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City of Surrey Commemorates the Life and Legacy of Bill Reid

Bill Reid

April 17, 2014

Surrey, BC – City of Surrey Council approved two projects during Monday’s Council to commemorate the life and legacy of long-time resident and 2013 Surrey Good Citizen of the Year, Bill Reid who served the community for over fifty years until his passing in May 2013. A life of extraordinary public and philanthropic service will be honoured through the commemorative naming of 62nd Avenue from 176th Street east to the Stetson Bowl as Bill Reid Way and the renaming of the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre to the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre.

“For over 50 years Bill Reid served in a variety of political and philanthropic roles, his dedication, hard work and commitment to BC and Surrey is a model and standard for those who will continue his legacy of public service helping to build and foster strong communities,” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts.

“The commemorative renaming of the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre in honour of Bill Reid recognizes his dedication to Cloverdale,” said Councillor Linda Hepner, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism Committee. “This highly visible public space adjacent to the Cloverdale Recreation Centre and the Cloverdale Fairgrounds is the location of many prominent events including Surrey’s annual Canada Day celebration."

With the passing of Bill Reid, Surrey lost a beloved, respected and active citizen. His distinguished political career included six years as a Social Credit MLA and four years as provincial Minister of Tourism, during Expo ’86. He was a tireless supporter of the South Surrey and Cloverdale business communities and held numerous positions with the Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce, Cloverdale Business Improvement Association and Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce. He received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee award in 2012.

For more information on the City of Surrey please visit: http://www.surrey.ca.

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For program information:

Laurie Cavan

GM Parks & Recreation & Culture

Tel: 604.598.5760

For interview requests:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor
Tel: 604.591.4519