is a research project on the

neighbourhood history of Renfrew-Collingwood.

Our main objective is to share stories and memories

of our neighbourhood, and to use that knowledge

as a way to connect with the people and

places around us. If you have a story to tell, a

photo to share or time for an old-fashioned chat,

please contact us: rchistoryproject@gmail.com.

Vancouver in the 1860s was an uncultivated piece of

land amid a few white settlements throughout the whole

Lower Mainland. Colonel Richard Moody made a claim

to a lake in what is now the Collingwood neighbourhood.

This lake was about twice the size of Trout Lake and ran

diagonally from north-west to south-east. The lake was

drained sometime in the 1890s in order to use the land as


Meanwhile, development in Vancouver was focused in a

few neighbourhoods—the West End, Yaletown, Mt. Pleasant

and what is now known as Strathcona. What is now

New Westminster, to the east, was as large as the average

neighbourhood. So, Collingwood being located between

the two reasonably developed areas, was started in the

middle of nowhere.

The neighbourhood’s first signs of development came

with the opening of East Vancouver School (now known

as Sir Guy Carleton Elementary) in 1896 and the Collingwood

Inn, a stagecoach roadhouse. Both the school

and the inn were located along Westminster Road (now

Kingsway), a road connecting New Westminster with


Collingwood was part of the municipality of South Vancouver

during this time, despite having established its own

identity. With development expanding out from Gastown

and spreading to areas like Fairview, Kitsilano, Mt. Pleasant,

Grandview and Strathcona, Collingwood was separated

from the rest of the city by undeveloped land stretching

several kilometres. Throughout the 1900s, Collingwood

was not a real part of any city, but rather existed as an

individual neighbourhood. Commercial and residential

areas sprouted up, and with the school in the neighbourhood,

Collingwood was self-sufficient. There were two

other neighbourhoods that were also isolated from the rest

of Vancouver: Kerrisdale and Marpole. They, like Collingwood,

formed on lands that were several kilometres away

from other developed areas.

The shape of Vancouver changed drastically throughout

the 1910s. Instead of concentrated growth expanding

outwards from the city centre, scattered developments

formed in many parts of Vancouver, leaving only a few

areas without significant development. The undeveloped

land between Collingwood became a sparsely populated

residential area, with houses intermingling with plots of

undeveloped land.

Collingwood was finally connected to the city of Vancouver,

gradually becoming united and transformed into

a neighbourhood of a real city, instead of remaining

isolated. This was made official when Collingwood was

amalgamated by the city in 1929.

Initially, Collingwood attracted working class people because

of the inexpensive land. The sparse population, isolation

and the relatively poor condition of the houses meant

housing in Collingwood was affordable. This essence of the

working class has survived throughout the decades, with

character and multiculturalism embedded into the community.

Today, about 44% of those who live in Renfrew-

Collingwood claim Chinese as their first language, and only

around 27% speak English as their mother tongue. Around

10% speak either Vietnamese, Punjabi or Tagalog as a first

language. This makes Collingwood the most multicultural

neighbourhood in Vancouver.

Over time, Kingsway became the most prominent commercial

street in the neighbourhood. More housing and schools

were built as the neighbourhood’s population grew, like the

rest of Vancouver. Recently, highrises have replaced houses

in the easterly parts near the SkyTrain line. Today, Collingwood

is bustling with commerce and is home to the most

diverse population in the city, forming a tolerant, vibrant


Collingwood Heritage Walk

Booklet Now Available

Free, English with Chinese Translation

If you enjoy history, walking or just want to learn more

about your neighbourhood, then stop by Collingwood

Neighbourhood House to pick up a copy of Collingwood

Neighbourhood Heritage Walk. This free booklet is made

up from parts of well-known historian and author John

Atkins’ book Skytrain Explorer and comes with Chinese


The walking tour starts at Joyce Skytrain and takes you

to five different locations in Collingwood. Find out about

some of the historic homes, buildings and streets in this

neighbourhood as well as what bubble tea is!


