Sept 16, 2020. New Parenting Webinar series announced, plus AGM details. Please attend!

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Please join us! ESFP's AGM is on Oct 1, 7 pm

Join Eastside Family Place for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) being held on Zoom on October 1. 

The Annual General Meeting for fiscal year 2019-2020 will be held in the evening of Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 7-8 pm via Zoom. Please click HERE for the AGM agenda. To register, please send an email here.

At the AGM we will be launching our webinar series 'Parenting in Challenging Times' with a preview of our first guest speaker, Cathryn McPhee, Parent Educator/Facilitator with Information Children. 

Cathryn's webinar Taking the Lead – Compassion and Coping is scheduled for Oct 7, 7 pm. At our AGM, she will be setting the context and providing some examples of challenges and strategies that frame her 'Taking the Lead' perspective. The webinar on Oct 7 will follow this topic up in more detail with the opportunity to participate in Q&A. We look forward to welcoming you at both our AGM and our webinar series.

Announcing Our New Monthly Webinar Series

Parenting in Challenging Times

Join us as we welcome Cathryn McPhee, BSN, MEd,  in this first of our new monthly webinars from a variety of parenting and child development experts. We'll meet (on Zoom) Wednesday evening the 7th of October, from 7:00-8:00 PM. The focus of the workshop is on how we can tap into our capacity for compassion to help not only our children cope with this rapid pace of change but also ourselves as parents, partners, and workers.  Self-compassion can reduce stress and anxiety, and  is key for supporting resiliency in ourselves and others. 

Cathryn McPhee is a Parent Educator and Facilitator with Information Children and also a Heart Mind Well-being Facilitator with the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education. Cathryn has her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and MEd in Health Education focusing on Child and Youth Social and Emotional Well-being.

Taking the Lead - Compassion and Coping , with Cathryn McPhee, on Wednesday, Oct 7, 7:00-8:00 PM  All parents and caregivers welcome! It will be delivered on Zoom. Register here!

We are Family Support Workers and we are here to help!
During the first part of the shutdown, our family support workers stayed in contact with members, offering phone support and referrals, and just being there to listen. We continue to be here to offer you support and help you find resources. Contact us via email to request a call-back. And, at the registered programs, you can connect with various staff there too. We are here to help!

Outdoor Programs

Backyard Play Time
Join us in our backyard play space Mon and Wed from 11 am -12 pm. Enjoy activities and connect with staff and other young families in a stimulating and safe environment. Register on our website every Wed & Thurs and on the Fri we'll confirm with you. Our safety plan can be found in our Registered Backyard Play Time Policies

Garden Play Time  every Thurs morning 10 -11:15 am we will meet in the Britannia Community Garden to play games, do nature crafts and explore the garden and all it has to offer.  (While the weather cooperates). Email to RSVP.

Upcoming Workshops and Programs - Register Soon!

Cooking Skills with Andrea Potter of Rooted Nutrition, on Zoom. Andrea will share her approach to making nutritious and yummy meals for growing families. The classes are from 5:00-5:45 pm, so you have the option of cooking along for your evening meal. You will be sent a list of simple ingredients and the recipes ahead of time. Here's what she has in store for you. Register Here!
  • Busy Weeknight Dinners -  Friday, Sept 18, 5-5:45 pm. Scrambling to cobble together dinner for the family on busy nights? Learn satisfying, healthy recipes that take 30 min or less to make Uses pantry staples - no running out to get specialty ingredients at the store! In this session you'll be making Vegan Pad Thai and Black Bean Yam Soup.
  • Versatile Sauces from Scratch -  Friday, Oct 23, 5-5:45 pm. Tired of the same weekly meals? Does your cooking need some new flavours, vibrancy, pizzaz? The secret is in the sauce! Learn how to make healthy sauces, marinades and dressings from scratch what will liven up your tastebuds. 
  • Better Snacks - Friday, Nov 20, 5-5:45 pm. Ditch the unhealthy ingredients, wasteful packaging and extra cost of store-bought snacks by learning how to whip up some healthier versions of your kid's (new or current) favourites. 

Let's Make Art Together - family creativity workshop for preschoolers and their parents/caregivers on Zoom. Led by local artist and educator,  Paddi McGraff, who has facilitated art workshops for the very young to the very old for over twenty years, and is a founding member of East Van's Magpie’s Nest Community Art Space.  We will have fun together making 'Crazy Combination Creatures' - only supplies needed are 81.5 x 11 paper and markers. This is a great activity that can become a favourite way to connect with your children. 
Friday, Sept 25, 11 am-12 pm, on Zoom. Registration is open, click here!

Family Rhythm, Rhyme + Movement
, on Zoom. Join Nuri and Dawn Zoe as they lead you in our Saturday morning early literacy program with songs, rhymes, stories and creative movement. 
Saturdays, on Zoom, starting Oct 17, 10-11:30 am for 6 sessions. Email to register. 

