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Kids New West Health Fair

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Over 17 organizations will be providing information about their services and what they offer to families.

  • Immigrant Services Society
  • New Westminster Parks and Recreation
  • YMCA Child Care Resource
  • Library
  • IDP    – Kinsight
  • Family Services of Greater Vancouver
  • RESPs – FSGV
  • Cameray Center
  • New Westminster Family Place
  • Lower Mainland Purpose Society
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • CVITP
  • WCAS
  • Fraser Health
  • New Westminster School District
  • Mosaic
  • QuitNow
  • New Westminster Arts Council
  • Fraserside
  • New Westminster Police Services

PRESENTERS:

Preschool and Anxiety Issues

  • Separation; Bed-time; Sleep     1:00 – 2:15 pm

Middle Years and Social Anxiety    2:45 – 4:00 pm

Dr. Kimberley Da Silva is a Registered Psychologist, who specializes in treating social, behavioural and emotional issues in children and teens including: depression, selective mutism, anxiety disorders such as separation anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Challenges Feeding Young Children    1:05 – 1:35 pm

Caroline Klemens has been practicing as a Registered Dietitian for over 23 years.  Having raised three daughters, Caroline understands firsthand the importance of developing a good feeding relationship and enjoys guiding clients to develop this relationship with their children. Caroline holds a Bachelor in Nutrition Sciences from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, is a fellow in the College of Dietitians in BC.

Raising Financially Fit Kids    2:00 – 3:00 pm

Credit Counselling Society

It’s never too early for parents or caregivers to learn easy to implement techniques to teach kids about saving, giving, and spending. Schools are not able to spend a lot of time on this subject and it’s an important skill kids will use for the rest of their lives. Why don’t you join us and get the basics to set up a good financial foundation for your child(ren)!

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Community Kitchen    2:15 – 2:45 pm

Nutrition and Children (meal and snack ideas)    2:45 – 3:30 pm

Registered Dietitian Alexandra Inman is a practicing clinical dietitian with Fraser Health where she has obtained experience in pediatrics, ranging from newborn to adolescent nutrition. She is also the co-founder of Vancouver Dietitians, a private practice offering nutrition counselling, education, and workshops in the Lower Mainland and online

It’s hard to believe it’s time!

Every year the planting season seems to sneak up on me without any warning. Every year I promise that next year will be different and I’ll get an early start with the gardening by “sowing indoors”. If you pick up any of those egg cartons made out of plastic or have any of those plastic take-out containers, you can use these to get started sowing for the upcoming summer growing season.

I’ve included a link here to the current Farmer’s Almanac for the Vancouver area. If you look through the chart on this page, you can see the appropriate sowing timeframes as well as information about where to start the plants. You can also setup an email planting reminder or print the calendar and pin it on the fridge.

Get started now and reap what you sow!  Farmer’s Almanac Planting Guide

Image by Paul Brennan Public Domain

New EI Choices for Parents

Employment Insurance

As of December 3, 2017, Employment Insurance (EI) rules have changed to allow you to start your maternity leave earlier. You also now have the choice to spread out your EI parental benefits over a longer timeframe, at a lower benefit rate.

You are now able to receive EI maternity benefits earlier, up to 12 weeks before your due date. You also have two options to choose from for your EI parental benefits:

  1. Standard EI parental benefits – up to 35 weeks, paid at 55 per cent of your average weekly insurable earnings, up to the maximum of $547 a week for 2018.
  2. Extended EI parental benefits – up to 61 weeks, paid at 33 per cent of your average weekly insurable earnings, up to the maximum of $328 a week for 2018.

More information around the changes to Employment Insurance is available on the federal Employment Insurance website.

What to do this December??

If you are looking for activities to keep you and your children occupied over the Winter holidays, you are in very good hands.  New Westminster has a plethora of both children and family activities from Queensborough to Sapperton and everything in between!

Let’s start with the two bustling Community Centres in New Westminster.  At both centres, you will find single day programs that focus on baking, crafts, and other winter adventures!  Club Royale at Centennial Community Centre is also a terrific option if you are looking for a fun day camp for children ages 6-12.

For breakfast lovers, bring the whole family to Centennial Community Centre for an IHOP breakfast on December 16th.  There promises to be tasty food, festive music, and an appearance from Santa.  The fun doesn’t stop here.  After breakfast, make the trek to River Market to browse and shop amongst the 35 vendors.

Moving to the ice, New Westminster-ites are fortunate to have one of the best arenas in the Lower Mainland right in their own backyard.  Moody Park Arena will host their annual Skate with Santa on December 23rd.  This event features on-ice games, crafts, and the opportunity to skate with St. Nick, himself!

For a full list of Parks and Recreation events and programs, check out their Active Living Guide below.

https://online.flippingbook.com/view/200359/

 

Clocks have gone back – time for a Road Safety Refresher!

Now that the clocks have been set back and hour, and the slippery, wet weather is upon us, it’s time to think about giving our kids a refresher course on pedestrian safety. ICBC has created a one-pager filled with tips you can use to remind your kids about the importance of being a responsible pedestrian!

Take a moment to review the information below with your kids today!

Road Safety for your Kids