Community News Update
Sources Homelessness Awareness March: October 17, 2014 Chronicles
Opening Doors. Opening Hearts.
By Tiffany Kwong, B.A. | Master of Journalism Candidate | UBC Graduate School of Journalism
A crowd of nearly 75 people stood in the rain in a parking lot Friday morning, in front of the Sources Community Resources Centre (Sources) in Newton, Surrey. Hoodies, rain jackets, umbrellas and tarps kept people dry as they waited for the Homelessness Awareness March to begin.
Sources has organized the march every year, with this being its ninth annual rendition. The 30-minute trek is mapped down 72 Ave. to King George Blvd., up 74 Ave. and back to the centre. Marchers wear colourful signs on their fronts and backs, with boldly lettered statements like “Poverty Is The Worst Form Of Punishment,” “Everyone Deserves A Home” and “A Bench Is Not A Bed.” After the march, everyone partakes in a buffet lunch donated by Bear Creek Market.
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Photo: David Young, Sources CEO addressing supporters
The date of the march this year--October 17--also happens to be the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and lands within Greater Vancouver’s Homelessness Action Week. It’s a dire issue for Surrey, which has 15 per cent of the region’s homeless people in its communities.
“That’s not something to be proud of, but it is something to challenge us and for us to focus on as we move forward in trying to eradicate this very, very challenging social issue in our community,” said Sources CEO and executive director David Young in his speech to the crowd.
“Most people in Surrey are in fact unaware of the high level of homelessness right here in our own community, and this march and the efforts of the people here are to help bring people to the fold so they understand that homelessness is an issue here, now, for us who live and work in this community,” he said.
Surrey-Panorama MLA Harry Bains was in attendance and remarked he has been to nearly all of the marches and at every one there was rain.
Mr. Young noted the wet weather was powerfully symbolic and appropriate in offering an idea of the discomfort and difficulty homeless people deal with when they don’t have a permanent roof to keep them warm and dry.
While the number of marchers and supporters grew on the pavement, inside the building Sources employees were keeping busy setting up snacks, sweets and hot drinks for everyone.
Jasmine Dulay, who works with Sources as an advocacy programs assistant, is one of the key organizers of the march and says the event has been in planning for about two months. She hopes the march will raise awareness in the community about the local issues of homelessness and poverty, and inspire people to empathize with our fellow citizens who are struggling. “Homeless people are people too, and people just disregard them if they’re sitting there. Say Hi. It makes a big difference from what my clients have told me,” she said. “Be aware that not everyone chooses [to be homeless]; it’s not a choice. I don’t think anyone wants to sleep in the rain.”
More local politicians were present at the march including Newton-North Delta MP Jinny Sims, Surrey-Panorama MLA Marvin Hunt, and Surrey councilors Linda Hepner, Bruce Hayne and Judy Villeneuve.
Ms. Sims thinks more people are becoming at risk as a result of the rising cost of housing paired with low wages, and the lack of a national housing strategy and affordable housing strategy needs to be addressed.
“We have to look at homelessness amongst our youth and a growing number of seniors, who are telling me they are having to chose between paying rent and taking their medications,” she said. “I think we should really be looking at our social policies and our politicians should be looking at the economic policies they pass because with the growing gap between the rich and poor, more and more people are at risk of becoming homeless.”
Ms. Hepner pointed out that Surrey has granted $2.5 million to help more than 400 homeless people off the streets and committed $9 million to establish its homelessness and housing fund. “That’s the first time in the history of local government that there’s been that kind of economic commitment,” she said. “So I think this kind of shows everyone that we support solutions and…hopefully can continue to do that.
“We are partners in this and there’s a sense of community. I certainly wanted to be here to say that I’m a partner in the solutions.”
Mr. Hayne said the march and events like these matter. “I think something like this is really important not only for the greater community to understand but to show the homeless folks that there is support, that there are people in the community who deeply care about them.” He noted that the city is in the process of getting approval for a purpose-built homeless shelter across the street from the hospital. “We’ll be donating the land and BC Housing will be providing funding for the capital build project. It’s going to be really important.”
Ms. Villeneuve was introduced by Mr. Young, who acknowledged her 25 years of service on city council and her diligent efforts in championing Surrey’s poverty reduction plan. In her speech, Ms. Villeneuve criticized the federal government for putting “No dollars” into housing but noted that the City of Surrey has a master plan for homelessness and housing. “We’re going to continue to work together to make sure everyone deserves a home.”
Attendees got to hear stories from people who have went through Sources’ programs and successfully transitioned from homeless to housed. Susan Sellick works in outreach with Sources and helps “hard to house” people find stabilizing housing. “The long term stabilization and reintegration into the community is a key step and a key piece of keeping people from homelessness,” she said.
And “it’s more than a joy to see people come back with a successful story. It’s better than a paycheck.”
