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Planned Power Outage

A planned BC Hydro power outage on Sunday, June 2, means the centre will be closed that day. Centre staff will be cancelling or rescheduling affected programming. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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Instructor Spotlight: Tanya Hillson

Teaching Zumba classes at the Kerrisdale Community Centre for 12 years, Tanya Hillson draws deeply from both her Caribbean heritage and Latin dance background. “My family comes from Trinidad and Tobago, which is the birthplace of soca and calypso music, the steel drum and limbo, and home to the world’s largest Caribbean carnival,” says Hillson, who was born and raised in Vancouver but frequently visited Trinidad as a child and teen. “Latin dance is also popular on the

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Summer 2024 Guide

Open up to summer with this season’s guide! From summer specialty camps and special events to programming for all ages, the Summer 2024 Guide is available online and at the centre. Summer registration opens Saturday, June 8 (in person and online), and Monday, June 10 (by phone at 604-257-8100). Please note that you can still register for late-spring programs and summer camps in our Spring 2024 Guide.

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Welcome, Julien!

Julien Toscano-Saoui has entered the building as our new food services coordinator. Working in Vancouver’s restaurant scene since he was 16, he fully embarked on his culinary journey at Mahoney’s Tavern (Vancouver Convention Centre location) before moving on to help open Tap & Barrel‘s North Vancouver location, oversee Tacofino‘s food trucks, work as chef de partie at Kitsilano’s Oddfish Restaurant and, most recently, as sous chef at Yolks on W. Broadway. Only a few weeks into his new Kerrisdale Community Centre Society role, Toscano-Saoui says: “I like it, it’s exciting, it’s fun.

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Summer 2024 Registration Dates

It’s true, the start of summer is almost here! (In fact, the photo above was taken last summer solstice at the corner of W. 43 Ave. and Yew St. near the centre.) Which is why it’s time to mark your calendar with these key dates: • In-person and online: Saturday, June 8, at 9 a.m. (40% available in person, 60% online). Time savers will be given out at 8 a.m. for in-person registration (5851 W. Blvd.,

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May Monarch Newsletter & Menu

Make the most of May with a spring concert, workshops and programs – all in this month’s Monarch Newsletter. Plus, check out the lunch menu – overseen by our newly appointed food services coordinator!

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Instructor Spotlight: Joseph Young

Music instructor Joseph Young can’t say enough about the humble ukulele. “One of my favourite things about teaching the ukulele is the community surrounding it,” says Young, who has been teaching music for almost 20 years. “The uke community in the Lower Mainland is robust and welcoming across the board, and getting to introduce people to it is a pleasure.” Skilled at playing a variety of instruments, including the guitar, piano, saxophone and, of course, ukulele, he

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2024-2025 KCCS Board of Directors

The Kerrisdale Community Centre Society (KCCS) would like you to meet the 2024-2025 board of directors! Following the February election and AGM, these new and returning directors look forward to guiding the society and the community centre at large in the year to come. Photo below: (top row, l-r) Humaira Akhtar, Miran Aziz, Mani Bala, Kathleen Bigsby, Oscar Bisnar, Dorothy Chan; (middle row, l-r) Claire Cheung, Lo Ming Lee, Wendy Ma, Kathy McKay, Seun Oyeneye, Morag Pansegrau;

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Instructor Spotlight: Richard Pelcz

Say hello to Richard Pelcz! Teaching boxing at the Kerrisdale Community Centre for the last year and a half, the Hungarian-born instructor was bitten by the fitness bug early on. Moving to Canada with his family at age 10, he was first introduced to judo, then taekwondo, before running dojos in the Fraser Valley. Boxing since he was 23, Pelcz won the 1993 Golden Gloves Championship in Portland, Oregon, in the 168-pound division. He also earned his third-degree

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