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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays - Mike & Doggy - MikeStarchuk.comThe Holiday Season is now here, and the New Year is just around the corner.  This is the time of year when we should set aside some time to celebrate and reflect on the past year with friends and family.

During this hectic time of year, we often try to fit too much in a short time span.  Plan ahead; take it easy while you’re driving, so you get there and back, in one calm and relaxed piece.

Think about those who are less fortunate and contribute to those agencies that can make a difference. Think about what your goals will be for 2015 and how you will achieve them.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

I look forward to what is coming for Surrey in 2015!

Happy Holidays!

 

 

Thank You

An open thank you to all of those who have helped me.  Because of Elections BC regulations, we aren’t allowed to be ‘social’ on Social Media tomorrow… but please don’t think, because this account suddenly goes silent, that we aren’t out there, trying to earn every last vote.

I appreciate all the LIKES, SHARES, and wonderful comments of support we’ve received throughout the campaign! They mean SO much to me and my team. On Election Day, please remember to contact your friends, family and neighbours, and remind them how important it is to vote.

A few shout-outs before the silence of Social Media becomes the regulatory requirement.

I want to thank all of you that I have had the opportunity to meet and speak with over the last few months. I have to let you all know that regardless of the support (one way or another) I have grown from this experience. I hope the voters of Surrey give me the opportunity to use this experience.

Thank you to the Surrey First Councillors, Candidates and Campaign Team, who have all become extended members of my family.Mike Starchuk at the Newton Athletic Park in Surrey

I want to thank “Mike’s Campaign” team for all of their hard work and their persistence to keep me moving forward. They have been there at a moment’s notice for tasks that we wanted and needed to be done. These are the people that I am proud to call friends and will cherish taking this journey with them.

To my fellow firefighters. Words will never describe my thanks for your efforts to get me noticed. Yes. I know I did some of that on my own, but my IAFF Brothers and Sisters efforts have surpassed my wildest dreams. Together we have made firefighting synonymous with public safety, as it should be. I am truly proud to be a member of the IAFF and will never forget a somewhat copied phrase I have used from many years ago and plan to continue to use, “membership has its privileges” and I’m privileged and honoured to be a member.

Lastly, to my family. They have seen the highs and lows of this campaign and offered nothing other than words of praise (sprinkled with a few swift kicks in the butt) during the past months. They understand the pressures I have been under and I couldn’t have done this without their support. Love you all!

Consider this a “good luck” chain letter and consider calling 10 people and letting them know that the Surrey First TEAM is the best choice for all of Surrey and you get great luck! Add the Surrey First Education team and you get super great luck!

Thank you.

Mike

 Mike Starchuk - celebrating Dussehra at the Vedic Hindu Cultural Society in Surrey - MikeStarchuk.com

 

Cloverdale Cenotaph Remembrance Service

An amazing and moving Remembrance Day ceremony today, at the Cloverdale Cenotaph.

Kudos to the organizers!

Everything went off perfectly, right down to the crisp, clear weather!

Honoured to be asked to help with the wreath laying, on behalf of Surrey Fire Fighters – Local 1271.

#LestWeForget

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Mike Starchuk, after the Wreath Laying ceremony, at Cloverdale Cenotaph, on Remembrance Day Mike Starchuk - Retired Surrey Fire Fighter - Running for Surrey City Council Fly over, at the Remembrance Day ceremony, at the Cenotaph in Cloverdale
Honoured to be at the Cloverdale Cenotaph with Surrey Fire Fighter - Local1271 Brothers, for Remembrance Day Mike and his son, after the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cloverdale Cenotaph - MikeStarchuk.com Pleased to meet Robert, a distinguished veteran, and proud father of a fellow Surrey Fire Fighter, Chris Fraser - MikeStarchuk.com
Mike & Ryan - MikeStarchuk.com Fly over, at the Remembrance Day ceremony, at the Cenotaph in Cloverdale - MikeStarchuk.com Honoured to be at the Cloverdale Cenotaph with Surrey Fire Fighter - Local1271 Brothers, for Remembrance Day - MikeStarchuk.com
Honoured to be at the Cloverdale Cenotaph with Surrey Fire Fighter - Local1271 Brothers, for Remembrance Day - MikeStarchuk.com Honoured to be at the Cloverdale Cenotaph with Surrey Fire Fighter - Local1271 Brothers, for Remembrance Day - MikeStarchuk.com Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cloverdale Cenotaph - Mike Starchuk placing his poppy on the Surrey Fire Fighters' wreath - MikeStarchuk.com
Mike Starchuk - Remembrance Day Service - With Local 1271 Brothers - Cloverdale Cenotaph Poppy - Remembrance Day - MikeStarchuk.com  

 

 

Giving Thanks

With 35 days before the Municipal election, November 15th, I’d like to take a moment and thank ALL of you who are assisting me and my TEAM, with OUR election campaign.

