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June Newsletter

May 28, 2020

 


2910 St. George Street
Vancouver, BC V5T 4L9
604-872-6757
www.mpfamilycentre.ca
JUNE NEWSLETTER
Executive Director's Spring Report 
 
Dear Members

Wow!  What can I say?  These are strange times for all of us and particularly if in the past your daily routine included visiting our playroom and enjoying the good company of other parents and the wonderful  personal interactions with the Family Support Workers in the Family Drop in. Since March 2020,  we have reached out to as many families as we have had contact information for and we are learning a variety of new ways to show we sincerely care about the children and families in our community.  While we are not experts with social media and many of us are very shy to be recorded and on display, I think the staff at the Family Centre is doing an amazing job staying connected with families and we are doing our best to fulfill our your needs and to maintain appropriate safety protocols.  All of the adapted services we are now offering are listed on our website at www.mpfamilycentre.ca and I encourage you to have look – if you see something missing let us know!   In addition I want to take this opportunity to promote our membership and to ask each of you to renew and then ask a friend or neighbour to become a new member!  The small revenue that we gather through membership demonstrates to our funders that we are valued and essential to a happy, healthy and thriving community.
 
I hope you are doing OK and enjoying this novel time at home – Ho'oponopono
 
With kind regards, 
Gini Bonner
Executive Director, MPFCS
Gone but never forgotten! Janice Bavis

Sadly, on April 23, 2020 Janice Elizabeth Bavis slipped away in the loving company of her family. Janice was a long time playroom volunteer and great friend of the staff at Mount Pleasant Family Centre Drop in and a very special woman indeed.  Janice rose to the many challenges of Down Syndrome over the years to lead a full and productive life. One of the first special needs students to be integrated in the 70's, she attended her local school and joined in many community activities.

After graduation, she volunteered many hours at West Side Family Place and Arbutus Montessori, and her favourite Mount Pleasant Family Centre. Her indomitable spirit led her to overcome many health crises in her life. 
All of us at Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society wishes to send heartfelt condolences to the Baivs family and close relatives and wants to ensure you all that Janice has left an indelible mark on our hearts and on our lives.

Gone but never forgotten!



MAY IS MEMBERSHIP MONTH - PLEASE SHOW US SOME LOVE!

Dear participants and supporters of the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society
It’s that time of year again when we are reaching out to ask for your financial contributions to our programs by renewing your MPFCS Membership.  As a special thanks to those of you who renew before May 30th we will enter your name in a draw for a MPFCS Gift Basket that includes: 25$ Coupon for the Vancouver Farmers Markets, 3 Family Activity Kits, and 4 tickets to the Capilano Suspension Bridge (valid for one year), and a $75 Gift Card for Buy Low Foods generously donated by the MPFCS Board Members.
While we recognize the uncertainty of the future we hope that you will consider our services as a vital part of your support network going forward. Membership fees are a critical part of our annual revenue and help fund our Family Drop in, parent education, workshops, special event and seasonal celebrations.  Membership is an integral part of community participation and an effective way to contribute to our sustainability.
Benefits of Membership
  • Invitation to participate and vote at our Annual General Meeting and enjoy a special night of information sharing
  • The opportunity to serve on the MPFCS Board of Directors
  • The opportunity to join one of our fundraising committees and gain valuable knowledge and skills
  • Eligible to rent the playroom for your children’s birthday parties –including staff support
  • May be eligible to register for ABC time, adult workshops and parent education programs
Annual membership runs from May 1st to April 30th and cost $45 per year.
If you would like to sign for membership or want to renew an existing membership  please go directly to our membership page
Featured board member of the Month: Bernadette Aquino

Growing up, I was taught to appreciate the little things life brings. Every challenge and their reward, every success and failure, as well as every person you encounter and form relationships with. For they are what shaped us into who we are today.
Everyone is going through similar challenges, which is why we must be kind. Offer a helping hand, or an ear to listen. It need not be grand gestures to show you care.
Uncertain times make everyone vulnerable. It is during these times we must exemplify what it is to be compassionate and caring humans. To bond together, strengthen and support each other.
Here’s hoping that everyone has a great summer! Be safe.

