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The operating philosophy of Family Services is that families are best supported by being empowered to help themselves. Family Services is there to help negotiate the systems that are affecting your family member such as; Education; Social Services; and Health.
Community means different things to different people. It can be geographical, cultural, religious or social. Some of us think of special places where we meet others of places that we frequent, others think of the people who are involved in their lives or live in the neighbourhood. We define community as any experience beyond home and school where we socialize, learn lessons about life, work, play. shop, exercise, worship or recreate.
When children are old enough to begin to need more contact and stimulation beyond their home environment, neighbourhood facilities and community programs become vitally important. For parents whose child has a disability, this can be a difficult and scary time: entering into the public not knowing if they and their child will be accepted or appropriately supported. It is therefore very important for community programs and facilities to be welcoming, supportive, accessible and able to demonstrate skills and sensitivity.
All of us are surrounded by people and opportunities to develop relationships, make connections and form friendships. However, what some people need is a person to assist in facilitating these possibilities. Facilitators provide and support opportunities for relationships to form and strengthen. Facilitators can be teachers, teaching assistants, Child and Youth Care workers, counsellors, fellow students, parents or special sitters. The Family Support Program assists Families with this process of finding facilitators to help them through the challenges of supporting a loved one with a developmental disability.
If you are looking for more information on Family Services, please contact Wendi Mackintosh, Director of Family Services at 604-209-7979.