Director of Women, Seniors and Community Services
Sources Community Resource Centre
Spring of 2016 was a grievous time for the family and friends who lost Mary.
Mary was an inspiration to all who knew her. She loved to travel, explore new culinary experiences and to hike the beautiful wilderness of British Columbia.
In life, sadly we only knew Mary peripherally, but we recognized her as a champion for people, especially women who were marginalized and disadvantaged. She was an active donor during her lifetime but before sadly succumbing to a tragic head injury, Mary arranged to bequeath two significant amounts of money to Sources Community Resources Society to fund two programs she felt strongly about, the South Surrey/White Rock Food Bank and Sources Women’s Place.
These programs are vastly different. The Food Bank supports over 600 people per week living in White Rock/South Surrey with more than healthy and nutritious meals, they strive to decrease hunger, increase local food sustainability and to improve overall nutritional health.
The Sources Food Banks receive no government funding and rely entirely on volunteers and generous community support, like that shown by Mary. For every $1 donated, the Food Bank reaches up to $3 in purchasing power, tripling the value of her gift and enabling the Food Bank to buy what is needed when it is required without the challenges of expiry dates on perishables or the logistics of storage.
Women’s Place is a drop-in centre that often serves as the initial point of contact for women and their children that are coping with violence, trauma and/or poverty issues. They supply both long and short term counseling, a free legal information and advocacy program, crisis peer support, support groups, and a community kitchen. Women and their children who need assistance are welcomed and obtain support that could include a hot shower, use of laundry services, free clothing and a nutritious hot lunch. The centre supports in excess of 10,000 individuals per year and serves on average 150 free hot lunches per week.
The generosity of these gifts impacts the peninsula like the undulating ripples in a pond – Mary has positively impacted literally thousands of individuals with her generous gifts and in doing so will live on in perpetuity by becoming an inspiration to so many more who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing her in person…..
Visit http://sourcesfoundation.ca/give/why-give/ or contact Denise Darrell, Director of Women, Seniors and Community Services at 604-541-4820 to learn more about the impact a bequest has on individuals in need.