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Overdose Awareness Day 2020

To honour those impacted by the ongoing overdose public health crisis, the White Rock/South Surrey Community Action Team – Tides of Change – organized a series of events in the community.

On August 19, a motorcade passed through the city. “The procession of cars, vans and SUVs were decked out with placards, purple ribbons and balloons. Numerous waves and horn honks provided ample proof of public support from the community.”  Read the Peace Arch News’ story about the event.

On August 31, SOURCES helped organize and take part in a flag raising ceremony at White Rock City Hall. Mayor Darryl Walker provided welcoming remarks and members of Kwantlen First Nation also offered words of wisdom, drums and song.

There were 51 individuals from this community represented who died following overdose since the crisis began.

Friends, family and passersby listened to Mayor Walker, Kevin and Mike from Kwantlen First Nation, and SOURCES Director George Passmore speak eloquently about the loss experienced as well as infuse hope that we can work to end the opioid crisis and save lives.

The overdose awareness flag was raised while the drumming and song resonated and the sun shone down. The event then moved to the White Rock Pier to continue spreading the message and making connections.

At sundown, the pier was lit purple, the colour of Overdose Awareness Day. There were events all around the world recognizing this important day and issue.

The message on the wristbands this year was:

“Time to Remember.

Time to Act.”

To learn more about harm reduction or how to access safe supply, NarCan and a wealth of resources, please visit:

Written by: Heather Wintermeyer
Alex Browne (Peace Arch News), Pattie Petrala (Tides of Change), Heather Wintermeyer (SOURCES)