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October 2018 Newsletter

October 22, 2018
National Family Week 2018 
National Family Week occurs between October 1-7 and the theme of 2018 is "Positive Relationships, Thriving Families". Positive relationships are the backbone of children's healthy development, thriving families and strong communities. Check out Families Canadafor more information!
Importance of Eating Meals Together 

Family dinners are an important aspect of children's development for many reasons:
- they are proven to increase children's self-esteem 
- they reduce riskier behaviour later on in their teenage years 
- structured mealtimes can reduce the likelihood of eating disorders Click this link to see the benefits of eating together as a family and suggestions for simple, healthy meals. 
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Featured Staff of the Month
Maria Luz Fernandez has been an integral part of MPFCS for over 27 years and has been thoroughly involved in the growth and continued presence of the organization.Maria was awarded the City of Vancouver’s 2015 Healthy City for All Award of Excellence for her numerous years of commitment to the development of the city.
 
Even as years pass and children grow up, they come back in their adult years to visit Maria because they were so fond of her.She leaves a lasting impression on every family that she encounters and she truly embraces each and every person that comes through the doors of MPFCS. The staff, volunteers, and families of MPFCS are all very thankful for all that Maria has done! 

Family Drop-In Program


September 15 - October 20, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Nobody's Perfect This parent support education group allows parents to get a better understanding of their children's development, meet other parents and share ideas. Participants must be current members of the Family Centre. Please ask Flora for more info and to sign up.October 16, 2018: Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society Annual General Meeting:
Please join our Board of Director's for a Pot Luck dinner a followed by our AGM.  During this meeting we will say goodbye to our outgoing Board members and vote  in our new Board.  Gini our Executive Director will give a brief update of our new strategic plan and we will have some fun playing to win a gift certificate Deep Cove Kayak.
November - 2 -  December 14, Friday's: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Circle of Security. This is a relationship based early intervention parenting program designed to enhance security and attachment between parents and children.  Please speak with Flora or Ewa for more information and register for this powerful parent education program.
Circles of Care & Connection Program
 
Come visit the Circles of Care and Connection 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 to 11:30 AM and  from 1:00 - 3:00 PM
October 2- November 27, Tuesdays: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM. Sound, Movement and Play. Room 101. Family participation is required.
October 3 - November 14 - Wednesdays: 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM during afternoon Drop-In. Come sing, dance and play with Adam Smith in our playroom. Family participation is required.Donations Needed for Refugee Families:
We are in need of warm adult and children's clothing - i.e. winter jackets, toques and gloves. Please contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 778-372-6603.

Position has been filled. Thank you for your interest.

DATE CORRECTIONS
 
 

Family Drop-In Program

There will be NO Family Drop-In Program on September 8. Sorry for any inconvenience. 
September 14 - October 19, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Nobody's Perfect This parent support education group allows parents to get a better understanding of their children's development, meet other parents and share ideas. Participants must be current members of the Family Centre. For more info, please contact Flora at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Executive Director End of Summer Report

Dear Members,During the summer we noticed a significant drop in attendance in the playroom, but we totally understand given how crazy hot  it was upstairs during those smoldering high temperatures!  Just realizing that the cooler days of fall are approaching reminds us that the playroom will soon be buzzing and staff will happily be welcoming new families and returning members.Over the summer months I have been very busy writing grants, recruiting new Board members, and establishing a strategic planning process that will be underway this month. During this process we will be focusing on the physical capacity of the organization and determining if a new building will be our first priority! I would love to hear from our membership and welcome your comments, thoughts and ideas.  If you would like to send me an email&nbspThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., I will include your communication in my report to the Board during strategic planning.Looking forward to another fantastic year at MPFCS!
With Kind Regards,
Gini Bonner, ED MPFCS
Board Recruitment
 
We are currently seeking new Board Members and welcome all inquiries. 
Benefits include:
- hands on experience in a variety of leadership roles
- bettering your community
- opportunity to work and interact with people with various backgrounds
Please contact Gini Bonner, our Executive Director, at 604-872-6757 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about this rewarding opportunity.
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Board Member of the Month
Felicity Turner was new to Vancouver. Her husband was working long hours and she was usually on her own with her young daughter, Beatrice. She was also 12 weeks pregnant with her second child.
 
Felicity and Beatrice were both having a difficult time adjusting to their new life. They felt homesick and lonely, and Felicity was scared of having another baby in a new country without family or friends around to support her.
 
That’s when she discovered Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society. She found a warm and caring space where her daughter could play and make friends. She attended parenting classes and gained new skills and new confidence for being a mom.“I can honestly say that I’m a better parent because of the Family Centre, thanks to the parental courses, staff and the community connections I’ve made,” says Felicity. 

Family Drop-In Program


September 3, Monday: Labour Day The Family Centre will be CLOSED.
September 11, Tuesday: 10:30 AM Fire Drill This will happen during morning Drop-In Program. A hand-held bell is used to alert the beginning of the drill.
September 15 - October 20, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Nobody's Perfect This parent support education group allows parents to get a better understanding of their children's development, meet other parents and share ideas. Participants must be current members of the Family Centre. For more info, please contact Flora at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
September 20, Thursday: Storytime with the VPL Librarian during morning
Drop-In. Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories.
September 27, Thursday: Storytime with the VPL Librarian during Baby Drop-In. Come sing, rhyme and enjoy stories with the librarian.
Circles of Care & Connection Program
 
Come visit the Circles of Care and Connection 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 and  from 1:00 - 3:00 PM
September 10 - 24, 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 Manjit, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
September 11 -  November 27,  Tuesdays:  1:30 - 2:30 PM,  Sound, Movement and Play.
September 12 - November 14, Wednesdays: 1:45 – 2:15 PM during afternoon Drop-In. Come sing, dance and play with  Adam Smith in our playroom. Family participation is required. 

Donations Needed for Refugee Families
If you would like to donate children's clothing please contact Maaly, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 778-372-6603.

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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