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DATE CORRECTIONS
 
 

Family Drop-In Program

There will be NO Family Drop-In Program on September 8. Sorry for any inconvenience. 
September 14 - October 19, 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. Participants must be current members of the Family Centre. For more info, please contact Flora at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Executive Director End of Summer Report

Dear Members,During the summer we noticed a significant drop in attendance in the playroom, but we totally understand given how crazy hot  it was upstairs during those smoldering high temperatures!  Just realizing that the cooler days of fall are approaching reminds us that the playroom will soon be buzzing and staff will happily be welcoming new families and returning members.Over the summer months I have been very busy writing grants, recruiting new Board members, and establishing a strategic planning process that will be underway this month. During this process we will be focusing on the physical capacity of the organization and determining if a new building will be our first priority! I would love to hear from our membership and welcome your comments, thoughts and ideas.  If you would like to send me an email&nbspThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., I will include your communication in my report to the Board during strategic planning.Looking forward to another fantastic year at MPFCS!
With Kind Regards,
Gini Bonner, ED MPFCS
Board Recruitment
 
We are currently seeking new Board Members and welcome all inquiries. 
Benefits include:
- hands on experience in a variety of leadership roles
- bettering your community
- opportunity to work and interact with people with various backgrounds
Please contact Gini Bonner, our Executive Director, at 604-872-6757 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about this rewarding opportunity.
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Board Member of the Month
Felicity Turner was new to Vancouver. Her husband was working long hours and she was usually on her own with her young daughter, Beatrice. She was also 12 weeks pregnant with her second child.
 
Felicity and Beatrice were both having a difficult time adjusting to their new life. They felt homesick and lonely, and Felicity was scared of having another baby in a new country without family or friends around to support her.
 
That’s when she discovered Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society. She found a warm and caring space where her daughter could play and make friends. She attended parenting classes and gained new skills and new confidence for being a mom.“I can honestly say that I’m a better parent because of the Family Centre, thanks to the parental courses, staff and the community connections I’ve made,” says Felicity. 

Family Drop-In Program


September 3, Monday: Labour Day The Family Centre will be CLOSED.
September 11, Tuesday: 10:30 AM Fire Drill This will happen during morning Drop-In Program. A hand-held bell is used to alert the beginning of the drill.
September 15 - October 20, 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. Participants must be current members of the Family Centre. For more info, please contact Flora at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
September 20, Thursday: Storytime with the VPL Librarian during morning
Drop-In. Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories.
September 27, Thursday: Storytime with the VPL Librarian during Baby Drop-In. Come sing, rhyme and enjoy stories with the librarian.
Circles of Care & Connection Program
 
Come visit the Circles of Care and Connection 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 and  from 1:00 - 3:00 PM
September 10 - 24, 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 Manjit, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
September 11 -  November 27,  Tuesdays:  1:30 - 2:30 PM,  Sound, Movement and Play.
September 12 - November 14, Wednesdays: 1:45 – 2:15 PM during afternoon Drop-In. Come sing, dance and play with  Adam Smith in our playroom. Family participation is required. 

Donations Needed for Refugee Families
If you would like to donate children's clothing please contact Maaly, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 778-372-6603.
 
July at the Family Centre
 
July 2, Monday: We will be CLOSED because it is an additional statutory holiday for Canada Day.
July 6, Friday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Family Drop-In  All families are welcome to bring their kids for an extra morning of playtime!
July 13 - August 24, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Making Sense of Preschoolers Gordon Neufeld Video Course provides insight into their shyness, separation anxieties, aggression, resistance, oppositionality and more. Making sense of these confusing yet wondrous creatures lays the foundation for intuitive and rewarding parenting. Childcare is provided in the playroom. Cost is $70 for the 7 week 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..
 
Circles of Caring and Connection Program 

Donations Needed for CCC Families
If you would like to donate a double stroller or clothing for baby boys (3 months and older) please contact our child and family settlement worker Maaly  - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone phone 778 372 6603. ​A big thank you for your help and support!


OH CANADA!
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Your Membership is Important!

Membership fees are a crucial part of our annual revenue to continue:
- Family Drop-In Program
- Parent education courses

- Special events

Help us reach our goal of 333 memberships!
Annual membership $45 
valid from May 2018 - April 30, 2019 

 
To purchase a new membership or renew your existing membership - CLICK HERE
 
Opportunities & Benefits include:
  • Pay $2 per visit for families/$2 per child for caregivers
  • Access to Parent Resource Library
  • Register and participate in Parent Education and ABC Program
  • To serve on the MPFCS Board of Directors
  • Attend and vote in our AGM
  • Birthday party rentals in the Playroom
 
Playground Update
New Playground Equipment!
We will be adding some new playground equipment soon! The dates for installation is July 11, 12 & 13. On these days, the playground will be closed off in order to put in the new items. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
                     
