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Building your Village

January 31, 2024

Written by Arielle Chung, Community Ambassador

In today’s fast-paced world, the age-old proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” is more important than ever. It emphasizes the importance of collective responsibility in nurturing the next generation. Parents, siblings, extended family, neighbours, teachers, professionals, community members, and policymakers contribute to creating an environment where children can flourish, grow, and pursue their dreams.  

Sometimes, the media can make it feel just the opposite. Pop culture emphasizes self-reliance, making it challenging to admit that we can’t handle everything independently. It’s okay to seek support. By reaching out you establish a strong and resilient support system for yourself and those you care most about.   

Finding support can feel daunting, and the first step often needs to be clarified. One of our favourite tools is 211.  

211 –it is a helpline that easily connects you to social services, non-clinical health programs, and community support. 211 provides help in over 150 languages and is available 24/7 via phone, chat, text and the Web. Whether you need housing solutions, language training, employment opportunities, or any other support, a simple call to 2-1-1 can connect you to many resources. 89% of people who call 211 get the help they need. There is something for everyone.  

While searching online at, you can also explore community and social resources across the province. You can search with keyword or topic to find resources near you.  

As parents, we often blame ourselves for our kids’ problems and feel shy about asking for help. But seeking support is not a sign of weakness – it’s a sign of strength. Our Family Wellbeing team is here to help remove any barriers you face or hesitations you feel. As a society, we need to support each other openly and let go of the idea that asking for help means failing.  

One of our users is a single parent facing many challenges. Her life was consumed by the responsibilities of caring for her child, leaving no time for herself. When she finally reached out for help, she found relief and peace. She shared, “Looking back, I had taken on too much and felt breathless. Talking with you brought relief and peace. Grateful for your support.”  

Parents, it’s essential to know that asking for help doesn’t mean you’re not doing a good job. Raising a child is a collaborative effort, and asking for help is your way of building a village of support around your family. Our community ambassadors are here for you, and the support you need is just a conversation away. Your journey as a parent becomes lighter when you allow us to share the load. If you need help finding resources or assessing your needs, contact us at or visit the family wellbeing program page here.