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Mount Pleasant Neightbourhood House
Winter 2014
Program Guide
Connecting neighbours since 1976.
Welcom to MPNH 1-5
A message from the Executive Director 2
About us4
Community Programs6-20
Volunteering6
Mount Pleasant Food Network7
In Pleasant Company Community Lunch7
The Food Connection8
Employment Program of BC9
Settlement Services at MPNH Women & Family Settlement Programs10-14
Seniors Settlement Programs31
Preteen & Youth Newcomers’ programs26-28
Community Connections
IMPACT Mentorship Program16
Learning Circles Leadership Training Program17
Other Programs18-20
Children & Family Programs21-25
Licenced Childcare Program (Ages 30mos - 10yrs)
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MPNH Daycare Program (30mos to 5 years)
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MPNH Pre-school Program (Ages 3-5 years) 22
Before & After School Care Program
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Family Programs (Sept - Dec) 24
Preteen & Youth Programs26-28
Pre-teen Programs26-27
Youth Programs28
Senior Programs29-34
Seniors’ Wellness Programs29-30
Seniors’ Settlement Programs31
Better at Home32
Cities for Seniors - Building an Age Friendly Mount Pleasant
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Dementia Friends Training34
Brain Body Fitness34
Happening at Our House 35
Funders & Donors36
Special Events 37
Winter 2014 Program Guide
Welcome to MPNH
MPNH Fall 2014 Program Guide
Table of Contents
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Welcome to MPNH
A Message from the Executive Director
Welcome to Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House. This September
and October have flown by, and we have seen a flurry of activity
at the House and in the neighbourhood as new programs were
launched and well-loved existing programs continued to flourish.
This year’s Metamorfest was a resounding success with lots of
activities on both Prince Albert and Fraser to Sahali Park. We
welcomed Pacific Community Resources Society and Vancouver
Native Housing as the anchors of our Fraser Street stage, as well as
our long-time partner, Western Front New Music Society, and over
30 other community partners who hosted really great activities at their booths. And
the team is already thinking about next year, so if you have feedback or suggestions,
or want to get involved in the planning, please get in touch with me at [email protected]
org.
We are now preparing for winter seasonal activities and our special visitor has
confirmed his presence at Winter Wonderland again this year. Join us for Pancake
Breakfast or Christmas Dinner!
There are lots of great programs and activities to get involved in, and I want to draw
your attention to a couple of new initiatives: Sing and Grow is a unique program
developed by our Family Resource Program staff for parents and caregivers with
newborns to 18 months, and Building an Age Friendly Mount Pleasant, with great
brain-body and dementia friends training. Our settlement programs have grown,
and we’re pleased to introduce IMPACT Mentoring for newcomers with foreign
experiences in social services, community-based or health sectors. Perhaps you
know someone interested in being a mentor?
There are many ways to get connected to Mount Pleasant Neighbourhod House, and
I invite you to explore this guide for activities that may be of interest to you. If you are
interested in learning about what’s going on in Mount Pleasant, please sign up for our
bi-monthly newsletter at [email protected]
Jocelyne Hamel, MPNH Exective Director
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Diversity
We are a diverse organization whose goal is to celebrate and serve
our communities.
Integrity
We act with integrity: equitably, honestly and ethically.
Respect
We are respectful, treating each person or community with dignity and
compassion.
Responsibility
We are stewards of our neighbourhoods, communities and
environments.
Learning
We strive to learn and to grow, to respond to changing needs with
creativity, enthusiasm and determination.
Social Justice
We are commited to social justice; we act out of concern for others.
Trust
We act from a foundation of trust, understanding our interdependency
Welcome to MPNH
Statement of Values
Statement of Diversity
We are children, youth, adults and seniors of all races, all religions, all
cultures, all abilities and all economic levels.
We speak many languages.
We are men and women of all sexual orientations.
We value diversity.
We endeavor to reflect the diversity of our neighbourhoods in our
membership, Community Board, our volunteers and our staff.
We respect all our neighbours.
We expect that all who come to our Houses, all those who provide
or receive our services will extend the same respect to all those they
meet here. Therefore, we will act to promote the inclusion of all in our
Association and in our community.
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Welcome to MPNH
About Us
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House is part of the Association of
Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia (ANHBC). We are a
community-based, non-profit agency that provides quality services and
programs for people of all ages in East Vancouver. We are a registered
charity under the Income Tax Act of Canada. For more information about
the Association, visit the website at www.anhbc.org. Please visit MPNH’s
website for the most up-to-date information as well as plenty of other info,
photos, videos and more at www.mpnh.org. Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood
House is located at 800 East Broadway, one block east of Fraser on
Broadway at Prince Albert.
How You Can Help
Please help the great work we are doing at Mount Pleasant
Neighbourhood House. Contact the front desk or visit our website to
donate and find out more ways to help. For current news and events
please visit our webpage.