June at the Family Centre
 

June 4, Monday, AM Drop-In:Storytime with the VPL Librarian Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories!
June 12, Tuesday: Both Morning & Afternoon Drop-In Graduation Day We celebrate all the children who will be attending Kindergarten this fall! A ceremony will be held and each child will be recognized. The Drop-In will remain open to the public, but play time will be shorter. This might not be the best day for families with very small children to attend. For more details, please talk to Maria or Ewa.
June 15 & 22, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Family Drop-In  All families are welcome to bring their kids for extra mornings of playtime!
June 21, Thursday:National Aboriginal Day FAMILY & BABY DROP-IN WILL BE CLOSED ON THIS DAY. Families are encouraged to meet us at the following sites:
10 AM Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre - 1607 East Hastings Street
12 PM Trout Lake - John Hendry Park (Victoria Drive between 13th Ave & 19th Ave) at the Main Stage. For more information on the event, CLICK HERE
June 29, Friday: 10 AM - 1 PM Canada Day Celebration Join us in our annual celebration of Canada Day! Crafts, face painting, and entertainment are just some of the fun festivities. Bring your own lunch and a picnic blanket. 

Circles of Caring and Connection Program 
 
 
Interested in being a Board Member?
We are seeking new board members!  It is a great way to contribute to your community while gaining hands-on experience in a variety of leadership roles. It provides an opportunity to work and interact with people from different walks of life, while providing valuable lessons in teamwork, leadership, and commitment to something above and beyond our daily existence.For more information, please contact Gini Bonner, Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 604-872-6757 to learn more about this rewarding opportunity. Alternatively, you are welcome to join us for our Board Staff Potluck on July 17th at 5:30 pm at the Family Centre. This is a child friendly evening. We are non profit organziation located at 2910 St. George Street Vancouver (adjacent to Robson Park). 
 
 
Welcome Summer Student!

 
My name is Reneet Dhillon and I am going into my third year  of a Political Science major and have future aspirations to attend law  school.  My hobbies include playing and coaching soccer, photography, and volunteering with many local organizations. In addition to English, I also speak Punjabi, Hindi, and French. I am very excited to be a co-op  student with the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society. Reneet will be here from June 4 - August 31. Please welcome her to our centre! 

 
 
 
Membership Update & Draw
Thank you to all our families who have purchased or renewed their memberships in the month of May!  
 
VANCOUVER AQUARIUM TICKETS!
If you have purchased a membership in May or June, your name will be entered to win 4 general admission tickets to the Vancouver Aquarium. Draw will happen at our Canada Event on June 29. Good luck to everyone! 
OUR GOAL 333 families to purchase/renew their membership
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP  $45 (valid from May 2018 - April 30, 2019). We accept cash, credit or cheque. For more information, please talk to any staff at the Family Centre.

 
 
New Playground Equipment!
We will be adding some new playground equipment soon! The tentative dates for installation is June 11, 12 & 13. On these days, the playground will be closed off in order to put in the new items. We will keep you posted on the exact dates once confirmed. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
                     
 

Looking forward to July...

July 6 & 13, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Family Drop-In  All families are welcome to bring their kids for extra mornings of playtime!
July 20 - August 31, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Making Sense of Preschoolers Gordon Neufeld provides insight into their shyness, separation anxieties, aggression, resistance, oppositionality and more. Making sense of these confusing yet wondrous creatures lays the foundation for intuitive and rewarding parenting. A current Family Centre membership is required. Cost for the program is $70. For more information, contact Flora.

May 2018 newsletter

April 30, 2018
May is Membership Month!


Annual membership - $45
valid from May 2018 - April 30, 2019 

Help us reach our goal of 333 memberships!
 

Membership Fees help fund:
Family Drop-In Program
Parent education courses
Special events 
 
To purchase a new membership or renew your existing membership
CLICK HERE
 
Opportunities & Benefits include:
  • Pay $2 per visit for families/$2 per child for caregivers
  • Access to Parent Resource Library
  • Register and participate in Parent Education and ABC Program
  • To serve on the MPFCS Board of Directors
  • Attend and vote in our AGM
  • Birthday party rentals in the Playroom 
 
May calendar - Family Drop-In Program
May 1 - June 8, 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 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, Wednesdays: 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm during afternoon Drop-In. Participants do not need to register. Come sing, dance and play with the music guy, Adam Smith, in our playroom. Family participation is required.
May 14, Monday: AM Drop-In Toddler Round Up Come speak to a Public Health Nurse regarding toddler development (i.e. nutrition, speech, behaviour, teeth, vision).
May 21, Monday: Victoria Day The Family Centre will be CLOSED. Enjoy the long weekend!


Circles of Care and Connection Program 

Donations for Refugee Families
The CCC team would like to thank everyone who has  already  made donations for our refugee families. 

This time we are looking for:

April at the Family Centre
 
March 30, Friday & April 2, Monday: Good Friday and Easter Monday The Family Centre will be CLOSED.
April 9, Monday (AM Drop-In) & April 12, Thursday (PM Baby Drop-In):Storytime with the VPL Librarian Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories!
 April 24, Tuesday: STAFF PROFESSIONAL DAY  The Family Centre and all CCC programs will be CLOSED.

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.


