United Way campaign totals $25.1 million

by Tracy Green on February 25, 2016 Comments Off on United Way campaign totals $25.1 million

SpiritAwards2016cheque United Way of the Lower Mainland will put $25.1 million to work in the community to help 340,000 children, families and seniors across Metro Vancouver. The money raised through the generosity of donors means that United Way can help move families from poverty to possibility, help kids be all they can be, and build stronger communities for all. The campaign total was announced at the 15th annual Scotiabank & United Way Community Spirit Awards. Kathryn Young, Partner, Boyden Global Executive Search, chaired the 2015 fundraising campaign. Mauro Manzi, Senior Vice-President, Pacific Region, TD Canada Trust, was the vice-chair. “I was truly honoured to be asked to lead this year’s fundraising efforts. What makes me passionate about United Way is that it takes a holistic, prevention-based approach to strengthening our community. I’m often surprised to learn that people don’t realize that, in Canada, United Way is the second largest funder of social services after the government. The impact that United Way has on people’s lives is remarkable,” said Kathryn Young, Partner, Boyden Global Executive Search. “We all share in the responsibility of creating neighbourhoods that we are proud to call home. Part of that responsibility is looking after our vulnerable. Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and the generosity of our donors, United Way is able to help hundreds of thousands of people living right here in the Lower Mainland,” said Michael McKnight, President & CEO of United Way of the Lower Mainland. The gala recognized top donors, volunteers, unions and organizations that support United Way and that have made exceptional impacts on the lives of children, families and seniors in the Lower Mainland. Scotiabank has been the title sponsor of this recognition event since its inception. Guest speakers were two African refugee families helped by Surrey’s Early Years Refugee Settlement Program, funded by United Way of the Lower Mainland. The program helps children and their caregivers adjust and integrate into their new life in Canada. United Way will be topping up its investment in the Early Years Refugee Settlement Program so that a drop-in program can be developed specifically to help young Syrian refugees. $80,000 has been earmarked for this early childhood program. Late in 2015, United Way launched an urgent fundraising appeal to help Syrian refugee families who are settling in the Lower Mainland. CTV News at Six Anchor Mike Killeen and 94.5 Virgin Radio On-Air Host Nira Arora emceed the event. A list of award recipients is here.  

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Scotiabank to sponsor the 2016 United Way Community Spirit Awards.

by Tracy Green on February 23, 2016 Comments Off on Scotiabank to sponsor the 2016 United Way Community Spirit Awards.
Scotiabank's Winnie Leong and reporter Fred Lee

Scotiabank’s Winnie Leong and reporter Fred Lee at the 2015 Scotiabank and United Way Community Spirit Awards event.

This year’s Scotiabank and United Way Community Spirit Awards will be amazing!  The event takes place on Thursday, February 25 and recognizes and honours organizations, unions and individuals that have helped to strengthen our community over the past year.  Scotiabank returns as title sponsor of the event for the 15th consecutive year. At Scotiabank, we are committed to making a difference in our local communities, and our philanthropic program enables us to have an impact on the communities where we live and do business at a grassroots level, “ says Winnie Leong Senior Vice President, BC & Yukon Region for Scotiabank. Scotiabank is part of an elite group of exceptional supporters known as United Way Top Contributors raising more than $225,000 each to help United Way change lives for the better. Scotiabank and its employees are passionate about supporting United Way. We’re proud to continue our partnership with United Way as title sponsor of this terrific event to recognize and celebrate our collective impact,” says Leong This year’s event will feature award presentations and stories that illustrate how donors’ dollars go to work in the community. Scotiabank will also present the video A New Home, The Next Chapter that showcases how, by working together, United Way and community partners are helping Syrian and other refugees settle in the Lower Mainland..   For more on the event go to https://www.uwlm.ca/spiritawards  

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United Way helps Syrian refugee families overcome trauma

by JenniferY on February 19, 2016 Comments Off on United Way helps Syrian refugee families overcome trauma
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photo credit: European Commision DG Echo

