Surrey couple Michael and Ann Wilson to receive honorary degrees from Kwantlen Polytechnic University

The Wilsons are of Surrey’s Phoenix Society, helping people who are homeless or fighting addiction

Michael and Ann Wilson of Surrey’s Phoenix Society, which helps people who are homeless or fighting addiction, will receive honorary degrees from Kwantlen Polytechnic University for their work in the community.

The couple will receive these honours on May 31. He is the founder and executive director of the Phoenix Society and in 2015 was named Surrey’s Citizen of the Year.

“Michael Wilson has dedicated himself tirelessly for our city,” Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner said at the time. “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.”

Ann Wilson has since 1992 been Phoenix Society’s director of program development, in charge of designing programs, public relations, raising funds, managing the programs, and human resources.

The Phoenix Drug & Alcohol Recovery and Education Society was launched as a non-profity society and registered charity in 1992. It rose over the years from humble beginnings into major developments such as the Phoenix Centre, at 13686 94A Ave. in Whalley. Opened in 2007, it helps men who are 19 and older who are wrestling with addiction and accomodates 28 clients in 14 double-occupancy rooms. There’s also the Phoenix Housing Programs at Quibble Creek and the Rising Sun Project, which offers transitional housing for men and women who are successfully recovering.

Dr. Alan Davis, KPU’s president and vice-chancellor, sings the Wilson’s praises. “Their approach is sound, their success is real, and most of all, they change people’s lives, which is why we are so proud to present them with honorary degrees.”

As it were, the Wilsons already have doctorate degrees. His is in Human and Organizational Development (Fielding Graduate University) and hers is in Transformational Change (Simon Fraser University).

tom.zytaruk@surreynowleader.com

Just Posted

VIDEO: British couple vacationing detained after ‘accidentally’ crossing Langley-Lynden border

CBP claims individuals were denied travel authorization, crossing was deliberate

‘Coffee with Cops’ visits Cloverdale

Surrey RCMP Wendy Mehat says there is always a good response from the public for the informal chat sessions

Surrey’s top cop Dwayne McDonald is moving on

McDonald’s new role is RCMP’s criminal operations officer in charge of federal, investigative services and organized crime for B.C.

Overdose deaths down in Surrey, but more than two people still dying a week

As of the end of August, 86 people died by illicit drug overdose in Surrey, which is a drop from 2018

Federal candidates’ Facebook ad spending disclosed

Facebook’s new Ad Library shows how much candidates are spending on advertisements

VIDEO: B.C. man’s yard comes alive with grizzlies at night

Malakwa man has captured images of 12 different grizzlies on video

Man who orchestrated Mission murders gets day parole after serving less than three years

Victims’ parents express grief, outrage over parole board decision

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Fatal overdoses down by 33% in B.C., but carfentanil deaths continue to spike

Carfentanil, an illicit drug more powerful than fentanyl, causing more deaths than ever

A year after pot legalization in Canada, it’s a slow roll

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

ELECTION 2019: Climate strikes push environment to top of mind for federal leaders

Black Press Media presents a three-part series on three big election issues

Most Read