Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society

Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society is a registered non-profit organization that has been serving the community since 1987. PICS Society provides a broad spectrum of programs and services which includes Employment Programs, Settlement Services, Language Services, Social Programs and Housing Services. Services assist new immigrants, seniors, farm workers, women and youth.

Mission

To promote harmony and intercultural understanding for the purpose of building a more inclusive and mutually respectful society.

Vision

To build a healthy and just society which values and respects all cultures.

PICS is a part of numerous seniors programming initiatives which help to support social, housing, health and employment needs. We have been successfully running our Better at Home and Active Aging programs which assist seniors with their day to day needs as well as provide community support to reduce social isolation. Our independent and assisted living facilities provide personalized support services and aim to enrich the lives of seniors through educational, recreational and social activities. Alongside our social and housing services, we offer employment support through our Intercultural Logistics and Transportation Operations Project for Older Workers 55+ program. This program equips seniors with valuable employment skills and resources to navigate the job market. PICS is proud to continue its involvement in initiatives which support seniors. As the Backbone Organization of the SISSIP Network we will continue to support our partners to reduce social isolation amongst seniors in Surrey. For more information about our services please visit pics.bc.ca.

Sub-Project:

  • Seniors Engagement Through Technology (S.E.T.T)

Website: pics.bc.ca
Phone Number: 604-596-7722

Organization Summary

Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society is a registered non-profit organization that has been serving the community since 1987. PICS Society provides a broad spectrum of programs and services which includes Employment Programs, Settlement Services, Language Services, Social Programs and Housing Services. Services assist new immigrants, seniors, farm workers, women and youth.

Mission

To promote harmony and intercultural understanding for the purpose of building a more inclusive and mutually respectful society.

Vision

To build a healthy and just society which values and respects all cultures.

Experience with Seniors

PICS is a part of numerous seniors programming initiatives which help to support social, housing, health and employment needs. We have been successfully running our Better at Home and Active Aging programs which assist seniors with their day to day needs as well as provide community support to reduce social isolation. Our independent and assisted living facilities provide personalized support services and aim to enrich the lives of seniors through educational, recreational and social activities. Alongside our social and housing services, we offer employment support through our Intercultural Logistics and Transportation Operations Project for Older Workers 55+ program. This program equips seniors with valuable employment skills and resources to navigate the job market. PICS is proud to continue its involvement in initiatives which support seniors. As the Backbone Organization of the SISSIP Network we will continue to support our partners to reduce social isolation amongst seniors in Surrey. For more information about our services please visit pics.bc.ca.

Sub-Project(s)

Sub-Project:

  • Seniors Engagement Through Technology (S.E.T.T)
Contact Info

Website: pics.bc.ca
Phone Number: 604-596-7722

City of Surrey

The City of Surrey is the fastest growing, culturally diverse cities in Canada. Our combination of entrepreneurial approach, big city resources and remarkable growth have given us opportunities to build an accessible and sustainable city, where people can live, visit, work and play.

The City of Surrey’s values guide the way we serve our residents, engage with our community and work with one another.

Values

Community: We care about and contribute to the broader well-being of the community. We strive to make Surrey a great place for our citizens to live, work, invest, recreate and raise a family.

Innovation: We welcome change. We actively look for leading-edge initiatives and welcome new approaches and original thinking. We are committed to continuous improvement; we recognize all experiences as important learning opportunities.

Integrity: We are honest. We are accountable for our decisions. We meet our commitments. We are forthright in our communications. We understand and comply with all laws, regulations and policies.

Service: Customers are important to us. We want to help our customers. We seek to understand our customers’ needs, and actively work to achieve responsive balanced solutions.
Teamwork: We support each other. We trust each other. We respect each other. We take a City-wide view of the challenges we face. We value everyone’s ideas.

