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PRESS RELEASE: Catalyst of Change Award Winners 2017

We are excited to share our Catalyst of Change Award Winners for 2017. These community driven individuals were formally recognized at our AGM last week. Full release follows.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 29, 2017

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT:  Daniel Almeida 
Marketing Coordinator,
BC Association of Family Resource Programs 
info@frpbc.ca

2017 RECIPIENTS OF FRP-BC CATALYST OF CHANGE AWARD WINNERS

LANGLEY- The BC Association of Family Resource Programs (FRP-BC) announced the recipients of the 2017 FRP-BC Catalyst of Change Awards at our AGM on November 24, 2017. This award acknowledges volunteers, staff and past staff whose innovative and pioneering initiatives have proven powerful in supporting change for families in our communities.

The Catalyst of Change recipients lead a community of forward thinking organizations that continue to develop new and creative ways to advance and promote community-based family-centred programs.

Congratulations to all who were nominated from their Community Services Organization! FRPBC honors you.

The recipients are:

Debbie FletcherChilliwack Community Services. Debbie’s positive outlook, enthusiasm and compassion impact the families that she works with in a positive way every day.

Charlene Belleau- Esketemc First Nation. Charlene has served as Eske’temc Nation Chief twice, co-produced a documentary and assisted with residential school documentaries for CBC, NPC and APTN.  Charlene actively leads and participates in her Interior community at Alkali Lake.

Gwen Noble- Community Connections Society of Southeast BC. Gwen is a visionary, loves to collaborate and supports positive change for families, their children and the community to which they belong.

Sidney Bosel-South Vancouver Family Place. Syd is devoted, dedicated and supports countless families with young children in all of Vancouver.

Marianne Brophy-Family Services of the North Shore. Over the past year, Marianne has supported close to 400 I-Hope Family Centre families through breastfeeding and postpartum supports.

Mary Johnston-Eastside Family Place. Throughout Mary’s lengthy career, Mary remains a champion for children and families Mary is the most thoughtful, kind and professional co-worker to work with.

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27th AGM with Emcee Angus Reid -Get your seats now!

 

It’s that time of the year again, our FRP-BC AGM is just one month away. This year’s AGM and Training is dad focused and emceed by Angus Reid! We will include our strategic plan, finances, Reconciliation and new field research. We’ve also sprinkled in some treats like an amazing dad focused training session from Dads Central Canada, a fun drumming workout with Lyle Povah, Our Catalyst of Change Awards and the most popular networking opportunities. That’s on top of a delicious and freshly prepared salmon lunch. You do not want to miss this AGM!

Register and Save Your Seat Now!

Details:

• November 24th, at the Museum Cultural Centre. 

• 8:30 AM-4:00PM PST

• Full Agenda TBA!

Featuring:

Angus Reid

Speaker, writer and champion athlete Angus Reid will emcee our 27th AGM. Angus brings with him a powerful message of working through adversity. He brings energy to motivate thought, skill, and desire into real action!

Jeff McLean and Reg Unrau:

We have co-ordinated with Dads Central Canada to bring you Jeff McLean and Reg Unrau, the Dad’s Central BC team! Jeff and Reg will be hosting an interactive workshop with facilitators that engage regularly with the ever growing population of dads. Focusing on communication and retention of dads in early years programming, this session will equip you to connect and engage fathers more effectively. Facilitators will share insights gleaned from years of working with a focus on dads, and plenty of time will be provided for Q & A.

Lyle Povah:

Presenting his revitalizing Drumming and Health Workshop, Lyle is a musician, percussionist and African drummer, drum circle facilitator, researcher and workshop leader, with particular interest in community building and spirituality. Drumming and Health is all about facilitating interactive, fun and healing musical and rhythm-based events locally and globally, to calm the mind, tune the body and revitalize the spirit! 


PRESS RELEASE: FRP-BC Announces Strategic Plan

We're excited to announce the release of our 2017-2019 Strategic Plan. To view the full report, click on this link: 2017-2019 Strategic Plan

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

          August 22, 2017

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT: Daniel Almeida

Marketing Coorindator
BC Association of Family Resource Programs
info@frpbc.ca

FRP-BC Release 2017-2019 Strategic Plan

FRP-BC reinforces their commitment towards reconciliation, FRP support in the province, and the healthy development of familes in BC with the release of the Association's strategic plan.

