Community Development


The North Shore Middle Years community (families with children 6-12 years of age) is supported by a number of  agencies and organizations working together to provide  programs and services to school age children, primarily in their out-of-school time

North Shore Middle Childhood Matters (MCM) Planning Table

The North Shore MCM Planning Table is funded through the United Way of the Lower Mainland. Its mandate is to increase the capacity of the North Shore to increase the capacity of the North Shore community to collaboratively provide opportunities and supports for school-aged children and their families that support social/emotional competence, physical health and well-being, and connectedness to parents, peers, school and the community.

MCM Partners are committed to a planning model that:

  • Is child and family centered
  • Is based on consensus and collaboration
  • Is inclusive, enabling all community voices to be heard
  • Demonstrates respect for community and parent expertise
  • Provides programs that reach the hard-to-reach
  • Develops programs that are research-based
  • Builds on the strengths of existing programs and relationships

MCM has a strong focus on the pre-teen years, providing and supporting programming for out-of-school time, primarily on school sites, that encourages connectedness to peers and mentoring adults; positive physical and social/emotional outcomes; and the development of community spirit.

MCM funds and supports the following programs:

  • School’s Out Project (UWLM): Out-of-School Time programming for pre-teens on the North Shore (Multiple locations.  For more information, contact Jill Nutter (
  • Community Awareness for Respect through Education (C.A.R.E.)
  • After-School Sustainability

MCM works closely with the following agencies and organizations

  • United Way of the Lower Mainland
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • City of North Vancouver
  • District of North Vancouver
  • District of West Vancouver
  • North Vancouver School board
  • West Vancouver School Board
  • North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission
  • West Vancouver Community Centre
  • West Vancouver Library
  • Capilano Community Services
  • Family Services of the North Shore
  • North Shore Child Care Resource and Referral
  • North Shore Disability Resource Centre
  • North Shore Multicultural Society
  • North Shore Neighbourhood House
  • North Shore Community Resources
  • NorVan Boys and Girls Club
  • Parkgate Community Services
  • Society for Children and Youth of BC
  • Equitas (Play It Fair)