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Surrey Fire Fighters Donate $15,000 to Seniors

City of Surrey accepts $15,000 donation from Surrey Fire Fighters

September 9, 2014

Surrey, BC – The Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society has donated $15,000 to support education about elder abuse and neglect in Surrey. Funds will provide outreach services and programs to support seniors to be active and safe in their community through the City’s Seniors Advisory and Accessibility Committee initiatives, including the City’s ‘Focus on Seniors’ Forums.

“Providing education and support services to our aging population is essential to the health and well-being of our community,” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “I would like to thank the Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society for their generous donation to elder health education in Surrey, and for their continued support of so many important charitable initiatives in our city.”

“Surrey Fire Services has been a key member and supporter of the Seniors Advisory and Accessibility Committee since its inception in 2008,” said Councillor Barbara Steele, Chair of the Seniors Advisory and Accessibility Committee. “In addition to their financial gifts, they have actively participated in numerous seniors’ forums and events to promote home and fire safety education which has been an invaluable contribution to our seniors’ community.”

Each year, the City hosts numerous ‘Focus on Seniors’ Forums for seniors and their families. The forums provide information on elder abuse and neglect, the rights of seniors, and information on financial abuse and awareness. Forums are offered in English, Punjabi, Mandarin and Korean, and are currently being developed in other languages. Each forum hosts approximately 100 to 200 participants.

Surrey has 510,000 residents of which 12% (60,540) are over the age of 65. In May 2014, the City of Surrey adopted the Age-Friendly Strategy for Seniors. The Strategy has a vision of a city where people can enjoy being actively engaged for life and focuses in four theme areas: safety, health and wellness; transportation and mobility; housing; and buildings and outdoor spaces. The Age Friendly Strategy for Seniors was developed in consultation with individual seniors, community resource agencies and key staff from the City, RCMP and Fire Services.

For more information visit www.surrey.ca/seniors

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For more information please contact:

Jim Tyler
Community and Recreation Services Manager, Guildford
City of Surrey
(604) 502-6229