Hundreds pack Surrey Drugs and Gangs forum

Joe Calendino, an ex-full patch member of the Hells Angels, spoke about the difficulties of getting out of a life of drugs and crime.

“Have that open dialogue with your kids. Be able to sit there non-judgemental, and really hear them and allow them to speak to you because we live in a space where we really need to understand our kids.”

He says people who label Surrey as a hub for drugs and violence are misguided.

“This started in Vancouver, went out to North Vancouver, moved over to the Fraser Valley, then over to Surrey, then back to Vancouver, have we got any better at what we’ve been doing?” he says.

“Let’s start saying this is a Greater Vancouver problem, drug addiction has no boundaries.”