Newsletter

January at the Family Centre

January 2, Monday:New Year Day Stat The Family Centre will be CLOSED.
January 3, Tuesday: Welcome Back! The Family Centre will be reopen with regular program hours. 
January 12, Thursday: Librarian visit from the Vancouver Public Library during AM Drop-In and PM Baby Drop-In
January 25, Wednesday: The Family Centre will be CLOSED.
January 20 - March 3, Fridays - 7 weeks: 9:30 AM - 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.
January 21 - March 18, 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. 

Parent as Provider
When you sign-in at the family centre, we are now encouraging the adults to take responsibility for putting the piece of fruit they have brought to share on the fruit plate, as well as for putting money in the donation box. We recognize that there are a variety of reasons adults might want to include their children in these steps, however, providing food and monetary support are the adult's job. Also, much of the fruit gets damaged - either from being dropped or squeezed before getting on the plate!



Looking ahead to February...
February 7 - March 24, Tuesdays: 1 - 3 PM ABC Time On these Tuesday afternoons, 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.

Even in January, 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 purchase or renew your membership in January, that's less than $3 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 an MPFCS membership.

October 2016

October 3, 2016

October at the Family Centre

National Family Week is October 3-7 and 

Vancouver Family Place Day is October 9!

October 1, Saturday: 2-5 pm 40th Anniversary Family Dance Join us and celebrate our 40 year anniversary with a Family Dance. Information on our website and to purchase tickets on eventbrite, click here - BUY FAMILY DANCE TICKETS

October 7 & 14, Friday's: 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. Ask Flora for more info and to sign up for the next session.

October 10, Monday:Thanksgiving Day The Family Centre will be CLOSED.
October 11 - November 25, Tuesday's 1-3 PM and Friday's 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.
October 18, Tuesday: 5:30 - 8 pm Annual General Meeting All current members are welcome to join us for a potluck dinner provided by the existing Board Members) upstairs in the playroom. After dinner, the adults will go downstairs for the meeting and the children will stay upstairs to play with the childcare providers. Please register your attendance by calling the Family Centre 604-872-6757 and include your name, your child(ren)'s names and ages and your member number.
October 21 - December 9, Friday's: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Circle of Security is an early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. For more information or to sign up, please contact Ewa. A family centre membership is required in order to participate.
October 27, Thursday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Speech Therapist Visit during AM Drop-In. She will give a short talk on normal language development and be able to answer questions.
October 31, Monday:Pumpkin Patch in the yard during morning and afternoon Drop-In. Come in costume and join in the fun! Please bring a loonie to cover the cost of pumpkins!

Literacy through Music Program
October 5, 12, 19 and 26, Wednesday's: 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm during afternoon Drop-In.
Participants do not need to register. 
Come sing, dance and play with Music Therapist, Melody Owen. Family participation is required.

Goodbye Nina!

We will be saying goodbye to Nina as of October 1, 2016. She was with us for a year and a half and supported and led several projects such as the Baby Drop-In Program, a
successful gardening workshop and our Canada Day Celebration. She cultivated many positive relationships with our Drop-In families. The staff at Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society would like to wish her well and best of luck on her future endeavours! She will be truly missed by all. Alma Tuliao will be returning to her position starting Monday, October 3, 2016. 

 

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.

September 2016 Newsletter

September 1, 2016

September at the Family Centre

September 1, Thursday: 1 - 3 PM Baby Drop-In Continues This drop-in is focused on babies under one year. Explore their needs and developmental stages and learn ways to support your baby through attachment and healthy growth. This drop-in requires no registration and will continue on Thursday afternoons.
September 5, Monday:Labour Day The Family Centre will be CLOSED.
September 6, Tuesday:Storytime with the VPL Librarian during morning Drop-In. Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories.
September 7, Wednesday:Fire Drill During morning Drop-In, we will have a fire drill at 10:15 am. This 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 (not our building's alarm bell) to alert the beginning of the drill.
September 8, Thursday:Grandparents' Day during the Drop-In. There will be special activities to honour grandparents. Grandparents' Day is September 11.
September 9 - October 14, 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.
September 12 - 15, Monday - Thursday:Moon Festival Crafts during Drop-In. All week there will be special crafts in preparation for the Moon Festival (Thursday, September 15).
September 22, Thursday:Storytime with the VPL Librarian during Baby Drop-In. Come sing,rhyme and enjoy stories with the librarian.
September 24 - November 19, 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. Please ask Flora for more info and to sign up.
September 26, Monday: 9:30-11:30 AM Dental Visit Screening during Drop-In for ages 1-3 years old who don't have regular dental check ups. 
September 29, Thursday: 1 - 3 PM Dental Visit Workshop Info for babies during Baby Drop-In.


