We are excited to announce that we are opening a Circle for those in a fathering role (fathers as well as grandfathers, uncles and others who are raising children). This inclusive Circle will be meeting in Burnaby.
Figuring out how to be a Dad isn’t always easy
Parent Support Services offers self-help support circles for those in a parenting role.
These circle groups are led by two trained volunteer facilitators.
Our Circles are free and confidential.
Child minding and refreshments provided.
Our Fathering Support Circle provides a safe, supportive place for fathers, and others in a fathering role, to share ideas and information with other fathers.
Start Date: February 5th, 2019 When: Every Tuesday—
6:30-8:30 pm Where: Burnaby Find out more and register:
at email@example.com or
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of BC and the United Way Lower Mainland.
Our latest newsletter is out – Fall Winter 2018 Final Check out all the latest news. It includes a message from the new Representative for Children and Youth, Jennifer Charlesworth, news on new Childcare Benefits, coverage the awarding of the 2018 Bill McFarland Award to Adrienne Montani, highlights of our work over the past few months, and more.
Burnaby, BC, October 1 2018 – Parent Support Services Society of BC is proud to announce that Adrienne Montani, is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Bill McFarland Award for the Excellence in the Advancement of Child Welfare.
Adrienne Montani, is best known for her work with the First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition. She has been with First Call since 2000 and became the Provincial Coordinator in 2005. Prior to working with First Call, Adrienne served as the Child and Youth Advocate for the City of Vancouver, and as Chairperson of the Vancouver School Board for three of her six years as an elected school trustee. Some of her earlier leadership positions included serving as the executive director of Surrey Delta Immigrant Services Society and of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.
During Adrienne’s tenure as Provincial Coordinator, First Call has become the leading voice advocating for the children and youth of BC. One piece of their work, the Child Poverty Report Card, explores the impact of large numbers of children and their families living in poverty. The annual report card contains the latest statistics on child and family poverty in British Columbia. Every year this report card includes a list of recommendations that would make a real difference to the size and depth of BC’s child and family poverty problem.
“Adrienne has dedicated her life to promoting the rights of children and youth, and advancing their welfare”, states Carol Madsen, Parent Support Services Executive Director. She adds, “Adrienne and First call have played an important role in the development of legislation that will improve the welfare of children in BC including the Federal Canada Child Benefit and the Childcare BC program.”
This award is named after, Bill McFarland. Bill was an advocate for children throughout his life and social work career. His achievements include: founder of the Alberta Foster Parents Association, the National Federation of Youth in Care Networks, and Parent Support Services Society of BC. In addition he was a member of the Berger Commission, a consultant to the Gove Inquiry, and a recognized expert on the Young Offenders Act. Bill was appreciated by all who worked with him for his integrity, compassion and tireless efforts toward the care and welfare of all children.
The award ceremony will be held at Parent Support Services Society of BC’s Annual General Meeting. October 1st – 5 pm. And will be located in our offices at 204-5623 Imperial Street, Burnaby BC.
Volunteer Facilitators Needed! Learn to be an effective group leader
20 hrs Initial Training October 26, 27 & 28, 2018 Nanaimo BC
Full attendance required
Are you someone who has:
Good listening & interpersonal skills
An interest in supporting parent/caregiver and child relationships
Basic understanding of child development & parenting issues
Willing to do community outreach & development Benefits of this training:
Initial facilitator training provided along with continuing education opportunities
Develop skills for career and personal growth
Support families in your community
Letter of reference upon request (minimum 1 year commitment)
We ask our volunteers to commit 3-5 hrs a week for a minimum of 1 year. This allows our facilitators to develop relationships with the support circle participants within the context of the circle. What past participants say: The trainers were very informed with an obvious wealth of experience coupled with a solid academic background that support the activities.
I was taught how to be a facilitator not a caregiver.
This workshop was inspirational, timely, to the point, energetic, friendly.
This training helped move my one-on-one counselling skills into a group environment.
We have several openings for volunteers for Parenting Support Circles in communities such as: Duncan, Nanaimo, and Parksville.
For more information please contact:
Sandi at 250-468-9658
Or call us toll free at or 1-877-345-9777 For more details and a downloadable application form visit www.parentsupportbc.ca/volunteers/
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Support Circles are free, weekly gatherings are for anyone who is raising a family member’s child to safely share their challenges, receive support and understanding for their roles as caregivers. Groups meet regularly, and child-minding assistance or onsite child-minding is available if needed. Please be aware that the Support Circles are not a drop-in program and we do not advertize the exact locations of all the Circles for safety and privacy reasons. Please contact our GRG Support Line to get more information or to join a Circle. 1-855-474-9777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley
Abbotsford – Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Support Circle
For locations & information on Circles and Events in the region – email email@example.com or call (250)384-8042 West Shore – Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Support Circle
Monthly Daytime Fridays 10-11:30 am
Victoria Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circles
Evening group meets Monthly – 2nd Wednesdays 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (Esquimault)
Daytime group (temporarily closed)
Central/Northern Vancouver Island For locations & information on Circles and Events in the region – email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (250)468-9658 Duncan Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle
Monthly Thursday evenings
Nanaimo Daytime Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle
Monthly – Tuesdays 9:30-11:30 am
Nanaimo Evening – Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle
Comox Valley Aboriginal GRG Support Circle – Courtenay
Monthly – Last Thursday of the Month – 7:00-8:30 pm
Port Alberni Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle
The Port Alberni group is currently inactive. Grandparents are welcome to call the Central Island Coordinator at 250.468.9658 or call the GRG Information and Support Line at 1.855.474.9777.
