The spirit of generosity and compassion was great in Surrey this year. The Society was pleased to recognize four Heroes of the Homeless.
The Dentists at Keys Housing: Dr. Carl Hensel & Dr. Kary Taylor
Dr. Hensel and Dr.Taylor operate a dental clinic at Keys that provides low cost dental care for those who cannot afford regular dental care. They were honored to receive Hero Awards and appreciated the Society for recognizing their community contribution.
Dr. Hensel is motivated to help at risk , marginalized and first nations people. He says that his dental skills are a humanitarian service. He has been a dentist for 43 years and loves it.
Dr. Taylor attributes his love of dentistry in part to his childhood surroundings – as a young boy he lived in a home that used to operate a small medical office. Dr. Taylor’s childhood bedroom had a sliding glass door instead of a regular door as was common for home dental offices of the day. Dr. Taylor’s love of dentistry never left him, primarily because of his connection to his patients.
Both Dr. Hensel and Dr. Taylor find great satisfaction from helping the homeless and those who cannot afford to see a regular Dentist.
Earlier this year, when Mr. Bosa heard the kitchen at Surrey Urban Mission’s new location was not sufficient to feed the hundreds of people lined up every month, he stepped in immediately and completely upgrade their kitchen, providing all of the commercial equipment, and arranging to have everything installed including the plumbing, the floors and the electrical. This kitchen can now feed thousands of our most vulnerable residents each year, and it is through donors like Mr. Bosa, going above and beyond, that SUMS Kitchen will be a great benefit to the community for years to come.
Jonquil Hallgate, Executive Director of the Surrey Urban Mission, was on hand to accept a Hero Award and Super Hero cape on behalf of Mr. Robert Bosa.
Ms. Bentley’s Firsties
Ms. Bentley, and students Mahri and Ryan were thrilled to receive their Hero Award and Super Hero cape. Deeply touched by the death of a friendly and well known homeless man named Ryan, the Firsties class was inspired to create clay “Hearts of Hope” to sell in the community, and donated the funds they raised to the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society to help those presently facing in homelessness in Surrey. We’re sad that we couldn’t help Ryan but we’ll be putting the $970 to great use.
Bill Reid – Posthumous
Bill Reid was well-known for his years of community service in Cloverdale where he was a member of the Kinsmen Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Cloverdale Rodeo Board, the Surrey Heritage Society and the Fraser Valley Heritage Rail Society. As President of the Cloverdale Chamber, when his community started to complain about the homeless that were hanging around on the streets, Bill didn’t try to move them along, he took a different approach, as Bill often did.
As President of the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce, Reid was instrumental in helping realize the creation of the Hyland House Cloverdale Shelter bringing the community together, including Police, business owners, the City of Surrey, and shelter providers like Options.
Marion Reid and her daughter Cathy Stroppa accepted a Hero Award and Super Hero cape on behalf of the late Bill Reid.