With a long history of fundraising, City of Surrey employees were honoured Monday night for their efforts in giving to the United Way.
The United Way of the Lower Mainland gave the Spirit Award to the City of Surrey, CUPE 402 and the International Association of Firefighters, Local 1271.
City staff won in the Innovation Award category which recognizes the workplace campaign team that created the most innovative fundraising strategies and maintained or increased dollars given directly to United Way.
Employees of the City of Surrey contributed more than $233,000 to the United Way Campaign in 2015.
“I am proud that City of Surrey employees have been recognized for their long standing dedication and generosity,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “When it comes to creating a culture of caring in Surrey, the City and its employees lead by example as the money raised by our United Way Campaign makes a big difference in supporting local charitable organizations and community groups.”
Last year, the United Way of the Lower Mainland invested $1.2 million in the “Avenues of Change” initiative in Surrey’s Guildford West community.
The funds will be used to implement neighbourhood-specific strategies to change outcomes for vulnerable kids including mental wellness support, early childhood literacy support, health promotion, and a screening program that helps track children’s developmental progress. More information on the Avenues of Change initiative can be found here.