Parksville Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Circle
Monthly – Friday Morning
For locations & information on Circles and Events in the Sunshine Coast – email email@example.com call 1-877-345-9777 Powell River Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Circle
Prince George Native Friendship CentreGrandparents Raising GrandchildrenSupport Circle (1600 3rd Ave)Grand parenting support group for grandparents who are raising and/or the primary caregivers for their grandchildren. No cost. Every Tue 10:00am – 12pm. Call 250-962-0600 for more details. Download flyer here
GRG Circle in Kelowna Mondays 10-12 noon. For more information please call Kelowna Community Resources 250-763-8008 ext 125; Kelowna Family Centre 250-860-3181 or the GRG Support Line at 1-855-474-977. Download flyer here.
Volunteer Facilitators Needed in the Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley Areas! What: A 20 Hr Facilitator Training Where: Burnaby When: July 27-29 , 2018 Qualifications: Good Listening and Interpersonal Skills; An Interest in Improving Caregiver and Child Relationships; Basic Understanding of Child Development and Parenting Issues; Willing to do Community Outreach and Connections; Speak English, Spanish, Filipino, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, and/or other languages; Able to volunteer in: Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey Benefits: Extensive Facilitation Training & Continuing Education Will Be Provided; Develop Skills for Career & Personal; Growth; Letter of Reference Upon Request (Minimum 1 Year Commitment) For more information or to register: 604-669-1616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit our Volunteers Page. Check out our downloadable poster: PSS of BC – Volunteer Facilitator Training
Dates: July 27 – 29 in Burnaby
Friday 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 5:15 pm
Sunday 9:00 am to 5:15 pm
Cost? PSS fundraises to cover the costs of: ferry, accommodations, food and activities. You need to pay: your own way to Swartz Bay or Tsawwassen ferry terminals; parking if required; and bring a bagged lunch for the first day!
Is it the right fit for your family?
It is best suited for young children 5 years old and over and who are able to do well in a group setting.
There is considerable time spent walking (sometimes on uneven terrain) during the Conservancy programming (all 3 days).
Cabins will be shared to allow as many families as possible to participate (Families will not be separated).
Accommodations & facilities are non- smoking
Children are expected to participate in all programming.
Grandparents/Kinship caregivers are responsible for their children.
Space is limited. Priority will be given to families who have not attended before. WE ENCOURAGE ALL TO APPLY
PSS works hard to ensure that this trip is financially accessible. If you or someone you know is able to make a donation– please go to https://www.parentsupportbc.ca/donate; or mail cheque to Parent Support Services Society of BC. 204-5623 Imperial St, Burnaby BC V5J 1G1. All donors will receive tax receipts
Your chance to apply for PSS’s Volunteer Facilitator Training – July 27-29
Volunteer Facilitators Needed in the Metro Vancouver & Fraser Valley Areas!
What: A 20 Hr Facilitator Training Where: Burnaby When: July 27-29 , 2018
Qualifications: Good Listening and Interpersonal Skills; An Interest in Improving Caregiver and Child Relationships; Basic Understanding of Child Development and Parenting Issues; Willing to do Community Outreach and Development; Speak English, Filipino, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, and/or other languages
Benefits: Extensive Facilitation Training & Continuing Education Will Be Provided; Develop Skills for Career & Personal Growth; Letter of Reference Upon Request (Minimum 1 Year Commitment)
We ask our volunteers to commit to 3-5 hours a week for a minimum of 1 year. This allows our facilitators to develop close relationships with their Circle participants, in order to gain a deeper understanding of the parenting needs and resources each one of them requires.
For more information or to register 604-669-1616 or email email@example.com. Or visit our Volunteers Page. Check out our downloadable poster: PSS of BC – Volunteer Facilitator Training
Dates: July 27 – 29 in Burnaby
Friday 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 5:15 pm
Sunday 9:00 am to 5:15 pm
When devices are not being used as digital babysitters or digital pacifiers, there are many positive aspects to using technology in the right way with our families. Join us as we begin to understand the role parents have in modelling technology use and guiding children to find the right balance between plugging in and unplugging.
Parent Support Services Society of BC is a provincial charitable organization founded in 1974 and incorporated as a Society January 22nd, 1976 as “British Columbia Parents In Crisis Society”. The name changed officially to Parent Support Services Society of BC June 06, 2001.