The Circle of Care and Connection families attending our afternoon Welcome to Canada drop-in program had a big surprise on October 31st. They went trick-or-treating around the ISSofBC Welcome Centre together with the children from the LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) preschool. The children had fun putting on the costumes and collecting candies. Some of them were tired after visits to numerous offices and classes but were proud of their bags full of various treats.
Farnaz has worked as an early childhood educator for more than 20 years. She is originally from Iran and moved to Canada in 2010 with her husband and two children. She has a Master's Degree in Educational Science with the specialization in Early Childhood Education. Farnaz believes that a quality early childhood program must provide a rich and nurturing environment, where children and their families from different cultural backgrounds feel safe, welcomed and respected. In her spare time, she likes to read, walk, swim and listen to music. Farnaz will be working mostly in the new CCC playroom at ISSofBC Welcome Centre on Victoria Drive.
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.
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.