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City honours 2014 Civic Treasures

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October 8, 2014

Surrey, BC – Surrey’s cultural and business community gathered yesterday evening at the 11th Annual Business & the Arts Reception & Surrey Civic Treasures Award Ceremony to honour and celebrate outstanding contributors to Surrey’s cultural sector. The three 2014 Civic Treasure Award recipients are: Elizabeth Carefoot, Don Hutchinson and Eileen Gratland.

Elizabeth Carefoot is an artist, teacher and community activist. An artist all her life, she has worked in many different types of media including fibre, pottery, oil, latex and water colour, although she currently considers herself a fabric artist. Elizabeth is a resident of Crescent Beach, retired after a long career at the Instructional Media Centre at SFU Burnaby. In addition to visual art, she is also teaches and performed Middle Eastern dance. Over the years, Elizabeth has served on several boards, and currently sits on the Surrey Art Gallery Association.

Ceramics artist, Don Hutchinson, has maintained his South Surrey studio for close to 50 years. He spent 30 years as an instructor at Langara College where he influenced the lives of many emerging young artists. In 1980, Don won a Canada Council grant to research using raw minerals of B.C. for glazes. This work lead to a publication of a training manual that has been used by ceramic artists across Canada, England, South Africa, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

Eileen Gratland is a dedicated and passionate advocate for the arts. For over 30 years Eileen has been a member of the Surrey Arts Council – acting as both Director and President –promoting the benefits of the arts, forging partnerships and creating new arts initiatives in Surrey. She has been honoured with numerous awards over the years for her contributions including the Golden Jubilee commemorative medal of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2002, a YWCA Women of Distinction Award nomination in 2000, and in 2004 City of Surrey Good Citizen of the Year.

“In Surrey we see arts and heritage programming as a key component in the creation of a dynamic and socially cohesive city,” said Mayor Dianne Watts. “Congratulations to the 2014 Civic Treasures. Thank you for your leadership and commitment to culture in Surrey. Your work is helping us achieve this vision.”

The Surrey Civic Treasure Award recognizes and celebrates Surrey’s highest achievers in the cultural sector. The award demonstrates that Surrey values arts and heritage, and those people who achieve success in these fields. For more information visit


Photo caption: 2014 Surrey Civic Treasures, (l-r) Eileen Gratland, Don Hutchinson, and Elizabeth Carefoot.

For program information: 

Sheila McKinnon
Manager, Arts Services
City of Surrey

For interview requests:
Oliver Lum
Communications Manager, Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey