The new Family Law Act is in effect in BC

The New Family Law Act (NFLA), which became law Nov. 24, 2011, came into effect in BC on March 18, 2013. As reported by the Legal Services Society (of BC), The (new) Family Law Act and CGRA Spring News PDFDivorce Act “will be using different words to discuss the care and control of children. The two acts overlap in some areas but not in others. The Divorce Act applies to married couples only, while the Family Law Act can apply to both married and unmarried couples. Only the FLA talks about dividing property and debt.”

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Information On Shared Parenting

A recent article by journalist Barbara Kay in the National Post on shared parenting and ”Fair Play for Divorced Dads” also mentions For the Sake of the Children.

More from the National Post on the issue of parental alienation in this article by Ryan Glass on Fixing Canada’s Divorce Act. Ryan Glass is on the board of the Canadian Equal Parenting Council.

State of the Child/Nanaimo

There’s a helpful report available on the State of the Child/with stats in the Nanaimo/LadySmith area.  Click to download.State of the Child Report 

Nanaimo Men's Resource CentreNanaimo Men’s Resource Centre—If you don’t know of this very worthwhile organization, please check out their website. The Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre (NMRC) has proven to be a very strong advocate for families.

Parental Support Groups


The Parent Support Services Society of BC serves a very large family of parents, grandparents, and children. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is a wonderful and active group with this organization and grows larger every year.

Contact for more information.

Intergenerational Day Canada and UN World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Generally Occur Every June—A Perfect Pairing

Sharon MacKenzie, the Executive Director, and Volunteer Coordinator Kay Holt of i2i Intergenerational Society visited Istanbul, Turkey, to participate in the Turyak International Federation on Aging Global Conference, where the Meadows School Project was short-listed in an international competition of existing innovative projects that build interngenerational solidarity. Congratulations!

Intergenerational Day is June 1 in 96 Canadian cities—how to mark it

 To celebrate Intergenerational Day (June 1), people are asked to say hello or extend a kindness to someone of a different generation, and to be sure to keep building bridges all year round. Since 2008, i2i has been reminding people of the power and welcome benefits of inter-generational connecting.

Excerpt: For Sharon MacKenzie, Intergenerational Day Canada started a few years go when the BC teacher was working on World Elder Abuse Awareness projects with teens. The success of one project led to an epiphany. “The kids realized that the best way to stop ageism and mistreatment of people of any age, was to prevent it. Perhaps a special national day that encouraged building relationships between younger and older people was the key.”As a result of the hard work of Sharon, Executive Director of BC based i2i Intergenerational Society of Canada (www.intergenerational.ca) and a small group of volunteers, this 4th annual IG Day Canada includes a record number of Canadian cities. “We reached out to cities across Canada and everyone embraced the idea.” says MacKenzie. “The number of Canadian cities acknowledging this focus day has grown from seven to 96 in just one year with representation from every province and 2 territories. Four provincial governments have proclaimed the day as well.”

“Intergenerational Day Canada June 1st provides an easy opportunity to raise awareness in classrooms and in daily life of the many benefits that simple and respectful connections between generations bring to education, health and community safety. Stereotypes of both young and older people are broken down when they learn about each other. Isolation is diminished and empathy grows in both directions. Intergenerational Day Canada makes a powerful statement about the value of generational connecting within each and everyone’s neighbourhood.”

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