Moving Forward Family Services

Hello friend/community partner,


Moving Forward Family Services Society request the presence of your attendance at our 3rd Annual Fundraiser, A Fall Gala: A Night of Art & Inspiration. The event will take place on November 16, 2018 at 5pm at the Aria Banquet Hall 12350 Patullo Pl, Surrey BC.


Tickets are priced at $40.00 for adult, and $20.00 for children 12 & under; or $275.00 for a table of 8 people (Sponsorship package attached). All proceeds from this event will be going towards Cyndi’s Centre for prevention and intervention services for children, youth, and their families (in honour of my spouse, a dedicated educator, who lost her battle with a neurologswical illness in 2017). The event is open to everyone and will fund our services – services that are -and will remain- for everyone regardless of ethnic background, culture or religion, given so many are in need of such services.


A Fall Gala: A Night of Art and Inspiration will feature performances and art displays by local artists with lived experiences of mental health, substance use or other health issues. Guests will have opportunities to visit tables set up across the banquet hall, where they can explore the therapeutic value of art (doll making, felting, colouring/drawing, etc). In addition to entertainment, hands-on activities and opportunities to hear from distinguished speakers, guests will be treated to a delicious buffet with several Indian and Western gourmet dishes. As dance is one form of therapeutic art, Guests will have the opportunity to end the Gala evening off with a trip to the dance floor!


For more information, please contact Amman Barmi at <>  or 604-805-4103.


Moving Forward Family Services Socnety is a no barrier counselling and support service open to anyone in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. What this means is that we do not have waiting lists and serve our clients as soon as professionally possible with the helping hands of registered clinical counsellors, registered social workers as well as Masters level Counsellors. We have an open mandate, meaning we serve children, youth, adults, seniors, couples and families who present with any concerns i.e. substance use, mental health, victim support, anger management, stress management, family conflict, parenting, etc. Our services include language and culturally responsive services in English, Punjabi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Hindi, Vietnamese, Russian and Urdu. All counsellors are skilled in delivering evidence-based therapeutic interventions, such as motivational interviewing, cognitive- behavioural therapy, solution-focused therapy and narrative therapies. In just two years, we have opened offices in Mission, Abbotsford, Langley, White Rock, Surrey, New Westminster and Vancouver and currently serve over 2000 active clients and receive 35-50 new requests for service per week.

Furthermore, we operate out of over two dozen partner sites, such as Health Authority sites, Ministry sites, transition homes, recovery centres, medical clinics and other non- profit agencies, collaborating with these partners to provide holistic care to our communities. So come out for a night of dancing, good food and a great cause which will help thousands of our communities.




Gary Thandi, MSW RSW

Founder and Executive Director, Moving Forward Family Services