September 8, 2020

September Newsletter

Written by Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society

 


2910 St. George Street
Vancouver, BC V5T 4L9
604-872-6757
www.mpfamilycentre.ca
SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER
Executive Director's Autumn Report

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Dear Members,
Welcome to the “dog days of summer”, when the days grow shorter, the evenings grow cooler and under normal circumstances families prepare for the beginning of the school year and look forward to joining community programs and fall activities.  Well this year things are a little different….however,  here at the Family Centre staff remain busy facilitating Family Time, Story Time, Dads Drop in, curbside visits, food hamper deliveries, creating activity kits and organizing special outdoor events to ensure that families with young children are well supported and remain connected to our staff teams.
Successful summer programming has now transformed into multiple sessions of face to face outdoor programs that will continue into the fall providing the weather cooperates.  To be honest MPFCS is planning one month at a time and has been holding off reintroducing our regular daily programs  indoors in the hopes that the return to school and the opening of community centers will demonstrate a positive outcome signalling that we are good to go!
In the meantime…MPFCS is preparing for our Annual General Meeting via zoom conferencing where we will conclude the year-end business of the Society as well as vote in our 2021-2022 Board of Directors.  During our AGM we will welcome "guest speaker and former board member Alexis Stoymenoff, who  will provide insight on some of the interconnected movements that are converging to fight for environmental, social and racial justice."
To vote at the AGM you must be a member of the Society so in preparation for the AGM please ensure your membership is up to date!


With kind regards, 
Gini Bonner
Executive Director, MPFCS
MPFCS Anti-Racism Statement
 
The Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society stands against racism. We stand in solidarity with people who have suffered from racial injustice. Black lives matter. Indigenous lives matter. We are angered and saddened by the ongoing experience of Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Colour within our community, and globally. We have spent the last few weeks reflecting on the persistence of systemic racism in our communities and we condemn the rise of anti-Asian racism that has occurred in light of the recent global pandemic.
We have the honour of working with families with young children from diverse backgrounds, and this is a huge opportunity for us to work forward towards change. We must recognize our role within these systems, our privilege, and our responsibility to educate ourselves and to take actions to make the world a better place for all children.
Some of our next steps include taking a critical look at our programs to identify how to make them more inclusive. We will also be collecting and sharing resources about race-based discrimination and inviting more members of the community to join us. As we begin this work we are open to feedback and accountability. We are always listening and learning.

Sending love and peace,
MPFCS Staff and Board of Directors


Please click HERE for the list of anti-racism books available at our centre for children  
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society wishes to inform you of our Annual General Meeting to be hosted on the zoom platform
Date and Time: Oct 20, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time
(US and Canada)
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AGM
Meeting ID: 833 8311 5175
Passcode: 077248
Board Member Posting
Introduction We provide child-centered programs that nurture healthy growth and development for all families. Members of the Board inspire others to share their talents with the Family Centre community and support the society’s mission, vision and values.
Our Mission: Inspiring families to build caring relationships with each other and the broader community.

MPFCS is currently seeking Board Members who have marketing, communication and fundraising expertise.

Time commitment: Five to ten hours per month (meetings, preparation, events)
Term: Two years, appointed or elected annually at the Annual General Meeting
Accountability: The Board of Directors is collectively accountable to clients and their families, the community, funders and other stakeholders. They are accountable for the Society’s performance in realizing its mission and achieving its goals, and for the effective stewardship of financial and human resources and for the overall quality of supports to clients.
Authority: Individual board members have no authority to direct or make requests of the executive director or staff, or to speak on behalf for the Society unless given such authority by the board.
Responsibility:  Board members are responsible for acting in the best long-term interests of the organization and the community and will bring to their deliberations a broad knowledge, a long-range view and openness to learning. Clients or family members of clients who serve on the board are expected to keep their board and client or family member support roles separate and will be treated the same as other clients or family members in matters related to the provision of Society services.
Principle Duties: Every member of the Board of Directors, including the Board’s officers, is expected to do the following:
  • Prepare for and participate in board meetings
  • Listen to others’ views, advocate their own, identify common interests and alternatives, and be open to compromise
  • Support governance decisions once made
  • Participate in the development of a strategic plan to help guide future decisions
  • Purchase an annual membership and make a personal donation whenever possible
  • Sell tickets to our annual fundraising event
  • Recruit sponsors, as needed
  • Identify and cultivate potential donors
Featured Staff of the Month: Alma Tuliao
My name is Alma. I am from Philippines and I arrived in Canada as a caregiver in 1998. I took Community Support Worker course thinking to work for seniors but had to change plan when I did my practicum at South Burnaby Neighborhood House and helped in their drop-in program. Being with people and having meaningful interactions was what change my mind and decided to apply at the family centre. I have been working here for 15 years and have met incredible and supportive co- workers and the families that attend the program, all are wonderful.
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Family Drop-In 


