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Thanksgiving Food Drive collects close to 7,000 lbs. of food
for Sources South Surrey/White Rock Food Bank

SURREY & WHITE ROCK, B.C. – September 23, 2016 – As Hunger Awareness Week wraps up, recent fundraisers and food drives for local food banks are being tallied. At Sources South Surrey/White Rock Food Bank, a bounty came in from the Thanksgiving Food Drive.

The country-wide Thanksgiving Food Drive was organized at the local level by the Latter Day Saints. On September 17, thousands of volunteers visited neighbourhoods to collect donations.

Close to 7,000 lbs. of food was collected for Sources South Surrey/White Rock Food Bank. This is slightly less than the 7,800 lbs. collected last year.

“Each and every donation makes a tangible difference for the people who come to our food bank seeking help to feed themselves and their families. The need is especially great as the weather turns colder,” said Sources CEO David Young. “We want to thank the community for their generous donations.”

Sources South Surrey/White Rock Food Bank is a member of Food Banks BC and Food Banks Canada. Now in its 33rd year of operation, it provides food and support to low-income residents in South Surrey and White Rock. More than 600 people visit the food bank each week. For more information, please visit:

Hunger Awareness Week took place September 19-23, 2016. Established in 2006, it has become Canada’s only campaign to raise awareness of the issue of hunger in Canada and the role of food banks. In 2015, over 850,000 people were assisted each month by a food bank in Canada. Of those helped, 37% were children and 90,000 turned to a food bank for the first time. For more information, please visit:

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Denise Darrell
Director of Women, Seniors & Community Services
T. 604-541-4820

For Immediate Release

Thanksgiving Food Drive: 19,000 lbs. of food collected for
Sources Langley Food Bank more than triples last year’s result

LANGLEY, B.C. – September 23, 2016 – As Hunger Awareness Week wraps up, recent fundraisers and food drives for local food banks are being tallied. At Sources Langley Food Bank, a bounty came in from the Thanksgiving Food Drive.

The country-wide Thanksgiving Food Drive was organized locally by the Latter Day Saints. On September 17, thousands of volunteers visited neighbourhoods to collect donations.

More than 19,000 lbs. of food was collected for Sources Langley Food Bank. That is more than triple the amount collected the previous year – 6,335 lbs.

“Each and every donation makes a tangible difference for the people who come to our food bank seeking help to feed themselves and their families. The need is especially great as the weather turns colder,” said Sources CEO David Young. “We want to thank the community for their generous donations.”

Sources Langley Food Bank is a member of Food Banks BC and Food Banks Canada. Now in its second year of operation, it provides food and support to low-income residents in Aldergrove, Langley Township and City of Langley. More than 600 people visit the food bank each week and demand continues to grow. For more information, please visit:

Hunger Awareness Week took place September 19-23, 2016. Established in 2006, it has become Canada’s only campaign to raise awareness of the issue of hunger in Canada and the role of food banks. In 2015, over 850,000 people were assisted each month by a food bank in Canada. Of those helped, 37% were children and 90,000 turned to a food bank for the first time. For more information, please visit:

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Denise Darrell
Director of Women, Seniors & Community Services
T. 604-541-4820

For Immediate Release

Sources Advocacy, Housing and Prevention Services
Statement on B.C. Government's Housing Affordability Investment

SURREY, B.C. – September 22, 2016 – Sources Advocacy, Housing and Prevention Services issue the following statement in response to the Government of British Columbia’s September 19, 2016 announcement of a $500 million housing investment:

“Any assistance right now to address the housing crisis we have for our most vulnerable populations in Surrey is appreciated. In the past eight months, we’ve seen a significant increase in rental rates of what was previously seen as ‘low cost housing units’ in Surrey. With the recent flurry of housing sales, we have seen new owners eliminating the once affordable basement units or increasing rental rates. We are also seeing landlords moving to fixed termed tenancies, which allows them at the end of the term to increase the rent to whatever they choose, rather than the 2.9 per cent annual amount allowed under a month-to-month tenancy.

“We know of one large rental housing provider that has increased their $750 one bedroom rental units to $850 for new tenancies. That $100.00 per month increase for a one bedroom unit makes it virtually impossible for a single person under the poverty line threshold to be housed in an apartment in Surrey.

“Single people on disability benefits in British Columbia receive a maximum of $375 a month for shelter on their monthly cheque – putting affordability and housing security far out of reach.”

