2014 Fall/Winter Grant Applications

The 2014/2015 Fall/Winter Grant Applications for community programs will be posted in early September and will be due mid October.

Please watch the website and our Facebook page for more details


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FREE training opportunity! familiesforward is hosting a FREE 2-day Family Learning FUNdamentals Bookmates training session. September 15 and 19 10:00am-4:00pm. For details or to register please email Shannon at ffcoalition@hotmail.com

Bookmates Family Learning FUNdamentals

Your introduction to family literacy and learning begins with Bookmates Family Learning FUNdamentals. This training provides a foundation in the principles, strategies, and research needed to run quality family programs. Fun, hands-on activities teach the key components of a family learning program. This is the recommended pre-requisite for all of our Bookmates facilitator certification trainings.

Ideal for: People working with families in child care facilities, home visits, family resource centres, schools and other organizations that support families.

Participants will:
• Receive a reference manual for use when running parent-child programs
• Learn about clear language strategies
• Learn how to run an effective children’s and parent’s program
• Participate in a rhyme circle
• Learn strategies for book sharing
• Make samples of books and other literacy activities
• Share strategies for facilitating programs in the community


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2014 Multicultural Festival

Mark your calendar and plan to join us at the 3rd annual Multicultural Festival

Wednesday August 20th, 2014


Bethel Mennonite Church 465 Stafford St.

2014 Multicultural Festival Poster

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Summer Fun at Kids@Play

We are taking a short break but Kids@play will be a great place to escape the bugs and heat this summer! Please join Amanda for fun, songs and rhymes and free snack!

Tuesdays July 8,15, 22, 29 at Bethel Mennonite Church 9:30-11:30 (465 Stafford St)

Wednesdays July 9, 16, 23, 30 at  Lord Roberts Community Centre 9:30-11:30 (725 Kylemore Ave.)

Thursdays  July 10, 17, 24, 31 at Carpathia School 9:30-11:00 (300 Carpathia Rd)



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Next Board Meeting

The next familiesforward board meeting is set for noon on Thursday June 12th at Bethel Mennonite Church.  All are welcome to attend.

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Spring/Summer 2014 Newsletter

Kid-friendly veggie platter, rainy day fun and spray pads can all be found in our new newsletter! Check it our now!

Spring Summer 2014

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Kids@Play continues

Kids@Play, our FREE parent-child drop-in is continuing at all 3 sites until the end of June.

Tuesdays: 9:30-11:30  Bethel Mennonite Church,   465 Stafford St

Wednesdays: 9:30-11:30 Lord Roberts Community Centre,   725 Kylemore

Thursdays: 9:30-11:00 Carpathia School,   300 Carpathia Rd

Join Amanda for fun, crafts, songs and a healthy snack.

call/text 204-804-7781

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Spring 2014 Community Programs

Our listing of FREE Spring Community Programs has been posted.  Click on the link Community Programming


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familiesforward Co-ordinator

familiesforward is pleased to announce they have hired Shannon Struck as the new Co-ordinator for the Coalition.  Shannon will work out of our office at 925 Jessie Avenue and can be reached at 204 791 0956, ffcoalition@hotmail.com.

We wish to say goodbye to our Admin. Co-ordinator, Sandy Allen, who leaves us after 11 years with the Coalition and wish her the best of luck in her new endeavours.



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familiesforward Board Meeting

The next board meeting of familiesforward will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 12:00 p.m., Bethel Mennonite Church.  All are welcome to attend.

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