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Today’s Vancouver Mom: Deborah MacNamara

Today’s Vancouver Mom: Deborah MacNamara

deborah macnamara and daughters

I am a counsellor in private practice with an office at Westside Family Place in Kitsilano. I am also on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute, and just published a book titled Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschoolers (or anyone who acts likes one). I fell in love with Kitsilano as a university student and still live there with my husband and two daughters.  We love to spend our free time with family and friends, playing and eating together.

Deborah’s favourite places around the city

la buca

La Buca

This is a hidden gem in Kitsilano and offers an intimate setting for a date night. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu and the staff will help you pick out the perfect wine.

4025 Macdonald St, Vancouver

Temaki Sushi

Fast, friendly, and fresh – the best sushi for Friday family fun nights. Our favourites include the tuna tataki dish and their specialty chef and red dragon rolls.  

2156 West Broadway, Vancouver



This is our favourite spot to shop and hang out. The staff are well read and make great recommendations for my kids. It’s also a great place to buy birthday presents as they do complimentary gift wrapping!

2557 West Broadway, Vancouver


Malkin Bowl Theatre Under the Stars

We look forward to the theatre under the stars performances every year! This place is truly special and makes for a magical summer night.  

Stanley Park

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terra nova

Terra Nova Playground, Bike ride along the Dyke with Fish and Chips in Steveston

Our favourite family day is to ride our bikes from the Terra Nova playground in Richmond to Steveston for some fish and chips at Pajo’s. Even our dog Pippin joins us in a basket on my bike.


Secret garden Tea

Secret Garden Tea Company

The Secret Garden is our favourite brunch spot and where we also go for high tea on Mommy dates. We never leave without a few treats for later too like lemon tarts and scones.

5559 West Boulevard, Vancouver

Connect with Deborah through her practice at Kids Best Bet Developmental Clinic, and on Twitter.

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  • Deborah is truly the best. I’ve chatted many times with her. She is down to earth, brilliant and loving! What a gem!!

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