Sandy Burpee


  • Long-time Tri-City resident.
  • Active involvement in the community with his wife, Cathy Burpee.

Community Service & Achievements


  • Serving as founding chair of the Tri-Cities Housing Coalition, chairing the Tri-Cities Homelessness Task Group for 12 years, and serving as interim chair of the Metro Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness;
  • Advocating for and being instrumental in the creation of local temporary and cold weather shelters and a permanent shelter on Gordon Avenue;
  • Serving as volunteer coordinator for SHARE’s food bank for a decade, including staffing and managing the depot and developing operating procedures;
  • Volunteering with Coquitlam Search and Rescue over 11 years, including field deployment, executive roles and fundraising;
  • Chairing a committee that developed a youth restorative justice program and served as the Founding Chair of the resulting Fraser-Burrard Community Justice Society (now Communities Embracing Restorative Action); and 
  • Founding a local Together Against Violence committee and chairing it from 1994 to 1998.

Awards & Recognition

  • The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Community Spirit Award (2018)
  • An Honorary Fellow Award from Douglas College (2018) along with his wife Cathy 
  • The B.C. Medal of Good Citizenship (2017)
  • The Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers (2015)
  • The B.C. Achievement Foundation’s Community Award (2015)
  • The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) 
  • Life membership to Coquitlam Search and Rescue and the Rollie Award for Excellence (2015)