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Surrey Youth Stewardship Program Receives Funding Boost

Surrey Youth Stewardship Program Receives Funding Boost

July 19, 2018

Surrey, BC – The United Nations Association in Canada's (UNA-Canada) innovative summer work experience programme, Canada Green Spaces, funded through the Government of Canada's Employment and Social Development Canada, is proud to support the City of Surrey’s Salmon Habitat Restoration Program (SHaRP). This funding boost is helping give 25 local students an opportunity to team up on watershed stewardship this summer.

With a primary goal of mitigating urban impacts on city streams through habitat restoration activities and through increased community awareness of fish presence and pollution prevention,  SHaRP is a great fit for UNA-Canada.

“We are proud to support Surrey’s SHaRP program through our newly launched Green Spaces programme”, said Aditi Shalome Rudra, regional coordinator UNA-Canada. “Our wage-matching programme, which will support 190 students across Canada this summer, aims to match our sharpest students to environmentally-geared jobs enhancing their knowledge and experience, and sparking interest in future sustainable development careers.”

Supported by the City of Surrey, SHaRP is a student powered initiative in its 23rd year of promoting and restoring fish-friendly habitats throughout the community. Canada Green Spaces funding will cover over a quarter of the student labour costs to operate SHaRP this year.

“SHaRP is emphatically supported by Surrey Mayor and Council and we’re grateful for UNA-Canada’s generous funding,” says Surrey City Councillor Mike Starchuk, Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee. “We continue to see the impact made by students who devote their summer to working in our aquatic areas and enhancing local salmon habitat through invasive species removal, waterway enhancement and by educating the community.”

Watch for SHaRP students attending community events and working throughout Surrey. Join them July 21st at Cougar Creek from 10am to 3pm to participate in a Volunteer Invasive Plant Pull.  For more information, visit www.surrey.ca/sharp. You can also find SHaRP on Facebook and YouTube.

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For More Information:

Sophie Cummings
SHaRP Media and Public Relations
778-846-1611
sharpmediapr@gmail.com