October 30, 2018

November Newsletter

Written by Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society
Please join me in congratulating Theresa Tang who has accepted the role of Program Manager at our satellite program, Circles of Care and Connection, located in the ISS Welcome Center on Victoria Drive. While Theresa will be missed at the Robson Park Family Drop-In, she will continue to provide sincere support to families and excellent leadership within the organization.  If you would like to contact Theresa, she can still be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..In addition, we are fortunate to welcome Shahira, Kerry, Rita and Negar to our staff family.  Each have long time relationships with MPFCS as parents, Board members, students or relief staff.
With Kind Regards, 
Gini Bonner, ED MPFCS
Board Update
October 16th we hosted our AGM and voted in our new and returning Board of Directors who immediately got to work reviewing our organizational mission, vision and values and began to envision our strategic direction for the next three years. During this process the Board identified that our mission is very much on track and that our strategies to achieve our mission have withstood the test of time. It was very satisfying to hear from staff, stories of success and to reaffirm that family centered support services are truly effective. As we plan for the future, the Board will be prioritizing our organizational goals and I will be strategizing with the staff how to achieve them.  Please feel free to contribute your ideas by sending me an email -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – Your thoughts, opinions and suggestions are welcome.
Board Member of the Month

Anthony is beginning his third year on the Board of Directors at MPFCS, and his second year as Chair of the Board.Anthony believes in the power of community, and he is proud to be part of an organization like MPFCS.He has had a lot of fun helping raise funds with events like Savour Our Neighbourhood, and he is committed to ensuring the future success of the organization by participating in strategic planning. 

Anthony is passionate about personal finance, and his 'day-job' is at a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Canadians enhance their personal finance skills, learn about options for dealing with their debt, and provide hope for clients experiencing difficult financial situations.

Anthony believes that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts: “Like a great recipe, each individual board member contributes their own unique flavour to the governance of the organization. The energy, ideas, and personality of each director add so much to our work as a board, and good things happen when we work together.”

Family Drop-In

November 8, Thursday: Teddy Bear Clinic from 9:30 to 10:45 am
November 12, Monday: Family Centre closed in lieu of Remembrance Day.November 13, Tuesday: Choosing Child Care from 10:00 am to 11:00 am 
Choosing a quality child care setting can be challenging with long waiting lists, various types of child care and the unique requirements of your child and family to consider. It is important to start early and know that there are services available to assist you with your search.Choosing a child care option is a significant decision for you and your child. During this workshop, Christine Fong, Parent Services Advisor with Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre will provide information and resources to assist you in your decision making process.

November 19, Monday: Librarian at 10:30 am during drop-in                  November 22, Thursday: Librarian at 1:30 pm during drop-in

From Oct 24 to Nov 21 student nurses, Erin and Angie from the UBC Nursing program will be participating in the playroom on Wednesday mornings.

From Oct 24 to Nov 21 student nurses, Dayna and Elizabeth will be participating in the baby group on Thursday  afternoons.

Cap C Survey: Every November our funders at Health Canada ask us to get feedback from our participants to help improve our programs. The survey is available at the Family Drop in Program. Thanks for your co-operation!

Circles of Care & Connection Program
Come visit our Family Drop-In Program, located at the ISSofBC Welcome Centre, 3rd floor playroom, 2610 Victoria Drive.
Drop-In Hours: Monday to Wednesday from 9:30 - 11:30 AM & from 1:00 - 3:00 PMNovember 5, 19 & 26, Mondays: 1:00 - 3:00 PM,  Healthy Together during afternoon Drop-In. Healthy Together is an innovative  family education program that brings families together to learn to make healthy choices and build healthy relationships.  To register, please contact Theresa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
November 6 - November 27, Tuesdays: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM. Sound, Movement and Play. Room 101. Family participation is required.  
November 7 - November 14 - Wednesdays: 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM during afternoon Drop-In. Come sing, dance and play with Adam Smith in our playroom. Family participation is required.
November 12, Monday - We are closed in lieu of Remembrance Day. 
Donations Needed for Refugee Families:
We are in need of baby items (bouncy chair and crib) and warm adult and children's clothing (winter jackets, shoes, toques and gloves). Please contact Manjit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 778-372-6602.
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We are a non-profit society offering a range of resources and services for parents, caregivers and their young children, pre-birth to 6 years. A Home Away From Home, Mount Pleasant Family Centre is a place for families with young children to drop in, make new friends, learn new skills and receive support in times of need.

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