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Would You Like to Help Syrian Refugees?

Currently, there are approximately 300 refugees from Syria in Vancouver. Circles of Care & Connection Early Years Refugee Program (part of the Mt. Pleasant Family Centre Society) aims to bridge the gap that refugee families may experience in accessing services within their communities and shortening the pathway between arrival and integration. You can click the button below to make a charitable donation to CCC.


And now, on to January!
January 8 & 15, Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Family Daycare Mornings Family daycare providers are welcome to bring their kids for two special mornings of playtime just for them! Please sign up in advance with Ewa or Maria
January 13, Wednesday: End of Morning Drop-In Storytime with the VPL Librarian Come meet our librarian and enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories!
January 18 - March 7, Mondays: 3:30 - 5 PM Circle of Security At times, all parents feel lost or clueless about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking of you. The Circle of Security Parenting Program can help. Childcare available. Please ask staff for more information and to sign up!
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. To register, please speak with Flora.

Looking Ahead to February...
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

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.


Thanks, CIBC!

December 22, 2015

CIBC Toy Donation

This year, the kind folks at CIBC donated many wonderful gifts for the children of our families who have come to Canada as refugees. In the picture above, the children at ISS Welcome House (where many of the government assisted refugees arrive) created a beautiful thank you card which was handed over from the Circles of Care and Connection staff to Ivan from CIBC.

Multicultural Awards

This year our Circles of Care and Connection early years refugee program was among over 200 nominees  for  British Columbia Multicultural Awards.  

On November 20, as part of the celebrations of B.C.’s Multiculturalism Week,  the Government of B.C. and the Multicultural Advisory Council (MAC) hosted the British Columbia Multicultural Awards, previously known as the Provincial Nesika Awards, event. The event recognized and honoured  the multicultural accomplishments of individuals, organizations and businesses in our province.

Donations for Refugees

December 2, 2015

Mount Pleasant Family and Centre and Circles of Care & Connection Early Years Refugee Program have received numerous phone calls and messages from our families and neighbours wanting to find out how they can help refugees in Vancouver. It is so great to be part of such a welcoming community! Circles of Care & Connection Early Years Refugee Program aims to bridge the gap that refugee families may experience in accessing services within their communities and shortening the pathway between arrival and integration. CCC is a small grass roots organization operating out of very limited space and so, would welcome your financial donations. You can click the button below to make a charitable donation to CCC.

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

If you have items to donate, the following agencies are accepting donations for the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Each location may have limited storage capacities. Please contact them directly to make sure what kind of items they can accept.

Inland Refugee Society 778-328-8888  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Muslim Food Bank 1-866-824-2525  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eversafe Outreach Society 778-574-1998  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HomeStart Foundation 604-708-9556  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Annual Bake Sale is Happening NOW!


Bring your cash to the Family Centre and take home some tasty treats made by your friends! Many items are only $1 each! Also, the lovely folks at Aspen Clean have donated a two hour house cleaning session. You can purchase a raffle ticket to win this amazing prize at the bake sale and at our Winter Celebration Party next week! Tickets are $5. All proceeds from the bake sale and raffle go toward our Winter Celebration Party.

November 30 - December 3: during all drop-in sessions Annual Bake Sale Bring your cash and purchase tasty treats made by your friends. All proceeds go toward our Winter Celebration Party
December 10, Thursday: 10 AM - 1 PM Winter Celebration Party Join us at the Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House (800 East Broadway). The Family Drop-In will beCLOSED this morning, but the Baby Drop-In will be OPEN this afternoon.
December 4 - 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.
December 24 - January 4: The Family Centre will be closed for Winter Holidays.We will reopen Tuesday, January 5.

Looking Forward to January...
January 5, Tuesday: Welcome Back!
January 8 & 15, Friday: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Family Daycare Mornings Family daycare providers are welcome to bring their kids for two special mornings of playtime just for them! Please sign up in advance with Ewa or Maria.
January 22 - February 26, 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. Childcare is available for children who will be happy with staff in the playroom for the 2 hr program. Ask staff for more info and to sign up. This program is free for members
End of January, Saturdays:10 - 11:30 AM 1-2-3 Jump! Physical Literacy for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 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. More details coming soon! To register, please speak with Flora.

Even in December,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 December, that's approximately $2.25 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

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!

CCC Farmers Market 1

 

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.

CCC Farmers Market 4

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