First to share their story was Debbie Abdul-Ghani and her husband Adam. Debbie wore a colourfully striped head scarf and bright smile as she took to the podium with her husband at her side. The couple first met Susan in 2009 when they were in a recovery house. “We had no place to go, we were living cheque by cheque,” Debbie said. “Susan helped us out a lot. She put us in contact with the people we needed to at the time, and now that I’ve come full circle, I’m here to help the people who don’t know how, to ask for help. That’s why I’m standing here today. For all those people out there who don’t have a voice, I can stand here and say, I know where, I can help you!”
“We were homeless many times,” Adam added. “From my experience, it doesn’t matter where you come from, it doesn’t matter who you are.” He paused as tears began building up in his eyes. “It doesn’t matter who you are! We’re Canadian. We’re proud. We fall, we stand up. We’re gonna make it!”
Albert Van Den Brink, another graduate of Sources and other community services, also shared his success story. Over the last 13 years, he suffered health complications, family conflicts and addictions. He said it took three years to “climb out of the abyss.” “It’s extremely important to note that without the continued selfless acts of kindness demonstrated on a daily basis by the staff of these organizations, I would not be in a position to speak to you today as a graduate of their efforts.” As he spoke, the rain began falling harder, as if to heighten anticipation of the main event.
Mr. Young said, “I think that what’s important for everybody who lives in our community and throughout Canada is that they have a place where they can go home, feel comfortable, feel safe, feel secure, and have the opportunity to live their life to its fullest. That’s what we all want and that’s part of what this march is about today.
“You may ask yourselves how many marches you have attended and how many more you will need to attend, but we will continue to do this to try to raise awareness within the community and try to encourage those who have funds and resources available to support people who are looking for a place they can call home.”
Sources would like to thank event sponsors Envision Financial, The Tent Guys and Anter Pamma of Bear Creek Market.
For Immediate Release
Sources' Food Bank Capital Campaign receives a big push from the Rotary Club of White Rock
Peter Short (right) presenting donation to Sources CEO - David Young and Director of Community Services - Denise Darrell.
SURREY, B.C. - May 24, 2014 - The Rotary Club of White Rock has pledged $50,000 over two years to the the Sources Food Bank's Capital Campaign. At a recent Rotary meeting, club president Peter Short presented a cheque for $25,000 to Sources CEO, David Young and Director of Community Services, Denise Darrell.
"Our food bank has such a large impact in the community," stated Young, "these funds will help us equip the space with a much needed elevator that will help our volunteers transport our donations."
The Sources' Food Bank moved to its new location in late 2013 as increasing demand for services required a larger space. Each week, the food bank provides support to approximately 560 people. The food bank also supplies clothing and plays an important role in helping clients navigate other community support services. With population projections in South Surrey estimated to grow from 80,310 to 129,410 by 2041, we can expect a growing need for our services.
This donation represents an impactful milestone for the Sources Food Bank's Capital Campaign. It will help the organization continue to support the food security needs in South Surrey/White Rock.
For more information on this fundraiser, please visit www.sourcesbc.ca.
Director of Women, Seniors and Community Services
Sources Community Resource Centres
For Immediate Release
Help the Sources Rent Bank in Surrey help your neighbour!
SURREY, B.C. - October 18, 2013 - The Sources Rent Bank (SRB) in Surrey is a key component of Homelessness Prevention by providing micro-loans to pay rent and utility arrears for heat and electricity bills for low income individuals and families.
The Surrey Rent Bank is one of the first rent banks in B.C. Now in its 4th year of operation, the SRB has provided 176 loans totalling over $147,000. This has meant that over 400 people have had a place to live and have not faced eviction and possible homelessness. Landlords have not had to face the costly need to find new tenants. Numbers show that households who have received SRB micro loans have maintained stable housing and 82% are still in the home for which the loan was given 12 months later.
The number of families and individuals qualifying for loans has increased every year. In the first 6 months of 2013 the Sources Surrey Rent Bank provided 47 loans totalling approximately $37,000. This exceeded the total number of loans given in 2012 and as a result the SRB has had to stop providing loans until new funding sources are found.
Mayor Gregor Robertson spoke at the 1st year anniversary celebration of The Vancouver Rent Bank. "We see the value of other municipalities having rent banks". Cutting costs for services and preventing evictions, there should be one in every community and we have one here but we do not have the funding to meet the need. The Rent Bank in Surrey operated by Sources Community Services NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!
To donate, or for more information, please visit www.sourcesbc.ca/RENT_BANK
Director of Women, Seniors and Community Services
Sources Community Resource Centres
Sources receives donation from Vancity for the Sources Food Bank “Build the Bank” campaign
Cheque presentation to Sources Food Bank (left to right) Jaye Murray, Jean-Marc Handfield, Kelly Ridding and Barry Osman
SURREY, B.C. - August 16, 2013 - The Sources Food Bank has outgrown its capacity and has moved to a new space to enhance services and continue to meet the needs of South Surrey/White Rock’s most vulnerable citizens. Sources is pleased to accept an $8,000 donation from Vancity for their "Build the Bank" campaign.
For the past 30 years, the Sources Food Bank has been a significant source of support, providing healthy and nutritious food to those in need. Produce from Sources volunteer-led gardens has even supplemented locally donated fruits and vegetables. Each week, the food bank helps approximately 560 people. In 2012, it provided support to 1691 individuals, 526 of them children, totalling 14,913 visits. The food bank also supplies clothing and plays an important role in helping clients navigate other community support services.
With substantial growth population projections in South Surrey, we expect a growing need for our services. Vancity's donation is a welcome contribution to the brand new Sources Food Bank space.
The cheque was presented to the Sources Food Bank on August 16, 2013 by Jean-Marc Handfield, Vancity’s VP of Community Member Services, and Barry Osman, Branch Manager - Morgan Crossing. The cheque was presented to Sources representatives, Jaye Murray, Manager of the Food Bank, and Kelly Ridding, Director of Community Living Services. This donation will go towards shelving for the new food bank facility.
Sources Community Resource Centres
Generous furniture donation supports women’s and children’s centres
SURREY, B.C. - March 11, 2013 – As Sources Community Resource Centres gears up for its summer initiatives, a generous donation from The Shops at Morgan Crossing has allowed it to directly support women’s and children’s centres in Surrey.
Surrey’s premier shopping destination and long-standing community partner recently made a furniture donation, worth approximately $5,000, to Sources Community Resource Centres.
“We are thrilled to receive this donation, which has been used to support families who are struggling to overcome adversity,” said Howard Schein, Director of Child, Family and Counselling Services at Sources Community Resource Centres. “This has allowed some of our services to receive these furniture items that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford.”
With the help of its annual initiatives and generous donors, Sources Community Resource Centres continues to help those in need build a better life.
For more information about its services and centres, visit sourcesbc.ca.
About The Shops at Morgan Crossing
The Shops at Morgan Crossing gives shoppers a broad spectrum of sophisticated urban amenities including a gourmet frozen yoghurt shop, BC’s largest wine merchant, high-end fashion shopping, and the only Gap, Banana Republic and Olsen Europe outlet locations in B.C. Learn more at theshopsatmorgancrossing.com.
About Sources Community Resource Centres
Sources Community Resource Centres was founded over 30 years ago and creates social wellness in the community for several thousand infants, children, youth, teens, adults and seniors in Surrey, Delta, White Rock, Prince George and other parts of British Columbia. Sources Community Resource Centres helps those in need overcome adversity and build a better life through its many services and programs, including the food bank, treatment facilities, group homes, and family and individual counselling services. Learn more at sourcesbc.ca.
Director of Child, Family and Counseling Services
White Rock Employment Centre, Grand Opening
WHITE ROCK, BC – June 21, 2012 – Staff at the White Rock Employment Centre would like to invite community members to celebrate their grand opening on Thursday, June 21st. The event will be held at 2:30pm at the new state of the art facility at Unit 208 – 1461 Johnston Road in White Rock, BC. Event speakers include the Honorable Stephanie Cadieux (Minister of Social Development), Mayor Wayne Baldwin and the Executive Director of Sources Community Resources Society, David Young.
“This grand opening will give community members an opportunity to learn about the many services that are provided to job-seekers and employers in the community”, stated David Young, Executive Director of Sources (host of the employment centre). Services offered at the centre include:
• Job search, resumes, interviewing, networking, hidden job market, electronic job search etc.
• Career planning.
• Work Experience / Wage Subsidy resources
• Resources on self -employment and careers in trades
Additional information on the Employment Program of BC is available through www.workbc.ca or for information on the White Rock employment centre and hours of operation , please visit www.sourcesbc.ca.
Event information: Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Light refreshments will be provided
RSVPs are appreciated (please call 604 542-4357)
Email: Natasha Raey
208C - 1461 Johnston Road
White Rock, BC V4B 3Z4
Direct: (778) 552-4538
Office: (604) 542-7593
Fax: 1 (888) 873-6590
BC’s Ombudsperson to meet with local South Surrey/ White Rock Seniors
SOUTH SURREY, BC – May 16, 2012: On May 16, 2012, The B.C. Ombudsperson, will be in South Surrey to speak about the results of a study entitled The Best of Care: Getting It Right for seniors in British Columbia (Part 2). This report is a comprehensive and in depth investigation that makes 143 findings and 176 recommendations. The recommendations are designed to improve home and community care, home support, assisted living and residential care services for seniors.
Hosted by the Semiahmoo Peninsula Seniors Planning Table and Sources Community Resource Centre Society, this free public event will serve to provide information on the Ombudsperson’s findings to local community members, service providers, caregivers and local seniors. “We view the findings of this report as extremely important and relevant to our local seniors,” noted David Young, Executive Director of Sources. “Our hope is that the information provided in this presentation will create some momentum and action in the community to bring more awareness to the issues highlighted in this report.”
