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Surrey fire fighters build a brighter future for our communities

Surrey Fire Fighters
"Youth with mental illness and addiction need to know where to go when they need help, and they should not be judged for asking." - Mike McNamara, President of the Surrey Fire Fighters Association, President of the Surrey Fire Fighters' Charitable Society

Addiction, homelessness, crime. As first responders, this is what fire fighters see every day. They know first hand the source of these issues is often mental illness.

With the hope of better outcomes through early intervention, the Surrey Fire Fighters' Charitable Society (SFFCS) aims to give struggling youth the best chance to succeed with a gift of $250,000 to the Chair for Technology Innovations for Youth Addiction Recovery and Mental Health. 

The Chair will lead research that focuses on improved technologies to diagnose and treat youth substance abuse and mental health. By funding this Chair, the SFFCS is demonstrating their remarkable commitment to creating a new normal in our communities – it’s normal to have an emotional injury or even a mental illness, and it’s socially acceptable to seek treatment.

The SFFCS is funded by voluntary payroll deductions from its 400 members (with close to 100% participation) and through a variety of fundraising activities, including their Community Thrift Store, Annual Boot Drive and the Mayor's Charity Ball.  They’re making a genuine difference in our communities, and we’re grateful for their exceptional culture of giving. 

 

Donate to the Chair for Technology Innovations for Youth Addiction Recovery and Mental Health here