Caring for the Community


2017 Annual General Meeting

Bridging the confidence and equity gap for North Shore children in STEM

Guest Speaker: Dr. Sheryl Staub-French, PhD, PEng

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering

Goldcorp Professor for Women in Engineering

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Registration: 4:00pm  Meeting: 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Appetizers and refreshments to follow

School District #44 North Vancouver

Mountain View Room 5th Floor

2121 Lonsdale Avenue

North Vancouver, BC V7M 2K6

RSVP by June 2, 2017

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6th Annual Christmas on the Shore

An intimate evening of Christmas Cheer and Chef's Creations

Date: November 16, 2017

The Beach House Restaurant, Dundarave Pier

6:30pm Cocktail Attire

Thank you to the Fuller Family for their gracious support of our community.

32nd Annual Winter Family Ball

Our Signature Gala Fundraiser

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

4:30 - 10:00 pm

3rd Annual Beer by the Pier

Beer By The Pier, 3rd Annual

Pipe Shop at the Shipyards Plaza

June 17, 2017



Peter Green, SVP & President, TELUS Business Solutions and Leigh Tynan, Director, TELUS Business Solutions Marketing presenting $50,000 to Shelley Hine, YouthLAB Coordinator and Julia Staub-French, Executive Director of Family Services of the North Shore  

Companioning Community Care

Walking Alongside at Difficult Times

With 32 years of experience leading the Palliative and Supportive Care Volunteer program, we at Family Services of the North Shore are pleased to be launching the new Companioning Community Care Program. Through this innovative new program, much needed support will be provided to people in our community who are terminally ill, those who are grieving the anticipated or recent loss of a loved one, and those who are disabled.

The need for this new community volunteer program was identified by 30+ local citizens, volunteers, and community partners who passionately asked Family Services of the North Shore to provide leadership and resources for the development and implementation of this volunteer project. These volunteers are committed to providing connection, compassion and support, and to walking alongside those who may be struggling with the challenges that result from their own, or a family member’s declining health and a terminal diagnosis.

Referrals for volunteer support of people with disabilities will come through the North Shore Disability Resource Centre, while those for palliative and bereavement volunteer support will come from the medical community, including physicians, home care nurses and social workers. Depending upon the needs and wishes of the individual, they may be matched with a volunteer for weekly visits. The nature of the visits will vary for each person, and may provide companionship, outings, walks, transportation to appointments or capturing of life stories. For many who are terminally ill, this connection will help to provide continuity, as a familiar companion even after they are admitted to the hospital, care facility or hospice.

Through the Companioning Community Care Program, those who are terminally ill, bereaved or disabled will have opportunities to experience comfort, connection and healing modalities on site at Family Services of the North Shore. Gentle touch and therapeutic touch will be offered weekly by trained, experienced volunteers, assisting with stress reduction and relaxation. For those who have experienced the recent death of a loved one, walking groups will provide opportunities to exercise, socialize and to give and receive support.

With volunteers at the heart of this program, the benefits will be felt by those who are terminally ill, bereaved and those with disabilities, as well as family and friends who are caring for them. With the improved sense of well-being and connection, participants will experience improved coping skills, a greater sense of mastery and control, as well as health benefits from reduced stress.

While this program is getting underway with a team of experienced volunteers, we will also be recruiting new volunteers to help meet the needs in our community. For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Our thanks go out to the Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation and the Vancouver Foundation for their generous funding of the Companioning Community Care program.


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