Surinderpal Rathor has volunteered more than 52,000 hours to the City of Williams Lake, the surrounding areas and to his Indo-Canadian community . Currently a respected city councilor, Surinderpal has been involved in fundraising for community events, has been a member of the local health board, founded the Community Policing Committee and also assists new immigrants and the underprivileged whether it is preparing income tax returns or acting as an interpreter. Of Surinderpal, his nominator says, ‘he is a blooded soldier in our volunteer community service army. He stands very tall in our community and is held in high esteem. He carries a presence wherever he goes’.