Each year, Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society (SHHS) recognizes outstanding community members who are highly motivated to make an impact and go above and beyond to support Surrey’s priority populations. This year, SHHS is honoured to recognize the achievements and hard work of our two Community Leader award recipients: Lori Nelson and Navkiranjot Toor!
Both recipients received their Community Leader awards in-person at SHHS’s annual celebration event on October 11th, 2022. It was great to be able to recognize and celebrate their work together! Included below are photos of the award recipients with our current Board of Directors.
Lori Nelson has been volunteering with City Dream Centre’s Food Hamper for 3 years. This project works with the organization’s adopted schools to identify families in need and help them keep nutritious meals on the table, distributing approximately 5400 food hampers annually. Joe Borean, the nominator and City Dream Centre staff member, describes Lori as “an amazing volunteer that takes community to the heart of what she does! She’s always the first to arrive and the last to leave and happy to step in and do whatever task is necessary, whether that’s unloading the truck or filling the hampers, and she never asks for anything in return. We’re so delighted that she’s won this award!”
Navkiranjot (Kiran) Toor has been volunteering for Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen for over a decade. Her volunteer duties include dealing with all the financial affairs of the registered charity, leading in their cooking duties, and monitoring their grocery inventories. Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen provides over 1000 meals to people every weekend, and according to Indy Panchi from GNFK, they wouldn’t be able to do it without her. When nominating her for the award, he said: “Kiran plays a huge part in the organization, and we would be lost without her. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award.”
SHHS would like to thank Lori and Kiran for their amazing work in the Surrey community and their dedication to supporting our priority populations. They serve as a reminder of the incredible impact each of us can have, and our own capacities to create meaningful change. Congratulations again to Lori and Kiran!