The community forum is on May 16, 2012 from 1 – 230 pm at Peace Portal Alliance Church (15128 27B Ave. Surrey, BC) There is no cost but people must register in advance. Call 604 542-4357 or email Natasha Raey.
The Best of Care: Getting it Right for Seniors in British Columbia (Part 2) is available at www.bcombudsperson.ca
For more than thirty years Sources has developed programs and services to meet the evolving needs of the community we serve. We have been a source of support to individuals and families coping with isolation, addiction, poverty, disability, and conflict. We have been a source of help, a source of encouragement, and a source of hope. www.sourcesbc.ca
Email: Natasha Raey
Semiahmoo Peninsula Seniors Planning Table Holds Older Adult Volunteer Appreciation and Opportunities Fair
SOUTH SURREY, BC (March 29, 2012) - Older adults in the communities of Surrey and White Rock are a pivotal part of the volunteer and civic participation tapestry in these cities. As a community-based collaborative of non-profits, businesses and local community members, The Semiahmoo Peninsula Seniors Planning Table has been working hard to plan the area’s first Volunteer Appreciation and Opportunities Fair to appreciate the contributions, knowledge, expertise and community commitment of local volunteers.
The event will be held on March 29th at the South Surrey Recreation Center (14601-20th Avenue) and will include a free volunteer appreciation breakfast at 930am that will include talks from local older adult volunteers and a certificate presentation. Registration is required for the breakfast as seating is limited. To register, please call (604) 542-4357 from 9am to 1pm.
This breakfast will also serve to kick-off a public Volunteer Opportunities Fair that will begin at 1030am to 200pm and will feature a number of local organizations and the volunteer opportunities that they have for community members. The Tim Hortons Community Cruiser will be on site from 1030am to 1230pm to give away timbits and free coffee to fair attendees. The event will also feature a number of door prizes and is being sponsored by Sources Community Resource Centres Society, United Way, the City of Surrey and Comfort Keepers.
Email: Natasha Raey
BC211 is now available to Lower Mainland residents!
211 is a number that connects callers to free information about community, social and government services.
BC211 also operates the following 24/7 multilingual help lines:
- VictimLink: for victims of crime.
- Youth Against Violence Line
- Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Line
- Problem Gambling Help Line.
- The Shelter and Street Help Line
Newton Advocacy Group joins Sources
Surrey, B.C. - May 14, 2011
At an extraordinary general meeting of the Newton Advocacy Society (NAGS) held on May 14, 2011, the membership voted unanimously to merge with Sources Community Resources Society.
The move was precipitated by upcoming changes in the British Columbia Government’s funding and delivery model for employment programs in the province as well as the pending retirement of long-time Executive Director Susan Keeping.
“I am sure that the new organization will be enhanced with the amalgamation”, said Karen Kelly, NAGS Board President. “This is the best possible direction to continue, sustain and enhance the services we provide to our clients”.
NAGS was established in 1991 as a grass roots initiative. Founded by five women, it was created to respond to the need for information and support services by individual and families coping with issues related to poverty and low income. NAGS now aids approximately 5,000 individuals throughout the Lower Mainland and is involved in issues related to homelessness, poverty, welfare, mental health and legal advocacy, housing, women’s empowerment and employment.
“The two organizations share strong community values”, said retiring NAGS Executive Director Susan Keeping. “The amalgamation is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen and grow our programs, particularly in employment services. I am confident of the future”.
NAGS Directors, Sharon Goldberg and Kyle Baillie, were welcomed to the Sources Board of Directors at its May meeting.
“Our Board had always expressed interest in expanding our advocacy and poverty services”, said Sources Board President Marjorie Mooney. “Our enhanced organization will work hard to continue the excellent work of NAGS”.
Sources Executive Director David Young agrees. “We thank the staff and Board of the Newton Advocacy Group Society for your confidence in our shared future and for your heart-felt commitment to help people grow individually and collectively in the community”. Mr. Young will assume overall administrative responsibility for the amalgamated organization.
SOURCES Community Resource Centres will now serve more than 20, 000 infants, youth, teens, adults, persons with disabilities and seniors each year in communities throughout the lower mainland and northern BC. With a mission to promote social wellness for our community, its programs support individuals and family coping with isolation, addiction, poverty, disability and conflict. The Delta based Gateway Society for Persons with Autism amalgamated with Sources in the spring of 2010.
New Thrifty Foods Store at Morgan Crossing GIves Back to our Community Through the Food Bank
Surrey, B.C. – May 12, 2011
On May 12, Thrifty Foods presented a cheque for over $18,000 to Sources White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank at their new Morgan Crossing store. This donation comes from a fundraiser announced February 24th, 2010 – committing 1% of the local store’s sales from February 24th to March 23rd, 2010 to Sources Food Bank.
“This donation gives us the opportunity to buy ‘more for less’ with a focus on fresh and nutritious food and, where possible, from local farmers and food distributors. The support of Thrifty Foods is a huge boost in our effort to improve community food security. This money will help us to increase access to sufficient, nutritious, and safe food for individuals who rely on our assistance,” said Food Bank Manager, Ruth Chitty.