LANGLEY- The BC Association of Family Resource Programs has been working hard on their Strategic Plan the last few months, and the association is excited to release this final version. FRP-BC's vision is one that supports FRPs and families throughout the province.

Executive Director, Sherry Sinclair, emphasizes: "FRP-BC wants all BC families to have the supports they need in their communities to raise healthy children. With families in mind, this strategic plan exists to serve and nurture our future." FRP-BC aims to focus on four core objectives over the next two years: Ensuring financial sustainability, enhancing the development of a family centred sector, increasing the profile of FRP-BC and promoting quality practice within the sector. 

As FRP-BC walks along the good road with families, the Association looks forward to the next two years in an effort towards reconciliation, supporting FRPs, and healthy family development. 

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Download or view the Strategic Plan here. 


July Newsletter!

Catch up on the July eNews! This month features save the dates for our AGM, Walk for Reconciliation and the announcement of a new program for members! To download, click here.


PRESS RELEASE: FRP-BC Releases Statement of Reconciliation

We’re excited to announce the release of our Statement of Reconciliation! Please download the Statement of Reconciliation here

For media considerations, refer to our release below and backgrounder (download here).


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                               June 21, 2017

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT:  Daniel Almeida
Marketing Coordinator,
BC Association of Family Resource Programs 
info@frpbc.ca

 

FRP-BC RELEASES STATEMENT OF RECONCILIATION

FRP-BC releases their Statement of Reconciliation, encouraging, welcoming, and hoping to continue positive practices in the Early Childhood Development and Family Support fields that promote reconciliation in the context of healthy family development.  
 

LANGLEY-  The BC Association of Family Resource Programs (FRP-BC) is releasing a Statement of Reconciliation, in response to 94 Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Acknowledging the findings of The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, this Statement of Reconciliation is the next step in taking responsibility in working towards reconciliation.

Executive Director of FRP-BC, Sherry Sinclair, speaks to the importance of this historic step in the Early Childhood Development and Family Support fields: “… we [Canadians] grasp the importance of developing a Statement of Reconciliation to evidence our commitment in moving toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.  The dire history and treatment of Indigenous peoples requires a response based in love, respect and action.  We see FRP-BC’s Statement of Reconciliation as a step in the direction of love and respect.”

FRP-BC is encouraging Family Resource Programs and other organizations in the Early Childhood Development and Family Support fields to also work towards reconciliation.  We offer our Statement of Reconciliation to be used as a guide and meaningful component in an effort towards love and respect.  

The Association is looking forward towards continued collaboration with the Indigenous community, on the path towards reconciliation. As Sherry Sinclair states: “Our desire is to develop true and lasting relationships with Indigenous peoples and organizations in the spirit of community and support for children and families everywhere.”

FRP-BC is a non-profit association that supports the development of healthy families in BC by providing standards, a certificate program, resources and advocacy for over 200 Family Resource Programs (FRPs) in BC. FRPs focus on creating positive parent-child interactions in families with children 0-6. using the strengths-based, community-based, family-centred care model.  

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Download the Statement of Reconciliation here.

Download the Backgrounder here.


We Were at TEDx Chilliwack! Reconciliation A Grass Roots Approach

Watch the video>

FRP-BC’s Executive Director, Sherry Sinclair, shares this talk at TEDx Chilliwack on April 8, 2017 called, Reconciliation: A Grass Roots Approach to Justin Trudeau’s Invitation. 

“Happy Birthday Canada! 150 years since confederation.” Sherry describes the importance and timeliness of reconciliation, and mentions Canada’s history in the context of Residential Schools, the Highway of Tears and the recent acknowledgement through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Sherry’s talk explores our collective role in pursuing reconciliation in Canada, and concludes with an invitation for us to consider how we can participate in reconciliation as individuals: "Reconciliation is here now and stands with outstretched hands to you and to me. Find someone today and have a conversation about reconciliation." 

Sherry also discusses FRP-BC’s role in supporting families, and the approach FRPs take, hinting at FRP-BC's plan to address this area, with our own upcoming FRP-BC statement of reconciliation. Stay tuned for more information soon. 

