Free Parent Training Saturday September 10th

Saturday September 10th 10:00-12:00 Register online

Space is limited!

Free Parent Training Evening May 11

Free parenting training and information evening Wednesday May 11th. Space is limited please register at…/parent-support-group/

New families are required to attend this training before registering for a Play Centre program. Fall program registration opens June 1st.

New Early Childhood Educators Program!

Friend 2 Friend Early Childhood Educators Program is a 7-sessions program offered on-site in preschools, daycares and other early learning environments. This comprehensive program is designed to support Early Childhood Educators (ECE) to address the social, communication, regulatory and peer play needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in social inclusive peer play activities within their natural peer group at preschool, daycare or other community settings.

For more information click here

Early Childhood Educators Training – Feb 23


Make a Change – Make a Difference In Lives of Children with Autism

We are seeking an enthusiastic, highly compassionate and creative individual for the position of Play Guide at our Play Centres in East Vancouver and New Westminster.

Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society is a not-for-profit, federally registered charity, based in Lower Mainland of BC, Canada. Our mission is to enhance reciprocal social interaction, communication, imaginative play, and friendships between individuals on the autism spectrum and their typically developing peers. To meet this mandate, Friend 2 Friend provides a variety of unique and innovative programs such as our Autism Demystification Programs and the Friend 2 Friend – Integrated Play Groups® Programs to individuals ages 3 through 18 on the autism spectrum and related social, communication and play needs. 

The Opportunity

Would you like to work for an organization that truly cares about children, families and their team?  If so, this may be the place for you.  As a Play Guideyou will support the implementation of Integrated Play Groups programs at our Play Centre in East Vancouver.  This is a wonderful opportunity to work with both typically developing children as well as children on the autism spectrum.  Working directly with the Master Guide, you will assist in the set up of programs, aid in the creation of materials, provide scaffolding to players during the programs and create session notes.

What you bring

Bring your exceptional communication and people skills along with your customer service heart to our team.  If you have a bachelor’s degree or working towards a graduate degree in a related field such as psychology, speech and language, occupational therapy, BCBA and at least 1-3 years clinical experience working with children autism.

Successful candidates will have a current criminal record check and a current certificate in First Aid from an accredited organization.

To apply:

If you are interested in this opportunity send us an email including cover letter and resume prior to the closing date of March 1, 2016 

Thank you School District #70 Port Albernie!

Thank you the wonderful resource team at school district #70 Port Albernie for hosting the Friend 2 Friend BC Capacity Building Seminar. What a great day, a great team and delicious soup! Want to know more about how your school district or not for profit can particpate in this FREE program check out our BC Capacity Building page

Play Centre Open House Nov 9th 4-7pm

Open House Nov 9Open House Friend 2 Friend Play Centre – New Westminster, 336 Columbia Street, New Westminater BC

Monday Nov 9th 4:00-7:00pm

Join us to view our state-of-the-art play centre, learning about our Integrated Play Groups and our new programs!

Giving Tuesday Dec 1!

Each year millions of individuals across the globe unite for one purpose – to give back to their communities and kick off the holiday season with an act of good. This Dec 1st, join the revolution and GIVE to your community on #GivingTuesday and support children with and without autism play and make friends!

Thank You New Westminster!

Mayor Cote cuts the ribbon to offically open the Friend 2 Friend Play Centre – New Westminster. Over 200 families attend the grand opening celebration! More pictures on our Facebook pageIMG_0078 (1)

Variety – The Children’s Charity’s makes peer play and friendship possible for children with autism in New Westminster, B.C.

September 15, 2015

Variety – The Children’s Charity’s makes peer play and friendship possible for children with autism in New Westminster, B.C.

Vancouver, BC – Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society is thrilled to announce a generous donation from Variety – The Children’s Charity for their new Play Centre in New Westminster, B.C.

“With Variety – The Children’s Charity’s support we are able to purchase the equipment necessary to create our Sensory Circus and early childhood therapeutic play rooms. We could not have done this without them,” says Heather McCracken, the Society founder and executive director.

“Variety is thrilled to continue its partnership with Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society, and have a direct and positive impact on the lives of 150 children in Metro Vancouver,” says Dave McConachie, interim executive director at Variety – The Children’s Charity. “We believe that kids who have special needs are champions, and when they have access to support, are capable of achieving remarkable victories unique to their own potential.”

“Our second Play Centre, in New Westminster, enables us to provide services to more than double the number of children we are able to serve at our Play Centre in East Vancouver while also allowing us to add few fun new twists like our Sensory Circus play room. Variety – The Children’s Charity is a key partner in making all this possible”, says McCracken.

Since 1966, Variety – The Children’s Charity has raised more than 170 million, distributing grants throughout British Columbia to inspire hope, enrich lives and build a better future for children who have special needs. For more information visit

Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society is a non-government funded, non-profit charity founded in 2002 that has been designing and delivering their unique and innovative Autism Demystification® and Integrated Play Groups® programs to children and families in B.C., Canada, the United States and abroad for more than 14 years. The Play Centre New Westminster grand opening takes place on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

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