Mission and Tree of Life

Healthy individual and family relationships are the heart of a strong and resilient community.


The “Tree of Life” has been represented in various cultures, religions, mythologies and philosophies throughout the ages.  It is a common symbol of the connectedness of all life on earth.At NFLA we believe this connection is essential to our survival as a human family and our evolution toward a more kind and open society.  Our “Tree of Life” represents our connection to all of our relations and to our ancestors (roots) and our descendants (branches). The many colours of our Tree represent the diversity within our human family; diversity that accepts all people, all forms of love and all expressions of self as tremendous contributions to the whole of our community.


  • To provide support to families to achieve their full potential through all stages of life
  • To promote healthy family life as the heart of a strong and resilient community
  • To protect and promote the rights of children, parents, caregivers, and families
  • To model diversity, inclusion, respect, cooperation, compassion, and peace in all our activities and relationships.


  • A central resource that provides accessible, family-centered services, practically responding to current community needs and helping people to navigate the social service system in dealing with their challenges.
  • Skilled professionals and volunteers provide a range of preventative and interventive services through fee-for-service and voluntary programs.
  • We maintain effective partnerships with other community organizations and are respected as leaders in providing professional development, research, training and mentorship.
  • NFLA is a fiscally responsible organization with a balance between social goals and financial sustainability.


  • Relationships are the foundation of growth
  • A family is defined by its members
  • Diversity is a source of strength in families and in the community
  • Social Services should be affordable and accessible
  • Clients have a right to self-determination and choice
  • Everyone has the potential for personal growth
  • Individual rights must be upheld
  • Families are affected by the health of their community
  • The community is affected by the health of its families
  • Prevention and early intervention are more cost effective than crisis intervention
  • Teamwork can improve effectiveness
  • Partnerships among agencies can create stronger services