Kidnapping, torture, execution of family or friends, sexual assault, exploitation and threats. These are the kinds of horrors that Syrian refugees, who now call Canada home, may have experienced escaping from one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. United Way of the Lower Mainland (UWLM) is investing $158,000 into mental health support programs to help the latest wave of Syrian newcomers arriving in our region. The programs will be delivered through two social service agencies funded by United Way: DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society and MOSAIC. An urgent community fundraising appeal was launched in November to help Syrian children and families settle here in our community. UWLM talked with partner agencies to better understand the needs of Syrian refugees and then asked for project ideas to access the funds. “As a healthy, caring, inclusive community, it’s incumbent upon us to help these people,” says Michael McKnight, President & CEO, United Way of the Lower Mainland. “These programs that focus on mental health support for Syrian newcomers will provide a critically important service.” DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, based in Surrey, will use the $88,000 grant from United Way to deliver eight 5-week group sessions for Syrian adults and parents, as well as children age 5 to 12. The sessions will use curriculum that has been developed by experienced providers of trauma services for refugees and will be facilitated by registered clinical counsellors and other trained staff who work with DIVERSEcity’s Counselling Services department. At least one facilitator of each group will speak Arabic and have a working knowledge of the cultural norms, religious beliefs and communication needs or barriers. Childminding for younger children and lunch will be provided. “We are so thankful to United Way for supporting this program as there is a tremendous need for programs like this that support the mental health of refugees – we know how beneficial it is for their successful settlement and long term success here in Canada,” Tahzeem Kassam, Chief Operating Officer, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society. MOSAIC will use the grant of $70,000 to provide art and play therapy groups for Syrian families with children under the age of 12 at a community school in Burnaby. The project will help Syrian families integrate into the school system and link families to additional free mental health services to help families overcome trauma. “United Way’s longstanding investment in communities, particularly helping vulnerable families with children, in partnership with organizations has always been an inspiration to MOSAIC’s initiatives. In light of the Syrian refugees arriving in the Lower Mainland, and their vulnerability, this school-based trauma intervention programming will help Syrian families successfully integrate into their local communities,” says Eyob Naizghi, Executive Director of MOSAIC. In total, between 2,500 and 3,000 Syrian refugees are expected to settle in the Lower Mainland and other parts of the province over the coming months. Forty percent of these new arrivals will be children under 18 and will require settlement and community integration support as they adjust to their new life in Canada. In response to the need, UWLM launched a fundraising appeal to help Syrian refugees. These two mental health support programs are the first in a series of investments that United Way will be making in the Lower Mainland to help families settle. UWLM has a long history of helping refugee families settle and integrate into life in the Lower Mainland. In 2015, UWLM invested $2.5 million into programs and services for refugee and immigrant families in the Lower Mainland. You can help: to make a donation, go to www.uwlm.ca/refugees.

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Are you a caregiver of a senior? Read this!

by JenniferY on February 17, 2016 Comments Off on Are you a caregiver of a senior? Read this!

A caring hand Caring for seniors can be stressful.

A recent report published by B.C.’s Office of the Seniors Advocate found that 29% of unpaid caregivers in B.C. are in distress. Unpaid caregivers, most of whom are family members, are often the only thing standing between a senior being able to continue living at home and needing to be placed in residential care.

For anybody who is caring for an elderly family member or friend, or knows someone who is, United Way of the Lower Mainland is here to help. The 2016 United Way of the Lower Mainland Family & Friend Caregivers Information and Resource Handbook is an indispensable resource. The handbook is a first of its kind supplying key information about the topics caregivers struggle with the most, including housing, health care and the law. The 120-page handbook includes information on:

  • Housing, including information on getting into assisted living and residential care, and a check-list of things to do when a senior has to move
  • Caregiver support such as counselling and financial support
  •  Information on disease-specific programs and websites related to health concerns such as dementia and depression
  • Legal resources including how to prepare a representation agreement
  • The full range of community services that help seniors to age-in-place in their own homes including United Way’s Better at Home, a program that provides non-medical support services to seniors across B.C., and
  • End-of-life issues and care.

  Many of the agencies and organizations listed in the handbook are funded by United Way. Information for caregivers is also always available at bc211, a free, 24/7, multilingual information and referral service funded by United Way.  

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BCAA helps keep kids safe on the road

by JenniferY on February 12, 2016 Comments Off on BCAA helps keep kids safe on the road
Thank you BCAA for your continued support.

Thank you BCAA for your continued support.

BCAA is once again working with United Way donating 1,000 more car seats to families in need. Over the past four years, BCAA has been proud to partner with United Way of the Lower Mainland to offer the Community Child Car Seat Program. The child car seats are donated to non-profit and community groups serving families in need across the province. Committed to protecting kids on the road and at play, BCAA will have donated over 7,000 car seats in total at the end of this year – 2,000 car seats more than their original commitment. “Help is still needed across our province to protect kids and keep them safe in a child car or booster seat when travelling in a car,” says BCAA’s Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Brent Cuthbertson. “No parent should ever have to risk their child’s safety to get where they need to go. Thanks to our Members, and our partners at United Way, we’re saving the lives of children across this province and that means everything to us at BCAA.” ’“Partnerships like this with BCAA help us meet people’s different and essential needs,” says Michael McKnight, President & CEO, United Way of the Lower Mainland. “We all have a vested interest in keeping our children safe and healthy so that they can grow up and reach their full potential. We applaud BCAA for this initiative: when we invest in children, we invest in our future.” It’s estimated that as many as five per cent – roughly 23,000 – British Columbian children don’t use a child car seat when travelling by car. BCAA is committed to changing this. Research indicates that a correctly-installed child car or booster seat is the most effective tool to help reduce the risk of child-passenger injury or death on the road. Applications for the Community Child Car Seat Program are being accepted from February 9 until February 26, 2016. Car seats will be distributed to successful organizations in June. Find out more about the program at bcaa.com/carseatprogram and see a list of agencies funded by United Ways across B.C. who have received car seats through this program.    

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Hello? Can you hear me?

by JenniferY on February 10, 2016 Comments Off on Hello? Can you hear me?
Janette bc211

bc211 operators like Janette are here to help.

