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National Volunteer Week April 15-21
 
It's National Volunteer Week! Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who have helped support our organization's goals, programming and special events. We recognize your generous commitment of time and dedicated energy.Thank you again so much and look forward to seeing you soon!
 
With gratitude and appreciation,
Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society
April at the Family Centre
 
March 30, Friday & April 2, Monday: Good Friday and Easter Monday The Family Centre will be CLOSED.
April 9, Monday (AM Drop-In) & April 12, Thursday (PM Baby Drop-In):Storytime with the VPL Librarian Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories!
 April 24, Tuesday: STAFF PROFESSIONAL DAY  The Family Centre and all CCC programs will be CLOSED.

Looking for Keen Gardeners!
The Family Centre has a plot in the community garden near the playground and we are looking for parents who are interested in exploring growth and development from a gardening perspective! Ask Flora for more info.


Literacy through Music Program 
We are very pleased to welcome Adam Smith to our playroom to sing, dance and play. No registration required and everyone welcomed!
  

Circles of Care and Connection Program & Update

Some of our refugee families are still looking for baby gates, if you have one, that you do not need any more, please email Laila - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone 778 372 6604.  

The CCC team would like to thank everyone who made donations for our newly arrived refugee families.  

 
Teddy Bear Clinic
On March 15, UBC Teddy Bear Clinic came during our AM Drop-In. Children brought their favorite stuffed animal (or borrowed one from the UBC program) and, together with a medical student, took care of their stuffy using many of the real gadgets that doctors often use. This clinic is a way of addressing fears a child may have about their medical care, by providing a fun, positive, and interactive play experience at a pretend doctor’s visit. 
 

 

 

 

Looking forward to May....

May 1 - June 8, Tuesdays 1-3 PM and Fridays 9:30 -11:30 AM: ABC Time On these days, we close off part of our playroom to run a small kindergarten readiness program. The drop-in is still open, but the play space is smaller! For more information about our ABC program, please speak with Ewa or Maria. A family centre membership is required in order to participate.
May 14, Monday: AM Drop-In Toddler Round Up Come speak to a Public Health Nurse regarding toddler development (i.e. nutrition, speech, behaviour, teeth, vision).

 
May Membership Month is Coming!
You are welcome to beat the rush and renew or purchase your annual membership of $45 in April! Speak to staff to find out more!
 
Congratulations to Martina Waldkirch! She is the winner of the Gift of Flight from WestJet. Thank you to all who contributed and supported Savour Our Neighbourhood 2018. You helped to make it a great success! We couldn't have done it without the dedicated efforts of our board and volunteers, and the generous donations of food, beverage, and servers from our local restaurants, breweries, and wineries.
 
Pictured celebrating above isour Financial Administrator, Marjorie, 
Winner of the Gift of Flight, Martina and our Executive Director, Gini.
 
 
Help us keep the air we share healthy and fragrance free. Use of perfume, cologne, aftershave and other fragrances make some people sick. Please use unscented personal products. Thanks for your consideration!
March at the Family Centre
Tickets are still available for our
fabulous fundraiser!


March 8, Thursday: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Savour Our Neighbourhood Leave your kids at home and join us for this event, featuring a sampling of bites from a variety of local restaurants, paired with local craft beer and wine. This is a 19+ event. Tickets available here 
Don't forget to add your WestJet draw ticket at Eventbrite checkout! 1 in 200 chance to win a return flight to anywhere WestJet flies. 

*Important Closure Information
March 8, Thursday:  Drop-In Program will be will be CLOSED all day in order to prepare for our event.
March 9, Friday: The Family Centre will be CLOSED on this day as we recover from putting on our fundraiser.
March 30, Friday & April 2, Monday: Drop-In Program will be will be CLOSED - Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Regular Programming Info
March 13, Tuesday: 10:30 AM Fire Drill This will happen during morning Drop-In Program. It can be a fun and/or interesting experience, but it will definitely be a different sort of day for everyone. We will use a hand-held bell to alert the beginning of the drill.
March 15, Thursday: UBC Teddy Bear Clinic during AM Drop-In Program.  Children can bring their favorite stuffed animal (or borrow one from the UBC program) and, together with a medical student, take care of their stuffy using many of the real gadgets that doctors often use. This clinic is a way of addressing fears a child may have about their medical care, by providing a fun, positive, and interactive play experience at a pretend doctor’s visit.
March 16  - May 11, Fridays (no session March 30) : 9:30 - 11:30 AM Circle of Security This parenting series is a relationship based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children.  Participants must be current members of the Family Centre. Please speak with Flora for more information. 
March 19 - 29: VSB Spring Break The Family Centre is OPEN through Spring Break.

