Food, Music, Health & Community

Growing food and growing community are intertwined activities important to a healthy and resilient neighbourhood in community programs. Also, The Little Mountain Riley Park (LM-RP) Neighbourhood Food Network (NFN) works with community members, businesses, and organizations to ensure that all our residents have access to healthy, affordable, culturally appropriate and nutritious food. We are growing the community – one connection at a time.

Joanne MacKinnon
Community Engagement Coordinator

Jane Cuthbertson
Community Dinner Chef

Tim Mar
Music Facilitator

Angelo Moroni
Father's Group Facilitator

Little Mountain Riley Park Neighbourhood Food Network (NFN)

We are a grassroots network of people, organizations and agencies collaborating on food initiatives. Our work is to ensure that all our community members have access to healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate food.

Riley Park Community Garden

A project of the Neighbourhood House, the garden is a community space tackling food insecurity while enhancing community engagement. We are building social cohesion and supporting neighbourhood organizations and community members with the food grown in our garden. Join us as we share in growing, harvesting, cooking and gathering at picnics, meals and potlucks.

Come sign up for our newsletter at and visit our events page.

Community Kitchens

Funding is secured to offer cooking programs exploring seasonal produce to make cost-effective, budget conscious healthy meals and take home a food basket. Let us know your ideas to provide healthy food and hampers for those in our community who are food insecure.

Contact: Joanne

Food in Our Community

The city-wide food asset map includes information on community kitchens, low cost and free meals, food distribution, seniors discount days, and food delivery. Help us to keep the map up to date.

Neighbourly Together

A project to connect seniors (55+) in the community to resources and activities. For more information, see the Resource Card and the Program and Activities Brochure.

Contact: Joanne

Community Outreach and Engagement

Community Dinner Nights

A delicious, nutritious, and lowcost 3-course meal for families and singles. This is a great way to eat healthy and meet new people in the neighbourhood.

When: Fridays 5 PM
Cost: adult members $5, seniors $4.50, $4 per child
non-members $6

Contact: reception 604.879.7104

Music and More on Main

Join our Community Coffee House atmosphere with music, poetry, tea, cookies. Good music and good company!

When: Thursdays 7:30-9:30 PM
Cost: By donation
Contact: reception 604.879.7104

Men's Empowerment Group (Father's Group)

Open to all men, a space to share, learn, question and support. This is where we look at the deeper issues in our society and in ourselves create empowerment, connection, wisdom and healing.

When: Tuesdays starting April 16
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: LMNH
Cost: $5.00 + LMNH Membership

Community Connection Programs for Newcomers

LMNH offers community programs that promote diversity and cultural inclusion. It can ensure more immigrants benefit from opportunities for social engagement and employment. Our Community Connections programs support newcomer* engagement in community, social, and employment integration.

Susan Schachter
Settlement Services Manager
604.879.7104 ext. 303

Stephen Andrada
Facililator, Mentorship and Employment Programs
604.879.7104 ext. 315

Marta Ramos
Community Kitchen Facilitator

New Comer to New Leader: Leadership & Employment Readiness Training*

Employment Counselling and Interactive & Hands-on Employment Training Workshops will enhance newcomers’ workplace readiness skills through bi-monthly workshops. These workshops include topics such as:

Workshop Topics:

  • Navigating and Accessing Immigrant Employment Services
  • Mastering the Art of Professional and Community Networking
  • The BC Labour Market Outlook and Hiring Trends and Practices in BC
  • Tips to Successfully Access the Hidden Job Market
  • Personal Branding
  • Writing Effective Resumes
  • Essential Skills for the Workplace
  • Mock Interviews
  • Exploring Volunteering & Mentorships as pathways to Employment


Therefore, participants will network & meet professionals in different fields with referrals to participate in mentorship matches, job coaching or volunteering.

Dates: Saturday February 29, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Contact: Stephen

Employment Mentorships & Career Coaching*

Employment Mentorship and Career Coaching connects newcomers to professionals and employers for 1-1 occupation specific mentoring exploring career fields, employment related goals and networking. Mentors are carefully selected, screened and oriented to educate newcomers about skills, trainings and qualifications required in a career field and show steps to acquire them.

When: Mentor-ships ongoing
Be a Mentor or Men-tee
Contact: Stephen

Community Kitchen for Newcomers*

Meet new people in a fun & friendly cooking class. Learn new recipes while building English skills with other newcomers and mentors in the community. Participants will increase food knowledge in a Canadian context and be supported to make healthy food choices. Also, participants will receive weekly recipes. Registration required.

When: Mondays 4:15 PM - 6:45 PM
Dates: TBA
Services: Child minding provided
Contact: Marta

*Program funded in full or in part by
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Again, priority will be given to Eligible Newcomers.