Surrey Celebrates Superheroes
October 16, 2013
Surrey, BC – The Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society presented its Heroes of the Homeless Awards on Thursday evening. Congratulations to Dick Avison, Dr. Ken Stones and Surrey Public Libraries – City Centre Library, who received awards at the Society’s second annual grants and awards ceremony at the Newton Cultural Centre.
The Heroes of the Homeless Awards are given to people and organizations in Surrey who go above and beyond in service to the homeless and to those at-risk of homelessness. These are people who do not have a primary mandate or job to serve these populations – they do so on a voluntary basis.
“Surrey was the first city in BC to establish a not-for-profit society whose mandate is to offer support and find solutions for those homeless or at risk of being homeless,” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “Working together with community partners is integral to its success. I commend these ‘heroes’ for being leaders in helping to address what is such an important social issue.”
“Housing and services for homeless are key to building a healthy, sustainable city,” said Councillor Judy Villeneuve, Chair of the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society. “Advocates such as Dick Avison, Dr. Ken Stones and our own library staff who give their time, expertise and care, are truly inspirational.”
In 2007 the City of Surrey allocated $9 million from the City’s Affordable Housing Reserve Fund to seed the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Fund. This was a response to the emerging trend of homelessness and lack of affordable housing in the City of Surrey.
The 2011 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count found 400 homeless people in Surrey, representing 15% of the region’s 2650 homeless.
The Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society believes that ending homelessness is possible, and with the work done by these and many more Heroes of the Homeless in our community, the vision can be realized. For information on how you can help, or to nominate someone for next year’s Heroes of the Homeless Awards, visit www.surreyhomeless.ca
Senior Communications Specialist, Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey
Director, Capital Campaign
Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society