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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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Job Posting

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

FSW-Adult Program/Children’s Program– Casual

Role Overview

The Family Support Worker in the Adult Program and Children’s Program-is a member of the staff team who is required to work on call M-Thu and 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 Manager.

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, 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 a casual/on call position.
  • On call for M-Thu and 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.

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.
 
Dear Members,
As you may know, we are hosting our annual fundraiser Savour Our Neighbourhood on Thursday March 7th  at the Heritage Hall on Main Street.  This is a critical fundraising effort by our Board to ensure our sustainability and for those of you unable to attend but who want to contribute we are hosting a mini silent auction from Monday, March 4 to Wednesday March 6 at the Family Drop in.   Auction items include a White Spot gift pack, a family pack to the Carousel Theatre, a Purdy’s gift basket, and a yummy gift basket from Terra Breads. 
To place your bid on items offered in this mini silent auction, please visit the Family Drop in before 3pm on Wednesday March 6th.  A remember, there are still a limited number of tickets for Savour Our Neighbourhood available on eventbrite !  We hope to see you there!Thank you for your continued love and support!
Gini Bonner
Executive Director MPFCS
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Hope to see you all March 7th!
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FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

February 4, 2019
FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WINTER REPORT


The first month of 2019 is now behind us…the weather is sketchy and we have all been somewhat impacted by the recent lunar eclipse.  For fun let’s see what google has to say….. “Like a regular full moon only stronger, a lunar eclipse focuses attention on your emotions, intimate relationships, and your home and family. A total lunar eclipse has an even stronger influence on your private life. Qualities of emotions and instincts reach their peak at a lunar eclipse. This lets you take an objective and balanced look at your close relationships. Because you will be in touch with your own needs and intentions, you will clearly see any relationship imbalances causing disharmony”.

But remember, no matter how you are feeling, the Family Drop in staff are here to support you!

In fact, the coming month will be filled with lots of activity at the Family Centre that you can read about in the paragraph below.  The Early Years Refugee Program will be welcoming 12 new families with 23 children to the Welcome House and providing each family with support as they transition to a new life in Canada.

In an effort to raise funds to support these valuable programs the Board and staff are planning our 6th annual Savour Our Neighbourhood fundraiser that will take place March 7th at the Heritage Hall and I encourage you to attend.  This will be a fun filled evening with lots laughs, stories and celebration.

I hope to see you there!

 

With Kind Regards, 
Gini Bonner, ED MPFCS 

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Board Member of the Month
Jessica has been working and supporting young children and families, in various child care settings, for over 25 years.  Working with young children helps to keep her grounded in the present moment and engaged in spontaneous learning opportunities.  She is currently working at Little Mountain Neighbourhood House with their Early Years and Out of School Care Programs.  She has a deep respect and appreciation for her personal practice of Yoga and Tai Chi.  These internal arts help her to strive towards wellness and deeper personal connections with those she meets and engages with on a day to day basis. Jessica is the proud parent of two young boys and experienced firsthand the wonderful support and enrichment MPFCS brought to her and her family.  She is grateful for the opportunity to be on the board of the MPFCS - helping to foster creative, vibrant and strong individuals, families and communities.  
Unfortunately for us, Jessica will be leaving our Board at the end of the month.  She and her family will be moving to a new community outside of Vancouver proper! MPFCS Board and staff wish Jessica all the best a on this new adventure. She will be missed!

                         Family Drop-In

February 14, Thursday (Valentine’s Day): Librarian 10:30 AM during Drop-in
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.
February 1st- March 22nd, Friday: 9:30-11:30 AM we are running Gordon Neufeld workshop at Family Centre. Childcare is provided in the playroom. Cost is $70 for the 7 weeks 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..
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.
February 7th PM- Baby Drop-in: Come and speak to a Public Health Nurse regarding baby development.
February 18th, Monday: We are closed for Family Day.

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 PMFebruary 4 & 11, Mondays: 1:00 - 3:00 PM,  Healthy Together during afternoon Drop-In. Healthy Together is an innovative family education program that brings families together to learn to make healthy choices and build healthy relationships. To register, please contact Theresa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
February 5 - February 26, Tuesdays: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM. Sound, Movement and Play. Room 101. Family participation is required.  
February 18, Monday - We are closed for Family Day.Donations Needed for Refugee Families:
We are in need of bassinet for a newborn.  Please contact Laila -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 778-372-6604.
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