Family Resources Programs Summer Newsletter

Hello and Welcome to our new MPNH Family Resource Programs Newsletter - 2021 Spring-Summer and beyond issue!  

What is this newsletter about? This is an informative space of featured articles, community online, in-person links and the FRP calendar. We welcome your feedback and also want to invite you to write your thoughts on current issues to be shared in future newsletters.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected our daily lives and our family dynamics.  We welcome your reflections about how you coped with the challenges of dealing with the pandemic and ideas on how you continue to navigate and adjust to the "new normal".  Please contact Carmen at  We'd love to hear from you!  (our next issue is in August-September). 

We also want to extend our solidarity to all Indigenous families in light of the recent news about the remains of the 215 children found in a mass grave at the Kamloops Residential School.  Loss, grievance and reflection come to mind and are important to us as a community during these difficult times in Canadian Society.

Please check our calendar at the end of this issue. We have our summer programs returning including a "Walking in the 'hood" new program that started on June 1st!  Join us! 

Please connect with us and keep engaged!  

- MPNH FRP Staff - Lina, Melanie, Angelo, Nilda and Carmen.  

Special thanks to Saadiyah Daud for helping to put this newsletter together.

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House Family Resource Programs promote a multicultural learning environment that supports children and families from all cultural groups. We believe that children learn through play and that they have the right to be in an environment that is safe, healthy, and free from discrimination and abuse. We have an open-door policy and encourage parents to visit, give feedback and participate within the program. 

Click here for more information on the MPNH Family Resources Programs

Caring Neighbours - A Virtual Community Kitchen For All! 

Family Services’ Caring Neighbours offers free groups and community kitchens in Richmond and New Westminster that give newcomers, parents, and seniors the opportunity to engage gain new life skills and make new friends.

Family Services of Greater Vancouver invites you and your family to learn new food skills and cook healthy recipes on a budget from the comfort of your own home.

Click here to learn more about Virtual Community Kitchen and other fun events!

Mental Health During COVID-19

"Many children and teens have had an especially hard time coping with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. As more people get COVID-19 vaccines, there is growing hope that pressures of the pandemic will ease. But the struggles and losses of the past year will likely continue to affect families for some time to come. Continue to check in with your child often and watch and listen for signs they are struggling. And remember that your pediatrician is here to help."
Click Here to learn more about how you can support your child/teen during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
Click here for resources from the BC Council for Families

Time for Play

Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers – Poke the Porcupine. This fine motor activity for toddlers is a fun way to strengthen pincer grasp, hand eye coordination, and more! Plus, get the free printable!
Read More Here!

Parent Support Services Society of BC

The BC Council for Families has “Q-tips” Community Resources for LGBTQ Families Other great resources can be found at: PFLAG Canada – Vancouver An organization that provides support for all family members and friends.They work to create an environment of understanding so our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children can live with dignity and respect.
Click here to learn more

The Healthiest Baby

From 'The Parenting Doctor' this e-book is about how to make your new baby’s world as stimulating and enriching as possible. I don’t want you to worry about missed opportunities or think you need to play with your baby 24/7. Simply, my goal is to help you feel more calm and confident so you can inspire the best in your baby—- who will inspire the best in you in return. You’ll find practical, easy-to-follow, and concise information about babies and how to tailor activities to match what your baby needs when she needs it.
Learn More Here

Westcoast Family Centres

Since 1984 Westcoast Family Centres has provided strength based programs and services for children and families in the Lower Mainland.
Click here to read more about the various programs availible

Programs for kids at your local library!

Writing and Book Camp is coming back this summer - virtually! Writing & Book Camp is a unique day camp that connects youth who are passionate about reading and writing with well-known authors and illustrators.
Click here for all programs for kids at VPL


Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House acknowledges and honours that our neighbourhood is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Coast Salish territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.
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