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Surrey’s Chief Librarian Wins Women in Business Award

March 10, 2011

Surrey – The Surrey Board of Trade awarded Beth Barlow, the City’s Chief Librarian, with a Women in Business Award in the Not-for-Profit Category on March 9, 2011. 


“Beth Barlow’s clear direction and impressive experience allows our libraries to run smoothly and provide excellent programs,” said Mayor Dianne Watts.  “The efforts of Ms. Barlow and her team are invaluable to our community and this award is very well-deserved.”


The other distinguished nominees in the Not-for-Profit category included Susan Keeping of the Newton Advocacy Group Society and Jane Adams of the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation. 


The Surrey Board of Trade also presented awards to several other outstanding community members, including Lorraine Duclos of PDQ Post Group Inc (Entrepreneurship category); Karen L. Baillie of Laurel Place (Professional category); Heather Bell of NAV Canada (Corporate category); and Jonquil Hallgate of the Surrey Urban Mission (Leadership category).  Additionally, Karla Pearson won the 2011 Surrey Woman in Business Community Achievement Award. 


The judging panel reviewed the careers of these women and based their decisions on their work in Surrey, their business acumen, leadership skills, approach to a balanced lifestyle and community involvement.


Barlow has been the Chief Librarian for Surrey Public Library since 2001. She worked in public and academic libraries across the Prairies after obtaining her BSc and BLS from the University of Alberta. Prior to moving to Surrey, she was the Manager of Customer Service for Calgary Public Library.  She has been actively involved in library associations at the national level and in all four western Canadian provinces throughout her career. She was President of the Canadian Library Association in 1989-90. She was one of two Canadian representatives in a global library cooperative based in Ohio and a member of its Canadian Advisory Committee from 2007 to 2010.  She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Semiahmoo (White Rock) and a Board member for the Progressive Intercultural Services Society (PICS).


Over 300 people attended the awards ceremony which were held at the Sheraton Vancouver Guilford Hotel in Surrey.  The featured Keynote speaker was former CEO of Starbucks USA, COO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK, and now CEO of First West Credit Union.

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