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Tis the season to help make Christmas merry for New West families in need

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Family Services of Greater Vancouver is currently accepting applications for its Caring Neighbours at Christmas hamper program for families and seniors living on a low income.

The Caring Neighbours at Christmas program in taking registration for this year’s hamper program

Families and seniors living on a low income are now able to register for the program by picking up the registration package at the front desk of Family Services of Greater Vancouver, which is located on the third floor of 321 Sixth St. Registrations, which will be accepted throughout November, will be taken home to be completed.

Family Services of Greater Vancouver notes that participation in the program isn’t determined by the date people register. When picking up the registration package, be sure to bring proof of your address in New Westminster, official proof of income for all adults 19 or older in the household (notice of assessment from 2017), Care Cards for each and all children and photo ID for all adults.

The office is open Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call 604-525-9144 (extension 3659) or email

So long, city hall

Ruby Campbell is saying so long to New Westminster City Hall and hello to Simon Fraser University.

Campbell, the city’s intergovernmental and community partnerships manager, has managed a number of projects during her eight years with the city, including Innovation Week. Prior to that, she was contracted by the city on a variety of initiatives.

“I am excited to share I have accepted a position with Simon Fraser University as Director of Advancement with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Some of you may already know, SFU’s mission is to be Canada's leading engaged university and was also recently named in the Maclean’s annual university ranking as top comprehensive university in Canada for the 10th time in the past 11 years,” she said in an email. “I will have the opportunity to fundraise and strengthen community relations for faculty programs such as Urban Studies, Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, First Nations and so many more.”

While she’s moving on from city hall as of Nov. 16, the New Westminster resident is looking forward to volunteering in the city.