Healthiest Community Possible

Imagine this

A community that is socially connected, where residents volunteer and neighbours are friends who help each other, where people have a sense of belonging and participate in community programs, events and healthy activities.

Back in 2011, the Foundation’s Board of Directors decided there was more the Foundation could do outside of the hospital campus to positively impact health and wellness in our community. To better understand what comprises a healthy community, the Foundation brought together a dedicated and passionate group of 22 community leaders interested in working together towards a common vision of becoming the healthiest community possible. From that initial town hall meeting of stakeholders in the autumn of 2012, a working group was established to continue the conversation and collaborate on a plan that would articulate the vision, goals, actions and a timeline for this community effort. A strategic plan was completed and finalized in early 2015.

Healthy Community Strategic PlanHealthy Community Strategic Plan (4188 KB)

25-Mar-2015

2015 Our Healthy Community Brochure2015 Our Healthy Community Brochure (4914 KB)

18-Jun-2015

The Vision Statement

A healthy community where people are committed to physical, social and mental well-being.

Using research from numerous global, national and local sources in order to determine what it means to become a healthier community, five strategic goals were created to ensure our community becomes the healthiest possible. Which ones will you choose?

  1. Let's Network!
    Let's share resources and work together to champion, promote and achieve the healthy community goals and actions. By developing a database of information, community health and wellness resources will be easily accessible. Want to learn Tai Chi? Are you interested in joining a Alzheimer's support group? Has your health care provider recommended nutritional counselling or cooking classes? In a healthy community, all of this information and more is at your fingertips.

  2. A Community Built For Me
    A healthy community is one that supports all of its residents with accessible indoor and outdoor built environments and natural areas that foster physical, mental and social wellness by encouraging people to learn, exercise, socialize and use active transportation. Regardless of your abilities or passions, you'll find places to join friends for a walk, learn a new skill or volunteer your time.

  3. Get Informed and Be Active!
    Participating in health and physical activities is essential to an active lifestyle. A healthy community strives to offer a variety of health information, resources and skill development training so you can make healthy and active choices throughout your lifespan.

  4. Let's Do It!
    A culture of caring defines a healthy community. By connecting local health services with community resources, you'll have a complete program to achieve the best health possible for your individual physical, mental and social needs. We're all unique and sometimes one size does not fit all. There is a tailored health plan just for you.

  5. Health in All Policies
    In a healthy community, all organizations (municipalities, health and social services, education, business, not-for-profits, service clubs, sports organizations, etc.) create future policies and planning initiatives under the lens of what's best for the health of the community. Your policy makers and community leaders value the principals of health and wellness and work together to ensure all future decisions reflect that foundation.

The stakeholder group recently met to develop an action plan to achieve these goals. With lots of creativity, passion and thoughtful contemplation, some brilliant ideas were established on how best to implement and realize this vision.

The Outcome

A socially connected community where residents volunteer their time, where neighbours are friends, where people enjoy a sense of belonging and participate in community events and activities, and where the elements of great health are improving.

Healthy Community Resources

Check out the great ways to eat healthy, be active and connect in South Surrey and White Rock.

National Bank Financial Great Pumpkin Run Walk
Each October, the Foundation holds this lively community event that combines fun outdoor activity with fundraising for a great cause - Peace Arch Hospital's ER! In the spirit of Halloween, participants dress up in colourful costumes to walk or run the 5K or 1K routes that wind through White Rock. Strollers, wheelchairs and well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome!

White Rock Farmers' Market
Sundays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm - May 24 to October 11, 2015
Miramar Village Plaza (the Whaling Wall) - 15154 Russell Avenue, White Rock

Live Well Exercise Clinic
A team of healthcare professionals will help realize your goals and reach your potential through exercise, nutrition and education in this chronic disease management and prevention program.

Horst & Emmy Werner Centre for Active Living
Offers programs and activities in cardiac rehabilitation, curling, stroke recovery and leisure services.

Local Parks
There's a park for every interest on the Semiahmoo Peninsula! Hit the waterfront, pack a picnic, play sports, hike some trails or let the dog run off-leash. There's no reason not to get outside!

South Surrey Parks
White Rock Parks

Beaches and Swimming Pool
Beat the heat and increase your cardio with a dip in the ocean at one of the Peninsula's beautiful beaches or refreshing pools.

Crescent Beach
A relaxing, low-key alternative to busy White Rock Beach. Jump in a kayak and explore the area or dive in for a swim.

White Rock Beach
There's eight kilometres of beach to play on so bring a frisbee, a badminton racket or a soccer ball and run around on the sand.

South Surrey Indoor Pool

Sunnyside Outdoor Pool

Community Services

Semiahmoo House Society
Since 1958, Semiahmoo House Society has been providing quality services to people with disabilities and their families while promoting an inclusive community.

Seniors Come Share Society
Aiming to be the centre of excellence in helping seniors maintain their independence, Seniors Come Share Society engages more than 33,000 clients each year in a variety of programs.