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Fundraising Underway to Outfit Surrey Fire Trucks with Thirty Pet Oxygen Mask Sets

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Fundraising Underway to Outfit Surrey Fire Trucks with Thirty Pet Oxygen Mask Sets

The Happy Dogs Legacy Campaign is proud to announce it has a second round of fundraising underway to purchase 100 new pet oxygen mask sets, thirty of which will go to Surrey Fire Halls. This next round of fundraising comes on the heels of a successful campaign in 2016, where $40,000 was raised to buy 328 pet oxygen mask sets that were sent to fire halls across BC, at no cost to each hall/department.

The campaign to ensure all BC fire halls had pet oxygen mask sets began in June of 2016, after a Burnaby house fire in late May took the lives of seven dogs and two cats. The dog sport and pet community was so profoundly impacted that Happy Dogs Legacy was established to ensure something positive came from the tragic event and after learning that life-saving pet oxygen masks are not a mandatory piece of equipment on every fire truck in BC. Calls began to municipal and volunteer halls to gauge interest and the campaign was met with a very enthusiastic response; with 95 fire districts expressing interest in receiving the kits. A PetFundr page was created and several other initiatives including an online auction were held to raise the needed funds.

“We are so excited to see the pet oxygen mask sets donated last year already saving pet lives across BC and are very glad that Surrey Fire is interested in receiving this important equipment from the Fund,” said Happy Dogs Legacy Team Member Elisha McCallum. “Our goal is to outfit all of the halls we’ve received 100 new requests from and need to raise $15,000 to ensure we meet the needs of Surrey and other communities around BC.”

The pet oxygen mask kits are acquired through the Wag’N 02 Fur Life Program’s Pet Oxygen Mask Initiative, a North American distributor for McCulloch Medical™. Each kit includes a set of three oxygen masks in various sizes, tubing to connect masks to oxygen supply, a training DVD, hints and tips sheet, kennel lead for on scene animal handling, useful reporting forms, laminated instructions, educational materials and pet oxygen masks on board stickers, all inside a carry bag.  The pet oxygen masks include a two-year manufacturer’s warranty. To ensure longevity and the utmost standard of care, Happy Dogs Legacy will ensure fire halls are connected with local veterinarians should additional training on their use be requested.

If you are interested in making a donation to this campaign, please visit the Happy Dogs Legacy Pet Oxygen Masks for BC Firehalls website at: http://www.happydogslegacy.com/donate-now-1.html  

About Happy Dogs Legacy

Happy Dogs Legacy, founded in June of 2016, is an initiative started by BC pet owners to outfit all fire trucks in the province with pet oxygen mask sets. The project was born to create legacy out of tragedy after a Lower Mainland area fire claimed the lives of seven dogs and two cats. Happy Dogs Legacy is an ongoing initiative partnering with Wag’N 02 Fur Life and will continue to work to ensure all fire halls in BC have access to this valuable life-saving piece of equipment. www.happydogslegacy.com

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List of Communities/Fire Halls Who Received Pet Oxygen Mask Sets from Happy Dogs Legacy in 2016
Fire halls not on this list who would like mask sets are encouraged to contact Happy Dogs Legacy directly.

