Collingwood Neighbourhood House

Annual Report 2021-2022

To promote the well-being of the Collingwood community by providing leadership and working collaboratively with individuals, families agencies and other groups to develop and support inclusive, innovative, sustainable initiatives and services that respond to the community's social, educational, economic, health, cultural and recreational needs.



Board of Directors

Members of the CNH Board of Directors

  • Members of the CNH Board of Directors. From Left to Right: Stephanie Baufeld, Davy Chiu, Michelle Buchholz, Samuel Cervantes, Leila Trickey, Jasbir K. Parmar, Alexandra Gunn, Bleszeiry Hanggoy, Daniel Louie, Manoranjan Rasiah, Justine Ma, Puneet Mall, Greg Allen.
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CNH Management Team

CNH Management Team


  • Jennifer Gray-Grant (Executive Director)


  • Alison Merton (Early Years)
  • Emily Rees (Community Development)
  • Kulwant Kaur (Operations)
  • Sandra Bodenhamer (RISE Community Health Centre)
  • Sanjeev Karwal (Youth Services)
  • Suzanne Liddle (Community Services)


  • Amir Sabbaghan (Annex / Recreation)
  • Ana Kazulin (Finance Child Care Program)
  • Ana Mateescu (Family Development / Homelessness)
  • Anna Hofmarks (Older Adults Program)
  • Candice Li (Annex Facility)
  • Carmen Correal (Recreation)
  • Christine Chavez (Child Care HR Coordinator – on leave)
  • Diana Taykandy (Operations Child Care Program)
  • Dovana Singh (Better At Home)
  • Eda Ertan (Community Development Specialist / Seniors Health / Literacy)
  • Elisa Casilla (Payroll)
  • Flamingo Xie (Financial Controller)
  • Gillian Der (Food Justice)
  • Grace Wampold (Food Hub – acting)
  • Irene Mella (Office and Communications)
  • Jenny Eng-Chan (Information & Referral/Reception)
  • Jenny Shen (Seniors Wellness)
  • Karen Caguioa (Immigrant Women & Youth Leadership Development)
  • Katty Mir (Family Services)
  • Kayla Isomura (Communications)
  • Kiran Momin (RISE Community Health Centre)
  • Marcela Mancilla-Fuller (LINC/Settlement Services)
  • Maria Nombrado (Accounting)
  • Naiya Tsang (Food Hub – on leave)
  • Qasim Ahmadi (Facility)
  • Rajneet Kaur (Occupational Health and Safety)
  • Ryan Ng (Community Food Liaison)
  • Sabrina Bantog (Child Care HR)
  • Sandra Medina (HR)
  • Satinder Singh (Family Services – on leave)
  • Sheri Parke (Neighbourhood Small Grants)
  • Sonja Rietkerk (RISE Community Health Centre Clinical Lead & Family Nurse Practitioner)
  • Sussan Yáñez – Kallfümalen (Community Connections & Celebrations)
  • Tanya Findlater (Youth Services)
  • William Canero (Systems Change)
  • Yndira Arteaga (Volunteer)
  • Yoko Tomita (Arts and Culture)


President & Executive Director's Reports

It took nine months of work by a 10-member Steering Committee, dozens of interviews, hundreds of survey responses and a myriad of suggestions and now Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) has a new Strategic Plan.

We heard from staff, volunteers, participants, local residents and service providers, our funders and all three levels of government to get their thoughts, ideas, dreams, opinions and suggestions as we looked to what we can do together over the coming three years.

The plan has three strategic priorities:

  • Connect with and be more accessible, equitable and inclusive for people in the community
  • Build community capacity to advocate for the future of the people in Renfrew-Collingwood
  • Invest in our organizational foundation to support our sustainability and growth

Those priorities are expanded upon in 11 strategic initiatives.

You’ll note that the first two priorities are as focused on our neighbourhood as much as they’re targeted to CNH: in our work we’re conscious that, in all that we do, we’re here to serve the neighbourhood. That includes working to ensure that we’re using an anti-racist, justice, equity, diversity and inclusion lens in all of our internal and external work.

The third priority is focused within CNH: after a few years of rapid growth we have realized that we need to upgrade and update many of our systems and practices. We’ve already started that process but are committed to making many improvements over the three years of the Strategic Plan.

Staff and Board Directors are carrying out all of this work in the context of the continued pandemic. As the pandemic has evolved, we re-opened some programs and started some new ones. We finally held the official opening of RISE Community Health Centre and continue to embed the community health centre within CNH. We’ve regularly updated our Safety Plan, and have learned to hold hybrid meetings with some meeting participants in the room and some on Zoom.

