Source: Census 2016 and City of Surrey Demographics

Role

The role of the Action Committee is to provide advice and direction to the project and its sub-project initiatives being implemented in Newton and across Surrey.

Members & Meetings

Members are residents of the neighbourhood,work with seniors or are seniors themselves and have chosen to volunteer with the project for a minimum 1-year term. They are an integral part of the project in providing valuable inputs and direction from their experience and insights.

The Newton Neighbourhood Action committee is led by Semiahmoo House Society . Regular meetings are held six times a year for approximately two-hour discussions. Currently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all meetings are now being held on virtual platforms.

Past Meeting Dates:

March 10, 2020

Upcoming Meeting Date(s):

July 2, 2020

If you are interested in volunteering with the Project as an Action Committee member, please contact us.

Contact Name: Jillian Glennie

E-mail: j.glennie@shsbc.ca

Phone Number: 604-209-7979

SUB – PROJECTS

The City of Surrey’s ‘Connecting Generations’ sub-project will include collaboration with partners and engage with seniors and youth, including all levels of government, community-based organizations, faith-based community, academia institutions and the Surrey business community.

The City of Surrey is leading the way in supporting healthy active aging through its Age-friendly Strategy for Seniors, a framework that ensures seniors, families and caregivers are supported through advocacy, policy, partnership, and service delivery. The strategy was developed through a consultation process with diverse community stakeholders and identifies four key areas of focus that supports the outcomes. The four key areas of focus are, Safety, Health and Wellness; Transportation and Mobility; Home; and Building and Outdoor Spaces.

The strategies include a continuum of programs and services from prevention to intervention that will be available for all seniors, including at risk and vulnerable seniors; engagement with seniors in a respectful way to play a role in achieving age friendly outcomes; multi-lingual and multi-modal communication to raise awareness of issues and provide information about services and programs and collaboration with partners to offer programs and services that benefit seniors.

The ‘Connecting Generations’ sub-project aims to:

  • Conduct focus groups and open dialogue between youth and seniors
  • Lead in the recruitment and initial facilitation of action committee groups, that will provide a platform to engage youth, seniors, and diverse community-based partners (all levels of government, faith-based community, academia institutions and Surrey business community), in dialogue around issues that are important to them.
  • Identify barriers and needs; intersect youth and senior viewpoints, while identifying barriers indicated in the CAARRTT (Communication, Awareness, Addiction and Homelessness, Recreation, Racism and Discrimination, Technology and Transportation) Model.
  • Develop and implement framework of Best Practices to share with community partners.

Contact us: 

Name: Sahra-Lea Tosdevine-Tataryn

Email: SLTosdevine-Tatayrn@surrey.ca

Phone Number: 604-591-4186

Surrey SHARES is program dedicated to improving people’s well-being through Life Coaching and Storytelling. Participants will engage in goal-setting and personal growth exercises with a certified Life Coach. Concurrently, they will engage in telling stories of personal significance and learning public speaking skills with a Speaking Coach. During these sessions, participants will also develop the ability to tell stories and give positive feedback to themselves and others. Participants will use technology to communicate and record their progress. The program culminates with all participants telling a personal story which is recorded for their use and to share with family, friends and the community.

We are currently running our first cohort of participants and will start recruiting for our second cohort in July. The second cohort is set to start in September. If you are interested in joining our newsletter and being kept up to date with what is happening, please contact Jessika Houston at gngcoach@gmail.com.

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Contact us:

Name(s):
Jessika Houston and Noel Bentley

Email(s):
gngcoach@gmail.com
noel.bentley@powerof3speaking.com

Phone Number(s):
604 900 2133 or 778 960 6635

The Seniors’ Centre Without Walls (SCWW) is a great way to get connected with other older adults across Surrey, all from the comfort of your own home! The program offers brief 30-40 minute interactive telephone conference sessions where you can laugh and socialize, learn new skills, and create new connections. Even better yet, the program is completely free to participate in! The Seniors’ Centre Without Walls is available for all seniors 55+ living in Surrey or White Rock. Programs are primarily delivered in English, but there are plans to launch programs in multiple languages in the future!

Contact us:

Name:
Edwin Chau

Email:
scww@comeshare.ca

Phone Number:
604-531-9400 ext.205

The Seniors Engagement Through Technology (SETT) project is a lead initiative by Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society, which is dedicated to educating and supporting seniors in use of technology to enhance social connections and engagement within the community and their personal network. As the current times have further socially isolated seniors in their respective homes, it is crucial that they remain connected with their loved ones and community through technology.

The focus of SETT is to ensure seniors receive accessible technology support and training that is inclusive and simplified for their understanding. The SETT project has numerous initiatives that will be developed and established over the course of next two years. The details for these initiatives are as follows:

  1. Seniors Tech Helpline
  2. Tech 101 for Seniors
  3. Tech Savvy Seniors
  4. Kuch Seekho, Kuch Seekhao (Learn Some, Teach Some)

Through SETT, hardware (iPads) can be provided to seniors, through a loaning program, who otherwise might not have resources to acquire the necessary hardware to be able to participate in the SETT project. The courses that teach technology to seniors and Trainers will be provided with manuals and other useful resources to learn and engage effectively through technology.

Contact us:

Name: Ankita Grewal

Email: ankita.grewal@pics.bc.ca

Phone Number: 604-596-7722 Ext. 313

The sub-project intends to build up individual Indigenous Elders’ self-esteem, confidence and pride in their Indigenous culture through access to cultural opportunities such as star blanket-making, nature walks, drum-making, traditional food preparation, gardening based on Indigenous foods, participating at the annual Elders Gathering, and regional powwows/cultural gatherings. Elders will also be supported to access mainstream recreation and other inter-cultural opportunities such as visiting seniors programming at the local library, rec centres, museums and other cultural centres like mosques and temples. By year two, Elders will be built up to lead cultural exchange opportunities where they share their crafts, stories and food with non-Indigenous seniors. It is intended that by strengthening Elders to feel pride in their Indigenous culture and nurturing them to share their culture, we will promote appreciation and awareness of Indigenous culture among both Indigenous and non-Indigenous seniors and Elders and the Surrey broader community.

The sub-project focus is currently shifted to respond to COVID 19 and support Elders’ emergency needs. This entails weekly wellness phone calls, personalized grocery and essentials shopping and support connecting to needed services.

Contact us:

Name: Lisa Denton

Email: lisa.denton@frafca.org 

Phone Number: 604-789-3025