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Membership Draw 2019
Congratulations Alison Thorson, the winner of 4 admission tickets TO A VANCOUVER CANADIANS BASEBALL GAME in our 2019 Membership Draw.
Thank you to all our families who have purchased or renewed their memberships, your support is greatly appreciated.
 
Annual membership runs from May 1st to April 30th and cost $45 per year.
Membership fees are a crucial part of our annual revenue to continue our Family Drop-In program, parent education workshops, special events and seasonal celebrations.
 
In order to meet our fundraising goal, we need 333 families to purchase/ renew their membership. We continue to accept payment via cash, cheque or credit card.
For more information please talk to any staff at the Family Centre.

 
Annual Membership - $45
valid from May 2019 – April 30, 2020



 
Help us reach our goal of 333 memberships!
 
To purchase a new membership or renew your existing membership
CLICK HEREMembership fees help fund:
  • Family Drop-In Program
  • Parent Education Courses
  • Special Events
 
Opportunities & Benefits include:
  • Pay $2 per visit for families/$2 per child for caregiver
  • Participation in Parent Education Courses & ABC Program
  • Access to Parent Resource Library
  • To serve on MPFCS Board of Directors
  • Attend and vote in our AGM
  • Birthday party rentals in the Playroom
 
Talk to staff for more details

June Newsletter

May 31, 2019
JUNE NEWSLETTER
Executive Director’s Summer Report
 
June, July and August at the Family Drop in and the Early Years Refugee Program are generally quieter months for our programs.  However, we also host several fun outdoor celebrations that we invite all families to participate, including a Canada Day celebration, Aboriginal Day outing, and a summer picnic in Robson Park.  During the month of June we will welcome Anna, this year’s summer student who comes highly recommended by Reneet our summer student from last year.  Anna will be with us for 8 weeks, spending 3 days week at the Early Years Refugee Program and 2 days at the Family Drop-In.  Please join me in welcoming her to our MP Family Centre Society staff family.
In other news we are pleased to report that the new MCFD funded, Creekside Baby Drop-In program, co facilitated by Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House and Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society staff is busy and running smoothly. Looking forward, I would like to invite all those interested in joining our Board of Directors to contact me directly at 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss this enriching volunteer opportunity and to invite serious applicants to join us for the Board-staff social on July 16th – DTBA.  I will look forward to your email!
 
With Kind Regards, 
Gini Bonner, ED MPFCS 

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                         FSW-Children’s Program– ROLE DESCRIPTION

 

Role Overview
The Family Support Worker in the Children’s Program- connects with fathers and their children birth to 6 attending our Saturday Drop-In program for Dad’s and provides information referrals to additional resources and support in the community and within Mount Pleasant. This position(s) works closely with Fathers Drop-In Facilitator and the other family support staff in the playroom according to ‘best practice’ in Family Resource Programs and provides a safe and inclusive environment for all families.

Reporting to the Program Manager, this position is responsible for the following areas:
• Family Support
• Playroom program

Specific Accountabilities

Family Support
• 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, family circle time).
• Creates and maintains a welcoming, emotionally safe, respectful and inclusive environment.
• Creates safe and stimulating outdoor play opportunities, interacting with parents and children as appropriate.
• Develops and maintains relationships with playroom participants.
• Works with children in small groups and 1-1 as appropriate to encourage optimal development.
• Models positive adult-child interactions that promote intellectual, social and emotional healthy development.
• Creates opportunities for fathers and caregivers to experience less isolation and practice positive parenting skills in a safe supportive environment.
• Works flexibly with children and fathers as part of the centre team to support fathers in caring for their children and in enhancing their parenting skills.
• Maintains appropriate health and safety standards in the playroom.
• Works with staff team to maintain appropriate supplies and resources for the playroom.

People & Program Leadership
• Liaises with the Program Manager in making referrals to community resources and in promoting and supporting parent-helping-parent initiatives as appropriate.
• As part of staff team, works collaboratively with other community agencies as required.
• Participates in the development and implementation of special events programs as required.
• Attends MPFCS monthly staff meetings and actively participates in all team meetings.