The pandemic has presented us with unprecedented challenges and we are so grateful to the CNH staff, Board of Directors and all volunteers for all of their efforts to continue to ensure that CNH is a warm, welcoming, safe space – whether in person or from a distance.

Photo of Jennifer Gray-Grant and Leila Trickey
Photo of Jennifer Gray-Grant and Leila Trickey.

Staff have been very creative and flexible and have been deeply focused on ensuring everybody is safe and supported. People have been kind to one another.

Thanks to CNH’s staff for their remarkable dedication to ensuring that CNH offered services and programming and supported participants throughout the pandemic (and continue to do so as the pandemic evolves). Staff members have also been supportive of their colleagues, showing a high level of care for one another as we’ve moved through these challenging times together.

Thanks as well to all of our volunteers, including our amazing Board of Directors who have dedicated so much time to CNH, ensuring we truly are a place to belong, a place to grow. We look forward to continuing to work as a full staff and Board team, as we move into the work of our strategic plan.

— Leila Trickey (President of the Board) and Jennifer Gray-Grant (Executive Director)

Meeting Minutes

Annual General Meeting (AGM) – September 22, 2021


Financial Report

CNH FS Bar Charts - Statement of Financial Position
CNH FS Bar Charts 2022 - Statement of Operations

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Program Statistics

Photograph of Ludin Godinez

From Our Blog

Sharing a part of one’s self through volunteering

Volunteer Ludin Godinez struggled when she first arrived in Canada in January 2020: in addition to the COVID-19 shutdown in March, she had difficulty navigating a new country, a new language, and a new community.

Photo of Gian Villanueva

From Our Blog

“I can call Collingwood my second home now:”

Gian Villanueva said on being a newcomer, participating in CNH’s programs, and the community.

Photo of Alice Crestejo

From Our Blog

Volunteer sings for fun—and for community

At the start of the pandemic, life was lonely for Alice Crestejo. Like for many others, Alice found stay-at-home orders and physical distancing challenging.

Photo of Rahel Getaheh

From Our Blog

Feeling a sense of community through volunteering

For volunteer Rahel Getaneh, helping out at Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) not only gives her an opportunity to do something; it’s also a way to contribute to the community.

Staff & Contractor Recognitions

Over 25 Years

  • Maliha Hassan
    Maliha Hassan
  • Qasim Ahmadi
    Qasim Ahmadi
  • Sabrina Bantog
    Sabrina Bantog
  • Nelly Yep
    Nelly Yep
  • Maria Nombrado
    Maria Nombrado

Over 20 Years

  • Maycia Khamvongsa
    Maycia Khamvongsa
  • Binh Khuu
    Binh Khuu
  • Yoko Tomita
    Yoko Tomita
  • Tanya Findlater
    Tanya Findlater

Over 15 Years

  • Rosanna Costantini
    Rosanna Costantini
  • Sheri Parke
    Sheri Parke
  • Candice Li
    Candice Li

Over 10 Years

  • Robert Allen
  • Alice Chow
  • Bobby Jo Moore
  • Nafisa Sultana

Over 5 Years

  • Michelle Olvina
  • Zakia Saad
  • Chaturika Kotteduwa
  • Cecilia Garcia
  • San Kyaing
  • Mitra Alahyarkhani
  • Donna Bondy
  • Terry So
  • Samuel Iwama
  • Sylvia Ma
  • Nikita Bhardwaj
  • Elizabeth Leon
  • Ry Forsythe
  • Irene Mella

Community Vision
Award Recipient

Poonam Basra
Poonam Basra

Nina Vacca Scholarship

Michele Pua
Michele Pua

Thank You

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.

