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United Way honours City of Surrey staff for their commitment and generosity

United Way cheque presentation

March 8, 2016

SURREY, BC - The employees of the City of Surrey have a long history of supporting the United Way. At last night’s Council meeting, the efforts and generosity of staff were recognized as the United Way of the Lower Mainland bestowed a Spirit Award to the City of Surrey, Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 402 & the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1271.

"I am proud that City of Surrey employees have been recognized for their long standing dedication and generosity," said Mayor Linda Hepner. "When it comes to creating a culture of caring in Surrey, the City and its employees lead by example as the money raised by our United Way Campaign makes a big difference in supporting local charitable organizations and community groups."

City staff won in the Innovation Award category which recognizes the workplace campaign team that created the most innovative fundraising strategies and maintained or increased dollars given directly to United Way.

Employees of the City of Surrey contributed more than $233,000 to the United Way Campaign in 2015.

Last year, the United Way of the Lower Mainland invested $1.2 million in the "Avenues of Change" initiative in Surrey’s Guildford West community. These funds will be used to implement neighbourhood-specific strategies to change outcomes for vulnerable kids including mental wellness support, early childhood literacy support, health promotion, and a screening program that helps track children’s developmental progress. More information on the Avenues of Change initiative can be found in this United Way document.

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Media inquiries:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor
604.591.4519
OWLum@surrey.ca