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NFW2014 VerticalDental Workshop Tomorrow! (October 8) Our local Community Health Dental Team will be visiting both drop-in sessions. They will be available to take a look at your child's teeth and answer any questions you might have about oral hygiene.

Why is caring for these little baby teeth so important? Here is an answer from Vancouver Coastal Health's Dental Program website: "Healthy baby teeth will help your baby eat foods, learn to talk, smile and feel good about themselves as well as hold spaces for the adult teeth.  It is easy for babies and children to get tooth decay so parents need to do daily mouth care for their babies right from the start.  Your baby's teeth are already forming before he or she is even born."

You can find answers to more dental health questions here!


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NFW2014 VerticalThis week is National Family Week! To celebrate this special week, we will be posting daily to our blog and to our Facebook page various topics that families might find interesting. We begin the week with thoughts and opportunities related to mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one's attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment, which can be trained by meditational practices derived from Buddhist anapanasati. As parents, it can be very difficult to be mindful and present because there are so many distractions and stresses pulling our focus.

The Dalai Lama is returning to Vancouver to engage and inspire prominent thought leaders from business, education and the community to ‘be the village’ to expand a focus on heart-mind well-being in children and youth in British Columbia. We have two free tickets to this conversation taking place on Tuesday 21 October, 2014. We are collecting names of those interested and able to attend this event. At the end of the week, we will draw a name out of all those collected.

Also, the Mount Pleasant Family Centre is part of the Windows of Opportunity Early Childhood Development Table, the participants of which hope to put on a Heart-Mind Conference for families in 2015. Until we have more information about this conference, we encourage you to take on the Heart-Mind Challenge and let us know about your experience!


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Hello Families!

The Family Centre has the privilege of participating in Metamorfest, a community street festival here in Mount Pleasant. We need your help, particularly toward the end of the event (6 PM) when we are tidying up. If you are available and willing, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your contact information and we will send you more details.

Thanks so much for your support!


The Family Centre has been given 10 tickets to a Vancouver Giants game! These tickets are available to anyone with a current membership. Vancouver vs. Victoria, Sunday 28 September, 5 PM. If you are interested, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All Members Welcome at the Annual General Meeting

for the Mount Pleasant Family Centre

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October 21, Tuesday 5:30 - 7:30 PM


The evening will begin with a potluck dinner (provided by the existing Board members) all together upstairs in the playroom. After dinner, the adults will go downstairs for the meeting and the children will stay upstairs to play with the childcare providers.

So that we can prepare enough food and provide enough childcare, please register your attendance via email to Gini Bonner: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. In the email, please include your name, your child(ren)'s names and ages, and your member number (if you have it handy).

Among other things, new board members are voted in at the AGM. So far, we have three candidates, but there is room for more. If you are interested in joining the board, please contact Marnie Watson via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to include your name with the other board candidates.

Please note: Only those people with current memberships are allowed to voteand/or become board members. You are welcome to update your membership online or in person at the drop-in before the meeting. Membership fees will not be collected at the AGM.

Thank you for your continued participation. We hope to see you at the AGM!

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Here is a little video of this year's Canada Day Celebration at the Mount Pleasant Family Centre. Thanks to all for attending, enjoy!


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Come one, come all to our Canada Day Celebration! 

Monday, June 30, from 10 AM - 2 PM, rain or shine.

Our regular drop-in will resume Wednesday, July 2.


We hope to see you there!

Free webinar

Financial Literacy and the Family
How family resource programs can support financial empowerment

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Noon - 1 pm, Eastern time

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Financial Literacy is not about money; it is about empowerment.

We know that having a young family often brings with it financial worries and that these worries can lead to relationship breakdown, ongoing stress, poor (desperate) decision making and in general can affect the well being of the family.

We also know that Family Resource Programs (FRPs) are trusted sources of information and support for families especially those who may be more vulnerable. The relationship between family support practitioners and parents is significant, influential and motivating. The peer support and modelling available at FRPs is also of value when addressing life issues that directly affect parenting and familial well-being.

The goal of the webinar is to increase the capacity of family support practitioners to impart basic financial literacy information and resources to the families that they serve.

Topics covered:

  • Why bring financial literacy into family support?
  • Background on concepts of financial literacy and financial capability
  • What works and what doesn’t in financial literacy with low income families
  • Resources and information – workshops, trainings and online resources applicable to low income and marginalized families

Who should attend?
Anyone working with parents in programs or one-on-one.

This webinar is restricted to 25 participants, so register early to save your spot.  Clicking the link above will send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Mount Pleasant Family Centre invites families with children 0 to 6 years old to become a member. Members are entitled to free drop-in programming, a supervised playroom, a comfortable space for adults to talk and meet other parents and caregivers, and much more.

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