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Happy February and Happy Family Day! We hope 2017 is treating your family well, and off to a great start. This month,  we have officially moved offices to the Langley Early Years Centre. Please take note of our mailing and office addresses:
#332 505-8840 210 Street,
Langley BC V1M 2Y2
20766 80th Avenue
Langley, BC
V2Y 1X6
Message from our Executive Director, Sherry Sinclair 
"Our community-partnerships are a tried-and-true method to achieve healthy families and its where we demonstrate our value. We are all one community, and we thank you for all your work in supporting families across the province."

And we would also like to share some fantastic words from our friends at the Comox Valley Family Services Association.

Why is it important to celebrate Family Day?
"Because it can be a positive life-affirming event for children in all families. Families aren’t just about what family you were born into,  but rather about love and acceptance and being around people that are invested in their well-being. Family is also about how children can never have too much love whether that is from bio parents, grandparents, foster parents, adoptive parents or community family- love and acceptance are key to children’s resiliency and growth. When our agency invests in families it trickles down to create a society where compassion and kindness thrive and we no longer need to struggle or celebrate alone."

Thank you Comox Valley Family Services Association for sharing!

Newsletter Contents
News | Events & Training Workshops | Resources & Reading | Parent's Corner | Let's Talk


Joint Statement Towards Prioritizing Family Investment

On Family Day, Inclusion BC, First Call, FRP-BC and the Coalition of Childcare Advocates of BC came together with a clear message for the Provincial government: It's time to make family investment a priority. The statement details the increasing lack of resources for families and health practitioners. Over the last several years this has become a serious challenge, with children and the elderly being most affected. Read more in the Vancouver Sun.


FRP Canada Executive Director Joins National Financial Literacy Committee 

Executive Director of FRP Canada, Kelly Stone, has been selected to join the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada’s (FCAC) National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy. The Committee supports the Financial literacy leader towards implementing a national strategy. This opportunity provides FRP Canada to be the champion for the family support field in this committee. 

Events & Training Workshops

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity from IndigenEyez and artstarts. Register by filling out this PDF form and submitting it to

How to Apply for a Grant - Funding Social Innovation (Vancouver Foundation)

Dave Doig, Director, Grants & Community Initiatives at Vancouver Foundation will speak about the Field of Interest grant process, and the importance of social innovation. You will have an opportunity to ask questions about applying for a grant, and learn more about what the advisory committees at Vancouver Foundation look for in received proposals. 

Wednesday March 8, 2017  from 8:00 am - 10:00 am PST

Creekside Community Centre (Multipurpose RM4)
1 Athletes Way
Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B1

Register by visiting this link.

HIPPY Reviving Hope & Home 

Thursday March 2, 2017
Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre at SFU from 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm

Join HIPPY on March 2, 2017 and gain a greater understanding of day to day refugee struggles. View the film Clouds Over Sidra, and listen to a panel presentation from distinguished  Canadian refugee and immigrant experts. Don't miss the chance to bid on amazing items in the silent auction, including two tickets to anywhere Westjet flies, two Holland America Cruise tickets and more. Register now at: Tickets are $150 per person and include a $100 tax receipt.


The Kids Are Not Alright -National Speaker Series in Ottawa

Thursday February 23, 2017
11:45 a.m. -  1:30 p.m. EST
Chateau Laurier, 1 Rideau St., Ottawa

This is the second installment of a National Speaker Series that focuses on the urgent need to invest in Children. Guest speakers include Sara Austin, Ashley Whiteman and The Honorable Landon Pearson. The discussion can be followed on social media with #ChildrenFirst, or by following on Twitter.

Autism and the Evolution of Consciousness

Saturday Feb 25 from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Abotsford CCRR

Mark Landry will be leading this workshop where you will learn ways to manage your own stress and triggers when working with autistic children. Also, learn communication techniques that can have significant positive impact on your stress, and the stress of those you work with. Mark Landry has over 30 years of experience working extensively with children with autism and processing disorders.  Learn more about this workshop and register here.

Savour Our Neighbourhood 

Thursday March 9, 2017
Heritage Hall from 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

This event is in support of the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society and will host a variety of bites and tastings from local eateries, including beverage pairings from local microbreweries and BC Wine Studio. A local musician will be providing live entertainment, in addition to a silent auction full of tempting items. Adults only (19+). Register on the Eventbrite!

First Call Annual Fundraising Gala

Join first call in honoring Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, for the 10 years she championed for the rights of our children and youth. Plus, indulge in a delicious Indian buffet dinner, a silent auction filled with getaways, and an exciting raffle. Register here.

Thursday Feb 23, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm 
Fraserview Hall, 8240 Fraser Street

Family Support Worker Needed! Options Community Services

Options Community Services is in need of a Family Support Worker for casual, on call hours. If you, or any one you know may be interested, please refer to this posting, and contact Kristina Saito ASAP. Closing date is February 22, 2017.

Multi- Year Economic Development Grants - Request for Proposals
(Canadian Women's Foundation)

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is accepting proposals for Multi-Year Economic Development Grants. Canadian Women’s Foundation is Canada’s national public foundation dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls.

They give particular priority to funding work with women, children and girls who face multiple challenges. There are different types of grants; for Self Employment Training & Business Programs, Women's Social Enterprises and Women in Trades & Technology.

They grant 10 recipients a maximum of $65,000 annually for 5 years and you can apply at

Resources & Reading

Early Years Professional Development Website

Kids in the House

Game On - Report by Youth Rex

ParticpACTION Report Card
The BCcampus on behalf of the British Columbia Office for The Early Years  has developed a new province wide training portal.

This portal collects workshops, events, and training opportunities. The goal of the portal is to provide support and access to high quality development opportunities for professionals in the early years sector.

Kids in the House provides the largest video library of parenting resources for a variety of needs, including pregnancy, toddler, special needs and more.

This report focuses on the positive effects structured and un-structured sports can have on the well-being of youth facing psychosocial behaviors.

The report released by The BC Council for Families has outlined how Canadian Kids receive a "B" grade. for sleep. This PartcipAction Report Card furthers an existing narrative that  lack of sleep is negatively affecting child health in Canada.

Parent's Corner

Circuits of Care: Mobility, Work and Managing Family Relationships

Do you or your love ones frequently work away from home? This insightful article by Dr. Sara Dorow and Shingirai Mandizadza (PhDc), describe the ways families across Canada manage distance in their relationships, providing some helpful advice along the way. Read more

5 Steps of the Shanker Method

The Shanker Method is a tool for Self-Regulation, to help with everyone's daily up and downs. You don't need to follow each step sequentially, but mastery of one area requires work in the others. Overtime, increased self awareness to stress factors will help you and your loved ones confront it from a place of strength. Neat!



Let's Talk!

We want to know what you're thinking, hearing or seeing in the sector. Have a workshop you want us to promote? Is there a particular topic you want to see more of in our newsletters? Is there a story at your centre you just have to tell someone about? Let us know, because we really want to hear you and let the rest of the province know too.

Contact: if you want to share or provide feedback to us. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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