Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith

​Ashley is a nerdy Communications Specialist at an education technology company called CCI Learning who finds joy in producing interesting written content​. ​When she’s not writing or learning to code, you can find her kayaking, dousing her food in hot sauce or capturing the perfect nature photo.
Food & Drink

Stanley Park Brewing’s WinterGlow Mandarin IPA

BEER. WINTERGLOW MANDARIN IPA. Now that I have your attention... I always say right around the holidays is my favourite time of year. Yes, it is partly because of all the love in the air and the beautiful lights, but it is mainly because I have a massive crush on mandarin oranges, and by crush, I mean I think they're delicious. The slightly smaller relative of the standard orange, although cultivated for over 3,000 years in China, did not reach Europe and North America until the nineteenth century. It only makes sense to make up for lost time and figure out all the ways to consume this flavour filled fruit, such as adding it to beer. Naturally, when I heard that one of my favourite brewing companies was coming out with a mandarin IPA for the holiday season, I knew I had to get in on it. The lovely staff at...

Review of ‘Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery’ – On Until Oct. 22

On October 12th at the Main Stage at the Surrey Arts Centre, I attended one of the best plays I have seen in quite some time. Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is, as claimed, a fast-paced farcical adventure based on the Arthur Conan Doyle classic. Five actors play over 40 comical characters, filling the stage with suspects, allies, and heirs and filling the audience with an outrageous amount of laughter. When the wealthy Henry Baskerville is threatened by the fable of a bloodthirsty hound on the moors, Holmes and Watson are on the case to sniff out the culprit. As director John Murphy says, “Baskerville is definitely a comedic romp, but the play also maintains the original story’s gothic feel.” As I sat in my seat to the far left of the theatre, amongst a sea of smiling faces, I couldn't help but be struck by the talent that is required...

3rd Annual Inclusive Employer Awards Winners Announced

Karin and Marco Pasqua at the Inclusive Employer Awards just after Marco was recognized by Rotary International as a “Paul Harris Fellow”. A dazzling cityscape was projected on the walls of the Surrey Arts Centre as the 3rd annual Inclusive Employer Awards kicked off. We were lucky enough to have a quick, behind the scenes introduction to Marco Pasqua, the emcee of the night. The Inclusive Employer Awards recognized Surrey, Delta and White Rock employers for their innovative and inclusive business practices. It was a sold out, full house, 150+ people kind of night. The goal of this event is to promote inclusive hiring and showcase businesses that go above and beyond to make it a reality. Employers are recognized for their efforts to create a culture of inclusiveness, implement innovative solutions, modify training and support, acknowledge increased productivities and revenues, and follow Provincial employment standards. We all shared a...