The CCC program had a pleasant surprise last Friday. Over 20 students and their teachers from King David High School brought donations for our refugee clients. The visit was part of their annual event called Random Acts of Chessed (Hebrew word Chessed means Kindness). It is a weeklong event where all of their students go out to a particular location to help and serve any way they can. One of the school counsellors stated that they were all very happy to be able to come to the Welcome Centre and see "all the wonderful things that the Circles of Care and Connection program does for vulnerable families who come to Canada for safety".
Every afternoon, our refugee and local families enjoy the Music Therapy Program facilitated by the music therapist Melody Owen. The singing and music program will be offered until the 7th of December at ISSofBC Welcome Centre during our regular Welcome to Canada early learning and family support group ().
Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society celebrated 40 years of service with a family dance party on October 1, 2016. Families were warmly welcomed by the staff and volunteers. Everyone enjoyed the art activity, snacks, socializing with other families and the dancing. The entertainment highlighted a special flamenco dance, storytelling by Naomi Steinberg and Music with Marnie. A big thanks to Mark Rohman of Black Tusk Video for capturing the show.
Click below to see some of the great entertainment shown that day.
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.