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New! Youth Volunteers Needed!

Volunteer for Family Services of the North Shore’s

Youth Leadership Advisory Board: Youth-LAB


Family Services of the North Shore is looking for 8 – 10 creative and engaged youth to help us develop new youth outreach strategies for the North Shore


Are you:

  • Entering grades 10 or 11 for the 2012/2013 school year?
  • Figuring out how to get your community service hours?
  • Connected to facebook or twitter? Interested in public speaking? A good writer?
  • Someone who has seen family, friends, others dealing with depression, anxiety, eating disorders and other issues?
  • Interested in learning more about mental health and psychology?
  • Wanting to be part of an important community initiative?

If this sounds like you, we need you in Youth-LAB. 


As a Youth-LAB member you will be:

  • Learning about mental health issues from our professional counsellors.
  • Designing and delivering presentations on mental health topics for local organizations, politicians and schools.
  • Developing a communication and outreach plan – both social media and traditional media.
  • Developing leadership, communication, and public speaking skills.
  • Developing relationships with Youth-LAB members.
  • Earning over 90 community service hours.
  • Making a difference in your community.


The details:

How much time per month?  About 10 hours 

When will we meet?  

The second Thursday of the month, starting October 11, 2012

Thursday meetingTime: 5:30 – 7:30pm

You will also meet a few hours each month with your FSNS mentor and other Youth-LAB members in person or via email, phone, social media etc.

To learn more:

Click here for more information about who we are, why we’re doing this, and why we need you(th)

Or Phone: Coordinators Valerie Lev Dolgin (ext. 217) or Erin Bruchet (ext. 373) at 604.988.5281

In person: We will be holding an information night in September for youth and their families who have applied to the Youth-LAB. Date and time tba.

How do I apply?

Print out and complete the attached application form and fax, mail or drop it off to:

Valerie Lev Dolgin and Erin Bruchet

Coordinators, Youth-LAB

Family Services of the North Shore

Phone: 604.988.5281

Fax: 604.988.3961

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Family Services of the North Shore staff celebrated a bully free life, February 29th 2012 Pink Shirt Day.

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Jessie's Legacy

A Program of Family Services of the North Shore

Provincial Eating Disorder Awareness Week (PEDAW) February 2012

Multi-Media Contest

Theme: Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves
Focus on the PREVENTION of Disordered Eating 
Be honest...Be yourself...find your voice through creativity...

Deadline is Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 multi-media projects!

(1st prize: $150, 2nd prize: $100, 3rd prize: $75) 

Sponsored by the North Shore Education Committee for the Prevention of Disordered Eating


Fitness for Families

Thank you to our sponsors - Equal Balance Fitness and Zazou Salon & Spa 

The total money raised was $1723


Saturday, April 14th, 2012

9 am to 1 pm, Lynn Valley Village 

Fun for the whole family.  Family ‘Boot’ Camp Class, Massage, Face Painting, Kids Craft Table, Raffle Prizes! Come meet Angus Reid from the BC Lions!

All participating businesses are providing their services by donation with 100% of the proceeds going to Family Services of the North Shore.

If you are interested in helping out this great cause or for more information please contact:

Cathy and Kelly from Equal Balance Fitness and John from Zazou Salon & Spa celebrate with Vivian Martin, Family Services of the North Shore after raising $1,200 from the 2010 Fitness for Families.

Help Kids Make Wise Choices

An evening with Anita Roberts (Safe Teen Founder) and Mayor Pamela Goldsmith Jones.

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sponsored by: Northshore Auto Mall

On Thursday, March 3, 2011 Family Services of the North Shore with Safe Teen founder Anita Roberts, Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones and Bill Pozzobon brought Safe Teen’s unique message of youth empowerment and assertiveness to the Kay Meek Theatre. With their engaging presentation styles, Anita and Bill offered parents and youth powerful tools for dealing with the “creepy guys,” social exclusion and the realities of sexual assault and sexual harassment that kids face every day. Safe Teen offers parents, teachers and students the tools to respond to difficult situations with wisdom and strength when the advice of “ignore them and tell an adult” just won’t work.

In the second half of the evening West Vancouver Mayor Pamela Goldsmith Jones spoke with Anita Roberts in depth about some of the skills SafeTeen brings into the classroom with their school-based workshops for kids in grades 4 through 12.


Response to the program was overwhelmingly positive. Attendees felt they had a better understanding of the issues their children faced, felt more able to talk to their children about how to protect themselves and had the skills to coach their kids through difficult times.


A few comments from attendees:

· “...[this was] helpful for me as an adult woman.”

· “This was hugely powerful and effective – very inspiring and well-structured – I have a better plan.”

· “An empowering experience indeed!”

· “As an educator I got great ideas to help my students.”

If you would like to bring this program to your school or organization, please contact Valerie Lev Dolgin, FSNS Safer Places for Children & Youth Coordinator, at 604-988-5281 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Congratulations to Inga Angermann for winning the draw prize of a brand new Blackberry Torch Smartphone! A big thanks to our corporate sponsor, Telus for providing this generous gift.


“It is clearly not enough to say, don't do drugs, abstain from sex / use condoms. We need to be able to teach our children how to negotiate these potentially life-altering moments -- How to say, no and stay cool. How to walk away without giving up power. How to access the part of themselves that can make wise choices - even in the heat of the moment.” ~ Anita Roberts






The last Wednesday of February is known as Anti-Bullying Day in Canada. It's also known as "Pink Shirt Day". It was originally started as a protest against a bullying incident at Nova Scotia high school. On this day participants are asked to wear pink to symbolize a stand against bullying. Family Services supports this all year round in the following ways.


Creating a Social Safety Net


This social safety net teaches young girls how to get away from a “creepy guy” at a bus stop and helps young boys not be a target of the lunchtime bully. It supports teachers and school counsellors who spend too much time managing children who “act out” in class. It helps parents understand the world their children are living in and gives them concrete tools to help their children develop into “wise women” and “solid guys.”


Who will be involved?

Family Services of the North Shore’s (FSNS) clinical counselling staff will partner with Safeteen International’s Founder Anita Roberts and her “Agents for Change” facilitators to provide comprehensive education and support to students, parents, teachers, administrators and school counsellors. We would also be pleased to invite Christine Fedina, Manager Northshore Auto Mall, to participate in the program development.


The Pre-Teen Program

The Pre-teen program is all about prevention and protection.  Preventing unhealthy choices, redefining what is “cool," coping with peer pressure and protecting the fragile self-esteem of the young girls and boys who are just stepping into the potentially treacherous world of adolescence.


What will the program look like?

  • FSNS will liaise with School Parent Advisory Council and Principal to determine specific issues at the school.
  • FSNS will coordinate the program.
  • Youth workshops (8) for grades 4, 5, 6 and 7. Each workshop is 3 hours and girls and boys are in separate classes with same gender facilitators from Safe Teen. FSNS counsellors will be present.
  • In partnership with School Parent Advisory Council, FSNS and Anita Roberts, a 2 hour workshop for all parents will be facilitated.
  • In partnership with the School Principal, FSNS and Anita Roberts will facilitate a separate 3 hour workshop for teachers, school counsellors, and administrative staff.
  • Resources for parents, children and teachers will be made available by FSNS.
  • Follow up support is offered to all enrolled in program.


If you are interested in creating this type of program at your school, please contact Valerie Lev Dolgin, FSNS Safer Places for Children & Youth Coordinator, at 604-988-5281 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .