Find out about Surrey's Civic Treasure Award program.

The Surrey Civic Treasure Award program recognizes and celebrates Surrey’s highest achievers in the cultural sector. The program:

  • Honours and celebrates individuals who contribute in a significant manner to the cultural sector of Surrey.
  • Generates greater awareness, interest, and support for the arts and heritage.
  • Promotes cross cultural sharing and builds awareness, understanding, and community pride.
  • Enhances the profile of the City of Surrey by demonstrating its commitment to advancing cultural development.
  • Demonstrates that Surrey values arts and heritage, and those people who dedicate their lives to this area.
  • Profiles Surrey as a creative cultural centre and encourages tourism.

2018 Civic Treasure Award Recipients

Roxanne Charles

Roxanne Charles is an award winning artist and an active and proud member of the Semiahmoo First Nation where she promotes art, language and culture and brings attention to issues that need exposure and discussion through her multi-disciplinary works. She has had her art work shown in numerous exhibitions including at the Surrey Art Gallery, the Turnbull Gallery and the Bill Reid Gallery. In an era of reconciliation, she provides a vital and compelling voice as an artist and an educator in building bridges between cultures.

Jim Foulkes

Jim Foulkes is a Director with the Surrey Historical Society who has been involved in Surrey heritage activities for many years and is well-known for his extensive knowledge of Surrey and all its categories of history. Jim has served on several Boards, and as Director of the Green Timbers Heritage Society, has worked hard for many years to preserve and protect the heritage forest from encroachment. In 1992, the Heritage Society of BC presented Jim with an achievement award as a heritage leader, for his work in improving the BC Heritage Conservation Act.

Surrey Civic Treasure Recipient Videos

The City of Surrey is proud to recognize all of our Civic Treasure Award recipients.

Watch interviews of our award recipients throughout the years.

Recipients by Year

  • 2018: Roxanne Charles, Jim Foulkes

  • 2017: Heidi Greco, Robert Gary Parkes, Jim Trimble
  • 2016: Allen Aubert, Mohammed Asimul Islam, Virginia Gillespie, Ursula Maxwell-Lewis
  • 2015: Roger Bose, Alex Browne, Cora & Don Li-Leger
  • 2014: Elizabeth Carefoot, Eileen Gratland, Don Hutchinson
  • 2013: Patricia Dahlquist, Ellie King, Kelly Konno, Maxine Lloyd Howchin
  • 2012: Gladys Andreas, Ed Griffin (deceased), June Laitar
  • 2011: Bonnie Burnside, Lucille Lewis, Ed Milaney, Sheila Symington, George Zukerman
  • 2010: Allan Cleaver (deceased), Dave Proznick, Chris Thornley
  • 2009: Barbara Gould
  • 2008: Jim Adams, Stephen Chitty, Stan Clarke (deceased), Robert Davidson, Nadine Gagné, Carol Girardi, Dawn Govier, Stephen Horning, Mary Mikelson, Lorne Pearson (deceased), Marc Pelech, Jarnail Singh

History of the Surrey Civic Treasure Award

City of Surrey was designated a Cultural Capital of Canada for 2008. One of eight (8) projects identified by the City as part of its Cultural Capital celebrations was the Civic Treasure Award Program.

The medallions that are given out each year to the recipients were designed by local artist Joseph Chiang.