Sources White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank provides food to 460 individuals each week as well as shower and laundry facilities, a free store for clothing and small household items, and cooking classes promoting low-cost healthy eating. The program relies on community donations and more than 80 volunteers to deliver these services.
“With this donation and their ongoing food contributions, Thrifty Foods demonstrates a strong commitment to social wellness for our community,” said Sources Executive Director, David Young. “We are very pleased to have their support.”
Sources get $1,000 Olympic Legacy grant for Volunteer Services Program
Surrey, B.C. – February 12, 2010
Sources Community Resource Centres, formerly Peace Arch Community Services, has received $1,000 from the White Rock Spirit of BC Committee Legacy program for its Volunteer Services Program.
“We want individuals, organizations and communities to tell the world how we are making a difference in supporting healthy living, sustainable development and the Olympic Games spirit”, said Andrea Keen, White Rock Spirit of BC Chair. “We are committed to strengthening the volunteer sector’s ability to achieve excellence”. “We are grateful to receive the grant”, said Sources Executive Director David Young. “ The money will be used for our Volunteer Services program, which is most in keeping with the Olympic Spirit which see so many people volunteer their time including the athletes”.
Sources Volunteer Services Program, drive those in need to essential medical appointments, grocery shop for those who find it difficult to shop for themselves, distribute Christmas hampers to people in need, assist at an annual Christmas Day dinner, prepare pro bono tax returns and provide valuable assistance at the Sources Food Bank. Through the Volunteer Centre, they inform individuals not only of volunteer opportunities with the 14 different programs of Sources, but also within other organizations in South Surrey, White Rock and beyond who may benefit from their skills, abilities and talents. The Information and Referral Help Line assists those in need of important community, social and health -related information and resources.
Sources 140 staff and 220 volunteers donated almost 20,000 hours of their time last year, to its fourteen programs in nine different locations throughout White Rock and Surrey. A formal cheque presentation will occur during the City Of White Rock’s Olympic Opening Ceremonies event on February 12.
Gateway Society - Services for Persons with Autism
Delta, B.C. – April 21, 2010
Gateway Society Services for Persons with Autism and Peace Arch Community Services Society are pleased to announce the consolidation of their services under the Sources Community Resource Centres umbrella. This unique collaboration brings together two accredited not-for-profit agencies who have served with distinction in the province of British Columbia for a combined total of 64 years. Sources Community Resource Centres will now provide an expanded range of services to adults, children and families including:
• autism services
• infant development
• behavioural and mental health support
• community living and inclusion
• individual, family and addiction counseling
• employment services
• youth residential care
• community, volunteer and information services
• food bank
• senior supports
• specialized training for professionals and caregivers
“This positions our organization to better serve the community” states Sonia Osborne, Executive Director of Gateway. “I agree,” affirms David Young, Executive Director of Sources. “This strengthens our collective ability to achieve our mission – that is, to promote social wellness for our community.”
The Gateway Autism Foundation and Peace Arch Community Services Foundation will also join forces to raise funds and to provide financial support to the work and objectives of Sources.
The two Executive Directors also want to express appreciation to the two employee unions, CUPE and HSA, for their professionalism in support of this new partnership.
For additional information, contact:
David Young, Executive Director of Sources (Peace Arch Community Services Society) at 604-531-6226 ext 225 or Sonia Osborne, Executive Director of Gateway Society at 604-946-0401 ext 101.
3rd Annual "Yuletide Blues" benefit for PACS Food Bank-Another Success!!
White Rock Blues Society 3rd Annual 'Yuletide Blues' benefit concert for the Peace Ach Community Services Food Bank, serving White Rock and South Surrey, was held on Sunday December 13, once again at the Rhumba Room of the Pacific Inn. This year's lineup featured Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne, Harpdog Brown, Yukon Slim, Jason Buie Band, Lessismore, Sam and Luke and the Spooky Blues Band. Hundreds of blues fans and Food Bank supoprters braved the snow and raised $2,240 and 435 lbs of non perishable healthy choice food items. This year the music was recorded by Turtle Recoding Studio and a compilation CD, with proceeds going to the Food Bank, is expected in the near future. THANK YOU White Rock Blues Society, Brown Sound, the Rhumba Room and all those who came to help make things better for those in need at this time of year.Added Wednesday, December 16th 2009
5th Annual Communty Resource Fair- Another Information Explosion!!!
