The Family Resource Center in the Community
Goodie bags provided by the SPVM
Thank you SPVM!
The Family Resource Center has established an amazing partnership with the Montreal Police Force. The force donated a large supply of gift baskets to the children who recently completed our Social Skills program at the Family Resource Center. Such generosity is greatly appreciated. We here would like to acknowledge the efforts made by our Station 3 police to give back to the community. The West Island Community of Montreal is thriving, and the Family Resource Center looks to continue leaving its positive mark.
Impact Soccer Game provided by Home Depot
Home Depot has come on board as a partner this year. They have continued to help tremendously by providing our youth with tickets to the Impact Soccer game this past July. Our kids don’t always get a chance to attend such events – these tickets served as a great incentive for successfully completing our 12 week program!
Boo! In October 2012, the Family Resource Center was transformed into the scariest haunted house in town, thanks to the generosity and the involvement of the Montreal Police Force who participated by dressing up as zombies for the event. The Center was also fortunate to receive a donation of candy from the City of Dollard des Ormeaux to give out to the kids. Over 60 children participated in this event and enjoyed the thrills offered by the Center. The haunted house featured chilling ghosts, goblins and sounds – and the kids had a blast. Many students from John Abbott College volunteered their time to help organize and run the event, and the Family Resource Center acknowledges their efforts as well as everyone who donates their valuable time to help our cause. The Center also welcomed Quebec Minister of Families Yollande James, marking a wonderful Halloween and the start of many more to come!
The Family Resource Center supports women’s advocacy and forum groups with the intention of ensuring women’s equality within our society. These forums are held to bring together women from the West Island and surrounding areas to discuss the critical issues affecting their lives and establish a plan of action moving forward. In 2011 and 2012, Executive Director Carrie Goldberg was invited to speak amongst a distinguished panel which was sponsored by the office of MP Lysanne Blanchette Lamonthe. Topics included elderly abuse, mental health, adult education and vocational training. The hope is that through the efforts by made by the Family Resource Center to bring attention the seriousness that is women’s rights and support – women in our community can feel empowered and comforted knowing that help is always accessible. [/one_half_omega]
FRC Launch Party
On September 16, 2012 – the Family Resource Center hosted a “Launch” party to promote the Center’s updated website and the inauguration of the Girls 2 Ladies program. Over 50 guests were in attendance, and the event helped to spread awareness of the Center and boast the translation of all the Family Resource Center programs. Good food, wine and live entertainment were the highlights of the night; the evening included a silent auction and various guest speakers were on hand to promote the center.
Quebec Provincial Association of Teacher Convention (QPAT)
For the last 4 years, the Family Resource Center has been honored with the task of presenting at the QPAT Convention. Specifically in 2011, the Center’s presentation focused on what students need to reach their full potential, the basic learning skills required by our youth, and how teachers can accomplish this task of embedding these skills amongst their students. The Family Resource Center looks forward to continuing their established partnership with QPAT. Check out the Media-Interviews page for footage of the convention!
SPVM Mental Health Presentation
The Family Resource Center was involved in a 3-part series sponsored by the Montreal Police Force. The Center presented a conference on the rigors of ADHD and how to properly deal with individuals affected by it. In addition, through the Center’s partnership with the SPVM and Projet Communtaire Pierrefonds, the SNAP program will be introduced to the West Island community. SNAP is an innovative program that will aims to reduce high criminality in youth ages 6-11 and their families. Furthermore, in 2012 the Center presented to the West Island police officers about mental health and how to deal with individuals who suffer from it.
Glambition Entrepreneurship Workshop Series
In 2011, the Family Resource Center was one of the presenters at this workshop series. The topic: “Follow your Passion and Reach your Goals”; it focused on high school girls working towards a common goal of believing in themselves, thinking nothing is impossible. Even those with learning disabilities have the power to realize their dreams, and such workshops are a great opportunity for the Center to get prospective clients engaged and involved with the Center.