To wear a mask or not wear a mask?
A parent asked me – “Do I have to wear a mask when I go out?” As times are constantly changing with COVID-19 it’s hard to keep up with best practices and polices put in place. For the most part, it’s totally up to you if you want to wear a mask or not out in the community. However, there are stores now requiring you to mask up before entering – and apparently it is well within a business’ right to do so. So far, Burnaby’s Costco, T&T Market and Whole Foods are amongst the “no mask – no service” businesses. Check out this article from Burnabynowfor more information.
Social Distancing AND Going Outdoors – BOTH are Important to do!
Articles, Activities and Education
Self compassion, breathing, mind body practice, eat well & sleep, remain socially connected – https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/self-care-for-the-caregiver-2018101715003
Activities and Education
- FREE Online Indoor and Outdoor Activities Booklet. Click here.
- K-12 Burnaby Schools: https://learning.burnabyschools.ca
The resources on this website are intended to support students with self-directed learning activities across a wide variety of subject areas. We will continue to add to the site regularly, so please check back frequently.
While the opportunities during the suspension of in-class instruction will not be a direct replacement for regular school, the Burnaby School District is dedicated to the continued learning of our students.
- The City of Burnaby has such a resourceful website, make sure you check it out! I wanted to share this brilliant activity guide from the city’s online activities and learning page creatively utilizing old newspapers, glue, tape and scissors – make simple paper balls to play a game of catch safely in the house, garlands or paper chains for decorations, or even learn how to make paper beads!
- Burnaby School District – See some of your school’s here … parades, creative use of video and assignments with here. Finding New Ways of Connecting
- Activities to help nurture joy & love at home
- A roundup of the best free resources to stay active and healthy.
- Free YMCA programs for health and well-being
- A Variety of Activities and Education
- Click here for many different online activities.
- This site has some zero cost activities – https://babyology.com.au/lifestyle/things-to-do/play-and-activities/toddler-bucket-list-24-amazing-things-two-year-old/
- This has a free app you can use to get daily activities based on age of your child – www.vroom.com
- Curio.Ca – CBC – what to do with children at home: https://www.cbc.ca/parents/learning/view/curio.ca-a-teacher-resource-is-now-free-for-families-to-use
- On a Nature walk: https://images.twnmm.com/c55i45ef3o2a/5x4gKGupvNJAqkOJjNpyvA/cb857bb37a38fdbb77c030a2953d5211/Grey_and_Blue_Simple_Leaves_Checklist_List__2_.png
- Burnaby Parks and Rec: Be Creative, Be Active, Be Curious.
- Burnaby Public Library: https://www.bpl.bc.ca/kids/online-stories
- Burnaby Neighbourhood House, “Family Fun Activities"
- Lower Mainland wide, Free, Fun, Outdoor Family Activities
EMOTIONAL – SELF-CARE AND SUPPORTS
The Dalai Lama Centre for Peace + Education
Information about what’s “normal and healthy” for children in their social and emotional development, along with practical strategies for caring adults to actively create the nurturing environments that bolster Heart-Mind Well-being. Click here.
Managing Stress in families with children and youth
The Child & Youth Mental Health & Substance Use (CYMHSU) Community of Practice, which hosted the ACEs Summit in May 2019, would like to share the following resource providing information and advice on managing anxiety and stress in families with children and youth during the COVID-19 emergency.
Free phone support during Self-Isolation across BC
Our fully insured, fully supervised counselling interns are available to provide free, temporary telephone support to anyone in BC who may be struggling emotionally while in self-isolation. While typically our preference is for clients to come to our offices, we recognize that during this pandemic that this is not possible.
Languages: English, Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Farsi, Hindi, Punjabi, Tagalog
Anyone wanting this service can call and leave a message, requesting telephone support, at 778-321-3054 or by email at: email@example.com
Note: these are counselling/support sessions, and are not intended for clients who are in crisis. Clients in crisis should continue to contact Crisis Centres.
Most agencies and in-person services are closed to the public. ALL drop-ins are closed. The following have virtual and/or phone services and supports.
BC Centre for Ability – Supported Child Development
For children with special needs. Consultants are working from home connecting with families and childcare programs.
If your child is already connected with the SCD program, the childcare program can directly reach out to the SCD manager at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine how support can be provided.
If your child/family is not connected with SCD, contact the intake line at 604-451-5511 ext 424 or a community partner can complete a community referral form and indicate it is for a child of essential service provider.
Burnaby Family Life
Burnaby Neighbourhood House
Providing support via telephone, text and a digital cafe. Visit their website for details.
Cameray Child and Family Services
- Counselling – over the phone or via Zoom (video conferencing;
- Parent Support program – for families if want to do shorter phone sessions;
- Still taking new referrals.
