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Collingwood Neighbourhood House Committees

The following is a list of committees within Renfrew-Collingwood and connected with CNH or on which CNH has a presence. If you are interested in joining any of the following committees, or CNH’s Board of Directors, please contact CNH at 604-435-0323 or HYPERLINK “mailto:info@cnh.bc.ca”info@cnh.bc.ca.

CNH Board of Directors: The Board of Directors provides CNH with direction by establishing policies, priorities, long-term plans and renewal for the CNH Society. It approves the annual budget and provides accountability to the members and funders through an annual external audit. Board members approve programs and services, goals and objectives, and ensure that these are implemented, monitored and evaluated. The Board develops external relations, receives input from members and the community and works on the development of community resources. Directors, who all live and/or work in Renfrew-Collingwood, sometimes represent CNH at community meetings. The estimated time commitment is eight-10 hours a month.

Collingwood Days Committee –Collingwood Days is a celebration of the community’s culture, history and roots in transportation. It provides an opportunity for the community and local artists to share their talents and highlight the neighbourhood’s vibrant cultural diversity. Collingwood Days activities culminate in a talent show, outreach performances, main site celebrations and post-event community tours. This annual event organized by the Collingwood Business Improvement Association, the Collingwood Community Policing Centre and CNH. It usually takes place in early June.

Communications Committee – This is a CNH-based committee that is focused on improving CNH’s communications. It went through a branding process and then started work on its website. It will continue to work on improving CNH’s communications and marketing processes and strategies in order to reach deeper into the neighbourhood with its messages. Residents of Renfrew-Collingwood, particularly those with communications/marketing skills, are welcome to join this committee.

Renfrew-Collingwood Home and SAFE Committee (RC-HAS) – This committee brings residents and organizations in Renfrew-Collingwood together to support a healthy community for everyone by working on issues of homelessness, poverty, isolation and sex trade awareness. RC-HAS strengthens the community by building awareness, sharing resources and recognizing and respecting the value and rights of each person and their potential to contribute. We reach out to people who do not have: adequate housing, access to health services, a livable income and social supports. Anyone interested in working on these goals in our community is welcome to participate on the RC-HAS Committee.  Our committee supports:

  •  Homeless Outreach and Advocacy
  • Morning Star Breakfast and Shower Program
  • Special Projects for Homeless Action Week
  • SAFE Outreach
  • SAFE Telephone Support Program
  • Workshops and Presentations

For further information please contact CNH Community Services Director Michael McLenaghen e-mail HYPERLINK “mailto:mmclenaghen@cnh.bc.ca”mmclenaghen@cnh.bc.ca or phone 604-435-0323. Related links:

Understanding How Homelessness Affects Us All – A Kitchen Table Discussion Guide
Widening the Circle of Community: How Renfrew-Collingwood Responded Collaboratively to Homelessness to Create Inclusivity in an Evolving Neighbourhood
You Count in Renfrew-Collingwood: A Neighbourhood Response to Homelessness

Renfrew-Collingwood Area Services Network – Service providers in Renfrew-Collingwood meet several times a year to discuss issues of mutual interest and/or concern. They let others know about current projects, challenges or news related to their work. They also invite guest speakers, to address topics of mutual interest. The service providers are also working on creating a shared community calendar so that everybody can keep up to date on the many events taking place in Renfrew-Collingwood.

Living in Community – Since 2004, the city-wide Living in Community (LIC) has been working to make communities healthier and safer for each and every community member in relation to the impacts of sex work in Vancouver. With diverse representation from resident groups, neighbourhood houses, business associations, community policing centres, government, non-profits (including CNH) and sex workers, LIC recognizes that lasting change can only happen when groups work collaboratively rather than in opposition to each other. LIC continues to be a unique model of how to work in partnership around very challenging social issues. http://livingincommunity.ca/

Renfrew-Collingwood Literacy Committee – In 2008, with funding from 2010 Legacies Now administered through the Vancouver School board, the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood worked together to create a local literacy plan. Then, it started working to implement the plan, work that continues to this day. Members of the committee represent CNH, the local libraries, the Windermere Family of Schools, and local residents.

Renfrew-Collingwood Community News Committee – The Renfrew Collingwood News is a monthly newspaper serving Renfrew-Collingwood. It is distributed free of charge. Articles and photos on local issues, people and events are submitted by local residents. This committee oversees the vision for the newspaper. Residents with a background in business, journalism, community development and/or communications, an interest in writing and/or photography are welcome to join the committee. (LINK to O1)

SAFE in Collingwood –Sex work For Everyone in Collingwood (SAFE) is a neighbourhood-based project that is working to improve the health and safety of sex workers, and address safety concerns related to sex work that are expressed by residents, businesses and other community members. It brings together diverse groups in the neighbourhood to identify concerns, learn about sex work issues, and take steps to produce tangible and collaborative solutions. The purpose of SAFE is to create a community that is healthier and safer for each and every community member in relation to the issues of sex work and sexual exploitation. The group includes representatives of CNH, local businesses, sex-worker organizations, the Collingwood Community Policing Centre, Evergreen Community Health Centre, and local youth, seniors and other residents. http://safeincollingwood.ca/

Renfrew-Collingwood Social and Cultural Amenities Plan Committee – Over the years, there has been a lot of development in Renfrew-Collingwood. With larger projects, there is the opportunity for community amenity space, provided by the developer. These opportunities have led to many discussions of what amenity space the neighbourhood requires and, in some cases, new amenity being brought to the neighbourhood. This committee, comprised of local residents and business people, is compiling a list of the social and cultural amenities needed in Renfrew-Collingwood. The committee working to prioritize items in the list; it will then meet with City representatives to let them know about the neighbourhood’s needs. This will be a living document, updated regularly to ensure it captures the neighbourhood’s up-to-date needs.