CFSW- Children’s Program/ Adult Program

September 10, 2020 Written by Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society



Job Posting

Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society is accepting applications for the following position:

CFSW- Children’s Program/ Adult Program

Role Overview

The Family Support Worker in the Children’s Program and Adult Program -is a member of the staff team who is required to work 28 hours a week including some Saturdays as required. This position(s) works closely with other family support staff at the centre according to ‘best practice’ in Family Resource Programs and provides a safe and inclusive environment for all families. This position is reporting to the Program Managers.

Specific Accountabilities

Family Support

  • Creates and maintains a welcoming, emotionally safe, respectful and inclusive environment.
  • Model positive adult-child interactions that promote intellectual, social and emotional healthy development.
  • Works with other staff to coordinate, plan, implement and evaluate a full range of age and developmentally appropriate playroom activities (includes fine and gross motor activities, free and imaginative play, and family circle time).
  • Ensure sign in sheets contain families required information.
  • Works with children in small groups and 1-1 as appropriate to encourage optimal development.
  • Creates opportunities for parents, grandparents and caregivers to acquire and practice positive parenting skills in a safe supportive environment.
  • Maintains appropriate health and safety standards in the adult area and playroom.
  • Works with staff team to maintain appropriate supplies and resources for the playroom.

People & Program Leadership

  • Ensure the Adult Program/Children’s Program area is a welcoming, respectful, safe and inclusive environment.
  • Liaises with the Program Manager in making referrals to community resources and in promoting and supporting parent-helping-parent initiatives as appropriate.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of special events programs as required.
  • Fulfills other duties as required to ensure running of centre programs.

Qualifications & Competencies

  • Early Childhood Education Certification preferred
  • Relevant degree or equivalent training and 5 years’ experience working with young children and families.
  • Valid First Aid Certification
  • A working knowledge and understanding of issues and concerns affecting young children 0-6 and their families. Demonstrated ‘best practice’ in supporting the healthy development of young children.
  • Knowledge and ability to recognize children’s developmental needs, and to interpret these effectively and with sensitivity to parents.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills (English- oral and written).
  • Must be able to work comfortably in a cross cultural, multilingual setting. Demonstrated sensitivity to diverse populations and needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative in projects, as well as, an ability to work flexibly as part of a team.
  • Previous experience in a drop-in setting an asset.
  • Knowledge and commitment to the principles and practices of Family Resource Programs and family centered care
  • Ability to work in a non-structured environment
  • Sensitivity to the needs of the family
  • Possession of non-judgmental and genuinely positive attitudes (culture, religion, sexuality, special needs) and freedom from stereotypes

Working Conditions

  • The position is 28 hours a week including some Saturdays as required.
  • Maybe required to sit on the floor, get up and down with babies in arms, and to set up and move equipment and furniture around.

Since this position works directly with children, a criminal records check is required upon hire, and a valid First Aid Certificate will also be required. The position is paid on an hourly basis, and will be eligible for extended health benefits after successful completion of probationary period.

Submit resume and cover letter to Betisa Mohammadi, Program Manager: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

September Newsletter

September 8, 2020


2910 St. George Street
Vancouver, BC V5T 4L9
Executive Director's Autumn Report

REMINDER: Please support MPFCS by purchasing your membership today!

Dear Members,
Welcome to the “dog days of summer”, when the days grow shorter, the evenings grow cooler and under normal circumstances families prepare for the beginning of the school year and look forward to joining community programs and fall activities.  Well this year things are a little different….however,  here at the Family Centre staff remain busy facilitating Family Time, Story Time, Dads Drop in, curbside visits, food hamper deliveries, creating activity kits and organizing special outdoor events to ensure that families with young children are well supported and remain connected to our staff teams.
Successful summer programming has now transformed into multiple sessions of face to face outdoor programs that will continue into the fall providing the weather cooperates.  To be honest MPFCS is planning one month at a time and has been holding off reintroducing our regular daily programs  indoors in the hopes that the return to school and the opening of community centers will demonstrate a positive outcome signalling that we are good to go!
In the meantime…MPFCS is preparing for our Annual General Meeting via zoom conferencing where we will conclude the year-end business of the Society as well as vote in our 2021-2022 Board of Directors.  During our AGM we will welcome "guest speaker and former board member Alexis Stoymenoff, who  will provide insight on some of the interconnected movements that are converging to fight for environmental, social and racial justice."
To vote at the AGM you must be a member of the Society so in preparation for the AGM please ensure your membership is up to date!

