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Surrey Honda Car Raffle to benefit new Phoenix mental health and substance use program for youth

Surrey Honda Car Raffle to benefit new Phoenix mental health and substance use program for youth

Phoenix Society is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a charity of benefit of the 2nd annual Surrey Honda Raffle, held in partnership with Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society.

“We are excited to announce that beginning March 1 we will be selling $20 raffle tickets, raising funds for mental health initiatives,” said Dylan Van Rooyen, Vice President of Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society, which is running the raffle. “This year’s funds will support a new youth program to be run by Phoenix Society, as well as many other critical programs. Our goal is to raise $150,000 through this 2021 Surrey Honda Raffle.”

Being raffled off this year is a 2021 Honda CRV Sport (AWD). Raffle tickets are available in-person at Surrey Honda, located at 15291 Fraser Hwy, Surrey, as well as online at

The raffle draw will take place on July 1, 2021 at 6 p.m.

The funds from the raffle that are donated to Phoenix Society will support the launch of the “Positive Minds” Mental Health and Substance Use Education Program to support youth struggling with mental health and substance misuse in the City of Surrey.

Phoenix Society has extensive experience in providing counselling services and running support groups, and has modelled this new program off its successful Positive Psychology program at the Phoenix Centre.

“We are thankful for the support of Surrey Honda and the Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society to help us launch this much-needed community based program,” said Keir Macdonald, Phoenix Society CEO. “Phoenix Society’s existing programs largely serve adults, but we recognize there is a crucial need for both community based support services and more intensive treatment services for youth. Expanding mental health and substance-use services for young people is an integral part in our fight against the drug poisoning crisis.”

The Canadian Mental Health Association reports that 84,000 children and youth in B.C. live with a diagnosed mental health condition, yet less than one-third of those who seek help are receiving mental health services. That means as many as 58,000 children in B.C. are not receiving the treatment they need. Further it is estimated that 68,000 youth between the ages of 15 and 24 meet the criteria for a substance use disorder.

Phoenix Society’s “Positive Minds” program will provide this new education program/curriculum to youth and their families in Surrey. The program will involve an assessment of each youth’s strengths, 12 classes rooted in “Positive Psychology” deploying student strengths, as well as a six-hour seminar for parents utilizing “Positive Parenting” philosophies.

“We know that adolescence is a crucial period for developing and maintaining social and emotional habits important for mental well-being,” said Macdonald. “Promoting psychological well-being and protecting adolescents from potential risk factors that may impact their ability to thrive are critical. We are so thankful to both Surrey Honda and the Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society for supporting our work in this space, and involving us in this year’s fundraiser.”

For media inquiries contact:

Amy Reid

Fund Development and Communications Manager