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Fathering Circle Starting Up in Burnaby

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Fathering Circle Starting Up in Burnaby

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 office@parentsupportbc.ca or
call 604-669-1616

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of BC and the United Way Lower Mainland.

Our Fall-Winter Provincial Newsletter

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.

Adrienne Montani – 2018 Recipient of the Bill McFarland Award

October 1, 2018

For Immediate Release

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.

Facilitator Training – Nanaimo Oct 26-28

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
Email sandi@parentsupportbc.ca
Or call us toll free at or 1-877-345-9777 For more details and a downloadable application form visit www.parentsupportbc.ca/volunteers/

Download a poster about the training here: PSS VI Volunteer Trainings Oct 2018 – CI Final

Grandparent Raising Grandchildren (Kinship Care) Support Circles by Location

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 grgline@parentsupportbc.ca

    Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley

Abbotsford – Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Support Circle

  • Evenings – Twice Monthly – Mon 6:00-9:00 pm Downloadable pdf poster GRG Abbotsford

Chilliwack GRG Support Circle

  • Upcoming

Langley GRG Support Circle

  • Afternoons – Every 2nd Thurs 3:00-5:00 pm

Coquitlam GRG Support Circle

  • Evenings – Every 2nd Wed 6:00-8:00 pm

Vancouver (Mount Pleasant) GRG Support Circle

  • Evenings – Weekly – Thurs 6:15-8:15 pm.

Vancouver Island

VICTORIA

For locations & information on Circles and Events in the region – email victoria@parentuspportbc.ca 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 parent@telus.net 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

  • Monthly Wednedays

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

Sunshine Coast

For locations & information on Circles and Events in the Sunshine Coast – email office@parentsupportbc.caor call  1-877-345-9777
Powell River Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Circle

  • 1st & 3rd Thursdays Mornings

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PRINCE GEORGE

For locations & information on Circles and Events in Prince George – email jessica.turner@parentsupportbc.caor call  1-250-962-0600

  • Prince George Native Friendship Centre Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support 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

KAMLOOPS

For locations & information on Circles and Events in Kamloops – email grgline@parentsupportbc.caor call  1-855-474-9777

  • GRG Kamloops Circle –  Call 1-855-474-9777 to register. 

KELOWNA

For locations & information on Circles and Events in the Okanagan – email grgline@parentsupportbc.caor call  1-855-474-9777

  • 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 Facilitator Training

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 office@parentsupportbc.ca. 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

Full Attendance is Required
Application Deadline: July 13, 2018
Contact: daniela.alvarado-torres@parentsupportbc.ca or call 604-669-1616 ext 106 for more info.

Saving for Your Child’s Education

Free, informational, 2 hr workshop on the Registered Educations Savings Plan

Strategies on how to afford your child’s post-secondary education

Date: June 14th, 2018
Time: 10 am to  12 noon
Place: 5623 Imperial St, Burnaby

This workshop will cover :
1) What is an RESP;
2) How to apply for education grants from Provincial & Federal Government; and
3) How to open an RESP & get the support you need.

Offered in partnership with Family Services of Greater Vancouver’s Financial Literacy/Empowerment Program

To Register or for more info, contact Daniela at:
daniela.alvarado-torres@parentsupportbc.ca
604-669-1616 Ext.106

Download our poster: 2018-07 RESP Education Grant Workshop Flyer j (002)

Facilitator Training – Lower Mainland

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 office@parentsupportbc.ca. 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

Full Attendance is Required
Application Deadline: July 13, 2018
Contact: daniela.alvarado-torres@parentsupportbc.ca or call 1-604-669-1616 Ext 106

Understanding Children & Technology

A FREE WORKSHOP FOR ANYONE IN A PARENTING ROLE.

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.

When: Thursday, May 24th 10 am – 12 pm
Where: 5623 Imperial St, Burnaby
For more info or to register: daniela.alvarado-torres@parentsupportbc.ca
or 604-669-1616 Ext 106

Limited childminding spaces available onsite. Please tell us you need childminding when you register.

In partnership with: information children

Financial contribution by: Government of BC, United Way Lower Mainland

Download a poster here

Parenting and the Whole-Brain Child

Parent Support Services Society of BC is hosting a workshop on ‘Parenting & The Whole Brain Child’ with Dr. Max Innes, family therapist; who will introduce an approach to parenting that will focus on providing practical ideas that are both effective and in keeping with recent findings from neuroscience – child brain development and behaviours.

This will take place on April 12, 2018, at our provincial office on 5623 Imperial St, Burnaby.
The workshop will start at 6:00PM & end at 8:00PM.

If you will be attending and need childminding, please register both yourself and your child(ren). There are limited spots available for childminding.

Please contact Daniela, to register at 604-669-1616 Ext.106 or daniela.alvarado-torres@parentsupportbc.ca

Thank you!