Do we live in neighbourhoods that make us happy?
Can we design our cities and transportation systems to maximize happiness?
For years, self-help experts have told us that we need to do inner work in order to improve our lives. But new insights in psychology, economics and brain science suggest that our cities have the power to make or break our happiness.
In his new book, Happy City, a Vancouver-based author Charles Montgomery shows how urban systems, including transportation, impact our lives and shape our emotions and behaviour in ways most of us never recognize.
How about you? Is there a place in Surrey that makes you happy? Or a place in our city that makes your neighbourhood and community more connected and complete? The City Centre Library or your favourite Bubble Tea spot? Is it a neighbourhood café or pub where ‘everybody knows your name’, a corner store, a park, a busy street, or is it a way of moving around to get where you need to be?
TransLink is exploring the role of transportation in building a happy city.
How to Enter and Win!
Share your happy place! Join the conversation at #happycity.
It’s this simple:
- Take a ‘selfie’ picture at the place in your city or community that makes you happy.
- Tweet your photo to @Sry604 and (insert your @_______) with the hashtag #happycity. Optionally, you can add a comment explaining the image and hashtags #SurreyBC, #selfie and/or #selfienation.
- Post your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #happycity. Check out Instagram pages TransLinkBC and mine damanbeatty.
- Come to the lecture Choosing the Happy City by Charles Montgomery on March 26 at 7 pm at SFU Woodwards to claim your prize and learn more about the Happy City. RSVP is mandatory.
- Contest ends at noon on March 26, 2014.
Check out my #happycity #selfie:
Your Instagrams and Tweets tagged #happycity will be featured here.
By participating in this contest, you can win one of these prizes:
- One of four TransLink FareCards.
- One TravelSmart Travel gift pack $50 with gift card to MEC and TravelSmart Swag.
- Two tickets to Don Carlo opera at the Queen Elizabeth Theater.
- One free yearly membership and $50 car sharing credit from MODO.
About Charles Montgomery
An award-winning author and urban experimentalist, Charles Montgomery is the author of the new book, Happy City, which the New York Times has recommended as essential reading for that city’s new mayor. He has advised and lectured planners, designers, and decision-makers across America, Canada, and England. Working with the BMW Guggenheim Lab, the Museum of Vancouver and other institutions, he also creates experiments that challenge us to see our cities—and ourselves—in entirely new ways. Montgomery’s Home for the Games initiative led hundreds of people to open their homes to strangers during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. His writings on urban planning, psychology, culture, and history have appeared in magazines and journals on three continents. Among his awards is a Citation of Merit from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society for outstanding contribution towards public understanding of climate change science. His first book, The Last Heathen, won the 2005 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-fiction. www.charlesmontgomery.ca
Choosing Happy City by Charles Montgomery is the third lecture in the series Rethinking Transportation: New Voices, New Ideas, presented by TransLink and the SFU City Program. With one million more people moving to Metro Vancouver in the next 30 years, the conversation about how we travel in our region becomes increasingly important. The lecture series will explore new perspectives on the movement of people and goods in cities, with thought leaders, decision makers, and experts from across North America.
*Images and posts tagged #happycity will also be shared daily on TransLink’s the Buzzer blog (Contest rules can also be found there). Photos may be used in the print Buzzer, the Buzzer blog, presentation during the Choosing the Happy City lecture, tweeted by @TransLink and posted on the TransLink Facebook and Instagram page.
Play Surrey Contest is now open
Local musicians can enter to win performances on the Maple Leaf Stage at Surrey Canada Day and Fusion Festival
Surrey, BC – Returning for the second year, the City of Surrey has officially launched the 2019 Play Surrey Contest. This competition allows local musicians to enter to win a performance on the Maple Leaf Stage at Surrey Canada Day on July 1 and Surrey Fusion Festival on July 20.
“The Play Surrey Contest is always an exciting part of both Surrey Canada Day and Fusion Festival, where we encourage local talent to participate,” said Mary Rukavina, Manager of Special Events and Filming. “Each year, we receive hundreds of applications from performers to play at our events. We have discovered so many gifted musicians and want to continue to provide a platform to connect event attendees to local performers that deserve recognition.”
The City of Surrey Special Events Committee will select six finalist videos, which will be posted to the Surrey Canada Day and Fusion Festival Facebook pages. The public will then be asked to vote by liking their favourite entries. Two bands—one for each event—with the most votes by June 12, will win.
