Once again the holidays are upon us. This is the time to kick back and celebrate with friends and family. Yet we all know too well how stressful the holidays can be. Often we find ourselves rushing around busy shopping centres in search of gifts for our loved ones, or doing last-minute decorating and preparations for holiday parties.
Each year on December 6th we commemorate the fourteen women whose lives taken in the Montreal Massacre Memorial. We would like you to join us today at Kwantlen University located at 12666 72nd Ave, in Surrey at 12:00pm as we speak out against violence against women.
The Emergency Room at Surrey Memorial Hospital, which has been closed since November 19th due to flooding, is scheduled to re-open next Monday, December 3rd.
The emergency room at Surrey Memorial Hospital is currently closed due to a flood that occurred Monday morning. The closure, which is expected to last for several more days, has many patients being redirected to nearby hospitals.
This closure will not affect our Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team (SMART), which provides 24-hour service to women and girls who have been sexually or physically assaulted. SMART will continue to provide 24-hour support and accompaniment to alternative hospitals.
Once again Royal LePage Coronation Park has put on an outstanding Holiday Shopping Event to benefit Surrey Women's Centre. A steady stream of excited shoppers came to the Eaglequest Coyote Creek Golf Course last Thursday to join in the festivities, happy to start their holiday shopping knowing part of the proceeds from their purchase would go directly to Surrey Women's Centre. In addition to offering a number of great retailers, Royal LePage organized fun games, prizes and raffles to keep the crowd busy as they shopped for their perfect gifts.
Last Friday, November 16th marked Surrey Women's Centre's 20th anniversary. Over one hundred and fifty women and their children visited our centre to celebrate with us over coffee and cupcakes as we kicked off our anniversary year.
Our guests also recieved new clothing, thanks to a local business who generously donated brand-new pants, sweaters and jackets to us. We were thrilled to be able to provide so many women and children who are fleeing violence with the quality clothing they need as we enter into the cold winter months.
Don't forget to join us next Thursday, November 15th for a Holiday Shopping Event hosted by Royal LePage Coronation Park. With a number of great retailers to choose from, you'll find the perfect gift for anyone on your list. There will also be an early bird door prize, 50/50 draw, raffles and light refreshments. It's sure to be a night full of holiday fun!
On Saturday, December 1 Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter will be hosting a day of remembrance and action on violence against women. The Montreal Massacre Memorial will be held from 10:00am to 6:00 pm at the Vancouver Public Library. A number of fascinating lectures and roundtable discussions will be held throughout the day, covering topics such as "Male Violence Against Women, Violence Against The Planet" and "Pornifying Violence Against Women".
For the entire month of November Joytv will be airing an informational piece about Surrey Women's Centre. The piece, which focuses on our new Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team, discusses the vital role our 24-hour emergency service plays in helping women and children who are fleeing violence. Hear what Joytv reporter Leah Bolton has to say about Surrey Women's Centre!
Yesterday evening's pub night at Bogy's Gastro Pub was a blast, with excellent food, a 50/50 draw, toonie toss, and even karaoke! Not only did everyone have a great time, but Clover Village Square Shoppers Drug Mart raised $1140 for Surrey Women's Centre!
We're so grateful to everyone who came to support Surrey Women's Centre. We want to give an especially huge "thank you" to Clover Village Square Shoppers Drug Mart for organizing this event.