Community

Community Programs

Arts, Food & Media

We are dedicated to creating a healthy, connected and inspired neighbourhood where all community members thrive, learn and have a place to contribute. We practice interculturalism, which means understanding and respecting cultural differences, finding commonalities and working together to create something new. If you live in Renfrew-Collingwood and have ideas on how to improve your community or are passionate about community issues, we can help with:

  • • Information on local opportunities and initiatives
  • • Links to neighbours who may share your interests
  • • Intercultural leadership and skill development opportunities
  • • Support and assistance with community resources 

Programs

For descriptions on each program, click on the  symbol.

Arts

Annex Arts Council
Ongoing
The Annex Arts Council nurtures the arts and culture of the Renfrew-Collingwood community with a focus on developing the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex into an arts and culture hub. To join the Annex Arts Council or learn more about their work, contact Crecien Bencio at: cbencio@cnh.bc.ca.
 
Sketching Club
Saturdays @ 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: CNH Annex

Learn and improve sketching skills, share knowledge, and connect with like-minded neighbours. If you are interested in participating, contact Yoko Tomita at: ytomita@cnh.bc.ca.
 
Social Culture Club
Saturdays @ 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: CNH Annex

Social Culture Club is a weekly, casual drop-in for participants with all experiences to share skills in knitting, crochet, needle point, sewing, sketching, and drawing. We encourage participants to share knowledge and learn to make things together. No registration required. Please bring your own materials.
 
Public Art
Ongoing
Beautify with the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood with public art projects! For more information, contact Yoko Tomita at: ytomita@cnh.bc.ca.
 

Food

CNH food programs aim to bring the Renfrew-Collingwood community together through gardening, cooking, and sharing sustenance. For more information about upcoming food-related events, visit the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute (RCFSI) at: rcfood.wordpress.com.

Community Kitchen
Second Friday and last Wednesday of every month
Location: CNH Annex
Registration: Call the CNH Annex at 604-428-9142 or visit the reception desk

Join us twice a month for Community Kitchen! Cook with fresh ingredients alongside your neighbours and enjoy a healthy meal together. Interested in sharing a recipe? We’d love to learn from you. Free childminding available upon request.
 
Community Lunch
Tuesdays/Thursdays
Location: Main site (CNH)

Enjoy our popular low-cost, nutritious, and tasty lunches. This is an opportunity to visit with friends, try new foods, and meet people of all ages. Come drop by on Tuesdays and Thursdays for lunch!

Single meal: $7 (Adults) / $6 (Seniors) / $5 (Students) / $3.25 (Children 12 and under)
Lunch pass (six meals, 10% discount): $38 (Adults) / $32 (Seniors) / $27 (Students) / $17 (Children)
 
Food Skills Workshops
Dates vary
Location: CNH Annex

We offer a variety of food skills workshops throughout the year. Learn how to make pickles and preserves, kimchi, fresh bread and more! Check out our monthly activity schedule (copies available at CNH on the bulletin board outside the kitchen) or at rcfood.wordpress.com for dates, locations, and more information. Workshop dates and cost vary.
 

Media

Renfrew-Collingwood Community (RCC) News
Monthly publication
renfrewcollingwoodcommunitynews.com

The RCC News is a monthly, free non-profit newspaper serving the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood. It is distributed through local organizations and businesses. Neighbours can submit articles, photos and artwork on local issues, people and events.
 
Vancouver Co-op Radio (100.5 FM)
Weekly radio programs
Our radio shows offer residents of the Renfrew-Collingwood area the opportunity to share stories, music, and ideas. If you are interested in being interviewed, performing or promoting an event, please contact Andrea Berneckas at aberneckas@cnh.bc.ca.

El Bus de las 7 | Monday to Friday @ 8:00-9:00 am
This Spanish program is described as an “upbeat and highly rhythmic morning show.” Wake up in an atmosphere of a village somewhere in Latin America with music and community information.

It Takes a Village | Thursdays @ 4:00-5:00 pm
It Takes a Village features positive people and perspectives, highlighting community events, culture and politics, and a dash of poetry. With live uncensored parenting, interviews, music, problem solving, and activism for all ages, the Village evolves with Vancouver and welcomes the world.