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Surrey Celebrates 2011 Surrey Civic Treasures Award Recipients and the Unveiling of Main Stage Theatre

November 15, 2011

Surrey – On Wednesday November 9th leaders from Surrey’s business and arts communities joined Mayor Watts and members of Surrey Council to celebrate the unveiling of the newly renovated Surrey Arts Centre Main Stage theatre and the announcement of Surrey’s latest Civic Treasure Award recipients.

The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, presented Councillor Tom Gill with a plaque to commemorate the unveiling of the Main Stage; he stated "Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in cultural facilities like the Surrey Arts Centre's Main Stage Theatre. By supporting these infrastructure projects, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage." Through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, the Department of Canadian Heritage provided $118,075 towards the theatre renovation project. Additional funding for this project was provided through the “Stand Up for the Arts” community fundraising campaign and the City of Surrey.

The renovation includes new seating, carpeting, painting, improved millwork, lighting and new main drapes; creating a modern contemporary design that blends seamlessly with the entire Arts Centre facility. “The arts play an integral role in connecting people and helping to build vibrant, socially cohesive communities, and we want to enrich the tremendous talent we have in our City,” said Mayor Dianne Watts. “We want to further establish Surrey as a cultural hub in the region, and our community partners are helping us shape and implement that vision.”

Mayor Watts announced the names of five new Surrey Civic Treasures Award recipients: Bonnie Burnside, Lucille Lewis, Ed Milaney, Sheila Symington and George Zukerman and she presented them with their unique medallions, designed and created by local artist Joseph Chiang. The Civic Treasures Award program was established in 2008 to honour individuals who have achieved excellence in the production of the arts and/or made significant contributions to the development of arts and heritage in the City of Surrey and beyond.

For images and profiles of the 2011 Surrey Civic Treasures Award recipients please see the “My Surrey” section of the City of Surrey Home Page at www.surrey.ca .

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Media Contacts:

Sheila McKinnon
Manager, Arts Services
Parks Recreation and Culture
604-501-5127