Jan 6, 2020. Our first newsletter of the year! See our lineup of new and returning programs!

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Happy New Year!

We were very happy to bid farewell to 2020 and welcome 2021 - to make it extra special, be sure to take part in our new ESFP calendar of activities by clicking on this link. ESFP worked with our student staff to create a roster of fun activities that your family can easily take part in. To augment community spirit, we invite you to share your results with us by sending a quick email, and we'll share here and on social media.  This week, for example, we encourage you to visit a local business and show your appreciation. We all value the incredible community we have built together, so let's offer a shout out to business owners who have done their best through the struggles of a pandemic. Hats off as we offer our appreciation from safe distances - be kind, be calm, and stay safe everyone!
We have just a few copies left of our 2021 calendar, which is full of fun activity ideas and information. They are available for a suggestion donation of $20. Let us know if you want one! 

New! Take and Make Food Kits!

We are really excited to tell you about our new food-based program. Thanks to a generous grant from CLICK for Kids, we are now offering weekly grocery kits, free for our members!* Each week, a new food kit will be offered. Pick up will be weekly on Fridays. Suggested recipes will be from the kitchen of  Rooted Nutrition's Andrea Potter, who has been leading our cooking skills programs for over a year. She is a fantastic whole-foods cook and wonderful teacher as well.

Registration will be on a week-by-week basis. Due to food safety issues, all groceries will be vegan or vegetarian. 

Send an email to register this week. The first kits will be available this Friday Jan 8. When you register you will be given a specific time to pick up- to avoid crowding. This week will feature ingredients for Simple Coconut, Chickpea and Yam Curry with Greens recipe from Andrea Potter.

*Membership is just $20 per year and allows you and your family access to all our programs and workshops. In order to receive the groceries, your membership will need to be up to date, or if you aren't a member, you will need to set it up- it's easy. Click here to get more info. (Complimentary memberships available to low-income families- just ask!)
Need a bit of help with dinner? Sign up for our weekly food kit!
Please renew your membership to help us continue our work. Thanks!

Workshops and Programs 


Nobody's Perfect Parenting Group
Why join NP?

Because children don't come with a user manual!!! Parenting can sometimes be a baffling, frustrating and even scary job, and we receive little or no training for it! We "learn on the job" and it can be so helpful and reassuring to meet with other parents going through some of the same challenges, and also to share the joys of parenting young children.

In NP the program is built around the group's interests and challenges, so the discussions are focused on what is most important to the group, rather than following a cookie-cutter curriculum. The experienced facilitators help guide you to discover your strengths as a parent, and find new approaches to increase your skill at handling challenges through the different ages and stages.

People often describe NP as "life changing" and the knowledge, skills and support help them tremendously in their parenting journey, well beyond the early years. 

Nobody's Perfect, 6 Fridays, starts Feb 5 - Mar 12, 1-2:30, via Zoom. It is a 6-week program. There is a maximum of 8 participants, in order to get the most out of the Zoom platform. To be added to the waitlist, email Gaye.


Creating Connections and Calming the Self
For 3-5 year olds and their parents to explore ways to co-regulate through dancing, playing games, and making art together. Facilitated by our in-house counsellor Krystle and staff member Mamata. This popular program will be offered again starting Wednesday, Jan 20 til Mar 10, 10-11:30 am, for 8 sessions. Email Mamata to be placed on the wait list. Masks mandatory for all adults.

Mamas & Babies Weekly Meet-Up Group 
For mothers and their pre-crawling infants. We'll start with a gentle postpartum stretch session with local doula and yoga teacher, Melissa Rodrigues,  with time for networking and discussion. Group size is limited to 4 families. Masks mandatory for all adults. Email Gaye  to go over the weekly registration process.  Wednesdays, 1:15-2:15.

Family Rhythm, Rhyme + Movement 
Join with other families of young children on Zoom and with our wonderful FRRM facilitators, 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, Feb 20 - Mar 27, 10-11:00 am for 6 sessions. Email Gaye to get on the wait list! 

Take and Make Craft Kits
Each week a new craft kit will be available by registration, and a new video will be uploaded to our Creative Family Fun Time YouTube channel to show you and your children how to make the craft! Email the CFFT Team for details. 

Cooking Classes
Join Rooted Nutrition's Andrea Potter who will share her approach to making nutritious, yummy meals in under an hour. You can cook along if you so choose. Ingredients list and recipes are provided in advance. More cooking classes are anticipated in the New Year. Email Gaye to be informed of upcoming sessions.

Meanwhile, check out her 3 recipes on our YouTube Channel, Chickpea and Yam Curry, Stewed Barley and Portobello Mushrooms, and a short tutorial on cooking beans and legumes from scratch. 

New! Food Kits
Weekly grocery bag/meal kits will be distributed by registration. More details in article at top of newsletter.

Registered Clinical Counsellor, Krystle Sivorot, is offering in-person or virtual counselling appointments 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. Her practice uses breath, movement, and mindfulness to deepen a connection to the body as a resource for well-being and nurturing joy. To book a session, email Krystle. No cost for ESFP members ($20 per year/family, subsidies available).

OCCASIONAL CARE: 'Break Time for Mom and Dad!'
Take a break, get some errands done, see your dentist... we've got you covered! Offered every Tues and Thurs morning 10-12, and must be pre-booked. If you aren't already registered as a child care client, you will need to do a gradual entry process. To register or to get more details, email Gisele McClain, our childcare staff.

Meet our two Nobody's Perfect Co-facilitators, Nuri and Syd!

Nuri Marconato has been facilitating Nobody’s Perfect for over 5 years mainly at Eastside Family Place and also at Family Places in East Vancouver, South Vancouver and New Westminster.  Nuri has also been facilitating “Family Rhythm, Rhyme + Movement” and “Parent-Child Mother Goose”, for more than 15 years.  She is known for supporting family connections through playing, singing, dancing and rhyming, one song at time.  
Syd Bosel has been facilitating Nobody’s Perfect for 25 years, largely in East Vancouver. She also facilitates Parent Support and Information programs for the Neufeld Institute, “Circle of Security” and “My ‘tween and Me”. Syd is known for her gentle sense of humour, and for providing a supportive and encouraging environment, while parents figure out for themselves, what is best for their family.


  • 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
  • My Workplace Health
  • Bounce Back Program
  • 24 Hour Crisis Line 1-800-784-2433
  • Here to Help Program
  • Pacific Post Partum Support Society, 10am-3pm, phone / text support for new or expecting parents. 604-255-7999
  • Information Children parent helpline 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
  • Corona Virus: Your Legal Questions Answered, People's Law School
  • 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, volunteers and donations gladly accepted!

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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