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  • Abbotsford Fire Department – 5 sets
  • Balfour Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Beaver Creek Volunteer Fire Department – 4 sets
  • Burnaby Fire Department – 12 sets
  • Castlegar Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Chemainus Hall Fire Department – 1 set
  • Coquitlam Fire Department – 11 sets
  • Courtenay (City) Fire Department -10 sets
  • Crescent Valley Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Dawson Creek Fire Rescue – 2 sets
  • Elk Valley South Country Fire & Rescue – 8 sets
  • Esquimalt Fire Department – 1 set
  • Fort Nelson/N.Rockies Regional Fire Dept– 4 sets
  • Harrison Hot Springs Fire Department – 1 set
  • Kaleden Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Kaslo Fire Department – 4 sets
  • Lake Country Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Lantzville (District) Fire and Rescue – 3 sets
  • Maple Bay Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Mesachie Lake Volunteer Fire  – 2 sets
  • Mill Bay Fire Department – 5 sets
  • Nelson Fire Department -3 sets
  • North Vancouver City Fire Dept – 3 sets
  • Otter Point Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Pass Creek Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Peachland Fire Department – 1 set
  • Port Alberni Fire Departments – 7 sets
  • Port Hardy Fire Department – 4 sets
  • Qualicum Beach Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Riondel Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Saanich Fire Department – 4 sets
  • Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue – 8 sets
  • Savary Island Fire – 2 sets
  • Shawnigan Lake Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Slocan Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Sunshine Valley Volunteer Fire Dept – 2 sets
  • Tarrys Fire Department – 4 sets
  • Thetis Island Volunteer Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Vernon Fire Rescue – 4 sets
  • Whistler Fire Rescue Service – 7 sets
  • Williams Lake Fire Department – 5 sets
  • Winlaw Fire Department – 1 set
  • Yahk Fire Department – 1 set
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  • Ashcroft Fire Rescue – 3 sets
  • Beasley Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Blewett Volunteer Fire Department – 4 sets
  • Cariboo Fire Departments – 7 sets
  • Central Saanich Volunteer Fire – 4 sets
  • Colwood Fire Rescue – 2 sets
  • Comox Fire Rescue – 2 sets
  • Cowichan Area Fire Departments – 18 sets
  • Creston Fire Rescue – 1 sets
  • Elkford (District) Fire Rescue – 1 set
  • Enderby & District Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Fernie (City) Fire and Emergency Services – 2 sets
  • Grand Forks Fire Department – 6 sets
  • Highlands (District) Fire Department – 5 sets
  • Kamloops Fire Rescue – 10 sets
  • Keremeos Volunteer Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Langley Township Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Lumby Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Maple Ridge (City) Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Metchosin Fire Department – 5 sets
  • Nanaimo Fire Department – 1 set
  • Nelson North Shore Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Ooteschenia Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Parksville Fire Department – 9 sets
  • Passmore Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Pemberton Fire Rescue – 3 sets
  • Port Coquitlam Fire – 2 sets
  • Prince George Fire Rescue Services – 12 sets
  • Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services – 2 sets
  • Robson Fire Department – 3 sets
  • Salmon Arm (City) Fire Department – 4 sets
  • Sasamat Fire Department – 4 sets
  • Seabird Island Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Shirley Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Squamish Fire Department – 6 sets
  • Surrey Fire Rescue – 1 set
  • Terrace (City) Fire Department – 2 sets
  • Tofino Volunteer Fire Department – 3 sets
  • West Vancouver District – 4 sets
  • White Rock Fire Rescue – 2 sets
  • Willis Point Volunteer Fire Department – 3 sets
  • View Royal Fire Rescue – 3 sets
  • Ymir Fire Department – 1 set
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The 50 Women of Options: Lori Quinn

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Lori Quinn, a community volunteer and philanthropist. 

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are and your background? 

My name is Lori Quinn and I am a retired Real Estate agent and busy mother of two. I am also a  philanthropist and national competitor of Arabian horses. I have always lived in the Lower Mainland, and specifically in Surrey since 2004.

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with?

Community volunteer and philanthropist.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of?

Of all my achievements through the years, my children are my proudest accomplishment. I admire the amazing individuals they have become.

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative?

Over the years, I have noticed the homeless population rising in Surrey, and yet there are no housing options. I believe affordable housing is really important in curbing this housing crisis and feel that the Options’ affordable housing project is a great way to give back.

 

Learn more about the Women of Options and make a donation to this important cause by visiting the website: Women Of Options

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The 50 Women of Options: Shelly Lynn Hughes

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Shelly Lynn Hughes, owner of Fresh Magazine and Project Her.

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are and your background? 

My name is Shelly Lynn Hughes, and I am a multi-business owner and serial entrepreneur. I have worked in publishing for over a decade and recently published my first book, Pursuit:365, which also resulted in my first best-seller status on Amazon Canada. 

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? 

I am the President & CEO of Fresh Magazine & pursuit:365.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? 

I find myself looking forward too often to reflect on what I’m proud of, but there are many moments I could look back on and think, “wow, I made that happen.” Mostly, I’m proud of being a mom. My work is all for my two girls, making them proud of me and feeling inspired to become their own people.

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? 

Women have a unique relationship with the concept of community. We have been the cornerstones of communities throughout history, and the Women of Options affordable housing campaign embodies this. What these 49 other incredible women and I have in common is our compassion for our community and our desire to give back. When those of us who are fortunate enough to be in a position to help choose to rally, we can accomplish so much. This campaign is a rallying point and I’m so honoured to be even a small part of it.

What are your social media handles? 

Personal Instagram

Pursuit:365 Instagram

Fresh Magazine Instagram

Fresh Magazine Facebook

What is your web address?

www.freshmag.ca

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5 ways Affordable Housing will Benefit the City of Surrey

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Lack of affordable housing has quickly become one of the largest barriers in preventing homelessness in British Columbia. Having served the Lower Mainland for the past 50 years, Options Community Services and Habitat Housing Society are working to provide safe, affordable rental units for the local community

Options provides essential social services in Surrey, Delta, White Rock/South Surrey and Langley. Recently, the organization has partnered with 50 local women to help raise $1.5 million in funding for a new affordable housing building in Surrey, BC. The money raised in this partnership will go towards the 100-unit complex at 81st and King George Boulevard. Of these 100 units, 30 will be market rentals, while the remaining 70 will be well below market rates —designated as affordable housing, with rent starting as low as $375 per month. This building and the resources connected to it will make a monumental impact on the community. Here are 5 ways that this building will directly impact Surrey:

1. Additional Resources:

Not only will the affordable housing build feature 100 new rental units, but it will also feature several community services provided by Options. These services include Early Years, special needs services for children and mental health outreach. Having these programs available for tenants in the building will be a bonus for all.

2. Build Relationships:

Whether it’s a social worker or an elementary school teacher, having and maintaining long-lasting relationships is crucial to establishing roots in a community. These networks of support will help at-risk individuals and vulnerable people build stability in their lives and increase their sense of community. Knowing there are people in your neighbourhood that can help support you can be a relief for individuals who do not have friends, family, or any other source of support.

3. Accessibility:

Currently, the housing market is very hot and the number of buyers is outnumbering the available stock. This applies to both home buyers and renters who are looking for affordable places to stay. This building offers 100 brand-new units that are affordable for low-income families. These families otherwise might not have any other options to turn to and be forced to consider unsafe housing conditions. Priced at $375 monthly for a one-bedroom, these homes can change the lives of those who are in need.  

4. Increased Safety:

By having a door to lock and a place to call home, the safety and security of the community is enhanced. Far too often, vulnerable peoples are subjected to unsafe conditions or forced to make tough choices. Many of these individuals are women fleeing violence, refugees, displaced seniors, at-risk youth or persons living on a disability income. . Housing such as this will better protect these groups and ensure that they have access to safe, secure and affordable places to live.

5. Job Growth:

The success of our vulnerable community members is a success for us all. In communities with affordable housing, there is often a growth in job opportunities.  A study by the New York State Association for Affordable Housing found that affordable housing projects created nearly 330,000 jobs in New York between 2011 and 2015, with many of them being permanent or long-lasting contracts (source). From engineers to health care workers, the growth of a community can directly contribute to an increased demand for workers. 

The Women of Options campaign was created to support the build at King George and 81st. More information and a profile on each of the 50 Women of Options can be found at womenofoptions.ca. Community support is vital to ensure its success. To learn more about ways to help or donate, please visit womenofoptions.ca.

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The 50 Women of Options: Tammy Dyer

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Tammy Dyer, Deputy Executive Director, Options Community Services.

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are and your background? 

My name is Tammy Dyer and I have lived in Surrey my entire life. My background is as an Early Childhood Educator and I was fortunate to have been hired by Options when the Growing Together Young Parent Program began in 1986. Over my 35 year career at Options has provided me opportunities to grow both professionally and personally. I am proud to be a part of the Options Executive team. 

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? 

I am the Deputy Executive Director, Options Community Services.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? 

Professionally I am so proud to be a part of the Options family and all of the achievements we have made over the years. None of my achievements that I have made professionally are ever achieved alone but as a team. If I have to pick a few it would be the Growing Together Young Parent Program that grew and evolved under my leadership and the current 81st Ave housing project that the Women of Options campaign is supporting. Personally, my biggest and most important achievement is being a mom to two amazing young women who are intelligent, kind, independent and beautiful both inside and out.

Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? 

As a long-time Options employee who spent many years supporting young families, I knew that securing safe affordable housing was one of the most challenging hurdles that my clients faced. When I talked to other staff from other Options programs a lack of safe affordable housing was a barrier that their clients faced as well. This project has been a dream of mine for more than five years and I was honoured to be asked to be one of the 50 Women of Options affordable housing campaign.

What is your web address?

Options Community Services

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The 50 Women of Options: Isabelle Martinez Hayer

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On February 17th, Options Community Services launched its first capital fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million for affordable housing units. The money is currently being raised through a partnership with 50 local women, all of who have pledged to raise $25,000 each in support of this project. Surrey 604 is encouraging public support of this project by featuring each of the 50 Women of options. Today we introduce Isabelle Martinez Hayer, Mortgage Broker with Dominion Lending Centres.

Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? 

My passion in life is service to the community. A daughter of immigrant parents who struggled to raise a family during difficult times, I raised children to be engaged in community service, to be proud of being Canadian, and be guided through the principles of honesty, integrity, goodwill, understanding, and service to others. In 1989 I joined Rotary International and was among the first women to be inducted into the Canadian arm of the organization. I also volunteered on many boards including the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation, Surrey Board of Trade, the Bell Performing Arts Centre and TD Friends of the Environment.

What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? 

I am a Mortgage Broker with Dominion Lending Centres. I have also been involved with A Better Way and the Rotary Club of Surrey.

What achievements in your life are you most proud of? 

I am profoundly proud and appreciative, with the support of my spouse, to have had the privilege of raising 4 brilliant and accomplished children who have made positive impacts in their world and family. As a servant leader, I have also had many wonderful opportunities to engage and support meaningful organizations in our community, accomplishing great things to help uplift our society. Lastly, as a mature student, I have recently completed my Master’s degree at Royal Roads University and hope that this accomplishment will inspire others to reflect that you are never too old to learn and improve.

 Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? 

I support sustainable housing initiatives that help promote individual resiliency and I believe that through addressing housing insecurity, the community will benefit by uplifting residents, enabling them to tackle other important issues like raising their families, being more engaged in society and supporting the betterment of all.

What are your social media handles? 

Twitter

Facebook

What is your web address?

Surrey Rotary Club

 

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