With kind regards, 
Gini Bonner
Executive Director, MPFCS
MPFCS Anti-Racism Statement
The Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society stands against racism. We stand in solidarity with people who have suffered from racial injustice. Black lives matter. Indigenous lives matter. We are angered and saddened by the ongoing experience of Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Colour within our community, and globally. We have spent the last few weeks reflecting on the persistence of systemic racism in our communities and we condemn the rise of anti-Asian racism that has occurred in light of the recent global pandemic.
We have the honour of working with families with young children from diverse backgrounds, and this is a huge opportunity for us to work forward towards change. We must recognize our role within these systems, our privilege, and our responsibility to educate ourselves and to take actions to make the world a better place for all children.
Some of our next steps include taking a critical look at our programs to identify how to make them more inclusive. We will also be collecting and sharing resources about race-based discrimination and inviting more members of the community to join us. As we begin this work we are open to feedback and accountability. We are always listening and learning.

Sending love and peace,
MPFCS Staff and Board of Directors

Please click HERE for the list of anti-racism books available at our centre for children  
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society wishes to inform you of our Annual General Meeting to be hosted on the zoom platform
Date and Time: Oct 20, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time
(US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 833 8311 5175
Passcode: 077248
Board Member Posting
Introduction We provide child-centered programs that nurture healthy growth and development for all families. Members of the Board inspire others to share their talents with the Family Centre community and support the society’s mission, vision and values.
Our Mission: Inspiring families to build caring relationships with each other and the broader community.

MPFCS is currently seeking Board Members who have marketing, communication and fundraising expertise.

Time commitment: Five to ten hours per month (meetings, preparation, events)
Term: Two years, appointed or elected annually at the Annual General Meeting
Accountability: The Board of Directors is collectively accountable to clients and their families, the community, funders and other stakeholders. They are accountable for the Society’s performance in realizing its mission and achieving its goals, and for the effective stewardship of financial and human resources and for the overall quality of supports to clients.
Authority: Individual board members have no authority to direct or make requests of the executive director or staff, or to speak on behalf for the Society unless given such authority by the board.
Responsibility:  Board members are responsible for acting in the best long-term interests of the organization and the community and will bring to their deliberations a broad knowledge, a long-range view and openness to learning. Clients or family members of clients who serve on the board are expected to keep their board and client or family member support roles separate and will be treated the same as other clients or family members in matters related to the provision of Society services.
Principle Duties: Every member of the Board of Directors, including the Board’s officers, is expected to do the following:
  • Prepare for and participate in board meetings
  • Listen to others’ views, advocate their own, identify common interests and alternatives, and be open to compromise
  • Support governance decisions once made
  • Participate in the development of a strategic plan to help guide future decisions
  • Purchase an annual membership and make a personal donation whenever possible
  • Sell tickets to our annual fundraising event
  • Recruit sponsors, as needed
  • Identify and cultivate potential donors
Featured Staff of the Month: Alma Tuliao
My name is Alma. I am from Philippines and I arrived in Canada as a caregiver in 1998. I took Community Support Worker course thinking to work for seniors but had to change plan when I did my practicum at South Burnaby Neighborhood House and helped in their drop-in program. Being with people and having meaningful interactions was what change my mind and decided to apply at the family centre. I have been working here for 15 years and have met incredible and supportive co- workers and the families that attend the program, all are wonderful.
Become a member
Family Drop-In 


Drop-In for Parents/ Caregivers- Please join Betisa every Monday morning from 10-10:30 am for the Drop-In program on Zoom, where you can meet other parents/ caregivers to build community connections and receive support. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for registration and to receive an invite.

Outdoor Drop-In- Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning from 10:30 -11:30 am we will offer an outdoor Family Drop-in program with an emphasis on outdoor play! Activities will include bubbles, balls, games and nature exploration, followed by classic Family Time songs.

