In 2017, we were pleased to launch our inaugural Serving with Distinction Awards. We want to publicly recognize the work undertaken in the charitable and non-profit sector in Surrey, those who serve so diligently to make Surrey a better place to live and work. Featuring dinner, entertainment, connections with others in other sectors.
Congratulations to the award recipients!

Volunteer Engagement Award

Karen Tan, Surrey District Parent Advisory Council


Social Enterprise Award

Surrey Hospice Thrift Store

Client Success Award

Down Syndrome Research Foundation

Campaign Success Award

Big Sisters Lower Mainland (Surrey office)

Leadership Award

Gerard Bremault, Centre for Child Development

Vital Signs Award

Felix Kongyuy, Baobab Inclusive Empowerment Society

Philanthropist of the Year Award

The Cmolik Foundation (accepted by Elisa Carlson, COO)

Read all about all the nominees in our "Book of Heroes"

A huge thank you to our emcee and entertainers

​Our emcee for the evening, funnyman David C. Jones. Actor, director, writer, filmmaker, event producer, teacher and coach, David C. Jones makes his living in the performing arts, barely. A graduate of Studio 58 and a teacher at The Vancouver Film School he has acted in plays by Mamet, Coward, Shakespeare and Stoppard. He also works as a corporate comedian and a keynote speaker with the Audience Engagement Academy. His short film Same Boat won the People’s Choice Award in 2015. He was shocked to be recipient of a Legacy Award in The Arts and was equally surprised when he was sainted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. He was the Entertainment Manager of the 2010 Winter Olympics. 

Saxophonist Paul Choisil shared his incredible brand of jazz. Born in Haiti, Paul attended the Conservatory of Music. As his interest in popular music expanded, he became involved with local groups playing Caribbean, Latin and Brazilian music. Once Paul arrived in North America, he found himself willfully influenced by Jazz.

Paul has performed in the Caribbean, New York, Montreal, Halifax and Hong Kong and is now a resident of Vancouver, BC.

One of two dance troupes that performed at our awards ceremony, Bollywood Hungama Dance Academy is the only school in Surrey, BC which teaches Bollywood freestyle dance, Punjabi Bhangra-Giddha, Kathak, Hip Hop and Salsa. The school’s junior and senior teams have been winners of the first prize trophy for 5 years in a row at the Surrey Arts Festival and Showtime Promotion competitions. 

Shan E Punjab Arts Club was founded in 2008 by a group of passionate bhangra and giddha devotees, all of whom have countless years of knowledge and practice under their belts. The joint passion for their culture, heritage and musical art was combined to create this flourishing academy. 

Photos from 2017

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