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Nobody's Perfect Parenting Facilitator Training: October 2024


Tuesday, October 15, 2024 - Friday, October 18, 2024

9 AM - 4:30 PM

Rosedale on Robson ,
838 Hamilton St ,

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Learn how to help parents with children aged 0-5 years connect, build knowledge, and gain confidence. 

Develop new skills for delivering strength-based learning and conducting non-judgmental and inclusive community programming. Participants learn how to facilitate experiential learning in which parents gain information and insight and learn how to apply what they have learned to many areas of their lives. NPP is a core training for family support professionals.

This crucial program, developed in Canada for parents of every cultural community, has been consistently demonstrated to positively impact the parenting knowledge, skills and confidence of participants. For parents in particularly stressful situations – when there simply isn’t enough money, when they’re new to the community or to the country, when they’re young, or under-educated, or struggling without a partner or family support – being part of a supportive group of parents who understand and share their difficulties can make all the difference.

Who is this training for?

The Nobody’s Perfect facilitator training is specifically aimed at those with previous experience and/or education in facilitating groups and working with children, youth and families. You will be comfortable with the basic principles of adult education, currently employed with or volunteering at a multi-service or family support organization, and passionate about supporting families in all their diversity.

How will I benefit?

After attending this training, you will have developed:

  • Knowledge of Nobody’s Perfect program objectives and materials
  • Increased awareness of the principles of adult education and their application to the Nobody’s Perfect program parents
  • Enhanced skills in assessing the needs of parent groups
  • Ability to plan and direct program sessions
  • Enriched practical facilitation skills

A complete training and program materials package is included in the cost of the training. 

Location: In-Person with the Possibility of Moving Online 

This training will be taking place IN-PERSON at the Chevalier Room at the Rosdale on Robson Suite Hotel in Vancouver, except for a break-out session on the last day, which will be taking place in the Michiko Room. If you would like to stay at the hotel during the training, a business traveler’s rate may be available. Please contact Mark Pinfield at and mention that you are taking the Nobody’s Perfect training with the BC Council for Families. 

Please note that this training may get moved online if we don’t have a large enough group for it to take place in-person. We do not recommend booking any non-refundable travel. If it is moved online, you will need to have access to a computer with a working camera and solid internet connection to participate.

Meals and Snacks 

Lunch will be provided on the last day only. There are a number of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops close by where you can purchase your lunch on the other days. Coffee, tea and snacks will be served during the morning and afternoon breaks.

Scent-free environment 

This training will be a fragrance-free environment. Thank you for not wearing strongly scented products. 


To be eligible to take the training you must make arrangements to co-facilitate the program with an experienced facilitator within one year of receiving training. A letter from an agency or organization confirming that they will support you in the delivery of the program, and that you have undergone a criminal record check, is required to confirm your enrolment. Please address the letter to Ruby Banga, and email it to her at or fax it to 604-678-8886. 

Certificates will be issued upon delivery of your first group. 

About the Facilitators 

Syd Bosel has been a Nobody’s Perfect Facilitator for over 10 years. She currently works as a Foster Parent Support Worker and FASD Key Worker, with Milieu Children and Family Services. She has worked at Neighbourhood Houses and Family Places throughout Vancouver, including South Vancouver Neighbourhood House. Syd has also developed and facilitated many parent support groups and workshops as well as staff training workshops. She has a certificate in Counselling Skills, and 24 years of experience attending conferences and trainings and taking non-credit courses.

Originally from Argentina, Maria Cervino has a surveying engineering degree. For the last 27 years in Canada, Maria dedicated her professional career to enhancing the wellbeing of children and families. Her work focused on supporting parents and families, always in the non-profit sector. She worked for MOSAIC, Mount Pleasant Family Centre and other family resource places throughout the Lower Mainland, and facilitated a variety of programs, including Nobody's Perfect. She has been a Nobody’s Perfect Facilitators’ Trainer since 2004. Currently Maria works at Kiwassa Neighbourhood House. She is the mother of four children.

Participant Testimonials 

  • "The experiential approach was so clear and apparent"
  • "Loved the hands on experience"
  • "I really enjoyed this program; everyone is very supportive; a great diverse group; I learned a lot"
  • "I loved how comfortable and open our group was and I liked the material"
  • "Very good training/thorough/easy to understand/ relevant to training and facilitation"
  • "It gave me confidence that i could deliver a session"

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