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 implementation and success of the Age Friendly Strategy is dependent on the collaboration of all of us working together in building and sustaining an age friendly city for seniors. 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

  • Safety, Health and Wellness: Seniors are supported to be active and engaged in their community and engagement practices are in place to prevent isolation.
  • Transportation and Mobility: Seniors have arranged of safe, convenient and affordable transportation options.
  • Home: Seniors have access to affordable and appropriate housing and support necessary to remain as independent as possible.
  • Building and Outdoor Spaces: Public places, outdoor spaces and buildings are designed to be welcoming, safe and accessible.

Sub-Project:

  • Connecting Generations

Website: https://www.surrey.ca/default.aspx
Phone Number: 604-591-4011

Organization Summary

The City of Surrey is the fastest growing, culturally diverse cities in Canada. Our combination of entrepreneurial approach, big city resources and remarkable growth have given us opportunities to build an accessible and sustainable city, where people can live, visit, work and play.

The City of Surrey’s values guide the way we serve our residents, engage with our community and work with one another.

Values

Community: We care about and contribute to the broader well-being of the community. We strive to make Surrey a great place for our citizens to live, work, invest, recreate and raise a family.

Innovation: We welcome change. We actively look for leading-edge initiatives and welcome new approaches and original thinking. We are committed to continuous improvement; we recognize all experiences as important learning opportunities.

Integrity: We are honest. We are accountable for our decisions. We meet our commitments. We are forthright in our communications. We understand and comply with all laws, regulations and policies.

Service: Customers are important to us. We want to help our customers. We seek to understand our customers’ needs, and actively work to achieve responsive balanced solutions.
Teamwork: We support each other. We trust each other. We respect each other. We take a City-wide view of the challenges we face. We value everyone’s ideas.

Experience and Seniors

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 implementation and success of the Age Friendly Strategy is dependent on the collaboration of all of us working together in building and sustaining an age friendly city for seniors. 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

  • Safety, Health and Wellness: Seniors are supported to be active and engaged in their community and engagement practices are in place to prevent isolation.
  • Transportation and Mobility: Seniors have arranged of safe, convenient and affordable transportation options.
  • Home: Seniors have access to affordable and appropriate housing and support necessary to remain as independent as possible.
  • Building and Outdoor Spaces: Public places, outdoor spaces and buildings are designed to be welcoming, safe and accessible.
Sub-Project(s)

Sub-Project:

  • Connecting Generations
Contact Info

Website: https://www.surrey.ca/default.aspx
Phone Number: 604-591-4011

Seniors Come Share Society

For over 42 years Seniors Come Share Society has been dedicated to providing older adults and their families with the services, programs, and resources necessary to remain educated, engaged and most importantly empowered members of our community. We currently offer a variety of programs including three Day Program sites for older adults, Better at Home services in South Surrey/White Rock, Caregiver and Family Support, and a large variety of community support programs. We also provide volunteering opportunities to give back in a meaningful way to older adults in the community.

Mission
Seniors Come Share Society builds safe, inclusive, and nurturing communities for older adults.

Vision
To be the leading source that empowers older adults to thrive.

Seniors Come Share Society is a long-time mainstay of the community, providing both in-house programs and community support programs which reach widely across the City of Surrey. We run three Older Adult Day Programs where we are able to provide specialized care and activities for seniors and provide caretakers a day of respite. Our Caregiver Support Program provides both one-on-one and group therapeutic counselling sessions, education, and resource referrals to family and friend caregivers of older adults living at home. Seniors Come Share Society is the central intake for all Better at Home services in Surrey, and is the provider of Better at Home Services for South Surrey and White Rock. We are very actively engaged across the city, hosting multiple meal and social programs at community recreation centers. Seniors Come Share Society is also devoted to pioneering new, innovative models of engaging older adults, improving seniors’ isolation and mental health, and providing practical resources. We are proud to be hosting both the Social Prescribing and Seniors’ Centre Without Walls pilot projects. SCSS also publishes a bi-annual directory, compiling local resources specifically tailored for older adults’ needs. For more information about our services, please call 604-531-9400 ext.201, or visit www.comeshare.ca.