P: 604 879 8208
E: [email protected]
W: www.mpnh.org
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800 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC
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A current membership is required for all House programs. May1st to April
30th, you can purchase memberships at the front desk. You can also
get the optional ANHBC membership for only $2 if you wish to become a
member of the ANHBC, which includes ANHBC voting privileges, see
www.nhbc.org for more information.
Shirley Francisco, Front Desk, [email protected], 604 879-8208
MPNH Community Board Members
Want to be involved in creating a better neighbourhood? Interested in
being involved in leadership and participating in community development,
board governance, and fundraising? If you have a passion for being a
steward of Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House and helping MPNH
achieve our vision and mission, consider joining MPNH’s Community
Board. Learn more about how you can be involved in leadership and
sustainability activities by contacting Jocelyne Hamel, Executive Director
at 604-879-8208 or [email protected]
Partnerships
Welcome to MPNH
Membership
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House is actively looking for proposals
from groups and individuals who wish to provide programming or a
service that reflects our mandate and mission.
Allen Smith, Director of Core Programs & Operations,
[email protected], 604 879 8208
Food Services
Our kitchen can provide delicious, freshly made appetizers, pastries and
full meals for activities held at MPNH, on an event-by-event basis.
Andrew Hunter, Food Services, [email protected], 604 879 8208
ext 224
Room Rentals
We have a variety of spaces catering from 1-100 available. Please
contact the front desk or check www.mpnh.org/room_rentals for more
details.
Askar Baudun, Front Desk, [email protected], 604 879 8208
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Community Programs
Volunteer with Us!
Mount Pleasant is a volunteer driven organization that relies on volunteer
participation and contribution to maintain and deliver our many programs. There
are many volunteer opportunities within the House from helping in the kitchen, to
volunteering with house programs or assisting with administrative activities.
Volunteer opportunities are available during the day and the evening. If you want
to have fun, meet new people, connect with other community members, build up
your skills and give back to the community please join us! Just fill out a volunteer
application (available at the front desk or online). MPNH is committed and
engaged in doing community outreach. Promoting volunteerism is one aspect of
outreach.
To learn more about our current opportunities, please feel free to stop by or call us
at 604-879-8208. or
visit www.mpnh.org/volunteer for more information about our programs,
services and current volunteer postings.
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Hosted by MPNH, the Food Network is part of a citywide initiative to work
collaboratively in and across Vancouver neighbourhoods to address food
system issues. Our goal is to improve access for everyone to healthy,
affordable, and nutritious food.
Each network is involved in a variety of food initiatives that respond to the
particular needs and interests within each neighbourhood and community. Food
networks provide:
- Food skills building;
- Education and awareness;
- Engagement opportunities.
The City of Vancouver identified neighbourhood food networks as a priority area in
Vancouver Food Strategy, and has supprted them through grant funding and other
supports.
To find out more about MPFN’s activites and projects, contact Andrew Hunter
email: [email protected], or call 604 879 8208 ext 224
Community Programs
Mount Pleasant Food Network
In Pleasant Company Community Lunch
Every Friday, at noon, MPNH invites community members to join us for a healthy
multigenerational social lunch in the East Hall. Cost: $4 per person.
Andrew Hunter: [email protected], 604 879 8208 ext 224
Seniors Lunch
Every Tuesday, enjoy the company of other seniors and a nutritious lunch of
soup, salad, roll and dessert or chef’s surprise!
When: Tuesdays, 12 noon
Cost: $4
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The Food Connection
Free monthly food related workshops/potlucks on the last
Wednesday of every month.
The Food Connection aims to provide an informal and inclusive setting for
members to learn and share food knowledge, address food security by enabling
self-sufficiency and resourcefulness, bring the community together and build a
network where ideas and opportunities can be easily shared.
The workshops are informal and collaborative. You don’t have to be an
expert to teach or attend. If you have an idea for a future workshop, please let
us know.
For more information:
visit www.thefoodconnection.ca or contact
Andrew Hunter, [email protected],
604 879 8208 ext 224
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
In Partnership with Pacific Community Resource Society, and funded by the
Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.
Are you unemployed or want to increase your employability? We can help
with one on one specialized services.
Our Program Provides:
• Case Management Services to meet your employment goal needs
• Information and assistance in accessing other community services such as
foodbanks, housing, crisis services, counselling resources and health
services
• One on one or small group sessions such as building self-esteem the
impacts of abuse/violence, career exploration, goal setting, identifying
transferable skills, resume and cover letter writing, interview skills
• Access to short term skills training (computers, WHIMS, First Aid and more)
• Support for transportation and nutrition; childminding on site during
workshops
• Specialized services are available for survivors of violence and/or abuse
Community Programs
Employment Program of British Columbia
Basic Program Eligibility:
• All unemployed British Columbians who are legally eligible to work in
Canada with valid SIN and PR Card
• All underemployed (working under 20 hours per week)
• Students graduating within 6 months
• If you have received a lay off notice
• Living in Midtown –some exceptions may apply
Link us on Facebook:
facebook.com/mpnhemploymentservices
To register please contact: Margarita Chapman, Case Manager
at 604-879-8208 ext 231, or [email protected]
For more information check out www.mpnh.org/employ
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Community Programs
Settlement Services at MPNH
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House provides settlement and support
counselling services for newcommers during their initial settlement in British
Columbia and empowers families to become independent in Canada. Services are
available in English, Cantoness, Mandarine, Philipino, Vietmine, Spanish, Wolof.
