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Who’s Up For A Surrey City Award This Year? We Have The Scoop!

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As Surrey residents, you know that there is a lot to boast about our beautiful city – and a large part of our pride rests on our business and community leaders. In an evening of recognition, the Surrey City Awards program will honour finalists and winners from 7 major categories who each contribute to our progressive and dynamic corner of the world. We are excited to share with you these people and projects that are putting our city on the map!

Sport In The City Award

What brings a community together like nothing else? A shared love of the game. Not only do sports surpass language and age gaps, they also bring in spectators from other cities which spikes our tourism industry. In Surrey, we take our sports seriously; we want people to think of us when they think of a premier sport tourism destination. Not just in the Lower Mainland but all over the Pacific Northwest and Canada. At the same time, we want our own residents to have their community needs met, too. This year’s finalists have all worked diligently with these goals in mind.

The Sport in the City award looks at the past 3 years and recognizes an individual or group for their overall success in hosting a single-sport or multi-sport event. There are actually two awards given under this category: one for a Regional/Provincial event and one for a National/International event.

Find all the details on this year’s finalists (and learn about a sport that we didn’t actually know existed outside of a certain fantasy literature series) right here!

Heritage In The City Award

There are 3 kinds of heritage that form the heart of Surrey: built (rails, roads, buildings, bridges etc), natural (forests, streams, rivers, views etc), and cultural (traditions, ceremonies, languages, arts etc). Preserving and promoting heritage is important to the identity of a city – and because Surrey is growing in population and infrastructure, we need to recognize and honour the individuals and organizations who strive to make our heritage accessible to all.

There are two nomination categories under this award. One is for Preservation and the other is for Education & Interpretation.

Find this year’s finalists and learn more about our resources here.

NewCity Design Award

This is an exciting award category for anybody interested in architecture, urban design, landscape and infrastructure. What do you notice when you drive around different parts of Surrey? There are new buildings, new parks, new landscaping everywhere – and there are some really unique minds behind each and every design. Whether it’s a small to large-scale residential design, a commercial building, institutional building or public space, a lot of creativity and logic goes into the planning and execution, and all of this contributes to the look and feel of our city.

Under NewCity Design, there are 8 different award categories and under each are some beautiful nominations. Check them all out here. Do you recognize any of these landmarks?

Clean Energy City Award

Surrey knows that climate change exists. And we aren’t afraid to do something about it. In fact, we’re an innovative city that values clean energy and we have many progressive individuals and organizations working hard toward better planet health. Did you know that the City of Surrey is aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 80% per capita by 2050? With the critical and creative thinkers in our midst, we are well on our way!

There are two categories under the Clean Energy City award: Community and Business. Do you want to know who’s being recognized for their achievements in energy efficiency and conservation? Take a look at this year’s finalists here.

Beautiful City Award

What’s a city without its neighbourhoods? We can be attracted to a city because of its opportunities but we stay because of the people. Surrey is committed to increasing community engagement and pride and this award recognizes the individuals and group who are also pursuing this goal.

Did you know there are many community-led enhancement programs throughout our city? Learn about this year’s finalists of the Beautiful City Award and make some plans to go visit their spaces some time.

Heart In The City Award

You can tell a lot of a city by the way it treats its people – particularly the most vulnerable populations. The Heart in the City award looks at the contributions of individuals and organization toward the well-being of our residents and address social issues such as: affordable housing, poverty reduction, the protection of vulnerable women and children, and the treatment of Indigenous people and new immigrants/refugees.

These finalists are some of the loveliest among us and we are honoured to share these many fine individuals and organization with you. Learn more about them and be inspired!

Green City Award

Surrey really takes it’s ‘green’ seriously – and because of that we have 3 Green City awards presented on October 25! These fall under the categories: individual, community group (non profit or neighbourhood) and business. All of these people take action by rolling up their sleeves and diving into the the work needed to enhance our city’s natural environment. They also get out there and inform and inspire the rest of us; they provide educational materials, give us ideas on what we can do and support us in moving forward on environmental issues.

Who are these unsung heroes? Find the 2017 finalists here!


On October 25, 2017 some incredible community and business leaders will be celebrated at the City Awards reception. All of the finalists contribute to our city in unparalleled ways and we are proud to honour them.

Which award category most interests you? We’d love to hear!

 

Taslim combines her love of writing and social change by telling the stories that build bridges among people. Her motivating forces are her 3 children and her INFJ personality. Taslim is a regular contributor to Huffington Post Canada and Yummy Mummy Club, and a columnist for Peace Arch News. She has romantic notions of travel writing across European countrysides and historic African towns but her heart belongs to Surrey, B.C. You can connect with Taslim on Twitter and Instagram @taslimjaffer.