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Family Drop-In 

During these unprecedented times due to COVID-19, we have closed our Family Drop in’s and outreach services in order to follow the provincial health guidelines that prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Because of this, we are now creating new ways to support families online. 
Online programming will include recorded video’s of our traditional Family Time with songs, stories and art activities, Parenting Programs, a One to One Parent Hotline, Curbside Chats and Activity Kits, and Story time.
For each and every activity we offer MPFCS staff are observing social distancing and using the utmost care to wash our hands, use protective gloves when necessary and to maintain our high standard of cleanliness!

Family Time
Every Tuesday and Thursday mornings we post a new video recording of Family Time favorites brought to you by the familiar faces of Maria, Ewa, Alma, Negar and Shahira including songs, stories and art activities for you and your little ones to enjoy!
 
Dads’ Drop-In
Negar, Isabelle and Andy are facilitating either a story time, circle time for Dads/male caregivers and children.  Once a month they also host a live zoom coffee time featuring a “conversation starter” suggested by participants.  The first live session on Zoom will be on May 30th at 9:30 am, registration is required with first priority going to dads but everyone is welcome. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for registration and to receive an invite. 
 
Storytime with Negar
Every Thursday mornings, we will post a new video recording of story time with Negar including your favorite stories and songs for you and your little ones to enjoy!
 
One to One Parent Hotline
When you need just a little bit more support: Follow-up with Flora by Phone!
Flora really misses seeing you all, sitting around the table exploring family issues with you. 
Take heart! You can still connect, 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, or by appointment 236-788-3349
 
CurbSide 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 (curbside) to offer just a little more 1:1 support.  If you would like to sign up for a curbside chat please don’t hesitate to reach out to Flora on her work cell phone: 236-788-3349 to book at visit.
 
Activity Kits
MPFCS Playroom staff have been busy putting together small activity kits for families to work on at home.  If you would like a kit please let us know during our phone check-in or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will make arrangements to get one to you. Once you have completed your art activity please send us a picture (to the same email address) and we would share the pictures during our videos for you and your children to see!
 
Community Art and Craft
We are sure many of you are so creative when it comes to art and craft, if you would like, you can share your art and craft ideas along with a tutorial video or pictures of how to make that craft for our families and email it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we can post it in our Facebook.
 
Toy Lending Library
We offer a great selection of developmentally appropriate toys, games, puzzles and books for young children, toddlers and preschoolers as well as adult’s books and parenting resources. If you would like to select the items you wish to borrow please let us know during our phone check-in or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will make arrangements to give you one.
 
***For more information about our online programs please visit our website https://www.mpfamilycentre.ca
and check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/MPFamilyCentre
If you have any suggestions of how we can support you further please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Circles of Care and Connection Program 
ISSofBC Welcome Centre
3rd Floor Playroom
2610 Victoria Drive

COVID-19 has not stopped the Circles of Care and Connection Program Staff from providing our services to the families.
  • Each Child and Family Settlement Worker communicates with their caseload via email, phone calls and ZOOM/videos.
  • Thanks to the Vancouver Foundation’s generous donation, the playroom staff have been producing 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.
  • We created a new partnership with Grandview Woodlands Food Connection, which provide food boxes containing fresh fruit and vegetables plus kitchen staples such as bread, eggs, milk, cheese, rice and yogurt.
  • The CFSWs provide curbside delivery of these boxes, while connecting with each family at a safe and social distance.
 
As Dr. Bonnie Henry would say, “This is our time to be kind, be calm and be safe”. We miss everyone and hope to see you all soon.

Pictured here is Jasmine, one of our CFSWs, delivering a food box and art kit to one of our families. And check out our popular art kits and these creations from our littlest artists!