Circle of Security
 parenting program, on Zoom. Explore child development, needs and behaviours from the lens of attachment. By being more in tune with your children's attachment needs, you can develop strategies to more positively respond to them, and create a closer connection. Limited to 6 participants on Zoom.
Fridays, on Zoom, starting  October 23, 1-2:30, for 8 sessions. Email to register. 

Registered Clinical Counsellor, Krystle Sivorot, is now offering her counselling services to ESFP members on Wednesdays. Her practice supports children, youth, and adults struggling with emotional challenges and encourages cultivating the wisdom of the body and mind. Krystle looks at supporting the whole family system to find new ways of deepening the relationship to self and others in the community. Her practice uses breath, movement, and mindfulness to deepen a connection to the body as a resource for well-being and nurturing joy. Krystle is thrilled to be walking alongside families in their journey to find healing and growth at Eastside Family Place.

We are booking 50 minute counselling appointments on Wednesdays. Note that Krystle is also able to offer remote/tele sessions to those that cannot attend in person. To find out more or to book a session, email Krystle. No cost for ESFP members ($20 per year/family, subsidies available).
Please Welcome our Fall Students, Catherine and Courtney!
Hi my name is Catherine and I’m a third year psychology major at UBC. I’d like to think that I’m a very artsy person so in my free time I like to sing, paint, and do photography! I joined Eastside Family Place because I have a passion for working with children and in the future I would love to go into early childhood education or become a counsellor! I’m excited to meet everyone in our fall program!
Hello, I'm Courtney! I am currently enrolled in a teacher certification program at SFU. I have a bachelors degree in General Studies in Education and a double minor in Educational Psychology and Curriculum Instruction. I love working with kids of all ages and I'm excited to get to know all of you!

Welcome to Creative Family Fun Time this Fall
Catherine and Courtney will be continuing the fun from our summer students' program into the fall and early winter. Their focus will be on outdoor play with a variety of games, crafts, stories and nature-based activities and explorations. Children learn best through play and the learning is greatly enhanced when it is brought outside. The saying is, 'There is no bad weather, only bad clothing' so we will be running our programs Rain or Shine. We promise, it will be fun! And it's always good to get out of the house for an hour or so, isn't it? 
Help us out- take our 2 minute survey!

Your feedback will help us evaluate and plan future programs. Thank you very much, we appreciate your input!


COVID-19 testing info and list of testing sites can be found here on the VCH website.

Drs. Bop and Pop (really!) upbeat Youtube song about mask wearing. The good docs have several related vids.

Cute musical family sing their catchy hand-washing song.

Who wouldn't want to sing "Washy Washy Clean Scrub Scrub" to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It"?
  • Free Counseling Service. If you are struggling and would like to speak with a Registered Clinical Counselor,  please email us for a confidential referral
  • From - access support workers/social workers/  psychologists for confidential chat sessions or phone calls by texting "WELLNESS" to 741741. If you are a frontline worker, text "FRONTLINE" to same number. The Wellness Together Canada mental wellness portal- wide range of free resources
  • Pacific Post Partum Support Society, 10am-3pm, phone / text support for new or expecting parents. 604-255-7999

  • Cathryn McPhee is an East Van parenting consultant from Information Children, and can help with ages 0-12 years. CALL 778-782-3548 for a confidential call-back, or go online for more info on their free services
  • Dr. Vanessa Lapointe - parenting author, online classes, blog  
  • The Neufeld Institute - resources on the pandemic and its effects on children, from an attachment-based, developmental approach
  • Hand in Hand Parenting  Special Playtime experts/videos/live
  • Elevating Childcare  RIE based, respectful parenting podcast/newsletter
  • Susan Stiffelman  Parenting Without Power Struggles
  • The Vancouver Rent Bank supports individuals and families who need access to a temporary loan to maintain their housing stability/avoid homelessness
  • Family Services of Greater Vancouver help with financial benefits, emergency budget planning CALL: 604-368-2469 or e:
  • Helping Women Now,  from Dress for Success. Helps women affected by job reduction/loss
  • Provincial hotline dedicated to answering NON-MEDICAL questions, CALL 1-888-COVID19 or 1-888-268-4319
  • Corona Virus: Your Legal Questions Answered, People's Law School
  • Britannia Community Centre runs a weekly farmers market featuring local produce from Fractal Farms and different arts, crafts, and food vendors every week. Tuesdays 2-7 pm in the plaza.
  • Map Showing  free/low-cost food in Vancouver
  • Better Together BC, recipes, inspiration for eating more family meals together
  • East Van Cares, by Grandview Woodland Food Connection. Free food boxes to seniors and families with young children

The social isolation measures necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic are making it more difficult for those who are at risk of abuse or violence to safely reach out for help. “Signal for Help” is a simple one-handed sign someone can use on a video call. It can help a person silently show they need help and want someone to check in with them in a safe way. For more information on the Signal for Help, including tips on how to help someone if you see it on a call, please go to the Canadian Women's Foundation page. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.

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