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Pictured Above Left to Right: Tegan Macdonald (Animal Welfare Attendant), Barb Forjanic (November Volunteer of the Month)

Volunteers 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.

November 2017: Barb

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

I started volunteering for the Surrey Animal Resource Centre since April 2016.

What do you love about volunteering?

What I enjoy most is spending time with each dog. Dogs are remarkably accepting; they want a relationship based on love and companionship, which is what I have to offer.

Tell us about an achievement that you are really proud of as a SARC volunteer?

One of the achievements I’m most happy about is the occasion I spent time with an extremely timid, fearful dog. We ‘connected’ after a brief time together, sitting across from one another on the hallway floor, and then the two of us engaged in play in the enclosed yard. If I improve the inner spirit of a dog and increase its confidence and wellness, then I’m pleased. 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.

Past Volunteers of the Month


"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."