March 2018

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Dear Neighbours,

Each year I am proud to host the Seniors’ Health and Wellness Fair with Renfrew Park Community Centre, and I am pleased to invite all seniors and their families to attend the 13th annual fair. There will be over 25 exhibitors providing information on health-related issues such as heart and stroke, arthritis, diabetes and more. There will be lots of entertainment, and all participants receive a free, healthy lunch.

When: Wednesday, April 4 from 10am-2pm

Where: Renfrew Park Community Center, 2929 East 22nd Ave. Vancouver

Please register with Renfrew Park Community Centre by calling 604-257-8388 ext. 1. Space is limited to 350 registrants.


Community Office News
New Constituency Assistant

I’m pleased to welcome my new part-time Constituency Assistant, Samein Shamsher! Sam has been working with my office to help our neighbours, and I am delighted to have him officially on board.

We’re open later!

My community office is open later on Mondays and Wednesdays to better serve our neighbours. We are now open:

Monday – 9am to 6pm
Tuesday – 9am to 4pm
Wednesday – 9am to 6pm
Thursday – 9am to 4pm
Friday – Open for appointments only

Looking for volunteers to assist us at the office

Our little community office does big things, with thanks to dedicated volunteers who lend their time and talents. We are looking for volunteers to help us at the office and at community events (like the Seniors’ Health & Wellness fair). If you’d like to join our team of volunteers and want to learn more, please contact us at 604-660-0314 or email


Apply Now for a Neighbourhood Small Grants!

Have a great idea for your community? Bring your idea to life by applying for the Neighbourhood Small Grants, hosted again this year by the Collingwood Neighbourhood House. The NSG helps increase the amount of community events happening in our neighbourhood. Residents or small groups of residents are encouraged to apply for a grant from $50 to $500 to improve their neighbourhood socially, culturally, and physically! Past ideas included soccer workshops, baklava baking classes, Canada Day picnics, block parties, photo expeditions, and flower painting.

Apply online at  or pick up a form at Collingwood Neighbourhood House, 5288 Joyce St.  Application deadline is April 9.


February 2018

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Happy Lunar New Year – 2018 Year of the Dog

Gung Hey Fat Choy! Chuc Mung Nam Moi!  Happy New Year!  I hope that the Year of the Dog will bring you great health, happiness, and prosperity. Come celebrate with us on Saturday, February 24th as we welcome the BIA Lion Dancers to our office. Refreshments and snacks will be served.


Lunar New Year Gathering

Location: MLA Adrian Dix Community Office (5022 Joyce St.)

Time: Saturday February 24th 1pm-2pm (Lion Dancers arrive at 1:30pm)


Spring Legislative Session

The spring session of the BC Legislature will begin on February 13th. I am always happy to hear your thoughts and ideas for legislation and would welcome any suggestions you may have for the spring session.


Seniors Health and Wellness Fair, April 4th – We are looking for volunteers!

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help out with this year’s Seniors’ Health and Wellness Fair at Renfrew Park Community Centre. The fair will take place on Wednesday, April 4 from 10am to 2pm.

Each year I am proud to host the fair, and its success is largely thanks to the wonderful RPCC staff and volunteers. There are a variety of volunteer roles, including set up/close down, welcoming and registration, support of the lunch station, and much more on this exciting day.

If you are interested in volunteering with us for the Seniors’ Health and Wellness Fair, please contact my office at 604-660-0314 or email


We’d love to be of service to our community!

When you contact our community office, my staff and I will do our best we can to assist. Visit during our walk-in hours (Monday to Thursday, 9am-4pm), or book an appointment by calling 604-660-0314.

Here’s a list of some of the free services our office offers:

Advocacy – We will work hard to assist you with any issues you are having involving the provincial government departments, services, or ministries.

Information & Referral – Our office can find the right government contact or program. We can help you understand how program changes will affect you, your family, and your community.  We also know the services available in our community and are happy to refer you to them.

Getting Connected – Our office offers free fax and internet access for government and community-related matters.

Free Space for Community Workshops and Meetings – We want to host your free workshop or meeting. Contact us for more information.


Family Day – Monday, February 12

Our community office will be closed for Family Day on Monday, February 12th. We will re-open Tuesday, February 13th, and very much look forward to serving our constituents upon our return. We wish you and your loved ones a great Valentine’s Day and Family Day!

January 2018

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Happy New Year!

I’d like to wish you all a happy 2018! A sincere thanks to everyone who came to our Holiday Open House December 16th. We had a packed house and it was a pleasure to see all of you come by to share our merriment.

New Full-time Constituency Assistant

I am pleased to welcome our new full-time Constituency Assistant, Thuy Pham, to our office! Thuy is passionate about connecting people to their community, and is knowledgeable of the nearby community resources and programs that you can benefit from.  

