Cancer society opens ‘exciting’ office in Whalley, honours volunteers

WHALLEY — Those with the Canadian Cancer Society say they’re excited about their new office space in the area.

The society’s new community office recently opened at the London Station complex, #150-10362 King George Blvd., Surrey.

The space is in a more visible location and helps the society in its desire "to better engage with the community of Surrey," according to the society’s Jessika Houston.

"Already since our move on April 4th, we have had many more people come in for information on our programs and services, have run a successful daffodil campaign out of the new office and have engaged with other community groups such as Mileau Family Services on some collaborative volunteer opportunities," Houston told the Now

"We are very excited to see what opportunities this new office will open up for us." 

The new office is on the ground level, making it easy for people to come in to learn about the organization’s support programs and other services. The phone number there is 604-583-2228.

In June, the society hosted a volunteer-appreciation event at Surrey’s Northwood United Church. The gathering was organized to recognize volunteers from Surrey who help the society deliver health promotion initiatives, support programs (including volunteer drivers), operate its community office and assist with fundraisers such as the Daffodil Campaign, the Relay for Life event, the Door to Door Campaign and Cops for Cancer tour.

As well, longtime volunteer May Kyryluk was given a "20 years of Service" certificate at the tea.

"May has been instrumental in our involvement in Surrey over the years and has been known to wear many ‘hats’," the group stated. "Over the years, May has helped us with the community office, the Relay for Life, the Daffodil Campaign, many special events and our Gift Wrap campaign, to name a few. At the event, she was recognized with a certificate and flowers and was given a new party hat to add to her collection of ‘hats’."

This Saturday (June 20), the society will host its 13th annual Surrey Relay for Life at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Cloverdale, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with entertainment, activities, games and celebration. 

"It is also a time to reflect and remember those that we have lost to cancer, so we hold a special ceremony when dusk falls where we turn out the lights, light up the luminary paper bags that are lighting the track and walk one lap of the track in silence while remembering our loved ones. The event is a family event and anyone who would like to attend is encouraged to come out. If you would still like to register please go to www.relayforlife.ca/surrey."

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