Family Place Day-for blog


Today is Vancouver's Family Place Day! To celebrate this and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we are having a potluck after our morning drop in. Our drop in will start at the normal time (9:30 AM), and the potluck lunch will begin at 11:30 AM. We would love to have you join us!, just show up with some food to share!

There are also four other Family Places in Vancouver. Please take a few minutes to peruse their websites to find out more!

Eastside Family Place

Marpole Oakridge Family Place

South Vancouver Family Place

West Side Family Place


The text of the Proclamation above (for those interested):

Whereas Family Places (also known as Family Resource Programs FRPs) make a difference in the lives of families with young children and build healthy relationships and community networks;

And Whereas Family Places work with their communities on different levels to address issues around family support, settlement, parenting, early childhood development, isolation, advocacy, and community;

And Whereas Family Places provide opportunities for families to come together to learn, share, network, and support each other;

And Whereas Family Places are active in their efforts to find support to run their many family-focused programs and services;

And Whereas Families and caregivers with young children (ages 0 to 6), volunteers and community partners, come together to create healthy, caring, and inclusive communities for everyone;

And Whereas Our communities are better places in which to live when families have opportunities to form healthy relationships and build community;

Now, Therefore, I, Gregor Robertson, Mayor of the City of Vancouver, Do Hereby Proclaim Thursday, October 9th as

Family Place Day in the city of Vancouver.

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 Today we have a video preview of the course we run occasionally throughout the year. The speaker is Dr. Gordon Neufeld, a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 40 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. A foremost authority on child development, Dr. Neufeld is an international speaker, a bestselling author (Hold On To Your Kids) and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm. Dr. Neufeld has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change. 

You can find more information at the website for The Neufeld Institute. You can also check our calendar to find out when we plan to run our next Neufeld video course.

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NFW2014 VerticalDental Workshop Tomorrow! (October 8) Our local Community Health Dental Team will be visiting both drop-in sessions. They will be available to take a look at your child's teeth and answer any questions you might have about oral hygiene.

Why is caring for these little baby teeth so important? Here is an answer from Vancouver Coastal Health's Dental Program website: "Healthy baby teeth will help your baby eat foods, learn to talk, smile and feel good about themselves as well as hold spaces for the adult teeth.  It is easy for babies and children to get tooth decay so parents need to do daily mouth care for their babies right from the start.  Your baby's teeth are already forming before he or she is even born."

You can find answers to more dental health questions here!


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NFW2014 VerticalThis week is National Family Week! To celebrate this special week, we will be posting daily to our blog and to our Facebook page various topics that families might find interesting. We begin the week with thoughts and opportunities related to mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one's attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment, which can be trained by meditational practices derived from Buddhist anapanasati. As parents, it can be very difficult to be mindful and present because there are so many distractions and stresses pulling our focus.

The Dalai Lama is returning to Vancouver to engage and inspire prominent thought leaders from business, education and the community to ‘be the village’ to expand a focus on heart-mind well-being in children and youth in British Columbia. We have two free tickets to this conversation taking place on Tuesday 21 October, 2014. We are collecting names of those interested and able to attend this event. At the end of the week, we will draw a name out of all those collected.

Also, the Mount Pleasant Family Centre is part of the Windows of Opportunity Early Childhood Development Table, the participants of which hope to put on a Heart-Mind Conference for families in 2015. Until we have more information about this conference, we encourage you to take on the Heart-Mind Challenge and let us know about your experience!


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New Welcome House Video

September 29, 2014

Circles of Care and Connection, the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society's program for refugee families with young children, is pleased to be part of the new Welcome House being built on Victoria Drive near East 10th Avenue. Ground has been broken, and construction has started!

Hello Families!

The Family Centre has the privilege of participating in Metamorfest, a community street festival here in Mount Pleasant. We need your help, particularly toward the end of the event (6 PM) when we are tidying up. If you are available and willing, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your contact information and we will send you more details.

Thanks so much for your support!


The Family Centre has been given 10 tickets to a Vancouver Giants game! These tickets are available to anyone with a current membership. Vancouver vs. Victoria, Sunday 28 September, 5 PM. If you are interested, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All Members Welcome at the Annual General Meeting

for the Mount Pleasant Family Centre

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October 21, Tuesday 5:30 - 7:30 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 via email to Gini Bonner: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. In the email, please include your name, your child(ren)'s names and ages, and your member number (if you have it handy).

Among other things, new board members are voted in at the AGM. So far, we have three candidates, but there is room for more. If you are interested in joining the board, please contact Marnie Watson via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to include your name with the other board candidates.

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.

Thank you for your continued participation. We hope to see you at the AGM!

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