Family Time- First thing Tuesday and Thursday mornings, we will post a new video recording of Family Time favourites brought to you by the familiar faces of Maria, Ewa, Alma, and Negar. Family Time will include songs, stories and art activities for you and your little ones to enjoy!

Dads' Drop-In- Please join Negar and Isabelle every Saturday morning for a special Drop-in program for Dads/male caregivers and children. Dad's programming will alternate between an in-person outdoor program and a video recording of Family Time. Please check our website calendar and our Facebook page for more details.
The last session of Dads' Drop-In program in September will be Sep 12th and program will be reopen on Oct 3rd.  

Storytime with Negar- Every Thursday morning, we will post a new video recording of storytime with Negar, including many favourite stories and songs for you and your little ones to enjoy!

Baby Drop in- Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1-3 pm, we will offer an outdoor Baby Drop-In Program. During these drop-ins, staff focus discussions on the ways parental attachment can support an infant's healthy growth and development, have fun and build connections!

One to One Parent Hotline- When you need just a little bit more support, follow up with Flora by Phone! Whether it's about eating, sleeping or surviving isolation with a toddler, let's continue searching for ways to support children and preserve parent's mental health. Give Flora a call, Monday to Friday, 9-4 pm at 236-788-3349 

Curbside/Playground Chats- For those of you who have ever taken a parenting class with us, you know the time flies by too quickly, and you are often left wishing for just one more session! Therefore with this in mind, Flora will be visiting you to offer just a little more 1:1 support. If you would like to sign up for a curbside chat or meet Flora in the Family Centre playground, please contact Flora to book an appointment: 236-788-3349.

Toy Lending Library & Activity Kits- MPFCS has a great selection of developmentally appropriate toys, games, puzzles, books and weekly craft kits for young children, toddlers, and preschoolers that we are pleased to share with member families. Toy lending will be offered Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 -2:30 pm.
If these times don't work for you, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we will try our best to accommodate you.

Friday Fieldtrips with MPFCS staff- Join MPFCS staff on Friday, September 18th and 25th from 10:30 am to 11:30 am

September 18 - Science World Park (meet in front of the main entrance of Science World)
September 25 - Douglas Park (meet near playground/basketball court area)
Social distancing protocols apply. If you are sick, please stay home.

Outdoor Drop-In! Drop-In team and CCC team doing outdoor circle time and activities with families at the park
Circles of Care and Connection Program 
ISSofBC Welcome Centre
3rd Floor Playroom
2610 Victoria Drive

- The Child and Family Settlement Workers (CFSWs) continue to do curbside delivery of items mentioned above, while connecting with each family at a safe and social distance. Each CFSW also communicates with their caseload via email, phone calls and ZOOM/videos. 

- The Playroom staff continue to produce activity kits containing art and craft supplies, books and games for the current families who live at ISS, as well as, families on our caseload. As well, the CCC Playroom staff have been providing outdoor park programming alongside the Drop-In Playroom staff.
This is Maaly, one of our CFSWs, delivering her weekly food box and activity kits to one of our families. And check out the creations from our littlest artists. These activity kits are continuing to be created by the Playroom staff.


The COVID-19 situation is evolving. Today we were notified that one of our staff has been potentially exposed to the COVID-19 virus. The employee last worked on Thursday August 27th 2020.

At this time, the employee is at home in isolation until further notice with the rest of the family. So far they are experiencing no symptoms of illness.

We are taking all necessary precautions. We have closed our in-person outdoor programs until September 11th and are undertaking a deep clean of children’s toys as recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

As a precautionary measure we encourage all families who attended our Thursday Drop in program to monitor themselves for symptoms and seek advice from the local health authority or 811 COVID-19 information line should you have any immediate questions or concerns.

We encourage everyone to take precautions by washing your hands frequently and by practicing physical distancing while out in public.

Thank you for your attention to this important notice.


