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For those who have been here before, you may already know about me.
For those new visitors, let me introduce myself…
My name is Mike Starchuk.
In 2014, I retired holding the position of Chief Fire Prevention Officer, with Surrey Fire Services. My 32 years of service as a first responder, firefighter and public safety officer have provided me with first-hand knowledge, and a unique perspective on the growth of the city, and its citizens. During my time with the Surrey Fire Fighters’ Association, I was active with health and safety initiatives in the city and across the province. I am currently a Partnership in Education Program facilitator for the International Association of Fire Fighters. I am one of four Canadians who facilitate leadership and political action training for the 320,000 members in North America. I was one of the founding members of the Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society, which is one of the leading charities in Surrey.
In 2014, I was honoured to be elected as a Surrey City Councillor. I enjoyed the opportunity to work hard on behalf of my community, and make changes and to proudly represent the people of Surrey, whether in my office, out in the communities and neighbourhoods, or representing the City of Surrey in another municipality.
Now, I am announcing that I am running to represent the people of Surrey-Cloverdale, in the upcoming Provincial election.
Having lived and worked in Surrey my whole adult life, I feel connected to, and a part of the Community, and with my experience, feel uniquely qualified to address the challenges and help the Community move forward.
I look forward to engaging with voters, as COVID-19 safety procedures allow.
I hope on October 24th, you will cast your vote for me, so I may continue to represent the City I love; the City I have called home for over 50 years; the City I work, live and play in.
Thank you for your consideration.
To support Mike’s Campaign, please click on the button below.
The restaurant industry is under great pressure, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The best way you can support your local economy right now is to buy local… and if you’re looking for the best Indian food in Canada, place your take-out order with Maharaja Restaurant in Surrey.
They are located in the Payal Business Centre, at Unit 407, 8148 128th Street, Surrey.
Their phone number is 604-592-3002.
Below, you can click on the images to see a few of their mouth-watering meals.
I thought I lived in a diverse and inclusive City, but… at a time on this planet, when the COVID-19 pandemic is making things more difficult for everyone, we should be looking for ways to make important things easier and not more difficult. We should be looking for solutions and not creating barriers.
All large venues have been closed, and personal distancing is the new norm. arenas, churches, gurdwaras, gyms, recreational centers, libraries and mosques, to name a few, are now empty. People are finding new ways to conform to these new realities. However, the Mayor of Surrey has built roadblocks instead of pathways for the Muslim Community in Surrey.
During Ramadan, Muslims go through their fasting rituals, and each evening there is a break from fasting when there is a call to prayer. Our Muslim Community asked the City of Surrey for a broadcast of this prayer, known as Adhaan, for the final ten days of Ramadan. This request was for one Mosque in Surrey to broadcast this prayer at dusk, as a symbolic gesture during a time when the Mosques are empty. No social gathering, just one person, broadcasting a 2-4-minute call to prayer.
Every other city in Canada, which received a similar request like this, has proudly adopted the request. Our neighbours in Vancouver and Burnaby have these in place, right now, for a nightly broadcast at dusk. In Surrey? Not a chance. The Mayor’s first reply to the request was one day only and at the end of Ramadan. The second reply was the last five days of Ramadan. This request shouldn’t be treated like a bargaining session. This should have been treated with the dignity and respect that other major cities in Canada have shown.
The City of Surrey celebrates and permits many occasions and events. A number of those are done with loud music and speeches. We seem to get through the noise volumes of Canada Day, Fusion Fest, Vaisakhi, Cloverdale Rodeo, Santa Parade, FVED in the Park and other events that create some noise levels for extended periods. To worry about one location in Newton, for ten days and 2 to 4 minutes of prayer seems excessive.
Come on… change this. It’s no different than the 7:00 pm salute to our frontline heroes… or are you going to stop that too?
Here is a new plea for a Kidney for Curtis, through the lens of the donor.
On my YouTube Channel, I will be posting a six part video series, (done via Zoom), to provide “bite-sized” nuggets of information throughout the week, about the organ donation process. Our hope, during this devastating COVID-19 pandemic, is that people will take some of their “down time” and look at how they can make a difference.
Questions regarding why I should donate, what happens to me, how long it takes, and other pertinent questions are answered, from the donor’s point of view.
Help us to help Curtis, or someone else, get their life back.
Click on the green ribbon to get even more information on how to register to be an Organ Donor, in BC.
While the world is in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the need for organ donations does not go away.
Please join the Canadian Transplant Association’s Green Shirt Day and see if we can keep the Logan Boulet Effect going… Let’s register, call your friends, call your family… be inspired by Logan’s story.
Let’s see if we can find a kidney for my good friend Curtis, who is still waiting for a life altering kidney transplant.
Let’s see if we can change his, or someone else’s, life.
In British Columbia, you can register to be an Organ Donor, here:
To find out more about the Organ Donor Program in BC, click here:
To find out more about Logan Boulet, and Green Shirt Day, click here:
When I heard my good friend Curtis needed a kidney, I, along with 12 others, signed up right away. The process started with lab tests, then tests of my heart and lungs. I even had the “joy” of wearing a BP monitor for 24 hours…TWICE! Things were progressing well, but after these tests, I was the only donor who was viable to go forward.
I began this journey to become a kidney donor late in 2018, when I found out Curtis’ first kidney transplant had failed, after 9 ½ years. Things were going along quite well and I was finding out along the way, my current health condition was very good. We got to a point in the testing process where it was determined I could not directly donate to Curtis. There was some sort of anti-body mismatch and the hopes of donating directly, were gone. It was disappointing to all, but the journey wasn’t over.
There is a program at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver BC, that partners a kidney to the patient in need. Knowing there was another way to help Curtis, I continued the testing to see if there was going to be a possible match of my kidney for someone else who also had a partner with a kidney, that matched Curtis.
At the beginning it felt strange to think my kidney was going to go into a stranger. But after talking with my children, who are wiser than they believe, I decided to go through with it. I was willing to lie down on an operating table and wake up later with one less kidney, knowing that Curtis would get his life back. So why would it matter where my kidney ended up as long as Curtis could return to a normal lifestyle?
The final two tests that I had, took place at St. Paul’s Hospital where I had a renogram and a CT scan with dye. After the renogram was done, things were looking bright because it was very obvious my kidneys were functioning equally. So, it seemed like it was just a formality to map out the kidneys with the CT scan. Unfortunately, this is where the journey ended. The CT scan indicated there was some calcification on one of the arteries. Because the doctors at St. Paul’s place a high priority on the donor’s health, it was determined I would not be a candidate.
It had been about eight months to get to where I was in the process. It was disappointing as hell. But from a personal perspective I definitely had a clean bill of health knowing full well that I had the most detailed and complex medical evaluation of my life.
Now the story changes for me, but not Curtis. Curtis still has to find a private place to perform his own personal dialysis every 4 to 5 hours, each and every day. To put it into perspective, medical supplies that Curtis go through on a daily basis, would fill one and a half photocopy paper boxes. Curtis is virtually handcuffed on a daily basis to these medical supplies, which makes it impossible to travel any great distance. As you can imagine this is not a great way to live one’s life.
The story now goes out to the general public as we shake the trees to see if someone can step up and become a living kidney donor. I’m asking you to look at these links and consider stepping up to the most rewarding challenge you will ever face. The testing is done at your own pace and your own schedule. It’s done privately and confidentially and quite frankly the information you get while you’re going through this process is good for your body and soul.
Curtis is a good friend of mine, and we need your help.
Please share this, repost this, print this, talk about this, and help me, help Curtis, get his life back.
Find out more about donating, by clicking the link below: