Family Resources

Family Resources Programs support the development of happy, healthy, families through drop-ins, parent education workshops, support services, and other family-centered programs.

Maria Valenzuela
Director of Community and Family Resources
(604) 879-7104 ext. 401
mariav@lmnhs.bc.ca

Lynette von Oelffen
Family Support Worker
Office phone: (604) 879-7104 ext. 402
Work cell: (236) 862-2903
lynettev@lmnhs.bc.ca

Shalynn Kishore
Early Years Coordinator
Office phone: (604) 879-7104 ext. 406
Work cell: (236) 777-3347
shalynnk@lmnhs.bc.ca

Family Support Programs

Our Family Support Programs focus on supporting parents in our community by providing inclusive services and a welcoming environment, as well as connecting families to other resources they need.

Family Support

Provides one-on-one support and referrals to parents who are facing life challenges. Staff can help you apply for child care subsidy, subsidized housing, leisure access pass, and income assistance as well as support around parenting and mental health.

Who: Parents of children aged 0–18
Where: Little Mountain Neighbourhood House (#102–1193 Kingsway)
Cost: Free with $10 LMNHS membership
Contact: Lynette at lynettev@lmnhs.bc.ca

Appointments are appreciated, but drop-ins are also welcome. 

Art Therapy

We work with clients to encourage them to express themselves through different art forms and to address a variety of issues such as anger, grief, and loss.

Who: Children, youth, adults, and seniors
Where: Mostly online; limited in-person availability at Little Mountain Neighbourhood House (#102–1193 Kingsway)
Cost: Free with $10 LMNHS membership
Contact: Lynette at lynettev@lmnhs.bc.ca

Appointments are required.

Counselling

Counselling is provided by practicum students training to become professional clinical counsellors. Counsellors work with clients experiencing challenges with anxiety, depression, bereavement, life transitions, family conflict, low self-esteem, and more. Open to eligible community members. 

Who: Teens, adults, and seniors
Where: Mostly online; limited in-person availability at Little Mountain Neighbourhood House (#102–1193 Kingsway)
Cost: Free with $10 LMNHS membership
Contact: Lynette at lynettev@lmnhs.bc.ca

Appointments are required.

Early Years Programs

Our early years programs focus on supporting families in raising their children in a welcoming environment, while allowing children to develop social and early literacy skills.

Monday Family Story Time

This program provides the opportunity for new parents to learn songs to sing to their babies, to promote early literacy and bonding.

Who: Families with babies aged 0–12 months
When: Mondays from June 10–August 19
Time: 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
Where: Little Mountain Neighbourhood House (#102–1193 Kingsway)
Cost: $5/session (LMNHS family membership required)
Contact: Shalynn at shalynnk@lmnhs.bc.ca

Tuesday Play in the Park

Come and play with your child at Riley Park! This program provides the opportunity for parents/caregivers and their young children aged 0–5 to meet new friends, play, and sing together outside.

Who: Children aged 0–5 and their caregivers
When: Fridays from June 7–August 20
Time: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Where: Riley Park (50 E 30th Ave)
Cost: $5/session (LMNHS family membership required)
Contact: Shalynn at shalynnk@lmnhs.bc.ca

Wednesday Family Tea Party

A space for parents and caregivers of children aged 2–5 to unwind and relax while enjoying a refreshments with their children and members of the community!

Who: Children aged 2–5 and their caregivers
When: Wednesdays from June 12–August 21
Time: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Where: Little Mountain Neighbourhood House (#102–1193 Kingsway)
Cost: $5/session (LMNHS family membership required)
Contact: Shalynn at shalynnk@lmnhs.bc.ca

Thursday Family Field Trips

Outings that create opportunities for parents and caregivers to explore the community around them with their children ages 1-5.

Meet at Little Mountain Neighbourhood House at 9:30 AM. Bus tickets available upon request.

Who: Children aged 1–5 and their caregivers 
When: Thursdays from July 11 to August 22
Time: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM; meet at 9:30 AM
Where: Little Mountain Neighbourhood House (#102–1193 Kingsway)
Cost: Donations are appreciated! (LMNHS family membership required)
Contact: Shalynn at shalynnk@lmnhs.bc.ca

Friday Family Drop-In

Bring your children aged 0–5 to enjoy stimulating activities in art, music, movement, and more! Meet and connect with other families in your neighbourhood in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Please pack a snack for your child if you wish.

Who: Children aged 0–5 and their caregivers
When: Fridays starting June 14
Time: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Where: Little Mountain Neighbourhood House (#102–1193 Kingsway)
Cost: $5/session (LMNHS family membership required)
Contact: Shalynn at shalynnk@lmnhs.bc.ca