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Circles of Care & Connection Early Years Refugee Program does so much good in the lives of refugee families with young children. Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard on this video!

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Thirty five CCC families (42 parents and 34 children) had a fun and fruitful Saturday morning  on October 17th at the  Trout Lake Farmers' Market. Each family received $75 in special coupons to buy locally grown food. They left the market with bags full of fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, fish, and meat.  It was wonderful to see so many happy faces and to hear comments such as "This reminds me of home.  We did not know that there are markets like this here in Vancouver".  These nice memories and feelings of familiarity and belonging are precious for everyone, especially for refugee families.  Some participants were surprised to discover that there is a real lake in Vancouver and said that they would visit Trout Lake again. This trip was organized after our first successful visit to the  Mount Pleasant Farmers' Market's Fall Fair. On a sunny Sunday morning on October 4th twenty three CCC families (30 parents and 33 children) came to the Fall Fair where children enjoyed a pumpkin patch, wheel of fortune, face painting and other fall activities while parents were buying fresh farm products.
 

CCC Farmers Market 2 The Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program is an initiative of the BC Association of Farmers Markets in partnership with farmers' markets and community skill building associations. The program is supported by Healthy Families BC. Thanks to the generous funding received from Whole Foods Market, Circles of Care and Connection  and two other Vancouver programs have been able to give coupons to their families with young children this fall. The Fresh to Families project will continue in 2016, and the partnership between Vancouver Farmers Markets,  MPFC - Circles of Care and Connection, MOSAIC,  VCH Healthiest Babies Possible Program and Public Health Dietitians, has the goal to secure funding to expand the current number of families receiving the nutrition coupons in Vancouver. While supporting local farming (every dollar spent goes back to farmers), the Coupon Program enables lower-income BC families to purchase locally grown, fresh food.

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Immediate Announcements:

 

FRPCanadaLogoAnnual 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 the day Wednesday, September 30, so please take a few minutes to follow the link and provide us with your insight!

Click here to take the survey in English.

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Celebrate our New Mural!

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Annual General Meeting

October 20, Tuesday: 5:30 - 8:30 PM
 

The evening will begin with a potluck dinner (provided by the existing Board members) all together 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.


So that we can prepare enough food and provide enough childcare, please register your attendance by replying to this email. In your RSVP, please include your name, your child(ren)'s names and ages, and your member number (if you have it handy).

Please note: Only those people with current memberships are allowed to voteand/or become board members. You are welcome to update your membership online or in person at the drop-in before the meeting. Membership fees will not be collected at the AGM.

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October is Upon Us!

October 3, Saturday: 11 AM - 3 PM Replaster the Storytelling Bench You are welcome to join Flora and Clare from Mudgirls as they recover our cob bench. Learn about cob construction and get your hands dirty (or not)!
October 5 - 9: National Family Week All across Canada this week we celebrate families! The playroom will have family-themed crafts and activities.
October 7, Wednesday: 10 AM - 1 PM Thanksgiving Family Potluck All families are welcome for this special event! Please bring a dish to share with others. There will be no afternoon drop-in this Wednesday.
October 9, Friday: Vancouver Family Place Day Today the City of Vancouver celebrates Family Places and all that they do to support families and help create a healthy city for all!
October 13 - November 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 playspace is smaller! For more information about our ABC program, please speak with Ewa or Maria.
October 14, Wednesday: End of Morning Drop-In Storytime with the VPL Librarian Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories!
October 17 - November 21, Saturdays: 10 - 11:30 AM 1-2-3 Jump! Physical Literacy for 3yr 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 speak with Flora.
October 20, Tuesday: 5:30 - 8:30 PM Annual General Meeting All members welcome to attend, please reply to this email to RSVP so we can have enough food and childcare available!
October 29, 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 loonie to help cover the cost of the pumpkins. Costumes are optional.


Looking Forward to November...

