Mike Csoka is the seventh recipient of the Order of Chilliwack medal. Mike Csoka was born on October 31, 1962 and passed away on February 3, 2021. Throughout his life, Mike gave back to the community of Chilliwack. City Council awarded the Order of Chilliwack posthumously to members of Mike Csoka’s family at Chilliwack City Hall on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
About the Order of Chilliwack
The Order of Chilliwack was established in 2001 and is an award granted by Chilliwack City Council to deserving citizens or groups in the community. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding achievements or long-term contributions to the community.
About Mike Csoka
Mike Csoka was born on October 31, 1962 and passed away on February 3, 2021. Throughout his life, Mike gave back to the community of Chilliwack. When he became the director of the Chilliwack Community Correctional Centre in downtown Chilliwack, Mike learned of a group of students at the nearby school that were going to class hungry, and he began making them sandwiches each day. This small act of kindness 30 years ago grew into an organized movement, and Mike, as the founder and past president of the Chilliwack Bowls of Hope Society, found a way to ensure Chilliwack’s school children did not have to go hungry.
His legacy continues through the work of Bowls of Hope, as the organization feeds over 850 children in Chilliwack every day, thanks to more than 120 volunteers. In 2017, Mike was the recipient of the UFV Betty Urquhart Community Service award. This award honoured his commitment to life-long learning and community. Most recently, Mike Csoka served as an integral part of the City’s Integrated Community Safety Task Force.