Good Neighbours Awards Banquet 2017

good-neighbours-awards-banquet-2017-1On May 11th, 2017 we attended the Good Neighbours Awards Celebration. The Good Neighbours Awards is an annual event hosted by the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia¬†(ANHBC). It’s an event that celebrates those wonderful people who who have made amazing contributions to the Neighbourhood Houses in their Vancouver communities.

The night was a lot of fun where both staff and volunteers got together and cheered and showed their support for the the Award recipients, of which there were many!

Our own Jennie Yuen and Crystal Chow were honored with awards for the Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House as well as Books for Me.

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Crystal Chow – Youth Good Neighbours Award

Books for Me – Corporate Good Neighbours Award

These are some more pictures highlighting the great moments from Thursday night:

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Congratulations to all the fantastic honorees!

Fun Moment Snapshot: One of the funniest moments for me was when Jennie said, “It felt like the paparazzi were taking pictures of me with all the camera flashes going off when we were on stage!” ūüėÄ

*All photos compliments of Jennie Yuen

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Community Walk

Leaving Frog Hollow at 12:30pm our walk today mainly to handout invitations for next week’s gathering. ¬†We have delivered more than 160 invitations from door to door in the neighbourhood along Charles Street, Kitchener, Grant, Slocan and some on 1st Ave. ¬†Everyone is welcome on next week’s Neighbourhood Gathering at Clinton Park.

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FoodFit Program Week 2 of 12 Recap + A Recipe

It was week 2 of 12 of the FoodFit Program – another amazing session. It’s so nice to come back to get together again with all the participants. Cooking meals together is always the fun part. After meal preparation, we did some exercises while the food was baking in the oven.

Since it was raining outside, we didn’t walk, but we did some stretching indoors on yoga mats. We should be doing stretches on a daily basis to gain some flexibility in our muscles.

After our exercise, the food was ready to come out of the oven. We made Yogurt Baked Chicken, Roasted Vegetables, Fruit Salad and Simple Spinach Salad.


Here is the Yogurt Baked Chicken recipe that I have permission to share. Enjoy!


1 to 1-1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tsp garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1-1/2 tsp ground cumin
1-1/2 tsp paprika
1-1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp lemon juice
2 cups plain yogurt
2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
4 tbsp onion finely chopped


1. Place chicken breasts in a large bowl.
2. In a small bowl, combine all the other ingredients.
3. Pour the mixture over the chicken breasts, turning them over with your hands to coat well.
4. Cover and chill 30 minutes, if time allows.
5. Preheat the oven to 350F.
6. Spread chicken in a single layer over a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
7. Bake for 40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

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FoodFit Program Started April 24th

We had our first session of the FoodFit Program on Monday, April 24th, 2017. Here’s a little description about the program: FoodFit is a 12-week program designed to help you learn the skills and knowledge to make healthy choices when it comes to food and exercise that will help improve your health and make health and wellness a lifelong priority.

And here’s a bit of what we did during the first session:

Many of us were there to learn more about healthy eating and get motivation from each other to do more exercises. Volunteers prepared a healthy snack with wheat crackers, almond butter spread and sliced strawberries on top.

Just before having lunch we prepared together, we went out for a short walk. The weather was perfect for the walk. When we came back, we ate our meal together.

So that’s our week 1 for the FoodFit Program. We are looking forward to next week’s session. Stay tuned for recipes and updates.

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Caregivers Support Group

There are five more sessions for the Caregivers Support Group.  So if you are a caregiver for a family member or relative, welcome to the group to share thought and knowledge with other caregivers also to gain training and information to be a more effective caregiver.  Our next session will be on April 26.

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Community Walk

Today we have left Frog Hollow at 12:30pm and walked from Renfrew Street to Graveley Street to see Cherry blossom.  Though a little drizzle on the way we still enjoy our slow walk and not too late for Cherry blossom.  Please be advised that our next walk will be on May 3rd.

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Day of Pink

day-of-pink-tshirtToday is April 12th which means it’s International Day of Pink. Many of us will be wearing a pink (or red) shirt to symbolize our support of and our belief that one day there will be an end to bullying and intolerance of all kinds.

It’s the perfect day to be mindful and practice heart minded thoughts and actions like kindness, compassion, and celebrate diversity.

So let’s put on our pink shirts, wear our hearts on our sleeves and help raise awareness. Are you in the pink? Show us your #DayofPink shirts and smiles! ūüôā



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Vancouver spring tree sale

Vancouver’s spring tree pre-purchases on line starting April 10 for residents of the city of Vancouver only. ¬†It is $10 for a tree so if you are interest at buying one or two or three please act fast and go to the website for details.

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Frog Hollow Caregiver Support Group

Wednesday March 8 was the last of the six sessions on Caregiver Support Group hosted by Frog Hollow. ¬†With the support from Renfrew Care Centre, the event was able to hosted at the location. ¬†This is part of the CAI (Community Action Initiative Project) as a support group for the caregivers of the family,relatives and friends provided very useful education and training on how to deal with stress and self care for caregivers. ¬†Also useful information on maintaining a healthy lifestyles (nutrition and exercise) so as to maintain good mental health. There are also useful resource, support and services in the community. ¬†I am interested to learn more about dementia/Alzheimer’s disease. ¬†Thankful to the caregivers willing to share their experience. ¬†The last session was a Potluck evening, not just to share delicious food together ¬†we also shared feelings, thoughts and advice with one another. ¬†We have fun on the reusable bag by doing some drawings and colouring on it. ¬†We enjoyed the ten minutes ‘chair’ yoga with Gloria at the end of the sessions too. ¬†Thank you to all the participants.

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Lea’s Last Day at Frog Hollow

Many of you may know or have met Lea Laberge. She is the Family Resource and Drop-In Coordinator at Frog Hollow. Today, March 9th, 2017 was her last day. I know it’s sad for us to see her go, but she is moving on, taking a break, and perhaps finding other opportunities.

I remembered when I brought my son to the Drop-In Program when he was just a toddler and then preschooler. Seems like not so long ago. As the years passed, I decided to volunteer my time at the Neighbourhood House and it had helped me grow with the community. It was such great pleasure to get to know Lea and had an amazing experience working with her.

We hope to see Lea again soon around Frog Hollow NH.

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