When is this stroll?
Sunday, September 11 In New Westminster 10 am – 2 pm, In Prince George 10:30 am to 12 pm,
In Victoria 12 pm to 3 pm, In Nanaimo 10 am – 12 pm
Why a Grandparents Day Stroll?
In BC there are more than 11,000 children being raised full time by their grandparents (or other relatives). Their stories are varied, but many of the threads are the same: loss, isolation, grief, hardship, love and determination.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRGs) face complicated bureaucracies – legal, financial, and governmental – that are difficult (and often expensive) to navigate. Poverty is a serious risk (they receive little to no financial support, and often spend what savings they might have on fighting for and supporting their grandkids). They lose friends, and seniors’ programming and housing rarely meet the needs of GRG families.
What is happening?
On Grandparents Day – Sunday, September 11 – Across BC, Parent Support Services Society of BC (PSS) will be recognizing these caregivers. Our Annual Grandparents Day Strolls will be fun, lively, family events to celebrate all grandparents and to raise funds to support the work we do with grandparent-led families and our parenting programs across BC.
In New Westminster it is a Festival & Stroll – Music, Games, Kids Activities, Silent Auction, Walk-a-thon.
Who is putting this stroll on?
PSS is a non-profit, volunteer-based society and registered charity founded in 1974. We are dedicated to protecting the safety and well-being of children and promoting healthy families through peer-based supports, education, advocacy, and research.
Our Parent and Grandparent Support Circle Programs provide free facilitated weekly educational support groups for parents, grandparents, and other kinship caregivers. In circles around the province, and in multiple languages, participants help other participants become successful parents.
“I don’t feel as alone. I’m not the only one [who] finds this job difficult, and wants to talk about it. This decreases my frustration caused by isolation.”
PSS also runs the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Line (only one in Canada which provides support, advocacy and resource information to grandparents and other relatives raising a family member’s child.
Where is the event?
- Nanaimo –The Morrell Nature Sanctuary, 787 Nanaimo Lakes Road. Stroll (Walk-a-thon)
- Victoria – Maritime Museum of British Columbia, 634 Humboldt St (Nootka Court) – Stroll is a treasure hunt style walk-a-thon – starting at MMBC where participants will be given their maps.
- Prince George – Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park, located between 17th and 20th Avenue – Stroll (Walk-a-thon)
- New Westminster – River Market New Westminster 810 Quayside Dr (on the Boardwalk). The site is easily accessible by transit (1 block South of New West Skytrain Station), car, and bicycle. Festival (Music, Kids Games, Silent Auction) & Stroll (Walk-a-thon)
What can you do?
Please donate – your contribution will make a tangible difference in the lives of children, and their families, across BC:
- Allow more families access to parenting support by giving us the funds to:
- expand the number of vital Parent and Grandparent Support Circles across the province
- provide free child-minding at Support Circles – so all can participate
- Give opportunities for kids raised by their grandparents to meet others kids in similar families.
- Enable us to increase the number of valuable Parenting Workshops we provide
- Support the development of resources (documentaries, resource guides, etc)
- Provide a break for grandparents raising grandkids
Mark Sunday, September 11 in your calendar. Join us, and invite your friends, colleagues, and family members – to “take a grand step together” on Grandparents Day. In New Westminster Registration begins at 9:30 – Entertainment starts at 10:00 am and Stroll (Walk) gets underway at 10:30 am.
DONATE (Tax receipts will be issued)
REGISTER (Suggested donation of $35 to participate)
To volunteer, or find out more contact email@example.com, OR call 604-669-1616.
2015 Media Coverage – http://grgstroll.ca/2015/09/04/media-coverage/