Grandparents’ Day September 8 2013

Grandparent’s Day 2013

Happy Grandparent’s Day! Sunday September 8, 2013 marks an important day to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate Grandparents all over the world.

Recognizing Grandparents

What is a Grandparent?

Grandparents play widely different roles from family to family and those roles are as diverse as the families themselves.  As elders, Grandparents often are the glue that holds the family together over time; the rocks we can lean and rely on. Grandparents fulfill a variety of important roles in families and communities and they are often invisible and often request nothing in return. We want to recognize today and everyday, Grandparents who consistently share their time, wisdom, love and support with their loved ones as well as in their communities.

At Parent Support Services Society, we especially want to recognize those Grandparents who are the full time care providers for their grandchildren.  They know the value and importance of keeping families together. If children must leave their parents care, it is in their best interest to be with a family member. In most instances, it is Grandma and Grandpa who take on this role and willingly pour energy, love, and care into the hearts and minds of the next generation.  We know that well over 10,000 children in British Columbia are being raised by a Grandparent or other relative. Exact numbers are impossible to find. These amazing elders take on the roles of mother, father, and grandparent all at once, with little thought  about the long term picture for themselves. They are B.C.’s invisible foster care system, and the heroes to their grandchildren. Regardless of hardships or circumstances, they give their grandchildren a stable environment in order to protect their well- being and their future. Too often we take the love, knowledge, and wisdom of our Grandparents for granted, so let’s make the most out of this special day, and show our appreciation.

Showing Appreciation

What can I do?

  • Make and send your Grandparents a card telling them what they mean to you
  • Learn more about Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG)

  • Write a letter or email to the Minister and/or Deputy Minister of the Ministry Children and Family Development and your MLA highlighting the importance of supporting families to stay together.

MCFD Minister

Honourable Stephanie Cadieux

PO Box 9057 Stn Prov Govt

Victoria, BC

V8W 9E2

MCFD Deputy Minister

Mark Sieben

PO Box 9721 Stn Prov Govt

Victoria, BC

V8W 9S2

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Celebrating Grandparents this Grandparent’s Day

What can you do together?

  •  Get outside with your Grandparents! One option in North Vancouver is hosted by the Young Naturaluists

BC Parks Heritage Centre, 1620 Mt. Seymour Road North Vancouver

Date + Time: Sunday September 15, 1-3pm

Cost: FREE but Pre-Registration Required email:  with the names and ages of participants

Program suitable for parents, grandparents, guardians and children ages 5-12 * note children must be accompanied by an adult

  • Celebrate in Squamish!

  • Check your local paper to see if there are other special events close to you.
  • Tell family stories, draw family pictures, accompany them on a walk, or plan an adventure together
  • If you have lost touch with your grandparents, take time to reconnect.

Parent Support Services Society hopes that all family members can take the time on September 8 to think about each other and what it means to be a family with a shared history. All families have good times and hard times; sorrows and joys. Let’s focus on Grandparents. What stories can make you laugh, make you feel proud, help you remember and appreciate and belong?  Which stories remind you that no one is perfect and that that’s okay.

Happy Grandparents day!