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 a part-time/casual position.
• 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. $20.57 per hour, plus 4% vacation pay.

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.

May is Membership Month
Annual Membership - $45
valid from May 2019 – April 30, 2020



 
Help us reach our goal of 333 memberships!
 
      To purchase a new membership or renew your existing membership
CLICK HEREMembership fees help fund:
  • Family Drop-In Program
  • Parent Education Courses
  • Special Events
 
Opportunities & Benefits include:
  • Pay $2 per visit for families/$2 per child for caregiver
  • Participation in Parent Education Courses & ABC Program
  • Access to Parent Resource Library
  • To serve on MPFCS Board of Directors
  • Attend and vote in our AGM
  • Birthday party rentals in the Playroom
 
Talk to staff for more details
VANCOUVER CANADIANS BASEBALL CLUB TICKETS:If you have purchased a membership in April or May, your name will be entered to win 4 admission tickets to a VANCOUVER CANADIANS BASEBALL GAME. Draw will happen on June 7, 2019.
 
 
National Volunteer Week April 7-13


Being the National Volunteer Week we wish to recognize with a sense of acknowledgement and admiration for the countless hours our volunteers dedicate in support of Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society and our sacred goals. It is with great respect we wish to thank you for all your invaluable service in this especial week and joyfully declare how delighted we are to see you again and again.

 

Thank you and with all sincerity and heartfelt gratitude
Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society

MARCH NEWSLETTER

March 5, 2019
MARCH NEWSLETTER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WINTER REPORT
 

March is a month when we feel that spring is around the corner and with it all the joy and anticipation of new beginnings. Personally, I am excited about March 7th when we host a new version of our annual fundraiser, Savour Our Neighbourhood, and we share a fun evening with many of our members and community partners.  Through this event the staff and Board enjoy being introduced to new friends and community members while we raise funds to support the many services we offer through our programs. This year we are fortunate to have over 40 silent auction items that have been donated to our cause as well as 4 fantastic live auction items that we will be offering at the event.  Our goal for the evening is to raise $20,000, so if you haven’t bought your tickets, there is still time….just click here Tickets

And once again, I hope to see you there!


With Kind Regards, 
Gini Bonner, ED MPFCS 
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Family Drop-In

February 1st- March 22nd, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM we are running Gordon Neufeld workshop at Family Centre. Childcare is provided in the playroom. For more information, please contact Flora at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
March 4 AM, Monday: A Public Health Nurse will visit the playroom. Any parents that have any questions for the nurse are welcome to attend.
March 7 - 8, Thursday and Friday: We are closed.
March 6 – 13, Wednesdays: 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM during afternoon Drop-In. Come sing, dance and play with Adam in our playroom. Family participation is required.
March 13 PM, Wednesday: A Public Health Nurse will visit the playroom. Any parents that have any questions for the nurse are welcome to attend.
Thursday -Baby drop- in: 1-3 PM we welcome pre-crawling babies and their parents to join us for play, songs, and socializing. Please enter through the upstairs playroom door.
April/ May – Friday mornings: Nobody’s Perfect is a parent support education group that allows parents to get a better understanding of their children’s development and meet other parents. Participants must be current members of the Family Centre. Please contact Flora for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Calling all gardeners! If you are interested in helping to tend the family centre plot in the community garden; including planting, weeding, watering and eating! Please contact Flora for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Circles of Care & Connection Program
 
Come visit our Family Drop-In Program, located at the ISSofBC Welcome Centre, 3rd floor playroom, 2610 Victoria Drive.
Drop-In Hours: Monday to Wednesday from 9:30 - 11:30 AM & from 1:00 - 3:00 PMMarch 5 - March 26, Tuesdays: 1:30 PM - 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! Room 101.
March 7 - 8, Thursday and Friday: All programs are closed.
March 13, Wednesday:  2 PM - 3 PM. A Public Health Nurse Visit from Evergreen Community Health Centre will visit the playroom. Any parents that have any questions for the nurse are welcome to attend.
March 20, Wednesday: 1 PM - 3 PM. A Certified Dental Assistant will be in the playroom for children who have not had any regular dental check ups.

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