Literacy through Music Program
We are pleased to announce a new program this fall called Literacy Through Music Program. Melody Owen will be the facilitator and will offer the singing and music program for 10 sessions starting Monday, September 26 from 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm. The program will be part of our regular Drop In Program and the Circles of Caring Connections Program. Participants do not need to register.

Join us at our 40th Anniversary Family Dance!

October 1st, Saturday: 2 - 5 pm
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

This is a perfect event for children ages 0-6. You can also help our refugee families attend this dance by sponsoring them. Your donation of $5 sponsors a child and $10 sponsors an adult. Or you can donate $30 to sponsor an entire family.  

Tickets on sale now on Eventbrite. mpfamilydance.eventbrite.ca

Board Recruitment
Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society is located at 2910 St. George Street in Vancouver (adjacent to Robson Park). We are seeking new Board Members and would welcome all enquiries. Please contact Gini Bonner, our Executive Director at 604-872-6757 to learn more about this rewarding opportunity. 

Why Volunteer? Volunteering is a great way to gain hands-on experience in a variety of leadership roles while bettering your community. 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.

I look forward to hearing from you!  Gini

August picnic at Robson Park
Our annual picnic at Robson Park was a great success. On August 17th, MPFCS welcomed families from our Drop-In and Circles of Care and Connection Early Years Refugee Program. It was well attended as 53 MPFC family members with 92 children from our Family Drop-In Program and 19 families with 40 children, enrolled in the CCC Early Years Refugee Program attended the festivities. Everyone enjoyed playing the outdoors games, art making, face painting, the pinata and meeting other families. The highlight of the day was singing Happy Birthday to our long standing volunteer Janice. And the chocolate birthday cake was the favourite of everyone!

Our newly arrived Syrian families also expressed the following statements: "This was one of our best days since we arrived to Canada". "I was so happy to meet other families like mine. We ate lunch together and our children played together. Thank you for this". "My favourite part  was meeting my new friends"! Thank you to the kind support of the following local stores: Buy Low Foods, Nesters Market, Safeway, Save On Foods and Superstore. As a result of their contributions, we were able to provide lunch for the refugee families.


Are you handy or know someone who is?
We are currently looking for a volunteer who is handy that can help out with fixing little things at the Mount Pleasant Family Centre. If you are interested or know someone who is, please contact Theresa, Program Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 604-872-6757.


Looking ahead to October and November...

October 11 - November 25, Tuesday's 1-3 PM and Friday's 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.

October 21 - December 9, Fridays: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Circles of Security The Circle of Security is a relationship based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Eva will co-facilitate the course which runs Friday mornings. Participants must be current members of the Family Centre. Please speak with Ewa for more information. 

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.

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.

Membership Drive Update
Thanks to all our families who have purchased or renewed their memberships! Your support is greatly appreciated. We need 333 families to purchase/renew their membership in order to meet this part of our fundraising goal.
If you have not yet renewed your membership, you still can do so! The next time you drop in, just bring cash, a cheque, or a credit card with you. Annual memberships are $45 for the year (which breaks down to only 86 cents per week!) and expire at the end of April 2017.

Books for Sale!
We have the distinct pleasure of selling Deborah MacNamara's new 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.
Here's an excerpt of a description of the book from Dr. MacNamara's website:
"Based on science and the relational developmental approach of renowned psychologist and bestselling author Gordon Neufeld, Rest, Play, Grow reveals how adults have a critical role to play in creating the conditions for young children to flourish. This is the story of how young children develop, from their intense need for attachment and the vital importance of play to discipline that preserves growth. Engagingly written, with compassion for its subjects and rich with stories from them and their parents, Rest, Play, Grow will forever change the way you think of the preschoolers in your life."