- Click here for the monthly schedule.
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Early Childhood Community Consultant
Providing free consultation to families, caregivers and professionals with questions, concerns, or are curious about how to better support a child’s development, seeking strategies for challenging behaviours, or wanting to strengthen the relationship with a child under five years old. Consultations are self referral via phone, email, and one-on-one virtual meetings.
A short, sweet, daily Newsletter is emailed daily with children’s activities, parent support, and information – email Anita to sign up: email@example.com
Check out their new blog – Parenting Place – too! Click here. For children’s activities, self-care and parent education/support information.
Questions? Phone/text: 604-723-9548
Family Support Institute of B.C.
Peer to peer support with families. An opportunity for live video contact with any community, province-wide, where you can share, listen, learn and connect with families facing similar challenges. To learn more about this Zoom online community opportunity, click here.
HELP Line – If families need a person to talk to for resources or support. Any type of question for those feeling alone, isolated, or about a child from birth to 12 years old. Call speak with someone, or if after hours leave a message and the call will be returned within 1-2 working days. It’s NOT a crisis line.
HELP Line: 778-782-3548. It’s NOT a crisis line.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/InformationChildren/
Ministry for Children and Family Development
Offices and services are currently still open.
MOSAIC – Family Centre
For newcomer families, programs, services and supports, click here.
The Red Cross
During Self-Isolation – Tips to help families cope:
Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services
For women and children experiencing family violence. Emotional counselling, safety planning, goal setting, guidance on court procedure (based on COVID-19), access to transition house or safe home … Services delivered by: Phone, video, email.
Westcoast Family Centre
Parenting supports and activities for children:
The Province of British Columbia supports child care providers – COVID 19 response. Click here for the latest news.
Burnaby Neighbourhood Houses are now the Burnaby food hubs, for anyone living in Burnaby.
What: Call BNH if you are food insecure, or if you need help making or finding food.Food can also be delivered to your home, if you cannot come to get it.
Call: South House 604-431-0400; North House 604-294-5444
Hours: Monday to Friday – 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Burnaby Neighbourhood House: Website
MUNICIPALITY OF BURNABY
City of Burnaby
Comprehensive COVID 19 online and information source, from the City of Burnaby. Call 8am to 6pm: 604-570-3800. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: https://www.burnaby.ca/Home.html
Burnaby Public Library
Centralized and Coordinated information (around issues such as technology, food, programs and services. Visit the website: www.burnabycoronavirus.com
FINANCES AND EMPLOYMENT
Burnaby Board of Trade
COVID-19 resource page is the place to find the latest information and guides to support you and your employees with tools on health, safety and business continuity.
Burnaby Rent Bank – Low Income Residents
Purpose Society is providing rent bank services to low income residents of Burnaby and New West, for the months of April, May and June.
Both Rent Banks offer low-fee, no interest, short-term loans to low income individuals and families that live in either city and are at risk of eviction or essential utility disconnection due to a temporary and unexpected financial crisis. The rent banks also offer assistance with damage deposits, pet deposits and first month’s rent for low income individuals and families who are moving into a new residence in Burnaby or New Westminster and are financially unable to meet these expenses.
Or call: 604-526-2522
HEALTH – PHYSICAL – *Fraser Health (Burnaby, New West and Tricities)
DO NOT GO TO EMERGENCY, IF YOU’RE CONCERNED YOU MAY HAVE COVID.
Do one of the following:
1) For information around virtual testing, and to receive instructions on what to do, go to: www.burnabycoronavirus.com. For information in a variety of different languages, other than English, click here.
2) If you want to see your doctor, call the doctor’s office ahead of time and they will tell you what to do . Do not go to the office in person. There will be a notice not to enter on the doctor’s office door.
3) Any questions about COVID-19 call the Burnaby Public Health unit: 604-918-7505 or to inquire what other services can be provided: https://www.fraserhealth.ca/Service-Directory/Locations/Burnaby/burnaby-public-health-unit#.Xpn7ds5KiUk
Remember: Self-isolate if you suspect you have symptoms.
Fraser Health Public Health Essential Services include child and adult immunization clinic (in-person); new baby calls to parents 604.918.7505
Non-medical questions about COVID-19 Phone: 1-888-268-4319 or Text: 1-604-630-0300
Burnaby Urgent Primary Care Centres
During COVID, they are split into two streams, as follows:
1) People who need urgent treatment; and
2) Other urgent concerns (i.e. non-virus related urgent issues)
*This is for Fraser Health citizens (includes Burnaby New West and Tricities) All communities have own response.
Contact your own Health Authority for information in your community.
Click here for a list of Health Resources