Michael Wilson (centre) with Surrey council.

Michael Wilson named Surrey’s Citizen of the Year

City recognizes the work of the founder and head of the Phoenix Society Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Centre.

Michael Wilson has been named the City of Surrey’s Citizen of the Year.

Wilson, perhaps best known as the brainchild behind Phoenix Society Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Centre, was given the award at a ceremony on Wednesday night.

The City of Surrey Citizen of the Year Award was established to honour commitment and dedication in making Surrey a better place to live.

“Michael Wilson has dedicated himself tirelessly for our city. Michael has been active in several professional groups, community committees and task forces on health, housing, crime reduction and education,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “His selfless dedication and the countless hours of volunteer work he has done for Surrey on so many different fronts have done much to enhance the health and wellness of our citizens and community.”

In addition to the leadership role Michael has with the Phoenix Society, his other notable contributions include:

• Board member of the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association for eight years.

• The founder of the “The Red Shirts,” a community volunteer program.

The Citizen of the Year award recipient is chosen by council and is presented to a City of Surrey resident who has provided outstanding services for the betterment of the community.