Board of Directors 2013-2014

Left to Right:
Paula Lindner, Abigail Pelaez, Muriel Ann Rivard, Cassandra Ly, Rico Wen, Jean Kavanagh, Daniel Louie,
Rafael(RJ) Aquino, Natasha Dickson and Julie Linkletter
Absent: Patricio lbarra, Oscar Allueva, Joshua Hergesheimer and Anysia Pereira


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Julie Linkletter
Julie has two daughters who attended Collingwood Neighbourhood House's (CNH) child care programs. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UBC and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from BCIT. She works at UBC as a Fundraising Researcher. Julie enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering in her community as a Board member of CNH. She is proud to be part of this community, where she and her family have lived since 2004.

Patricio Ibarra
Patricio moved to Collingwood with his wife in 1998 and since then has participated in programs and services out of CNH. Presently his child attends the Collingwood Neighbourhood School and enjoys activities that take place at CNH. Patricio has extensive experience participating in Boards of non-profit societies and has volunteered with several community organizations. Patricio is a Program Advisor with the Economic Immigration Program of the BC government and has 23 years of experience in the provision of social and immigrant services, strategic planning, program design and evaluation and community development. Patricio looks forward to continuing with his volunteer work in CNH’s Board (he has sat on the Board for the past seven years) to improve the quality of life for Renfrew-Collingwood residents.

Oscar Allueva
Oscar has lived in Collingwood since 1995. Oscar is a lawyer practicing in the area of labour and employment. Oscar currently holds the position of Manager of Labour Relations for BC Rapid, a Transit Company. He previously worked as Counsel, Labour Relations with Transit Police and before that practiced law with the firm of Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy in Vancouver. Oscar has also worked at Worksafe BC in the Review Division. Oscar is a former Social Worker and a former Staff Director and Co-Executive Director of CNH, having worked at CNH for 11 years before becoming a lawyer. Oscar has been involved in volunteer work for many years. He also enjoys woodworking and sports, and has an interest in old houses.

Joshua Hergesheimer
Joshua holds a Bachelors degree in Philosophy from UBC, a Masters degree in Human Rights from the University of Sussex, and a Master of Science in Nationalism and Ethnicity from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Though he has had many jobs – ranging from ESL teaching to tour guiding, writing to sheep farming – he would describe himself as a freelance journalist and photographer. He is interested in exploring how Renfrew-Collingwood’s ethnic, religious and cultural diversity can be channeled towards creating sustainable, vibrant and welcoming public spaces in the midst of Vancouver’s rush to urbanize and develop.

Jean Kavanagh
Jean has lived in Renfrew-Collingwood for nine years and loves living across from the Renfrew Ravine and occasionally walking the labyrinth. She was delighted to have the opportunity to join the CNH Board and learn more about the community. Jean has worked in communications and journalism, holding senior communications positions in the government and non-profit sectors and was a reporter in Vancouver, Toronto and Central America.

Rico Wen
Rico Wen is an Engineering student at UBC. At Windermere Secondary School, he was a consistent honour roll student and received many certificates of recognition and distinction for academic achievement, social responsibility and participation in different contests. Rico was a member of the Windermere Badminton Team that won the 2008 Vancouver City Championships. He became part of CNH’s Board of Directors to comprehend how the structure of a community works and gain great work experience. He wishes to continue to do so to further his experiences with being on a board and help provide more contributions and thoughts in the process.

Rafael RJ Aquino
RJ co-founded an organization that reintroduces young Filipino-Canadians to their culture, heritage and language. Wanting to plant firm roots in the city of Vancouver he has become more involved in municipal matters and ran for City Council in 2011. He is a commissioner for the Vancouver City Planning Commission, the BCNDP Regional Representative for Vancouver and North Shore, a Board Member for Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society and the External Chair for the Coalition of Progressive Electors. When he’s not managing projects for his day job or organizing workshops and conferences or nerding out over productivity tools, he gets a workout trying to keep up with his two young children and his wife.

Cassandra Ly
Cassandra Ly is currently a student at UBC and is an avid volunteer around the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood. She has volunteered for a variety of initiatives and groups, such as the Peer Prevention Education Program, the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute, and Collingwood's Intercultural Program. With a strong passion in community work and volunteering, you can often see her around the neighbourhood, ready to get the job done! She always looks forward to working collaboratively with community members to positively enrich CNH and the lives of all staff, youth, adults, and seniors. Cassandra is grateful for every opportunity and is encouraged by the community's spirit to continue volunteering in Renfrew-Collingwood for many years to come.

