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Pictured Above Left to Right: Erwin Hansen (January Volunteer of the Month), May Valenzuela (City of Surrey Volunteer)

Volunteer of the Month

Every month we feature our fantastic volunteers with an online profile. The City of Surrey is committed to celebrating its volunteers throughout our community because of their amazing contribution in making Surrey a great place to be.

January 2018: Erwin

How long have you been volunteering for the City of Surrey?

I started volunteering in 1958 as a volunteer firefighter, then helped with Meals on Wheels for four years and am  currently volunteering at the Guildford Recreation Centre in the Seniors Lounge/Kitchen.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering for the City of Surrey?

The people you meet. The seniors I meet are often in the same condition that I’m in and it’s amazing to meet people in the same age group. It’s educational. You get back what you give out and you reap what you sow and that’s why I try to live by.

Tell us about an achievement that you’re really proud of as a City of Surrey volunteer?

I took over the volunteer lead position for the Guildford Seniors Carpet Bowling and helped incorporate a social and fun component to the activity so the focus wasn’t only on competition. Carpet bowling is a good chance to be social and make friends.

What do you want people to know about volunteering for the City of Surrey?

If you’re interested in doing it, by all means, do it. It’s rewarding.

Past Volunteers of the Month


"Volunteering at SARC is encouraging, motivating and always interesting. I get a work out, the dogs get a work out, and I leave with a full heart after each weekly visit."


"Being able to help others while volunteering is what makes this whole experience so rewarding. My greatest achievement in all of this is how I am able to make a difference in my community."

Jen & Sylvia

August Volunteers of the Month, Jen & Sylvia

"This is a great city with wonderful people. Our youth, especially our marginalised youth, are often looked upon as needing help, Youth for A Change youth want to and DO make change for themselves and others."


"The satisfaction I get for doing something good for our community is indescribable."