For the past 25 years, SAFSS has been a leader in serving and meeting the
needs of our clients or communities of diverse backgrounds. This legacy of
community service is clearly reflected in SAFSS' mission, vision and values,
and is the source of our energy as we look into the future.
In 1998, SAFSS achieved the unique distinction of being the very first Canadian organization to win the prestigious Innovation Award jointly awarded by the SmithKline Beecham Company and the University of Pennsylvania's Institute of Aging. The award of $200,000 U.S. allowed SAFSS to embark on a health education project aimed at seniors. Over a 2 year period, this project has raised awareness among the seniors about the importance of health issues and how major health issues can be resolved before they become critical.
In June 2000, SAFSS obtained the charitable status from Revenue Canada increasing its wherewithal to raise funds from a wider base of resources. In October 2000, SAFSS became one of the 19 organizations and individuals to win the Government of Canada's Citizenship Citation Award for outstanding services to newcomers. In 2001, SAFSS achieved another landmark by gaining admission into the family of United Way member agencies. This landmark achievement provided SAFSS an opportunity to secure increased funding and improve its infrastructure in 2002 and 2003 to better address the community needs.
The start of the Bingo operations in 2004; the organizational restructuring in 2006; the expansion of LINC and ISAP in 2007-2008; the completion of a strategic planning process in 2008; the change of name and logo of the organization in 2009; the receipt of Canada's prestigious Citizenship Award by the Executive Director Dr. Kazi Hoque from the honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration & Multiculturalism in 2010; the best Partnership Builder Award from the Bhayana Family Foundation by the Program Director Rabindra Sabat in 2011; the completion of Strategic Plan 2012-2015; and the implementation of Strategic Plan 2012-2015 recommendations - are all significant achievements to lead the organization to a greater height.
In September 2013, SAFSS teamed up with Scarborough Town Centre for its first Walkathon. The Walkathon, coordinated by Rocky Stone received over 16 minutes of on-air broadcasting time on 4 programs.
In 2013-2014, SAFSS served more than 20,000 clients through direct and indirect means. A highly committed and dedicated group of volunteers, Board and staff members work day in and day out to strengthen SAFSS' existing services, develop new programs and adapt them to reflect changing needs of the community.