Passengers are getting on the Joyce Street

streetcar, in 1943. The route followed Kingsway

and ended at Joyce Loop (at the southeast

corner of Kingsway and Joyce, where the 7-11 is

currently). Photo: Vancouver Archives

Dr. Shahdad Ayoughi

Parkview Dental

#230-3665 Kingsway,

Vancouver, B.C.

Tel: 604.438.1555


Dr. Shahdad Ayoughi began Parkview Dental about 6

years ago. He is most proud of the team at Parkview

Dental: Cassie, the office co-ordinator; Dori, Dr.

Ayoughi’s certified dental assistant, and Ashifa and

Jessie, both registered dental hygienists. “I have a

beautiful team. I have always been blessed with good

staff, but this group is amazing.”

Parkview Dental handles cosmetic, implant and

general dentistry. “We always strive here at Parkview

to be on the cutting edge of technology. The drills at

Parkview spin at 300,000 R.P.M.! That’s fast! The higher

speed translates into faster work and less discomfort for

the patients.”

Parkview Dental also now uses digital x-rays and is

also “perhaps the first dental office in North America”

to have touch-screen monitors, something that the

Parkview Dental team pioneered themselves. “The

idea for the touch screens came from observing the

restaurant industry.” It is much more hygienic to be

touching a screen and not a keyboard while working

on patients, as keyboards are very hard to keep clean.

Apparently, the touch-screen computer screens are

becoming popular as the word gets out.

Collingwood Business Improvement Association Updates

l Winter Program - The CBIA is gearing up for a great

holiday season. In celebration of the 2010 Games Kingsway

will have Olympic Banners lining it’s entrance from

Boundary Road to Joyce Street. In addition, we are

partnering with Sir Guy Carleton Elementary School to create

2010 related decorations for the community tree. This

year’s Community Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place

on Saturday, December 5th from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the

corner of Kingsway & Tyne in the Safeway parking lot. This

is a great event for the whole family. Children will enjoy

magic show, movie, balloon artist, face painting, caroling,

pictures with Santa, craft table and much more. Look

Dr. Ayoughi and his “amazing”

staff team at Parkview Dental

(left to right): Jessie, Cassie,

Tami, Dr. Ayoughi and Dori.

All clinical staff are CPR certified and have

completed continuing education courses in

infection control and sterilization. The doctor,

assistant and hygienist all wear gloves, masks

and eyewear and they surpass all regulations

for a dental office. “We are a patient-oriented

practice for the 21st century and are all dedicated

to making your visits as safe and as pleasant as


“I love what I do and I have fun,” says Ayoughi.

“It’s exciting. You can really change someone’s

life.” Dr. Ayoughi is originally from Iran. He was a

dentist there for about 9 years before coming to

Canada in 1999. Always on the cutting edge of

his trade, Dr. Ayoughi reads dentistry journals and

attends seminars to keep up. He also has given

speeches on his specialty, cosmetics and implants,

in countries around the world.

In his spare time, Dr. Ayoughi enjoys putting

together electronic kits of various kinds. He is an

avid movie buff and recommends Gran Torino, The

Reader and Doubt. Dr. Ayoughi has been married

to the love of his life for the past 17 years. Prayers for

the both of them as Mrs. Ayoughi is battling cancer.

for additional information in upcoming issues of this

publication. You can also go to the CBIA website at


l 2010 Olympic Games - Collingwood will help to

welcome the Olympic Torch as it heads toward the

opening ceremonies. More information to come.

l CBIA Renewal - With one year to go on our

existing 5 year mandate, the Collingwood BIA will be

looking for feedback from the community on what

types of programs and events you’d like to see us

implement over the next 5 - 7 years. Email us your

comments at info@shopcollingwood.ca.

*This page is sponsored by the Collingwood Business Improvement Association


A humble recognition

to Mother Teresa

“Be holy she said, and after that let us to pray.”

Mother Teresa was for many of us an exceptional example

for acting, not for talking; her primary task was to love and

care for those persons nobody was prepared to look after.

She devoted herself to work among the poorest of the

poor. Poverty for us is a freedom. It is not mortification, a

penance. It is joyful freedom.

