Welcome to Parkgate

Welcome to the website of Parkgate Community Services Society, a registered, not-for-profit charitable society that has been in operation since 1983. We reach out to develop, support and strengthen the community we serve. We collaborate with organizations, and connect and engage families and individuals of all generations, cultures and abilities.

Parkgate Community Services Society has a unique partnership with North Vancouver Recreation & Culture to provide community-based programs and services through Parkgate Community Centre, located in the Deep Cove/East Seymour area of North Vancouver, British Columbia.

The spirit of Parkgate Community Centre is a commitment to all ages experiencing life together, making it a lively and innovative place that embodies the Parkgate motto to live life better.


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Frequently Asked Questions
Preteen Dance FAQs

Parkgate Community Services Society has been programming preteen dances at Parkgate Community Centre since 2007. While the popularity of these dances has increased over the years the goal of creating a safe, fun, positive environment still remains our goal. We are proud to offer several of these dances each year as to it allows us to bring together, connect, and build memories with preteens.

1 How many preteens come to these dances?

We accommodate up to 500 grade 6 and grade 7 students at these dances. This number has been determined as safe and manageable and was arrived at with consultation of staff members, the fire department, our insurance company, and youth themselves.

2 How soon before the dance should I purchase my ticket?

We recommend the sooner the better. Even purchasing all tickets for the season on registration day is great way to ensure you don’t miss out on any preteen dances.

3 What if I have purchased a ticket to the dance and now I can no longer attend the dance?

We know things change and stuff comes up. We follow the North Vancouver Recreation Commission and Culture refund policy, which is “you’ll receive a full refund if you request to withdraw from a program or daycamp more than five days before the scheduled start date”. Medical reasons can be accommodated.

4 How many staff are there at the dances and who are they?

We maintain a minimum ratio of one dance crew member for each twenty participants. The dance crew is made up of the Parkgate Youth Services team along with staff from Parkgate’s Child Care department. Volunteers are also huge contributors to the preteen dances. Typically these volunteers are grade 11 and 12 students who are great at peer mentoring. Each member of the dance crew (whether staff or volunteer) has passed a criminal record check, and several staff members trained in first aid are present during the event. In addition to the dance crew, Genesis Security provides licensed, professional security personnel.

5 How loud is the music at the Preteen Dances?

We do a decibel level check every half hour at the dance totalling a minimum of 6 throughout the dance to ensure that music is in safe range for dancers. 88 dBA is our targeted decibel level. This number has been determined in accordance to Section 139 of the Regulation for Industrial Establishments (Reg. 851), which is outlined as an individual’s maximum daily levels of noise exposure in a 4hour period. Ear plugs are available upon request for dance participants through dance crew staff.

6 What type of music is played at these dances? Is it appropriate?

Our DJs’ have been instructed to make sure the music reflects our goals of creating a fun, positive environment. We play the latest top 40 hits, but also field requests directly from the youth along with including some fun retro dance songs. All music played is clean/radio versions, so they are free of profanity.

7 What activities occur at the dances?

We work hard to make the dances a welcoming environment for all. We understand that each preteen is different. Some personalities may gravitate to our dance crew lead dance offs, limbo contests, etc; whereas others may appreciate non-dance activities with smaller crowds, such as karaoke or games of pictionary/hangman.

8 Where does the profit from the Parkgate Preteen Dance go?

While the aim of these preteen dances is to engage and socialize youth, any profits generated after cost of running the dance is redistributed back to support Parkgate Community Services Society’s youth programs. These low cost/no cost programs include weekly preteen/teen drop-ins, skate park BBQs, and the one to one crisis support we offer youth in the Mount Seymour/Deep Cove area.

9 I can’t make the dance for 7pm what do I do?

No problem, you have until 8:15pm the check-in/redeem your dance ticket. After 8:15pm we takedown the check-in tables and focus our attention to supervising and interacting with the preteens. Please arrive prior to 8:15pm to avoid disappointment.