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Sherry Sinclair has a Masters of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Health Education and Active Living from SFU, a Provincial Instructor Diploma from VCC, a Community Economic Development Certificate from SFU and FRP Certificate from JIBC. As FRP-BCs Executive Director, Sherry brings nearly 20 years of experience in family support and early child development fields. Sherry serves on FRP-Canada's Board of Directors, helping to shape the future of family and early child development in Canada. 


Research Report 2016: Monitoring Family Resource Programs is Ready!

We've launched our 2016 research report!

Monitoring Family Resource Programs in British Columbia is a summary of the survey we conducted last year from our members. We conducted it as part of our function to monitor and describe the secotor. The report looks at, among other things, who runs family resource programs across the province, who they serve, how many people they serve, how they are funded, and their strengths and challenges.

You can read the report here!

Do you have any questions about the report? Feel free to contact Ramsay at researcher@frpbc.ca.


February eNews!

Happy February and Happy Family Day! We hope 2017 is treating your family well, and off to a great start. This month,  we have a message from our Executive Director and a full suite of workshops and events! Read this months newsletter here.

 


March eNews: MCFD Strategy Update & More!

This month was International Women's Day! Also a quick reminder that Membership Renewal is coming up this month! We will be contacting everyone with updated renewal information so stay tuned! There a lot of workshops and policy updates this month, including MCFD's new Multi Year Action Plan.

​Read the Newsletter here!


We've Moved!



New BC Wide Early Years Training System!

This new online environment centralizes promotion of all avaliable training opportunites, workshops, courses and conferences from over 75 agencies across BC. This pilot program is sponsored by the Provincial Office for the Early Years and BCampus. As a practirioner, you can find information to register for these events, or create and post your organization's events. 


The January eNews is here!

Happy New Year! The January Newsletter is out now. This month, several gaming grant workshops are being held, a number of events focused on policy and wellness, plus more helpful resources for your own professional development. 

Read more..


Free Seminar! How Early Childhood Affects Lifelong Wellness

Join us on January 26,2017 at the Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture and be part of a free afternoon seminar! You’ll gain insight on how significant early childhood and family support is for lifelong health, be provided time to network with peers, and receive a free copy of Dr. Paul’s new book: "Dr. Paul’s "Baby Comes Home, A Parents Guide To A Healthy and Well First Eighteen Months"!

Our exciting panel includes Dr. Paul, Pediatrician, author, and expert in early childhood development as well as Kelly Stone, Executive Director of FRP Canada. Dr. Paul will discuss new science about the development of very important traits such as vision, stress hormone control, cognitive function, and self-control that occur mostly during the first few years of life and how external factors such as stress and neglect can adversely affect this development and health later in life. 

Don't miss this exciting event, register now!
 


December eNews

Check out the December eNews is packed with information and resources for the family support field and parents, featuring:
  • Indigenous cultural training by the Raven Institute
  • A Save the Date for an event with Dr. Paul
  • A parent discipline cheat sheet
  • A video on the importance of skin-to-skin contact
And more!

Happy Holidays!

It's that time of year! Please note that the office will be closed beginning December 21st. It will re-open January 3. In that time, e-mails will be answered intermittently.

We wish you the very best this season, and hope that you are able to enjoy the time with your family.

Happy holidays!


November Newsletter is here!

Check out this month's eNews is packed with information and resources for the family support field and parents, featuring:
  • Indigenous cultural training and family mental health training at our AGM
  • Resources for National Child Day events
  • A summary of research on the effectiveness of family support programs
And more!
 

New Module 3 submission template for Standards of Practice available

The new Module 3 Standards of Practice submission template is now available on our website. This new template allows you to complete your Module 3 submission electronically and send it to us via e-mail (rather than submitting it in hard copy form!

Questions?

You can find more information at http://www.frpbc.ca/resources/for-practitioners/standards-of-practice/ or e-mail Barb at admin@frpbc.ca.


September Newsletter is here!

Want to see what's going on in the sector? Check out our September newsletter for information on

  • Free / cheap training opportunities
  • Information about a study on children's physical activity
  • Our upcoming AGM
  • Job opportunities
  • and more!