Peace Arch Community Services (PACS) once again hosted its annual Community Resource Fair where the public had a chance to learn about community, social and health related services in Surrey and White Rock. This was the fifth year for this unique fair and the first time that PACS collaborated with the Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS). 'In order for our fair to grow and benefit as many people as possible in the community, we looked to partner with an established multi-service agency like ourselves', said PACS Executive Director David Young. 'We are pleased that PICS shares our vision of community outreach being an important part of the services we offer.' Over 50 exhibits on important social community and health services were on display. As well, complimentary hearing testing from Island Hearing Services and Diabetes testing from Fraser Health iConnect were available. There was face painting by JC Divine and an art activities area created by the Queen Elizabeth students for children and those who are young at heart. Over 26 volunteer students from the school were on hand to learn events production and offer their services to help with the fair with promotions, marketing and volunteering with the exhibitors. The fair also had screenings of PACS Counseling and Addictions drug prevention and awareness DVDs 'Death by Jib' and 'Cold as Ice' on crytal meth, 'HIGH School Confidential' on the challenges facing teenagers today and their latest 'Kharaab Daru/Bad Medicine' in Punjabi with English subtitles on alcoholism in the South Asian Community. 'This is the only fair of its kind in Surrey and White Rock', said Fair Coordinator Victoria Clements. 'There is something for everyone, it is inclusive and people of all ages and walks of life learn something about our community'. New for this year was a request that the public bring non-perishable healthy choice items for the Surrey Food Bank.'To us, this is the best way to demonstrate community helping community', says Clements. Once again admission was FREE. A concession of tasty snacks and healthy treats was provided by the North Surrey Lions Club. Surrey School District 'Safe Schools' Program participated along with the business and career practicum students involvement and the White Rock Blues Society will show cased some its members (Glen Pearson, Bryon Tosoff and David Gates) with an eclectic mix of music to entertain the crowd. Take away 'Goodie Bags' were provided thanks to the Medicine Shoppe and Nurse Next Door to the first 100 in attendance. The Grand Door Prize was a shopping cart of food and other eco items, thanks to Save on Foods South Point. Acting Surrey Mayor Mary Martin, Acting White Rock Mayor Lynne Sinclair, MLAs Harry Bains, Stephanie Cadieux, Sue Hammell, David Hayer and MPs Dona Cadman and Russ Hiebert offered greetings to the organizations and public. As always, a Community Resource Guide was be available at the fair, that describes all the programs and services offered by the organizations present. Copies will also be made available after the fair at community centres, libraries, health units and other public places. Funding for the fair was graciously provided by the RBC Foundation, Peace Arch Community Services Foundation and the City of Surrey. Media sponsor was the Now Newspaper. For more information, contact Fair Coordinator Victoria Clements at 604 722 2914 or view the Fair website www.pacscaf.com For copies of the Community Resource Guide, contact Anthony Intas, Community Relations Coordinator at Peace Arch Community Services at email@example.com or 604 531-6226 ext. 231 ________________________________________Added Monday, October 26th 2009
2009 PACS ANNUAL STAFF RECOGNITION DINNER
On October 15, the following Staff were recognized for their Years of Service milestones: Five Years: Jas Sandhu, Counselling Tara Spring, Family Connections Centre Joe Wang, Winter House Ten Years: Michael Kalmuk, PACS Life Skills Centre Martin Phillips-Hing, Clinical Consultant Fifteen Years: Catriona Ross, Infant Development Kelly Ridding, Administration Twenty Years: Lisa Stockle, Administration Michaela Wooldridge, Infant Development Twenty-Five Years: Laird Watt, Family Connections Centre Mavis Holm Scholarship Recipient Michaela Wooldridge, Infant Development On Target Award for Continuous Quality Improvement PACS Employment Centre Above and Beyond Award Julie MacDonald, PACS Life Skills Centre On Target Award The Above and Beyond AwardAdded Thursday, October 22nd 2009
PACS Life Skills Centre "Events Unlimited" October 7 Community Living Month Talent Show WOWS the CROWD!!!
