Surrey youth will be able to keep playing hockey

The Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS) has received funding for the next three years from a local business. Fraser Grain Terminal and Fraser Surrey Docs gave the $150,000 to help with the leadership training and mentorship program for youth in their community.

HEROS provides free programs to youth of all backgrounds from a Grade 4 up to post-secondary, with free programs such as conflict resolution, drug awareness, addiction prevention, first aid training, financial literacy, hockey coaching, and referee training.

Suleyman El Hassan, age 12, recently immigrated to Canada from Syria and credits his involvement with HEROS with helping him settle into a new country.

“I was having trouble making friends as I didn’t speak English. HEROS helped me make friends, it helped me feel Canadian,” said El Hassan.

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