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November Newsletter

October 30, 2018
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FALL REPORT
 
Please join me in congratulating Theresa Tang who has accepted the role of Program Manager at our satellite program, Circles of Care and Connection, located in the ISS Welcome Center on Victoria Drive. While Theresa will be missed at the Robson Park Family Drop-In, she will continue to provide sincere support to families and excellent leadership within the organization.  If you would like to contact Theresa, she can still be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..In addition, we are fortunate to welcome Shahira, Kerry, Rita and Negar to our staff family.  Each have long time relationships with MPFCS as parents, Board members, students or relief staff.
 
With Kind Regards, 
Gini Bonner, ED MPFCS
 
Board Update
 
October 16th we hosted our AGM and voted in our new and returning Board of Directors who immediately got to work reviewing our organizational mission, vision and values and began to envision our strategic direction for the next three years. During this process the Board identified that our mission is very much on track and that our strategies to achieve our mission have withstood the test of time. It was very satisfying to hear from staff, stories of success and to reaffirm that family centered support services are truly effective. As we plan for the future, the Board will be prioritizing our organizational goals and I will be strategizing with the staff how to achieve them.  Please feel free to contribute your ideas by sending me an email -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Your thoughts, opinions and suggestions are welcome.
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Board Member of the Month

Anthony is beginning his third year on the Board of Directors at MPFCS, and his second year as Chair of the Board.Anthony believes in the power of community, and he is proud to be part of an organization like MPFCS.He has had a lot of fun helping raise funds with events like Savour Our Neighbourhood, and he is committed to ensuring the future success of the organization by participating in strategic planning. 

Anthony is passionate about personal finance, and his 'day-job' is at a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Canadians enhance their personal finance skills, learn about options for dealing with their debt, and provide hope for clients experiencing difficult financial situations.

Anthony believes that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts: “Like a great recipe, each individual board member contributes their own unique flavour to the governance of the organization. The energy, ideas, and personality of each director add so much to our work as a board, and good things happen when we work together.”

Family Drop-In

November 8, Thursday: Teddy Bear Clinic from 9:30 to 10:45 am
November 12, Monday: Family Centre closed in lieu of Remembrance Day.November 13, Tuesday: Choosing Child Care from 10:00 am to 11:00 am 
Choosing a quality child care setting can be challenging with long waiting lists, various types of child care and the unique requirements of your child and family to consider. It is important to start early and know that there are services available to assist you with your search.Choosing a child care option is a significant decision for you and your child. During this workshop, Christine Fong, Parent Services Advisor with Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre will provide information and resources to assist you in your decision making process.

November 19, Monday: Librarian at 10:30 am during drop-in                  November 22, Thursday: Librarian at 1:30 pm during drop-in

From Oct 24 to Nov 21 student nurses, Erin and Angie from the UBC Nursing program will be participating in the playroom on Wednesday mornings.

From Oct 24 to Nov 21 student nurses, Dayna and Elizabeth will be participating in the baby group on Thursday  afternoons.

Cap C Survey: Every November our funders at Health Canada ask us to get feedback from our participants to help improve our programs. The survey is available at the Family Drop in Program. Thanks for your co-operation!

Circles of Care & Connection Program
 
Come visit our 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 & from 1:00 - 3:00 PMNovember 5, 19 & 26, 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 Theresa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
November 6 - November 27, Tuesdays: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM. Sound, Movement and Play. Room 101. Family participation is required.  
November 7 - November 14 - Wednesdays: 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM during afternoon Drop-In. Come sing, dance and play with Adam Smith in our playroom. Family participation is required.
November 12, Monday - We are closed in lieu of Remembrance Day. 
Donations Needed for Refugee Families:
We are in need of baby items (bouncy chair and crib) and warm adult and children's clothing (winter jackets, shoes, toques and gloves). Please contact Manjit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 778-372-6602.

October 2018 Newsletter

October 22, 2018
National Family Week 2018 
National Family Week occurs between October 1-7 and the theme of 2018 is "Positive Relationships, Thriving Families". Positive relationships are the backbone of children's healthy development, thriving families and strong communities. Check out Families Canadafor more information!
Importance of Eating Meals Together 

Family dinners are an important aspect of children's development for many reasons:
- they are proven to increase children's self-esteem 
- they reduce riskier behaviour later on in their teenage years 
- structured mealtimes can reduce the likelihood of eating disorders Click this link to see the benefits of eating together as a family and suggestions for simple, healthy meals. 
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Featured Staff of the Month
Maria Luz Fernandez has been an integral part of MPFCS for over 27 years and has been thoroughly involved in the growth and continued presence of the organization.Maria was awarded the City of Vancouver’s 2015 Healthy City for All Award of Excellence for her numerous years of commitment to the development of the city.
 
Even as years pass and children grow up, they come back in their adult years to visit Maria because they were so fond of her.She leaves a lasting impression on every family that she encounters and she truly embraces each and every person that comes through the doors of MPFCS. The staff, volunteers, and families of MPFCS are all very thankful for all that Maria has done! 

Family Drop-In Program


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. Please ask Flora for more info and to sign up.October 16, 2018: Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society Annual General Meeting:
Please join our Board of Director's for a Pot Luck dinner a followed by our AGM.  During this meeting we will say goodbye to our outgoing Board members and vote  in our new Board.  Gini our Executive Director will give a brief update of our new strategic plan and we will have some fun playing to win a gift certificate Deep Cove Kayak.
November - 2 -  December 14, Friday's: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Circle of Security. This is a relationship based early intervention parenting program designed to enhance security and attachment between parents and children.  Please speak with Flora or Ewa for more information and register for this powerful parent education program.
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 to 11:30 AM and  from 1:00 - 3:00 PM
October 2- November 27, Tuesdays: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM. Sound, Movement and Play. Room 101. Family participation is required.
October 3 - November 14 - Wednesdays: 1:45 PM - 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:
We are in need of warm adult and children's clothing - i.e. winter jackets, toques and gloves. Please contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 778-372-6603.
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!

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