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Pictured Above Left to Right: Adam (May/June Volunteer of the Month) and Melissa (City of Surrey staff). 

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.

June 2018: Adam

How long have you been volunteering for the City of Surrey Emergency Program and why have you chosen this area?

I have been volunteering since January of 2018. It may be a short while, but I am certainly enjoying my time. I have always had a passion to help and enjoying making sure everyone is safe. For me, community involvement is a big deal. When disaster strikes, the professionals may not be able to assist immediately, but our neighbours are right there with us. If we can band together and help each other, everyone stays safe in the end.

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

Being able to speak with everyone! Especially with the involvement of Fire & ESS, you are given an opportunity to see everyone in all parts of the city. It creates a bond that when the time comes, they'll know you and you'll be able to work together to pull through any disaster.

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

The achievement that sticks out most to me is that we have visited over 1800 homes in the city for the Homesafe Smoke Alarm Program. This was done with only a small group of volunteers and the impact were seeing is amazing. More and more people are excited to be informed about this. They certainly appreciate seeing us out and about.

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

I would like people to know that it doesn't take much to have a huge impact. Volunteering is not a full time job and so if you can spare a few hours a week, you'll notice to be making a huge difference in the community. It is a very welcoming environment and think anyone that joins will be sticking around for a long time. I know I will be.

Past Volunteers of the Month

Erwin

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

Barb

"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."

Charanjit

"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."