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Surrey fruit trees neglected no more: Sources Food Hub offers free pruning workshop

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To kick off the 2020 growing season, Sources Food Hub is offering a new and free resource. Fruit tree owners in Surrey are invited to attend a pruning workshop to learn how to take better care of their fruit-bearing trees while supporting our community at the same time.

This workshop, to be held on January 25 (1 to 3 p.m.) at the Historic Stewart Farm in South Surrey, is part of Sources Food Hub’s Community Harvest Program – a gleaning service to actively rescue food that might otherwise be wasted.

“During the growing season in Surrey and with the support of volunteers, we pick plums, apples and other fruit from the trees of residences and farms, who are unable or too busy to harvest it or simply happy to donate the fresh food,” said Denise Darrell, Executive Director of Community Services at SOURCES.

Tree owners can keep one-third of the harvest if they want, and the rest is distributed to local charities including Sources White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank, where fresh produce can be challenging to provide for the more than 600 people who use their services each week.

“The harvested produce that our Food Bank receives from the Food Hub is a blessing, as it allows us to offer healthy, fresh choices to the people who come to us for help. It’s a win-win – the tree owners also stand to gain from healthier trees, better fruit, and bigger yields,” Darrell said.

Interested fruit tree owners are asked to contact foodhub@sourcesbc.ca or 604-596-0973 to register for the workshop. Residents who are interested in becoming a volunteer or donating the fruit from their trees to the Sources Food Hub this summer are also encouraged to get in touch. Learn more about Sources Food Hub at www.sourcesfoodhub.ca

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DID YOU KNOW?

In Canada, most recent estimates set the annual waste of edible food, across the farm to fork system, at about 11 million tons. Divide that number by Surrey’s population, and edible food waste in Surrey equals almost 170 million pounds each year. That’s enough to feed half of Surrey’s population for the next year!

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DFSIN BC Excellence Awards A Fun Filled Event

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B.C. philanthropist and businessman Perminder Chohan, Managing Director of the Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network (DFSIN) BC, organized the annual DFSIN BC Excellence Awards on January 4th, 2020 to recognize and celebrate the achievements of his advisors at Dhaliwal Banquet Hall in Surrey, BC. The gala took off with a VIP reception for the advisors and some respected members of the community.

The evening was filled with fun, great food as many advisors were recognized and awarded for their achievements and milestones in the network.

Chohan made a special announcement about presenting his son, Armaan Chohan with a new title of Vice President of Sales and Business Development of DFSIN BC.

There were many special dance performances to entertain the guests, followed by everyone enjoying some good times on the dance floor, moving to the tunes of some upbeat Bollywood and Punjabi music.

More about DFSIN BC:      https://www.dfsin.ca/bc#main-content

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2019 Christmas Shopping in Surrey

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Fairy lights, Christmas carols all around, its the time for Christmas. And it feels magical. It gets better when Surrey fills with scores of events where you can delight your senses. So, if you are behind on Christmas shopping or cannot seem to find the perfect gift, you are in luck. You can get a ton of gifts and memories from these events. And while you are at it, you can borrow some ideas on decorating your home in readiness for Christmas. So whether you are looking for Christmas gifts for her, or hoping to bathe in Christmas anticipation, you are sorted for this holiday. Venues in and around Surrey will have events running one after the other, leading up to this joyous day. Here are some of the places you can visit in preparation for the holidays:

Glow: Indoor Christmas Festival

From 21st November, people living in Surrey and its environs have been able to take part in the largest indoor Christmas Festival. It takes place in Vancouver, and it will be in full gear up to 5th January 2020. That means you get enough time to glow and get Christmas presents for your loved ones.

This event will run for forty days, and it is all about having illuminated fun at the Harbor Convention Center. If you want a way to bond with your loved ones while seeking shelter from the cold, this is it. The arena spreads over a whopping 50,000 square feet, presenting an ideal environment for family and friends.

The theme for 2019 is Santa’s Lost Presents, and kids will have fun searching for clues in the trails. As they do this, adults can enjoy live music and drinks by the bars. At least one point five million guests will grace this event. What a delight!

Charity Gift Wrap Centre

From 7th December 2019 through to the 24th, you can have your gifts wrapped at the Charity Gift Wrap Center. It is part of a charity event, and all the proceeds from the sales will go to the Surrey Food Bank. Lions’ charities will also benefit from the same. Thus, you get to hit two birds with one stone. You give back and put a smile on your loved ones’ faces at the same time. Wrapping starts at two pounds, and you will find a wide selection of bag options.

Photos With Santa

This tradition never gets old, and you are probably reminiscing those days you sat on Santa’s lap. What was it you wanted back then? Did you get it? Well, Santa is around this year and has been as of 15th November. The fellow will be taking photos with the naughty and nice children till Christmas Eve at Central City Mall. You have ample time to come up with a wish list by then and present it to him. Have you been nice?

