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About Our Auction
The Mothers Matter Centre’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and presentation of its annual Because Mothers Matter Awards will take place, virtually, on October 21, 2020.
This year, the MMC, proud home of the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program, celebrates 20 years of changing lives in Canada. It is a journey of 20,000 low-income newcomer, refugee, Indigenous and other Canadian mothers who have overcome unique educational, linguistic, and cultural barriers and who share courage, determination, and resilience.
The event will include the story of the MMC as well as the Because Mothers Matter Awards. To mark this important milestone, the MMC sought the guidance of Indigenous supporters and champions to provide advice on ways to pay respect and recognize the organization’s two decades of outstanding work. As a result, our Indigenous partners have graciously agreed to guide the MMC in a traditional blanketing ceremony at the event to honour accomplished mothers’ exceptional community work.
We kindly ask that you support us in this event through the purchase of a private virtual Zoom room for you and your guests.
About Mother's Matter Centre
HIPPY Canada announces its transition to the Mothers Matter Centre, dedicated to helping socially isolated mothers and their families. The Mothers Matter Centre will continue – and expand – the HIPPY program.
What is the Mothers Matter Centre? It is a virtual, national consortium of organizations dedicated to serving socially isolated and low economic status mothers and their families using HIPPY’s proven mother-to-mother approach. It will continue to grow and sustain its flagship HIPPY program and develop other program innovations such as housing assistance, job-skills training, literacy and language training, healthcare, and more.
Piloted in Canada in 2000 at the Britannia Community Service Centre in Vancouver, HIPPY Canada has grown to 28 sites, including 10 Aboriginal and 18 multicultural sites, each of which helps 35 – 100 families each year. The HIPPY programs are operated by settlement (click here to see the sites) and Aboriginal social purpose organizations (SPOs) and First Nations communities (click here to see the sites). This year, the HIPPY sites helped 1,226 families while employing 108 Home Visitors.
The Mothers Matter Centre will continue the work of HIPPY Canada which, over the past 17 years, has helped more than 10,000 mothers gain new skills and build confidence and abilities essential to strengthening mother-child relationships. This means at least 10,000 children were better prepared to get the most from their early school experiences and many more than 20,000 lives have been positively impacted.
The Mothers Matter Centre will work with isolated mothers where they live – at home – and connecting them with other mothers in their communities who share an intimate awareness of the issues and challenges they face. The Mothers Matter Centre will continue training HIPPY Home Visitors to support mothers and their families transition out of isolation and into community and economic life, expanding HIPPY with important program innovations.