Community Development

There are initiatives and programs to connect with each other in an inclusive, fun and caring ways. By connecting with neighbours, we can reduce isolation and build a welcoming community for all.

  • Collingwood Days Celebrations

A week of arts, festivities, and performances celebrating the diversity of the residents of Renfrew-Collingwood.

A week-long celebration takes place annually on May. For more information, follow ‘Collingwood Days’ on Facebook, visit or contact Andrea Berneckas at

  • You Count: Social innovation and resiliency

This project helps transform social determinants of health in RC to improve social connectedness and resiliency for all residents and community organizations by embedding different practices, roles and policies that support creativity, experimentation and responsivity to emerging issues.

For more information, contact Crecien Bencio at

  • Neighbourhood Small Grants

Have a great idea for your community? Small grants sponsored by the Vancouver Foundation are available to support neighbourhood projects that help build community and strengthen connections between neighbours.

For more information, contact Sheri Park at or visit

  • Renfrew-Collingwood INTERactive: Interculturalism through Physical Activity

INTERactive is an initiative that brings people from all cultures, ages, and abilities together to engage in physical activity and games that originate from countries around the globe. INTERactive encourages shared values of respect, cooperation, creativity and fairness while supporting the basic universal human needs of play, health, safety, learning, social connection and belonging.

For more information, contact January Wolodarsky at

  • Small Business Development Project & Neighbourhood Creative Entrepreneurs Club:

In collaboration with Vancity, we offer a series of workshops to help you start and grow your home-based businesses. This is a great opportunity for artists/makers from diverse cultural backgrounds who live and/or work in the Renfrew-Collingwood area.

For more information, please contact Koyali Burman at or