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Sophie's Place Receives $350,000 in Federal Funding

Mayor Watts Minister Peter Mackay Firefighters and children at Sophie's Place

July 25, 2013

Surrey, BC – Federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable Peter MacKay, made a $350,000 funding announcement July 24 towards Surrey-based child advocacy centre, Sophie’s Place. The Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society also made a $16,320 donation.

“Navigating the justice system can be a significant challenge, especially for vulnerable victims of crime such as children and youth,” said Minister MacKay. “The establishment of Sophie’s Place will help lessen the potential for trauma or re-victimization of young victims of crime and their families.”

“The continued dedication and support of the Surrey RCMP and community partners is vital to what makes Sophie’s Place such a safe and welcoming environment for children,” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “I commend Minister MacKay for his strong commitment to victims of crime especially vulnerable children.”

The first Child Advocacy Centre (CAC) in British Columbia, Sophie’s Place provides an integrated program where children who have been abused can receive the necessary services in a child-centred environment with a multi-disciplinary team including the Surrey RCMP, Ministry of Child and Family Services, the Department of Justice, medical and trauma screening professionals, and volunteer advocates. The centre has been in operation since February 2012.

The centre is located within the Centre for Child Development building in Surrey, a facility which currently provides programs and services for over 2000 children with developmental disabilities.

Sophie’s Place is named for the centre’s patron, Sophie Tweed-Simmons, daughter of Shannon Tweed and legendary music artist Gene Simmons.

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Media Contact:

Amanda Silvers
Senior Communications Specialist, Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey
604-591-4519