Sometimes the biggest barrier to getting help is knowing where to find it. February 11 is 2-1-1 Day. United Ways across Canada are bringing attention to 211, a free help resource available across the country. In British Columbia, bc211 serves the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Squamish-Lillooet and Sunshine Coast. United Way of the Lower Mainland is the primary funder of the service and was instrumental in getting the service off the ground. People in the Lower Mainland can call 2-1-1 for help 24/7 or text between the hours of 8 am to 11 pm. bc211: • connects people to the help they need by phone 24/7, 365 days of the year. • is also available by text for people living in the Lower Mainland: text the name of your city to 211 and connect with someone who can help you • provides access to The Red Book Online, a searchable directory of community resources serving the Fraser Valley, Metro Vancouver, Squamish-Lillooet and Sunshine Coast regional districts at redbookonline.bc211.ca Not only does the service connect people to the help they need, it’s also an invaluable service for social planners, policy-makers and funders to find out where there are needs and gaps in services. More than 54,000 people accessed help through bc211 last year and there were 178,000 visit to The Red Book Online. Texting service was introduced in 2015. More than one-third (37%) of text messages received by bc211 were from people seeking resources around housing and homelessness.  Housing and homelessness was also the most prevalent issue discussed over the phone line. You can help others like Carlos get the help they need. Donate now.

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61+ things to do this BC Family Day!

by Tracy Green on February 5, 2016 Comments Off on 61+ things to do this BC Family Day!

BC Family Day United Way is based on a simple premise: what unites us is more powerful than what divides us. This Family Day, however you define your family, spend some extra time together with those people and creatures who light up your life. Whether it’s dining together to celebrate Lunar New Year, going skating together, or taking your dog for a walk on a new trail, here are 61 activities to do this Family Day across Metro Vancouver. Enjoy!

  Communities throughout B.C. are celebrating the Family Day weekend from February 5 to 8, 2016. See what’s happening across the Lower Mainland and in your local community! We are at 61 and counting for great community events across the region… keep them coming! Be sure to tag us @UWLM on twitter or UnitedWayLowerMainland on Instagram if you share any photos of your great weekend. RegionalVancouver Sun: Kid-friendly fun for family day Metro Vancouver: February Events CKNW News: Family Day events across BC   BURNABY Burnaby Now: Plenty of fun for family day in Burnaby Family Day Art on the Spot In celebration of Family Day this art on the spot art activity will be a fun portrait session with props and costumes inspired by the portraits of famous photographer Irving Penn. Location Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby Date/Time Feb. 6, 11am-1pm Web http://www.shadboltcentre.com

