Generous funding from Mission Community Foundation

Through the generosity of Mission Community Foundation,  Mission Community Services Society is celebrating the arrival of two special grants and a fundraiser donation.

Foundation executive director Angie Hetlinger said $1,000 was raised for MY House through a three-week fundraiser which grew $10 at a time.  An additional $500 Mission Community Foundation grant was earmarked for MY House through MCSS for a total of $1,500.

Hetlinger said a separate MCF $1,000 grant went to Mission Christmas Bureau.  Thank you!

To see the work of Mission Community Foundation, check out its website.

To contact Hetlinger, reach her on her cell at 778-347-6888.



Seniors Slipper Swap helps prevent falls, injury

Mission Community Services Seniors Department was involved this week with the first Slipper Swap project in Mission, in partnership with Fraser Health, the Division of Family Practice and the Mission Seniors Centre.
Forty-four seniors registered for the program where they received new slippers in return for their old ones.
Aim of the program is to prevent falls at home, thus the potential for injury is reduced.
Seniors who registered but who could not come to the event will have their slippers delivered to them by participating staff members.
Staff from Fraser Health’s Falls Prevention Program were on hand to educate and inform.

MY Bike Courier Service supported by MLAs

A MY Bike Courier Service employing the skills of vulnerable youth in Mission will be launched later this year thanks to the support of Simon Gibson (Abbotsford-Mission MLA) and Marc Dalton (Maple-Ridge-Mission MLA) who visited Mission Community Services on March 17 to make their announcement.

MLA Marc Dalton, MCSS board chair Bob Ingram, MCSS executive director Sanjay Gulati, MCSS manager of governance and resource development Karen Laing and MLA Simon Gibson at MCSS on March 17 to announce new initiative.

Thanking the two MLAs for their support were MCSS board of directors chair Bob Ingram, MCSS executive director Sanjay Gulati and Karen Laing, manager of Governance and Resource Development.

The MCSS MY Bike Courier Service plans to duplicate the success of the “TurnAround” bicycle courier service that started as a package delivery business in Toronto in 2002.

TurnAround Couriers has evolved from just providing work to a target population, to also providing them with access to education, to also enabling them to participate in company healthcare and dental plans.

To date, TurnAround Couriers has helped more than 185 youths to turn around their lives.  Its list of clients and supporters continues to grow.

MCSS will build on the key learnings and success of the Anything Possible pilot project that the provincial government supported in 2014.

Diversity, inclusiveness, hard work honoured at awards night

With CBC broadcaster Fred Lee as emcee and CTV News anchor Tamara Taggart as guest speaker, the 14th annual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards honoured some 50 nominees in seven categories on March 3 at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre in Abbotsford.

Mission Community Services Society was there with its New to Canada team, executive director Sanjay Gulati, MCSS managers Karen Laing and Darlene  Straarup and board of directors chair Roger Dowker to recognize the work of Mission nominees who sat with MCSS, including Champion of Diversity nominee Lesley Drown and guest Ann Murdoch who both were instrumental in key volunteer roles with Congolese and Syrian refugees who arrived in the community this year.

Colin Halldorson (with his wife Denese Maharaj), coach of Mission Spartans U13 boys of Mission Soccer Club was there as a nominee for the Inclusive Environment category (medium and large organizations).  Hallorson, his team, his club and parents provided overwhelming support for the refugee children who played with the team, and helped in the integration of the families into the community.

Mission was also represented by the recipient of the Innovative Initiative Award, Emma’s Acres – L.I.N.C. Society,  nominees Cycling for Diversity,  and champion of diversity nominee, District of Mission social development manager Kirsten Hargreaves who also serves on the Mission Local Immigration Partnership Council based at MCSS.

A complete listing of award recipients can be found at this Mission City Record LINK.  

MCSS is a supporting partner with Abbotsford Community Services Society, along with New Directions Vocational Testing and Counselling Serives and Chilliwack Community Services.  Representing MCSS on the organizing team is Local Immigration Partnership coordinator Rick Rake.  


Inclusiveness theme of settlement promotion

When the 2017 version of the Mission Visitor Guide hits the streets through the Mission City Record, the Mission Community Services Society New-to-Canada advertising will take on a new theme.

Rather than promoting the specific MCSS settlement and Local Immigration Partnership features of programming as MCSS has done in the last two years in the guide, the theme of inclusion will be highlighted in the community.

Text of this year’s advertising asks the question:  WHO ADDS TO THE CULTURAL, ECONOMIC HEALTH OF MISSION?

The response is: WE ALL DO, followed by the phrase: PARTNER WITH US TO GROW MISSION.

The advertisement also showcases the fact MCSS is celebrating its 45th year of providing various social services in the community.

The new advertisement can be seen at the right.  The older, 2016 version is below.  The Mission Visitor Guide is seen as value-added because it connects with not just the community, but newcomers, and has a shelf life of one year.




Pre-parade fun on MCSS landing

PARADE WARMUP2 The scent of freshly-popped buttered popcorn, and hot chocolate topped with mini-marshmallows, wafted through the air on Second Avenue in Mission on Dec. 4 as MCSS offered that and more for a festive night-time, pre-Candlelight Parade party.

Hundreds of parade well-wishers enjoyed the complimentary sweets distributed by MCSS staff and volunteers who were happy to engage with the public.

MCSS decked its railings in colourful lights, and a party of singers and a guitarist next door had the steps leading up the hill ablaze with its own festive lights.

To see a Facebook album of pictures from the MCSS party, click HERE.

Video highlights of the Mission Candlelight Parade can be found HERE.

The festive spirit is very much alive in Mission!


Mission Diwali on tonight

diwali-jpeg-for-social-mediaMission Diwali is on tonight at Mission Clarke Theatre.

Meal is at 5 p.m. Show at 6 p.m.

Foyer of commercial and community booths opens at 5 p.m.

See you tonight!  For the latest 2016 show information, click here:





Picnic in the Park

Date and Time: Thursday August 6th 2015 – 9.30am – 11.30am.  Subsequent Picnic in the Park is Aug. 13, same time at Waterpark at Mission Leisure Centre.

An opportunity for parents to gain additional information on the transition into Kindergarten.  For those who are new to Canada, advice about cultural expectations in the Canadian school system. Refreshments provided. Registration through Mission Family Place, 604-826-3323.