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September Newsletter

August 30, 2019
SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER
Executive Director's Autumn Report 
 
Dear Members
September at the Family Drop in is typically an extremely busy month with families returning from vacations and picking up their local routines.  Fortunately for everyone, the Family Drop in remains steady and we are fortunate that Maria, Ewa, Flora and Alma, led by our Program Manager, Betisa remain devoted to supporting your visits and ensuring our programs are warm and welcoming. 
Close by, at the Early Years Refugee Program our staff team (Theresa, Manjit, Jasmine, Laila), are adjusting once again to a new schedule and increased case load while they welcome new arrivals from Syria, Iraq, Iran and the Congo and anticipate the return of Maaly (Family & Child Settlement Worker) from her maternity leave.  Farnaz and Rashida however, remain steady at the Welcome to Canada  Family Drop in program located at the ISS Welcome Centre on Victoria Drive  and look forward to welcoming local and refugee families for their specialized programs including the circles of learning and fun!
Regarding our Board of Directors, Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society will be welcoming 3 inspiring new Board members at our October AGM. We are incredibly fortunate to have 10 returning Directors who bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion to our mission.  And lastly, I want to give a heartfelt THANK YOU, to Anthony Fast and Alexis Stoymenoff who have dedicated so much of their time and energy to our collective wellbeing and who will be leaving the Board this October! 
In closing, please join us on October 15th at the ISS Welcome Centre for our AGM when we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Circles of Care and Connection Program (early years refugee program).  For more detailed information please check with the Drop in staff team and I will look forward to meeting you at the AGM.
With kind regards, 
Gini Bonner
Executive Director, MPFCS
Featured Board Member of the Month: Klara Cigankova
I first attended the Mount Pleasant Family Centre when my son Frank was 4 months old, and it took only 30 minutes for me to realize how amazing it was. When I arrived on that rainy day, I received a warm welcome, one of the staff took Frank to the play area, and I was told to have a little rest and some snacks. I became quite emotional, because the idea of someone taking care of my child and me seemed very special. Frank is now almost 2 years old and we continue coming to the Family Centre twice a week. It’s a pleasure to be there, and we always feel so supported by the amazing staff, who quickly became part of our extended family.

Like many people in Vancouver, my extended family lives in another part of the world. Because of this, I have sometimes felt lonely and isolated, particularly when Frank was first born and my family was not around. I was happy with my husband and my in-laws, but I still felt that something was missing. I think I just wanted Frank to be around more family; he needed some cousins, some aunties, and some uncles, and so did I! I feel that we got that family at the Family Centre—we got a whole bunch of amazing ‘aunties’, all the incredible staff, who Frank adores, and who have helped him grow as a little man, and helped me grow as a mother.

Through the Family Centre, I have also become more connected to other parents. Before I became a mom, I expected it would be easy to connect with other parents when I was out with the baby. But it wasn’t easy at all! I did meet many parents and their children during different activities and programs, and we did make some small talk, but to get really connected with someone was difficult. I felt I needed a "parent matchmaker" who was not sleep deprived, stressed, or distracted by watching their running toddler. At the Family Centre, I got something very close to this matchmaker: I got a group of lovely staff who facilitated conversations with other parents, and who provided a wonderful, safe space where I could forget my stresses and distractions, and focus on connecting with other parents.

I really can’t imagine what I would do without the Family Centre; it’s truly a home away from home. It has given me so much, so I joined the Board of Directors last year to try to give a little back. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Family Centre, and I’m very excited that I get to be a part of it.

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Goodbye Ana!
We would like to take this opportunity to give a warm goodbye to our summer student Ana, her hard work and dedications were an important part of our team. She proved to us every day that she is a great addition to any team that is lucky to have her as her enthusiasm and her intelligence helped our job become easier every day. As she turns a page in her life, we join together in wishing her every success in all her future endeavors.
Best wishes to you Ana
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September

