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City Invites the Community to Take Part in the Habit Change Challenge and Help Raise Awareness About Substance Use


May 20, 2014

Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey’s fourth annual Substance Use Awareness Week (SUAW) is being held Sunday, May 25 – Saturday, May 31, 2014. Each year, the Surrey Substance Use Awareness Team (SUAT) organizes the week and encourages the community to get involved by attending education sessions and information booths, utilizing the educational fact sheets and the "Host your own toolkit", developed to help agencies and individuals create their own Substance Use Awareness event, and to take the Surrey Habit Change Challenge!

The “Habit Change Challenge” is an exciting, new element to the week and is an opportunity for those in our community to reduce or eliminate a habit, create a healthier lifestyle, and gain understanding about substance use and people struggling with addictions. Participants are encouraged to share their progress May 25 – 31 through Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #SryHabitChange. All posts using the hashtag will be entered into a prize draw. More information about the challenge can be found at As well, one of the SUAT members will be blogging about his own habit change and sharing tips and insights.

The following events will also take place throughout the community during Substance Use Awareness Week:

• Earl Marriot Secondary (EMS) is holding a Habit Change Challenge Kick-Off event for EMS students on Friday, May 23. They will have a DJ, refreshments and prize draw for students who sign up for the challenge;

• From Sunday, May 25 to Saturday May 31, the SUAW fact sheets and event toolkit will be posted on the City of Surrey’s Crime Reduction Strategy website, distributed through the City’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as through partner agencies;

• An information booth will be set up at Surrey City Hall from Monday, May 26 to Friday, May 30 with a BC Responsible Gambling representative attending the booth from from 11:00am to 3:00pm on Tuesday, May 27 and Wednesday, May 28;

• An information booth will also be set up at Central City Mall on Thursday, May 29 from 3:00pm and 6:00pm to provide information to the public.

• KEYS Housing and Health Solutions will be holding a number of events and activities at the Front Room from Monday, May 26 to Friday, May 30.

• Native Courtworkers and Counselling Association of BC have planned the “Helping Hands to Change” 2km/5km walk at Holland Park on Saturday, May 31 from 9:00am-12:00pm. The event will include guest speakers, refreshments and activities. Everyone is welcome!

• For more information about these events, please visit:

Substance Use Awareness Week is a partnership between the City of Surrey, Alcohol and Drug Education Services, the B.C. Responsible and Problem Gambling Program, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, the Fraser Health Authority, Genesis Family Empowerment Society, KEYS: Housing and Health Solutions, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, OPTIONS Community Services Society, Pacific Community Resources Society, Servants Anonymous Society, Sources Community Resources Society, Surrey RCMP and the Surrey School District.


For program information:
Jacki Tokaryk
Community Safety Coordinator
Crime Reduction Strategy Office