Sub-Project:

  • Seniors’ Centre Without Walls

Website: https://www.comeshare.ca/
Phone Number: 604-531-9400

Organization Summary

For over 42 years Seniors Come Share Society has been dedicated to providing older adults and their families with the services, programs, and resources necessary to remain educated, engaged and most importantly empowered members of our community. We currently offer a variety of programs including three Day Program sites for older adults, Better at Home services in South Surrey/White Rock, Caregiver and Family Support, and a large variety of community support programs. We also provide volunteering opportunities to give back in a meaningful way to older adults in the community.

Mission
Seniors Come Share Society builds safe, inclusive, and nurturing communities for older adults.

Vision
To be the leading source that empowers older adults to thrive.

Experience with Seniors

Seniors Come Share Society is a long-time mainstay of the community, providing both in-house programs and community support programs which reach widely across the City of Surrey. We run three Older Adult Day Programs where we are able to provide specialized care and activities for seniors and provide caretakers a day of respite. Our Caregiver Support Program provides both one-on-one and group therapeutic counselling sessions, education, and resource referrals to family and friend caregivers of older adults living at home. Seniors Come Share Society is the central intake for all Better at Home services in Surrey, and is the provider of Better at Home Services for South Surrey and White Rock. We are very actively engaged across the city, hosting multiple meal and social programs at community recreation centers. Seniors Come Share Society is also devoted to pioneering new, innovative models of engaging older adults, improving seniors’ isolation and mental health, and providing practical resources. We are proud to be hosting both the Social Prescribing and Seniors’ Centre Without Walls pilot projects. SCSS also publishes a bi-annual directory, compiling local resources specifically tailored for older adults’ needs. For more information about our services, please call 604-531-9400 ext.201, or visit www.comeshare.ca.

Sub-Project(s)

Sub-Project:

  • Seniors’ Centre Without Walls
Contact Info

Website: https://www.comeshare.ca/
Phone Number: 604-531-9400

Sources Community Resource Centres

SOURCES is an internationally- accredited, community-based, not-for-profit society that has served as a dependable source of help, encouragement and hope for individuals and families in White Rock, Surrey, Delta, Langley, Prince George, Parksville and beyond for over 40 years.

Sources touches the lives of more than 40,000 people each year. We strive to create more vibrant and resilient communities by offering support to children, youth, families, person with disabilities, seniors, LGBTQ2S+ individuals, and others who are coping with isolation, addiction, mental illness, poverty, disability and conflict.

Mission:

Social justice is the underlying principle which drives Sources and our belief in a strength-based approach to personal and community development. We believe that all individuals have the right to personal wellness and the capacity to contribute to the wellness of their families and communities. By serving as a source of support for individuals who are making positive changes in their lives, Sources aims to create more vibrant and resilient communities.

Sources offers many services that help with supporting the social, mental, food security, transportation, employment, financial, and housing needs of seniors in our community. Through our Volunteer services we help seniors remain independent in their homes by helping them get access to healthy food choices through our Shop by Phone Program, our Volunteer Wheels program gets them to important medical appointments, the Volunteer Income Tax Programs gets them access to much needed income supports like GIS and the Volunteer Dental Clinic helps them keep up with their oral health. At Sources Newton Advocacy Centre, Seniors can get support for matters relating to federal income supports, tenancy and debt issue, they can get assistance in finding safe affordable housing, and Sources Rent Bank offers micro loans for rental and utility arrears, damage deposits and first month’s rent. Sources Foodbank offers a mobile foodbank to Seniors who are homebound. At Sources Women’s Place, senior women can connect with others, access free resources such as counselling, legal information, support groups, and educational opportunities. Sources also offers 55+ employment training opportunities and employment opportunities with our Concierge service and Intergenerational Café. Sources is excited to be a part of the SISSIP Network and looks forward to reducing social isolation amongst seniors in Surrey. For more information about our services please visit Sourcesbc.ca

Sub-Project:

Sources Community Seniors Hub

Website: https://www.sourcesbc.ca/
Phone Number: 604-541-5039

Organization Summary

SOURCES is an internationally- accredited, community-based, not-for-profit society that has served as a dependable source of help, encouragement and hope for individuals and families in White Rock, Surrey, Delta, Langley, Prince George, Parksville and beyond for over 40 years.

