July 3, 2016

July 2016 Newsletter

Written by Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society

July at the Family Centre

Welcome Theresa!
Theresa is originally from the Kootenays and has worked in the non-profit community for over 15 years. She has experience in creating and implementing programs for various target audiences on a provincial and community level. Her passion lies in helping people and making a positive contribution within her community. Her most recent job catered to children and their families with a focus on community programming, as well as, childhood developmental disabilities. She is a mother of 2 young kids and lives in the Mount Pleasant area. In her spare time, she likes to bike, garden and spend time with friends and family. She looks forward to her new role at MPFCS and meeting new friends.


Welcome Summer Students!
Michelle is currently a 4th year student at UBC. When she was younger she regularly attended Mount Pleasant Family Centre and is very happy to be able to contribute to the Centre that gave her very memorable experiences. 

Kara strives to support healthy growth and development of babies and toddlers at the Family Centre through organizing and implementing interactive activities with the children and their caregivers. She enjoys her work at the Family Centre, as it gives her opportunities to establish meaningful connections with the culturally diverse groups of parents and children.

Joanna is excited to be able to interact with toddlers and families to support healthy development this summer. She hopes to meet as many of the families as she can, so be sure to drop in sometime!

Charity Challenge Update

On Sunday, June 26, about 20 people - staff, board members, and families - gathered to participate for a second time in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge 5K and half-marathon. This race is a great way for charities to fundraise and participate in a well-organized event. So far this year, we have raised $4,460, which will be used to purchase additional equipment for our NEW PLAYGROUND (rebuild happening in the fall).

If you missed the opportunity to make a donation, don't worry! We can continue to receive donations until July 25. Simply go to our blog and follow the link to donate.

Letter from our Storyteller!
Dear parents and children of the Mount Pleasant Family Centre. As some of you know, I have been commissioned to write a story celebrating MPFC’s 40 years of supporting families in the neighbourhood. The process of researching and interviewing has begun in a lovely way, and a few recent ABC graduates and alumni will be participating in October’s storytelling performance! I look forward to meeting you all then. – Naomi Steinberg, storyteller

Crows Love Strollers
We have a couple of clever crows who regularly steal food out of the strollers parked outside the Family Centre. Please do not leave food in your stroller!

Riding Your Bike to the Drop-In?
Please park and lock your bike on the outside of the fence around the playground. This reduces the congestion around the outdoor play areas.

July Events!

July 1st, Friday: Canada Day The Family Centre will be CLOSED.
July 8 - 29, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Friday Morning Drop-Ins During the month of July we are opening on Friday mornings for an additional Family Drop-In! Wow!
July 15th, Friday: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Nourishing Family Meals: Dietician Cathy Wang will present tips and answer questions about healthy family eating. Presentation will be downstairs between 10 &11 am. Children will be cared for upstairs.
July 22nd, Friday: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Gentle Hatha/Yin Yoga with Nadine. Join us downstairs for a lovely break with some yoga from 10 -11AM.  Children will be cared for upstairs. Please sign up! 

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 Family Support Workers 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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