Literacy through Music Program 
We are very pleased to welcome Adam Smith to our playroom to sing, dance and play. No registration required and everyone welcomed!
  

Circles of Care and Connection Program & Update

Some of our refugee families are still looking for baby gates, if you have one, that you do not need any more, please email Laila - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone 778 372 6604.  

The CCC team would like to thank everyone who made donations for our newly arrived refugee families.  

 
Teddy Bear Clinic
On March 15, UBC Teddy Bear Clinic came during our AM Drop-In. Children brought their favorite stuffed animal (or borrowed one from the UBC program) and, together with a medical student, took care of their stuffy using many of the real gadgets that doctors often use. This clinic is a way of addressing fears a child may have about their medical care, by providing a fun, positive, and interactive play experience at a pretend doctor’s visit. 
 

 

 

 

Looking forward to May....

May 1 - June 8, 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 14, Monday: AM Drop-In Toddler Round Up Come speak to a Public Health Nurse regarding toddler development (i.e. nutrition, speech, behaviour, teeth, vision).

 
May Membership Month is Coming!
You are welcome to beat the rush and renew or purchase your annual membership of $45 in April! Speak to staff to find out more!
 
Congratulations to Martina Waldkirch! She is the winner of the Gift of Flight from WestJet. Thank you to all who contributed and supported Savour Our Neighbourhood 2018. 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.
 
Pictured celebrating above isour Financial Administrator, Marjorie, 
Winner of the Gift of Flight, Martina and our Executive Director, Gini.
 
 
Help us keep the air we share healthy and fragrance free. Use of perfume, cologne, aftershave and other fragrances make some people sick. Please use unscented personal products. Thanks for your consideration!
March at the Family Centre
Tickets are still available for our
fabulous fundraiser!


March 8, 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 
Don't forget to add your WestJet draw ticket at Eventbrite checkout! 1 in 200 chance to win a return flight to anywhere WestJet flies. 

*Important Closure Information
March 8, Thursday:  Drop-In Program will be will be CLOSED all day in order to prepare for our event.
March 9, Friday: The Family Centre will be CLOSED on this day as we recover from putting on our fundraiser.
March 30, Friday & April 2, Monday: Drop-In Program will be will be CLOSED - Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Regular Programming Info
March 13, Tuesday: 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 15, Thursday: UBC Teddy Bear Clinic during AM Drop-In Program.  Children can bring their favorite stuffed animal (or borrow one from the UBC program) and, together with a medical student, take care of their stuffy using many of the real gadgets that doctors often use. This clinic is a way of addressing fears a child may have about their medical care, by providing a fun, positive, and interactive play experience at a pretend doctor’s visit.
March 16  - May 11, Fridays (no session March 30) : 9:30 - 11:30 AM Circle of Security This parenting series is a relationship based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children.  Participants must be current members of the Family Centre. Please speak with Flora for more information. 
March 19 - 29: VSB Spring Break The Family Centre is OPEN through Spring Break.

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.
Resource books in our library
We have a variety of  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.
 

Circles of Care and Connection Program & Update

Donations needed
We are still looking for baby gates for our refugee families,  if you have one, that you do not need any more, please email Laila - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone 778 372 6604.  

If you would like to donate clothing for boys 3 and 8 years old and 10 year old girl, double stroller, single stroller (for a one year old) and  size 6 diapers please contact Manjit - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 778 372 6602.

The CCC team would like to thank everyone who made donations for our newly arrived refugee families. 

 
2018 Early Bird tickets still available!
Deadline February 8.
EARLY BIRD TICKETS - CLICK HERE
 
Don't forget to add your West Jet Draw ticket
1/200 chance to win a Gift of Flight from West Jet!
Join us for local beer, wine and bites from many of our Mount Pleasant eateries accompanied by live music on Thursday, March 8. 
For more event info - CLICK HERE
Volunteer opportunities for this event - CLICK HERE
 
February at the Family Centre
February 17 - March 24, 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. To register, please contact Flora. 
February 12, Monday: Family Day The Family Centre will be CLOSED. Enjoy this time with your family. 
February 13 - March 23, 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.
February 22, Thursday: Dental Visit during PM Baby Drop-In.
February 28, Wednesday: Dental Visit Screening during AM Drop-In for ages 1-3 years old who don't have regular dental check ups.  
 
Circles of Care and Connection Program 


Donations needed
The CCC team would like to thank everyone who made donations for our newly arrived refugee families.  If you would like to donate a single bed and mattress to one of CCC families, please contact our child and family settlement worker Narsmeen,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telephone 778 372 6602. We are also looking for baby gates,  if you have one, you do not need any more, please email Laila - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone 778 372 6604
Special programs at CCC - 3rd Floor Playroom, 2610 Victoria Drive:
Tuesdays, until April 3: 1:30 - 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! 
Wednesdays, until April 11: 1:00-3:00PM Healthy Together is an innovative and unique family education program that brings families together to learn to make healthy choices and build healthy relationships. It is offered thanks to financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada. To register please call Sanja, 778 372 6552.

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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