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 David Sexton
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 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 

President’s Spring Message

Dear fellow community members,

This is my first term as the President of the Association. As the 1st Vice President the past few years, I have worked with other board members and the Centre staff to update our bylaws for the transition to the new B.C. Societies Act, and complete the Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) Appendices which reflect the specific needs of our community that determine the ways we operate and offer programs and other activities at the Centre. With the signing of the new JOA last September, the Association now has the mandate to jointly operate the jointly operated facilities in the Centre with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation for the next 10 years, starting from last year.

2019 is going to be a year full of challenges to the Association. We
have to update our policies and procedures and/or create new ones to guide our operations so as to comply with the new Societies Act and the requirements of the new JOA, and fulfil our obligations. These may lead to changes that impact some of our programs. We shall work closely with the Centre staff, Park Board management and the parties affected.

Another area that will be addressed is our facilities. In short-term, we have the kitchen upgrade. The planning stage of this should start very quickly. The board of directors is also pursuing a window and ventilation upgrade in room 110.

As we have an aging facility (more than 54 years old) and in light of the high density developments in our neighbourhood we have to develop a long term plan to replace this facility with a new one which should have ample space to accommodate our programming needs, and is safer and more versatile. A replacement facility, even if it is only partial, would not happen overnight. We, the community as a whole, have to stand behind a project of such a magnitude. We have to make a commitment that we shall make it happen. A lot of people feel that this is just a dream. But, let’s work together and make the dream a reality.

For the community members who celebrate Chinese New Year, I wish you all a healthy, safe and prosperous year of pig!

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