On October 7, Peace Arch Community Services, in association with the Surrey Association for Community Living presented a Community Talent Show at the Surrey Arts Centre MAIN STAGE. Performers including a magician, a ventriloquist, multi cultural dances, bands and tribute singers. This show proved that our community has talent! This show kicked-off Community Living Month 2009 in Surrey and White Rock and there were several Special Guest Judges in attendance including Lee Aaron, Musician and Recording Artist Kim Angel, Executive Director of the Surrey Foundation Laurie Cavan, General Manager, City of Surrey-Parks, Recreation and Culture Anita Patil Huberman, Chief Executive Officer of the Surrey Board of Trade As well, the audience learned about how the Registered Disability Savings Plan could apply to someone you love thanks to infomration provided by representatives of Bank of Montreal, PLAN, Royal Bank of Canada, the Surrey Foundation and the Vancouver Foundation This show was produced by 'Events Unlimited' of our Life Skills Centre for individuals with developmental delays. They will be having a Halloween Dance on Thursday October 29 at the Millennium Hall. For more infomration on past shows of 'Events Unlimited' go to www.pacseventsunlimited.comAdded Tuesday, October 13th 2009
2009 PACS Society and Foundation AGM/Donor Appreciation Event
Peace Arch Community Services Society and Foundation held its Annual General Meeting/Donor Appreciation Event at the Surrey Museum (in the heart of Cloverdale) on September 22 Special Guest Speaker was Bill Reid, Executive Director of the Cloverdale and District Chamber of Commerce who spoke on various events and activities that will take place in Surrey during the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Honourary Life Time Memberships were bestowed upon Sam and Flora Young for their over 25 years of volunteering at the PACS Food Bank and former Executive Director Martin Harris for his 20 years of dedication to the people in need of Surrey and White Rock The Board of Directors for the Peace Arch Community Services Society and Foundation for 2009-2010 are: Bob Dominato, President Gaye Johnson, Vice President John Haviland, Treasurer Marjorie Mooney, Secretary Judy Forster, Community Relations Chair Jayson Burden, Fund Development Chair Verna Logan, Board Development Chair Jennifer Lee Hanover, Member Aaron Oram, Member Thank you to Joan Dewinetz, Alicia Hagerman, Pat Wait and Jack Zimmer for your years of dedicated service on our BoardAdded Monday, September 28th 2009
Punjabi Video Premiere "BAD MEDICINE" to reduce alcohol abuse
June 18 saw the Premier screening of a new video produced by Peace Arch Community Services Addictions Services program , 'Kharaab Daru' or 'Bad Medicine.' The production of 'KHARAAB DARU' ('BAD MEDICINE') was inspired by the tragedy that occurred in August 2008 in which a Punjabi man shot and killed his wife and also shot his daughter during a family conflict. Newspaper articles at the time indicated that the man was feeling depressed after his business failed and he began to drink heavily. The video?s Co-Producer Jaswinder (Jas) Sandhu informed the Director (and Co-Producer and Program Manager ) Kevin Letourneau that it is quite common to refer to alcohol as 'medicine' within the Punjabi community. Jas noted that some Punjabi men misuse alcohol in a failed attempt to cope with personal suffering or problems. Jas is a Counsellor who works with court mandated Punjabi men who get caught drinking and driving or have committed other crimes while impaired. The need for an educational video on alcohol targeting these men and the broader Punjabi community was clearly identified. In 'Bad Medicine', well known Punjabi speaking professionals along with individuals impacted by alcohol, share their knowledge with respect to the harms and risks associated with problem drinking, mistaking alcohol as medicine, how alcohol impairs mental and physical functioning, drinking and driving, addiction and family violence, and the benefits of recovery. The video was seen as important as often these kinds of educational resources are in English or in French and not other languages such as Punjabi. At the Premiere, some of the video participants were present including Dr. Harrad, Dr. Cheema, Kala Singh and Cpl. Nycki Basra, who were then available after the video showing to answer questions from the audience, made up of a large cross section of the community. Comments included 'BETTER THAN WHAT I EXPECTED', 'AN IMPORTANT COMMUNITY RESOUCE', 'HELPFUL TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF THE ISSUE IN OUR COMMUNITY', 'THE VIDEO IS CULTURALLY RELEVANT' Partial funding for the video was provided by the Fraser Health Authority who will be distributing over one hundred copies to mental health centers, addiction service providers, residential treatment facilities, hospitals, Sikh temples, school based prevention workers and other community service providers. The Director, Kevin Letourneau, previously produced some other acclaimed prevention and education videos related to addiction in 2005 'Death by Jib: The dangers of Crystal Meth,' 2006 'Cold as Ice: Crystal Meth in the Community,' and 2007 'High School Confidential.' More information on these videos can be found at the link from the Peace Arch Community Services home page www.pacsbc.org. Copies of 'Kharaab Daru' can be obtained from Peace Arch Community Services Addictions Services Program. Call 604-538-2522 or contact Kevin Letourneau at Kevin@pacsbc.org.Added Thursday, July 2nd 2009
Peace Arch Community Services Honours Volunteers
In keeping with National Volunteer Week, Peace Arch Community Services held its annual volunteer appreciation lunch on Monday April 20. Special tribute was made to Sam and Flora Young who marked their 25th year of service to the PACS Food Bank. Other individuals honoured this year included: 5 Year Volunteers Noella Allisen, Hye Sook Kim, Jack Rae, Yvonne Manville with the Food Bank Nicholas Paszner with Volunteer and Information Services John Haviland and Gaye Johnson with Peace Arch Community Services Board of Directors. 10 year Volunteers Vi Stork, Rudy Stork, Kim Haymond, Jane Rabas, and Rhoda Casimel with the Food Bank Alec deRham with Volunteer Drivers and Shop-by-Phone programs Lorna Pettigrew with the Shop-by-Phone program. Last year, as Peace Arch Community Services celebrated 30 years of service to the communities of White Rock and Surrey, 272 volunteers donated almost 20,000 hours of their time to our programs and services for infants, children, youth, teens, adults and seniors.Added Wednesday, April 22nd 2009
Judy Forster joins PACS Board of Directors
Peace Arch Community Services Society and Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Judy Forster, past Mayor of White Rock, to its Board of Directors. 'Judy has a strong sense of community', said Bob Dominato, PACS BoardPresident. 'We are thrilled that she has agreed to become a Board Member'. 'Ms. Forster has an invaluable wealth of experience and knowledge to help our organization move forward to serve the residents of our community. I am looking forward to working with her.' said David Young, Executive Director. Educated at Langara College (Special Education), Douglas College (Communication), and Vancouver College (Marketing), Judy brings a passion for both community and people with special needs to the Board. Her many involvements in community include serving with the Greater Vancouver Regional District, the Boundary Union Board of Health, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Family Support Institute and the Gateway Society of B.C. Judy recently completed two successful terms as Mayor of White Rock where she had previously served as a City Councilor for an additional twelve years. She is a Special Education Assistant with the Surrey School District. She and her husband Brad have two adult children and live in White Rock. Please join us in welcoming Judy to PACS as it celebrates it 30th Anniversary of community service in White Rock and Surrey.Added Wednesday, January 7th 2009
2nd Annual YULETIDE BLUES benefit for PACS Food Bank a HUGE Success!!