Looking for Keen Gardeners!
The Family Centre has a plot in the community garden near the playground and we are looking for parents who are interested in exploring growth and development from a gardening perspective! Ask Flora for more info.
Resource books in our library
We have a variety of  books in our library, resources from parenting to child development. A current membership is required in order to check out the books. We also continue to sell Deborah MacNamara's book, Rest, Play, Grow. Deborah is senior faculty at the Neufeld institute. The book is based on the popular Neufeld course "Making Sense of Preschoolers" which we offer here at the centre. For more information about this book, please ask Flora.
 

Circles of Care and Connection Program & Update

Donations needed
We are still looking for baby gates for our refugee families,  if you have one, that you do not need any more, please email Laila - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone 778 372 6604.  

If you would like to donate clothing for boys 3 and 8 years old and 10 year old girl, double stroller, single stroller (for a one year old) and  size 6 diapers please contact Manjit - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 778 372 6602.

The CCC team would like to thank everyone who made donations for our newly arrived refugee families. 

GET YOUR EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW!
ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL FEBRUARY 8 - CLICK HERE
Don't forget to add your West Jet Draw ticket
1/200 chance to win a Gift of Flight from West Jet!
 
Join us for local beer, wine and bites from many of our
Mount Pleasant eateries accompanied by live music on 
Thursday, March 8. 
 
For more event info - 
CLICK HERE
Volunteer opportunities for this event - CLICK HERE
Please share this event on your social media outlets - SHARE
 
Thank you and hope to see you all March 8!
 
2018 Early Bird tickets still available!
Deadline February 8.
EARLY BIRD TICKETS - CLICK HERE
 
Don't forget to add your West Jet Draw ticket
1/200 chance to win a Gift of Flight from West Jet!
Join us for local beer, wine and bites from many of our Mount Pleasant eateries accompanied by live music on Thursday, March 8. 
For more event info - CLICK HERE
Volunteer opportunities for this event - CLICK HERE
 
February at the Family Centre
February 17 - March 24, Saturdays: 10 - 11:30 AM 1-2-3 Jump! Physical Literacy for 2.5 - 3.5 yr olds. Have fun with your child moving and learning in new ways.  Registration is required. The program is offered free in partnership with Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. We ask that you have a current Family Centre membership to participate. To register, please contact Flora. 
February 12, Monday: Family Day The Family Centre will be CLOSED. Enjoy this time with your family. 
February 13 - March 23, Tuesdays 1- 3 PM, and Fridays 9:30 - 11:30 AM: ABC Time On these days, we close off part of our playroom to run a small kindergarten readiness program. The drop-in is still open, but the play space is smaller! For more information about our ABC program, please speak with Ewa or Maria.
February 22, Thursday: Dental Visit during PM Baby Drop-In.
February 28, Wednesday: Dental Visit Screening during AM Drop-In for ages 1-3 years old who don't have regular dental check ups.  
 
Circles of Care and Connection Program 


Donations needed
The CCC team would like to thank everyone who made donations for our newly arrived refugee families.  If you would like to donate a single bed and mattress to one of CCC families, please contact our child and family settlement worker Narsmeen,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telephone 778 372 6602. We are also looking for baby gates,  if you have one, you do not need any more, please email Laila - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 778 372 6604
Special programs at CCC - 3rd Floor Playroom, 2610 Victoria Drive:
Tuesdays, until April 3: 1:30 - 2:30 PM Sound, Movement, and Play is a fun folk song approach developed by the Living Language Institute that engages children and their parents and caregivers  in singing, movement and social play.  It is easy and fun to participate for parents and their young children! 
Wednesdays, until April 11: 1:00-3:00PM Healthy Together is an innovative and unique family education program that brings families together to learn to make healthy choices and build healthy relationships. It is offered thanks to financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada. To register please call Sanja, 778 372 6552.

Lost and Found
Have you lost something? Please check out the Lost and Found bin next time you are at the Family Centre. There are many things that need to be claimed such as hats, diaper bags, hoodies and enviro mugs. If you don't know where the Lost and Found bin is, please ask a staff and they will direct you to its location.

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Thank you to all the Participants, Board Members, Volunteers, Staff and the many local vendors!

The event was a great success and we look forward until next year.

 

 

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