A Message From Our President
Late last year, after more than twenty years of leadership, our Executive Director, Sonya Boyce, left Surrey Women’s Centre and transitioned to her new post at the University of British Columbia. We cannot thank Sonya enough for her creativity, passion and dedication. She is greatly missed by everyone here at the Centre, our partners, and all the women in this community. We know that she will be a huge success in her role as Director at the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office at UBC. They are very lucky to have her!
We are thrilled to introduce Shahnaz Rahman as our new Executive Director. Shahnaz brings 23 years of community partnership experience to Surrey Women’s Centre, most recently with West Coast LEAF. Shahnaz is also the recipient of the 2017 Women of the Decade in Community Leadership and Social Change award. We are also very grateful to Alison Brewin, our Interim Exectuive Director who provided a very valuable link during this transition phase of our Society.
Amidst these exciting transitions the 2017/2018 year has been buzzing with many activities at the Centre. This year saw the successful launch of the SMART Van. Between January and March of 2018, we reached out to 176 vulnerable and at risk women and girls, 683 homeless women, and collected 9 bad date reports. The program continues to grow as we expand our capacity in meeting the needs of women in our community.
Our Crisis, Court and Counselling team continues to put their heart and soul into their work to increase women and girls safety. Your ongoing support makes all the difference. We are most grateful for your compassion and generosity!
President (Board of Directors)