Women & Family Settlement Programs
Funded by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Innovation
For more information on all MPNH Women & Family Settlement Programs, please
contact Winnie Tam, Family and Settlement Support Counsellor, at 604-879-8208
ext 201 or e-mail [email protected] Or contact JR Guerrero, Filipino Settlement
Worker, at [email protected]
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House provides settlement and support
counselling services for newcomers / immigrants with permanent resident status
during their initial settlement in British Columbia and empowers families to become
independent in Canada.
Parenting in the Canadian Context
A FREE six-session program that focuses on the topics to assist immigrant parents
to learn about cultural differences in parenting practices within Canada. Other
topics include stages of child development, strategies to help their children adapt to
the new environment, parenting rights and responsibilities, the role of the Ministry
of Children and Family Development, and more. Childminding and bus tickets are
provided when necessary.
Registration is required.
Parenting in the Canadian Context (Mandarin)
A FREE six-session program that focuses on the topics to assist immigrant parents
who speak in Mandarin to learn about cultural differences in
parenting practices within Canada. Other topics include stages of child
development, strategies to help their children adapt to the new environment,
parenting rights and responsibilities, the role of the Ministry of Children and Family
Development, and more. Childminding and bus tickets are provided when
necessary. Registration is required.
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A FREE six-session program for immigrant women to build self-awareness and
provide them with important information on topics such as self-esteem, goal setting,
health and mental wellness, stress management, financial literacy and much
more. Childminding and bus tickets are provided when necessary. Registration is
required.
Immigrant Women’s Life Skills & Support (Mandarin)
A FREE six-session program for immigrant women who speak in
Mandarin to build self-awareness and provide them with important
information on topics such as self-esteem, goal setting, health and mental
wellness, stress management, financial literacy and much more.
Childminding and bus
tickets are provided when necessary. Registration is required.
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Community Programs
Parent-Child Mother Goose program, for newcomers/immigrants
with permanent resident status
A FREE program to introduce immigrant parents and babies to the pleasure
and power of using nursery rhymes and songs. Childminding and bus
tickets are provided when necessary. Registration is required.
Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program, for newcomers/immigrants
with permanent resident status
- Thursdays, Oct 30 to Dec 4, 2014, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
A FREE program for immigrant parents with children 0 – 5 year old to share
their questions, concerns and ideas about parenting, to learn about child
development, challenging behaviour, and positive ways of parenting.
Childminding and bus tickets are provided when necessary. Registration is
required.
My Tween and Me (Mandarin)
A FREE program for immigrant parents with children 7 to 12 year old to come to
discover the full potential of relationship with preteens, to find the keys to help
them make choices, values and goals, to explore strategies to prevent risky
behaviour.
Healthy Living Support Group for Immigrant Women (Mandarin)
- Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday
of each month, 10:30am to
12:30pm
A FREE ongoing theme-based
monthly program for immigrant
women who speak in Mandarin
to help them adjust their new
lives in Canada. Immigrant
women are invited to come
meet new friends, share their
knowledge, skills,
cultural and resources. Childminding and bus tickets are provided when
necessary. Registration is required.
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- Ongoing, every 3rd Saturday of each month, 1:30pm to 4:30pm
This FREE program invites the Montagnard families to have a fun Saturday at
MPNH. Program includes childcare, youth activities, lunch, workshops and
parenting support. Registration is required.
Newcomer Welcome
- Ongoing, once a month, Nov 21, 2014, 5:00pm to 6:30pm
A FREE ongoing monthly gathering with themes around Canadian cultural.
Immigrant families are invited to come and bring newcomer friends to join us.
Childminding and bus tickets are provided when necessary. Registration is
required.
For more information on parentng classes for new commers, contac
WinnieTam, Family and Settlement Support Counsellor at 604-879-8208
ext 201 or email [email protected]
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Circles of Care and Connection for Montagnard families (in
partnership with Mount Pleasant Family Centre)
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Programs
Community
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The Moving Ahead Program provides comprehensive and intensive
individual settlement support and services to refugees and vulnerable
immigrants to Canada who face multiple barriers.
PIRS MAP program at MPNH supports Spanish-speaking permanent
residents and refugees in their first language. MAP focuses on an
individual strength based approach to support and foster
self-empowerment in the participants. The program is client-centered and supports
clients in identifying their needs and creating action plans to
address the emotional, economic, social and cultural challenges they are facing in
their settlement process.