Infant Mental Health Training

We're excited to be able to give our members access to an incredible training opportunity! The Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMPH) team at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto is offering a 15-part training in infant mental health. Normally, this training is $1,600 for members of IMPH, and $2,000 for non-members. However, IMPH has generously agreed to let our members have access to it at a huge discount:

We are making this training available to FRP-BC members for $160--a 90% discount.

The fee gets you access to the training for unlimited staff at your agency. Please contact Ramsay at researcher@frpbc.ca if you are interested in registering. We only have a limited number of spots for our members, so act quickly!

Find more information about the training here: http://www.imhpromotion.ca/TrainingEvents/IMHCommunityTraining.aspx.

Also note that this training is free for all agencies funded by PHAC through CAPC or CPNP. 


Registration for EDI Webinar

Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is happy to host two webinars. The first, (Re)-Introducing the EDI Part 1 will take place on August 23, and the second, (Re)-Introducing the EDI Part 2 will be on September 21. 

Registration is now open for part 1, and will open for part 2 on August 18. 


Some of Our 2015 - 2016 Projects

Click here.


Feedback on the draft criteria for the early years centres

At the Early Years Conference 2014 the provincial government officially announced the launch of the provincial Office for the Early Years.  At this conference the government had a feedback form and FRP-BC has provided Feedback on the draft criteria for the Early Years Centres.


Early Years Centres

Officially announced last week at the Early Years Conference.  The information table presented by the provincial government included a feedback form that is due this Friday (February 7th).

FRP-BC will be submitting our feedback.

Government Requests Feedback on Early Years Centres

 


Early Years Strategy

BC Families Agenda
Building a Sustainable Quality Early Years Strategy to Support BC Families

Early Years Strategy
The Families First Agenda

                                                 
 
Communique from Joan Easton,
Executive Director, Early Years, CYSN and Quality Assurance Policy, MCFD
 
Hello everyone,
 
On February 20, 2013 the Premier announced the BC Early Years Strategy.  The eight-year strategy is a cross-ministry framework that is guided by the goals of improving the accessibility, quality and affordability of early years programs and services.  As valued working colleagues I wanted to be sure that you were aware of the strategy and had access to background materials.
 
An early initiative will be to map and review the range of existing early years programs and services.  This work will support the establishment of a Provincial Office for the Early Years that will solidify a “one-government” approach to the early years.  The Office will develop an action plan to put in place an integrated system of early childhood services across the province that provides practical, quality information and support to better meet the needs of busy parents.
 
There will be continued opportunities for engagement and dialogue.  For example, building on previous engagement efforts, including the ECD and Child Care Forums, and the BC Families First website, there will be an early years forum in the Fall of 2013 to obtain feedback and advice from the sector on the framework and action plan.
 
For more information on the strategy, please refer to the attached background document.  We look forward to further discussions. 
 
Regards
Joan Easton
 

An Integrated System of Child Care Early Learning and Family Support

Through a UWLM Public Policy Grant, the BC Association of Family Resource Programs will provide leadership and support to manage a three-year ECD policy development initiative. We are committed to working with others to advance a provincial framework of Child Care, Early Learning and Family Support. 

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FRP-BC Signs MoU with the Ministry of Education

 

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Education <click here>

 

Presentation about the MOU with MinEd

Presentation delivered at the September 19 First Call Roundtable Meeting <Click Here>


Protect Vulnerable Families

Common Sense Changes Encourage Work, Protect Vulnerable Families - BC Government Newsroom


MCFD Operational & Strategic Directional Plan

 

Download MCFD's Operational & Strategic Directional Plan

MCFD Operational & Strategic Directional Plan (2012-2015)

Letter to FCSS from DM Brown


Early Years Literature Review

 

Developed in partnership between MCFD and FRP-BC.  The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of early years program service delivery in BC and examine the integration of early years programs and services in other jurisdictions.  The report examines the following research question: Based on experiences described in other jurisdictions, what are the key enabling elements for promoting and maintaining successful integration of early years programs and services?

Click here to read the Literature Review


Letter to Deputy Minister Stephen Brown

 

FRP-BC submts letter to Deputy Minister Stephen Brown in response to the MCFD Service Plan.

FRP-BC Response Letter to MCFD Service Plan