The Civic Distinction Awards will be held virtually on December 10, 2020 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm on Surrey’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

The 2020 Civic Distinction Awards are awards of excellence that acknowledge business and community leaders who have made a major contribution to the City of Surrey in their respective fields. By recognizing their work, these awards foster a culture of excellence in Surrey and highlight the people and projects that are leading the way. The awards recipients will be recognized during the Virtual Civic Distinction Awards Reception.

These awards are held every four years and include the following Award Categories: Beautification & Enhancement Award, Environmental Award, Heart Award, Arts & Heritage Award, Design Award, Sport Tourism Award and Mayor’s Choice Award.

Master of Ceremonies

Master of Ceremonies Charmaine Crooks

Charmaine Crooks

Charmaine Crooks is a five-time Olympian and Member of the Order of Canada (C.M) and has represented Canada for close to 20 years in Athletics. She has won medals at the pan American, Commonwealth, World Cup and World Student Games and has had the honour of being Canada’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies of the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games.

With her professional background in sports marketing, management and consultation, Charmaine is dedicated to sport in the City of Surrey and works closely with the City and Sport Surrey to attract athletes and high caliber sporting events to our City.


Royal Academy of Bhangra

Royal Academy of Bhangra

First Canadian Non-For-Profit to offer formal Punjabi Folk Dance Education

In 2012, a group of dedicated arts and bhangra enthusiasts came together to create a professional bhangra organization that would not only raise the platform of Punjabi Folk Arts through quality programming and events, but collaborate with the wider community to create awareness and opportunities for fusion, exploration and connection.

Royal Academy of Bhangra is the first Canadian not-for-profit academy to offer a formal Punjabi Folk Dance education with a syllabus consisting of three grade levels. The Academy’s Dance Director, Hardeep Singh Sahota, was key in the development of the bhangra syllabus program for all Canadian Dance Teachers, BC Branch.

Krystle Dos Santos

Krystle Dos Santos

Krystle Dos Santos is a 2x Western Canadian Music Award winning soul, jazz and R&B singer based out of Vancouver, Canada. With an extraordinary voice that is commanding, powerful and rich with talent, her music, inspired by classic and neo-soul combined with smooth R&B elements is executed brilliantly; It’s simultaneously elegant, bold and moving, similar to modern legends Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley.

Photo credit: Rebecca Roberts

George Leach

George Leach

George Leach is an accomplished Singer-Songwriter and Juno Award winning artist for Aboriginal Album of the Year. George’s music takes the listener on an adventure from his blues roots to confident modern rock with vulnerability and intimacy.

He is an artist in relentless pursuit of truth. His dedication to songcraft is evident throughout his career, nowhere more so than on his latest album, Surrender, out now.

Kwel En Seng

Kwel Eng Sen Dancers

Kwel Eng Sen is a group of Semiahmoo youth that share history and culture through traditional dance and song.

Kwel Eng Sen in Semiahmoo language means young golden eagle and is instrumental in the preservation of Semiahmoo history by sharing cultural teachings to our youth as well as sharing our regalia, history, songs and dances with our neighbouring communities.

Review Panels

The Heart Award, Sport Tourism Award and Beautification and Enhancement Award recipients were reviewed by a panel of community members and staff and endorsed by the Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee. The Environmental Award recipients were selected by the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee.

The Arts & Heritage Award had separate panels: the art subcategory recipients were selected by a panel of past Civic Treasures Award recipients and endorsed by the Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee. The heritage subcategory recipients were selected by the Surrey Heritage Advisory Commission.

The Design Awards recipients were selected by a jury of urban design professionals.

The Mayor’s Choice Award recipients were selected by a panel of community members and staff with final selection by the Mayor.

All award recipient recommendations are endorsed by Mayor and Council.

Past Award Recipients

View past award recipients