2819 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6K 2M2       604-738-2819

About West Side Family Place

Why West Side Family Place?

We know that raising children can be lonely, frustrating and sometimes bewildering. West Side Family Place provides a safe space for mothers, fathers, and caregivers with young children from all backgrounds to gather and play, free from judgement or long-term commitment.

 

Please come by anytime – Family Place is a great place to:
  • Enjoy art, make-believe and story-time activities in the playroom
  • Share a snack in our fully-equipped kitchen
  • Have a coffee and chat with other parents in our cozy living room
  • Explore safe, age-appropriate play equipment in our enclosed, outdoor playground

 

We offer:
  • A nurturing community of parents/caregivers and their children
  • A stimulating daily drop-in five mornings and one afternoon a week that includes play-based exploration and a staff-led circle time
  • A variety of parent education workshops focused on building relationships and strengthening families
  • Theme Day activities including seasonal multicultural potluck meals and celebrations
  • Music classes for babies and toddlers
  • Toy lending and parenting resource libraries
  • Information about child development
  • Referral to other programs and services in the community

 

West Side Family Place values:
  • Inclusiveness
  • Acceptance
  • Respect
  • Cooperation

History

It has been said it takes a village to raise a child.  On Vancouver’s west side, we are that village.

The story of West Side Family Place began in 1973. Ellen LeFevre and Mary Lynn Burke, were high school friends who met up again years later, each with two young toddlers in tow. It was the early 1970s, the beginning of the women’s movement, and a confusing time to be a mother, according to LeFevre. There was also growing awareness of how hard it is to parent in isolation and the toll this was having on families.

Their idea was to create a place where mothers with young children could get together to share their experiences and provide their kids a safe place to play.

It began in a small storefront on Sasamat and West 16th Avenue. Then WSFP moved to a bigger space with offices in the front and a warehouse-sized playroom in the back at Dunbar and Broadway.  Then in 1993 came the decision to buy the two-storey house we now call home at 2819 West 11th Avenue.

WSFP was the very first such family place in Canada. It soon became the model for a whole network of similar organizations that now operate across the country.

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WSFP is a registered non-profit society and a registered Canadian charity #1306 1781 RR0001

Latest from West Side Family Place

  • Canada Day Potluck

    Happy Birthday, Canada! Come join to celebrate Canada Day on Thursday June 28th during our Drop-In. Canada Day festivities will begin at 9:30am and will end with a potluck at 11:30am. Please bring something to share from your culture.

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  • Scotiabank Charity Challenge

    On June 24, West Side Family Staff and Families will be running and walking the Scotiabank Charity Challenge - Half-Marathon and 5K run. Cheer on and support your WSFP Team by making a donation to the cause! Fundraising proceeds help to pay for programs and art supplies, books, and building maintenance. Read on for more information!

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  • It’s Survey Time!

    Please participate in our annual survey. Information collected will be used to measure the impact of our programs and to communicate with our funders. The data collected also helps us develop programs that will meet the needs of our members. Survey is available on your next visit and is also available online - Read more for link and information!

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  • Mother’s Day Celebration

    THANK YOU to all who came with tasty savoury and sweet treats for us to enjoy.

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  • Thank You, David Richardson!

    A big thank you to our good friend and long-time supporter David Richardson (http://www.thecolourofrealestate.com) for representing WSFP in the Hublot Diamond Rally, a fundraising rally for charities,  last weekend from Vancouver to Whistler. 

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  • Canada Day Potluck
  • Scotiabank Charity Challenge
  • It’s Survey Time!
  • Mother’s Day Celebration
  • Thank You, David Richardson!
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