"We build partnerships with families and community by delivering services
which enrich lives and shape our future"
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WELCOME TO THE BOUNDARY FAMILY AND INDIVIDUAL SERVICES SOCIETY WEBSITE

Boundary Family and Individual Services Society is a nonprofit society which provides a wide variety of programs to meet children, youth, women and family’s interests and needs.  Some programs have specific guidelines and require a referral.  Some programs require an appointment while other programs are open for drop in.  Please contact us for more information.

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Boundary Family and Individual Services Society (BFISS) is dedicated to providing participants with high quality social services and promoting personal, family and community health and well being. Your feedback is very important to us. We look forward to receiving your questions, requests, compliments, suggestions or criticism.
Click here for ways to contact us.

Announcement

The BFISS Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of

Darren Pratt


To the position of Executive Director.

As a human service provider in the Boundary are, Darren has a strong understanding of the unique needs of our communities and the citizens of the Boundary area. The BFISS Board of directors and Staff warmly welcome Darren and look forward to Darren leading BFISS in exciting and community responsive directions into the future.

Boundary Family Annual General Report 2016

Boundary Family and Individual Services Society was successful in their grant application to the Canada Post Community Foundation.  This grant provided funds to purchase items to enhance the Glanville Centre’s playroom.  Items purchased included a 4 passenger stroller, fluorescent light covers and funding to construct a partial wall in the playroom to create an entrance space.  These enhancements will allow children at all levels of development and need to have a positive experience while attending programming at the Glanville Centre.

 

 

Boundary Family and Individual Services Society has earned a
Three Year Accreditation from CARF
(Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities)

CARF is an independent, nonprofit organization focused on advancing the quality of services participants use to meet their needs for the best possible outcomes. Providers that meet CARF standards have demonstrated their commitment to providing the best available service.

Boundary Community Early Years Strategic Plan

A day long strategic planning event was held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 with representation from many professionals and parents that are committed to raising community awareness about the importance of the early years and bringing action to the early years table and initiatives in the Boundary. Click the link to read the plan.

Boundary Community Early Years Strategic Plan
June 2015


StrongStarts and Outreach StrongStarts
in the Boundary Family Centres

The StrongStart Early Learning program offers family-friendly environments for children not yet eligible for
Kindergarten and their parents/care providers in school-based, high quality early learning centres.

 StrongStart offers fun and creative activities such as:
*Story time, music and singing                   *Healthy snacks
*Access to books, puzzles and art materials         *Movement and large muscle play activities
*Play areas that promote creativity and exploration for both individual and group play

Children learn through play so come to StrongStart
and create an art project, have a play date,
use your imagination and get active.

Have fun with your children and other families with no wear and tear on your own home!

These drop in programs are free of charge.
Register on your child’s first day of attendance.

StrongStart schedule

Celebrating Moms Picnic
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Baby's Best Chance and Parent's of Young Children Group

The Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) is the Columbia Basin and Boundary's not-for-profit
organization, working in 77 communities across South-east British Columbia. CBAL provides free
literacy programs for children, families, youth, adults and seniors.
CBAL website

CBAL Community Calendar

Together to Learn
offers parents the opportunity to work on English, Math and Study Skills with a Selkirk College instructor while childcare and a healthy snack is provided for their preschool children. This program is held at the Glanville Family Centre. Call Sheila at Selkirk College for more information. 250-442-2704.

Parenting a special needs child can be overwhelming and this site is designed to provide information specific to British Columbia. Perhaps the most valuable part of the site is the online Facebook group, which allows
parents to chat, ask questions and learn from each other. The site also has information on things like applying for tax credits, or for government or charitable funding. The website is a work in progress, and will be expanded with the input of parents.

www.ourextraordinarykids.com

Thank you to the Grand Forks Women’s Institute for their donation to BFISS.  These funds were provided by Sunshine Quilters through fundraising and passed over to the Women’s Institute for spending towards a nutritional learning program.  Equipment was purchased for current and future use, childcare is provided during the sessions and some of the food processed will be shared with the local food bank.

Information about the Boundary Restorative Justice Program

A great new resource for Moms and Families
Keeping in Touch eNewsletter
The Keeping In Touch eNewsletter has been developed for the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC), Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) and Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia (AHSUNC) programs and staff. This resource is produced by Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

Community Services Directory
A brochure with local resources to meet a variety of community needs.
click here

Are you interested in healthy cooking and preparing lunch for pregnant women, new moms, babies and toddlers? Do you enjoy playing with children?
Baby’s Best Chance and Parents of Young Children group are looking for some volunteers to assist our cook with lunch preparation and to assist in the childcare room on Thursdays .
No experience necessary as our cook and early childhood educators will guide you and
a free healthy lunch will be yours.
Call Cynthia 250-442-5355 (40223) or email cynthia.garnett@bfiss.org for more information.

Check out on Google Maps which businesses in the Boundary area are Breastfeeding Friendly. If you would like more information about what it means to be a breastfeeding friendly business or to be added to this map contact Cynthia Garnett from the Baby's Best Chance Program at BFISS.
Call 250-442-5355 or toll free 1-877-442-5355 extension 40223
A Family Friendly Business has accessible washrooms, an inviting atmosphere, a comfortable seating area, a children's play area........
For more information on how to become a Family Friendly Business contact the
Boundary Chamber of Commerce at 250-442-2722.

Take a look at our Calendars page for activities available at BFISS and in our community.

 

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THE GLANVILLE FAMILY CENTRE

1200 Central Ave
Box 2498
Grand Forks, BC
V0H 1H0

Phone: 250-442-2267
Toll free: 1-877-442-5355

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