  COQUITLAM TriCity News: Things to do: Find some fun for family day Family FUN Day Bring out the family and help us celebrate Family Day! Entertainment, games and a variety of activities to be enjoyed by the whole family. Get ready to be active and have some fun! Please make sure you are pre-registered for this FREE event by calling 604 927-4386. Location Poirier Community Centre, Coquitlam Date/Time Feb. 8, 10am-1pm Web http://www.coquitlam.ca Park Spark Family Day Experience Como Lake Park on Family Day while enhancing its natural beauty! Families are invited to participate in park enhancement activities including plantings, invasive species removal and litter clean up. Park staff will on hand to answer questions and share information about Coquitlam’s parks. Location Como Lake Park, Coquitlam Date/Time Feb. 8, 10am – 12pm Web http://www.coquitlam.ca/parkspark Family Day Fit and Fun at Pinetree Community Centre This event will include a variety of free drop-in opportunities for the whole family including open gym, toddlers active play area, family yoga, family zumba, weightroom orientations for parents and youth, and a family fitness class. Healthy snacks and beverage will be provided. Location Pinetree Community Centre, Coquitlam Date/Time Feb. 7, 9am-3pm Web http://www.coquitlam.ca   DELTA Surrey Now: Free Family Day Events in Surrey, White Rock and North Delta Dynamic Family Dodgeball Tournament Bring your whole family and play various types of dodgeball to see who the Dynamic Dodgeball Champions of Delta will be. Featured styles include Old-fashioned Dodgeball, Dr. Dodgeball & Pin Guard. Pre-registration as a family is required for this free tournament. Come play with us! #351939 Location South Delta Recreation Centre, Delta Date/Time Feb. 8 Web http://www.delta.ca Family Canvas Creations Create a giant canvas for your family home. Together you can bring out your creative side. Pre registration for is required for these free sessions. Location Tsawwassen Arts Centre, Delta Date/Time Feb. 8, 1-2pm Web http://www.delta.ca Family Canvas Creations The whole family can come together to create a giant canvas for your family home. Pre register for this free family day event. Location Firehall Centre for the Arts, Delta Date/Time Feb. 8 Web http://www.delta.ca Family Day Learn to Skate Lessons Register for our free Family Learn to Skate lessons and learn a few tips on how to skate safely. To register for these 30 minute lessons choose between 10:30-11am #351976 or 11:10-11:40 #351977. Location Sungod Recreation Centre, Delta Date/Time Feb. 8, 10:30-11am or 11:10-11:40am Web http://www.delta.ca Family Day Stick and Puck Tournament Love hockey & looking for something to do for Family Day? Register in advance for this family-friendly Stick and Puck tournament. We will make the teams. Helmets, face cages, sticks & gloves are required for all. A limited supply of equipment is available #351941. Location North Delta Recreation Centre, Delta Date/Time Feb. 8, 9am-10am Web http://www.delta.ca Free Family Learn to Swim Session Nervous? Scared? Bring the family to our free family swim sessions. We will help the whole family gain confidence in the water and become more comfortable. Pre registration for these free sessions is required. Location Ladner Leisure Centre, Delta Date/Time Feb. 7, 12-2pm Web http://www.delta.ca Free Family Learn to Swim Session Nervous? Scared? Bring the family to our free family swim sessions. We help the whole family gain confidence in the water and become more comfortable. Pre registration for these 30 minute free sessions is required Location Winskill Aquatic & Fitness Centre Delta Date/Time Feb. 6, 12-2pm Web http://www.delta.ca   LANGLEY Langley Times: Plenty of Family Day Activities in Langley Active Family Fun Event Families that play together, stay together! Drop in to the gymnasium with your family for some fun instructor facilitated active activities. We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia. Location Walnut Grove Community Centre, Langley Date/Time Feb. 8, 4-6pm Web http://tol.ca/events Family Day Extravaganza Join us Monday Feb 8 1-4pm at the Langley Centennial Museum Family Day Extravaganza. This is a free fun family event. Families can dress up for a free family portrait, get creative at our giant craft station, take part in our history scavenger hunt. Come enjoy an afternoon that will let families learn, laugh, create and play together. Location Langley Centennial Museum, Langley Date/Time Feb. 8, 1-4pm Web http://museum.tol.ca Family Day Skate To celebrate Family Day in BC, the City of Langley is hosting two FREE family skates; 10:45am-12:15pm & 1:45pm-3:15pm. In addition to the skating you can join us upstairs for a variety of crafts & activities. Space is limited, so please arrive early. Location CanIan Ice Sports Twin Rinks, Langley Date/Time Feb. 8, 10:45am-3:15pm Web http://www.city.langley.bc.ca Family Day Swim – all ages Family Swim Event for all ages. We have play leaders for our event that will be offering games, safety stations and aquatic stations. Location WC Blair Recreation Centre, Langley Date/Time Feb. 8, 1-6pm Web http://tol.ca/swim Family Gym Time Join us for gym time where youth and adults can shoot hoops and the little ones can run and play in the gym. Come over to the Community Centre for Family Boot Camp, Zumba, or Workout. Location Langley Events Centre, Langley Date/Time Feb. 8, 10:30am-6pm Web http://www.tol.ca/events   MAPLE RIDGE & PITT MEADOWS Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows Times: Calendar of events Family Day 2016 Family Active Play at the Leisure Centre. Come out and join us for Story & Playtime (1Y-5Y), then head into a Family Yoga session followed by a Play Gym focused on Physical Literacy and Active Start Circuits for families and end your day with an Open Multi-sport Gym. Story and Play 9:30AM – 10:15AM For families with preschoolers 1Y – 5Y, join us in the playroom with our leader for story time and active movement play on our mats and toys. Family Yoga 10:30AM – 11:30AM . For families with children, great class to stretch and do poses with a gentle flow for beginners. PlayGym & Physical literacy for Families 12:00PM – 2:00PM . Come ready to play and move around the gym in various stations with our Gym Play Leaders. A circuit is set up for explore and experience different fundamental movement skills through play while increasing ones physical literacy. Get ready to run, jump, throw and more fun! Open-Multi-Sport Gym 2:00PM – 4:00pm Come and play various sports in the gym, from badminton, indoor soccer, basketball, etc. Location Maple Ridge Leisure Centre – Gymnasium, Maple Ridge Date/Time Feb. 8, 9:30am-4pm Web http://www.mrpmparksandleisure.ca Family Day 2016 Bring your friends and family and join in this day for a free day of ice skating. Location Planet Ice – Maple Ridge, Maple Ridge Date/Time Feb. 8, 1:15-2:45pm Web http://www.mrpmparksandleisure.ca Family Day 2016 Come spend the day at the ACT for some craft making with our Creative ART Instructors. There will be a lantern making station as well as a creative art station. Fun for the whole family, all ages welcome. Location Maple Ridge ACT, Maple Ridge Date/Time Feb. 8, 11am-3pm Web http://www.mrpmparksandleisure.ca Family Day 2016 PlayGym & Physical literacy for Families 9:00 – 10:30AM . Come ready to play and move around the gym in various stations with our Gym Play Leaders. A circuit is set up for explore and experience different fundamental movement skills through play while increasing ones physical literacy. Get ready to run, jump, throw and more fun! Family Yoga 10:45AM – 11:45AM . For families with children, great class to stretch and do poses with a gentle flow for beginners. Pickleball 12:00PM – 2:00PM . Come learn this fun fast growing sport. A combination of badminton, tennis and ping pong that is played indoors on a badminton court. Great for families 8Y+ Open-Multi-Sport Gym 2:00PM – 4:00pm Come and play various sports in the gym, from badminton, indoor soccer, basketball, etc. Location Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre, Maple Ridge Date/Time Feb. 8, 9am-4pm Web http://www.mrpmparksandleisure.ca   NEW WESTMINSTER New Westminster Record: What’s happening in New West? Top picks for the Family Day long weekend. Century House Family Open House Opportunity for families to explore the seniors’ centre. Intergenerational activities include all-ages fitness class, refreshments, art display and variety of games. Location Century House, New Westminster Web http://www.nwpcr.ca Family Day on Samson V Climb aboard Samson V and learn about the working Fraser River and life on a snagboat paddlewheeler dating to 1937. Learn to tie knots like a real sailor, watch how fishing nets are repaired, and try caulking a vessel to make it water tight with cotton and oakum. Explore the vessel with a scavenger hunt and make nautical crafts to take home. Location Samson V, New Westminster Date/Time Feb. 8, 11am-3pm Web http://www.newwestpcr.ca/culture/museum_and_archives/samson-v New Westminster Youth Centre Family Open House Family drop-in at the Youth Centre with cookie decorating; Super Smash Bros Tournament, parent vs. kids jeopardy and open gym sports. Location New Westminster Youth Centre, New Westminster Date/Time Feb. 8, 11am-1pm Web http://www.nwpcr.ca Experience New Westminster on Family Day Come and try out one of our fitness classes or cycle classes for free. Come explore dance, yoga, preschool and art activities together as a family. Location Centennial Community Centre, New Westminster Date/Time Feb. 8, 9am-3pm Web http://www.nwpcr.ca Explore Your Local Greenhouse Families have the opportunity to tour the greenhouse and make a little garden to take home. Refreshments will be served. Location New Westminster Greenhouse, New Westminster Date/Time Feb. 8, 10:30am-12:30pm Web http://www.nwpcr.ca Free Family Fun at Queensborough Community Centre Enjoy an exciting morning of free family friendly activities including bouncy castle, face painting and crafts. Get fit as a family in our weight room. Location Queensborough Community Centre, New Westminster Date/Time Feb. 8, 9:30am-12:30pm Web http://www.nwpcr.ca Free Family Gymnastic and Trampoline Drop In Opportunity for families to try out gymnastics and trampoline at no cost. Open to all ages. Location Queens Park Arenex, New Westminster Date/Time Feb. 8, 9:30-11:30am and 6-7:30pm Web http://www.nwpcr.ca Free Family Swim at Canada Games Pool Free Public Swim and fitness centre. Waterslide will be open, activities on deck, duck races, facepainting and refreshments. Location Canada Games Pool, New Westminster Date/Time Feb. 8, 11:30am-5pm Web http://www.nwpcr.ca Moody Park Family Skate Join us for a free family skate with activities on and off the ice. Location Moody Park Arena, New Westminster Date/Time Feb. 8, 12:30-3:30pm and 6-8pm Web http://www.nwpcr.ca   NORTH VANCOUVER Vancouver’s North Shore: BC Family Day Activities on the North Shore Family Day Public Swim Family Day Public Swim at Ron Andrews Location Ron Andrews, North Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 8, 11:30am-3:30pm Web http://nvrc.ca Old Fashioned Family Picnic Free Family Day fun for the whole family! Old Fashioned Family Picnic Location John Braithwaite Community Centre, North Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 8, 12-2pm Web http://jbcc.ca Family Day Skate Free Family Day Skates at Harry Jerome. Location Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre, North Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 8, 10-11:30am, 12-1:30pm and 2-2:30pm Web http://www.nvrc.ca Family Rock Climbing and Open Gym Join us for Family Rock Climbing (4yrs&up) and Open Gym (all ages) in the Parkgate Gymnasium. Sport and Rock Climbing equipment provided. Wear closed-toe shoes, and consider bringing a bike helmet from home for personal use (climbing helmets on-site are shared). Location Parkgate Community Centre, North Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 8, 2-5pm Web http://www.nvrc.ca Free Skating at Karen Magnussen Arena Celebrate Family Day with free family skates at KM. Location Karen Magnussen Recreation Centre, North Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 8, 1-2:30pm, 3-4:30pm Web http://nvrc.ca   PORT COQUITLAM TriCity News: Things to do: Find some fun for family day Family Day Swim We are opening up the doors for the pool at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre and intend on offering a FREE Family Day Swim between 1-5pm. All members of the public will have full access to our leisure pool, main pool, hot tub, sauna/steam rooms and water slide during this four hour event. Location Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, Port Coquitlam Date/Time Feb. 8, 1-5pm Web http://www.portcoquitlam.ca Port Coquitlam Family Day Skate Bring out the whole family and join us for this FREE, everyone welcome public skate. Admissions and rentals are free. Location Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex, Port Coquitlam Date/Time Feb. 8, 1:30-4:30pm Web http://www.portcoquitlam.ca   PORT MOODY TriCity News: Things to do: Find some fun for family day Family Day Skate Event Join us for an afternoon of family fun with ice skating, bouncy castle, balloon clown, face painting and more! Location Petro Canada Ice Surface, Port Moody Date/Time Feb. 8, 12-4pm Web http://www.portmoody.ca   RICHMOND Richmond Now: What’s on this week Richmond Arenas Family Day Public Skating Public skating session with fun activities and games. Location Minoru Arenas, Richmond Date/Time Feb. 8, 12-3pm Web http://www.richmond.ca/arenas Family Day at City Centre Community Centre In celebration of Family Day and Chinese New Year, this free event features a variety of arts, dance and cultural activities for all ages. Location City Centre Community Centre, Richmond Date/Time Feb. 8, 2-4:30pm Web http://www.richmond.ca Family Day Event at Steveston Community Center Family Day, Pancake Breakfast and Yoga(must register free). Family open gyms free. Location Steveston Communtiy Center, Richmond Date/Time Feb. 8, 9am-5pm Web http://www.richmond.ca/steveston Family Day at Hamilton Join us at Hamilton Community Centre for a fun filled Family Day! Location Hamilton Community Centre, Richmond Date/Time Feb. 8, 10am-2pm Web https://www.facebook.com/hamiltoncommunitycentre/ Family Day Fun 2016 Join us for free activities for the whole family including performance by Mrs. Lori Moore, martial arts, fitness, dance and arts classes, face