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What We Do

  • Awesome Internship Program

  • Low-Barrier Counselling

  • Services for Everyone

Our Values

Our vision at Moving Forward Family Services is to ensure no one is ever turned away from quality counselling services because of lack of funds or long waitlists. Moving Forward Family Services uses a client-centered, anti-oppressive approach to provide safe, accessible, affordable counselling to all. If you want counselling and can come to our offices in Surrey we will provide it. Since we don’t rely on government funding, we turn to the community to support our programs through donations. Note if you are not able to come to our Surrey offices, please call BC 211 and ask for services closer to where you live.

Our Team

  • Executive Director:

    Gary Thandi

  • President:

    Dr. Balbir Gurm

  • Treasurer:

    Rani Gill

  • Secretary:

    Ansari Shaikh Abdul (Sam) Mohamed

  • Member at Large:

    Denise Sargent

This talented group of individuals governs and guides Moving Forward. They donate their time and energy to develop and supervise Moving Forward’s policies and services. They work under the provisions of the Societies Act, ensuring that their work is always in service of the community’s best interests.

Awards of Recognition

  • CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) Difference Makers Award recognizing 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health
  • The 2017 Roopchand Seebaran Legacy Social Work Award for Advocacy
  • The 2017 DRISHTI Magazine Award for Community Engagement
  • The 2017 Shakti Awards for programming
    for women
  • The 2016 Dr. Nancy Hall Public Policy Leadership Award (awarded by Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Branch)
  • The 2016 Inspiring Social Worker of the Year Award by the BC Association of Social Workers
  • The 2016 BC Public Health Association Award of Merit
  • 2016 Honourable Mention for Community Builder from the Surrey Leader Newspaper


  1. We serve as a referral source. The services are delivered by private counsellors, not Moving Forward Family Services.
  2. Our services are provided by insured and highly qualified, fully supervised Registered Clinical Counsellors, Registered Social Workers with Masters Degrees, interns from accredited Masters of Counselling Psychology or Masters of Social Work programs and free services are provided by counselling interns in Diploma programs.

MFFS Right to Refuse

We reserve the right to refuse services to anyone deemed to have acted inappropriately towards counsellors, social workers, volunteers or management.