Paula Lindner
Paula Lindner is the Development Officer with St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation. She has been involved with fund development for over 12 years and has held positions at the Alzheimer’s Society of BC, BCIT Foundation, McGill University and the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. Paula is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has participated as a committee member for the professional development arm of this organization. She completed her Masters in Philanthropy and Development at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and graduated with a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from SFU. Paula has also worked as a journalist for the English section of Radio Praha and the Prague Post. When she is not working Paula chases after her very active three-year-old daughter who attends the Collingwood Early Learning and Care Centre. She also enjoys knitting and playing field hockey, albeit not at the same time.

Abigail Pelaez
Abigail is an arts student at Langara College. She has worked as a Voting Officer for Elections BC and co-started a group called Vancouver-Kingsway Votes, whose aim was to increase voter turnout in the Vancouver-Kingsway riding for the 2013 provincial election. She often jogs around the Joyce-Collingwood area where she's happily lived for 12 years.

(Muriel) Ann Rivard
Ann was born in Vancouver, BC and has lived here all of her life. She has lived in the Collingwood Tower Seniors’ Building for the last 15 years. After reading a sign in her building’s lobby she joined a CNH-led group teaching English to Collingwood Tower residents. She was quickly recruited as an English-speaking helper. When she learned about the seniors’ Monday morning Walking Club at CNH, Ann joined the 20 or more people that come each week, enjoying a walk and coffee and treats afterwards. She really enjoys the days when the weather is too challenging and the seniors dance! Ann is also a member of the CNH Seniors’ Advisory Group. She said she has enjoyed serving on the CNH Board of Directors for the past year.

Daniel Louie
Daniel Louie is a native Metro Vancouverite along with his wife Karen and their three children. He is the pastor of Urban Village Church, a diverse congregation that has been a part of the Collingwood neighbourhood since 2008. Before going into Christian ministry, Daniel was in the financial services field with the CIBC at Kingsway and Joyce. Daniel's ongoing hope is to see people of diverse backgrounds mobilize for the betterment of their neighbourhoods through their gifts and talents, whether as a resident, a volunteer, business, or community group. When not meeting people in the community, Daniel enjoys a variety of sports, playing music, and being the daddy cheerleader at his kids’ activities.

Natasha Dickson
Natasha Dickson is the Vice President of Operations for Vancouver Film Studios and Pacific Backlot Services – Canada’s largest film and television studio complex. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of British Columbia and a post-graduate diploma in Human Resources Management from BCIT. Natasha’s areas of expertise include multi-site operations management, strategic planning, customer service, change management, equipment knowledge and client service.

Anysia Pereira
Anysia immigrated to Canada in 1975 from Bombay, India. She was a primary school teacher who taught in various schools in Bombay and other parts of India before coming to Vancouver, BC. She worked as an Office Administrative Assistant in Vancouver at Metro Laboratories, MSA (now Pacific Blue Cross), UBC Bookstore and the Liquor Distribution Branch. Anysia has been living in the Collingwood area since July 2000 and likes the quiet area. Now that Anysia has more free time, she now joined the CNH Walking Club and exercise programs. She enjoys walking, reading and sewing.

Staff Directors Team

Left to Right:
Kulwant Kaur, Jennifer Gray-Grant, Sharon Gregson, Michael McLenaghen, Paula Carr and January Wolodarsky

President's and Executive Director's Report

President’s & Execuive Director’s Report

Neighbourhood houses are all about engagement: this is a place where people can come to contribute and gain a sense of belonging. It’s where an army of several hundred volunteers provided 39,436 recorded hours of service last year – the equivalent of 20 full-time staff!

At Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) we have programs, services and initiatives for every age from infant through seniors. We offer everything from tai chi and Zumba, seniors strength-and-stretch and children’s ballet, to a homeless drop-in and assistance to new immigrants, preschool and community lunch. In virtually every program there are volunteers offering anything from a few hours at an event to regular weekly commitments in on-going programs.

Collingwood Days, our annual, neighbourhood fair would not happen without volunteers. The three key organizers – CNH, the Collingwood Community Policing Centre and the Collingwood Business Improvement Association – collaborate with many community groups, organizations and businesses to coordinate participating groups, hire local talent and recruit dozens of volunteers to ensure the event happens.

This year, seven of those volunteers were people who have just arrived in Canada and met through their English-language classes that, as recent immigrants, they’re able to take for free through CNH.

The friends volunteered for Collingwood Days as a way to give back to their new neighbourhood and country. New to Canada they’re already contributing and gaining a sense of belonging. Their story is highlighted later in this annual report.

Those kinds of opportunities are provided and supported by the amazing team of people who work so hard to ensure CNH operates so smoothly. Thanks to all of our staff, contractors, Board and volunteers who make our neighbourhood house so special; thanks as well to our funders and donors who make our work possible. One person at a time we are making our neighbourhood a warmer, more welcoming place for all.