This year, Santa will be taking family photos, and you can book your place online. All you have to do is show up with your loved ones, not forgetting your pets. They, too, are family and should be part of the memories. Santa Land will be abuzz with activity at the mall center near Tim Hortons. Note, though, that he will operate during select hours. So you had best make it to the venue while he’s around. You can also book an evening photo session for your pets with the man in red. How cute is that!

There are many other events you can attend. Holiday shopping in Surrey has never been this easy and fun. Be sure to join in!

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You’re Invited To The Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy Wrap-Up Event

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It’s no doubt that climate change is a hot topic (no pun intended) and it should be. The proof we have of the planet’s rising temperature and Nature’s response to it is undeniable. We are proud to be living in a city that not only accepts our dire situation but proactively works to alleviate further destruction. One of the ways the City of Surrey is by developing a Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy (CFAS) through a multi-phase community driven process. Over a busy and productive 3 years, the City has been helping residents, businesses and communities prepare for a changing climate in various capacities.

One of the initiatives of this program was to explore ways to increase the resilience of coastal communities, like Crescent Beach. We are happy to share that the CFAS is now complete.

Over 2000 people including residents, stakeholders, partners and international experts participated in CFAS. Join fellow Surrey residents and supporters on at the CFAS Wrap-Up Event Thursday November 28, 2019 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the South Surrey Rotary Fieldhouse at 2197 148 St. Learn more about the strategy and 13 capital projects that the city will be taking immediate action on to improve flood resilience within the coastal floodplain.

Surrey Wins Climate & Energy Action Award for CFAS

On September 25, 2019, the City of Surrey was awarded the Climate & Energy Action Award by the Community Energy Association for its leadership on climate resilience. Our city is the inaugural winner of the new Climate Adaptation award category for the Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy and we couldn’t be more proud.

We know our readers are concerned about the environment and curious about what we as individuals and communities can do to protect our homes and businesses from rising sea levels, as we work toward lessening the damage incurred to our planet. We encourage you to take part in these civic dialogues to better understand how our City’s planning and implementation fulfills these needs.

Learn more about the CFAS Wrap-Up Event and mark Thursday November 28 on your calendar!

 

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Surrey Tree Lighting Festival is Bigger and Brighter than ever

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Free family event offers new light displays and Youth Dance Showcase feature

Surrey, B.C. – Surrey Tree Lighting Festival, presented by Coast Capital Savings, announced today the new attractions guests can expect to see at this year’s free annual event. Additional attractions include a Light Tunnel, Enchanted Forest, Candy Cane Dance Tent, North Pole Stage, expanded Holiday Market and Village and a variety of new light installations. Surrey’s 60ft tall Christmas tree will light up at 6:30 p.m. live on CTV.

The entrance to the Holiday Fun Zone on University Drive will now include a Light Tunnel where guests can walk through and take photos. The area will also offer magical features and activities including an Enchanted Forest of illuminated trees and a Candy Cane Dance tent with an LED dance floor. Additionally, visitors can escape the cold and enjoy family-friendly and festive holiday activities in the Holiday Market and Village tent located on Civic Plaza. The tent will feature over 30 local vendors and crafters, activations, live performances and new interactive light features.

In partnership with Surrey Youth Dance Services, this year’s free event will feature pop up breakdance performances and dance showcases throughout the day. A 30-minute breakdance battle with a live DJ set will take place at 4pm at the Candy Cane Dance Tent where youth are encouraged to participate to win prizes. Located on University Drive, the North Pole Stage will showcase a blend of hip-hop and breakdancing acts alongside cultural dance performances including Indigenous youth group Kwel Eng Sen Dancers, the Mexican Dance Ensemble and female dance group Brazilian Swag.

“With the continuing growth of Surrey’s youth dance community, we are thrilled that we can offer a platform for youth to showcase their talent. We have some gifted youth in our community, and what better time to bring them together than the holidays,” says Mary Rukavina, Manager of Special Events and Film. “With the addition of the youth dance showcase, spectacular light displays and expanded features this year, Surrey’s Tree Lighting Festival will be one of the most memorable holiday traditions to attend.”

Additional highlights include a Ferris Wheel, live music, amusement rides, inflatables, family activities, road hockey, children’s crafts and cookie decorating at the Just Cakes Treat Zone located in the Holiday Market & Village Tent.

Surrey Tree Lighting takes place on Saturday November 23, 2019 at Surrey Civic Plaza. To allow for additional viewings of the light features, the festival will run an hour later from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information and performance schedules visit www.surrey.ca/treelighting.

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