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Pictured Above Left to Right: Stella (City of Surrey staff), Tristan C. (February Volunteer of the Month) and Mark (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.

February 2018: Tristan

How long have you been volunteering for the City of Surrey and why have you chosen to work as a SPIRIT (Support Participation and Inclusion - Reach out, Involve and Transform) Program Volunteer?

I have been volunteering with the SPIRIT program for about one year and have worked in the sledge hockey program. I chose to volunteer in the sledge program as I have been playing hockey with Cloverdale Minor since I was 5 years old and I am in my final year of Midget. I have spent many hours at the rink and wanted to help kids learn to play and enjoy the game as much as I have.

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

I enjoy watching the kids work so hard and persevere week after week trying to learn to stay upright on their sled. These kids have great attitudes, are hardworking and want to learn all about hockey.

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

I worked closely with a young boy who started playing sledge hockey with a physio therapist who taught him how to move his muscles properly. When the physio was over I continued to help him work with his sled and now he is able to push himself around the ice and shoot the puck without help. I was excited for him.

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

Through my volunteer work I have met great kids who are excited to play sports. The staff and other volunteers have always been friendly and welcoming.

Past Volunteers of the Month


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


"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."