—Ricardo A. Cerna, also known as GERILU

Halloween Safety Tips

Courtesy of the Canadian Red Cross

With witches, goblins, and super-heroes descending

on neighborhoods across the Canada,

the Canadian Red Cross offers parents some

safety tips to help prepare their children for a

safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday.

l Costumes should be light-coloured and flame-resistant with

reflective strips so that children are more easily seen at night.

l Costumes should be short enough to avoid tripping.

l Remind children to keep away from open fires and candles.

(Costumes can be extremely flammable.)

l Use face paint rather than masks that will cover the eyes.

l Remind children to walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks —

not in the street.

l Explain to children that calls should be made along one side

of the street first and then the other, and that it’s best to cross

the street only at intersections or crosswalks.

l Remind children to look both ways before crossing the street

to check for cars, trucks, and low-flying brooms.

l Provide yourself or the children with a flashlight to see better

and to be better seen.

l Have children plan their route and share it with you and the


l Trick or Treaters should travel in groups of four or five.

Young children should be accompanied by an adult.

l Visit homes that have the porch light on.

l Make sure children know they should accept treats at the

door and must not get into cars or enter the homes or

apartments of strangers.

l Remind children not to eat their treats and goodies until they

are examined by an adult at home.


This page is sponsored by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House

October 2009





2929 East 22nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5M 2Y3

For our full listing of programs check out our website or drop by and pick up a brochure.

Register now for FALL programs. Fees are prorated for programs that have already started.

Fall Programs

No membership required. Register to ensure your space.

Computer Workshops (40+yrs)

This is a hands-on introduction to using the computer.

Sat Oct 17-31 10-11:30am or 11:45-1:15pm $30/3 sessions

Computer Workshop (19+yrs)

Classes taught in Cantonese or Mandarin Mary Leung

Sat Oct 17-31 1:30-3pm or 3:15-4:45pm $30/3 sessions

Indoor Tennis (5-16yrs) @ Windermere Sch.

This is an indoor program that develops ball

control skills, coordination and

FUNdamentals. Using low compression balls

allow the kids to quickly develop hitting,

running and returning skills. Program held at

Windermere Secondary School (3155 E. 27th Ave).

Sat Oct 24-Nov 28 $39/6 sessions

5-8yrs 9:30-10:25am 9-12yrs 10:30-11:25am

13-16yrs 11:30-12:25pm

Hooping (8-12yrs) Allison Collins

Learn to use the hoop around their chest, neck, arms, legs,

knees and off the body with simple to complex arm work, as

well as learning series of moves to keep the hoop "in flow."

Tue Oct 27-Dec 1 5:00-6:00pm $39/6 sessions

Gypsy Belly Dance (19+yrs) Delia Anderson

A great opportunity for fitness and dance. Learn breathing

techniques and creative movements based on Gypsy, Indian,

Morrish and Arabic dancing. $7/drop-in if space.

Sun Nov 1-Nov 29 7:30-9:00pm $29/5 sessions

Yoga for Baby and Me (19+yrs) Into Yoga

Connect with your young one with playful asana (exercises)

while you stretch, breathe and relax your body back into shape.

Best suited for moms who have healed after delivery, and for

babies who are not yet mobile. No previous yoga experience

necessary.$13.50 drop-in, if space.

Mon Nov 2-Nov 30 12:45-1:45pm $58/5 sessions

Licensed Preschool

Space available for 3 year old

children born in 2006.

Tue & Thu

8:30am-11:00am or


$92/month (Includes field trips and special events.)

Fitness Ctr




Workshops & Special Events

No membership required. Register to ensure your space.

For more information, check out our brochure.

Life Line (45+yrs)

Fri Oct 2 11:00-12:00pm FREE

Local Birds in Our Area (45+yrs)

Fri Oct 9 11:00-12:00pm FREE

Community Diwali Celebration

The festival of Diwali is a unifying

celebration with different significance, but

equal importance in many communities.

