Long-term Tri-City volunteer honoured with Medal of Good Citizenship

Community volunteer Sandy Burpee being honoured with Medal of Good Citizenship (Caleb Harder/BCIT News)

Coquitlam resident, Sandy Burpee, has spent decades helping those in need throughout the Tri-Cities.

As a housing advocate, Burpee has served continuously since 2003 on housing task forces and committees in the Tri-Cities and across the Metro Vancouver region. Most recently in 2015, Burpee was nominated interim chair of the Metro Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness, and has been working with others on the creation of a regional approach to homelessness in Metro Vancouver.

To acknowledge his hard work, Burpee was honoured Monday evening with the Medal of Good Citizenship. The medal was presented to Burpee by Amrik Virk, the Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizen’s Services, on behalf on Premier Christy Clark.


“Sandy Burpee has singlehandedly created a lasting legacy for the Tri-Cities communities,” said Amrik Virk. “Organizations that serve the homeless, hungry and the lost have been significantly strengthened because of his focused efforts on these causes. His community service stands out as exemplary, making his worthy of this recognition.”

Premier Clark launched the medal in 2015 to recognize individuals who greatly contribute to their communities without expecting anything in return. Nominations for the Medal of Good Citizenship are accepted year-round.