painting, Youth open gym with a DJ and more! Location Cambie Community Centre, Richmond Date/Time Feb. 8, 11am-2pm Web https://www.facebook.com/events/429454683911721/ Family Day Open House Come out and enjoy a variety of free programs ranging from arts, science, dance, sports and so much more. Interact with our staff and learn more about the initiatives and programs on offer on Monday February 8th from 10am to 2pm at Thompson Community Centre. For a complete schedule of events, please check our website for further details Location Thompson Community Centre, Richmond Date/Time Feb. 8, 10am-2pm Web http://www.richmond.ca/thompson Family Fun at West Richmond Free pancake brunch with Inflatable zone, gymnastics zone and art battles Location West Richmond Community Centre, Richmond Date/Time Feb. 6, 9:30am-12pm Web http://www.richmond.ca South Arm’s Family Day Fun Fest South Arm’s Family Day Fun Fest will have many free activities for all ages, including open gym, zumba class, drop-in badminton, pickleball and floor hockey. In addition, there will be an All Day Games Rom open for families to play table tennis, foosball and more. Location South Arm Community Centre, Richmond Date/Time Feb. 8, 8am-8pm Web http://www.richmond.ca/southarm Family Day Boat Building at Britannia Shipyards Free Family Wooden Boat Building! Come explore Britannia Shipyard’s West Coast Maritime Heritage by building your own unique hand-held wooden boat with the Britannia staff and Britannia Heritage Shipyard Society boat building experts. Boats are limited and only one per child until supplies last. Free site tours will also be available at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Location Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, Richmond Date/Time Feb. 6, 12:30-3:30pm Web http://www.richmond.ca/britannia Family Fun Days at the Richmond Nature Park Explore the bog through special scavenger and treasure hunts for the whole family. Location Richmond Nature Park, Richmond Date/Time Feb. 6, 7 & 8, 11am-4pm Web http://www.richmond.ca/parks/parks/naturepark/about.htm   SURREY Surrey Now: Free Family Day Events in Surrey, White Rock and North Delta Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre Family Day Join us for a free day of activity and creativity! Get to know your neighbours by sharing a game of soccer, dance, local food and much more!!! Location Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, Surrey Date/Time Feb. 8, 11am-2pm Web http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/14535.aspx?startDate=Feb-08-2016 Family Day 2016 Family Photo Booth, Crafts, Games, including Floor Curling & Face Painting is a great way to get connected with your family and meet others in your community! Location Fleetwood Community Centre, Surrey Date/Time Feb. 8, 10am-12pm Web http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation Active Family Day Free Active Family Fun Day at SSLC! Family Bollywood Aerobics (10:15am – 10:55am): This family friendly aerobics class will include engaging exercises, suitable for children ages 6 and up. Childminding will be available for younger siblings. Prizes will be drawn! Family Fun Swim (Noon – 3pm): Grab your bathing suit and towel for this Family Fun event! Can you make the biggest splash?! Prizes will be drawn. Location Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex (SSLC), Surrey Date/Time Feb. 8, 10am-3pm Web http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/1888.aspx Family Day Obstacle Race Come join us for our second annual Family Day Obstacle Race and Community BBQ! Compete as a family through a series of obstacles and activities for all ages. After completing all the obstacles the finish line will be complete with a BBQ sponsored by Nesters Market. The number of teams is limited, please register early to ensure your spot in the race. Location Fraser Heights Recreation Centre, Surrey Date/Time Feb. 8, 10:30am-12:30pm Web http://www.surrey.ca/events Family Day Fun Skate at Cloverdale Arena Fun Family Skate at Cloverdale Arena. Join us for On Ice activities. Admission and Skate rentals are free. Location Cloverdale Arena, Surrey Date/Time Feb. 8, 10:45am-12:15pm Web http://www.surrey.ca Family Day Fun Skate at Newton Arena Family Fun Skate – Bring your family and skate at Newton Arena on Family Day. On Ice Activities, free admission, and skate rentals. Location Newton Arena, Surrey Date/Time Feb. 8, 11:30am-12:45pm Web http://www.surrey.ca Family Day Fun Skate at North Surrey Arena Family Fun Skate – Bring your family and skate at North Surrey Arena on Family Day. On Ice Activities, free admission, and skate rentals. Location North Surrey Arena, Surrey Date/Time Feb. 8, 11:15am-12:45pm Web http://www.surrey.ca Family Day Outdoor Treasure Hunt Experience an outdoor treasure hunt like no other! Geocaching participants navigate to specific Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates and then attempt to find the cache (container) hidden at that location. After your treasure hunt, visit the Partners in Parks booth for prizes and refreshments! Registration required. Location Hawthorne Park & Redwood Park, Surrey Date/Time Feb. 6, 10-11:30am, 1-3pm Web https://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/12726.aspx?startDate=Jan-14-2016 Family Day Stay & Play Family Day FREE Stay & Play gym 9:30-11am, FREE family yoga 10am, FREE family zumba and FREE family swim 1-4pm. Location Guildford Recreation Centre, Surrey Date/Time Feb. 8, 9:30am-4pm Web http://www.surrey.ca Healthy Hearts Family Day Celebration Get active together at the South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre free Family Day Celebration featuring different Try It Zones. Rotate through instructor led stations including Zumba, Racquet Sports, Curling, I Am Game Obstacle Course! and Preschool Gym Play. Make sure to check out our Family Photo Booth – take a colourful family snapshot to take home with you and healthy snacks and beverages provided by youth in the community. Register online or by phone (event code #4437795) or drop in! Location South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre, Surrey Date/Time Feb. 8, 11am-1pm Web http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/14535.aspx Newton Wave Pool Family Day Swim Celebrate Family Day with the Newton Wave Pool – ride the slides, and enjoy the waves! Location Newton Wave Pool, Surrey Date/Time Feb. 8, 12-3pm Web https://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/7325.aspx Parent and Preschool Play Day An opportunity to meet new friends and participate in a variety of preschool oriented activities in a non-structured setting that promote individual creativity and imagination. Location Newton Athletic Pavilion, Surrey Date/Time Feb. 8, 9:30am-11am Web http://www.surrey.ca South Surrey Indoor Pool Family Day Swim Public swims with games and activities, free family swim lessons at 2, 3 and 4pm. Location South Surrey Indoor Pool, Surrey Date/Time Feb. 8, 1:30-5pm Web http://www.surrey.ca   VANCOUVER Vancity Buzz: 20 Family Day events in Vancouver Vancity Buzz: Vancouver Chinese New Year Tourism Vancouver: Calendar of Events Feb 5-11 Vancouver Best Places: February Festival and Events BC Family Day Celebrate BC Family Day at Douglas Park Community