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Testimonials

Read Our Success Stories

About Our Volunteer Circle Facilitators

“Friendly, caring, kind, supportive – a source of information at many levels of need.”

About Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group Participants

"Thank you so much for the picnic you put on. I enjoyed the picnic so much! My grandchildren did too! Such a lovely day and memory. So much effort was put in by so many, I don't know how to thank you properly."
"A Lifeline."
"Helped me to understand my grandchild."
"It is good and informative."
"Helped me with listening and learning from others."
"I am grateful to know that such a group exists so close to me and grateful to feel less isolated as a GRG."

About Facilitator Training

“It was a good learning experience to know and practise how to actually facilitate a group.”
“The trainers created a very welcoming and inclusive space, encouraged discussion, were very knowledgeable and shared experiences.”
“This training built on my personal experience by reassuring and validating my approach to interpersonal relations.”
“The training was a very safe and caring environment; everyone was seen and heard.”

About the Village Newsletter

"I would like to take the time to thank you very much for the articles you are sending. They are very informative and helpful. I do pass these articles to the rest of the staff at WorkBC."
“The Village is my parenting bible. I wait for it monthly and give it to my clients, friends, and service providers and of course parents. It advertises all the services that matter to parents, grandparents and caregivers.”
"I definitely find this registry of programs, resources and services for parents in the community extremely helpful--you need to know that your work is valued, appreciated and shared."

“This group has been the most wonderful means of support to me as a mom with
frustrations and the bonds developed are very strong and meaningful.”

Testimonials From Parent Support Circle Participants

“I like the educational aspect and appreciate learning how to be a better parent.”
"I don't feel as alone. I'm not the only one [who] finds this job difficult, and wants to talk about it. This decreases my frustration caused by isolation."
"I've been given SO much by the group. I hope to one day give back by being a volunteer facilitator when my kids are grown."
"This group has been the most wonderful means of support to me as a mom with frustrations and the bonds developed are very strong and meaningful."
"I don't feel so alone. I have someone (ie the group) to vent frustrations, get validation, and get insight into what is taking place in our home."
"A very memorable experience because I learned child disciplining techniques and effective ways of adjusting more quickly to Canadian Culture."
"The most comfortable place for exploring and finding better ways in dealing with present challenges; with our mutual knowledge and experience we are stabilizing and reinforcing the platform from which our children can lead in the future with more self-confidence, love and understanding."
"I'm a lot less afraid I am being a bad parent because I know other people are going through the exact same thing."
"I'm opening up and I can say that my 5 year old daughter knows that there is healing and people care."
"A place where I can relax and talk about everything I want to and not feel afraid to be judged."
"I've learned to be more patient with my kids since I started to go to the circle."
"This group can help new immigrants with parenting issues such as the appropriate ways to direct children and the parenting skills in western culture."
"It's a loving circle of many interesting parents. Parents there can exchange their ideas and experiences freely."
"This group helps me with my problems. Moreover, I benefit by learning how other parents solved their problems in different situations. New immigrants need assistance in this area."
"This group helps me with my problems. Moreover, I benefit by learning how other parents solved their problems in different situations. New immigrants need assistance in this area."
"Helped me with listening and learning from others."
"Supplied wide range of ideas/experiences to balance perspective."
"A great place for understanding how to parent and relieve the stress of parenting."
"It is good that we can always share different information."
"I can apply each meeting’s details to my situation with optimism."
"I can talk about the daily lives of kids because it’s confidential. The Circle is good for learning a lot of how to take care of children."
"It has given me a place to talk about what’s going on in my life pertaining to being a parent. My frustrations, anxiety, guilt + sometimes joy."