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.
April 2017: Anthony Kucharek
What do you love about volunteering for the City of Surrey?
I love giving back and I like how it breaks down the barrier between a staff member and a youth. Personally I play basketball and I enjoy it because it is a passion and it is a different way for me to connect with youth and help bridge the gaps. I also enjoy working with the staff as they try to understand what we do through sports like basketball or soccer. It gives me an opportunity to express what I am passionate about with youth through sports.
I like seeing kids learn. Not the process of them struggling but seeing them “click” and get it. It motivates them and keeps them wanting to come back and be engaged.
Tell us about an achievement that you’re really proud of.
In December I was watching KP play JH at a high school basketball tournament and the JH team were losing quite badly. The youth came up to me at half time and asked me to coach and started coaching from then on to the end of the season. I helped improve the team dramatically and the team became quite competitive. We didn’t end up making the playoffs but we improved a lot and lost our last few games by a combined less than 10 points. Seeing them win in their last home game to the same team that beat them by 40 was a great moment for all the seniors and a wonderful way to go out.
Past Volunteers of the Month
March 2017: Eric and Cheryl Andres
What do you enjoy most about volunteering for Surrey Museum?
Cheryl: “Meeting new volunteers from various backgrounds and teaming up with the Museum staff, getting feedback from them and seeing different perspectives”.
Eric: “Museums are important in telling the history of the community and I enjoy imparting that information on young kids to make sure it is never forgotten.”
What is the most rewarding part of being a volunteer?
Cheryl: “As a retired educator, re-connecting with the current diversity in Surrey’s student population and conveying valuable Canadian history to them is most rewarding”
Eric: “You feel valued as a volunteer by the groups and staff. Everyone makes you feel welcome and appreciated.”
February 2017: Peggy McConnell
Thanks Peggy for all the work you do as an Emergency Social Services Volunteer! Read what Peggy has to say about her volunteer experience.
"At first I was looking for away to use my newly acquired skills in Emergency Management Training from JIBC. I thought these skills would be a good fit for the ESS Volunteer team. It has now become more than that. I love connecting with people and I have genuine interest in my community. My favourite part is the new Fire Services Community Engagement program. It's my honour to help keep our seniors safe in their homes. For anyone thinking about volunteering for the City of Surrey I say, absolutely...go for it! Any amount time you can give will be paid back in experience and sense of pride in where you live." (Peggy McConnell is pictured far right)