People give expression to their

happiness by earthen diyas (lamps). The

lighting of lamps is a way of paying

obeisance to God for attainment of

health, wealth, knowledge, peace, valor

and fame. Doors will be open at 5:00pm. There will be display

booths, Henna, Diya and entertainment. This event will include

dinner and door prizes. Free /Children & Youth $5/Adults

Sat Oct 10 5:00-9:30pm $5/adult, FREE/children

Diya Painting for Diwali (3-5yrs)

Children to be accompanied by an adult.

Fri Oct 16 10:00-11:00am or 1:30-2:30pm FREE

Law Clinic (45+yrs)

Space is limited so book your 45 minute private consultation.

Wed Oct 21 1:15-3:30pm FREE

October Fest Luncheon (45+yrs)

Celebrate the October Fest

with German food, entertainment

and door prizes.

Wed Oct 21 12:00-

2:30pm $6/person

Winterizing Garden Tips (19+yrs)

Fri Oct 23 11:00-12:00pm FREE

Flu Clinic (All ages)

This is a free clinic on a first come first serve bases. No

appointment needed.

Thu Oct 29 1:00-3:00pm FREE

Tax Free Savings Plan for Seniors(45yrs)

Fri Oct 30 11:00-12:00pm FREE

Renfrew Fitness Centre Hours of Operation

Effective Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun





















Pool Closed due to changing room & pool office renovations.

Sauna &


Closed due to changing room & pool office renovations.

9:30-12:45pm Closed




Children's Halloween Party (2-10yrs)

Join us for some scary Fun! there will be “Bouncy Castle”,

games, face painting, crafts, and Halloween trick or treat

goodie bags. For the younger siblings there will be a play area

available. Concession will be run by the Youth Council.

Sat Oct 31 12:30-3:00pm $4/child

Back and Neck Fit (19+yrs)

Tue Nov 3 7:30-8:30pm FREE

Chocolate Making (16+yrs) Linda Murota

A hand-on class to make delicious truffles, molded chocolates

and more for yourself or for special friends and family. Perfect

for Christmas entertaining and for gifts. Linda is a Caterer,

Personal Chef and Food Instructor who has been a guest of

City cooks and the Vancouver food Show.

Thu Nov 5 6:30-8:30pm $25/person

Senior Tours (50+yrs)

Fri Nov 6 11:00-12:00pm FREE

Craft Fair

This is our 6th Annual Craft Fair. Space is limited, so book

your tables early to avoid disappointment. Free Admission.

Sat Nov 7 10:00-3:00pm $20/table

Bus Trips

Register to ensure your space.

For more information, check out our brochure.

Thanksgiving Harvest Festival 45+yrs)

Tue Oct 6 9:00-4:00pm $79/person

Westminster Abbey & Fort Langley(45+yrs)

Tue Oct 20 9:15-4:30pm $74/person

West Coast Express (45+yrs)

Thu Oct 22 2:00-8:30pm $75/person

What’s Happening at Renfrew

Renfrew Pool Area Renovations

The new pool change-rooms, pool reception and front

entranceway to Renfrew Park Community Centre and Pool

have taken a bit longer than we had hoped. The entire

renovation should be completed by early December. However,

we’re hoping to open the swimming pool on a limited basis in

November. Swimming lessons will begin in January (although

some privates may be available). Watch our website for

updates at www.renfrewcc.com

Renfrew Park Community


Did you know that many of the

programs that take place at the

community centre happen because

of decisions made by volunteer community members? Would

you like to have a say in the types of programs and services

that take place at the centre or be involved in building

improvements? Please contact Nancy Reynolds at 604 257-

8386 or email nancy.reynolds@vancouver.ca if you would like

to know more about it.

This page is sponsored by the Renfrew Park Community Centre



October 2009

Local Band on the Rise: Redgy Blackout

by Paul Reid

Redgy Blackout is:

Scott Perrie – vocals, trumpet, guitar, piano

Jeremy Breaks – guitar, banjo, vocals

Colin Medhurst – bass, vocals

Patrick Poirier – percussion

I caught up with Scott Perrie of Redgy Blackout,

who recently returned from touring.

Paul: So it sounds like the Band has been busy

of late.