Sources Advocacy, Housing and Prevention Services are delivered out of Sources Newton Resource Centre (#102 – 13771 72A Avenue, Surrey). In the last fiscal year:

  • We assisted over 5,700 individuals who have low or no income to access income supports, medical benefits, disability benefits, affordable housing and short-term loans (through Sources Rent Bank).
  • We supported more than 900 individuals to prevent homelessness, of which 365 were at imminent risk of homelessness, and an additional 46 were assisted to obtain and maintain housing.
  • We launched, a website on income support, residential tenancy, disability benefits, and more.  This project is funded by Fraser Health and Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation.

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Soraya VanBuskirk
Sources Advocacy Programs Manager
T. 604-596-2311

For Immediate Release

Sources Prince George Resource Centre Open House to showcase new office

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – September 14, 2016 – Sources Community Resource Centres invites the public to visit our new Northern B.C. office at 1596 3rd Avenue in Prince George on Thursday September 22 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“Sources’ Prince George location is hosting an open house for clients, community agencies and professionals. Please take this opportunity to meet our staff and learn more about Sources and our services,” said Michael Watt, Sources Regional Manager of Northern B.C. services.

Sources is an internationally-accredited not-for-profit agency that provides a range of essential community, social and health-related programs to individuals and families throughout the Lower Mainland (White Rock, Surrey, Delta and Langley) and Northern B.C. (from Quesnel, north to the Yukon boundary, and from Haida Gwaii east to the Alberta boundary). David Young, CEO of Sources, and Howard Schein, Director of Child, Family and Counselling Services at Sources, will be making a special trip up north to attend.

Currently, four distinct programs are offered in the north:

  • B.A.S.I.C. Program – A fee-for-service Behaviour Intervention program for children with Autism or other developmental conditions. This program also provides behaviour analysis for children, adolescents and adults demonstrating severe challenging behaviour. Families can self-refer.
  • Family Preservation Services – An intensive support service for families whose children have been identified as at risk; also serves as an alternative to removing children from their families.
  • Positive Behaviour Support Services – Supports families of children who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder or severe behavioural challenges through family-centred planning at home, in schools and in the community.
  • Key Worker Services – Provides family, caregiver and community training for families who have a child with a diagnosis (or suspected diagnosis) of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or other Complex Developmental Behavioural Conditions.

At the open house, there will be interactive displays as well as staff available to answer questions about their work supporting children and families in the community. There will also be light snacks and beverages available. RSVPs are not required. We look forward to meeting you and sharing about our work in the community.

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Michael Watt, M.A., BCBA
Regional Manager – Northern B.C.
Sources Community Resources Society
T. 250-561-1194

For Immediate Release

Sources Annual General Meeting

WHITE ROCK, B.C. – August 22, 2016 – Please join us for Sources Community Resources Society's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. This year we will be hosting both the Society and Foundation AGMs and will conclude with a Community Presentation.

The Plot Thickens: Gardeners and artists are essential to nurturing caring in our communities. Please join local artists Don and Cora Li-Leger along with social entrepreneurs Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski as they celebrate the story of a community sharing garden that is attracting attention across the country.

There will be light refreshments sponsored by Jas Salh from Hollis Wealth. The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Turnbull Gallery inside the South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre (14601 20th Avenue, Surrey). There is no cost to attend.

Seating is limited and registration is recommended. Please register by noon Friday September 9: If you have any questions, please contact Tammie Schellekens at

Thank you for your participation. We look forward to seeing you!

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David Young, CEO
T. 604-542-7591

For Immediate Release

Sources launches “Ask An Advocate” website

SURREY, B.C. – July 22, 2016 – Navigating the ins and outs of income or disability assistance and tenancy and housing agreements can be an exhausting challenge, especially for people who suddenly find themselves struggling to keep a job or home.

That’s where Sources Advocacy Programs’ new “Ask An Advocate” website comes in ( Funded by Fraser Health and Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation, the website is packed full of short and informative videos, commonly asked questions, resource materials and crucial information for clients and service providers. It offers guidance on what to do if you’ve received an eviction notice, how to complete a Person with Disability application and more.

“We’ve developed this website for clients and service providers to find quick answers to basic questions. This will help empower self-advocacy, and with the answers readily available online, keep people moving forward to do what they need to without having to wait for a return phone call from us to get a question answered. It also makes this basic information available to a broader scope of people who equally need it but advocacy services may not be accessible for them,” said Sources’ advocacy programs manager Soraya VanBuskirk.