To qualify for the Program:
- you are a permanent resident, a refugee in need of extra support
- you have multiple barriers to reaching your goals
- you need specific support and tools to help your navigate your way in Canada
The Program provides:
- One to one support in Spanish or English
- Initial and longer term settlement counselling
- Assistance in making a personalized plans
- Accompaniment to appointments (community services, medical, school, legal etc.)
- Connection to community resources, supports and services
- Cultural sensitivity
Community Programs
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS)
Moving Ahead Program (MAP) for Vulnerable
Immigrant Populations at Mount Pleasant
Neighbourhood House
Contact:
Rosa Sevy, Outreach Settlement Worker
604 879-8208 ext 203
[email protected]
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Community Connections
IMPACT Mentorship Program
To RSVP for information sessions or to inquire about the program please contact
Blanca Salvatierra at [email protected] or call 604-879-8208 ext. 207
This mentorship program is for newcomer men and women with professional
foreign experience in social services, community services and health services.
Immigrants and newcomers with previous professional experience will be
matched with an established mentor. The mentee will learn more about Canadian
community workplace and systems, practice work-related English, have access
to networking opportunities and make connections with professionals and
institutions to improve access to work opportunities related to their interest and
foreign training experience.
Program Starting Dates: January 2015, and May 2015
Information Sessions held late-November 2014, and April 2015
Location: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Note: attending an information session and an intake interview is
required prior to being accepted into the program. Child-minding is
provided during workshop times. Limited spots.
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Funded By CIC and Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Immigration
Next program will run January to March 2015.
For more information contact Blanca at [email protected] or call
604-879-8208, ext. 207
This program is for newcomers and immigrants (men and women) with
intermediate to advance english level skills and interested in learning about
community engagement and participation. The program consists of a series of
10 weekly workshops, the development and completion of a community based
project. Participants, with staff support, get involved in the design and completion
of a community project making it a practical experience for them to use their
learning in a practical setting.
Participants learn community leadership and organizational skills to connect and
engage in Canadian civic life and increase their community networks.
Program Starting Dates: January 2015 and May 2015
Location: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
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Learning Circles Leadership Training Program
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Community Programs
Community Kitchen for Newcomer and Immigrant
Adults
For more information and registration, contact Lamin at [email protected] or
call 604-879-8208 ext 223
Learn new recipes and maximize your low-cost, healthy food choices by
attending this 6 week cooking program. Newcomer and immigrant adults are
encouraged to participate and suggest meals that are easy to prepare.
Next program starts in January 2015.
Limited spots. Child-minding and transportation subsides available to families
registered in our Settlement Services Program.
Men’s Outreach and Support Group
Ongoing programming every Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm
For more information contact Lamin at [email protected] or call
604-879-8208, ext 223
Open to newcomers and immigrant men this group meets weekly and
encourages capacity building and connections for men to self-organize and
support each other. Participants identify topics and activities as well as invite
guest speakers to help raise awareness on issues that promote men’s physical
and mental health, financial literacy, and development of healthy food choices
and skills. Most importantly, this group promotes intercultural communication
and mentorship as a way to address issues of isolation and disconnection to
community that challenging successful integration of men into Canadian lilfe.
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For more information contact Lamin at [email protected] or call
604-879-8208, ext 223
Come and enjoy making new friends and learning about food and culture from
other part of the world, and connect with neighbours to share the rich Canadian
life and culture.
Each event involves learning a new ethnic dish, and with input from participants
and volunteers, a menu is introduced and prepared together. Once the meal is
ready everyone enjoys dinner and conversation.
Next Two Session: November
22, 2014, and January 24, 2015
The programs runs on a
Saturday from 3pm to 6pm.
Limited spots and
reservation is required.
Suggested contribution for
materials: $5 for adults and $3
for children
(6-12 yr.)
Subsidies offered to eligible
families registered in our
Settlement Services programs.
Community Programs
Multicultural Cooking Club
English Conversation Club
For more information contact Lamin at [email protected] or call
604-879-8208, ext 223
Open to immigrants new to Canada who like to practice their speaking and
listening English skills. This program is ongoing, all year around, and organized
by monthly themes identified by participants.
Registration to the program is required and once you are accepted you can
come in a drop-in basis.
Every Wednesday from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House. Room 3, 2nd floor.
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Licenced Childcare Program (Ages 30mos–10years)
We offer a range of safe, supervised childcare options in which children are
encouraged to explore their own abilities while participating in a variety of
learning activities. We provide a caring, respectful environment in which children
have the chance to develop language, physical, social, emotional, and cognitive
skills. Our licensed childcare staff are thoroughly trained in all aspects of
childcare and safety. Several of our staff are multilingual and speak a range of
languages. MPNH provides services to people from many backgrounds, from new
immigrants to groups who have been in the neighbourhood a long time but may
still be settling in or dealing with language issues. Childcare staff do everything
possible to make children and parents comfortable. Our programs are affordable
and flexible, and designed to meet the schedules of working parents.