AGM Minutes

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Financial Report 2013-2014

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Program Statistics

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Collingwood Neighbourhood House in Action

Changing Lives

Talia and Lola's Story

Sometimes your first friendship is the most memorable. Several years down the road, when Talia (right) and Lola (left) think back to their childhood and how they came to meet, they’ll remember the time they were both assigned to the Caterpillar group, and how that small coincidence planted the seeds of friendship between the two of them. Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) strives to create a warm space where community members can come together to develop new connections; this holds true for the friendship that has developed between Talia and Lola, two of Duke Street Early Learning and Care Centre’s participants. Despite Talia’s eventual move to the Butterfly Group, the girls find time to play together and constantly seek each other out when the other is out of sight. Outside of child care, Lola and Talia attend each other’s birthday parties and have quickly become best friends. This September Talia will leave Duke Street and move to kindergarten, where she’ll likely meet new friends. Both girls, however, have promised to visit each other and intend to remain best friends forever. Regardless of how their lives move along they’ll likely always remember their years as the caterpillar and the butterfly and the joy they felt together.

Vanina's Story

When Vanina Katz came to Vancouver 25 years ago, she quickly took up tai chi as an extracurricular activity. It was on her hunt for the perfect daytime tai chi class, that she was advised to come to CNH. As an avid tai chi enthusiast of over 20 years, Vanina had participated in several programs before being introduced to Thomas Wong, a tai chi masterat CNH who Vanina describes as a “wonderful teacher – very patient, very skilled.” Vanina attends tai chi three times a week at CNH. She says that the quality of the teachers in the programs and the pleasant neighbourhood are what bring her back every week. “I feel welcome here; the staff – even the people that don’t do tai chi are extremely nice and make you feel welcome. I miss the programs and the people when the neighbourhood house is closed on holidays.” Vanina’s love for tai chi lies in the meditative and concentration requiring qualities of the activity. She says that tai chi is more strenuous than most people realize and that finding a well-rounded class and excellent instructor are key to becoming a successful tai chi practitioner. “The quality of the teachers here is fantastic. My teacher is extraordinary, modest and patient – he is wonderful.” Her admiration for the program extends to the other program participants as well. She attributes the welcoming environment at CNH to the harmonious disposition of class goers and instructors, “The neighbourhood house welcomes you and takes you in, it is a very pleasant area – that is why I enjoy coming here.”

Lijuan, Helen and Mickey's Story

Lijuan Dong (left), Helen Tsu (right) and Mickey Ng joined the LINC program shortly after arriving in Canada, so that they could learn English. What they didn’t realize was how the decision to study a language at CNH would give them the opportunity to immediately get engaged in their neighbourhood and start giving back to their new community. The trio, plus four other LINC students heard about an opportunity to volunteer at Collingwood Days, an annual community festival that takes place on the school grounds at Carleton Elementary School on Kingsway. They immediately signed up. The seven volunteers were trained on all of the displays, events and facilities at Collingwood Days. Then they wandered around the school grounds offering assistance and information to those needing help. Each wore a sticker identifying their native language so festival goers could approach them and ask them for help in Cantonese, Mandarin or English. All three volunteers described the volunteer work as meaningful because it gave them an opportunity to help out. When asked to name her favourite part of Collingwood Days, Helen said: “Everyone is together, all the different people and cultures. We are all having fun together, it’s a good experience.” Although Collingwood Days was the first volunteer experience for Lijuan, Helen and Mickey, all three agreed that they would like to volunteer for future neighbourhood programs to connect with their community, learn about different cultures and continue practising their English skills.

Staff/Contractor Recognition

Over 25 Years

Paula Carr

Over 20 Years


Over 15 Years

Enakshi Patro

Francisco Domingo


January Wolodarsky

Sonia Cerpa

Soudabeh Babaie

Over 10 Years

Cynthia Chisholm Im MeiKwok
Li Juan(Amie) Fan Nargis Jaffer

Over 5 Years

Andrea Bernackas Angela Liu Christopher Jamieson Hai Yan Zhang
Hanh Ton Allbutt Lisa Gibson Mandip Sidhu Rita Yuen
Roushan Begum Stephanie Lim Yvonne Peragine

Collaborative Partners

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to all of our Collaborative Partners for their time and expertise in helping serve Renfrew-Collingwood residents and working with us to improve their quality of life.

