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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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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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This Friday

January 10, 2019
No programs - We are closed
this Friday, January 11
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Happy New Year to
All Mount Pleasant & CCC Families!
 
Executive Director's
New Years Report
 
Please join me in welcoming Betisa Mohammadi as our new Program Manager at the Robson Park Family Drop-In.  Betisa is a Clinical Councellor with a wealth of experience providing individual consultations for family members as well as diverse background facilitating parent education groups and supporting the professional development of her teammates. Betisa is passionate about supporting children and families and it is with great enthusiasm that she joins our staff family here at the Family Centre.Also, please continue to support MPFCS' programs by becoming members. 
Membership fees are reduced for the remainder of the fiscal year and that we are still striving to reach 333 members! Fees: from Jan to April 2019 = $20Best Wishes for a happy & healthy 2019!Gini Bonner, ED MPFCS
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Staff Member of the Month
Gini Bonner

I have been the Executive Director of Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society since 2012.  However, my history with Family Resources Programs extends back to the early 90’s when I was the Family Support Worker at South Vancouver Family Place. I have a lovely blended family consisting of 2 adult daughters and one son.  My life partner Paul Iverson, is a musician and guitar repair man and we have lived in Deep Cove, North Vancouver for the past 25 years.  In my professional life, I have always worked  in Vancouver and have found this to be a positive choice allowing me to debrief my work life during the sometimes long journey home! I am a hatha yoga teacher and have practiced Iyengar yoga for nearly 35 years!  However, in recent years I have become a kundalini practitioner and find that this practice has elevated my dedication and devotion to all aspects of my life! 

I have a proven record of success, providing family support and leadership in the delivery of community based services and I have a keen understanding of the importance of establishing a welcoming environment that fosters personal dignity, validation and respect. 

My professional goal is to use my skills to ensure parents, caregivers and children can learn, play and share together in an informal and nurturing family centered environment, supported by experienced Family Resource Practitioners and Early Years Settlement Workers. And my ultimate personal goal is to contribute to a society where children are thriving, families are resilient and communities are well connected.

Sat Nam

Gini

Family Drop-In

January 7th, Monday: Family Drop in opens! Regular hours resume.
January 18th, Friday: Additional Drop in session from 9:30 – 11:30 am.  Closed in the afternoon.
January 25th, Friday: Additional Drop in session from 9:30 – 11:30 am.  Closed in the afternoon.
February 1st, Friday: Gordon Neufeld Parenting Group begins 9:30 – 11:30 am.  Closed in the afternoon.
January 9-March 13, Wednesdays: Music therapy with Adam from 1:45-2:15pm
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 PMJanuary 14, 21 & 28, 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..
January 8 - January 29, Tuesdays: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM. Sound, Movement and Play. Room 101. Family participation is required.  
 

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