SURREY â€” Twenty-three trophies were given out to groups, businesses and individuals on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the new Centre Stage at City Hall for the City Awards.
The City Awards, which are meant to recognize the achievements of those who are helping â€œshape Surrey as a city of the future,â€ were first started in 2011. This year, there were six categories for the awards, including Heart in the City, Beautiful City, Green City, Clean Energy City, Heritage in the City and New City Design.
â€œI would like to congratulate all the winners for their personal and collective achievements,â€ said outgoing Mayor Dianne Watts in a release, who was at the event to award all of the winners.
â€œTheir tireless efforts have mad a real difference within the community and the City of Surrey.â€
Among the winners was community group Friends of the Grove, headed by Newton-resident David Dalley, who helped re-beautify the grove after the notorious killing of hockey mom Julie Paskall in the area.
"The Friends of the Grove award reflects the work of many who have comeâ€¨together to create a safer and more vibrant space in Surrey,â€ Dalley told the Now.
He also noted that the trophy will change hands on a rotating basis to be enjoyed by those who helped the project.
"At this point in Surrey’s transformation, we don’t need more leaders andâ€¨followers. We need leaders that create other leaders. When I look at theâ€¨list of City Award nominees and recipients, I see leaders that are creatingâ€¨more leaders. I find that very inspiring," he said of his fellow award winners.
Twenty-three winners were chosen in the second incarnation of Surreyâ€™s City Awards.
2014 City Award Winners:
Heart in the City Award: Honouring Selfless Acts of Community Spirit
Group Category: Surrey Princess Project
Lifetime Achievement: Cmolik Foundation (Russ & Ellen Cmolik)
Individual Category: Janice Lanigan: Oak Ave Neighbourhood Hub Society
Individual Category: Resham Singh Dosanjh: PICS
Individual Category: Amos Kambere: Umoja Operations Compassion Society of BC
Beautiful City Award: Celebrating Achievements in Community Beautification
Business/Institutional Category: Ivanhoe Cambridge/Green over Grey: Guildford Town Centre
Community/Resident Category: Friends of the Grove
Green City Award: Recognizing Leaders in Environmental Stewardship
Outstanding Individual Category: Peggy Ament
Community Group Category: A Rocha: Brooksdale Environmental Centre
Business Category: TFB Environmental Technology
Clean Energy City Award: Recognizing Innovation in Energy Conservation & Efficiency
Community Category: Hotell Family Private Residence
Heritage in the City Award: Recognizing excellence in heritage preservation, interpretation &
Education & Interpretation: Jack Brown: www.surreyhistory.ca
Preservation: Board of Directors: Fraser Valley Heritage Rail Society
Preservation: Dr. Roy Strang: Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society
Preservation: Evan Williams & Byron Williams: Seventh Day Adventist Church Restoration
New City Design Awards: Recognizing excellence in City building
Small Scale Residential Award of Excellence: Ocean Park House, Stewart Family, Campos Leckie Studio
Small Scale Residential Award of Merit: Semiahmoo House Passive House, Hotell Family, Marken
Projects Design & Consulting
Commercial Award of Merit: City Centre 1, Lark Group, Wensley Architecture, van der Zalm & Associates
Inc. Landscape Architects
Commercial Award of Merit: FedEx Freight, Wesgroup, Taylor Kurtz Architecture & Design, PWL
Partnership Landscape Architects
Government/Institutional Award of Excellence: Christ Worship Centre, Acton Ostry Architects Inc.,
Vaughn Landscape Planning & Design
Government/Institutional Award of Excellence: Surrey City Hall, Kasian Architecture Ltd., Moriyama
Renovation & Adaptive Re-Use Award of Excellence: South Surrey Recreation Centre Addition, City of
Surrey, Taylor Kurtz Architecture & Design, PFS Studio Landscape Architects
Interiors Award of Excellence: South Surrey Recreation Centre Addition, City of Surrey, Taylor Kurtz
Architecture & Design, PFS Studio Landscape Architects