MPNH Daycare Program (Ages 30 mos to 5 years)
The Daycare program offers a variety of art activities which include: music and
movement activities, circle time, stories and games for the children to stimulate
children’s growth and development.
Teachers model and teach skills such as turn-taking, problem solving techniques,
communication, language development, hygiene and self-help skills. This
program nurtures children’s health, well-being, and develops kindergarten
readiness.
Dates: Ongoing
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Info: Lakshmi Ranasinghe, 604 879 8208 ext 121
MPNH membership required
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Children & Family Programs
MPNH Preschool Program (Ages 3–5years)
MPNH preschool is a part time program where play is the basis for learning. We
offer morning and afternoon classes. We honor the unique culture of each class
by supporting the strengths of each group. Teachers and children’s interests are
intertwined, and together we discover ways to satisfy our curiosity around learning.
Through project and inquiry based learning using clay, paint textiles, literature,
drama, and music we establish a program where children and teach- ers create
meaningful relationships with materials, ideas and each other.
Time: Mornings, 9:15 AM – 11:45 AM or 9:15AM - 1PM
Info: Irina Zozulya, 604 879 8208 ext 206
MPNH membership required
Before & After School Care Program
at Florence Nightingale Elementary School
Before and After School Care (BAC) is an out-of-school care program based
at Florence Nightingale Elementary School, run by Mount Pleasant
Neighbourhood staff. This licensed care program provides a stimulating
environment for children’s behavioural, cognitive, and social needs. Our
program offers service to two different age groups, Kindergarten to Grade 1,
and Grade 2 through Grade 6. Our daily program provides a variety of
age-appropriate activities that are designed to support the growth and
development of children socially, emotionally, intellectually, physically, and
creatively. The types of activities available are offered in both a structured and
non-structured environment.
We are pleased to offer parents the option of student transportation to and
from school for those children attending Charles Dickens An- nex or Charles
Dickens Main School. Please note that there is an additional fee for
transportation (see second fee table).
Info: Nilda Borrino/Jeven Bhullar, 604 879 8208, [email protected]
Where: Florence Nightingale Elementary School is located at 2740 Guelph
Street
An MPNH membership is also required. Support services from the Public
Health Nurse and Centre for Ability are available on an individual family basis.
Government subsidies may be available. Please inquire.
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Children & Family Programs
Family Programs (Sept - Dec)
For information and registration contact Carmen at 604-879-8208 ext 202 or
email [email protected]
Aboriginal Family Dinner Night
- Monday 5:30pm - 7:30pm
For Aboriginal families. Meet every Monday for dinner and organized guest
speak- er’s talks or informational gatherings to learn arts and crafts and others.
Nobody’s Perfect
- Thursday 5:45pm - 8:00pm, Oct. 2nd - Nov. 6th (6 sessions)
For parents/caregivers of 0-5yrs children. Meet with other parents of young
children to share experiences, ideas and concern about parenting.
Multicultural Family Drop-in
- Friday 5:45pm - 8:00pm
Children and parents/caregivers will have an opportunity to socialize,
participate in are/craft activities, sing songs and read stories in Circle Time.
Snacks provided by families. Monthly visits by VCH Nurse and VPL librarian.
Family Finances for Women with Children
- Friday 10:30am
- 12:30pm, Oct 24 - Nov 7th (3 sessions)
- Preference to new commers Program designed to help women increase their
knowledge and con- fidence in daily mondy management.
Parenting Matters at MPNH
- 6:00pm - 8:00pm, 3rd or 4th Tuesday or Thursday of every month
Topics chosen by parents/caregivers discussed. Some guest speakers invited.
Next Topics: Self-defense and women & their daughters and Anxiety and
Children.
Latin-American Family Drop-in
- Saturday 10:30am - 12:30pm (twice a month)
Program for Spanish speaking families with children 0-5 yrs. Come, play and
interact with other families in Spanish.
Parent-Child Mother Goose Program
For parents and caregivers with babies new born to 18 months old.
Sing and Grow (for parents with children 0-12months old)
- Monday 3:30- 5pm, Oct. 27th to Dec.1st, 2014
This program features baby and me nursery songs and rhymes, exploration of
parenting issues and strategies and information about your baby’s development
and growing social skills. Meet and share with other parents of infants.
Snacks available. Limited seats. Participant fee: $3 per session
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Pre-teen & Youth Programs
Pre-teen & Youth Programs
Preteen Programs
Preteen Adventures (Ages 8-12)
Funded in part by CKNW Orphan’s Fund & Ministry of Public Safety and the
Solicitor General, Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch
Afterschool Preteen Adventures is a positive and safe environment for
preteens to hang out and learn basic life skills. Participants are expected to
register for the program (although checking it out a couple of times first is ok too).