Centre with: family playtime gym, interactive activities, arts and crafts, free Exercise Room admission, Xbox dance station. Location Douglas Park Community Centre, Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 8, 10am-1pm Web http://www.facebook.com/douglasparkcc Family Day Come for this special Parent & Tot Drop-In Gym Session! Bring your little ones for gym activities and more! Plenty of tot equipment and toys will be available. Location Mount Pleasant Community Centre, Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 8, 10:15am-12:15pm Web http://www.mtpleasantcc.ca Family Day British Columbia is celebrating its 4th Annual Family Day. The event will include arts & crafts, games, playtime equipment, bouncy castle and much more. Parent Participation is required. Location Kerrisdale Community Centre, Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 8, 1-3pm Web http://www.kerrisdalecc.com Family Day Celebration A Home Away From Home Live music • dance • performances • instructor demos • family skate • story time for kids • art for kids • gymnastics circuit • family play gym • pottery • cooking demonstrations • cake • youth fundraiser BBQ • photography display • family photo booth• free books and more Location Trout Lake Community Centre, Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 8, 11am-3pm Web http://troutlakecc.com Family Day Celebration Come to Hillcrest and help us celebrate family day in style. Every room will be filled with fun, games, crafts and activities that will please the whole family! Bouncy castles, popcorn and cotton candy. Location Hillcrest Community Centre, Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 8, 11am-1pm Web https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/vancouver/Activity_Search/30950 Family Day Festival Come join us at Marpole-Oakridge for some FREE family fun at our indoor festival and Chinese New Year Celebration! Enjoy live cultural performances, entertainment, inflatables, games, play area, food concession, a variety of activities and program presentations – all under one roof, and designed to promote family together time! Location Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre, Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 6, 11am-2pm Web http://marpoleoakridge.org Family Day Fun Family Day Fun! Gym time will include face painters, bouncy castle, games, crafts, photo booth and more! Come join us from 2pm-4pm. Admission by donation to the food bank. Location Killarney Community Centre, Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 8, 2-4pm Web http://recreation.vancouver.ca Family Day Kick Off Celebrate family day with this kick-off event. Join us for a BBQ, arts and crafts, open gym and entertainment by Kellie Haines and Co. Kellie is a ventriloquist, actor, puppeteer and comedian, performing with her puppets, Magrau and Kamilla. Location Champlain Heights Community Centre, Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 5, 6-8:30pm Web http://www.champlainheightscc.ca Family Day Lunar New Year Free Skate Celebrate Lunar New Year with a free skate on Family Day! There will be special New Year’s treats, hot chocolate and a Lion Dance performance. Free admission and skate rentals. Location Britannia Ice Rink, Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 8, 1-3:30pm Web http://britanniacentre.org Family Fun Day Kensington Community Centre is celebrating its 2nd annual Family Fun Day. We will once again be offering FREE activities for the whole family. Join us on Monday February 8th 11am to 3pm to take part in a variety of non-competitive sports, board games and activities throughout the centre. Make sure to pick up your Activity Passport to collect your stamps for a prize at the end. Location Kensington Community Centre, Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 8, 11am-3pm Web http://Vancouver.ca/kensingtonrec Coal Harbour Family Day Extravaganza The excitement will include parent and tot playtime, arts and crafts, entertainment, activity demonstrations, table tennis, and refreshments, all completely free of charge. This event is family based and will be an open house type format. Location Coal Harbour Community Centre, Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 8, 10am-2pm Web http://www.coalharbourcc.ca Family Day at West Point Grey Community Centre British Columbia is celebrating its 4th annual Family Day and West Point Grey Community Centre is inviting you and your family to come spend it with us. There will be activities for the whole family to enjoy. The day will start off with Zumba for all ages followed by the main event which will include pottery hands on demonstration, arts & crafts, face painting, the Bouncy Castle, playtime equipment and much more. Location West Point Grey Community Centre (Gymnasium), Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 8, 9am-2pm Web http://westpointgrey.org Family Day Festivities Join us for a smorgasborg of activities, entertainment and family friendly fun for all ages! This event is sponsored by the Kitsilano Community Centre Association and the Vancouver Park Board. There will be dance & music classes, face painting, a caricature artist, an interactive music display, bouncy castle, popcorn and more! Location Kitsilano Community Centre, Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 8, 10:30am-1:30pm Web http://kitscc.com Family Day Photo Contest Family Day in the UNA is a big deal! Upload photos of you and your family having fun and being active within the UNA to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win $200 in Free Programming at Wesbrook Community Centre! Best and most creative activities and families WIN! Location University Neighbourhoods Association, Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 8 Web http://www.myuna.ca/ West End Family Day Extravaganza Come and join the West End Community Centre for our free Family Day event. We will have fun activities for the whole family. Location West End Community Centre, Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 8, 10am-2pm Web http://www.westendcc.ca BC Family Day Play Gym Come celebrate Family Day with other families and community members! There will be toys and activities that will be fun for the whole family. Location Creekside Community Recreation Centre, Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 5, 9:30am-12:30pm Web http://creeksidecentre.ca   WEST VANCOUVER Vancouver’s North Shore: BC Family Day Activities on the North Shore Family Fun Day Come down with your family to the West Vancouver Community Centre for a fun filled day with your family. Community Concert with Will Stroet 10:30–11:30am. Gymnastics drop in between 11:30-1:30 Free Swim 1-4pm Free Skate 3-5pm Craft and games in Atrium between 11-1pm. Location West Vancouver Community Centre, West Vancouver Date/Time Feb. 8, 10am-5pm Web http://www.westvancouverrec.ca   WHITE ROCK Surrey Now: Free Family Day Events in Surrey, White Rock and North Delta Family Day Skate Join us for a free family skate, including admission, skate rentals, and refreshments. Location Centennial Arena, White Rock Date/Time Feb. 8, 10:45am-1pm Web http://www.whiterockcity.ca   Thanks to the BC Government for the great starter list and video. Enjoy your family day!

