PEOPLE: Surrey architect, planner honoured

SURREY — Acclaimed architect, city planner and property developer Michael Geller is being honoured for his lifetime of work.

Michael Geller is well known in the Surrey planning and development communities as a planning and real estate consultant, former director of the Surrey City Development Corporation and member of the Mayor’s Economic Development Advisory Committee.

He will be recognized Sept. 1 at a gala at the Richmond Country Club. The event is being sponsored by the international educational organization ORT.

Geller has played key roles in projects including UniverCity at Simon Fraser University, the south shore of False Creek, Steveston Village, Bayshore in Coal Harbour, Deering Island, Furry Creek and a variety of residential and mixed-use projects around Vancouver.

* Surrey’s Pavneet Kalsi has been named one of the recipients of Envision Financial’s Full Cupboard Volunteer Education Award for 2015. Kalsi, who will pursue a degree in Science and Pharmacy at UBC, dedicated more than 100 volunteer hours at the Surrey Food Bank.

* Two Surrey pharmacists were honoured recently at the 2015 BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) Pharmacy Awards.

* Jennifer Chan, a pharmacy manager with Save-On-Foods in South Surrey, is the recipient of the 2015 Takeda Magnum Opus Award, which recognizes a pharmacist who has completed advanced training or education with the goal of promoting improved patient care. Allan Wong, a pharmacist/owner with Shoppers Drug Mart in Surrey, is the recipient of the 2015 Ben Gant Innovative Practice, which recognizes a BCPhA member who has demonstrated significant innovation.

* Surrey high school student Marcia Atanackovic has been named as a recipient of one of Prospera Credit Union’s Educational Awards. Every year, Prospera distributes up to $21,000 to people dedicated to helping others and who are planning to pursue post secondary education.

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