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Fresh Families on the hunt for a fresh take

After a year on the go, Fresh Families is looking to ramp up community involvement.

The Sea to Sky Community Services Society's program aims to connect Squamish families with each other and various resources throughout town. The group hosts an array of drop-in workshops every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sea to Sky Early Learning Centre at 38073 on Second Ave.

While the program is popular, facilitator Julia Bresalier is looking for the community to guide the drop-in's future direction.

"[The programming] is doing really well on the education part," she said. "I don't think we are meeting our objectives in other areas, though."

Bresalier wants to set up a community committee to aid in developing workshops and Fresh Families events. One area she plans to dive into this year is recreation.

Last summer, Fresh Families and Big Brothers Big Sisters Sea to Sky Corridor teamed up to host a community picnic at Alice Lake Provincial Park. What struck Bresalier about the event was how popular the paddleboarding and kayaking were, and how many families were trying them for the first time.

Although Squamish is famous for its huge variety of outdoor activities, not all are accessible to families, Bresalier said. She is looking for people with different activities backgrounds who are interested in setting up workshops or events.

"I really want to figure out how to engage the recreational facets," she said.

Fresh Families will be closed during spring break and re-opens on March 27 with a workshop presented by High Scope-trained senior educator Chelsie Brubacher on problem solving and conflict resolution.

For more information on the drop-ins or to volunteer email julia.bresalier@sscs.ca or visit www.sscs.ca.

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