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Michael Wilson Named ‘Citizen of the Year’


April 30, 2015

Surrey City Council has named Michael Wilson as Surrey’s 2015 Citizen of the Year. The announcement was made at last night’s annual City volunteer appreciation celebration.  The event was established by the City of Surrey to honour an exceptional individual that has demonstrated commitment and dedication toward making Surrey a better place to live.


“Michael Wilson has dedicated himself tirelessly for our city. Michael has been active in several professional groups, community committees and task forces on health, housing, crime reduction and education,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “His selfless dedication and the countless hours of volunteer work he has done for Surrey on so many different fronts have done much to enhance the health and wellness of our citizens and community.”


Michael is the founding and Executive Director of the Phoenix Society and oversees the operations of the Society’s programs which include residential addiction services, criminal justice community integration programs, and supportive housing. Michael’s passion has been to increase the social, economic and environmental sustainability of our city through education in combination with community, social and economic development efforts.



In addition to the leadership role Michael has with the Phoenix Society, his other notable contributions include:


·         Board member of the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association for 8 years.


·         The founder of the “The Red Shirts,” a community volunteer program.


The Citizen of the Year award recipient is chosen by Council and is presented to a City of Surrey resident who has given outstanding services for the betterment of the community.



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Media Contact:


Oliver Lum

Communications Manager

Office of the Mayor