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Surrey Spiritual Summit Strives for Positive Community Connections

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(Surrey BC’s David Dalley, Surrey Spiritual Summit Event Coordinator. Photo by Bronwyn Scott)

People from diverse belief systems are gathering at Camp Alexandra Retreat and Conference Centre on Saturday, March 1st, for Surrey Spiritual Summit, designed to promote understanding and build positive relationships across traditions.

The free event, initiated by Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society, features workshops that explore such themes as values, youth, children, environment and art, with speakers from a range of backgrounds.

The summit, funded by the provincial government, is designed to address the nuanced differences among our communities, focusing on worldviews rather than observable differences.

“The way that multiculturalism has been done has sometimes focused too much on the superficial elements of diversity,” said David Dalley, event coordinator. The different ways we eat and dress, for example.

“Sometimes it’s those deeper elements of misunderstandings around beliefs or values or religious practices, or spirituality, that’s where a lot of misunderstandings occur,” he said.

Dalley is a pediatric physiotherapist and works with severely disabled children.

About six years ago, he and his wife decided they were going to be very intentional about raising their own two very young children to be literate in diversity and to be good global citizens.

“We were starting to look at ways to connect in the community and to build those relationships and those experiences for our children,” Dalley said.

They found that, even in Surrey where there is a mosque on one corner and a gurdwara on the next, it was difficult to learn about these places as parents and to teach and expose their children to them.

That’s when Dalley started doing interfaith work, organizing events for people of different religious, spiritual, humanist, philosophical or atheistic belief systems to encourage constructive and positive connections that cross ideological boundaries.

But learning about other cultures was important for his professional role, too, working with families of children in medical crisis.

“I became aware that it is really important to understand how families understand quality of life and suffering and meaning, and all of these things, if I am to work with their children,” said Dalley.

“Those are essentially religious and spiritual questions, and so even as a physiotherapist I’m going in and I’m talking about wheelchairs and crutches and exercises, it was helpful for me to figure out all these other sort of contextual things.”

Surrey Spiritual Summit is the first event of its kind in Surrey, and is designed to appeal to people in all professions and stages of life. The youth workshop, for instance, is run entirely by and for youth.

“Youth are so vibrant with their definitions and their manifestations of their spirituality and their ways of acting that out in the world, whether it’s art or activism . . . they may not define them in traditional ways, they may not identify or affiliate with a particular religious tradition, but what they’re doing is spiritual transformative work,” said Dalley.

“Bring religion and spirituality as it means for you. Not what the old men think it is, or others, but how you interpret it, understand it, express it. And with the real hope to empower youth to be spiritual and to let that guide their activities and their sense of agency in the community.”

The children workshop focuses on exploring children’s own ideas about the sacred, and participants who attend this workshop and the rest of the conference can receive six hours of early childhood education professional development credits from the Liberation Learning Project.

The music workshop will feature people from different traditions using the language of music to connect, playing with music together and then inviting the audience to participate.

“Sometimes our minds get caught up in differences and misconceptions, but if we just sort of be playful together sometimes we can get beyond that and get to know each other a bit better,” said Dalley.

A First Nations Blessing Ceremony before the workshops begin will set the day off and a Hindu prayer will conclude it.

Surrey Spiritual Summit is by registration and space is limited. A free lunch is provided. For more information contact interfaith@movingtogether.ca.

Bronwyn has lived in Ottawa, P.E.I., Victoria, Squamish and Surrey, B.C. She has an English degree (SFU, 2011) and a journalism degree (Langara College, 2013) and for four years worked with Sandra Djwa on Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page, which won the Governor-General’s Non-Fiction prize in 2013. She’s an adventurous spirit who loves the outdoors and all things artsy. She’s written for the Surrey Leader, the Langley Times and The Squamish Reporter.

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7 events for you to check out in Surrey June 10–18

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There's so much to do in Surrey (Oleg Mayorov / Shutterstock)

Looking for something to do? Well, you’re in luck! There is so much to do in Surrey this week.