Alden Habacon, UBC
Art House in The Field Collective
Art Institute
AMSSA (Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC)
Association of Neighbourhood Houses
Bamboo Cafe
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
BC Association of Family Resource Programs
BC Centre for Ability
BC Coalition of Experiential Communities
BC Gymnastics Association
BC Hydro
BC Parks and Recreation Association
BC Society for Children & Youth
Broadway Youth Resource Centre
Burnaby Volunteer Centre
CA Design Group Inc.
Canada Safeway - Kingsway & Tyne
Canadian Diabetes Association
Capilano University
Carleton Elementary School
Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House
Children's Festival
City of Vancouver
Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC
Coast Mental Health
Cobs Bread – Brentwood Mall
Collingwood Baptist Church
Collingwood Business Improvement Association
Collingwood Community Policing Centre
Collingwood Library
Collingwood Neighbourhood School
Collingwood Pioneers
Columbus Towers
Community Savings
Connect Consortium for ELSA Services
Decoda Literacy Solutions
Early Childhood Educators of BC
East Vancouver Nobody's Perfect Consortium
Eka Cooperative
Elite Landscaping
Engaged Immigrant Youth
Environmental Youth Alliance
Evergreen Community Health Centre
Evergreen Environment Protection Society
Evergreen Foundation
Families Branching Out Consortium
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
First Call: BC Child & Youth Advocacy Coalition
First Lutheran Church
First Nations Parent Club
Food for Families/Warehouse
Fresh Choice Kitchens
Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House
Government of BC
Government of Canada
Graham Bruce Elementary School
Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre
Greater Lower Mainland Regional Table on Homelessness
Green Thumb Theatre
Grenfell Elementary School
Gym Sense Gymnastics
Hastings North Business Improvement Association
Heritage Canada
Highland Gong Society
Highland Weaver's Collective
Housing Foundation of BC
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
HUSTLE-Men on the Move (How U Survive This Life Everyday)
Hybrid Movement
HYDRECS (The BC Hydro Employees' Community Services)
Immigrant Services Society
Impact Copies
In the House Festival
Italian Cultural Centre
Joyce Street Area Planning Committee
Kids Up Front Foundation
Kickstart Arts
Killarney Community Centre - Youth Council
Killarney Secondary School
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House
Leonie Sandercock and Giovanni Attili
Little Mountain Neighbourhood House
London Drugs
LOVE (Leave Out Violence Everyone)
MAGA (Multicultural Artist Gathering Association)
Metropolis British Columbia (Centre of Excellence)
MOSAIC (Multilingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities)
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Neighbourhood Matching Funds
New Horizons for Seniors
Nighthoops Basketball
Nootka Elementary School
Norquay Elementary School
Northeast Mental Health
Open Door Group
PACE Society
Pacific Community Resources Society
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society
Panago Pizza - Tyne location
Paul Dirks Design
Paws Squad Canine Club
Quest Exchange Society
Red Cross - RespectEd
Renfrew Elementary School
Renfrew Library
Renfrew Lions Club
Renfrew Park Community Association
Renfrew Park Community Centre
Renfrew Park Community Centre - Youth Council
Renfrew Ravine Committee
Renfrew-Collingwood Area Services Team
Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute
Renfrew-Collingwood Music Club
Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors' Society
Renfrew-Collingwood Youth Councils
Renfrew-Collingwood Youth Media
Royal Bank
School Age Child Care Association of BC
Simon Fraser University
South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
SPARC BC (The Social Planning and Research Council of BC)
Spectrum Society for Community Living
Spread the Paint
St. Mary's Church
St. Mary's Elementary School
St. Thomas Anglican Church
Starbucks - Boundary Plaza
Still Moon Arts Society
SWAN Vancouver Society
Ted X Renfrew-Collingwood
The Alan Cashmore Centre
The Carold Institute
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society/Community Angel Food Runners Program
Three Links Care Centre
Thunderbird Community Centre
UBC Child Care Services
UBC School of Kinesiology
United Way of Lower Mainland
University of British Columbia
Urban Aboriginal Artist Group
Urban Native Youth Association
Urban Village Church
Vancity - Collingwood Branch #13 (Community Projects)
Vancity Foundation
Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre
Vancouver Board of Education
Vancouver Champlain Heights Lions Club
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
Vancouver Community College
Vancouver Community Network
Vancouver East Music Society
Vancouver Film Studios
Vancouver Firefighters Association
Vancouver Food Policy Council
Vancouver Formosa Academy
Vancouver Foundation
Vancouver Fruit Tree Project
Vancouver Native Health Society
Vancouver Office of Cultural Affairs
Vancouver Police Department
Vancouver Public Library
Vancouver School Board - Engaged Immigrant Youth Program
Vancouver Society of Children's Centres
Vancouver Technical Secondary School
Vantage Point
Variety Club
Victoria-Fraserview/Killarney (VFK) Festival Subcommittee
Vista Consortium for Settlement Services
Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre
Wilson Heights United Church
Windermere Family of Schools
Windermere Secondary School
Windows of Opportunity Coalition
WISH Drop-in Centre Society
YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association)

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