Winners will receive a performance time slot at the event of their choice, plus a $300 honorarium. Entries, which must include a performance video, can be submitted between May 10 and May 30 on either the Surrey Canada Day website or Surrey Fusion Festival website.
Elevate your Skin and Win with skoah!
Spring is finally in the air, the grass looks greener and the air is sweeter. Everything is anew. It’s time to come out of your shell and work on bringing that glow to your skin. It’s time to let your inner beauty shine through!
We all have busy lives and we don’t want to spend hours on skin care every day. Finding a skin care routine that works for your lifestyle and keeps your skin in great condition is key. The skin experts at skoah are dedicated to creating a personalized skincare regime that will nourish your skin and fulfill your time for self -care.
When you book a visit to skoah you will be taken care of by a skin care trainer who will analyze your skin, listen to your concerns and provide you with a personalized facial. Your skin care trainer will work with you to find a solution for various skin concerns such as dryness, oiliness, aging, blemishes, wrinkles, and pores. During your personalized facial, custom skoah products are used so you can experience these natural products first hand. These ‘skin care workouts’ involve deep cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, customized masks and muscle-melting massage.
skoah is all about education, so you will learn how each product is used and how they work together to bring out the best in your skin. skoah offers a range of facial cleansers, masks, lotions, and scrubs, attending each client’s needs and preferences.
skoah’s line of products are made from natural ingredients and formulated by science. If you want to focus solely on getting your skin on track and maintaining its beauty, visit skoah and let their skilled professionals help you with a new regime. You will leave the facial shop with a new skin care routine that will leave you feeling great from the skin in.
Make the time to elevate your skin wellness and let the skoah team take care of you. Take advantage of a skoah membership where you can receive regular facials that works for your schedule, including special pricing on facials, products and members – only sneak peaks and treats.
To help you get started, we’ve teamed up with skoah to give you a chance to win a one year membership ($400 value) to skoah at the Morgan Crossing location in South Surrey. This membership includes six personalized facials over 12 months and all the perks of a regular membership. It’s the perfect time to treat your skin to skoah and all they have to offer.
CONTEST: ENTER AND RECEIVE A FREE $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE
Enter the contest here. Upon submitting an entry, you’ll receive a $25 gift certificate to use towards your first 45 or 75 minute skoah facial at the Morgan Crossing location.
The lucky winner of the one year membership will be announced at the end of May.
Enter now and get your glow!
skoah Morgan Crossing
#126 15745 Croydon Dr.
Surrey, BC V3S 2L5
Enter To Win $500 And Learn How Surrey’s Farmers Are Affected By Climate Change
If you’ve driven by flooded farm fields or caught footage of the storm surges at Crescent Beach this winter, you’ve seen evidence of a number of things: Surrey has a large area of floodplains within its boundaries, and our current flood management system requires some updating.
Surrey has over 35 km of coastline and about 20% of our land is sitting on floodplains. Boundary Bay, Mud Bay, the Nicomekl and Serpentine Rivers, through Cloverdale toward Newton, the Campbell River and Semiahmoo First Nation are areas we frequent, live in or farm. Due to climate change which is causing sea levels to rise and extreme weather conditions, the way we manage these waterways needs to be re-evaluated and updated. Keep reading for a chance to win a $500 Visa gift card when you weigh in with your thoughts on the Mud Bay area.
This 3-minute video does a great job highlighting what we have in place right now which is already a remarkable system. We have over 100 kms of dykes, over 100 kms of flood management ditches, 25 pump stations, 14 spillways and 300 flood boxes. Watch the video to understand how each of these components work and why we need better management. It isn’t just human life that is affected; these waterways are also spawning habitat for salmon and trout, and home to many other wildlife species.
So you can see that the bones of the system are great but we just need to up our game as we deal with conditions we have never experienced before.
Previously, we shared how climate change affects the Crescent Beach community – a popular destination for tourists and residents alike. This time around, we’re looking at our dedicated farmers who have seen this city through much of its development, working hard as families and organizations to bring the best quality product to our tables.
There are many factors which are direct results of climate change that impact our farmers. I had an opportunity to sit down with two local farmers on a much-needed clear, sunny day earlier this month. While admiring the mountain view and the acres of farmland, I asked them questions to learn how the planting season and crop output have changed with the weather.
