Elizabeth Model (CEO)
With a head for business and a heart for community, Elizabeth Model brings a strong work ethic and commitment to excellence, integrity, and balance to Downtown Surrey’s dynamic Business Improvement Association. Drawing from a diverse background in business administration, economic development and marketing, she brings a complement to the Association’s exceptional Board of Directors.
Elizabeth has strong business background in a variety of industries, and most recently held the position of General Manager for a large land development company with a diverse portfolio of businesses and over 100 staff. Couple with her 13 years experience as the CEO with the Tri Cities Chamber of Commerce through the late 1980’s to 2001; she served the business community of three booming metropolitan centre’s in economic development, tourism, community engagement, support and advocacy.
“What makes business work well; is a strong, engaged community base, a vibrant, positive City Hall with Mayor and Council moving forward with innovative and fresh ideas.” says Model. “The City’s I work in and for, I look forward to taking on the opportunities and challenges; thus become a stakeholder contributing to its successes. Together, we all achieve more and nothing is accomplished in isolation.”
In Surrey, Elizabeth is Chair of the Surrey International World Music Marathon, with the inaugural Boston certified Marathon held in 2012. The goal of the event is to highlight the emerging Downtown in the wonderful, ethnically diverse City and engage all the citizens (young and old), by providing a music walking or running event obtainable for all.
Model maintains life-balance and clarity by competing in grueling Ironman events all over the world, which she began at age 46. She believes that supported by an active lifestyle, “ It’s your mental ability, positive approach and focus that carries you through anything in life.”
Phone: 604.580.2321 Local 203
Bonnie Burnside (Manager)
Although Bonnie has worked with the DSBIA since September 2005, she has been a business operator and property owner in the DSBIA area (Stardust Enterprises) since 1978. Bonnie began her association with the BIA as a member of the Marketing and Special Events Committee in September 2003. When Stardust closed in June 2005, Bonnie joined the DSBIA as coordinator. In addition to her work experience at Stardust in programming, human resources, public relations and marketing, Bonnie has pursued an ecletic mix of educational opportunities. At SFU, Bonnie earned a BA with a joint major in Sociology/Anthropology, Minor Psychology; Certificate in Family Studies; courses toward a Diploma in Social Policy Issues; and completed the coursework for a MA in Women’s Studies. At BCIT, she has taken courses in marketing, public relations, management and advertising. In her spare time, Bonnie is president of the Whalley Community Association; Vice President-Operations of NIHA-Canada; Vice-chair of the Surrey Christmas Bureau; and President of the North Surrey Lions Club. Bonnie is a past board member of Surrey Association for Sustainable Communities, past board member of BC Summer Games 2012 (Ceremonies), past Board member of BC Inline Hockey Association and past board member of the Arts Council of Surrey. She was a member of the City of Surrey’s Environmental Advisory Committee for two years and is currently a member of the Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism Committee. She is also active with the City of Surrey’s Community Advisory Group and assisted with the planning of the City of Surrey’s Community Summit in 2013.
Phone: 604.580.2321 Local 202
Tracey Gravel (Administrative Assistant)
Tracey Gravel began at the DSBIA in January 2006 as the administrative assistant. Her main responsibilities include the member calling program, and updating the business directory. Tracey is also a key member of the DSBIA Special Events team. Tracey worked for Stardust Skating Centers Ltd. from 1987-2005 as a session manager and administrator of the inline hockey program. In addition to working at Stardust, Tracey completed her E.C.E. credentials and worked at Oak Avenue Daycare for a number of years. Tracey continues to manage the Stardust Kids on Wheels inschool program. In her spare time, Tracey is on the committee for the Whalley Community Association, Past board member for the BC Inline Hockey Association and was involved in BC Summer Games – Ceremonies Directorate.
Phone: 604.580.2321 Local 201