SURREY (NEWS 1130) – The latest winner in the NEWS 1130 Unsung Hero contest is Mike Nielsen of Surrey. He was nominated by Kristin Schumacher.
Mike is committed to helping Whalley become a safe and comfortable place to work, live, and visit.
“I have known Mike Nielsen for over 25 years. He has an amazing soul and is so giving,” Kristin says. “He never asks for anything in return.”
She says Mike has spent countless hours working with the Surrey Business Improvement Association over the last 13 years.
“His amazing leadership skills makes him one of the top leaders with the Whalley Community Improvement Association, which identifies the needs of the community and tries to come up with solutions regarding homelessness and improving the area to make it a place that business will want to be located,” Kristin says.
In addition to his work to make Whalley safer, Mike has owned and operated Sprite Computer for 35 years, and has become what Kristin calls a “fixture” in the area.
“Mike works closely with this association to bring the Whalley Days Community Festival to Whalley corners each summer,” she says. “This event is becoming and more and more successful each year, with plenty of entertainment for young and old and lots of vendors. It is a terrific fun-filled family event.”
Mike is also a member of the Burns Bog Conservation Foundation, as well as the Think Referrals Business Networking.
And if that’s not enough, Kristin says he also runs a mentoring program that brings students to work and provides them with hands-on learning experiences building computers, working in customer service, and also working with VR equipment.
“He is a treasure, we need so many ‘Mikes’ in this world. I wish we could clone him. I also wish I had half of his energy and passion. I am proud to have known Mike and call him my friend for over 25 years. He was there to help me launch my writing career, he helped me when I launched my small based home business, and he has supported me in every way that anyone could. He works tirelessly for everyone, and I am hoping that he manages to get the accolades that he deserves so much, and never asks for.”
Alpine Credits is acknowledging Mike with $500 for his efforts. They’re also donating $1,000 to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation.