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 Mary Polak, Strategic Advisor with Maple Leaf Strategies Inc.
Tell us your name, a bit about who you are, and your background? *
My name is Mary Polak. I was the MLA for Langley for 15 years and for most of that time I was a member of Cabinet leading a number of different ministries. Prior to that, I was a Trustee on the Surrey School Board and I managed a small polling and research company. I grew up in Cloverdale and I now live in Langley with my adult daughter.
What is your job title/what company or organization are you with? *
I am a Strategic Advisor with Maple Leaf Strategies Inc.
What achievements in your life are you most proud of? *
Personally – raising a teenage daughter on my own. Professionally – my work supporting Indigenous communities throughout my time as Minister of Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation as well as Minister of Children & Family Development
Why did the Women of Options affordable housing campaign resonate with you? Why are you supporting this initiative? *
I have experienced the struggle to make ends meet and I know the immense impact of a safe and affordable home.
What are your social media handles? *
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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