This is just one large donation of presents for the women we serve and their children. Fraser Health staff at Surrey Memorial collected hundreds of presents from their collegaues for women in Surrey who are surviving violence in their lives. Vancity (Cedar Hill Branch) brought us wonderful gifts for their children in response to Angel Tree wishes from the kids themselves. And this fabulous woman brought 450 gifts today to help bring some holiday cheer to women in our community. THANK YOU ALL!!! And Happy Holidays everyone from the hard-working team at Surrey Women's Centre.
You're Invited! Join us to usher in the next 25 years! We will share the best of the past year and hear from Surrey City Councillor Vera LeFranc.
Vera’s first job in Surrey involved running programs at the Surrey Women's Centre 21 years ago. She will talk about what the Centre has meant to her, and the future of Surrey in the next quarter century.
Check out our new drop-in space, and find out about the all the programs and services that are making a difference everyday in women’s lives.
Once again, the #DiaperCampaign is in full swing; ready to diaper the bums of hundreds of babies all across the Surrey!
Thank you Leah Bolton from Joy TV for putting together an entire segment dedicated to our campaign!
Having enough disposable diapers doesn’t just mean that babies will be free of rashes and infections, it also means that single moms can go to work and support their families.
Not all mothers can afford diapers for their babies.
Sadly, Surrey has the highest amount of children living in poverty in all of Metro Vancouver - 23,480 to be exact.
16,000 children are living in poverty in North Surrey and Fleetwood, with Guildford and Newton not far behind. These areas of Surrey have some of the highest rates of child poverty in all of Metro Vancouver.
Last year, Chantal, a young, single mom, needed diapers for her daughter Skye, but couldn’t afford them.
She is not alone. Almost a quarter of single Canadian mothers are raising their children in poverty with a high concentration of teenage mothers in Surrey specifically.
“I sacrifice my food for Skye,” explains Chantal. “I’d rather have her eat and have diapers than me eat for a whole day.”
Mothers should not have to choose between food and diapers for their babies, but they do everyday.
“Our spirits couldn’t be broken,” says Elfie, “They are scarred but definitely not broken.”
Nationwide celebratory events have just passed marking the founding of Canada as a state some 150 years ago. For Indigenous peoples like Elfie, who personally identifies as a strong Haida woman, this was a time for reflection and time to celebrate Indigenous contributions to Canada while still remaining critical of the actions of the past.