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BCIT makes a splash for United Way

by Tracy Green on February 2, 2016 Comments Off on BCIT makes a splash for United Way

BCIT’s inaugural United Way Pool Jump created a big splash at their North Vancouver Marine campus this past week. Members from BCIT’s leadership department agreed to take the plunge if BCIT met their United Way fundraising goal. The costumed pool jumpers included: • David Porter, Associate Vice President, Education Support and Innovation • Dawna Mackay, Acting Associate Vice President, Student Services • Steve Eccles, Dean, School of Computing and Academic Studies • Wayne Hand, Dean, School of Construction and the Environment (SoCE) • Guy Ellis, Dean, School of Transportation • Kim Dotto, Dean, Applied Research • Captain Philip McCarter, Associate Dean Marine Campus, School of Transportation • Marika Morissette, Co-Chair, BCIT United Way Campaign & Exec. Assistant to VP Academic • Marita Luk, Co-Chair, BCIT United Way Campaign & Business Development Manager, SoCE Thanks to everyone who donated and participated in BCIT’s fundraisers to make this happen. The BCIT team not only raised over $77,886.85 for United Way – they showed how team work can help build strong community! Together, #WeArePossibility   More fun photos from BCIT’s United Way Pool Jump: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bcit/sets/72157663475010020/

Tracy GreenBCIT makes a splash for United Way