September

Drop-In for Parents/ Caregivers- Please join Betisa every Monday morning from 10-10:30 am for the Drop-In program on Zoom, where you can meet other parents/ caregivers to build community connections and receive support. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for registration and to receive an invite.

Outdoor Drop-In- Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning from 10:30 -11:30 am we will offer an outdoor Family Drop-in program with an emphasis on outdoor play! Activities will include bubbles, balls, games and nature exploration, followed by classic Family Time songs.

Family Time- First thing Tuesday and Thursday mornings, we will post a new video recording of Family Time favourites brought to you by the familiar faces of Maria, Ewa, Alma, and Negar. Family Time will include songs, stories and art activities for you and your little ones to enjoy!

Dads' Drop-In- Please join Negar and Isabelle every Saturday morning for a special Drop-in program for Dads/male caregivers and children. Dad's programming will alternate between an in-person outdoor program and a video recording of Family Time. Please check our website calendar and our Facebook page for more details.
The last session of Dads' Drop-In program in September will be Sep 12th and program will be reopen on Oct 3rd.  

Storytime with Negar- Every Thursday morning, we will post a new video recording of storytime with Negar, including many favourite stories and songs for you and your little ones to enjoy!

Baby Drop in- Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1-3 pm, we will offer an outdoor Baby Drop-In Program. During these drop-ins, staff focus discussions on the ways parental attachment can support an infant's healthy growth and development, have fun and build connections!

One to One Parent Hotline- When you need just a little bit more support, follow up with Flora by Phone! Whether it's about eating, sleeping or surviving isolation with a toddler, let's continue searching for ways to support children and preserve parent's mental health. Give Flora a call, Monday to Friday, 9-4 pm at 236-788-3349 

Curbside/Playground Chats- For those of you who have ever taken a parenting class with us, you know the time flies by too quickly, and you are often left wishing for just one more session! Therefore with this in mind, Flora will be visiting you to offer just a little more 1:1 support. If you would like to sign up for a curbside chat or meet Flora in the Family Centre playground, please contact Flora to book an appointment: 236-788-3349.

Toy Lending Library & Activity Kits- MPFCS has a great selection of developmentally appropriate toys, games, puzzles, books and weekly craft kits for young children, toddlers, and preschoolers that we are pleased to share with member families. Toy lending will be offered Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 -2:30 pm.
If these times don't work for you, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we will try our best to accommodate you.

Friday Fieldtrips with MPFCS staff- Join MPFCS staff on Friday, September 18th and 25th from 10:30 am to 11:30 am

September 18 - Science World Park (meet in front of the main entrance of Science World)
September 25 - Douglas Park (meet near playground/basketball court area)
Social distancing protocols apply. If you are sick, please stay home.

Outdoor Drop-In! Drop-In team and CCC team doing outdoor circle time and activities with families at the park
Circles of Care and Connection Program 
ISSofBC Welcome Centre
3rd Floor Playroom
2610 Victoria Drive

- The Child and Family Settlement Workers (CFSWs) continue to do curbside delivery of items mentioned above, while connecting with each family at a safe and social distance. Each CFSW also communicates with their caseload via email, phone calls and ZOOM/videos. 

- The Playroom staff continue to produce activity kits containing art and craft supplies, books and games for the current families who live at ISS, as well as, families on our caseload. As well, the CCC Playroom staff have been providing outdoor park programming alongside the Drop-In Playroom staff.
This is Maaly, one of our CFSWs, delivering her weekly food box and activity kits to one of our families. And check out the creations from our littlest artists. These activity kits are continuing to be created by the Playroom staff.

 

Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society

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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