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June 22, 2015

S.M.A.R.T Goes to Hollywood

 

Author: Vicky Chen

 

Roll out the red carpet, because this is your glimpse into Surrey Women's Centre at Hollywood North for National Victims of Crime Awareness Week 2015. 

 

On International Womens’ Day, we had 14 volunteers come and make our place feel a little more welcoming for the premiere. 

 

Sandra Brynjolfson, the volunteer coordinator, explains what inspires her to help others.

 

"I've been an electrician for 15 years...there are very few women in my field. It's very rare that they're able to work together. The women in my volunteer group now enjoy the experience of working with one another on renovation proejcts. It definitely helps to fight the discrimination I see in my field everyday. We want to empower and help all the women in our local communities."

 

For others, our S.M.A.R.T program is the center of attention. 

 

Corrine says, "2.5 hours is the drive time between the small North Fraser Canyon community of Boston Bar and the nearest hospital offering specialized medical treatment. For women and girls who need immediate help after an assault, there is no time to spare.  

 

But it's not the ride that's most important - it's what happens after that steals the spotlight. 

 

"We aren't just here for those 2.5 hours. We’re here to provide support for the wounds that take longer to heal, because getting to the hospital is just the beginning. We stay by a woman's side as she receives emergency medical treatment and makes critical decision about her long-term safety and health. That support continues for as long as a woman needs to secure her well-being. And that leads to a lifetime of change for a woman, who can then support others." 

 

Sonya, our executive director, shares her thoughts. "We’re not just a one-woman show. Violence against women happens every day, and we’re all actors with important roles to play.” 

 

It’s true: we might roll out our red carpet, but we aren’t the real stars of the show. We are only here because of all of your continuous support. 

 

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