Sources touches the lives of more than 40,000 people each year. We strive to create more vibrant and resilient communities by offering support to children, youth, families, person with disabilities, seniors, LGBTQ2S+ individuals, and others who are coping with isolation, addiction, mental illness, poverty, disability and conflict.

Mission:

Social justice is the underlying principle which drives Sources and our belief in a strength-based approach to personal and community development. We believe that all individuals have the right to personal wellness and the capacity to contribute to the wellness of their families and communities. By serving as a source of support for individuals who are making positive changes in their lives, Sources aims to create more vibrant and resilient communities.

Experience with Seniors

Sources offers many services that help with supporting the social, mental, food security, transportation, employment, financial, and housing needs of seniors in our community. Through our Volunteer services we help seniors remain independent in their homes by helping them get access to healthy food choices through our Shop by Phone Program, our Volunteer Wheels program gets them to important medical appointments, the Volunteer Income Tax Programs gets them access to much needed income supports like GIS and the Volunteer Dental Clinic helps them keep up with their oral health. At Sources Newton Advocacy Centre, Seniors can get support for matters relating to federal income supports, tenancy and debt issue, they can get assistance in finding safe affordable housing, and Sources Rent Bank offers micro loans for rental and utility arrears, damage deposits and first month’s rent. Sources Foodbank offers a mobile foodbank to Seniors who are homebound. At Sources Women’s Place, senior women can connect with others, access free resources such as counselling, legal information, support groups, and educational opportunities. Sources also offers 55+ employment training opportunities and employment opportunities with our Concierge service and Intergenerational Café. Sources is excited to be a part of the SISSIP Network and looks forward to reducing social isolation amongst seniors in Surrey. For more information about our services please visit Sourcesbc.ca

Sub-Project(s)

Sub-Project:

Sources Community Seniors Hub

Contact Info

Website: https://www.sourcesbc.ca/
Phone Number: 604-541-5039

Semiahmoo House Society

Semiahmoo House Society is a non-profit organization located in Surrey/White Rock which exists to provide quality services and support to people with disabilities and their families in the community.

Semiahmoo House Society believes that all people have the right to control their own lives through personal choices about relationships, jobs, living arrangements, spirituality, travelling, and recreational activities, and that all people have the right to give back to their communities through volunteering and helping others. Everyone is entitled to live a happy, full and meaningful life.

Semiahmoo House Society provides a wide range of programs which include WISE Employment, services at the North and South Surrey Campus, Recreation and Leisure programming and most recently an online campus

Semiahmoo House Society provides quality services and support to people with disabilities. Most services offered are available throughout adulthood. One service, Encore, is available for adults who are looking to connect with peers with similar interests and age. There is a mindful attention to a relaxed structure. This service was designed as a result of listening to what is important to people. Services at Semiahmoo House Society are Person-Centered. This ensures that people are listened to and included in decision-making in all areas at Semiahmoo House Society.

Semiahmoo House Society is a proud partner in the SISSIP Network. The Semiahmoo House Society, SISSIP project, Surrey SHARES, is meant to support a more inclusive, empowered, and connected community for adults 55+. Semiahmoo House Society looks forward to the program featuring some of the incredible people that we know.

Sub-Project:

  • Surrey SHARES- Connecting communities through storytelling.

Website:: https://uniti4all.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/surreyshares
Instagram: www.instagram.com/surreyshares
Phone Number: 604-900-2133

Organization Summary

Semiahmoo House Society is a non-profit organization located in Surrey/White Rock which exists to provide quality services and support to people with disabilities and their families in the community.

Semiahmoo House Society believes that all people have the right to control their own lives through personal choices about relationships, jobs, living arrangements, spirituality, travelling, and recreational activities, and that all people have the right to give back to their communities through volunteering and helping others. Everyone is entitled to live a happy, full and meaningful life.