 

June 10: Seniors Week

Visit the Historic Stewart Farm on June 10 from 11 am to 2 pm for Seniors Week. There will be live music and performers, heritage activities and demonstrations, tours of the 1894 farmhouse, samples of delicious homemade treats, and activities in recognition of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Address: Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road

 

June 11: Magical QUIRK-E Tour

QUIRK-E (Queer Imaging and Riting Kollective for Elders) is hosting numerous spoken word and video performances at the Museum of Surrey on June 11 from 2 to 4 pm. There will be cartoons, videos, short films, songs, a scene from a play, stories, and poems. This event is 14+. 

Address: Museum of Surrey, 17710 56a Ave

 

June 11: Car-Free Day

Car-Free Day is coming to Surrey Saturday, June 11. This event will turn 137 street into a car-free paradise with tons of local merchants, musicians, and family-friendly activities like balloon twisting, jugglers, and face painting. There will also be a beer garden (for the grown-ups) and plenty of food trucks. 

Address: 7380 King George Blvd

 

June 16–19: Strawberry Tea on the Farm

If you missed Seniors Week, then you can visit the Historic Stewart Farm from June 16–19 for strawberry tea on the veranda. There will also be ice cream and other treats for you to enjoy. Tickets cost $18.20 and you can register for them online or by calling 604-501-5100.

Address: Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road

 

June 17: Youth Pride Dance

Youth ages 13 to 18 are welcome to attend the Youth Pride Dance, an inclusive and welcoming event to celebrate Pride. There will be dancing (of course), games, snacks, and prizes for the most creative outfits. LGBTQ2S+ and allies can attend this event. Registration for this free event is available online

Address: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107A Avenue

 

June 18: International Picnic Day

Visit Hazelgrove Park for International Picnic Day on June 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Bring a packed meal and your friends and family to enjoy an evening full of fun activities. There will be mini-golf, storytime, different fun park activities, and different vendors from the Cloverdale Farmers Market. This event is free and open to all ages. 

Address: Hazelgrove Park 7080 190 Street

 

June 18: Surrey Fest

This year is the 22nd anniversary of Surrey Fest! Head over to Holland Park from 11 am to 4 pm to enjoy music, prizes, vendors, and more! This event is free but expect it to get busy. 

Address: Holland Park, 13428 Old Yale Rd

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What’s going on for Pride in Surrey 2022

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Here’s a list of some great events happening to celebrate Pride month (City of Surrey)

June is Pride Month, and there are plenty of events happening in Surrey to help you celebrate. So, check out our list of some of these must-attend events. 

June 9: Surrey’s LGBTQ2S+ History

 

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Learn about the history of Pride in Surrey from a panel of LGBTQ2S+ community leaders in an online discussion on June 9 from 6:30 to 8 pm. This event is a collaboration between Surrey Archives, Youth for Change, Sher Vancouver, and Surrey Pride. This event is free to attend and open to all ages, but registration is required. You can register online

Address: Virtual

 

June 11: Magical QUIRK-E Tour

QUIRK-E

QUIRK-E (Queer Imaging and Riting Kollective for Elders) is hosting numerous spoken word and video performances at the Museum of Surrey on June 11 from 2 to 4 pm. There will be cartoons, videos, short films, songs, a scene from a play, stories, and poems. This event is 14+. 

Address: Museum of Surrey, 17710 56a Ave

 

June 17: Youth Pride Dance

Youth ages 13 to 18 are welcome to attend the Youth Pride Dance, an inclusive and welcoming event to celebrate Pride. There will be dancing (of course), games, snacks, and prizes for the most creative outfits. LGBTQ2S+ and allies can attend this event. Registration for this free event is available online

Address: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107A Avenue

 

June 22: Drag Queen Cash Prize Bingo

Head over to the Central City Taphouse and Kitchen on June 22 from 7:30 to 9 pm for Drag Queen Bingo. You can email president@surreypride.ca to register and for more information. 

