B.C. Premier John Horgan at the PICS event in Cloverdale on Oct. 6. (submitted photo)

PHOTOS: PICS gala raises $100K to build seniors village in Cloverdale

Close to 700 people, including politicians of all levels, attended fundraiser Saturday

More than $100,000 was raised at a gala attended by 700 people in Surrey last Saturday night (Oct. 6).

The PICS Diversity Village fundraiser, held at Cloverdale’s Mirage Banquet Hall, attracted politicians of civic, provincial and national levels, including B.C. Premier John Horgan and MP Harjit Sajjan, Canada’s minister of defense.

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The event was hosted by Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society, or PICS, which wants to construct a “revolutionary” facility for seniors near the corner of 64th Avenue and 176th Street.

The 140-bed project, approved by Surrey city council in January and estimated to cost $85 million, aims to give seniors “culturally sensitive care services” in a five-storey structure.

• RELATED STORY: Gala to help build ‘Diversity Village’ in Cloverdale, from August 2018.

Saturday’s fundraiser attracted “a strong presence of local businesses, media, sponsors, donors, lifetime members, volunteers, community members, board members, seniors from PICS Assisted Living and staff of PICS,” according to event organizers.

The not-for-profit facility will operate with a goal of providing “long-term care for an aging and diverse multicultural population,” from “seniors who are unable to care for themselves” to those who have a higher need of care, including those with dementia, according to a city planning report.

The project is considered the largest in the history of PICS, which was launched in 1987.

• RELATED STORY: PICS Diversity Village in Surrey will fill ‘critical’ need in seniors care, from March 2016.



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Those who attended the PICS gala fundraiser on Oct. 6 included, from left to right, Anne Kang, Ravi Kahlon, Inderjit Hundal, Adrian Dix, Shayne Simpson, Jinny Sims, Jagrup Brar, John Horgan, Harry Bains, Raj Chauhan, Rachna Singh, Garry Begg, Bruce Ralston and Satbir Cheema. (submitted photo)

National Minister of Defense Harjit Sajjan (right) presents a message from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Satbir Cheema, CEO of PICS, at the Oct. 6 event in Cloverdale. (submitted photo)

National Minister of Defense Harjit Sajjan reads a message from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Oct. 6 event in Cloverdale. (submitted photo)

From left to right, PICS board members Ranbir Manj, Puneet Khaira, Dr. Tina Purewal, Satbir Cheema, Dave Hans, Arvinder Bubber and Harry Kooner at the Oct. 6 event in Cloverdale. (submitted photo)

B.C. Premier John Horgan with seniors and the Humjoli Group at the Oct. 6 event. (submitted photo)

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