An open house to officially launch the website is planned for July 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sources Newton Resource Centre (#102 – 13771 72A Avenue, Surrey). There will be a demonstration of the website, viewing of some videos, and light refreshments provided. VanBuskirk, Sources CEO David Young, and Fraser Health’s manager of rehabilitation and recovery services Anthony Neptune will be present.

We would appreciate RSVPs to Soraya VanBuskirk at We look forward to seeing you!

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Soraya VanBuskirk
Advocacy Programs Manager
T. 604-547-0107

For Immediate Release

Envision Financial grant for Sources' empowerment
services will help more women survivors of violence

SURREY/WHITE ROCK, B.C. – July 7, 2016 – Women survivors of violence can now benefit from one‐on‐one life skills training and job supports through Sources’ empowerment services starting immediately, thanks to an Envision Financial Community Endowment of $19,956.  Kim Davies of First West Foundation, with Envision Financial staff at its South Point branch, presented the cheque Thursday to Sources Acting CEO Kelly Ridding and Acting Director of Employment Services Minakshi Bagai.

“The goal of this project is to empower women and give them tools to overcome barriers of abuse, become contributing members of society and to achieve social wellness. We are excited to have this funding to give these women what they need to rejoin the community and become self‐reliant,” Bagai said.

“We are pleased to support such a worthwhile charity,” explains Seline Kutan, Executive Director of the First West Foundation. “Sources Community Services Society is delivering programming that empowers and elevates women from cycles of abuse,” adds Kutan. “In turn, establishing boundaries and self‐esteem building helps to enrich these women and our communities in so many positive ways.”

The empowerment services will provide women who have experienced, or are experiencing, abuse with a full suite of services including preparing them for group settings, encouraging participation in empowerment workshops, supporting them through short certificates (such as WHMIS, First Aid and Food Safe) that today’s employers look for, teaching them job search and job maintenance techniques and supporting them with on‐the‐job paid training which Sources’ social enterprises (Sources Concierge and Sources Café and Catering) will be involved with.

This project operates out of Sources South Surrey‐White Rock WorkBC Employment Services Centre and is open to any women who want to access the services. Interested participants can contact Sources at 604‐542‐7590.

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Minakshi Bagai
Acting Director, Employment Services
T. 604‐542‐5350

For Immediate Release

CEO David Young selected for B.C. Community Achievement Award

DELTA, LANGLEY, PRINCE GEORGE, SURREY & WHITE ROCK, B.C. – April 26, 2016 – The British Columbia Achievement Foundation today announced the recipients of the prestigious 2016 B.C. Community Achievement Awards. Among the thirty recipients is no other than Sources chief executive officer David Young.

“It’s an honour to be included and recognized among such an incredible group of individuals in our province,” Young said. “Receiving this award inspires and encourages me to continue my work in building healthy, safe and vibrant communities. This is something that can only be achieved when we all work together. This award is also a testament to the good work that Sources is doing to support and develop our community.”

The award celebrates extraordinary British Columbians who go above and beyond in their dedication and service to others and who devote time and energy to making their communities better. Individuals are nominated and award recipients are selected by an advisory council of independent community leaders.

White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin wrote a letter of support for Young’s nomination. “I could not think of a more worthy recipient. Congratulations David,” he said.

Others who wrote letters of support for Young are Surrey-White Rock MLA Gordon Hogg, Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Stephanie Cadieux, Sources board member and City of Surrey Coun. Bruce Hayne, Thornley Creative Communications president Chris Thornley, visual artists Don and Cora Li-Leger and Schmunk Gatt Smith & Associates president Darren Schmunk.

Award recipients will be recognized in a formal presentation ceremony at Government House in Victoria on May 25, 2016.

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David Young, CEO
T. 604-542-7591

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Coldest Night fundraiser returns to White Rock

WHITE ROCK, B.C. – January 22, 2016 – Brrr! It’s cold out there, and the “Coldest Night of the Year” is returning to White Rock. On Saturday February 20, Sources Community Resources Society (SOURCES) will host the family-friendly winter walkathon for the third year running. With the community’s help, we hope to fundraise $70,000 for Sources Homeless Prevention Services.

