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Fresh to Families

July 30, 2018

Whole foods 2018

Our family centre participated again in the 5% Day organized by Whole Foods Market. On July 26th, 5% of all purchases were donated to Fresh to Families, an expansion project of the BC Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program. Thanks to Fresh to Families, almost 50 Circles of Care and Connection families who came to Canada as refugees, were given nutrition coupons to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms and producers. The families always look forward to our field trips to farmers' markets which, as they often say:  "remind them of home" and enable them to “feed their children fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables”.

 
July at the Family Centre
 
July 2, Monday: We will be CLOSED because it is an additional statutory holiday for Canada Day.
July 6, Friday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Family Drop-In  All families are welcome to bring their kids for an extra morning of playtime!
July 13 - August 24, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Making Sense of Preschoolers Gordon Neufeld Video Course provides insight into their shyness, separation anxieties, aggression, resistance, oppositionality and more. Making sense of these confusing yet wondrous creatures lays the foundation for intuitive and rewarding parenting. Childcare is provided in the playroom. Cost is $70 for the 7 week course. We ask that you have a current Family Centre membership to participate. For more information, please contact Flora at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Circles of Caring and Connection Program 

Donations Needed for CCC Families
If you would like to donate a double stroller or clothing for baby boys (3 months and older) please contact our child and family settlement worker Maaly  - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone phone 778 372 6603. ​A big thank you for your help and support!


OH CANADA!
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Your Membership is Important!

Membership fees are a crucial part of our annual revenue to continue:
- Family Drop-In Program
- Parent education courses

- Special events

Help us reach our goal of 333 memberships!
Annual membership $45 
valid from May 2018 - April 30, 2019 

 
To purchase a new membership or renew your existing membership - CLICK HERE
 
Opportunities & Benefits include:
  • Pay $2 per visit for families/$2 per child for caregivers
  • Access to Parent Resource Library
  • Register and participate in Parent Education and ABC Program
  • To serve on the MPFCS Board of Directors
  • Attend and vote in our AGM
  • Birthday party rentals in the Playroom
 
Playground Update
New Playground Equipment!
We will be adding some new playground equipment soon! The dates for installation is July 11, 12 & 13. On these days, the playground will be closed off in order to put in the new items. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
                     

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Our Circles of Care and Connection Early Years Refugee Program participated yesterday (June 20th) in the World Refugee Day 2018 Celebration organized by Vancouver Public Library and Multi-Agency Partnership (MAP). During the event, visitors could go through a simulated refugee claimant experience: ‘Take a Walk in my Shoes’, see and buy refugee artists’ creations and meet with agencies supporting refugees to learn about various programs and services supporting refugees with settling and finding resources in their new communities.

June at the Family Centre
 

June 4, Monday, AM Drop-In:Storytime with the VPL Librarian Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories!
June 12, Tuesday: Both Morning & Afternoon Drop-In Graduation Day We celebrate all the children who will be attending Kindergarten this fall! A ceremony will be held and each child will be recognized. The Drop-In will remain open to the public, but play time will be shorter. This might not be the best day for families with very small children to attend. For more details, please talk to Maria or Ewa.
June 15 & 22, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Family Drop-In  All families are welcome to bring their kids for extra mornings of playtime!
June 21, Thursday:National Aboriginal Day FAMILY & BABY DROP-IN WILL BE CLOSED ON THIS DAY. Families are encouraged to meet us at the following sites:
10 AM Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre - 1607 East Hastings Street
12 PM Trout Lake - John Hendry Park (Victoria Drive between 13th Ave & 19th Ave) at the Main Stage. For more information on the event, CLICK HERE
June 29, Friday: 10 AM - 1 PM Canada Day Celebration Join us in our annual celebration of Canada Day! Crafts, face painting, and entertainment are just some of the fun festivities. Bring your own lunch and a picnic blanket. 

Circles of Caring and Connection Program 
 
 
Interested in being a Board Member?
We are seeking new board members!  It is a great way to contribute to your community while gaining hands-on experience in a variety of leadership roles. It provides an opportunity to work and interact with people from different walks of life, while providing valuable lessons in teamwork, leadership, and commitment to something above and beyond our daily existence.For more information, please contact Gini Bonner, Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 604-872-6757 to learn more about this rewarding opportunity. Alternatively, you are welcome to join us for our Board Staff Potluck on July 17th at 5:30 pm at the Family Centre. This is a child friendly evening. We are non profit organziation located at 2910 St. George Street Vancouver (adjacent to Robson Park). 
 
 
Welcome Summer Student!

 
My name is Reneet Dhillon and I am going into my third year  of a Political Science major and have future aspirations to attend law  school.  My hobbies include playing and coaching soccer, photography, and volunteering with many local organizations. In addition to English, I also speak Punjabi, Hindi, and French. I am very excited to be a co-op  student with the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society. Reneet will be here from June 4 - August 31. Please welcome her to our centre! 

 
 
 
Membership Update & Draw
Thank you to all our families who have purchased or renewed their memberships in the month of May!  
 
VANCOUVER AQUARIUM TICKETS!
If you have purchased a membership in May or June, your name will be entered to win 4 general admission tickets to the Vancouver Aquarium. Draw will happen at our Canada Event on June 29. Good luck to everyone! 
OUR GOAL 333 families to purchase/renew their membership
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP  $45 (valid from May 2018 - April 30, 2019). We accept cash, credit or cheque. For more information, please talk to any staff at the Family Centre.

 
 
New Playground Equipment!
We will be adding some new playground equipment soon! The tentative dates for installation is June 11, 12 & 13. On these days, the playground will be closed off in order to put in the new items. We will keep you posted on the exact dates once confirmed. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
                     
 

Looking forward to July...

July 6 & 13, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Family Drop-In  All families are welcome to bring their kids for extra mornings of playtime!
July 20 - August 31, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Making Sense of Preschoolers Gordon Neufeld provides insight into their shyness, separation anxieties, aggression, resistance, oppositionality and more. Making sense of these confusing yet wondrous creatures lays the foundation for intuitive and rewarding parenting. A current Family Centre membership is required. Cost for the program is $70. For more information, contact Flora.

May 2018 newsletter

April 30, 2018
May is Membership Month!


Annual membership - $45
valid from May 2018 - April 30, 2019 

Help us reach our goal of 333 memberships!
 

Membership Fees help fund:
Family Drop-In Program
Parent education courses
Special events 
 
To purchase a new membership or renew your existing membership
CLICK HERE
 
Opportunities & Benefits include:
  • Pay $2 per visit for families/$2 per child for caregivers
  • Access to Parent Resource Library
  • Register and participate in Parent Education and ABC Program
  • To serve on the MPFCS Board of Directors
  • Attend and vote in our AGM
  • Birthday party rentals in the Playroom 
 
May calendar - Family Drop-In Program
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 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, Wednesdays: 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm during afternoon Drop-In. Participants do not need to register. Come sing, dance and play with the music guy, Adam Smith, in our playroom. Family participation is required.
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 21, Monday: Victoria Day The Family Centre will be CLOSED. Enjoy the long weekend!


Circles of Care and Connection Program 

Donations for Refugee Families
The CCC team would like to thank everyone who has  already  made donations for our refugee families. 

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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

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