Surrey Arts & Business Awards
The 3rd Surrey Arts & Business Awards – showcasing Surrey’s Creative Industry recognizes individuals and businesses that are committed to enriching Surrey through the arts, thus enhancing Surrey’s livability. The Surrey Board of Trade is committed to cultivating and sustaining a healthy and inclusive city and work towards ensuring that the cultural richness of Surrey is reflected through these awards.
The event will take place on June 14, 2019.
Nomination Deadline: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
- Arts & Innovation Award: Awarded for originality, ingenuity, and resourcefulness within the creative sector (music, dance, visual art, literature). Open to individuals and businesses.
- Cultural Ambassador: Awarded to an individual or business that has significantly contributed to Surrey’s arts and cultural community and raised the visibility of Surrey’s creative industry. May include exemplary work across disciplines (as an artist or administrator) as well as advocating for and promoting the value of arts and culture.
- Philanthropy Award: Awarded to an individual or business that has generously contributed to arts and culture through grants, donations or other investments.
- Legacy Award: Awarded for a rich and enlightening career in the arts. This individual or business may be celebrating a milestone anniversary or capping off a long career in the creative economy industry. Ultimately Surrey is more vibrant for their long-standing contributions.
- Music Award: Awarded to an individual or company that either supports musicians or has excelled in the musical industry.
Please submit your nomination to:
Arts and Innovation Award Category – Peninsula Production Society
Peninsula Productions was formed in late 2010 to help fill a need in White Rock/South Surrey for professional quality live entertainment. Since its inception as a not-for-profit society with a mere handful of dedicated members, it has become a vibrant organization with charitable status, an active board and over one hundred volunteers. As an arts organization they have actively sought to raise awareness of British Columbia’s rich multicultural identity through theatrical events.
Cultural Ambassador Award Category – Ellie King
Ellie King has been making and presenting theatre, teaching, mentoring, consulting, serving on boards and volunteering in Surrey since the mid ‘80s. Through her many years of making theatre, Ellie has striven to redress the balance both on stage and as director/writer/producer. As a teacher and mentor, Ellie has been an innovator in this field, often volunteering her time. She was the first person to bring acting classes into Surrey Arts Centre in the mid 1980s. In terms of community involvement, Ellie partnered with the City of Surrey and together with the Royal Canadian Theatre Company, brought the first ever ‘Relaxed Performance’ staged at the Surrey Arts Centre in December 2017.
Philanthropy Award Category – Concord Pacific Development Inc.
Concord Pacific Development Inc. was formed in 1987. In the late 90’s, the group merged with the publicly listed Burcon Group, which controlled Oxford Properties that owned one of the largest office and retail portfolios in Canada. In the early 2000’s. Concord Pacific became a separate public company and was subsequently privatized. Beyond building homes and contributing parks, recreation facilities, amenities, school sites, seawall walkways and daycares, Concord supports the people in their communities through family-oriented events and charities, including Vancouver Jazz Festival, Surrey Fusion Festival, Surrey Tree Lighting and Indian Summer Festival. Concord Pacific has been supporting the Arts Umbrella since 1990. In 2012, Concord Pacific helped establish the Surrey Centre location of Arts Umbrella by donating funds to outfit the studio, providing rent-free space for many of Arts Umbrellas classes.
Legacy Award Category – Surrey Little Theatre
Surrey Little Theatre was established in June 1959 when the Greater Whalley Recreation Council sponsored a little theatre group, The North Surrey Thespians. Their focus is to provide low-cost entertaining productions for Surrey and the surrounding communities. They provide 3 major productions per year, plus offer a number of additional youth programs, shows, and camps. Over the 59 years that Surrey Little Theatre has been around, they have won multiple awards in many different categories from the Community Theatre Coalition, Fraser Valley Zone Festival and at the Theatre BC’s Main Stage. Today, Surrey Little Theatre thrives not just as a historic landmark, but as an award-winning theatre group producing quality entertainment and opportunities for youth for the surrounding community.
Awarded to an individual or business that has generously contributed to arts and culture through grants, donations or other investments.
- Concord Pacific Development Inc.
- Raj Arneja
- Werner and Helga Hoing
Awarded to an individual or business that has significantly contributed to Surrey’s arts and cultural community and raised the visibility of Surrey’s creative industry.
- Amrit Bains
- Arts Umbrella
- Ellie King
- Roxanne Charles
- Surrey Little Theatre
- Thomas Nelles
Awarded for a rich and enlightening career in the arts. This individual or business may be celebrating a milestone anniversary or capping off a long career in the creative economy industry. Ultimately Surrey is more vibrant for their long-standing contributions.
- Chris Thornley
- Mary Mikelson
- Surrey Little Theatre
Arts & Innovation Award
Awarded for originality, ingenuity, and resourcefulness within the creative sector (music, dance, visual art, literature).
- Amrit Bains
- Peninsula Production Society
- Richard Tichelman
- Roxanne Charles
- Thomas Nelles
Arts & Innovation Award – Surrey Youth Orchestra
The Surrey Youth Orchestra has a long history of bringing orchestral music training to children. The Orchestra has been under the direction of founder Lucille Lewis for 35 years until 2011 when she retired and is now under the direction of Joel Stobbe and his conductors Ben Goheen and Andrea Taylor. Each September, more than 100 young musicians rehearse weekly from September to May, taking part in music camps, extended workshops, chamber music, and specialized instruction.
Cultural Ambassador – Mohammad Asimul Islam
Mohammad is the President of the Mother Language Lovers of the World Society, based in Surrey. For the past 10 years, he has worked tirelessly to promote and preserve linguistic diversity and cultural heritage within Surrey and throughout BC through the celebration of the International Mother Language Day (IMLD), recognized annually on February, 21st worldwide. In Surrey, every year approximately 70,000 students, representing 172 various mother language speakers have the opportunity to know about and celebrate their languages, identify their cultural heritage and share this with others. Mr. Islam’s work promotes diversity and respect for other cultures through cross-cultural sharing.
Philanthropy Award – Westminster Savings Credit Union
Westminster Savings is committed to increasing access to active living and the arts in their communities. They call this commitment Project Better Balance. The credit union’s philosophy is that participation in arts and active living leads to greater self-confidence, athletic development, personal expression, enhanced critical thinking and social reinforcement. Both staff and senior management at Westminster Savings provide outstanding support to their community partnerships by volunteering at a variety of public events, attending local initiatives and creating a number of opportunities to heighten awareness of the arts.
Legacy Award – Sheila McKinnon
Sheila’s choice of career was initially motivated by a desire to work with children and youth in high needs communities and to make a difference in the quality of people’s lives. Sheila was recruited to work in Surrey from a large municipal organization in Ontario where community development was her strong suit. This year, retiring in her 22nd year, working for the City of Surrey, her legacy is found in the outcomes from the Cultural Capital of Canada Award programs. The Fusion Festival has become a catalyst for cultural sharing; the 6 public art installations beautify our spaces in Surrey, and the Surrey Civic Treasures Awards have given the city a sense of pride in the accomplishment of its highest achievers in the cultural sector.