“What we love about Coldest Night is how much the community gets involved,” said Sources CEO David Young. “Here in White Rock, as we walk along Marine Drive, we really feel the cold creep into our skin as the sun goes down. By participating, fundraising and donating, you can help people in our community stay out of the cold.”

South Surrey companies Elkay Developments and Bray Enterprises are first-time Coldest Night sponsors, each contributing $5,000. “We have a long history in this area and we recognize that the challenges in our communities are great and the need is great,” said Elkay’s Rick Friesen, who will be walking in the event. “We feel that because we live and work here, it’s a perfect opportunity to try and give back to the community. This larger contribution to Sources was a direct result of wanting to give back in a more meaningful way.” Friesen also personally donates to Sources’ Annual Fundraising Gala.

Local resident and realtor Cindy Walker is part of the promotions committee and also has a team for the walk. “We were so intrigued about what this fundraiser is about and where the money is going. It’s such a worthwhile cause and it all directly benefits families in our community,” she said. “We’re excited to approach businesses and restaurants in South Surrey and White Rock to come on board and become part of this exciting night.”

With just under one month to go and 26 teams already registered, more than 300 participants are expected this year.

About Homeless Prevention Services | Since 2005, the Homeless Prevention Services delivered through Sources Newton Resource Centre have helped more than 10,000 people (approx. 1,000 each year) from Surrey, White Rock, Delta, Langley and beyond to keep a roof over their heads by providing help with housing subsidies, income support, landlord mediation, loans for rent and utility payments and more.

About Coldest Night of the Year | Operated by Blue Sea Philanthropy, CNOY is a fun, family-friendly 2, 5 and 10 km winter walk happening in over 100 locations across Canada on February 20, 2016. More than 20,000 participants are expected, aiming to fundraise $4 million nationwide.

Please visit for Walk details, Donor/Sponsor information, to Register or Make a Donation!

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David Young, CEO
T. 604-542-7591

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For Immediate Release

(L to R) Greater Vancouver Food Bank CEO Aart Schuurman Hess,
Operations Director Craig Edwards and Operations Manager Frank Tallarico

From Vancouver to Langley
Food Banks work together, help each other

LANGLEY, B.C. – December 16, 2015 – Another organization has stepped up to help the Sources Langley Food Bank after it was battered with thefts last weekend, and it is no other than the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB).

The partner food bank across the river contacted Sources after learning that their Langley Food Bank’s one-tonne cube van had been stolen and damaged beyond repair. GVFB CEO Aart Schuurman Hess spoke with Sources director of community services Denise Darrell and offered to give one of its own vehicles, a three-quarter-tonne van, to help out.

“The Greater Vancouver Food Bank realizes the impact that the loss of so many resources has had on the Langley Food Bank and its members. At times like these, it’s important for the community to come together and to support one another. We hope that giving the Langley Food Bank a van will help them in the midst of the challenges they are facing,” said Hess.

“To have the support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank when we know they are also working hard to help their own clients during this peak demand season means so much to us,” said Darrell. “People need to know that food banks, we all work together.  We help each other.”

Sources Langley Food Bank was the target of multiple thefts within 72 hours between December 10 and 13. Thieves stole $1,000 worth of gift cards; used the food bank truck’s gas card to buy $1,300 of diesel; then abandoned the vehicle in a wrecked condition. Since Sources put out its notice of the thefts, offers of help from individuals, organizations and companies have been nonstop. More than $20,000 has been donated to date, in addition to a one-tonne van and other service vehicles loaned “for as long as we need.”


About Sources Langley Food Bank | An accredited food bank with Food Banks BC and Food Banks Canada, we opened in October 2014 and serve anyone who lives on a low income in the Langley area of 0 Avenue to the Fraser River, east of 196 St. and west of 276 St. Currently, 600 clients visit the food bank each week and the numbers are growing. The food bank receives no government funding and relies on financial support from the community. To donate, please visit Sources Langley Food Bank is a program of Sources Community Resources Society, an internationally-accredited non-profit organization and registered charity that also operates the South Surrey/White Rock Food Bank.

About Greater Vancouver Food Bank |The GVFB was set up as temporary relief of the hunger crisis in 1982 and has grown significantly in the three decades since. Today the GVFB provides assistance to over 26,500 people weekly through 14 food locations, community kitchens, training workshops and close to 100 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver.



