Rights in Action - Monthly Newsletter

1. The Right to Have Space for Recreation and Play                     2. The Right to Explore, Dream and Create

In this feature:

  1. Terry Fox Library -  Programs meeting diversity
  2. Place Maillardville -  New digs to meet accessibility
  3. [Port Moody business]
  4. Community Snapshot -
  5. Champions - Employees and Volunteer Spotlight

Terry Fox Library

Port Coquitlam

As part of the Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL), the Terry Fox Library’s mission is Opening Minds. Enabling Dreams. FVRL’s vision is improving the quality of life for our communities through knowledge, ideas and experiences. This mission and vision are especially important when it comes to supporting our youngest customers as they learn and grow. In keeping with that focus, the Terry Fox Library is a special place for all children in our community. Children from all walks of life come here to enjoy their own space stocked with learning toys from building blocks to puppets, as well as a lending collection and a variety of programs that are thoughtfully designed to inspire creative play and exploration. Whether it be building forts in the library after closing, joining in the fun of Summer Reading Club or enjoying stories and songs in storytime and babytime, the Terry Fox Library offers many avenues for children to dream and learn. Our staff is dedicated to supporting the rights of all children, and we are always looking for new ways to be inclusive and welcoming to all. We have offered programs like Sensory Storytimes that invite children with special needs and their caregivers to experience a storytime tailored to them. The room offers soft lighting, a structured activity schedule and adaptive ways to tell stories.

Through FVRL’s Playground, which supports STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), children have free access to new and innovative lending collections. Children can borrow ukuleles and Sphero SPRK+ robots to learn music or coding at home, and our latest addition of telescopes to lend will inspire children and families to explore our galaxy! We also offer exciting and enriching in-library experiences with technologies including virtual reality, green screens and Makey Makey invention kits. There is so much to discover at the Terry Fox Library, and we invite all children and families to come experience it for themselves!

Place Maillardville Community Centre (PMCC) is operated by Société Place Maillardville Society, which is a not-for-profit organization located right in the heart of Maillardville. Since we opened our doors in 2001, PMCC has become the neighbourhood hub, a true gathering place for the residents of Maillardville and participants throughout the Tri-Cities area. Originally built to meet the needs of the mainly French-Canadian residents of Maillardville, the centre has grown its vision and recreational opportunities to better serve the diverse cultures and needs from the surrounding neighbourhood. We strive to offer general recreation programs and courses for all ages and abilities at an affordable rate. Our relationship with our patrons is unique. Our staff develop a personal connection with our patrons, often from a very young age, and it continues as they grow through our age groups, often giving back to the centre as older teen volunteers or instructors.

During the year, we offer programming for families and children that emphasize the importance of creating positive interactions through sports, crafts, singing and play. These programs take place either on-site at our facility, at local parks, or at local schools within the community. With funding support from the United Way of the Lower Mainland, most of our family/children programming is either low cost or free, reducing financial barriers and making our programs more accessible for families.

Earlier this year, Coquitlam City Council approved funding for a new facility to replace the current Place Maillardville Community Centre. With a tentative competition date of Fall 2022, the new building will be built along side the current facility, which will ensure the continuity of our service right up to the move in date of the new building. The new facility will include a gymnasium and will be almost double our current square footage, vastly increasing our active recreation space and physical accessibility throughout the building. The new programming space will allow us to provide more family and children opportunities for many years to come.

For more information about Place Maillardville Community Centre please visit www.placemaillardville.ca or email info@placemaillardville.ca.

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Place Maillardville Community Centre



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