10 Is there a safe place to check leaves valuables such as money, cellphones, etc?

We strongly discourage preteens from bringing valuables to the dance including cellphones, as it is easy to misplace or lose items. $5 spending money should be adequate to purchase from the concession stand. Backpacks and jackets can be left in the coat check room at no charge. There is a courtesy phone in the lobby and youth workers have access to phones for youth to use if needed (ie. arrange a ride or check-in). Any dance crew member can help your child find a phone.

11 Can I take photos/selfies at the dance?

Again we encourage youth not to bring valuables such as cellphones and cameras. We don’t allow photography at the dances as Parkgate Community Services Society policy requires consent when photography is occurring. If a staff member observes photography this will be taken very seriously and will result in us taking appropriate action including discussions, deleting photo(s), and ongoing picture taking could result in being asked to leave the dance. We do take photography seriously, but at the same time can’t guarantee that we are able to stop every photo emerging from the dance.

12 Is the dance a nut free environment?

No. If youth have an allergy they are reminded to check labels and concession staff can help them make appropriate choices. Nut free and nut item are sold.

13 Why do we require Playcards for the dances?

The Playcard acts as your ID. Therefore, we ask that all dance goers bring a Playcard, so that we don’t give your spot away to someone else who is claiming to be you. In addition, having a Playcard provides us with contact information in the event of an emergency. If you don’t have a Playcard the first one is free and can be obtained at any NVRC community centre.

14 What if I have lost my Playcard or receipt for the dance?

Your Playcard can be replaced for a fee of $5.45 (plus GST) at any NVRC community centre. Please note that no Playcards will be issued by Parkgate Community Centre on the day of the dance. If you have lost your receipt and your Playcard, you can come to the dance, and we will confirm your registration at the door. Please keep in mind that this will take some time and will delay you getting into the dance.

If you do have further questions, concerns, or general feedback please feel free to call the Youth Services Supervisor at 604-783-8053.

What can I expect in a group care setting?

Choosing a child care program is a very important decision for any family.  While some families choose an in-home caregiver, such as a nanny, or a small at-home daycare, other families choose group care programs.  Staff are partners with parents in caring for their child.  A child enrolled full-time can spend 50+ hours a week with the staff in the program.  It is important for parents to familiarize themselves with certain positives and realities of group care.

  • For children under three years, there is a ratio of one staff to four children.  Not all parents are prepared for their child to share the attention of their caregiver.
  • Children who attend group care programs (both small and large programs) will seem to get sick more often.  Children spending time together pass along colds, flu’s and other nuisances, such as lice, quite often.  Toys and furniture are sanitized daily and weekly respectively; furniture such as tables are sanitized many times a day.  For sanitization, our program uses ‘Virox 5’, which is a broad spectrum sanitizer.  This disinfectant is a virucidal and bactericidal agent and is manufactured for use in health care, institutional facilities and food processing establishments.
  • Children in our programs spend much time outdoors and it surprises some parents that children play outdoors regardless of the weather.  Children in our programs will play outside in the sun, the rain and the snow.  Parents are required to provide their child with appropriate clothes for the weather.  In our programs, children play in the sprinkler on hot days and sit in mud puddles on rainy days.  Parents should be prepared to pick up a wet/and or dirty child at the end of the day.
  • Children participating in group care situations benefit from opportunities for relationship building with a variety of adults and children.  Group centres are large and fun places to learn and experiment.  Children in group centres have opportunities for building life and social skills each day they attend.  Children who attend group centres find the transition to kindergarten easier than those who don’t. They have had experience being in a group, learning routines and moving through daily transitions.
How long is the wait list? How long can I expect to wait for a space? Is the list numbered?

The wait for an available space in any of our programs varies greatly.  The longest wait is for children under three and this wait can be anywhere from one to three years.  Our waitlist is not numbereed for a variety of reasons.  Spaces are filled in our infant and toddler program according to birth month, birth year and gender.  We offer full-time and part-time spaces, and what we have to offer may match what a family is looking for (i.e. there may be a Monday/Tuesday space available, but the family whose child fits the other criteria only needs Thursday/Fridays).  For these reasons, it is not possible to number the list.

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