Denise Darrell
Director of Community Services, SOURCES
604-541-4820 or

Ariela Friedmann
Communications Director
604-216-3070 1 or

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Westminster Savings steps up for Sources Langley Food Bank

LANGLEY, B.C. – December 15, 2015 – After a string of thefts over the weekend left Sources Langley Food Bank scrambling for help, Westminster Savings Credit Union has stepped up with a $5,000 donation.

The Langley branch of the credit union has been in the community since 2006. When their staff learned of what happened to the food bank, they felt compelled to help. Branch manager Carole Ward visited the Sources Langley Food Bank to meet Sources director of community services Denise Darrell and offer the donation on behalf of Westminster Savings.

“We were saddened to hear of the recent thefts at the Sources Langley Food Bank during this holiday season and we are pleased to be able to help the food bank with a donation of $5,000 at this critical point,” said Gavin Toy, President and CEO Westminster Savings.

We were told the area of greatest need right now is cash donations, so we hope this donation can help Sources serve the needs of the Langley community and ensure a happier holiday season for the clients it serves.”

“The response from the community has been incredible,” said Darrell. “This is our busiest time of year and this donation from Westminster Savings will go a long way to help hundreds of individuals and families in the Langley community have help and nutritious food this winter. Thank you.”

Sources Langley Food Bank was the target of multiple thefts within 72 hours between December 10 and 13. Gift cards totalling $1,000 were stolen from the food bank; the food bank truck, donated by the Surrey Food Bank, was taken from its parking spot and found with so much mechanical damage that it has since been assessed as non-repairable; its gas card was used to buy $1,300 in diesel. Since Sources put out its notice of the theft, the community has rallied to help and several offers of trucks on loan have been made to meet the food bank’s needs.


About Sources Langley Food Bank | An accredited food bank with Food Banks BC and Food Banks Canada, we opened in October 2014 and serve anyone who lives on a low income in the Langley area of 0 Avenue to the Fraser River, east of 196 St. and west of 276 St. Currently, 600 clients visit the food bank each week and the numbers are growing. The food bank receives no government funding and relies on financial support from the community. To donate, please visit Sources Langley Food Bank is a program of Sources Community Resources Society, an internationally-accredited non-profit organization and registered charity that also operates the South Surrey/White Rock Food Bank.

About Westminster Savings Credit Union | At more than $3.2 billion in assets under management, over 400 employees, and 55,000 members, Westminster Savings is amongst the largest credit unions in Canada.  Known for its customer and community focus, people oriented culture, and sound financial and operating practices, Westminster Savings provides a full range of retail, commercial, leasing and wealth management solutions to meet its customers’ evolving needs. For more information about Westminster Savings Credit Union, visit For more information about Westminster Savings in the community, visit



Denise Darrell
Director of Community Services
604-541-4820 or 604-351-7821 or

Westminster Savings
Cathryn Tucker
Manager, Corporate and International Communications
604-519-4210 or

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Homeless in Surrey: 10th Annual Awareness March

SURREY, B.C. – October 9 ,2015 – Sources Advocacy Programs is hosting the 10th Annual Homelessness Awareness March this Friday, October 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sources Newton Resource Centre (13771-72nd Avenue) in Surrey.

“The March is a peaceful event to bring awareness to the community of the magnitude of the challenges of being homeless,” said Soraya VanBuskirk, Sources advocacy programs manger.  “We encourage the caring members of our community and those living the experience of homelessness to join us in a public demonstration of concern with the lack of resources to address the prevalence of homelessness in Surrey.”

While there have been advances to solve homelessness such as better coordination of services in the community, there has not been an increase to housing stock for low-income people. Furthermore, only 12 per cent of the resources to address the issue across the Lower Mainland go to Surrey, despite having the second largest homeless population in the region.

“We want to bring awareness that action is happening in this community and there are valuable programs operating to address this very important social issue. It is important for people to recognize that the homeless would rather be housed, the number of homeless is not decreasing and resources to facilitate change are necessary,” VanBuskirk said.

Sources’ advocacy services help more than 5,000 people living in Surrey, White Rock, Delta, Langley and beyond who have low or no income to access income supports, medical benefits, disability benefits, affordable housing and short-term loans from Sources Rent Bank. Because they received help from our homeless prevention services, more than 1,000 people avoided homelessness through housing subsidies, landlord mediation, loans for rent and utility payments and more.

