RPCA Mission Statement

We aim to assist in developing and fostering community spirit and involvement and to work closely with the other groups in the Renfrew-Collingwood Neighbourhood. We aim to provide cultural, intellectual and physical activities through affordable recreation and leisure.

Board of Directors 2018-2019

President Albert Lee
1st Vice President Anthony Mehnert
2nd Vice President Tommy Huang
Treasurer Henry Lee (acting)
Secretary Judy Egerton
Past President Henry Lee

Members at Large
Chao Cheng, Donald Jiang, Helen Lee, Fay Lin, Sari Lundberg, Eddie Tang, Erin Shum, Gayle Uthoff

Audited Financial Statements of the RPCA

2017-2018 Financial Statements

Retained Earnings Plan

At the end of the 2017-2018 fiscal year, Renfrew Park Community Association had $533,858 in Retained Earnings.  On November 18th, 2018 the board of directors approved spending $292,000 on a renovation to the kitchen.  The remaining funds will be spent on adding air conditioning to Room 110.  The general plan for the retained earnings of the RPCA is to spend them on building upgrades while maintaining $200,000 for an operating contingency fund.

Board of Directors Nomination Form 2018-2019

Please see our online application form here

President’s Fall Message

In the past few months it has been hectic for the staff in the Community Centre. One significant change is the realignment of the front desk. The program front desk downstairs is now combined with the pool and fitness centre front desk on the main floor. Every measure has been taken to minimize the impact on the patrons. We continue to have staff turnover and shortage that affect the workload of the programming staff, in particular in the support of the senior programs. If you have any concerns or suggestions please feel free to share with the Centre staff and our board members. You can easily contact us by emailing to renfrewcc@vancouver.ca.

We had a successful Youth Celebrate Canada Day and many young kids participated in this special event. The Association continues to put in more resources to drive the youth programs. We have beefed up our Scholarship program which has run for many years. In the coming year we will have a partnership with the Vancouver School Board in the More Sports program to support youth sports after school.

As we start the fall programs I would like to draw your attention to
the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on November 16 at around noon time. As a program participant you are automatically a member of the Association (unless you decline the membership), I urge you to come to the AGM to find out what we have done in the past and what we plan to do in the future. The Association is for the community. We, the board members, are all volunteers. We serve the Association working hard to bring the best possible programs that fit the needs of our community members. There will be a nomination process that goes into action about 6 weeks before the AGM and I sincerely invite you to participate.

You may be aware of that we have a long running Chinese senior social program. This social program has served over 1700 patrons in the past 23 years. This year we were able to secure some funding from the Federal government. On July 8th, we hosted a visit from the Honourable Minister Tassi who is responsible for the social development of Canada’s aging population. There has been a lot of effort spent in finding ways to support our aging population by all three levels of government. The Association is also in a position to adjust our programs where needed and find support from agencies and organizations as appropriate. I welcome your input in this area.

I look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

Sincerely,
Albert Lee
Renfrew Park Community Association President

President’s Summer Message

Dear fellow community members, 

We just had the annual volunteer appreciation dinner on April 13, the last day of the volunteer week in Canada. The dinner gathering was a token of appreciation for the contributions made by all our volunteers. Volunteers are the backbone of any community centre. Your participation has lifted our community, making it more vibrant and connected. On behalf of the Centre and the Association I thank you for your support. 

The Board has been working hard to define and adjust how we operate to conform to the terms in the new JOA (Joint Operating Agreement). We have completed the delegation of duties which basically defined how we cooperate with Park Board in the jointly operated facilities at Renfrew. The next project for us is to review the operations of the Affiliated Groups in light of the requirements of the new BC Societies Act and JOA. 

For people who are not familiar with the role played by the Association and what the JOA (Joint Operating Agreement) implies, I would like to give you a very brief run down here. The Association has cooperated with the Park Board for a long time based on an old JOA, and has worked with the Centre staff to offer various programs, special events and other engagement activities at the Centre. With a few exceptions, the swimming pool and the fitness centre are under the direct control of Park Board and not considered as part of the Jointly Operated Facilities.  In the past few years, Park Board has been in negotiation with all the community centre associations (CCAs) to agree to a new set of terms in a new agreement. Some of these terms have a great impact on how each association operates at the centre. Examples are; the concept of core programs, ownership of capital investments made by the CCAs, the ways revenues will be shared and how some of the costs of programming will be calculated. The new JOA has a lifetime of 10 year (starting from 2018), with the option of a 5 year renewal if agreed to by both parties. 

The existence of CCAs cooperating with the City of Vancouver via Park Board, the commissioners of which are elected officials, is very unique. As non-profit societies (and some charities), the CCAs are capable of applying for grants from many sources. For example, we have had funding from the Federal Government for our summer programs. The CCAs are capable of catering the programs to meet the specific needs of their members. After all, a community association’s board members are all volunteers. We are part of our community. 

I would encourage you to bring your ideas to the program committee and maybe even step up your involvement by joining the Board. We are always looking for new members who can help further the mission of the Association. 

Sincerely,
Albert Lee
Renfrew Park Community Association President 

Renfrew Park Community Centre is jointly operated by the Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation and the Renfrew Park Community Association.

If you would like to become more involved in the direction of the centre, email: renfrewparkcommunity@gmail.com

Renfrew Park Community Association explores the needs for diversity and interculturalism

within the organization, developing new initiatives to build a stronger, healthier community.

 

RPCA Memberships

September 1, 2018-August 31, 2019 The Renfrew Park Community Association (RPCA) is vital to the operation of the facilities and programs at Renfrew Park Community Centre. Benefits of Association Membership:

  • Contributing to our ability to offer affordable recreation programming.
  • Ability to influence the implementation of programs and services provided by RPCA.
  • Have voting rights at our Annual General Meeting.
  • Memberships improve and simplify the registration process.

Memberships are available for FREE, please come into the Community Centre to load your membership on to your OneCard. If you do not want to become a member of Renfrew Park Community Association, please notify our staff at the time of registration. For games room, piano practice, drop-in computer use, and sports equipment rental, please register for the Equipment Rental Fee