The program works best when participants commit to attending each day. The
afterschool preteen program offers a little something for every preteen: spoorts,
“It’s All About Me, (cause isn’t it), stuff for just girls, stuff just for guys, dancing,
acting art, expression and field trips!
When: Cost:
Info:
Tuesday & Friday from 3-6pm
MPNH Membership & registration is required. Drop in costs vary throughout the month. Snack provided.
Jeven Bhullar, Michel Phan, 604 8798208 ext 302,
or email: [email protected]
Newcomer preteen programs
For more information or any questions on the preteen programs, please feel free
to contact Thanh Lam at 604-879-2028, ext. 318 or at [email protected]
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Discovering You and Me (Ages 10-12)
Where: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 E. Broadway
When: 12-3 pm, 3rd Saturday of every month. Please call Thanh for more
details and exact dates. Program details run from October 2014-March 2015.
A creative, activity-based program for newcomer preteens that fosters a
cross-cultural dialogue on identity, self-esteem, discrimination, as well as
providing skills training on healthy eating and mental well-being.
Newcomer Preteen Noon Hour Cultural Connections (Ages 10-12)
Lunch hour programs, which promote youth literacy and cross-cultural
dialogue through fun, collaborative group games activities.
Where: On-site at select elementary schools
When: During lunch hours. Please call Thanh for more details and exact dates.
Program runs from October 2014-March 2015.
Newcomer Preteen Afterschool Cultural Connections (Ages 10-12)
Afterschool programs, which include topical, skills-building workshops on how to
effectively deal with stress, peer pressure, discrimination and self-esteem issues
as well allowing the preteens to explore their gender and cultural
identities through the creative arts.
Where: On-site at select elementary schools
When: During afterschool hours. Please call Thanh for more details and exact
dates. Program runs from October 2014-March 2015.
Pre-teen & Youth Programs
Program costs and membership fees are free for newcomer youth and
families.
Newcomer Highschool Transition Program (Ages 10-12)
An orientation program for newcomer preteens,
that gives the students the
information and tools they need to successfully transition to high school. The
program will include in-depth high school tours as well as workshops that
focus on new challenges high school may present.
When: On-site at select high schools
When: During school and afterschool hours, please call Thanh for more
details and exact dates. Program runs from October 2015-March 2015.
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Pre-teen & Youth Programs
Youth Programs
For more information or any questions on the preteen programs, please feel free
to contact Sammie Jo Rumbaua and Linda Chen at 604-879-2028, ext. 318 or at
[email protected] and [email protected]
Program costs and membership fees are free for newcomer youth and families.
Race Around the World (RAW) Youth Event (Ages 13-18)
An event planned by immigrant youth in collaboration with the City of Vancouver
and the Neighbourhood Houses that aims to connect immigrant youth to their
Canadian teams. Youth can visit community booths, play fun games and
complete activities to win fun prizes. We are looking for volunteers to join the RAW
Youth Committee in November 2014 and to supervise the booths in
February 2015.
When: 9 am-5 pm, Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Where: Creekside Community Centre
At-School Newcomer Programs (Ages 13-18)
An at school one hour and afterschool program that works newcomer youth
(individually or in group settings) through topical workshops to develop
cross-cultural interaction, community engagement, and personal development.
When: Contact us for specific times and dates as they vary for each school
Where: Eric Hamber, Charles Tupper and Gladstone Secondary Schools
Fun Youth Leadership Training Program (FYL) (Ages 13-18)
A leadership training program for newcomer youth to develop their leadership and
organizational skills as they plan and implement their own programming for fellow
immigrant peers.
When: 4:30-6:30 pm
Where: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 E. Broadway
The Spot! (Ages 13-18)
Funded by CIC and Ministry of Children & Family Development
A fun, Friday night program led by FYL (Fun Youth Leaders) that includes
homework help, cooking classes, movie nights, and other games and activities for
newcomer youth.
When: Times may vary. Please contact us for more details.
Where: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 E. Broadway
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Seniors’ Wellness Programs
For more information on all MPNH Seniors Programs please contact:
Angela Paiyizi, [email protected], 604-879-8208 ext. 107
Recreational Line Dancing
Have fun and improve balance, flexibility and coordination with our energetic
line dancing group. Class is currently full; call for further information.
When: Mondays, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Cost: $22 for 10 sessions. Drop in $3.50
Conversational English Drop-In
Senior Programs
Seniors Programs
This informal chat group provides an opportunity to practice new English skills,
receive mentoring in pronunciation and grammar, discuss suggestions for
answering the telephone, asking for directions or other assistance and other
daily language needs.
When: Mondays 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Cost: $22 for 10 sessions.
Seniors Lunch
Every Tuesday, enjoy the company of other seniors and a nutritious lunch of
soup, salad, roll and dessert or chef’s surprise!