On December 7, the 2nd Annual Yuletide Blues benefit for the Peace Arch Community Services Food Bank, which serves the communities of White Rock and South Surrey, was a great evening of music and sharing! $3,755 was collected at door along with 701 lbs of food, surpassing last year amounts. On behalf of the White Rock Blues Society, President Rod Dranfield said the following: Artistic Director Jason Buie did a masterful job putting on the greatest blues show in the history of White Rock/South Surrey. He handled a multitude of entertainers and logistics with excellent poise and tact. Hats off to Brown Sound under Gordie Brown?s leadership for creating a rich visual and sound environment, handling all the variety of bands and their technical needs. Many thanks to Anthony Intas, a driving force in promoting this wonderful community event. Congratulations to Ruth Chitty and her band of volunteers from the Food Bank for handling the door and donations. A warm thanks to all the musicians (Jerry Doucette, Johnny Ferreira, Yukon Slim, Blue Voodoo, Jason Buie Band, Mudbay Blues Band, Mud Dog, Glen Pearson Band, Sam and Luke, David 'Boxcar" Gates and Ellie Johnson)who donated their talents and time to make the evening a resounding success. Many thanks also goes out to Rockwells and the team from the Rumba Room supplying the room free of charge to support our efforts. Thank you to the White Rock Blues Society volunteers who helped make the evening flow smoothly. Last but not least, a great big thank you to the members of the local media who helped spread the word about our White Rock Blues Society 2nd Annual Yuletide Blues event making this a very successful and rewarding evening.Added Wednesday, January 7th 2009
PACS CO-HOSTS REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON COUNSELLING SOUTH ASIANS
On November 14, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Peace Arch Community Services held a regional conference on issues relted to providing professional counselling services to the ever increasing South Asian Community in the Fraser Valley area. 'Social service providers have indicated that there is a need for culture specific training in the region. At Kwantlen, we are working to ensure that the training needs of both those working in the field and those pursuing a career in social services are provided with up to date and relevant research', said Dr. Kamala Nayar of Kwantlen Polytechnic University Jas Sandhu, Clinical Counsellor at Peace Arch Community Services and facilitator for this conference, identified the need in the region to make service providers aware of the unique aspects of the South Asian culture to allow them to provide the most effective treatment possible. Mr. Sandhu is not surprised that the conference was quickly sold out. The following workshops were offered: BELIEF CREATES REALITY: THE SELF IN A CULTURAL CONTEXT Dr. Gira Bhatt, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Our beliefs are powerful mediators of how we perceive our self and our world. These perceptions in turn shape our emotions, our behavior, and our interpretations of life events. Importantly beliefs are rooted in cultural contexts where they are created, validated, and sustained. In this presentation, implications of beliefs are examined as they pertain to our physical and psychological well-being. Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Dr. Gira Bhatt completed her MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Bombay. She received her second MA and PhD from Simon Fraser University. Currently, she is a faculty member in the Applied Psychology program at Kwantlen where her research is focused on issues of self, identity, and acculturation. While living in Canada, she retains her cultural roots in India where she had extensive training in the philosophical traditions of India. MISUNDERSTOOD IN THE DIASPORA Dr. Kamala Nayar, Kwantlen Polytechnic University After the events of 9/11 an enormous wave of fear regarding terrorism swept across North America. In effect, a backlash of racist activities occurred toward ethnic minorities, especially toward those who wear the turban. In light of these events, this presentation will discuss the conflict experienced by orthodox Sikhs and the implications for helping professionals. Kamala Elizabeth Nayar holds a Ph.D. in South Asian Religions from McGill University, and is currently a faculty member in Asian Studies at Kwantlen. She is the author of three published books, including The Sikh Diaspora in Vancouver. Her research interests include the South Asian diaspora, the Punjabi community in Western Canada, and gender.Added Wednesday, January 7th 2009