Stories of Strength

DIVERSECity Community Resources Society is adapting and evaluating the solution focused safety planning system, Signs of Safety™(SOS™), for use as a multigenerational safety planning program to address and prevent family violence. 

The project is building and promoting the strengths and strategies that diverse cultural communities in Surrey, British Columbia, and surrounding areas use to address and prevent elder abuse, intimate partner violence, and child maltreatment. The program includes delivering the adapted SOS™ with families and individuals; hosting kitchen table dialogues to amplify and promote existing safety behaviors; and, holding Community Narration Workshops to share the Stories of Strengths and culturally responsive toolkits to prevent violence. 

Community of Practice members:

Meenu Dhillon  


Meenu has worked with Immigrant and Refugee families for over 14 years. She holds M Ed. in Adult Learning. Coming from an immigrant family, she understands the dynamics and challenges of immigrants families in-depth. In her recent role with Stories of Strength project at DIVERSEcity, she is training the Community Champions to develop safety plans with clients. This project is a community effort to prevent violence in families targeting Gender-based violence, Senior Abuse and Child maltreatment.

Golnoosh Hakiman  


Golnoosh has worked as a counselor with Violence Prevention programs, supporting immigrant and refugee families for the past 20 years. Her recent programs are Roots of Safety, Stories of Strength and HEAL Employment for women. Her work with DIVERSEcity also includes program development and training staff in safety planning for clients.