Hi WSFP Members,
Please join us for our 2020 Annual General Meeting.
Special Guest, Dr. Deborah MacNamara will be speaking about Emotional Health and Well-Being in Kids.
What matters when it comes to emotional health and well-being and how can we foster it in our children? How does emotional maturity help our children bounce back from adversity and strive to reach their full human potential? Dr. Deborah MacNamara will point to three things we can keep in mind as we support our children with their emotions.
Date: Monday, June 25th
Time: 7:30 to 9:00 pm on Zoom
*Please RSVP to Salena at email@example.com
Something new for our Tuesday mornings!
*Every Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:00 am
*Spots for 11 families maximum
For children ages 0-5. You can register by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register 24 hours before each session. This program is through Zoom and details will follow upon registration.
From our child’s tantrums, resistance, playtime, to their questions of “what are we going to do today?”, staying at home with kids has never been so ‘interesting.’ Dr. MacNamara discusses the new realities of caring for our kids and how to help them with their emotions, while trying to preserve ours at the same time. There is a 20 minute slide presentation and an hour of Q and A.
For our families who were not able to join the webinar with Dr. Deborah MacNamara and Eva on “Staying Sane at Home with Kids”: for parents of young children in the time of COVID-19, the recording is now available here!
The password is RPG2020!
Dear Family Place Community,
All of us here at WSFP are sending lots of love to you and your families and hope that you are keeping well during this challenging time. We want you to know that we are thinking of you and miss you and your children very much. But even though we aren’t able to welcome you to Family Place right now, our staff are still here and would love to hear from you.
Here are some of the things we are working on to maintain our connection until we can meet you again in person:
Maria, Sue Ellen and Eva invite you to a virtual “Singing Time” every Tuesday and Thursday, at 11:30 am. If you and your children would like to see a friendly familiar face and sing some songs, please join us on Facebook. Also, if there are songs, rhymes or felt stories you miss from our Circle time, let us know and we will add it on our list for future clips. We will also be doing a Live Zoom Circle Time every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month – we will update the details on our Facebook and Instagram page, please stay tuned for that.
We know that this is an incredibly stressful time for parents and having someone to talk to can make a big difference. We’ve launched “Chat with Eva” where Eva will be available to speak to parents and caregivers on Mondays to Thursdays between 10 am and 2 pm and Tuesday evenings between 7 pm and 9pm. You can reach her on our dedicated “Eva Hotline” at 236.808.7334. If you have other thoughts and questions for the rest of the staff, Diane, Maria, Sue Ellen and Salena, please connect with us through our email, email@example.com.
Dr. Deborah MacNamara and Eva will be hosting a webinar called “Staying Sane at Home with Kids”. From our child’s tantrums, resistance, playtime, to their questions of “what are we going to do today,” staying at home with kids has never been so ‘interesting.’ Come join Dr. Deborah MacNamara as we discuss the new realities of caring for our kids and how to help them with their emotions, while trying to preserve ours at the same time. The webinar event is on Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm. It will be free, but pre-registration is required on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/staying-sane-at-home-with-kids-with-dr-deborah-macnamara-tickets-102936369452
We will also be hosting regular “Coffee Break” drop-ins through Zoom on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am to 11:15 am. Although not quite the same as a typical drop-in, we hope it will be an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy the company of other grown-ups. Space is limited, so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
We have introduced “Window Wanderings” which encourages spreading of love and cheer for families during their neighbourhood strolls. Please check our Facebook and Instagram regularly for updates or simply stroll over to Family Place and check out our window display.
We will also be doing “Arts and Crafts Packages” a few weeks a month where we’ll be providing art supplies for a DIY art activity at home. Family Place will set up a table outside our gate and families will be able to take a package (1 per child). First set of art packages will be available on Wednesday, April 22, 10 am to 2 pm. We will announce every release of craft packages on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
Check out our social media feed regularly for ideas on crafts, activities, recipes, and parenting and self-care articles that you can explore with your child.
If you know anyone who might benefit from these resources, please click the links below:
*Government of Canada supports for individuals and businesses:
*Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression
*Resources and Ideas to Support BC Families During the Covid-19 Pandemic
*VictimLinkBC – a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across B.C. and the Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-800-563-0808 or sending an email to VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca.
*Victim Services and Violence Against Women Program Directory –
If there are other ways we could support you and your family, please let us know by emailing email@example.com. We are all in this together and learning a whole new way of connecting with each other.
Eva, Maria, Sue Ellen, Salena and Diane
Message from Eva (click on the link to view the video):
How are you coping with children at home during this time of physical isolation? Do you miss adult contact with others?
Just because we are physically isolated doesn’t mean we have to be socially isolated. If you want to connect and talk about how things are going, share your concerns, or just to have a chat, please call Eva. She would love for you to reach out.
Eva is available Monday to Thursday, from 10 am to 2 pm, and on Tuesday evenings, from 7 to 9 pm. Call or send a text to (236) 808-7334.
West Side Family Place will be suspending all programs as of 12 pm, March 16, and will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
It is our utmost priority to make sure everyone is safe, and to keep on with our activities at this point of time could put our families, staff, volunteers and friends at risk. We will continue to stay in close contact with government and health officials to determine when we will resume our programs. Please continue to check back through our website and social media for updates.
We urge everyone to take calm precautions and do their best to reduce the risk of spreading illness. These are a few easy ways to ensure lower risk of contracting and sharing any virus:
– Wash your hands frequently with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds after using the washroom, sneezing, coughing, preparing food, and touching public surfaces.
– Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
– Cough and sneeze into the crease of your elbow.
– Do your best to stay home if you present cold or flu-like symptoms and call 8-1-1 if you think you may have COVID-19 or are experiencing an unexplained shortness of breath.
Here is the latest update for BC: *CBC British Columbia – https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia
*The World Health Organization (WHO) is one of the most reliable source of information on how to be ready, safe, smart, and kind in the wake of COVID-19: https://www.who.int/…/novel-coronavirus-2…/advice-for-public
*BC Centre of Disease Control:
For the health and safety of our environment and its users, we ask that if you or your child are displaying any of the symptoms below please rest and play at home.
Thank you for your cooperation!
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