KIDZ BIZ: SASSY show celebrates Surrey youth on May 13

Also: DigitalLENS club gets busy, scholarship for Cloverdale student

Josh Bogert will be among performers at the annual SASSY awards show May 13 at Surrey Arts Centre.

Surrey’s annual SASSY Awards is set for Friday, May 13 at Surrey Arts Centre.

The event honours youth who are making a difference in our community by demonstrating the Rotary ideal of “service above self.”

Winners in seven award categories will be honoured that night, starting at 8 p.m. The categories are Arts and Culture Leadership, Community Service, Environmental Leadership, International Service, Overcoming Adversity, Sports Leadership and Youth Leadership.

The showcase will include performances by Josh Bogert, Ava Carich, Richard Tichelman, Semiahmoo Jazz Band, Spiral Dance Co. and XBa Dance Company.

For tickets and info, call 604-501-5566 or visit

DigitalLENS club aims to shatter Surrey stereotypes

NEWTON — The project started by asking one simple question: What images of everyday life would we see if Surrey youth could control the cameras and tell their own stories?

A pilot project at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) began giving Surrey youth the skills to take the headlines back, and create their own stories about the experiences of young people living, learning and playing in the city.

On Wednesday, May 11, students at Princess Margaret Secondary will screen the digital stories they developed through KPU’s Visual Media Workshop, with the help of peer mentors and digital storytelling instructors at the university.

“​Mass media images of youth life in Surrey are stereotypical. They reduce everyday life in Surrey to gang violence, youth victimization, and cultural and religious conflicts,” said Katie Warfield, director of the Visual Media Workshop.

“This is not the everyday reality of the youth we are working with. Their lives are rich and vibrant, and they have incredible stories to tell.”

As part of the DigitalLENS club, 13 students learned narrative and storytelling, editing and audio and video recording skills over several months.

The results will be screened at the KPU Surrey Conference Centre from 6 to 8 p.m., at 12666 72nd Ave. Admission is $10.

The project is supported by the TELUS Vancouver Community Board, which donated $15,000 to KPU’s Visual Media Workshop ( For tickets, contact or

Scholarship for Tweedsmuir student

CLOVERDALE — Claire McCallum, a Grade 12 student at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary, is the B.C. recipient of the Canadian Women in Municipal Government scholarship.




(PICTURED: Claire McCallum with members of Surrey city council)

She is one of four winners of the $1,000 award, which is given by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).

The scholarship is awarded to young women who demonstrate exceptional leadership and a strong interest in local politics.

This year, the FCM received a record number of applications for the scholarship.

“It is gratifying to know that there is such a high interest in local politics among our young women across the country,” said Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner. “I am especially proud that (Claire) has been recognized by the FCM for her leadership and work in this area.”

Claire, an active member of her school’s student council, won the scholarship for her research essay on “How women make a difference in community service, leadership positions and politics.” She was recognized for her award during Monday’s city council meeting.




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