Arts are an integral part of every community and without the arts our cultural, social and creative development would suffer. They often work behind the scenes, but we must celebrate those who devote their lives to learning, performing and teaching arts in our community. Every year, the City of Surrey honors these “invisible” faces with the “Surrey Civic Treasure” award.
The “Surrey Civic Treasure” awards are given to several highly valued, successful local art masters for their life-long dedication, devotion to work with younger generations and continuous development of the arts scene in Surrey. This year four women from our community, Ellie King, Kelly Konno, Patricia Dahlquist and Maxine Lloyd Howchin were honoured at the tenth annual Surrey Board of Trade Arts and Business reception.
The ceremony was emceed by local actor Jackson Davies. In the absence of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts, Acting Mayor Councillor Mary Martin presented awards to “Surrey Civic Treasures” for 2013. A short video showcased the winners’ long careers and achievements. They were also given a chance to speak about their work, activities and future wishes.[awesome-gallery id=13698]