Annual Participant Survey
Family Resource Programs (FRP) Canada has put together an online participant survey. We will use this information as an evaluation tool for ourselves and to customize our programs for you. The survey will close at the end of September, so please take a few minutes to follow the link below and provide us with your insight!
https://frp-evaluation.ca/psurvey.php?surveycode=P16-954-F
Even in September, 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. If you did not have a membership or renewed, please go directly to our membership page, or when you visit the Family Centre, you can pay using cash, credit card, or cheque. Please speak to our staff and they will help you
Every Saturday morning: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Dads Drop-In All Dads/male caregivers are welcome to bring their kids and make connections with other dads in a well-resourced early learning environment!
September 2, Monday: Labour Day Holiday The Family Centre is closed today
September 3 - 6: During the Drop-In Grandparents' Day Crafts All week there will be special crafts to honour grandparents. Grandparents' Day is September 8
September 9 - 13: During the Drop-In Moon Festival Crafts All week there will be special crafts in preparation for the Moon Festival. Moon Festival is September 13
Second Thursday of each month, Storytime with Negar: During morning Drop-in. Come meet our Family Support Worker, Negar and enjoy stories and song with her at our playroom!
Sep 13, Friday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Family Drop-In, all families/caregivers are welcome to bring their kids for extra morning of playtime
Sep 20, Friday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Family Drop-In, all families/caregivers are welcome to bring their kids for extra morning of playtime
Sep 24, Tuesday: 10:30 AM Fire Drill during morning Drop-In. 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
Last Wednesday of each month, Living Language Institute: 2:15 - 2:45 PM during afternoon Drop-In. We are very pleased to welcome Living Language Institute to play folk-song games at our playroom. Family participation is required
Sep 27, Friday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Family Drop-In, all families/caregivers are welcome to bring their kids for extra morning of playtime
 
OCTOBER
 
Oct 4-Dec 13 – Friday mornings (every two weeks): Nobody’s Perfect is a parent support education group that allows parents to get a better understanding of their children’s development and meet other parents. Participants must be current members of the Family Centre. Please contact Flora for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
October 7 - 8: National Family Week in Canada, this week we celebrate families! The playroom will have family-themed crafts and activities
October 9- 10: Thanksgiving Day Activity The playroom will have Thanksgiving Day-themed crafts and activities
Oct 14, Monday: Thanksgiving Day Holiday The Family Centre is closed today
Please save the date of October 15, Tuesday: 5:30 – 7:30 pm. All current members and guests are welcome to join us for Annual General Meeting at ISS welcome Centre, 2610 Victoria Drive, Vancouver for 10th anniversary of the Circles of Care and Connection/ Early Years Refugee Program. The details will be announced! Childcare will be provided!
Oct 15 – Nov 29, Tuesdays PM and Fridays 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 Maria or Ewa. A family centre membership is required in order to participate
October 31, Thursday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Halloween Pumpkin Patch During the drop-in this morning there will be Halloween-themed activities including a patch of tiny pumpkins! Please bring a toonie to help cover the cost of the pumpkins, also please bring the wrapped candies or chocolate for trick or treat. Costumes are optional
 
November
Nov 11, Monday: Remembrance Day Holiday The Family Centre is closed today
Circles of Care and Connection Program 
 
Family Drop-In Hours:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Tuesdays & Wednesday from 1:00 – 3:00 PM
 
Programming:
Sound, Movement and Play - Tuesdays, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.
Fun folk song approach developed by the Living Language Institute that engages children and their parents/caregivers in singing, movement and social play. It’s an easy, fun program for parents with young children.
 
Check out our website calendar for community visits from the Vancouver Public Librarian, Certified Dental Assistant and Public Health Nurse. 

Welcome our Summer Student!

Ana Tse is going into her fourth year of political science (political theory/environmental politics) at the University of British Columbia. Beyond her studies, she has a strong interest in the non-profit sector and their inner workings, making the position at MPFCS an ideal fit. In her free time, you can find Ana attempting to tackle her never ending to-read list, writing, and watching RuPaul’s Drag Race. Ana will be at MPFCS from June 24 to August 16. Please welcome her to our centre! 

Membership Draw 2019
Congratulations Alison Thorson, the winner of 4 admission tickets TO A VANCOUVER CANADIANS BASEBALL GAME in our 2019 Membership Draw.
Thank you to all our families who have purchased or renewed their memberships, your support is greatly appreciated.
 
Annual membership runs from May 1st to April 30th and cost $45 per year.
Membership fees are a crucial part of our annual revenue to continue our Family Drop-In program, parent education workshops, special events and seasonal celebrations.
 
In order to meet our fundraising goal, we need 333 families to purchase/ renew their membership. We continue to accept payment via cash, cheque or credit card.
For more information please talk to any staff at the Family Centre.

