SAS Surrey’s Mary Pichette and Hon. David C. Onley

An SOS to SAS

Surrey non-profit social service agency shares prize money from Donner Awards.

  • Nov. 21, 2012 12:00 p.m.

Seven non-profit social service agencies from across Canada, including Servants Anonymous Society (SAS) Surrey, were recognized as the best-run in the country and shared $60,000 in prize money at the Donner Canadian Foundation Awards for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services Wednesday in Toronto.

SAS Surrey won the Award for Excellence in the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse, which came with a $5,000 prize.

The SAS Surrey program is a participant-centered approach to recovery for female youth and women who choose to seek sobriety, exit the sex trade, or are at risk of being sexually exploited due to abuse, addiction, or homelessness.

Six other organizations shared the remaining $55,000 in awards in various categories

“These expertly managed non-profits have improved the communities they operate in, helping countless families and individuals nationwide,” said Jason Clemens, Fraser Institute executive vice-president “We’re pleased to recognize their outstanding work.”

The Donner Awards are Canada’s largest recognition program for non-profit social service agencies, established in 1998 to recognize and encourage best practices in non-profit management and increase public confidence and support for Canada’s non-profit sector. The awards are administered by the Fraser Institute on behalf of the Donner Canadian Foundation.

This year, 554 non-profit social service agencies from across Canada applied for the awards. Participating organizations were ranked on their performance in 10 key areas, including management and governance, the use of staff and volunteers, innovation, program costs, and outcome monitoring.

For the full listing of winners, visit www.donnerawards.org

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