Empowering Families with Social Venture Partners: A Game-Changing Journey

At New Westminster Family Place, we are ecstatic to share the remarkable impact of our partnership with Social Venture Partners (SVP) Vancouver. Their unwavering support has been instrumental in our mission to bring our services directly into the community through the innovative Bringing New West Family Place to the Streets initiative.

SVP Executive Director, Helen Stortini introduces the discussion panelists: Meghan Neufeld, Executive Director of BabyGoRound, Marnie Goldenberg, Senior Director of Programs at Take a Hike Youth Mental Health Foundation, our own Dana Osiowy, Executive Director of New Westminster Family Place, and Sara Jane R. Walker, Senior Manager, Communications at LDS Learn. Develop. Succeed.

Our Executive Director, Dana Osiowy, recently had the opportunity to showcase our heartwarming story on a discussion panel at the Social Venture Partners Annual General Meeting at Van Dusen Gardens. She spoke alongside partners from Baby-go-Round, and LDS and also from Take a Hike Foundation – all SVP investees. Dana shared inspiring anecdotes highlighting our staff’s relentless dedication to supporting families during our programs, ultimately nurturing caregivers and bolstering their confidence.

What sets us apart at New Westminster Family Place is our unwavering belief in a strength-based approach that empowers families and fosters resilience. We are steadfast in our commitment to infusing this approach into the community, fostering a supportive and nurturing environment for all families.

Social Venture Partners Vancouver has played a pivotal role in our journey, not only providing critical funding through their Early Years Innovation Fund but also empowering us to advance our mission with a new theory of change. We are immensely grateful for their partnership and unwavering dedication to our cause. Our collaborative efforts have already started to yield tangible results, making a difference in the lives of families in New Westminster.

Dana Osiowy shares stories about how our New Westminster Family Place team make a difference by going the extra mile with families during our free drop-in programming.

In addition to our groundbreaking partnership with Social Venture Partners, our Bringing New West Family Place to the Streets initiative has propelled us to new heights. Notably, our initiative included Mental Health First Aid Training for influential community members. This training aims to infuse community conversations with more sensitive and supportive language, fostering an environment of understanding and empathy.

With the unwavering support of our partners and funders and the revolutionary initiatives like the one mentioned here, we are on a transformative journey to empower families, create a nurturing environment, and foster inclusive community conversations. Together, we are shaping a brighter future for New Westminster.

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