Kind regards

The Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society Staff and Board

Return to Work Safety Plan - June 29, 2020
MPFCS is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for reopening the workplace that eliminates the risk of COVID-19 infection. This document provides interim guidance protocols for the prevention and control of COVID-19 among staff, volunteers and participants as of June 21, 2020. It is based on the latest available best practices and scientific evidence and is in keeping with BC’s COVID-19 Go Forward Management Strategy and WorkSafeBC’s COVID-19 and returning to safe operation guidelines.
This document may be updated from time to time as information and guidance change or are updated.
Each site will adopt and make available the plan to staff, volunteers and participants. Management and staff are responsible for implementing and complying with these protocols. Managers will ensure staff follow these protocols, as well as, any site-specific guidelines. Planning for staff providing in-person services to participants will be done in accordance with allguidelines.
Step 1: Assess the risks at the workplace
 Risk-prone areas where individuals gather including shared offices, meeting rooms, lunch tables, playrooms, playgrounds and shared washrooms were identified;
 High-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, elevator buttons and light switches and shared workplace equipment, kitchen equipment and tools were identified;
 Job tasks and activities where staff are close to one another (circles time, accompaniments, home visits, office visits) or members of the public not in our work bubble were identified (community partners);
 Frontline staff, managers, were involved in identifying areas where there may be risks, either through close physical proximity or through contaminated surfaces.
Step 2: Implement protocols to reduce the risks
In protocols to protect against identified risks, information and guidance were sought from the following:
WorkSafeBC industry-specific protocols;
Orders, guidance and notices issued by B.C. health officer that’s relevant to our industry;
MPFCS’s managers and frontline workers and,
 MPFCS’s Policies and Procedures Emergency Manual
Reducing the risk of person-to-person transmission
To reduce the risk of the virus spreading through droplets in the air, we have implemented protocols to protect against identified risks. Different protocols offer different levels of protection. Wherever possible, we have used the protocol that offers the highest level of protection. We considered controls from additional levels if the first level wasn’t practicable or does not control the risk and in corporate controls from various levels to address the risk at our workplace.
FIRST-LEVEL PROTECTION (elimination): Limiting the number of people at the workplace and ensuring physical distance whenever possible.
Measures in place
 Physical layout of the workplace was reconfigured to keep staff and others 2 metres/6 feet apart.
 Only a minimum number of staff are allowed to return to the workplace by implementing staggered or rotating schedules, reorganizing work tasks and allowing for work-from-home, where feasible.
 Visits to the workplace by visitors and vendors are limited to essential visits only. Visits are pre- arranged, staggered, and safety protocols communicated before entry into the workplace. A record of visitors and vendors to the workplace is retained for contacttracing.
 Visitors are advised to attend appointments alone and reduce time spent in waiting area before their appointments (e.g. request to wait in the vehicles, text message or call when ready).
 No meeting or event of more than 50 people will be organized or attended bystaff.
 Use of meeting rooms for non-essential activities and events isdiscouraged.
 Non-essential travel to other work locations is notallowed.
 Staff is encouraged to hold virtual meetings over in-personmeetings.
 Where reasonably practical, interior doors are to remain open to avoid regular touching and contact.
 Deliveries are directed to the main entrance or pre-arrangedarea.
Restricting entry to public
 Participants will only be seen by appointment.
 All front line staff will ask the client verbally to confirm that:
  • They have not been diagnosed with COVID 19 nor had any symptoms in the last ten (10) days that could be COVID 19 (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath etc);
  • Have not been directed by Public Health to self-isolate;
  • Have not arrived from outside Canada in the past fourteen (14) days,and,
  • Have not been in contact with a confirmed COVID 19 case in the past fourteen (14) days.
If the answer to any of the above questions is positive, the person will not be allowed entry.
SECOND-LEVEL PROTECTION (engineering): Barriers and partitions
Measures in place
Plexiglass barriers are installed in areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained such as receptions, meetings rooms at ISSofBC.
THIRD-LEVEL PROTECTION (administrative): Rules and guidelines
Measures in place
 All staff returning to work in their office receive information on reopening protocols and guidelines through a combination of training andsignage.
 Signage is being utilized from various external partners; simplified signage is being produced in-house. Signs will be posted in applicable areas to remind staff/guests of protocols in place.
 Signage is posted at the main entrance, restricting access to the workplace to those who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. (e.g. anyone who experiences fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, loss of taste and smell or anyone directed by Public Health to self-isolate will not be allowed in thebuilding).
 Anyone who has been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, or has travelled outside of Canada, must isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.
 Staff must assess themselves daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza or COVID-19 prior to entering the workplace.
 Posters on physical distancing, occupancy limits and hygiene practices are displayed at the workplace.
 No communal food or drinks are allowed.
 Sharing of tools and equipment (e.g. keyboards, pens, telephones) between and among staff is discouraged. If sharing is required (e.g. photocopiers), staff is provided with cleaning solution to clean and disinfect after each use.
 All communal items (e.g. utensils, plates, coffee makers) are removed.
FOURTH-LEVEL PROTECTION: Using masks (optional measure in addition to other control measures)
Measures in place
 Staff are provided with washable, reusable masks (MPFCS will reimburse employees for the cost of purchasing the reusable mask of their choice).
 Masks must be used where physical distancing is a challenge or, to provide a physical barrier that may help to prevent the transmission of the virus. The use of mask is primarily to protect others, as opposed to protecting the individual wearing the mask. Frontline workers (e.g. receptionists, service assistants, registrars, etc.) and maintenance team will wear a mask and/or face shield if they are unable to maintain proper physical distance from others.
 PPEs will only be used in combination with other control measures.
 Staff should avoid touching the mask or eye protection unnecessarily, and if they have to, they must perform hand hygiene immediately.
 Reusable PPE (face shields, cloth masks) must be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
 Single-use PPE (gloves, masks) must be properly disposed of in trash bins with covers or lids.
Instructions on the correct use and handling of masks are disseminated through training and signage.
 Managers will monitor and maintain the distribution and replacement of PPE supplies as needed.
Reducing risk of surface transmission through effective cleaning and hygiene practices
Measures in place
Facilitating frequent handwashing and good hygiene practices are a priority during the reopening of any MPFCS site. Information on how and when to wash hands and other hygienic practices is communicated through training and signage:
 Wash hands with hot water and soap for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with a minimum concentration of 60%alcohol.
 Handwashing is essential:
  • when arriving at work
  • before and after eating or drinking
  • after using the washroom facilities
  • before and after handling any tools or equipment
  • before putting on and removing the mask
  • before putting on and removing the gloves
 Maintain good respiratory etiquette:
  • coughing into a sleeve
  • sneezing into a tissue
  • avoid touching the face
 Using gloves alone is not a substitute for handwashing.
 Hand sanitizer is provided at the entrance and multiple locations in the workplace.
 Safe place for visitors to dispose of used sanitizing wipes and other PPEs is provided.
 Handshakes and other contact methods of greetings are strongly discouraged.
Cleaning protocols in compliance with health guidelines and physical adjustments to simplify the cleaning process are in place:
 Increasing frequency of cleaning and disinfection in high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces (e.g. doorknobs, handrails, elevator buttons, light switches).
 Staff team conducts daytime cleaning and disinfecting of high-contact items, shared tools and frequently touched areas such as washroom door handle, toilet flush.
 Staff will clean and disinfect surfaces, while wearing gloves, after meeting with participants or volunteers.
 If a person becomes ill or tests positive for COVID-19, the affected and common areas will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by a qualified service provider.
Cleaning Protocols for Drop-in Space:
For younger children, maintaining physical distance is less practical and Provincial Health Office Guidelines focus on minimizing physical contact instead. With this in mind, we will keep the play environment as natural as possible and find creative ways to interact with each other. Provincial standards will inform cleaning/disinfecting of drop-in space.
 Toys that enter the mouth or come in contact with bodily fluids will be removed immediately, then cleaned and sanitized before they are put back into the room for use.
 Plush toys, dress up clothes will be removed; children will not be allowed to bring toys from home into the space.
 Wherever possible, children will not be permitted to share items in the drop-in space.
 Each station will have adequate supplies for children to access their own set of materials.
 Once we open for Drop in staff will frequently do a thorough, more detailed cleaning/disinfecting
 Adequate supply of cleaning and disinfection products and materials will be maintained.
 Adequate ventilation will be maintained in the drop-in space.
 Outdoor space will be used for programming during approved times only.
 Staff will do a scan of the environment prior to use and only use limited Drop in toys and equipment.
Measures in place
 All staff returning to work will be updated on any changes made to the safety plan as it evolves, and will notify their Manager by email or verbally follow-up by an email, any questions or concern regarding the safety plan.