November 6 - December 18, Fridays: 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 fruitful interaction with them. Space is limited. Flora will facilitate the course which runs six Friday mornings. Cost: $70.

 


Your Membership STILL Counts!

 

Annual memberships expire at the end of April, and cost $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. If you renew in October, that's roughly $1.60 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.

On Staurday, October 3, 2015, enjoy free, behind-the-scenes access to popular City of Vancouver sites! This is such a neat event and several spaces are very child friendly. Kick off Doors Open Vancouver a day early at City Hall... detals below:

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Syrian Refugee Crisis

September 14, 2015

Are you wondering how you can help alleviate the Syrian Refugee Crisis? Here are some suggestions:

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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! Please take a few minutes to follow the link and complete this survey.

Click here to take the survey in English.

Cliquez ici pour participer au sondage en français.

Thank you for your time and participation, we greatly appreciate it! The survey will be available until September 30, 2015.

September 2015

August 26, 2015

Your Membership STILL Counts!

Annual memberships expire at the end of April, 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. If you renew in September, that's roughly $1.40 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.

 

Baby Drop-In Begins!

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The Family Centre is very excited to announce that beginning September 10, we will be opening the playroom on Thursday afternoons from 1 - 3 PM for a Baby Drop-In. All parents with babies under one year old are welcome to attend this drop-in. We will explore their needs and developmental stages and learn ways to support babies' healthy growth through attachment and build parents' confidence through community. No childcare offered for older children.Tell your friends with infants and encourage them to come! 

 

Fundraising Opportunity

Just in Time for the New School Year

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We received a donation of seven Danica Studio laptop bags in assorted fabrics like the one shown above. They usually retail for $60 - $70, but are available to purchase in person at the Family Centre for only $50. Here are the details:

  • Dimensions: 14" x 10" x 1.5"
  • Removable Shoulder Strap
  • Foam Padding on Interior
  • Durable, Water-resistant Outer Shell

Please speak with Sarah or Marjorie to see which patterns are available and to make a purchase.

 

And now, on to September!

September 2, Wednesday: Morning Drop-In  Fire Drill On this Wednesday, during the morning drop-in, we will have a fire drill. 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 4, Friday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Dads Drop-In All Dads, Uncles, and Grandpas are welcome on this special Friday morning to bring their kids and make connections! Refreshments provided!
September 7, Monday: Labour Day Holiday The Family Centre is CLOSED today.
September 8 - 10, Tuesday - Thursday: During the Drop-In Grandparents' Day Crafts All week there will be special crafts to honour grandparents. Grandparents' Day is September 13.
September 10, Thursday: 1 - 3 PM Baby Drop-In Begins The playroom is open for parents with babies under 1 year old. No childcare offered for older children.
September 14, Monday: During the Drop-In Rosh Hashana Come to the drop-in for special crafts for the Jewish New Year!
September 21 - 24, Monday - Thursday: During the Drop-In Moon Festival Crafts All week there will be special crafts in preparation for the Moon Festival (Sunday, September 27).

 

Looking Forward to October and November...

October 17 - November 21, Saturdays: 10 - 11:30 AM 1-2-3 Jump! Come play and move around with Instructor Gaye in a fun setting where we learn new ways to get healthy and play with our hands, arms, legs, and feet! Three-year-olds and their parents are equal participants in this active adventure. Participants must be current members of the Family Centre. Sign up at the Family Centre or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
November 6 - December 18, Fridays: 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 fruitful interaction with them. Flora will facilitate the course which runs six Friday mornings. Participants must be current members of the Family Centre. Course costs $70.

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We are very excited to announce that beginning in September, we will be opening the playroom on Thursday afternoons for a Baby Drop-In. All parents with babies under one year old are welcome to attend this drop-in focused on babies only. Together we will explore their needs and developmental stages and learn ways to support babies' healthy growth through attachment while building parents' confidence through community. No childcare offered for older children.Tell your friends with infants and encourage them to come!

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