Community Spirit Award

Sandy Burpee, Tri-Cities Homelessness & Housing Task Group


The Community Spirit Award acknowledges both businesses and individuals that have tirelessly supported Tri-Cities based organizations and not-for-profits. They are committed to corporate social responsibility and dedicated to making the Tri-Cities a better place to live, work, and play.

Sponsored by Tri-City News
Last Year’s Recipient: Sharon Perry, Sharon Perry & Associates Inc., Chartered Professional Accountant


Sandy Burpee provided leadership for the Tri-Cities Homelessness & Housing Task Group from December 2006 until May 2018. Previously, he was the founding chair of Tri-Cities Together Against Violence, the Tri-Cities Housing Coalition and the Fraser-Burrard Community Justice Society (now the CERA society), a restorative justice program for youth in the Tri-Cities and New Westminster. He was Volunteer Lead at SHARE Family & Community Service’s Coquitlam Food Bank Depot for 10 years and is a lifetime member of Coquitlam Search & Rescue.

Under his leadership the Task Group raised the profile of homelessness and housing needs in the Tri-Cities, successfully advocated for a permanent emergency shelter in the Tri-Cities, developed the “cold wet weather mat program” concept and created public support for the necessary rezoning in the Tri-Cities, and developed the Extreme Weather Response program for the Tri-Cities.

Sandy retired from a career with BC Hydro in 2004. He has two adult children and lives with his wife of 47 years, Cathy, in Coquitlam.