There are few people who pay attention to the weather more than a farmer. The first crop of the year has to be planted when the soil is dry, which ideally is in February on our beautiful coast. However, because of the extreme rainfalls we experience in February (we aren’t necessarily getting more rain overall, but we get more rain at one time) that opportunity for the first plant is missed. If there is a break in the rain in March, the first crop is seeded then. Sometimes, farmers have to wait till April to plant those first seeds. This pushes the harvest back, of course, because the crops have to be large enough to harvest; they need a certain amount of time in the ground to grow.
If the growth happens quickly, then a second planting can take place. If not, then one crop is all you get. And if the rains start coming down hard again before that first crop is ready to be harvested, then you don’t even get the one crop. This shorter window for a successful crop isn’t just about quantities of food being produced – it’s also about the livelihoods of these farmers.
Farmers rely on the pump stations (shown in the video above) to help them manage flooded fields. However, current management is insufficient during spring storms.
The Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy was put into place to get residents, farmers and stakeholders together to derive solutions using technology, information and a better awareness of needs.
The City would appreciate your input via this survey on the Mud Bay area. Your response will help them prioritize the coastal flood adaptation options for this area. Completing this survey makes you eligible to win a $500 gift card – so take a few minutes to do so before March 28, 2018.
We really are in this together and your voice is important. Take the time to talk to the City, leave a comment here and fill out the survey to help influence coastal flood management.
WIN: Full House of Windows valued at up to $15,000 from Centra Windows
Tuesday, May 23rd, Langley BC – Do you know a deserving family who could use help with housing upgrades? Centra Windows is giving away a full house of windows to a deserving family in need. Nominations open for only 1 more week.
We know that the housing market is expensive enough for most British Columbians – extras such as home renovations and upgrades for the safety and security of your family are likely at the bottom of your to-do list. That is why Centra Windows want’s to help a deserving family – because giving is at the heart of who are as a 100% employee owned company. We want to help one deserving family feel happy at home and relieve one of the pressures of home ownership.
How can you win?
Nominations can be made on behalf of another individual, or you can nominate yourself! Share the contest with family and friends and tell us your story.
- Why are you or the person you are nominating deserving of this prize valued at $15,000?
- What does this family mean to you or the community?
- How has this family impacted those around them?
- How will this impact them if chosen?
Nominations are being accepted until June 2nd, 2017. Make your nomination and share the news with your family and friends: Website | promo.centra.ca/nominate
About Centra Windows | What started as a small construction firm in 1984 has grown to become the number one window manufacturer, building envelope, energy retrofit, and restoration specialist in British Columbia, supplying and installing windows, doors and siding throughout the province. Centra has industry leading products and warranties with a commitment to exceptional customer service. 100% employee owned and operated resulting in exceptional care and pride throughout the organization.
Break Free from Gravity in Surrey
Sometimes all you need is a little time to leave the worries of everyday life behind; Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park is the perfect place to do that. With trampolines in every direction, it’s the ultimate playground for blowing off steam or literally bouncing off the walls!
Sky Zone Surrey is a facility like no other where you can experience the weightlessness of jumping into a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes, take out your friends on the dodgeball court, or dunk like a pro with Sky Slam Basketball. All this, with unmatched care and attention to cleanliness and safety.
There are so many things that make Sky Zone the perfect place for any outing. Whether it’s a birthday party, summer camp, corporate team-building event, or a fun evening/weekend activity, you can enjoy jump-time from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Sky Zone is also a popular destination for class field trips. What kid wouldn’t love bouncing, flipping, and flying high for hours? Even teachers can get in on the fun and be a shoe-in to win best teacher of the year!
As the days get shorter and colder, Sky Zone is the perfect place to enjoy a unique range of fun, indoor activities and awesome workouts during the winter season. Whether you’re looking for a new adventure, are the parent of tiny humans bursting with energy, or want to act like a kid yourself, Sky Zone is the key to your next best day.
To learn more about what makes Sky Zone THE trampoline park to visit and to book your next outing, visit Sky Zone Surrey’s website.
BONUS: Want to win 60 minutes of jump time for 2 at Sky Zone? It’s simple! Follow the steps below and we’ll pick a lucky winner on social media on Monday, October 3rd!
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