Barka Canada Community Seminar

Barka Canada hosted it’s second community seminar on The Causes and Dynamics of Addiction. The seminar was held at the Surrey Central Library on Dec. 8, 2016. The speaker was Dr. Edward Kruk, Professor at the School of Social Work at UBC. The topics discussed included theories about why people become addicted. Social factors were noted as very important, including family dynamics. Questions were taken at the end and audience members also made some great contributions to the discussion. We would like to thank Dr. Kruk for taking the time to present and explain the topic so well. The seminar was very informative for all.


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Interview at Radio IKS

On December 24, 2016 Maria Placewicz and Karolina Francis from the Barka team were interviewed on Radio IKS local Polish-language radio station. They talked about our mission and vision for the future, plans for programs and projects as well as giving the listeners insights as to how Barka works in Canada.



Polish AA Group in Surrey

The newly established Polish AA group met for the first time on July 12, 2016. The meetings take place
7:30-8:30pm at the Phoenix Centre, which is located at 13686 94A Avenue in Surrey (behind Surrey Memorial Hospital). For more information please contact Piotr at 604-561-9104.

First men’s support group meeting

The first men’s support group set up by Barka Canada was held on January 22, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Surrey Central Library (next to Surrey City Hall). Wally Placewicz facilitated the group and Maria Placewicz and Kasia Major were on hand to provide information about Barka.

This group will be meeting every Friday at 6:30 at the Surrey Central Library. If there are to be changes to the schedule the participants will be notified. Please e-mail or phone us at the number on our website for more information about the group.