Scotiabank Charity Challenge: Get Moving and Support the Family Centre!

Here's another way you can support us! Please join the Mount Pleasant Family Centre as we run and walk in the Scotiabank Half-Marathon and 5K. Many of the staff and board members are walking to raise money for our beloved Family Centre. The additional funding we receive can be used for more parent education programs or for improvements to our playground. You know how important these things are for families! We hope you will join our team in support of our commitment to providing safe welcoming spaces for families with little children.

There are two ways you can support us - if you want to get your groove on and join us in the Challenge, go to our website, www.mpfamilycentre.ca and register. Use the code16VMPFC to receive a discounted registration fee.

If you are unable to join us in the walk/run, you can go to our website,www.mpfamilycentre.ca and make a donation. 100% of your donation goes to support the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society.

Special Thanks to Carrie!
Carrie Cassidy has been with us Mondays - Wednesdays since the beginning of April as a Counselling Practicum student. We value her sensitive support for parents, as well as her willingness to share her  expertise and connections to resources for Atypical children. Carrie will be here until mid-June, so be sure to drop in and wish her well on her journey into counselling!

And now, on to June...
June 7, Tuesday: 1 - 3 PM ABC Time On this Tuesday afternoon, we will 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.
June 14, Tuesday: Both Morning & Afternoon Drop-Ins Graduation Day This is the day we celebrate all the children who will be attending kindergarten in the fall! We hold a ceremony outside in the grass and each "graduate" is recognized. The drop-in will still be open to the public, but play time will be shorter. There will be many people attending and more time for sitting still. This might not be the best day for families with very small children to attend. If you have a child entering kindergarten who regularly comes to the Family Centre, please check with Maria or Ewa to find out more details.
June 17 & 24, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Family Daycare Mornings Family daycare providers are welcome to bring their kids for a special morning of playtime just for them! Please sign up in advance with Ewa or Maria.
June 30, Thursday: 10:00 - 1 PM Canada Day Celebration Please come for a fun morning of Canada Day activities! There will be crafts, face painting, cow milking demonstrations from BC Dairies, a parade, singing the national anthem, and more! We will be selling food, so bring a bit of money to spend, too! The regular morning drop in, and the afternoon baby drop-in will be closed for this event. 

Outdoor Fun  We continue to encourage parents to enjoy outdoor play with their children. Our bikes, cars and diggers are available from 9-3:30, 9-noon on Thursday. Now that we are getting more sun, please remember that we have a shady yard with blankets and toys for cooler fun!

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.


Looking Ahead to July...
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!


Annual membership runs from May 1st to April 30th, and costs $45 per year (which averages out to only 86 cents a week). 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. Our goal is to have 333 memberships paid for this year!

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.


Literacy Through Music Teacher
Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society is pleased to be accepting applications for the Literacy Through Music Teacher position. The Literacy Through Music Teacher provides a singing and music program as an enhancement for the literacy efforts in our Family Drop-In. The participants will be children ranging in age from birth to 5 years and their adults. As this program will be part of our regular drop-in, the participants will not be registered.

For more information, please visit our job posting. To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume by Friday, May 6 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Family Drop-In Team Lead.


Get Moving and Support the Family Centre!

Please join the Mount Pleasant Family Centre as we run and walk in the Scotiabank Half-Marathon and 5K. We hope you will join our team in support of our commitment to providing safe welcoming spaces for families with little children.

There are two ways you can support us - if you want to get your groove on and join us in the Challenge, go to our website, www.mpfamilycentre.ca and register. Use the code16VMPFC to receive a discounted registration fee.

If you are unable to join us in the walk/run, you can go to our website,www.mpfamilycentre.ca and make a donation. 100% of your donation goes to support the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society.

 

Goodbye Sarah
Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society is known and respected in the community for our innovative and professional work. However, we are much than a place for programs….we are a place for people and not just any people, but caring, kind, enthusiastic people including Sarah Holcomb, our Family Drop in Team Lead and Family Support Worker.