 
2910 St. George Street
Vancouver, BC V5T 4L9
604-872-6757
www.mpfamilycentre.ca

MAY IS MEMBERSHIP MONTH
MAY IS MEMBERSHIP MONTH - PLEASE SHOW US SOME LOVE!

Dear participants and supporters of the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society
It’s that time of year again when we are reaching out to ask for your financial contributions to our programs by renewing your MPFCS Membership.  As a special thanks to those of you who renew before May 30th we will enter your name in a draw for a MPFCS Gift Basket that includes: 25$ Coupon for the Vancouver Farmers Markets, 3 Family Activity Kits, and 4 tickets to the Capilano Suspension Bridge (valid for one year), and a $75 Gift Card for Buy Low Foods generously donated by the MPFCS Board Members.

While we recognize the uncertainty of the future we hope that you will consider our services as a vital part of your support network going forward. Membership fees are a critical part of our annual revenue and help fund our Family Drop in, parent education, workshops, special event and seasonal celebrations.  Membership is an integral part of community participation and an effective way to contribute to our sustainability.
Benefits of Membership
  • Invitation to participate and vote at our Annual General Meeting and enjoy a special night of information sharing
  • The opportunity to serve on the MPFCS Board of Directors
  • The opportunity to join one of our fundraising committees and gain valuable knowledge and skills
  • Eligible to rent the playroom for your children’s birthday parties –including staff support
  • May be eligible to register for ABC time, adult workshops and parent education programs
Annual membership runs from May 1st to April 30th and cost $45 per year.
If you would like to sign for membership or want to renew an existing membership please go directly to our membership page
 
 
 

 


2910 St. George Street
Vancouver, BC V5T 4L9
604-872-6757
www.mpfamilycentre.ca
National Volunteer Week April 19-25, 2020


 

During these unprecedented times due to COVID-19, we have closed our Family Drop in’s and outreach services in order to follow the provincial health guidelines that prevent the spread of COVID-19. Because of this, we are now creating new ways to support families online.

Welcome to a NEW way of sharing and caring for families, friends and the broader community!

Online programming will include recorded video’s of our traditional Family Time with songs, stories and art activities, Parenting Programs, a One to One Parent Hotline, Curbside Chats and Activity Kits, and Story time.

For each and every activity we offer MPFCS staff are observing social distancing and using the utmost care to wash our hands, use protective gloves when necesarry and to maintain our high standard of cleanliness!

Family Time

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

 Dads’ Drop-In

Negar, Isabelle and Andy will be facilitating either a story time, circle time for Dads/male caregivers and children. Once a month they will also host a live zoom coffee time featuring a “conversation starter” suggested by participants. Stay tuned for more information!

 Storytime with Negar

Every Thursday mornings, we will post a new video recording of story time with Negar including your favorite stories and songs for you and your little ones to enjoy!

Nobody’s Perfect workshop

Starting in April our highly skilled and trained facilitators, Flora and Negar will be taking registration for the Nobody’s Perfect workshop. 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. or on her work cell phone: 236-788-3349

 One to One Parent Hotline

When you need just a little bit more support: Follow-up with Flora by Phone!

Flora really misses seeing you all, sitting around the table exploring family issues with you. 

Take heart! You can still connect, 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, or by appointment  236-788-3349

 CurbSide 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! Therfore with this in mind Flora will be visiting you (curbside) to offer just a little more 1:1 support. If you would like to sign up for a curbside chat please don’t hesitate to reach out to Flora on her work cell phone: 236-788-3349 to book at visit.

 Actitivy Kits

MPFCS Playroom staff have been busy putting together small activity kits for families to work on at home. If you would like a kit please let us know during our phone check-in or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will make arrangements to get one to you. Once you have completed your art activity please send us a picture (to the same email address) and we would share the pictures during our videos for you and your children to see!

