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April, 2016

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The arrival of spring has truly stirred action in our Vancouver-Kingsway neighbourhood! I was thrilled to welcome over 400 people to our 10th annual Seniors’ Wellness Fair in April. Every year, staff, volunteers, and exhibitors put this event together to connect seniors in our community with resources, services, and important health and wellness information. I would like thank our volunteers from the community office: Christina, Lucila, Bill, and Bianca, as well as Cheryl Palidda and her team of hardworking volunteers, and the very dedicated Gabriel Yiu, who has offered his time and expertise to the fair for many years.

This month, Eveline, Lucinda and I heard from the Vancouver School Board about the future of our schools at the community consultation at Renfrew Park Community Centre. I met many parents from the neighbourhood who share our concerns about what potential closures will mean for schools in our community. As grave news about school closures ring across the province, we’ve launched the “Support our Schools” section on our website to keep community members like you up-to-date with news and action about our local public schools.

Sign up to Support Our Schools!

In 2010, Vancouver Kingsway residents came together to successfully oppose the closure of elementary schools in our neighbourhood. Now, due to actions taken by the BC government, the issue is back before us and the Vancouver School Board. A failure to provide adequate and stable funding is at the heart of the issue – BC schools are being forced to make $54 million in cuts to pay for the government’s latest funding decision, and linking school closures to needed seismic upgrades is just not right.

Our schools are at the centre of our neighbourhoods and communities! As your MLA, I am committed to supporting:

Our local public schoolsNorquay, Cunningham, Carleton, Bruce, Collingwood, Grenfell, Renfrew, Beaconsfield, Nootka, Gladstone, and Windermere. Our schools should not be closed.

The Vancouver School Board in its fight to secure sufficient resources for classroom education.

To stay updated about the future of our schools, sign up for our email list at and download our Support Our Schools petition!

Collingwood Days Festival

Collingwood Days Festival takes place this month from May 21st to the 29th. It’s a free community event and everyone, pets included, are invited to enjoy a week of family-friendly fun including: multi-cultural food and shops, a dog show, world class BMX bicycle demonstrations, local entertainment, and much more! Come visit us at our community booth Saturday May 28th after the parade.

Collingwood Days
May 28th 11am to 4 pm
Carleton Elementary 3250 Kingsway

March, 2016

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Our office ushered in the Lunar New Year of the monkey with zest, thanks to the energetic lion dance organized by the Collingwood BIA and the many guests who attended our gathering on February 20th. Thanks to everyone for celebrating with us!

Remembering Jagat Ram

Jagat Ram passed away January 25, 2016 and I wanted to take a moment to remember his life. Jagat had so many friends in Joyce Collingwood: on the veterans committee (he was often a Parade Marshall!), at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, the Bamboo, La Panderia and many others. I had a meeting with him three days prior to his passing to nominate him for a provincial award recognizing his service. He was a dear friend to me, to Don Davies and many more. We hold his kind soul in our thoughts, and to his family, we send our deepest condolences.

10th Annual Seniors’ Health & Wellness Fair – April 6

The annual Seniors’ Health and Wellness Fair enters its tenth year in 2016, and I am pleased to invite all seniors and their families to participate on April 6th at Renfrew Park Community Centre. Doors will open at 10 am. The day is always informative and fun. All participants receive a free and healthy lunch!

Did you know? Free copies of the BC Seniors’ Guide is available in English, Punjabi, and Chinese at our community office.

Joyce-Collingwood Station Precinct Review Open House

On February 3rd and 6th, the City of Vancouver hosted an Open House to review the area around the Joyce-Collingwood Station. The goal was to seek feedback from the community on issues such as land use, density, building forms, housing, and public spaces. My Constituency Assistants, Eveline and Lucinda, and I attended the event and met many people who live and work in the area. There was a lot of discussion and we are pleased to be part of such an engaged and active community. More information can be found here at the City of Vancouver website:

Resources for Landlords and Tenants

Our office has resources for both landlords and tenants on your rights and responsibilities, available in both English and Chinese.

Securing rental housing can be a challenge, especially for those who have never rented in BC, or who lack recent references. The Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC) and the Justice Education Society have recently launched Renting It Right!, a  free, new online course for tenants. Designed for first-time renters, this video-based course will covers both practical and legal topics to consider before deciding to rent.

To register for this free course, visit