It is with sadness and also appreciation that I am announcing that as of July , Sarah and her family are moving away from Vancouver and onto new life experiences and adventures. During Sarah’s time at Mount Pleasant Family Drop in, Sarah has given generously of herself and sincerely supported the success of the organization through her excellent leadership, her willingness to tackle new projects and her keen interest in exploring new skills. In addition, Sarah has helped to develop our very successful annual fundraiser, Savour Our Neighbourhood, hosting the event for two years running, and hopefully back as our guest host in 2017!

Sarah has become a good friend to all who have had the pleasure of working with her and I know our Board and our participant families will miss her friendly face and warm welcome!

Please join us in wishing Sarah and her family all the best on their new adventures and let her know she will be remembered!
Gini Bonner
Executive Director MPFCS

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to give Sarah a heartfelt thank you for being such a wonderful presence at the Family Centre. She was a big part in making Savour Our Neighbourhood successful, helped design our Strategic Planning process, increased our social media presence, and was a pleasure to work with.

I know we parents will all miss our time with Sarah at the drop-in – her upbeat presence, way of connecting with the children, compassion and sense of humour. I personally always appreciated having conversations with Sarah about parenting. She has slightly older children, which means she remembers those toddler and preschool years well, and also has insight into the next stage of parenting! Always valuable.

Thank you for all the baby-holding, zippers zipped up, shoes put on, and meltdowns soothed. We will miss you!
Marnie Watson
Chair of the Board of Directors, MPFCS


And now, on to May!

April 30 - June 18, 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. This session is full, but please speak with Flora to put your names on a contact list for the next session.
May 2 - 5:Mother's Day Fun! All week in the playroom there will be special Mother's Day crafts
May 3 - June 7, Tuesdays: 1 - 3 PM ABC Time On these Tuesday afternoons, 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.
May 5, Thursday: Morning Drop-In Toddler Round-UpIf you have questions about your child's health and development, Public Health Nurses will be available during the morning drop in to address your concerns. If your child will be attending the drop-in with a grandparent or other caregiver, a release form must be signed before the nurses can interact with your child. Release forms are available at the Family Centre.
May 5, Thursday: End of Morning Drop-In Storytime with the VPL Librarian Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories!
May 8, Sunday:Mother's Day a very good day to honor all the influential women in your life!
May 12, Thursday: Morning Drop-In Dental Screening Our dental nurse will be available to look at and teach you how to brush your child's teeth! Receive a free toothbrush and dental health information. Please attend!
May 23, Monday:Victoria Day Holiday The Family Centre will be CLOSED.
May 26, Thursday: Baby Drop-In Dental Screening Our dental nurse will be available to talk about healthy mouth care for infants. Please attend!

Savour Our Neighbourhood 
Thank you to all who contributed and supported our fundraiser, Savour Our Neighbourhood. 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.

Membership Month is Coming!

You are welcome to beat the rush and renew or purchase your annual membership in April! Speak to staff to find out more!

Scotiabank Charity Challenge

We are putting together a team of runners and walkers to participate in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge Half-Marathon & 5K. This a unique opportunity to support the good work of the Family Centre and raise money for our new playground all while being active. Be on the lookout for registration information in your email inbox!

Highchair Needed!
We have a family in need of a high chair. If you have a clean high chair in good condition that you would be glad to donate, please email us!


Family Gardening
Any parents interested in planting and caring for our garden plot next door in the Robson Park Community Garden? Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


And now, on to April!

April 4, Monday: The Family Centre is CLOSED today
April 13, Wednesday: End of Afternoon Drop-In Storytime with the VPL Librarian Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories!

April 30 - May 18, 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. Play will be inside and outside, rain or shine, including some gardening activities
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 speak with Flora.

Looking Forward to May...
May 3 - June 7, Tuesdays: 1 - 3 PM ABC Time On these Tuesday afternoons, we close off part of our playroom to run a small kindergarten readiness program. The drop-in is still open, but the playspace is smaller! For more information about our ABC program, please speak with Ewa or Maria
May 5, Thursday:  Community Health Toddler Round-Up Do you have any questions about your child's nutrition, speech, behavior, teeth, vision, or development? Come and speak with Public Health Nurses!

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