Year in review: Inspiring people of Surrey in 2014

Kozinski marriage wedding

Still kissing after 70 years of marriage, we told you Roy and Violet Kozinski’s love story in May. The Fleetwood couple credits humour and patience – and lots of it – with helping them make it through seven decades as a married couple. (Photo: KEVIN HILL)


Joan Ross Julie Paskall

Joan Ross, Julie Paskall’s sister-in-law, came to the Now in the weeks that followed the hockey mom’s horrific death and wanted to spread a message: “Take your power back.” In the Now’s office, she shared her courageous message, fighting back tears. She wanted the tragedy to be a catalyst for positive change – change she hoped would come from the community. While she was glad to see the public demanding change, she didn’t want to see people pointing fingers. “Stop blaming, stop pointing for someone else to make this a better world – to make this a better place, to make my community safer. Turn that finger on yourself and ask how you can make it safer.” (Photo: KEVIN HILL)


Troy Derrick

In July, the Now’s Michael Booth wrote an inspiring two-page report on Surrey’s skateboard Mountie, RCMP Const. Troy Derrick, who connects with youth through the one thing that unites us all: community. “Skateboarding opens the door for me to connect with kids,” Derrick told us this summer. “When they see me skateboarding it humanizes the position.” (Photo: KEVIN HILL)



Sybil Rowe inspired readers with her valiant efforts to save trees in Surrey’s Grandview Heights neighbourhood as it develops. In January, she hit the streets and knocked on doors and collected some 730 signatures and presented the petition to the city, calling for a dedicated park and for heritage designation for majestic evergreens. While Rowe has won the fight for the park, she has yet to hear about the trees. “All I can say is I couldn’t have tried harder,” she said.  (Photo: KEVIN HILL)