Annual Donor Report

With heartfelt appreciation, we are thrilled to share with you 12 quick highlights of 2023.
Each made possible by your dedication and belief in our mission.

As we reflect on the incredible journey of 2023, we are filled with gratitude for the consistent support and generosity that our esteemed donors have shown us. Each year seems to pass in the blink of an eye, yet the impact of your contributions resonates deeply within our community.

Youth on cell phone


Together, we raised over $1million, empowering our youth to thrive and succeed against all odds.


Group of OCS Entrepreneurs
Left to right: Back Row: Roop Kooner, Anoop Khosla, Bobby Pawar, Rick Mann, Mandy Shergill, Ivan Menendez, Anthony Manning, Michael Kendler.  |  Second Row: Leticia Fraga, Jennifer Temple, Christine Mor, Rebecca Darnell, Michelle Mann, Healther Lynch, Ginny Hasselfield.  |  Front Row: Bill Brooks, Dal Hothie, 


In April 2023, we brought together a group of ambitious entrepreneurs to join forces on our next housing fundraising project. The Entrepreneurs of Options initiative commenced with a fundraising event held at the home of Rick and Azra Mann, attended by numerous board members and supporters.


Wall Signage


Our vision for recognition and appreciation takes shape with the design of our donor wall at Habitat@81st.


Tim Hortons' Smile Cookie Campaign


Thanks to your support, we received $7,744, making smiles contagious in our community. Additionally big thanks to Greg McAuley and his company, McAuley Ventures Ltd. for your support.


Run Surrey Run Poster


Thanks to the initiative of Gurjinder Burji
and the generosity of friends like you, over $1,000
was raised towards our Women of Options Campaigns.

Options receiving check from one of our golf tournaments.


We participated in two golf tournaments last year: BC Building Products Golf Tournament in Surrey, and Big Red Mental Health Golf Tournament in Chilliwack. With Bianca & Dave Heer, and Julia Leith & Brandon Hobbs by our side, we conquered the greens, raising a total of $21,500 in support of the vital work at Options.


Diaper Drive


Coldwell Banker Marquise Realty's initiative showered us with essentials, ensuring comfort and care for families in need.
We received approximately 80 boxes of diapers, formula and wipes, which were distributed to our Transition Houses
for women and their families fleeing violence
and to other programs, where needed.


Fraser Vally Realters presenting a check to Options
John Barbisan, Chair of the Fraser Valley REALTORS Charitable Foundation; Christine Mohr, CEO; Tammy Dyer, Deputy Executive Director; Ginny Hasselfield, Director of Development; and Erika Tucker, Fraser Valley REALTORS Charitable Foundation.


A $10,000 cheque and a memorable tour marked a profound partnership for youth programs thanks to our friends at FVRCF!

Snoozelling Room


We raised $11,700 in just two days for the Sensory Room at Habitat@81st, designed for children with diverse needs. The Royal Bank Community Foundation contributed $10,150, a private donor added $1,550 and VanCity donated $1,500. Together, we raised $14,750 for this important space.


Autistic Children Event
Rebecca Darnell (Entrepreneur of Options), Jen Temple (Entrepreneur of Options), and Kamaljit Lehal (Board Chair)


Diwali Event
Ginny Hasselfield, Rasinder Kaur and Judy Higgenbotham


At the event, eight members of Options were present to witness our organization being honoured as the recipient of funds raised by the Feminine Fellowship Outreach Society. We extend our sincere gratitude to Rasinder Kaur, and Entrepreneur of Options, for her invaluable support.

Diwali Event 2
 Rasinder Kaur, Ginny Hasselfield and Christine Mohr



Music Committee & EOs


In June, we hosted a special gathering for our music committee and the Entrepreneurs of Options. As we look ahead, we're excited to announce our plans for a captivating live music gala fundraiser scheduled for September 2024.

We deeply value the exceptional talent and dedication of our volunteers, whose contributions are instrumental in shaping this upcoming event. Your commitment to our cause truly sets the stage for an unforgettable evening.

Music Committee & EOs 2

Left to right. Back row: Anupum Gill, Michelle Hansen, Ranj Singh, Michael Grunewaldt, Ginny Hasselfield, Rick Mann, Michael Kendler, Rochelle Prasad, Tim Beachy and Kamal Sharma, 
Front row: Nick Chowlia, Milan Mann, Rebecca Darnell, Mandy Shergill, Jen Temple, Tammy Dyer, Heather Lynch Leticial Fraga, Christine Mohr, kamaljit Lehal, Amanda Bratch and Shashi Sharma

Crowd from Soft Opening
The soft opening was enjoyed by all.


On December 15, 2023, we inaugurated Habitat@o81st with a soft opening as tenants began moving in. Recognizing their immediate needs, we swiftly organized a campaign for gift cards and furniture.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors, including various foundations and individuals we received multiple donations. Within weeks, essential items like mattresses, dining tables, baby cribs, toys, kitchen supplies, bedding and clothing poured in, addressing our tenants' urgent needs.  


Elder, Keving Kelly (Kwantlen First Nation)
Elder, Keving Kelly (Kwantlen First Nation)
Habitat Opening 3
Taylor Thoen (Woman of Options), Rebecca Darnell (Woman of Options) and Ginny Hasselfield (Director of Development) stand under the Women of Options portrait painted and donated by Bonnie Moy, who is also a Woman of Options.
Kelly Gomez - tenant at Habitat@81
Kelly Gomez, one of our building tenants, speaking about the impact of finding a home for herself, her husband and her four children at Habitat@81st.



Painting of Habitat@81
Painted and donated by Bonnie Moy, one of our Women of Options
Outdoor space in the back of the building
Tenants at Habitat@8o1st have outdoor space in the back of the building
Christine Mohr (CEO) and Tammy Dyer (DED)
Christine Mohr (CEO) and Tammy Dyer (Deputy Executive Director), spearheaded the development of Habitat@81st. Without them, this affordable housing complex could not have happened.


These moments of triumph and unity remind us of the impact we an achieve when we come together with purpose and compassion. Looking forward to what we can do together for our community in 2024!

With warm regards,

Christine Mohr
Chief Executive Officer
Options Community Services

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