The Stride program at the Purpose Society is hosting a very important Community Dialogue on the Overdose Crisis on Thursday, May 3rd from 6 – 8:30pm at the Fraser River Discovery Centre.

We invite all those from New Westminster and beyond to attend this important event in order to share our thoughts, experiences and ideas about the continuing overdose crisis that has claimed so many lives.

This event is free, but pre-registration is needed as seating is limited. Please RSVP by phone at 604-526-2522 or online by visiting the following link:

Light refreshments are included. We hope to see you there. Community Dialogue Poster

Health researchers have identified a list of conditions that are described as the social determinants of health which can affect our individual physical and mental health.  The list includes the following:

The presence or absence of any of the social determinants of health can affect the physical and mental health of an individual and, therefore, the quality of their life.  Often they are clustered together.  The person who is homeless is not likely to enjoy food security.  It is difficult to gain employment if you do not have an address and a telephone.


The Purpose Society attempts to provide a continuum of services that include the physical, mental and social determinants of health.  These include the provision of medical services for youth, adults and gay men and the Rent Bank program that assists people to remain in their homes by providing small loans.