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Surrey Civic Treasure Award

Surrey's 2017 Civic Treasures (L-R) Jim Trimble, Robert Gary Parkes, Heidi Greco

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.


The 2018 nominations are being received until Friday, April 27.

If you would like to nominate someone please review the criteria and list of required documents.

Nominees should meet the following criteria

  • Be a Surrey resident, born in Surrey or have a strong connection to the City of Surrey.
  • Demonstrate excellence and contribute significantly to the appreciation and development of culture in Surrey.
  • Reflect the unique character and history of the City.
  • Represent a significant achievement in the arts, heritage, cultural industries, cultural tourism, multiculturalism or related advocacy and philanthropy.

To submit a nomination

  1. Provide a written submission of approximately 300 words to describe the nominee and outline their accomplishments and contributions to the development and promotion of:
    • arts
    • heritage
    • cultural industries
    • cultural tourism
    • multiculturalism
    • related advocacy and philanthropy in Surrey
  2. Provide references to other individuals who may be able to provide further support to this nomination.
  3. Provide the name, address and contact information for the nominee, and include your name and contact information.

Delivery of nomination documents

By mail to:

Attn: 2018 Surrey Civic Treasure Award
Surrey Arts Centre
13750 88 Ave, Surrey, BC V3W 3L1

By e-mail to:
subject line: 2018 Surrey Civic Treasures Award

Award Presentation

The 2018 Civic Treasure Awards will be presented on October 2, 2018 at the annual Business and the Arts Reception.

Surrey Civic Treasure Recipient Videos

The City of Surrey is proud to recognize all our Civic Treasure Award recipients. Learn about some of our past recipients.

To view the playlist of all the videos, click on the playlist icon (three lines and arrow) located in the top left corner of the video below.

Recipients by Year

  • 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.