Semiahmoo House Society provides a wide range of programs which include WISE Employment, services at the North and South Surrey Campus, Recreation and Leisure programming and most recently an online campus

Experience with Seniors

Semiahmoo House Society provides quality services and support to people with disabilities. Most services offered are available throughout adulthood. One service, Encore, is available for adults who are looking to connect with peers with similar interests and age. There is a mindful attention to a relaxed structure. This service was designed as a result of listening to what is important to people. Services at Semiahmoo House Society are Person-Centered. This ensures that people are listened to and included in decision-making in all areas at Semiahmoo House Society.

Semiahmoo House Society is a proud partner in the SISSIP Network. The Semiahmoo House Society, SISSIP project, Surrey SHARES, is meant to support a more inclusive, empowered, and connected community for adults 55+. Semiahmoo House Society looks forward to the program featuring some of the incredible people that we know.

Sub-Project(s)

Sub-Project:

  • Surrey SHARES- Connecting communities through storytelling.
Contact Info

Website:: https://uniti4all.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/surreyshares
Instagram: www.instagram.com/surreyshares
Phone Number: 604-900-2133

FRAFCA – Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Center Association

The Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association is a non-profit organization that provides a diverse range of culturally safe and supportive services to Indigenous children, youth, families, adults and Elders residing in the Fraser Salish Region. As a Friendship Center, we work to strengthen connections to culture, community and wellness and work from a decolonizing perspective.  Our philosophy is to provide a culturally safe, collaborative wrap around model of care.

Vision

A community of strong, healthy, successful Indigenous people connected to each other and to their roots.

Mission

To foster the health and well-being of urban Indigenous people in the Fraser Salish Region by providing culturally relevant services, support, and advocacy.

FRAFCA provides a wide range of services and supports to urban Indigenous people from 0 -99+. Elders are valued members of our community and we provide warp-around support to our vulnerable Elders to encourage holistic well-being and healing. We have a My Urban Elder program that connects Elders with families with young children to recreate traditional intergenerational connections, often lost due to colonization and displacement.

Sub-Project:

Promoting Inclusion for Indigenous Elders from all Nations in Surrey

Website: www.frafca.org

Phone: 604-923-1166

Organization Summary

The Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association is a non-profit organization that provides a diverse range of culturally safe and supportive services to Indigenous children, youth, families, adults and Elders residing in the Fraser Salish Region. As a Friendship Center, we work to strengthen connections to culture, community and wellness and work from a decolonizing perspective.  Our philosophy is to provide a culturally safe, collaborative wrap around model of care.

Vision

A community of strong, healthy, successful Indigenous people connected to each other and to their roots.

Mission

To foster the health and well-being of urban Indigenous people in the Fraser Salish Region by providing culturally relevant services, support, and advocacy.

Experience with Seniors

FRAFCA provides a wide range of services and supports to urban Indigenous people from 0 -99+. Elders are valued members of our community and we provide warp-around support to our vulnerable Elders to encourage holistic well-being and healing. We have a My Urban Elder program that connects Elders with families with young children to recreate traditional intergenerational connections, often lost due to colonization and displacement.

Sub-Project(s)

Sub-Project:

Promoting Inclusion for Indigenous Elders from all Nations in Surrey

Contact Info

Website: www.frafca.org

Phone: 604-923-1166

SRDC – The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation

The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) is a board-governed, mission-driven, Canadian non-profit organization, with considerable experience undertaking high-quality research and support to evidence-based decision making with respect to government programs and policy design.

Since 1991, we have completed over 350 projects and studies across a wide range of sectors – including (but not limited to) community capacity, health, and vulnerable populations – using the latest research and practice-based evidence. Our findings have helped governments, agencies, and foundations with evidence-informed insight, planning, and decision-making. Over the years, we have built a base of knowledge and experience in social policy about what works and does not work, with the belief that credible, well-communicated evidence can make a difference in policy development and program practice.