 
Annual Membership - $45
valid from May 2019 – April 30, 2020



 
Help us reach our goal of 333 memberships!
 
To purchase a new membership or renew your existing membership
CLICK HEREMembership fees help fund:
  • Family Drop-In Program
  • Parent Education Courses
  • Special Events
 
Opportunities & Benefits include:
  • Pay $2 per visit for families/$2 per child for caregiver
  • Participation in Parent Education Courses & ABC Program
  • Access to Parent Resource Library
  • To serve on MPFCS Board of Directors
  • Attend and vote in our AGM
  • Birthday party rentals in the Playroom
 
Talk to staff for more details

June Newsletter

May 31, 2019
JUNE NEWSLETTER
Executive Director’s Summer Report
 
June, July and August at the Family Drop in and the Early Years Refugee Program are generally quieter months for our programs.  However, we also host several fun outdoor celebrations that we invite all families to participate, including a Canada Day celebration, Aboriginal Day outing, and a summer picnic in Robson Park.  During the month of June we will welcome Anna, this year’s summer student who comes highly recommended by Reneet our summer student from last year.  Anna will be with us for 8 weeks, spending 3 days week at the Early Years Refugee Program and 2 days at the Family Drop-In.  Please join me in welcoming her to our MP Family Centre Society staff family.
In other news we are pleased to report that the new MCFD funded, Creekside Baby Drop-In program, co facilitated by Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House and Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society staff is busy and running smoothly. Looking forward, I would like to invite all those interested in joining our Board of Directors to contact me directly at 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss this enriching volunteer opportunity and to invite serious applicants to join us for the Board-staff social on July 16th – DTBA.  I will look forward to your email!
 
With Kind Regards, 
Gini Bonner, ED MPFCS 

May is Membership Month
Annual Membership - $45
valid from May 2019 – April 30, 2020



 
Help us reach our goal of 333 memberships!
 
      To purchase a new membership or renew your existing membership
CLICK HEREMembership fees help fund:
  • Family Drop-In Program
  • Parent Education Courses
  • Special Events
 
Opportunities & Benefits include:
  • Pay $2 per visit for families/$2 per child for caregiver
  • Participation in Parent Education Courses & ABC Program
  • Access to Parent Resource Library
  • To serve on MPFCS Board of Directors
  • Attend and vote in our AGM
  • Birthday party rentals in the Playroom
 
Talk to staff for more details
VANCOUVER CANADIANS BASEBALL CLUB TICKETS:If you have purchased a membership in April or May, your name will be entered to win 4 admission tickets to a VANCOUVER CANADIANS BASEBALL GAME. Draw will happen on June 7, 2019.
 
 
National Volunteer Week April 7-13


Being the National Volunteer Week we wish to recognize with a sense of acknowledgement and admiration for the countless hours our volunteers dedicate in support of Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society and our sacred goals. It is with great respect we wish to thank you for all your invaluable service in this especial week and joyfully declare how delighted we are to see you again and again.

 

Thank you and with all sincerity and heartfelt gratitude
Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society

MARCH NEWSLETTER

March 5, 2019
MARCH NEWSLETTER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WINTER REPORT
 

March is a month when we feel that spring is around the corner and with it all the joy and anticipation of new beginnings. Personally, I am excited about March 7th when we host a new version of our annual fundraiser, Savour Our Neighbourhood, and we share a fun evening with many of our members and community partners.  Through this event the staff and Board enjoy being introduced to new friends and community members while we raise funds to support the many services we offer through our programs. This year we are fortunate to have over 40 silent auction items that have been donated to our cause as well as 4 fantastic live auction items that we will be offering at the event.  Our goal for the evening is to raise $20,000, so if you haven’t bought your tickets, there is still time….just click here Tickets

And once again, I hope to see you there!


