2013 Heroes of the Homeless

Congratulations to Dick Avison, Dr. Ken Stones and The Surrey Public Libraries – City Centre Library who received their awards and superhero capes at the Society’s annual grants and awards ceremony at the Newton Cultural Centre on Thursday, October 10th, 2013.

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Pictured: Dr. Ken Stones, April Cox, and Dick Avison

 

Dick Avison has been an amazing advocate for the homeless in South Surrey.  Over five years ago Dick began volunteering to host the extreme weather shelter at the United Church where there are 10 beds for homeless folks who have nowhere else to go during the winter when it’s cold or wet.  Dick is a great organizer, managing all of the volunteers needed to make the shelter work.  Dick is someone who has a huge heart, and is incredibly compassionate towards those who are less fortunate.  He is a great role model for us all.

Dr. Ken Stones was instrumental in organizing the Peace Arch Free Dental Clinic which opened in October, 2009 to treat people in the South Surrey area who may be homeless, and can’t afford to see a dentist.

Clients are incredibly appreciative, often expressing heartfelt thanks with tears and hugs of appreciation. The patients’ gratitude and improved self-esteem keep the volunteer dentists and staff coming back.

Surrey Libraries – City Centre Library has specifically designed programs and services to assist the homeless and poverty-stricken, like 90-day library cards which may be provided to individuals who don’t have any identification, putting together brochures to help individuals find resources, support services and employment, literacy programs and promotion of a mobile library, to name a few.  In addition, the City Centre Library has been a great partner for the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society this year, providing the venue for our meetings and programs, including the Youth Film Competition Youth-at-risk Workshops, upgrading equipment and software to support our program!