Focus on the future

How can enhanced neighbourhood ties create a more vibrant White Rock and South Surrey community?

That’s the theme of a public discussion to be hosted by the White Rock South Surrey Community Foundation and the Vancouver Foundation, Monday, June 20 at White Rock Public Library, 15342 Buena Vista Ave.

The event takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with registration at 5:30 p.m.

It’s being billed as a chance to connect with other Peninsula residents and organizations to contribute to a conversation on such issues as affordability and community engagement.

Springboard for the discussion will be the Vancouver Foundation’s Vital Signs report, released in October of last year, which found that a strong sense of belonging and trust between neighbours helps to create stronger, healthier communities.

Suggested topics for the discussion include the resources and services that help make living more affordable on the Peninsula; how neighbours share resources, and how the community welcomes newcomers.

The forum will also examine the opportunities for volunteerism, reducing the gap between rich and poor, and the opportunities for the community to share food and meals.

Multiculturalism and diversity will also be examined, as well as the potential for interaction and sharing among neighbours.

For more information on the project, visit www.vancouverfoundationvitalsigns.ca/community-conversations/