A keynote will be delivered by Surrey City Councillor Vera LeFranc, who has spent more than two decades working on poverty reduction. Susan Keeping will speak about the efforts of the Housing First strategy to facilitate housing security for the chronic and episodically homeless. Also speaking is Don Li-Leger, an internationally-renowned artist who recently constructed Encyclopedia House, a public art installation at The Grove in Newton that reflects upon outdated knowledge and resources for housing the homeless. There will be a gift basket draw and participation packs for homeless community members. A free lunch after completing the March has been donated by Antar Parma of Bear Creek Market.

Donations are appreciated: bus tickets, new winter socks, new blankets, non-perishable food items and cash donations can be dropped off at Sources Newton Resource Centre.

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Soraya VanBuskirk
Advocacy Programs Manager
T. 604-547-0107

SOURCES is an internationally-accredited non-profit society and registered charity that delivers a range of essential community, social and health-related programs in the communities of White Rock, Surrey, Delta, Langley and parts of Northern B.C.

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Sources Foundation Logo

Peace Arch Community Services Foundation relaunched as Sources Foundation

SURREY & WHITE ROCK, B.C. – June 24, 2015 – A new name, logo, board of directors and website has been revealed for the newly renamed Sources Community Resources Foundation (Sources Foundation), formerly Peace Arch Community Services (PACS) Foundation. Through fundraising efforts, bequests and donations from individuals, businesses and community groups, the Sources Foundation strives to provide the financial means for the Sources Resource Centres to promote their shared mission: Social Wellness in Our Community.

“It’s an exciting change for us,” said Sources CEO David Young, who also oversaw the inauguration of the Sources brand in 2010. “We believe the alignment of the name of the Foundation with the Resource Centres under the Sources identity will help us evolve into a stronger presence—one that donors can rely on to translate their dollars into impact that is local, visible, measurable and, most of all, helpful.”

The Sources Foundation was launched at a private event to 50 guests hosted by Jas Salh of HollisWealth on June 23. Several donors were recognized for their significant contributions to the Foundation, adding up to approximately $150,000 in the last six months. Five directors were elected to the board just prior to the launch. The dedicated website, created over several months of hard work, was contracted to Thornley Creative Communications with a focus to online giving. Interested donors can choose to support one of four program areas: Poverty Relief, Families & Children, Community Support, or area of greatest need. One can easily make single or legacy donations, learn how to plan company or community fundraising initiatives and more. “We tried to make it clear and simple for people to learn about what we do and support our work,” said Young.

Since 1992, the Sources (formerly PACS) Foundation has helped build a new food bank, maintain a volunteer dental clinic for low-income persons, run an in-demand hot lunch program for women and children and support community resources that aren’t government funded. Sources Foundation is a registered charity.

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David Young
T. 604-542-7591

SOURCES is an internationally-accredited non-profit society and registered charity that serves the communities of White Rock, Surrey, Delta, Langley and Prince George. We deliver a range of essential community, social and health-related programs through 15 locations and respond to nearly 30,000 calls for help every year.

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Homelessness Partnering Strategy funds 
in support of SOURCES Essentials to Housing Support Services

SURREY & WHITE ROCK, B.C. – May 27, 2015 – Sources Community Resources Society (SOURCES) is pleased to officially announce that our Essentials to Housing Support Services have been approved for $322,826 through the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) by Metro Vancouver. This will help cover the program’s operating expenses over 18 months and enable us to continue providing advocacy and support services to help people in our community stay safe, secure and well in their own homes.

“We are delighted to announce this funding for SOURCES’ Essentials to Housing Support Services,” said SOURCES CEO David Young. “We will continue to operate and enhance these programs and build towards a community where everyone has a place to call home.”

“Our Government is committed to ensuring that Canadians have a secure roof over their heads so they can prosper,” said Russ Hiebert, Member of Parliament for South Surrey – White Rock – Cloverdale. “By taking concrete action in preventing and reducing homelessness, organizations like Sources Community Resources Society can support vulnerable individuals get their lives back on track and able to gain skills which will lead to jobs.”

SOURCES would like to reaffirm our gratitude to the community for their solid support when we needed help. They rallied around our efforts to continue self-funding our Homeless Prevention Services, resulting in the most successful Coldest Night of the Year walk and Annual Gala to date, as well as numerous community-organized fundraisers for SOURCES.