Scott: Yeah, we have been really busy lately. We released

our first CD, The Leap, in April and we have

been playing a lot locally since then. We played at

the Vancouver International Jazz Festival this summer

and we also played at GM Place for the Opening

Ceremony of the World Police and Fire Games.

We recently joined Turner Music and Events, who

helped us book our first tour of B.C. and Alberta.

That was a lot of fun.

Paul: Tell me about the GM Place gig. How did

that come about?

Scott: Well, we won a Battle of the Bands contest

and the grand prize was to play at GM Place for the

Opening Ceremony of the World Police and Fire

Games. There were people represented from 55

countries from around the world. It was the chance

of a lifetime.

Paul: That must have been very exciting to play at

GM Place.

Scott: Yeah, it was a great opportunity for us.

When I found out that we won I knew right away

that the show at GM Place would conflict with a

performance of Les Miserables. I was doing eight

shows a week in Les Mis at the time at the Stanley

Theatre on Granville Street. I had

to ask special permission from the

artistic director of the Arts Club, Bill

Millerd, to be able to perform at GM

Place because I had to miss a performance

of Les Mis. If not for the cast

and crew’s amazing support, I would

not have made it to the big show. It

was unreal; it was an amazing experience;

really nerve racking too and

I’ve been performing since I was a

kid. I remember when I was nine

years being on stage at the Queen

Elizabeth Theatre in Joseph and the

Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

with Donny Osmond. That was

when I decided that I wanted to be

performer. Playing at GM Place was

definitely an achievement for us. On

stage I was thinking to myself “Wow,

we are playing in a stadium in front

of 15,000 people!”

Paul: So tell us more about Redgy Blackout. How did the

band come together?

Scott: It was fate and a lot of hard work. The band came

to be from a chance meeting at the Purple Crab on Main

Street back in 2006. I was living just off Main at the time

when I went to an open jam at the Purple Crab. I leaned

over to the guy sitting next to me with curly orange hair

and asked him what the deal was? We started talking

music and ended up jamming a few days later at his place

off Commercial Drive. That’s when I met Jeremy Breaks.

Later on Jeremy and I started writing songs together on

our acoustic guitars. Then we stated playing at open mics

and coffee shops around Vancouver. That was really the

beginning of Redgy Blackout. It grew from there and

eventually we expand into a fuller sound and that’s where

we are today with my good friend, Colin Medhurst, on

bass and Jeremy’s long-time friend with orange hair, Patrick

Poirer, on drums.


Paul: And how would you describe the music?

Scott: It’s Redgy Blackout! We’ve been described as fresh

retro. You’ll hear acoustic and electric guitars with banjo and

trumpet. Some of our stuff has a swing to it and some of it’s

got a reggae feel. We try to write timeless songs that people

can connect with you know, find a thread that they can relate

to, that will take them on a journey.

Paul: I saw Redgy Blackout play at the Jazz Festival. You

really had everyone dancing.

Scott: Absolutely, we’re a great live band. Our music is definitely

danceable and if people get the impulse to dance then

they can, but we are not a dance band. We are just as comfortable

and well received in, say, a restaurant or club where

people sit and listen.

Paul: I understand you have been getting rave reviews,

with your music being played right across North America.

Scott: Yes. This summer, at its peak, The Leap was being

aired on over 150 college radio stations coast to coast. We

charted on 40 of those stations. Our music has been played

in California, Louisiana and New York. We were #1 on a

station in Colorado! Ultimately, the most important thing is

that people are listening to the music. We have been getting

really good feedback and I think it’s because all of us really

love what we do.

Paul: And what does the future hold for Redgy Blackout?

Scott: Jeremy and I are writing a lot of new songs these

days and we are getting more and more opportunities to play

shows around Vancouver. Turner www.turnermusic.com

is also helping us plan another tour before the Olympics and

then we’ll see where things go from there. I always try to

take it one day at a time and I see our recent success as a sign

of things to come. Not because we’re cocky, but because we

believe in ourselves and because we are all passionate about


To hear songs from Redgy Blackout’s album, The Leap,

visit www.redgyblackout.com.

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