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The children in our CCC playroom had lots of fun playing with two police officers last week. The visit marked the beginning of the new partnership between ISSofBC and the Vancouver Police Department.  Two Constables Wes Fung and Tyler Nadon will be on site every Wednesday to begin a variety of newcomer related programming around policing in Canada and to ease any traumatic experiences related to police or army officers that the families possibly had in their home countries or refugee camps.  

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Our family centre participated in the 5% day organized by Whole Foods Market. On April 5th, 5% of their sales was donated to Vancouver Farmers Markets for the Nutrition Coupon Program.  Last year, thanks to the partnership, more than 40 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". 

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Congratulations to the Winner of our WestJet Gift of Flight - Winnie Ma of Richmond BC. Winnie's ticket was purchased to raise money for the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society annual fundraiser Savour Our Neighbourhood. 

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April 3, Monday: AM Drop-In Toddler Round Up Come speak to a Public Health Nurse regarding toddler development (i.e. nutrition, speech, behaviour, teeth, vision).
April 7 - May 12, 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. For more information, please contact Flora. A current Family Centre membership is needed to participate.
April 12, Wednesday: 10 am - 2 pm Easter PotluckPlease bring your favourite dish to share and some small wrapped treats for the Easter Bunny to share!
April 13, Thursday: AM & PM Drop-In Storytime with the VPL Librarian Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories!
April 14, Friday and April 17, Monday: Good Friday and Easter Monday The Family Centre will be CLOSED.
April 24, Monday: 9:30-11:30 AM Dental Visit Screening during Drop-In for ages 1-3 years old who don't have regular dental check ups. 
April 27, Thursday: 1 - 3 PM Dental Visit Workshop Info for babies during Baby Drop-In
 
Literacy through Music Program 
April 5, 12, 19 and 26, Wednesdays: 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm during afternoon Drop-In. Participants do not need to register. Music Therapist, Melody Owen returns to our playroom to sing, dance and play. Family participation is required.

Looking forward to May....
May 2 - June 9, Tuesdays 1-3 PM and Fridays 9:30 -11:30 AM: ABC Time On these days, we close off part of our playroom to run a small kindergarten readiness program. The drop-in is still open, but the play space is smaller! For more information about our ABC program, please speak with Ewa or Maria. A family centre membership is required in order to participate.

May-June, Saturdays: 10 - 11:30 AM 1-2-3 Jump! Physical Literacy for 2.5 - 3.5 yr olds. Have fun with your child moving and learning in new ways. Registration is required.The program is offered free in partnership with Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. We ask that you have a current Family Centre membership to participate. Please speak with Flora to put your names on a contact list for the next session.

 
May Membership Month is Coming!
You are welcome to beat the rush and renew or purchase your annual membership in April! Speak to staff to find out more!
 
Congratulations to Winnie Ma! She is the winner of the Gift of Flight from WestJet. Thank you to all who contributed and supported Savour Our Neighbourhood 2017. You helped to make it a great success! We couldn't have done it without the dedicated efforts of our board and volunteers, and the generous donations of food, beverage, and servers from our local restaurants, breweries, and wineries. 
 
Scotiabank Charity Challenge
 
We are putting together a team of walkers and runners to participate in the Scotiabank Charity   Challenge Half-Marathon & 5K. This is a great opportunity to support the good work of the Family Centre and raise money while being active. Please be on the lookout for registration information in your email inbox!

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Your Steps Help Build Our Community!

The Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society invites you to take part in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge on Sunday, June 25, 2017.  This will be our third year participating in the challenge and we would like you to join our team! This run or walk is a fun way to see the Stanley Park landmarks while supporting our organization.

Here’s how:

  • Click here to register – the 5 K or the Half-Marathon
  • Save money on the registration fee when you use these discount codes: 5K: 17MPFCS5K  OR   Half-Marathon: 17MPFC21K  
  • Don't forget to create your fundraising page when prompted. If you missed this step, simply click here - Create your fundraising page
  • Then join our team - MP Family Centre Society

If you are unable to join us, you can make a donation here:
MAKE DONATION TO MP FAMILY CENTRE TEAM 
100% of your donation goes to support the Family Centre. 

Any questions, please contact Theresa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 604-872-6757

Thank you for your support!

March Newsletter

February 27, 2017
March at the Family Centre
Tickets are still available for our
fabulous fundraiser!

March 9, Thursday: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM Savour Our Neighbourhood Leave your kids at home and join us for this event, featuring a sampling of bites from a variety of local restaurants, paired with local craft beer and wine. This is a 19+ event. Tickets available here
March 9, Thursday: Morning Drop-In Program will be OPEN but Baby Drop-In Program will be CLOSED in the afternoon in order to prepare for our event.
March 10, Friday: The Family Centre will be CLOSED on this day as we recover from putting on our fundraiser.
March 13-24: VSB Spring Break The Family Centre is OPEN through Spring Break.
March 14: 10:30 AM Fire Drill This will happen during morning Drop-In Program. It can be a fun and/or interesting experience, but it will definitely be a different sort of day for everyone. We will use a hand-held bell to alert the beginning of the drill.
March 29 - May 31, Wednesdays: 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm during afternoon Drop-In. Participants do not need to register. Come sing, dance and play with Music Therapist, Melody Owen. Family participation is required.
March 31 - May 12, 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. Ask Flora for more info and to sign up.
Saturdays: 10 - 11:30 AM 1-2-3 Jump! Physical Literacy for 2.5 - 3.5 yr olds. Have fun with your child moving and learning in new ways. Registration is required.The program is offered free in partnership with Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. We ask that you have a current Family Centre membership to participate. This session is full, but please speak with Flora to put your names on a contact list for the next session.

Looking for Keen Gardeners!

The Family Centre has a plot in the community garden near the playground and we are looking for parents who are interested in exploring growth and development from a gardening perspective! Ask Flora for more info.



New Books in our library
We have a variety of new books in our library, resources from parenting to child development. A current membership is required in order to check out the books. We also continue to sell Deborah MacNamara's book, Rest, Play, Grow. Deborah is senior faculty at the Neufeld institute. The book is based on the popular Neufeld course "Making Sense of Preschoolers" which we offer here at the centre. For more information about this book, please ask Flora.  

Lost and Found
Have you lost something? Please check out the Lost and Found bin next time you are at the Family Centre. There are many things that need to be claimed such as hats, diaper bags, hoodies and enviro mugs. If you don't know where the Lost and Found bin is, please ask a staff and they will direct you to its location.

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