At SRDC we have an in-depth understanding of how systemic, structural, and social forces create barriers for seniors, and also how an intersectional, positive approach can identify sources of strength and resilience, and how to capture these in evaluation. Our staff have both research and practical experience working with populations from diverse backgrounds and communities across Canada. We design, implement, and manage projects of many sizes and types, including implementation/process research, impact studies, cost benefit analyses, policy analyses, strategic reviews and performance measurement, and feasibility studies. For the SISSIP Network evaluation, SRDC is using a Collective Impact Framework. To date, SRDC has conducted a number of evaluations using a Collective Impact Framework including a developmental evaluation assessing the extent to which five diverse projects collaborated effectively on a common vision, data collection to measure progress, mutually reinforcing activities, and communication, on a project aiming to help seniors age at home. SRDC is pleased to be working with the Backbone Organization and its Partners on this project. For more information about our services, please visit srdc.org

Sub-Project:

N/A

Website: http://www.srdc.org/
Phone Number: 604-601-4070

Organization Summary

The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) is a board-governed, mission-driven, Canadian non-profit organization, with considerable experience undertaking high-quality research and support to evidence-based decision making with respect to government programs and policy design.

Since 1991, we have completed over 350 projects and studies across a wide range of sectors – including (but not limited to) community capacity, health, and vulnerable populations – using the latest research and practice-based evidence. Our findings have helped governments, agencies, and foundations with evidence-informed insight, planning, and decision-making. Over the years, we have built a base of knowledge and experience in social policy about what works and does not work, with the belief that credible, well-communicated evidence can make a difference in policy development and program practice.

Experience and Expertise

At SRDC we have an in-depth understanding of how systemic, structural, and social forces create barriers for seniors, and also how an intersectional, positive approach can identify sources of strength and resilience, and how to capture these in evaluation. Our staff have both research and practical experience working with populations from diverse backgrounds and communities across Canada. We design, implement, and manage projects of many sizes and types, including implementation/process research, impact studies, cost benefit analyses, policy analyses, strategic reviews and performance measurement, and feasibility studies. For the SISSIP Network evaluation, SRDC is using a Collective Impact Framework. To date, SRDC has conducted a number of evaluations using a Collective Impact Framework including a developmental evaluation assessing the extent to which five diverse projects collaborated effectively on a common vision, data collection to measure progress, mutually reinforcing activities, and communication, on a project aiming to help seniors age at home. SRDC is pleased to be working with the Backbone Organization and its Partners on this project. For more information about our services, please visit srdc.org

Project Title

Sub-Project:

N/A

Contact Info

Website: http://www.srdc.org/
Phone Number: 604-601-4070

Team Leads

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Param Atwal
Project Administrative Coordinator

PICS

Providing administrative support to the SISSIP Network

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Nimrita Bains
Project Manager

PICS

Managing the Project and providing support to its Partners and Stakeholders

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Raj Hundal
Director of Employment Services & Planning

PICS

Managing and overseeing employment programs
and Seniors programming delivered by PICS

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Edwin Chau
Seniors’ Centre Without Walls (SCWW) Coordinator

SCWW

Program Coordinator

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Jessica Pan
Senior Program Director

Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association

FRAFCA Lead
for the SISSIP Network

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Jessika Houston
Life Coach and Program Facilitator

Glitter N’ Grace Life Coaching

Coaching participants in Goal Setting, Action Planning, Working through limiting beliefs and preparing them to share their story on stage

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Noel Bentley
Speaking Coach

Power of 3 Speaking

Coaching participants in
storytelling and public speaking

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Denise Darrell
Executive Director, Community Services

Sources Community Resources Society (SOURCES)

Executive Director providing oversight to the project, including financial stewardship

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Andrea Cox
Seniors & Volunteer Outreach Coordinator

Sources Community Resources Society (SOURCES)

Sources Community Seniors Hub and Volunteer Services Coordinator

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John Coward
Project (Seniors) Consultant

John Coward Consulting

Develops program services for diverse population groups

Jillian Glennie

Community Development Advisor, Semiahmoo House Society, UNITI

Providing support to program facilitators throughout the project.

Dr. Kemi Odegbile

Principal Research Associate

SRDC, SISSIP Network Collective Impact Evaluator

Sahra-Lea Tosdevine-Tataryn

Age Friendly Strategy for Seniors Project Manager

City of Surrey
Project Manager for the City of Surrey