Surrey Mayor’s Art Awards

Surrey Mayor’s Art Awards

The 2nd Surrey Mayor’s Art 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 and the City of Surrey are 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 15, 2018. 


Nominations – Closed for 2018

Nomination Form

Award Categories:

  1. Arts & Innovation Award: Awarded for originality, ingenuity, and resourcefulness within the creative sector (music, dance, visual art, literature). Open to individuals and businesses.
  2. 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.
  3. Philanthropy Award: Awarded to an individual or business that has generously contributed to arts and culture through grants, donations or other investments.
  4. 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.


Please submit your nomination to:

Rhona Doria
101-14439 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3R 1M1
T: 604.634.0347
F: 604.588.7549

2017 Winners

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.

Previous Winners


For more information contact:

Rhona Doria

101-14439 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3R 1M1
T: 604.634.0347
F: 604.588.7549