The Homeless Prevention Services, delivered through the SOURCES Newton Resource Centre in the City of Surrey, began in 2005 with funding from the Government of Canada. Over the last decade, our skilled and knowledgeable community-based staff have helped more than 10,000 people from Surrey, White Rock, Delta, Langley and beyond to keep a roof over their head by providing help with housing subsidies, income support, landlord mediation, loans for rent and utility payments and more.

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David Young
T. 604-542-7591

SOURCES is an internationally-accredited non-profit society and registered charity that serves the communities of White Rock, Surrey, Delta, Langley and Prince George. We deliver a range of essential community, social and health-related programs through 15 locations and respond to nearly 30,000 calls for help every year.

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Sources Access Program


WHITE ROCK, January 16, 2015 – Sources Community Resources Society is encouraging White Rock/South Surrey residents to bundle up and raise cold, hard cash for The Coldest Night of the Year (WALK). A family-friendly winter fundraising event for White Rock/South Surrey's homeless, hungry and hurting, the WALK takes place on the evening of February 21, 2015.

Taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year will help participants understand the experience of surviving on the streets during a cold Canadian winter, while raising funds to aid the work of Sources in providing much-needed support to members of our community. Coldest Night walks will be taking place on the same night in an anticipated 80 cities from coast to coast.

The White Rock WALK begins and ends at Sources Peace Arch Resource Centre located at 882 Maple Street in White Rock, where walkers will register, turn in the results of their fundraising efforts, and return at the end of the evening for a warm celebration meal. Donning iconic blue-and-white toques, participants will walk a 2km, 5km or 10km route, and will warm up with toasty drinks at rest stops along the way.

This is Sources' second year taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year, with a fundraising goal of $80,000. An expected 400 walkers and 40 teams, including staff and friends of Sources are expected to brave the cold winter's night. 

Sources has been serving White Rock/South Surrey for more than 30 years, and the boost in funds resulting from the Coldest Night of the Year will benefit their clients in a time of the year known historically for low levels of giving.

For further information, contact:

Bruce Foster, Event Director


Phone: 604-542-4357 

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Time for A Positive Change: Sources Announces the Launch of its Positive Behaviour Support Access Program

Sources Access Program

Lower Mainland, B.C. – December 12, 2014 - Sources is pleased to announce the launch of its new Access Program, a family-centred, fee-for-service, Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Program to assist families with children who have developmental disabilities. PBS strives to increase individuals’ quality of life by teaching new skills and making changes in their environment. The Access Program uses Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), which relies on evidence-based strategies to prevent problem behaviour and teach and reinforce new desired behaviour.  The Access Program is available across the Lower Mainland including Surrey, Delta, Vancouver, Richmond, Tri-cities, Burnaby, New Westminster and Maple Ridge.

Family-Centred Positive Behaviour Support is an important resource to have in our communities. According to 50 years of evidence-based research, ABA and PBS are shown to be the most effective and contextually appropriate interventions for behaviours such as aggression, self-injury, and property destruction.  These behaviours are a major source of stress for parents and caregivers. "We are very excited to announce the Sources Access Program," said Howard Schein, Sources Director of Child, Family and Counselling Services. "This program was launched in response to the high demand for affordable, accessible choices for families. Our services qualify for funding from the Autism Funding Unit. Our services are presently available in English, Cantonese and Mandarin."

This flexible family-centred program is for families, children and youth ages 0-19. The program is open to individuals with all diagnoses, including ASD, FASD, and intellectual disabilities, as well as to individuals with no formal diagnosis. The Sources Access Program has a highly qualified and experienced behaviour consulting team including: Dr. Richard Stock, BCBA-D Clinical lead and Chloe Wang, BCBA Candidate.

Despite the need, families often have a hard time accessing these services at home.  Families often report they need: 

  • Services that promote meaningful behavioural and lifestyle change across all of the natural contexts of family life.
  • Parent-professional relationships that are more collegial and less hierarchical.
  • Assessments that help parents understand problem behaviours without assigning blame to the family.
  • Interventions that are positive, practical, and culturally sensitive.
  • Outcomes that endure many years.

“PBS helps families with reducing self-injurious behaviour, aggression, property destruction, as well as increasing desired behaviours by implementing toileting programs, morning/evening routines, whole family rules and schedules with siblings included; it helps with teaching new behaviours such as calm-down and self-regulation routines; it also helps with teaching families how to use reinforcement schedules and consequences effectively. We graph and monitor our data outcomes, so we can ensure we are providing effective service,” said Goldean Lowe, Access Program manager.

