July 29, 2016

August 2016 Newsletter

Written by Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society

August at the Family Centre

August Events
August 1st, Monday:BC Day The Family Centre will be CLOSED.
August 5th & 12th, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Friday Morning Drop-Ins We are opening on these Friday mornings for additional Family Drop-In!
August 17th, Wednesday: 10 AM - 2 PM Picnic at Robson Park Grab your lunch and your blanket and join us for a picnic at Robson Park!  Crafts and fun activities will be provided. Hope to see you all there!

Save the date!
October 1st, Saturday: 2 - 5 pm. 40th Anniversary Family Dance
Cost - $10 per adult and $5 per child, infants under 1 year old are free
Location - Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 145 E 10th Ave, Vancouver BC, V5T 1Z4

You can also help our refugee families attend our 40th Anniversary Family Dance! $5 sponsors a child, and $10 sponsors an adult. Or you can donate $30 to sponsor an entire family.

Tickets on sale on August 15th on Eventbrite.https://mpfcsfamilydance.eventbrite.ca

Canada Day 2016

This year's Canada Day celebration was spectacular! Many families came and checked out all the festivities such as craft making, face painting, sing-a-longs and the food. Jenny Kwan, MP for the Vancouver-Mount Pleasant riding, also came by to say some kind words to our families and assisted in the Canada Day cake cutting. Thank you to all our volunteers, neighbourhood supporters and performers. Special thanks to BC Mobile Dairy Classroom, Vancouver Public Library and the Vancouver Police Department. 

Goodbye Summer Students
We will be saying goodbye to our three lovely summer students as of August 19. Since their arrival in June, they have been highly supportive in our Family Drop -In Programs, as well as, assisting in planning for our upcoming fall events. The Mount Pleasant Family Centre staff would like to thank them for all their support, creativity and positive demeanor these past months. We wish them well in their future endeavours.

Rest, Play, Grow!

We have some books left of 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 twice a year. The book is $20, payable by cash or cheque,  Family Centre receives $8 from each sale.

Mugs for Sale!
We have partnered with JustWork organization who are focused on the development of social enterprises to offer dignified, meaningful work opportunities to people facing barriers to work. Mugs are on sale $30 and $5 goes to the Family Centre.To purchase these beautiful handcrafted mugs, please speak to a staff member. 

Lost & 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 sun 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.

Your Membership Counts! 
Annual membership runs from May 1st to April 30th, and costs $45 per year. Membership fees are a much needed part of our annual revenue and help fund our Family Drop In program, parent education, workshops, special events and seasonal celebrations.

Membership is an integral part of community participation and an effective way to contribute to our sustainability. A Family Membership at the MPFCS is $45.00 per year or 86 cents per week.

If you did not have a membership last year, please go directly to our membership page. To renew your membership please go to CanadaHelps.org. When you visit the Family Centre, you can pay using cash, credit card, or cheque. Please speak to one of our staff and they will help you.

Family Day Care Providers and Nannies are asked to request parents of the children in their care to purchase a MPFCS membership.

Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society

We are a non-profit society offering a range of resources and services for parents, caregivers and their young children, pre-birth to 6 years. A Home Away From Home, Mount Pleasant Family Centre is a place for families with young children to drop in, make new friends, learn new skills and receive support in times of need.

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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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