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2015 Surrey Civic Treasures Honoured

2015 Surrey Civic Treasure award recipients

October 7, 2015

Surrey, BC – Surrey’s 2015 Civic Treasures, Roger Bose, Alex Browne, and Cora and Don Li-Leger, were officially honoured last evening during the annual Business and the Arts Reception at the Surrey Arts Centre. Surrey Civic Treasure Awards 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.

“Arts and heritage play an integral role in connecting people and helping to build vibrant, socially cohesive communities, and we want to recognize the tremendous talent we have in our city,” said Mayor Hepner. “Congratulations to our 2015 Civic Treasures!”

“Cora and Don Li-Leger, Alex Browne and Roger Bose, each exemplify the true spirit of a Civic Treasure,” said Councillor Judy Villeneuve, Chair of the Culture Development Advisory Committee. “Their contributions to the arts and heritage communities in Surrey are significant and form part of the city’s cultural legacy. For this, we are truly grateful.”

Lifelong Surrey resident, Roger Bose, is a historian, singer and committed community volunteer. Roger writes and researches the history of families, farms and businesses in Surrey and shares this information through the Tea & Tour program of Surrey Heritage (Museum) Services, as well as on guided walking tours of Cloverdale. He has also been deeply involved in writing the booklet “Historic Cloverdale – Walking Tour”.

Local entertainment reporter Alex Browne has been promoting and supporting artists and new arts initiatives in the City of Surrey for decades. He is a musician with his own band, Alexander Browne and the Aristocrats (specializing in music of the 1920s and 1930s), and he also performs in local theatre, and has been playwright, director and actor for two productions. Alex is currently finishing a collection of three mystery novellas with a Vancouver setting.

Artists Cora and Don Li-Leger have been Surrey residents for 25 years, contributing their good counsel and strong support to the cultural scene through Z·inc (formerly Day of Drawing Collective), Contemporary Art Matters, the Newton Storefronts Pop-up Art Space Project, Culture Days collaborations and many other initiatives.

Read more about the 2015 Civic Treasure award recipients.

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Photo caption: (L-R) 2015 Surrey Civic Treasure award recipients Roger Bose, Cora Li-Leger, Don Li-Leger and Alex Browne.

For more information contact:

Sheila McKinnon
Manager, Arts Services
City of Surrey
(604) 501-5127
SCMcKinnon@surrey.ca