Community Art and Craft

  We are sure many of you are so creative when it comes to art and craft, if you would like you can share your art and craft ideas along with a tutorial video or pictures of how to make that craft for our families and email it to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can post it in our Facebook.

Toy Lending Library

We offer a great selection of developmentally appropriate toys, games, puzzles and books for young children, toddlers and preschoolers as well as adult’s books and parenting resources. If you would like to select the items you wish to borrow please let us know during our phone check-in or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will make arrangements to give you one.

 

***For more information about our online programs please visit our website https://www.mpfamilycentre.ca

and check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/MPFamilyCentre

If you have any suggestions of how we can support you further please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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What’s happening? 
Families Canada (FC) and the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD) are pleased to launch Early Childhood Development in a Time of Pandemic, a webinar series created in response to the current COVID-19 climate. The webinar will highlight some possible effects of the pandemic on young children’s behaviours and emotions and discuss ways to support children, families and service providers through a series of presentations and open plenary. 

Isabelle Vinet, an expert in the prevention of disruptive behaviours during early childhood and Executive Director of the CEECD, will facilitate the series.

 
When?
Every Wednesday starting TODAY at 1 PM EDT in English and 2 PM EDT in French. 

How do I join?
Please register in advance for this webinar series at this link!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

What’s on the agenda for this week? 
Introduction and welcome
Presentation on self-regulation in early years
Q&A and plenary
Wrap up
 
If you have any questions on the topic 
Self-Regulation in Early Years please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will try to answer them all during the webinar. 

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, R. Psych. and her team at The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic are now providing services across the province of British Columbia on their newly established Telehealth platform. Also Dr Vanessa’s team has opened 70 short-term spaces for sliding scale clients with up to a 50% fee reduction for families that are in need.

Please call 778-294-8732 or email the clinic at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need support or have questions.

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B.C. Support Services for your Family: one-on-one phone support

To help families connect and receive individual support for the challenges they are facing during the pandemic, the BC Council for Families has compiled a listing of currently operating agencies offering free, personal and immediate one-on-one support. This means a conversation with a real person you can trust.
 
General Referral Line to Support and Services  
 
BC 211: Dial 2-11 to speak with a trained referral specialist who can connect you with support for financial, mental health and addiction, legal, housing, emergency services and many other issues. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m anywhere in BC.  
 
Support for children and youth 
 
Kids Help Phone: Speak with a counsellor with Canada’s only 24/7 free, national, confidential support line. Call 1-800-668-6868 or Text CONNECT to 686868. 
 
Mental Health Support
 
Kelty Mental Health: Get free mental health and substance use information, support, resources, mental health system navigation assistance and peer support from Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 1-800-665-1822, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC: Receive free, confidential support during times of distress, 24 hours a day seven days a week. Call one of their support or distress lines, or chat online.
  • Vancouver Coastal Regional Distress Line: 604-872-3311 (voicemail, with others) 
  • Sunshine Coast/Sea to Sky: 1-866-661-3311
  • BC Wide: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) 
  • Seniors’ Distress Line: 604-872-1234
  • Online Chat Service for Youth: www.YouthInBC.com (Noon to 1am)
  • Online Chat Service for Adults: www.CrisisCentreChat.ca (Noon to 1am)
KUU-US Aboriginal Crisis Line: Aboriginal adults/elders and child/youth who are in distress can call this 24/7 crisis line throughout BC and receive free, confidential support. Call 1-800-588-8717
 
Support for women experiencing violence 
 
Battered Women’s Support Services: Women and girls experiencing gender-based domestic violence can receive emotional support, counselling, and referrals. Call 604-687-1867 or 1-855-687-1868 from Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
 
Medical Support 
 
HealthLink BC: A health professional will answer your call and provide health navigation, connecting you to a nurse, dietician, exercise professional or pharmacist. Dial 8-1-1. 
 
In the event of an emergency, always dial 911

 

Government of BC has created a COVID-19 self assessment tool. Click on the link to determine if you need further assessment or testing- http://covid19.thrive.health/ 

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