There are many parts to a good team and I have the “best parts” helping me along the way. Whether it is canvassing, calling, posting, liking, re-tweeting, writing, packaging, building, erecting signs or just showing up… I’m thankful for all of your assistance and words of encouragement.

Focusing on the end goal is much easier when OUR volunteers in the campaign are as helpful as you all are, and I appreciate this greatly.

Thank you, and enjoy the Thanksgiving long weekend!

 

(Below are a few pictures from today’s voter meet & greet at Guildford Town Centre with Mike & Vera LeFranc, as well as a few from Newton Athletic Park.  Click on any image to open them in a pop-up viewer.)

Mike Starchuk, Vera LeFranc & Surrey Fire Fighter supporters, at Guildford Town Centre, Surrey Mike Starchuk & Vera LeFranc - Voter meet & greet at Guildford Town Centre, Surrey Voter meet & greet at Guildford Town Centre, Surrey Vera LeFranc & a Surrey family at Guildford Town Centre meet & greet
Mike Starchuk & Surrey voters at Guildford Town Centre meet & greet Mike Starchuk & Vera LeFranc at a voter engagement opportunity at Guildford Town Centre, Surrey Mike Starchuk, Vera LeFranc, and two sharp-dressed men, at a Voter meet & greet at Guildford Town Centre, Surrey Vera LeFranc, engaging a voter, at a voter meet and greet at Guildford Town Centre, Surrey
Mike Starchuk and Surrey Fire Fighter supporters Mike Starchuk, Vera LeFranc, Surrey Fire Fighters & Supporters Team Starchuk - Moving the goal at Newton Athletic Park, Surrey Mike Starchuk and a few of his support team, at Newton Athletic Park, Surrey
Mike & Sue Starchuk at the Newton Athletic Park in Surrey   Mike Starchuk - Surrey Firefighters standing strong & supporting Mike Starchuk 2014 - MikeStarchuk.com Elect Mike Starchuk to Surrey City Council - Mike Starchuk Surrey - MikeStarchuk.com

 

Light Up Purple On World Mental Health Day

2nd Annual Light Up The World Purple - World Mental Health Day - Amanda Todd Legacy Society - Join the discussion - MikeStarchuk.comThis week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and Friday, October 10th is World Mental Health Day. It is also the 2nd Annual “Light Up The World Purple” day to recognize the importance of mental health wellness and the de-stigmatization of the issues that surround mental illness.

Wikipedia says over 25% of people ages 18 and older – about one in four adults – suffer from a diagnosable mental health issue in any given year. The stigma surrounding mental illness is a major barrier that prevents many people from seeking the mental health treatment they need.

Amanda Todd

Amanda Todd was a teen in Port Coquitlam, BC, who, after many years of bullying and cyber-abuse, on October 10, 2012, lost her battle against depression and the mental health issues that beset her. For Amanda, and others like her, the online harassment and bullying can greatly contribute to spiraling decline into hopelessness with dire consequences. The feeling of isolation that these victims face is overwhelming, but as the statistics above bear out, they are by no means alone.

2nd Annual Light Up The World Purple - World Mental Health Day - Amanda Todd Legacy Society - Join the discussion - MikeStarchuk.com

Light Up Purple

In honour of Amanda Todd – and in acknowledgement of all those who face this adversity every day – on World Mental Health Day, we are “Lighting Up Purple”. On Friday, my website background and Social Media avatars will be purple, and I’ll be tweeting the hashtag #LightUpPurple.

Please join me in showing your support and bringing attention to mental health, its major effects on peoples’ lives worldwide. Join the discussion, and help remove the stigma from receiving and discussing mental health care.

For more information on Amanda’s story and to find out ways that YOU can “Stay Strong”, please visit: AmandaToddLegacy.org/

Follow Carol Todd (Amanda’s Mom) on Twitter, at @C_Todd

Follow the Amanda Todd Legacy Society on Twitter, at @AToddLegacy

There is also great information against cyber-bullying on Twitter, at @SSCyberbullying

In Surrey, you can find contact information for the Fraser Health Services.

 

 2nd Annual Light Up The World Purple - World Mental Health Day - Amanda Todd Legacy Society - Join the discussion - MikeStarchuk.com