Feel free to stop by my office any time throughout the year. My Constituency Assistants are always happy to help with any problems or difficulty you may be having with the provincial government, or to hear your ideas for making our community a better place to live.

Free Public Access Computer

Our constituency office offers a free public access computer! The computer has quick links to Ministry websites, government services, and community resources. All constituents are welcome to drop by during our office hours (Monday to Thursday from 9am to 4pm or on Friday by appointment) to access the computer, necessary for social assistance applications, BC Housing files, resume creation, and so much more. My staff are happy to help with any difficulty.

Seeking Nominations for the BC Community Achievement Awards!

Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to your community through a unique achievement or outstanding service – either as a volunteer or in the course of their work? Nominate them for a BC Community Achievement Awards!

Awards will be presented for significant service in any area that provides a benefit to the community, such as sports and recreation, arts and culture, environment, multiculturalism, environment, healthcare, education, civic duty, business innovation, community volunteerism, and youth or seniors’ leadership.

If you’d like to nominate a member of our community, visit and nominations close on January 15th, 2018.


June, 2017

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On May 9th, I was re-elected as your MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway with 61% of the vote. I am honoured by this level of generosity and support and will do everything I can to justify your confidence in me. I wish to also acknowledge and thank the other candidates in the election: Trang Nguyen, Elissa Calder, Charles Bae, and Brette Mullins.

Please note the Constituency Office will be operating once again at its usual hours:

5022 Joyce St.

Mon-Thurs 9am-4pm

Fri by appointment only

Carnivals and Collingwood Days

You know that summer is in full swing when there are public events and carnivals at every corner. This year’s Collingwood Days was a huge success (and not a drop of rain!). The sun was shining brightly at Gaston Park (relocated from the Carleton School grounds) and it was a fantastic turnout. Thanks to Angela Evans and the Collingwood BIA for bringing together the community every year in celebration. This May and June, we celebrated and fundraised for so many local establishments: Bruce, Beaconsfield, and MacCorkindale Elementary Schools, Gladstone Secondary School, and Kensington Cedar Cottage. I want to applaud everyone on their successful events!

Congratulations to High School Graduates

My congratulations go out to all graduating students from Gladstone, Windermere and Killarney Secondary Schools. This is an exciting time for all of you and your families and I wish you all the very best in your future endeavors. I am proud each year to sponsor scholarships for graduating students and look forward to attending this year’s graduation ceremonies!

Join me on Canada Day

Come out to Renfrew Park Community Centre on July 1st to celebrate Canada Day (12-4pm)! The cake cutting will be at 3:30pm. The Youth Celebrate Canada Day Festival is organized each year by a terrific group of volunteer Windermere high school students.

April, 2017

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Donations of Guitars and Musical Instruments Needed!

Do you have musical instruments you would like to see used for an excellent cause? The Collingwood Neighbourhood House has a youth settlement worker who helps immigrants, refugees, and also Canadian-born children and youth. He is an amazing musician and wants to teach children and youth how to play music, but he is short musical instruments.

Please support this great cause and donate any guitars (acoustic, electric, and bass) or other instruments you may have! Help give children a confidence boost through the joys of playing a musical instrument!

Vote in the May 9th Provincial Election!

On Tues, May 9th, British Columbians will be casting their vote to select their next MLAs and government! Although most people cast their ballots on Election Day at their local voting locations, there are also lots of other ways to vote:

  1. In advance: from 8am-8pm the Saturday and Sunday two weeks before Election Day (May 9th), and the Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Sat before Voting Day.
  2. By mail: ask for a “Vote by Mail” package from Elections BC before an election is called until 4pm on Election Day. The package will be mailed to you or can be picked up at the district electoral office. The completed package must be returned no later than 8pm on Election Day.

Where do you go to vote on May 9th?

You will receive your “Where to Vote Cards” in the mail. If not, you can find your voting location by checking and checking your community newspapers.

Don’t forget to register to vote!

Before the election is called, you can register online at or by calling 1-800-661-8683. You can also register when you arrive to vote.

12th Annual Senior’s Health and Wellness Fair a success!

I would like to thank everyone for participating in our Seniors Wellness Fair at Renfrew Park Community Centre. And a special thanks to Cheryl Palidda for her fabulous organization!

This was the 12th annual fair, and attendance was excellent. With over 350 seniors attending, the day was a complete success.  We had a hearing clinic on top of an absolute wealth of information from all of our presenters, and great food at lunch. I would like to thank our fantastic volunteers, the staff at Renfrew Park Community Centre and all of our performers who have taken time out of their busy schedules to help make this day a great success.

I am proud to have been able to once again provide a venue to share such critical information with the community. We look forward to seeing you all at Seniors’ Wellness Fair 2018!