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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!

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Our Family Centre facilitated two field trips last month for both the MPFC member families and the refugee families in our Circles of Care and Connection Program thanks to the one-time-only grant from the VCH Population Health Community Investments Team. 

 

20 adults and 31 children from the Circles of Care and Connection Early Years Refugee Program and 17 adults and 22 children from Mount Pleasant Family Centre (total 37 adults and 53 children) attended the Science World Field trip. A special bubble show was set up for our families by Science World. There were lots of activities and exhibits for the parents and children to participate in.

 

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Here is some feedback that we heard :  “we always saw this place from the skytrain but never knew what it was, we appreciate you bringing us”, “we would not have been able to afford this on our own”, “it is nice to get away from the everyday stress and enjoy family time-thank you”, “we enjoy the field trips CCC does for us as it would be difficult on our own”, “the children loved today and we also got to play”.

 

The trip to the Vancouver Aquarium was attended by 34 adults and 40 children. As a way of connecting the families from both programs, we passed out single playing cards, to be matched up with the same  card number. This resulted in a few families getting together and sharing stories. Some families met at lunch time to visit and many families traveled home together on transit.

 

The families again gave great feedback, such as: “I have walked by this place many times but could not go in as it was difficult to afford, I am so happy that I get to take my family today”. The families enjoyed a packed lunch and got to see some great shows, the weather was perfect and some families stayed and spent the day by the water.

 

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This grant created opportunities for the refugee families and our local member families to participate in organized field trips together, facilitating enhanced social integration and mutual cultural understanding.

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We are gathering a team of passionate supporters to run or walk 5K or run a half-marathon on Sunday, June 26, 2010 to help us raise awareness of the support we give to families with young children and raise money for a new playground designed specifically for very young children. The Mount Pleasant Family Centre has been providing support and education to families with young children for forty years! What a great time to celebrate!

This is our second year to participate in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and we would love for you to join this year’s team.

You don’t have to be an athlete to join. In fact, almost half our team has never run a marathon before. Only a few on our team have ever fundraised before either.

All you need is a passion for healthy families, because that’s what unites us as a team and carries us all over the finish line!
When you join our team, you get access to:
• Fundraising tools, ideas, tips and training
• Team photos and race day photos
• Team spirit and camaraderie
• The heartfelt gratitude of families with young children that you’re literally stepping up for

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Click here to register!

If you are unable to join us, please consider making a donation!

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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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Savour Our Neighbourhood 2016 – The Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society's 3rd annual fundraising event – is almost upon us! Thursday, March 10th, from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, we're creating a feast for the senses, filling Heritage Hall with local food, craft beer, BC wine, & music.

At Savour Our Neighbourhood you'll sample bites from a variety of local restaurants and eateries, sip beverages from local microbreweries and premium BC wineries. You won't be able to resist dancing to the infectious soul and funk of some of Vancouver’s finest musicians. You'll have the chance to win some incredible prizes in the raffles and silent auction. This is an adult only event (19+).

If this sounds like fun to you, enter our contest to WIN two tickets to Savour Our Neighbourhood!

There are several options for entry--please do as many as you like to improve your chances of winning. Contest closes at 11:59pm Monday, March 7. The winner will be contacted by email & must reply within 24 hours to claim their tickets. Good luck!

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Tickets are Still Available
for Our Fabulous Fundraiser!

Savour Our Neighbourhood will feature a sampling of bites from a variety of local restaurants and eateries, paired with beverages from local microbreweries and premium BC winemakers. The evening will feature entertainment provided by a collective of Vancouver’s finest musicians, as well as a silent auction. This is an adult only event (19+).

Please join us for what is certain to be a joyful celebration of local food, wine and community in support of the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society. Click here to purchase your tickets on Eventbrite. We need your support!!

Looking for Keen Gardeners!
The Family Centre has a plot in the community garden near the playground and we are looking for parents who are interested in exploring growth and development from a gardening perspective!

Dogs Outside the Family Centre
We recently had a visit from the animal control officer who informed us that it's not legal to leave a dog tied up outside the Family Centre (or any public place, city By-law 4.2) Please leave Fido at home when you come to visit.
Thanks for your co-operation!

Now, on to March!
March 1 - March 15, 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
March 2, Wednesday: 10:30 AM 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.
March 10, Thursday: 5:30 - 9:30 PM Savour Our Neighbourhood Leave your kids at home and join us for our annual fundraiser, featuring a sampling of bites from a variety of local restaurants, paired with local craft beer and wine. This is a 19+ event. Tickets available here.
March 11, Friday: The Family Centre is CLOSED today as we recover from putting on our fundraiser!
March 14 - 24: VSB Spring Break The Family Centre is OPEN through spring break (with the exception of the following holidays).
March 25, Friday:Good Friday Holiday The Family Centre is closed today.
March 28, Monday:Easter Monday The Family Centre is closed today.

Looking forward to April...
April 4, Monday: Five Family Places Professional Development The Family Centre isCLOSED today.
April 1 - May 13, 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.

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Tickets to our fabulous annual fundraiser are now available through Eventbrite for $45 + service fee.Your ticket price includes food from local restaurants, 1 beverage, live music, and the opportunity to  participate in our silent auction and basket draws. Click the image above and follow the links to find out more and purchase your tickets today!

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!

Label Those Coats!
Even though you might know exactly what your child's coat looks like and exactly where you left it in the boot room, there might be another family who has the same exact coat (or boots, etc.) even though they are in a different size. So many children wear outerwear from the same shops, it can get confusing! If everyone puts their last name and phone number in their child's coat, then if there is an accidental swap, there is a way of contacting the other family. Even just a piece of masking tape inside the jacket or near the top of the boots will work for a while.

Repair Person Needed!
The Family Centre has a number of small repairs that need to be addressed, and all our volunteer repair people have "graduated" from our program. If you have tools, time, and feel confident that you could fix a couple of doors, strengthen a desk, and sand and refinish a hand rail, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And Now, On to February...
January 30 - March 12, 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 spring session.
February 8, Monday:Family Day Holiday The Family Centre will be CLOSED.
February 11, Thursday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Teddy Bear Clinic Bring your teddy bear or other doll and participate in thisproject geared towards familiarizing pre-school aged children with medical equipment and working with doctors from UBC's School of Medicine. By playing doctor with the child and treating their own Teddy for a made-up disease, we hope to reduce the anxiety the children experience at their first/next clinic visit.
February 16 - March 15, 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

Looking Ahead to March...
March 2, Wednesday: 10:30 AM 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.
March 10, Thursday: 5:30 - 9:30 PM Savour Our NeighbourhoodLeave your kids at home and join us for our annual fundraiser, featuring a sampling of bites from a variety of local restaurants, paired with local craft beer and wine. There will also be entertainment provided by a collective of Vancouver’s finest musicians, as well as a silent auction. The auction will include a variety of amazing items, including a Les Paul guitar autographed by Sonny Landreth. This is an adult only event (19+). Please join us for what is certain to be a joyful celebration of local food, wine and community in support of the Mt Pleasant Family Centre Society. Tickets available to purchase here. We will need volunteers to make this evening run smoothly, be on the lookout for an email requesting volunteers in the next few days!
March 11, Friday: The Family Centre is CLOSED today as we recover from putting on our fundraiser!
March 25, Friday:Good Friday Holiday The Family Centre is closed today.
March 28, Monday:Easter Monday The Family Centre is closed today

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