Family Services awarded New West Platinum Award

Family Services was awarded the 2014 New Westminster Platinum Award for Best Not for Profit over $1 million.

The Platinum Awards celebrate business and community excellence in New Westminster. The award recognizes businesses and individuals whose achievements and contributions to the community distinguish them from their peers. This is the third year for the event.

“What was very honouring for us was the fact that we were nominated by an employee of another social service organization who has worked alongside the staff for many years and felt it was time Family Services was recognized,” says Family Services’ CEO Caroline Bonesky.

The other nominees in this category were: Royal Columbian Hospital, The Justice Institute, and Urban Academy.

“It was very powerful when they spoke about the impact that our clients say we have in their lives,” says Caroline. It was noted at the event that over 90 per cent of clients say their lives are improved because of the service they received and over 95 per cent would recommend our services to family or friends.

Family Services has a long time presence in New West: it has been providing services to children, youth, adults and families New Westminster for over 35 years. In 1980, Family Services established an office in New Westminster which currently operates 12 programs and is staffed by over 40 individuals.

Family Services offers comprehensive services including counselling, parenting support, victim support, youth support, community education and prevention, employment services, ESL for moms and caregivers, community kitchens, Parenting in Canada, Neighbourhood Small Grants, Project Parent, Counselling, Stopping the Violence, Money Skills, ESL for Grandparents, ESL Conversation Groups at the Library, Single Mothers Support Group, Parents Connect, Parent Teen Mediation and Caring Neighbours Program at Christmas. Family Services also hosts the Literacy Outreach Coordinator position in New Westminster.

Congratulations to the entire New West team!

Photo: Tom Corsie, VP Real Estate, Port Metro Vancouver, Caroline Bonesky, CEO Family Services of Greater Vancouver.

Photo courtesy New Westminster Chamber of Commerce