 All returning staff have access to service procedures that address issues such as:
  • ensuring compliance with posted maximum capacity for the playrooms at any one time,
  • screening questions to be asked of participants or others to meet threshold level to enter the office.
 Staff, volunteers, participants and others are not allowed to enter the workplace if they:
  • Have symptoms of COVID-19 – i.e. fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscle aches or headache – in the last 10 days;
  • Are directed by Public Health to self-isolate; or
  • Have arrived from outside of Canada or who have had contact with a confirmed COVID- 19 case who must self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.
 Staff at work who subsequently feel symptomatic from the onset of an illness including but not limited to: fever, sore throat, beginning to cough, should:
  • immediately notify their Manager by email or phone.
  • use disinfectant wipes to clean their desk, chair, keyboard and mouse, as well as, any other high- touch area before exiting the building.
  • contact a friend, family member or emergency contact to pick them up if they do not feel able to get themselves home. When waiting to be picked-up, staff should wait outside the building.
  •  If they become ill and are in clear medical distress such that they need to be transported by ambulance to hospital, either call 911 themselves or have a staff member do so on their behalf.
 Staff working from home will follow the MPFCS Guidelines for Remote Work during COVID-19.
Step 4: Communication Plans and Training
Management will ensure that everyone entering the workplace, including workers from other employers, knows how to keep themselves safe while at our workplace.
Measures in place
 All staff have access to the MPFCS Return-to-Work Safety Plan posted on the MPFCS website.
 Staff at specific sites have access to any addendums to the safety plan that are applicable to that site.
Communication Plan
This communication plan ensures that everyone entering the workplace, is provided with information to keep themselves safe while at our workplace.
Measures include:
 Coordinating and providing communication support in disseminating timely announcements, updates, and policies and procedures, related to reopening to staff, as well as, the public, through online (website, social media, email, texts) and traditional communication platforms (printed copies, bulletin boards). Information includes:
  • Activity schedules
  • Reopening safety plan
  • Reopening contact person – Gini Bonner, Executive Director MPFCS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Providing communication support for training initiatives related to reopening.
 Posting signage at site entrance restricting entry by anyone with identified risk conditions.
 Displaying posters in visible common areas promoting the following messages:
  • Physical distancing
  • Infection control tips
 Displaying posters in target areas inside the workplace on key hygiene practices;
 Posting occupancy limit for frequently-accessed common areas (YTD).
 Maintaining and providing timely communication support as conditions, regulations, government rulings change
Step 5: Monitor workplace and update plans as necessary
Things may change as operations resume. As new areas of concern are identified, steps to update the
practices and procedures are taken.
Measures in place
A plan to monitor risks that involves regular check-ins with program Managers supervisors is in place.
Staff will direct any safety concerns to their immediate supervisor or Manager.
Step 6: Assessing and addressing risks from reopening
Risks for reopening after prolonged period of remote work operations are identified and addressed.
Measures in place
All required organizational and administrative adjustments are made before reopening.
Staff returning to work receive an orientation by the Leadership team to ensure they understand the workplace changes that have been made and the procedures to be followed.
Where applicable, staff receive training on any new roles or responsibilities assigned, and any new equipment or processes being used.

MPFCS Anti-Racism Statement

The Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society stands against racism.We stand in solidarity with people who have suffered from racial injustice. Black lives matter. Indigenous lives matter. We are angered and saddened by the ongoing experience of Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Colour within our community, and globally. We have spent the last few weeks reflecting on the persistence of systemic racism in our communities and we condemn the rise of anti-Asian racism that has occurred in light of the recent global pandemic.

We have the honour of working with families with young children from diverse backgrounds, and this is a huge opportunity for us to work forward towards change. We must recognize our role within these systems, our privilege, and our responsibility to educate ourselves and to take actions to make the world a better place for all children.

Some of our next steps include taking a critical look at our programs to identify how to make them more inclusive. We will also be collecting and sharing resources about race-based discrimination and invitingmore members of the community to join us. As we begin this work we are open to feedback and accountability. We are always listening and learning.

Sending love and peace,

MPFCS Staff and Board of Directors

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