With Kind Regards, 
Gini Bonner, ED MPFCS 
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Family Drop-In

February 1st- March 22nd, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM we are running Gordon Neufeld workshop at Family Centre. Childcare is provided in the playroom. For more information, please contact Flora at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
March 4 AM, Monday: A Public Health Nurse will visit the playroom. Any parents that have any questions for the nurse are welcome to attend.
March 7 - 8, Thursday and Friday: We are closed.
March 6 – 13, Wednesdays: 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM during afternoon Drop-In. Come sing, dance and play with Adam in our playroom. Family participation is required.
March 13 PM, Wednesday: A Public Health Nurse will visit the playroom. Any parents that have any questions for the nurse are welcome to attend.
Thursday -Baby drop- in: 1-3 PM we welcome pre-crawling babies and their parents to join us for play, songs, and socializing. Please enter through the upstairs playroom door.
April/ May – Friday mornings: Nobody’s Perfect is a parent support education group that allows parents to get a better understanding of their children’s development and meet other parents. Participants must be current members of the Family Centre. Please contact Flora for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Calling all gardeners! If you are interested in helping to tend the family centre plot in the community garden; including planting, weeding, watering and eating! Please contact Flora for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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 PMMarch 5 - March 26, Tuesdays: 1:30 PM - 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! Room 101.
March 7 - 8, Thursday and Friday: All programs are closed.
March 13, Wednesday:  2 PM - 3 PM. A Public Health Nurse Visit from Evergreen Community Health Centre will visit the playroom. Any parents that have any questions for the nurse are welcome to attend.
March 20, Wednesday: 1 PM - 3 PM. A Certified Dental Assistant will be in the playroom for children who have not had any regular dental check ups.

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

February 4, 2019
FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WINTER REPORT


The first month of 2019 is now behind us…the weather is sketchy and we have all been somewhat impacted by the recent lunar eclipse.  For fun let’s see what google has to say….. “Like a regular full moon only stronger, a lunar eclipse focuses attention on your emotions, intimate relationships, and your home and family. A total lunar eclipse has an even stronger influence on your private life. Qualities of emotions and instincts reach their peak at a lunar eclipse. This lets you take an objective and balanced look at your close relationships. Because you will be in touch with your own needs and intentions, you will clearly see any relationship imbalances causing disharmony”.

But remember, no matter how you are feeling, the Family Drop in staff are here to support you!

In fact, the coming month will be filled with lots of activity at the Family Centre that you can read about in the paragraph below.  The Early Years Refugee Program will be welcoming 12 new families with 23 children to the Welcome House and providing each family with support as they transition to a new life in Canada.

In an effort to raise funds to support these valuable programs the Board and staff are planning our 6th annual Savour Our Neighbourhood fundraiser that will take place March 7th at the Heritage Hall and I encourage you to attend.  This will be a fun filled evening with lots laughs, stories and celebration.

I hope to see you there!

 

With Kind Regards, 
Gini Bonner, ED MPFCS 

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Board Member of the Month
Jessica has been working and supporting young children and families, in various child care settings, for over 25 years.  Working with young children helps to keep her grounded in the present moment and engaged in spontaneous learning opportunities.  She is currently working at Little Mountain Neighbourhood House with their Early Years and Out of School Care Programs.  She has a deep respect and appreciation for her personal practice of Yoga and Tai Chi.  These internal arts help her to strive towards wellness and deeper personal connections with those she meets and engages with on a day to day basis. Jessica is the proud parent of two young boys and experienced firsthand the wonderful support and enrichment MPFCS brought to her and her family.  She is grateful for the opportunity to be on the board of the MPFCS - helping to foster creative, vibrant and strong individuals, families and communities.  
Unfortunately for us, Jessica will be leaving our Board at the end of the month.  She and her family will be moving to a new community outside of Vancouver proper! MPFCS Board and staff wish Jessica all the best a on this new adventure. She will be missed!

                         Family Drop-In

February 14, Thursday (Valentine’s Day): Librarian 10:30 AM during Drop-in
Wednesdays: 1:45 PM- 2:15 PM during afternoon Drop-in, come sing, dance and play with Adam in our playroom. Family participation is required.
February 1st- March 22nd, Friday: 9:30-11:30 AM we are running Gordon Neufeld workshop at Family Centre. Childcare is provided in the playroom. Cost is $70 for the 7 weeks 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..
Thursday- Baby Drop-in: 1-3 PM we welcome pre-crawling babies and their parents to join us for play, songs, and socializing. Please enter through the upstairs playroom door.
February 7th PM- Baby Drop-in: Come and speak to a Public Health Nurse regarding baby development.
February 18th, Monday: We are closed for Family Day.

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 PMFebruary 4 & 11, 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..
February 5 - February 26, Tuesdays: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM. Sound, Movement and Play. Room 101. Family participation is required.  
February 18, Monday - We are closed for Family Day.Donations Needed for Refugee Families:
We are in need of bassinet for a newborn.  Please contact Laila -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 778-372-6604.

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