When: Tuesdays, 12 noon
Cost: $4
Seniors Supper Club
Enjoy socializing with fellow seniors over a nutritious dinner and a variety of
interactive recreational activities. Advance registration required.
When: 3rd Thursday of every month, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Cost: $5
Mah Jong Drop-In
Join us for Mah Jong, a traditional Chinese game that involves skill, strategy
and calculation as well as a certain degree of luck. Players range from
novices to experts. Everyone is welcome.
When: Friday, 9:30am - 11:30am
Cost: $22 for 10 sessions, Free for those who stay for lunch.
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Senior Programs
Line Dancing for Fun and Fitness
Join our energetic seniors group in a lively dance session that provides an excellent
workout and multicultural socialization.
Class is currently full; call for further information.
When: Fridays, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Cost: $22 for 10 sessions. Drop in $3.50
Massage Therapy for Senior
When: Tuesday Oct 28 - Dec 9th, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Restarting Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Student from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy will be here offering 1 hour
massage appointments. Please pre-register at our front desk, suggested donation
is $5. Please note: no ICBC claims, open WCB claims, and no complex health
conditions. A doctors note is suggested.
Special Events
for Seniors
Christmas Special Lunch
Date: Tuesday, December 16th
Time: 12 noon Cost: $5/person
Senior Outing Bright Night in Stanley Park
Date: Monday, December 8th
Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Cost: $10
Senior Days at Kingsgate Mall
Special fun and informative activities for seniors at our vibrant neighbourhood
shopping centre. Organized in partnership with the Kingsgate Mall,
Collingwood Community Policing Centre, Mount Pleasant Lions Club and other
community organizations.
Date: Last Thursday of every month
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Cost: Free
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English Conversation Class, Life Skill Workshop,
Orientation and Information Session and Social Activities
for Mandarin Speaker Seniors. 55+
Bus tickets available for those in need.
Registration is required.
English Conversation Club Level 1
When: Tuesday & Thursday, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Immigrant Seniors Intergenerational Cooking Class
Senior Programs
Seniors’ Settlement Programs
Ongoing every second Thursday of the Month:
• October 9th, Thursday, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
• November 13th, Thursday, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
• December 16th, Thursday, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Immigrant senior’s information and orientation
Short Term Life Skill workshop
Legal and Civic Right
When: Once a week on Thursdays 10:00am - 12:00pm
6 weeks from October 16th to November 20th
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Senior Programs
Better at Home
The Better at Home program offers a variety of support services to seniors to
assist them in maintaining their independence. All services are offered on either a
sliding scale of free. Services include light housekeeping, friendly visiting, medical
transportation, shopping shuttle, and handyerson. Please contact the program
coordinator for more information or to arrange an intake.
If you would like information about our housekeeping services, please contact
Shaelee Gummer at 604-879-8208 ext 104, [email protected]
BCIT Nursing Students are offering 2 Educational Workshops for our
seniors in November.
NURSING CLINIC
- Come join the BCIT nursing students to get your blood pressure and blood sugar
levels checked! They will also be doing teaching about diabetes, blood pressure,
healthy eating, and healthy aging. Bring your questions!
November 12 10:00-12:00; Location - West Hall
Topic: Joint health, Brain health, and how nutrition plays a part in the
prevention of many illnesses.
November 26 10:00-12:00 Location - West Hall
Topic: Hypertension and Diabetes; blood pressure and blood sugar testing,
Volunteering
We are always looking for great volunteers in the areas of:
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Volunteer drivers
Friendly visitors
Shopping companions
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
Do you want to be a part of making Mount Pleasant an Age Friendly
Community for Older Adults?
We are pleased to announce that with two year funding awarded to us by ESDC New Horizons for Seniors program, ‘Building an Age Friendly Mount Pleasant’ will
be possible! Would you like to become involved??
We are looking for individuals (55+) who would be interested in becoming
Dementia Friend Volunteers (see the workshop on Dementia Friends happening
in November), helping to develop a Brain Body Wellness manual, and becoming
Peer Mentors for individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment, Dementia and
Alzheimer’s.
Are you an individual or family living with an individual with MCI, Dementia or
Alzheimer’s? We would love to hear from you!
Senior Programs
Cities for Seniors:
Building an Age Friendly Mount Pleasant
This is a partnership with Simon Fraser University, the Alzheimer’s Society, Mount
Pleasant Community Centre, Grandview Towers and Cavell Gardens.
Please contact:
Claudine Matlo – 604-879-8208 ext 138
Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors
Program.
Volunteer Opportunities:
We are looking for individuals who are interested in volunteering with older adults
who are currently experience declines in cognitive capacity. Opportunities include:
• Peer mentors in the areas of Brain Body Fitness and simple technologies
• Dementia Friends
Please contact the program coordinator for more information.
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Senior Programs
Dementia Friends Training
Coming in November 2014.
Many people with dementia live well in the community for quite a long time.
