By Sam Schechter, Burnaby Now March 11, 2011
On Saturday, March 5, Burnaby Family Life celebrated 40 years of service to the community. We celebrated in style with orchids on the tables, special handkerchiefs with our logo for each guest, a band that played after an elegant dinner, and people were all dressed up like we were reliving our high school prom.
By Wanda Chow, Burnaby NewsLeader
Jeanne Fike is a community activist and the executive director of Burnaby Family Life, a non-profit organization that provides services to thousands of families each year and feeds hundreds of children each day in 12 Burnaby locations. A Local Hero of Burnaby, Fike has also received a medal from the Government of Canada “for her dedication and contributions to the community and to fellow Canadians.”
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COMMUNITY FUNDING BUILDS GREATER CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING
I was chatting with Jeanne Fike, from Burnaby Family Life, and she told me of her adoptive granddaughter, whom she names "Mary" in this letter. The girl comes from a very troubled home, and Jeanne and her husband have been providing some sense of healthy normalcy from what I can tell.
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Thanks to the Burnaby Now for including Burnaby Family Life in its series about worthy local organizations to consider when thinking about making a charitable donation this year.
By Alfie Lau, Burnaby Now October 9, 2010
It was a secret Jody Johnson had to keep for several days, but on Wednesday, she could sh
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IMMIGRANTS RECOGNIZED AT B.C.’S FIRST WELCOMEBC DAY
VANCOUVER – Immigrants and the contribution they make to B.C.’s economic, social, cultural and political life were formally recognized today with the proclamation of Oct. 6 as WelcomeBC Day, announced Stephanie Cadieux, MLA for Surrey-Panorama on behalf of Moira Stilwell, Minister for Advanced Education and Labour Market Development.
Jeanne Fike and her family grew up at 250 Willingdon Ave.—but not during the years the building served as Burnaby North secondary or even Burnaby Heights Junior High School after that.
Rather, it was the building’s subsequent 30-year stint as Burnaby Heights Resource Centre where Fike and her non-profit, Burnaby Family Life, grew and matured.
The Heights resource centre was ahead of its time, said Fike, now BFL’s executive director.
“It was what the [provincial] government talks about now–one-stop shopping, we had it.”
A local social services organization is stepping into the fray over the government's move to replace the mandatory long form census with a voluntary version. Critics charge the decision is an ideological move that will leave organizations and policy makers without dependable information.