  • Active Aging Society
  • Alan Cashmore Centre
  • Alexandra Neighbourhood House
  • Altruition Scholarship Foundation
  • AMSSA (Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC)
  • Association of Neighbourhood Houses
  • Atira Women’s Society: Sarah Ross House
  • BC Association of Community Health Centres
  • BC Association of Family Resource Programs
  • BC Association of Farmers Markets (Coupon Program)
  • BC Centre for Ability
  • BC Centre for Disease Control/Food Skills for Families
  • BC Community Response Networks
  • BC Family Hearing Resource Society
  • BC Gymnastics Association
  • BC Housing
  • BC Parks and Recreation Association
  • BC211
  • Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST)
  • Books For Me! Literacy Foundation
  • Brightside Housing Foundation
  • Burnaby Neighbourhood House
  • Burnaby Volunteer Centre
  • Camp Choice BC
  • Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network
  • Capilano University
  • Carnegie Community Centre
  • Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House
  • City of Vancouver
  • CityHive
  • CLICK - Contributing to Lives of Inner City Kids Society
  • Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC
  • COBS Bread
  • Collingwood Business Improvement Association
  • Collingwood Community Policing Centre
  • Collingwood Library
  • Collingwood Neighbourhood School
  • Columbus Towers
  • Community Builders
  • Consumer’s Produce Kingsway
  • Dan’s Legacy
  • Davies, Don, MP
  • Decoda Literacy Solutions
  • Dix, Adrian, MLA
  • Douglas College
  • Early Childhood Educators of BC
  • East Vancouver Nobody's Perfect Consortium
  • Elite Landscaping
  • Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Canada Summer Jobs
  • Environmental Youth Alliance
  • Evergreen Community Health Centre (Vancouver Coastal Health)
  • Families Branching Out Consortium
  • First Call: BC Child & Youth Advocacy Coalition
  • First Nations Health Authority    
  • FirstService Residential British Columbia
  • Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House
  • Gathering Place
  • Government of BC
  • Government of Canada
  • Graham Bruce Elementary School
  • Greater Vancouver Food Bank
  • Grenfell Elementary School
  • Gym Sense Gymnastics
  • HIM (Health Initiative for Men)
  • I Love Soup Co.
  • Immigrant Services Society of BC
  • Indigenous Services Canada
  • ISPARC - Indigenous Sport, Physical Actvity and Recreation Council
  • Italian Cultural Centre, Il Museo    
  • Jambo Grill Tandoor & Paan House
  • Jane Goodall Institute of Canada
  • Joyce Station Dental
  • Kickstart Arts
  • Kids Up Front Foundation (Vancouver)
  • Killarney Community Centre
  • Kingsway Continental
  • Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
  • Kiwassa Neighbourhood House
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Little Mountain Neighbourhood House 
  • Lu’ma Native Housing Society
  • Marpole Neighbourhood House
  • McCreary Centre Society
  • McLean Group
  • Mentorship and Leadership Youth Program
  • Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
  • Neighbourhood Small Grants
  • Nootka Elementary School
  • Norquay Elementary School
  • Oddfellows Manor
  • Panaderia Bakery
  • posAbilities
  • Pulling Together Canoe Society
  • Qmunity
  • REACH Community Health Centre
  • Red Fox Healthy Living Society
  • Renfrew Elementary School
  • Renfrew Library
  • Renfrew Park Community Association
  • Renfrew Park Community Centre
  • Renfrew-Collingwood Artist Network
  • Renfrew-Collingwood Community News
  • Renfrew-Collingwood Seniors' Society
  • Royal Bank - Kingsway & Joyce Branch
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
  • Save on Foods
  • School Age Child Care Association of BC
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Sliced Mango Collective
  • South Vancouver Neighbourhood House
  • SPARC BC (The Social Planning and Research Council of BC)
  • Spectrum Society for Community Living
  • St. Mary's Church
  • St. Mary's Elementary School
  • St. Thomas Anglican Church
  • Still Moon Arts Society
  • The Ballantyne Project
  • Three Links Care Centre
  • Together We Can – Addiction Recovery & Education Society
  • Tulayan
  • UBC Centre for Community Engaged Learning
  • UBC Innovation Support Unit, Faculty of Medicine
  • UBC School of Kinesiology
  • UBC School of Social Work
  • United Way of the Lower Mainland
  • Urban Native Youth Association
  • Vancity – Collingwood Branch #13 (Community Projects)
  • Vancity Community Foundation
  • Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society
  • Vancouver Art Therapy Institute
  • Vancouver Board of Education
  • Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
  • Vancouver Division of Family Practice
  • Vancouver Farmers Market
  • Vancouver Film Studios
  • Vancouver Food Policy Council
  • Vancouver Formosa Academy
  • Vancouver Foundation
  • Vancouver Fruit Tree Project
  • Vancouver Immigration Partnership
  • Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks
  • Vancouver Police Department
  • Vancouver Police Department Cadet Program
  • Vancouver Public Library
  • Vancouver Reggio Consortium Society
  • Vancouver School Board
  • Vantage Point
  • Variety Club
  • VEYSN (Vancouver Early Years Services Network)
  • Wall Centre Central Park Strata Councils
  • Westbank Corp.
  • Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre
  • Windermere Secondary School
  • WISH Drop-in Centre Society
  • Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Get In Touch

  • Main Address
    5288 Joyce Street
    Vancouver, BC V5R 6C9
  • Main Phone

    (604) 435-0323
  • Annex Address

    3690 Vanness Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5R 5B6
  • Annex Phone

    (604) 428-9142

Collingwood Neighbourhood House's mission is to promote the well-being of the Collingwood community by providing leadership and working collaboratively with individuals, families, agencies and other groups to develop and support inclusive, innovative, sustainable initiatives and services that respond to the community’s social, educational, economic, health, cultural and recreational needs.

Collingwood Neighbourhood House is a registered charity (#118868298RR0001).