News from Options Community Services in Surrey
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Community Connections: Stories that Bring Us Together

Options was represented at ‘Community Connections: Stories that Bring Us Together’ organized Options’ very own Literacy through Arts volunteer instructor Stacey Wakelin.

This event brought together the community to celebrate diversity and creativity through a collective Art Project and a short film on Diversity by local high school students.Special guests included MP John Aldag, MLA Rich Coleman, Mayor Jack Froese, Deputy Mayor Nathan Pachal and Councillor Rudy Storteboom.

 Options newcomer client Hasan AlSaleh, along with volunteer interpreter Zeenah Alrefaei, presented the painting he had gifted to Options and displayed multiple other works. By the end of the evening, Hasan AlSaleh sold 2 paintings!

Literacy through Arts

Another exciting project for Options Literacy through Arts Class!

Newcomer students, with the help of volunteer art instructor Stacey Wakelin and literacy instructor Brandon Koo, built an amazing Options Community Services Gingerbread House!

The Gingerbread House will be submitted to the Downtown Surrey BIA's Gingerbread Village Contest and will be on display from December 14th- 16th at Central City Shopping Centre!

Girls Got Game (GGG) is a 4-year Project is funded  by Canadian Women’s Foundation.

Immigrant and refugee girls ages between 9 and 13 are able to build confidence through physical education (recreatiinal sports and games), special out-trips and leadership skills-building activities.

GGG aims at empowering newcomer girls to be healthy and active for life. 

Content experts/positive role models such as female RCMP Officers and female Olympians are invited as guest speakers to offer special presentations.

Topics of discussions and capacity-building include: gender-stereotyping, peer pressure and bullying.

Girls-only activities allow immigrant and refugee girls to feel safe to explore and discuss issues that matter to them; build strong bond/trust with GGG facilitators Camila Serna and Joanne Yiu and with each other. GGG newcomer participants learn to self-reflect and articulate thoughts through journal-writing.

GGG is delivered by Options Community Services Society in partnership with the City of Surrey; each cycle is delivered over 17 weekly sessions. 

GGG is currently recruiting for a new cohort.  For more information, please contact Camila Serna: camila.serna@options.bc.ca or 604-572-4060

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Photo: Artist Hasan AlSaleh presents his work.