The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is working with municipalities, professionals,
corporations and volunteers to help B.C. communities like Mount Pleasant
become more dementia-friendly. We can all play a role in making our
community a great place to live for people with dementia and their families.
Please join us by attending a free Dementia Friend training session hosted by
the Society. At this workshop you will learn how to recognize signs of memory
problems and how to best support a person with dementia who you may
interact with as a volunteer, at work or in your community.
This session is intended for volunteers at MPNH and the general public
Information for caregivers or people living with dementia is available on the
Society’s website at www.alzheimerbc.org or by calling the dementia helpline at
604-681-8651.
Pre-registration is required. Please contact MPNH reception at
604-879-8208
Brain Body fitness
– Tuesdays October 14th - December 2nd - 10:00-11:30am
No class October 28 – please register for the Moodsmart workshop
No class November 11,
Cost $20 – please pre-register as space is limited.
This 6 week Brain Body Fitness program incorporates Brain Gym® movements;
brain games to enhance learning, memory, and problem-solving; and activities for
vision, hearing, balance, posture and coordination. The exercises and
activities are designed to encourage playful interaction, cultural sharing, and social
connecting.
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Please note a current membership is required for all House programs.
Annual memberships are $4 per person or $6 per family. The membership
year runs from May 1st to April 30th for all Neighbourhood Houses. You
can purchase memberships any time at the front desk. You can also get
the optional ANHBC membership for only $2 if you wish to become a
member of the ANHBC (which includes ANHBC voting privileges, See
www.anhbc.org).
Shirley Francisco, Front Desk, [email protected], 604 879-8208
MPNH is Web Social!
Do you use any social media sites to connect with other people and
find out what’s going on in your area? We do! In a variety of ways.
For news and events from MPNH, you can check us out on:
facebook.com/mountpleasantneighbourhoodhouse
Happening at Our House
Are you a Member of MPNH?
@mountpleasantnh
@metamorfestmpnh
youtube.com/user/MountPleasantNH
linkedin.com/company/mount-pleasant-neighborhood-house
@mountpleasantnh
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Funders & Donors
MPNH Gratefully acknowledges the many funders who
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Adria Import Car Service
Andrew Sheret Limited
BC Childrens Hospital, Radiology Department
Buy-Low Foods
Broadleaf Consulting Inc.
Broadway Youth Resource Centre
Canadian Diabetes Association
Canadian Heritage
Citizenship and Immigrantion Canada
CKNW Orphan’s Fund
Decoda Literacy Solutions
Employment and Skills Development Canada
GVC Credit Union
Honeywell Inc.
KingsGate Mall
Knight Piesold Consulting
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Innovation
Ministry of Children & Family Development
Ministry of Public Safety and the Solicitor General,
Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch
Ministry of Social Development
Mount Pleasant Community Centre
Mount Pleasant Lions Club
Noodle Box
North Growth Foundation
Panduro Contracting LTD
Public Health Agency of Canada
QLT Inc.
Ralph’s Radio
Real Estate Foundation of BC
Royal Bank of Canada
Scotiabank
S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
Teamsters Joint Council #36
Vancity
Vancouver Coastal Health
Vancouver Foundation
Vancouver Native Health Society
Whole Foods
Special acknowledgements to funders who support our core activities:
A heartful thanks to our private donors! To donate please contact us by phone
604 879 8208, by email [email protected] or visit our donor page
at www.mpnh.org/donate
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United Way Employee Capmpaign Pancake Breakfast
Friday November 14th, 2014
$5.00 for adults
$3.00 for children
Seating every 1/2 hours starting at 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
United Way of the Lower Mainland is an important partner that supports MPNH’s
work in community. Each year MPNH participates in an Employmee Fundraising
Campaign for United Way, and this pancake breakfast is an invitation to the
community to support our efforts. Tickets will be available from November 5th at
the front desk.
Christmas Dinner at MPNH
Wednesday December 3rd and Thursday December 4th 5:30 p.m.
$5.00 for adults,
$3.00 for children
Special Events
Special Events:
Come join us in celebrating the holiday season with a delicious Christmas
dinner, sing-along, and enjoy a guest appearance from our dear friend from the
North Pole!
Winter Wonderland and Pancake Breakfast
Warm up with a yummy pancake breakfast and enter our maical Winter
Wonderland for a visit with Santa taking place on Friday, Dec. 12th and
Statusday Dec. 13th. Children of all ages will enjoy this unique MPNH tradition.
Seatings every 1/2 hour from 9:30 to noon each morning.
Adults $5.00, children $3.00.
If you want to skip breakfast and just visit Winter Wonderland and get a treat
from Santa, tickets are $2.00 each.
Group bookings can be arranged for Thursday, Dec 11th and
Friday, Dec. 12th in the afternoon.
Contact Nilda at [email protected] for more information.
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Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
P: 604 879 8208
F: 604 879 4136
E: [email protected]
W:www.mpnh.org
800 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC
V5T 1Y1