We were proud to recognize so many extraordinary individuals who have worked tirelessly this past year to help Surrey’s most vulnerable.
2018 Heroes of the Homeless:
Terry Waterhouse: Director of Public Safety Strategies (City of Surrey) and a driving force for the 135a project, we honour his commitment to tackling social issues head on with compassionate approaches that bring people together to solve.
East Van Movers: The moving team who demonstrated dignity, enthusiasm and compassionate support while moving individuals from 135a into their modular homes.
Sergeant Trevor Dinwoodie: Leader of the Surrey Outreach Team, we honour his amazing leadership, commitment and collaboration. He built relationships that were key to providing individualized plans for those living on 135a.
Dave Berar: Supervisor of the Bylaw Enforcement Team on 135a, Dave was instrumental in building relationship on the ground and encouraged people to maintain safety on the street while also meeting the needs of the business community.
Jas Rehal: Manager of Bylaws (City of Surrey) and another driving force, Jas was responsible for the Surrey Outreach Team at the City of Surrey and provided oversight and vision for his team.
Ricky Nijjar: Head of the City of Surrey’s Engineering Operations, Ricky was on the ground at 135a daily, providing necessary clean up of the area for safety reasons, working alongside RCMP and Bylaws and local business community.
Superintendent Shawn Gill: As the Community Services Officer for the Surrey RCMP for the past 3 years, he was integral in identifying the policing and social challenges on 135a and addressing them with policing strategies focusing on building relationships with the homeless people and assisting them, rather than enforcement. His knowledgeable oversight, leadership and vision for the Surrey Outreach Team was invaluable.
Aileen Murphy: Senior Social Planner (City of Surrey) and member of the grant committee for SHHS, Aileen has been a force in our sector with her strong advocacy and innovation, and integral to every supportive, transitional, affordable housing or shelter project in the City for the past 10 years.