Contact us for more information about this program and how it can benefit individuals and families in our community.

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Media Contact

Goldean Lowe, MA RCC BCBA

Access Positive Behaviour Support Manager 

T.  604-218-2059

E. | Sources Access Program

For Immediate Release

Sources Community Resource Centres, in partnership with Fraser Health are proud to launch Moments to Milestones: Engaging with People who use Substances. 

Surrey, BC - November 7, 2014 – Fraser Health, in partnership with Sources Community Resource Centres, and through a financial contribution from Health Canada’s Drug Treatment Funding Program, is proud to launch Moments to Milestones: Engaging with People who use Substances.

Moments to Milestones Video Release Event 2014

Moments to Milestones Video Release Event - November 7, 2014 - City of Surrey City Hall. View full photo gallery here >>

This 30-minute video, intended as an education resource  for first responders, illustrates the remarkable, positive difference that can be made when substance users are approached by police, paramedics and emergency room staff in a caring, respectful and non-judgemental manner. Through compelling stories and insights from people who use substances, first responders and clinicians, Moments to Milestones highlights the need for first responders to attune to their own  values and beliefs in order to suspend judgements that enforce negative stereotypes when approaching substance users, and to instead connect with these individuals with compassion, respect and a sincere desire to help.

“People who are vulnerable and marginalized can often feel judged, fearful and helpless when interacting with first responders. Their first impressions often dictate whether or not they will choose to accept help or look for support services,” said Sherry Mumford, clinical director, Mental Health and Substance Use Services, Fraser Health. “If a person has multiple positive interactions with first responders, they can begin to believe that their life has value; that there is hope; that someone cares. It can have a profound impact on their life.”

Moments to Milestones highlights specific behaviours and actions that while seemingly simple, can have a deep and long-lasting effect on people who use substances and people in crisis: a caring tone of voice, kind gestures, eye contact, thoughtfulness and respect. Many of the people who first responders are dealing with have never experienced this type of treatment. Their lives have been marked by judgement, hostility and blame. The stories shared throughout the video serve as poignant reminders that these people feel discarded and abandoned, ashamed and remorseful; and that any person or situation that implies more rejection or alienation only serves to further embed those feelings and push people back to substance use and self-harm.

“First responders need to remember that the individuals they’re dealing with are people too, and they have feelings and emotions; even though there are times when they don’t seem to,” said Tanja, whose story of recovery is profiled in the video. “Substance users try to hide their feelings to the best of their ability. But believe me, everything you say and do to them has an impact.”

“When you’re dealing with addictions you need to be very patient and have a good listening ear. You always have to keep in mind that these people need help, and how we approach that is very important,” said Don Langille, registered practical nurse, Emergency Psychiatric Services, Surrey Memorial Hospital.

View Video Trailer "Moments to Milestones: Engaging with People who use Substances"

Media Contacts

Fraser Health Media: 

Sources Community Resource Centre: Substance Use Services

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.

View event photo gallery here >>

Sources Homelessness Awareness

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


Media Contacts:

Denise Darrell 

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


Media Contact:

Denise Darrell 

Director of Women, Seniors and Community Services  

Sources Community Resource Centres 

604-541 4820 

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.


Media Contact:

Natasha Raey

Social Innovator

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 

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 

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 


Media Contacts: 

Howard Schein 
Director of Child, Family and Counseling Services 

Amanda Eaton 
Communications Coordinator 

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 or for information on the White Rock employment centre and hours of operation , please visit

Event information: Thursday, June 21, 2012  at 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Light refreshments will be provided
RSVPs are appreciated (please call 604 542-4357)

Media Contact:
Natasha Raey
(778) 552-4538
Email: Natasha Raey

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208C - 1461 Johnston Road
White Rock, BC V4B 3Z4

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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

About Sources:

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.

Media Contact:
Natasha Raey
(778) 552-4538
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.

Media Contact:
Natasha Raey
(778) 552-4538
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 For copies of the Community Resource Guide, contact Anthony Intas, Community Relations Coordinator at Peace Arch Community Services at or 604 531-6226 ext. 231 ________________________________________Added Monday, October 26th 2009


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 Copies of 'Kharaab Daru' can be obtained from Peace Arch Community Services Addictions Services Program. Call 604-538-2522 or contact Kevin Letourneau at 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


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