Address: Central City Taphouse and Kitchen, 13450 102 Ave

 

June 25: Surrey Pride Festival

 

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The Surrey Pride Festival returns this year on June 25 from 4 pm till 9 pm at the Plaza at Central City Mall. Expect performances from Jesse Schult, Jason Qiu, Short Notice, Reckless (a Bryan Adams Tribute Band), and plenty of drag performances from the likes of Justin Abit, Jaylene Tyme, and Jolene. Expect a full evening of activities and fun. 

Address: 10153 King George Blvd

 

For more information on these events and everything else happening this Pride, visit surreypride.ca

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Car-Free Day makes its way to Surrey

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There will be plenty of delicious food, music, and family-friendly activities (Josh Howard / Unsplash)

Car-Free Day is coming to Surrey Saturday, June 11. This event will turn 137 street into a car-free paradise with tons of local merchants, musicians, and family-friendly activities. 

Stores that are located alongside 137 street will open up patios onto the street, while there will also be plenty of other vendors and food trucks like Gary’s Kettle Corn, Tornadopotato, Wakwak Burgers, Japadog, JJ’s Hot Cobs, Taco’N Todo, The Little Snowflake Factory, Lemon Heaven, and Roasted Revolution.

This year’s event will host performances by Ashleigh Ball, daysormay, Meltt, NADUH, The Jins, Peak, Á’a:líya, Tess Anderson, DESTINEAK, Vancouver Street Dance Festival, City Entertainment, Robin Reddy Show, Mom Bop, Matt Hen, and more!

 

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There will also be family fun activities like balloon twisting, jugglers, and face painting alongside some more grown-up activities like a beer garden.

Car-Free Day is organized by Translink and aims to educate people on the future of transportation. As the name suggests, people are encouraged to take transit, bike, walk, car-share, car-pool, or use other methods of electric transportation. There are bike racks on the sidewalk to park your bike but there will be no street parking for those who choose to car-share or car-pool. 

Car-Free Day takes place Saturday, June 11 from noon until 8 pm.

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You can help design a mural for SFU Surrey’s 20th anniversary

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Mural Mosaic Project
SFU is looking for input from community members for the theme of these 2 murals (SFU / https://www.sfu.ca/surrey/news-and-events/news-all/campus-news-and-updates/submit-your-ideas-for-mural-mosaics-at-sfu-surrey.html)

To celebrate SFU Surrey’s 20th anniversary, SFU is bringing the Mosaic Mural Project to their Surrey campus. 

This project will take multiple individual paintings and place them together to make one large mural. A similar type of mural can be seen on the side of the Newton Recreation Centre. 

 

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SFU will be partnering with different artists from the Mosaic Mural Project alongside staff and students to create these two new art displays, and they are asking SFU community members for help on the theme. Plus, anyone who submits their idea will be entered into a draw for a $25 SFU Bookstore gift card. 

The mural is expected to begin in Fall 2022 and submission for ideas will close on June 12 so be sure to get your ideas in soon. You can submit your ideas here.

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Cloverdale Market Days are back!

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Cloverdale Market Days are happening on the last Saturday of every month (@cloverdalemarketdays / Instagram)

After being cancelled for the last 2 years because of COVID-19, Cloverdale Market Days are making their comeback this Saturday, May 28. The market will be open from 10 am to 3 pm and will have up to 150 different vendors and food trucks. There will also be three stages for live musical performances. It will take place all along 176 street in downtown Cloverdale. 

This is a great opportunity to support local artists and businesses who have been struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The first market will be held on May 28 but there will also be four more on June 25, July 23, August 27, and September 17 in case you can’t make the first one. 

Local eateries like The Henry, Hawthorne Beer Market, and The Vault will also have sidewalk patios open for people to sit down and relax. 

The market will be open rain or shine and the streets will be closed from dawn until 4 pm for set-up and clean-up. 

Cloverdale Market Days

Address: 176 street between 56A and 58 Ave

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