Support our local restaurants and say “Thanks” to the hospital workers

DOWNTOWN SURREY BUSINESS ASSOCIATION FUNDS MEAL PROGRAM TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES AND HOSPITAL WORKERS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

Association encourages residents wishing to join in to donate to ‘thank you heroes’ program

The Downtown Surrey BIA (DSBIA) has designed a rapid response program to help struggling restaurant businesses in it’s region at the same time saying thank you to the employees working long hours at Surrey Memorial Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We wanted to acknowledge the incredible work being done by hundreds of employees at Surrey Memorial Hospital,” says DSBIA Executive Director Elizabeth Model. “Surrey Memorial is the second largest hospital in the province, with the busiest Emergency Department. We know that the hundreds of employees of the hospital – the doctors, nurses, office/ support staff and cleaning crews, are working extremely long hours under very stressful conditions. Buying a meal for one of these incredible employees is a small way of saying thanks for their dedication to care provision.”

The meals will be purchased from participating restaurants in the hospital district, thereby supporting the struggling local businesses as well as thanking the hospital staff. “As a business organization we are searching for ways to support our businesses in a tangible way in this unprecedented time,” says Model. “So far we have two restaurants in the area surrounding the hospital who are set up for delivery, operate seven days a week and are committed to longer hours in order to service nighttime and early morning workers. We expect more restaurants to come on board as we move forward.”

The Downtown Surrey BIA is hoping that individuals and organizations who want to say thank you to the hardworking staff keeping the hospital running will contact one of the participating restaurants and purchase a $20 gift card. The gift card will be added the growing funds collected to feed the hospital staff on an ongoing rotation. If a tax receipt is required, please donate directly to the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation https://surreyhospitalfoundation.com/covid19/ .

Participating restaurants include:

Dominion Bar & Kitchen  604-330-0229

Bozzinis     604-588-6880   

Movies Under the Stars 2020 – Vote for featured movies

The DSBIA is currently planning our 2020 Movies Under the Stars event for later this year! What movie would you like to see on the big screen at Holland Park? You can vote for up to 4 movies. Deadline to vote is March 30. You can send votes to info@downtownsurreybia.com 

NOTE: This event is family oriented. All films must be family friendly, less than 2 hours in length and rated G or PG.

MOVIES:

o   Frozen 2

o   Toy Story 4

o   The Lion King

o   Onward

o   Mulan

o   Sonic the Hedgehog

o   Other (please specify) ___________________. *Must be under 2 hours and G or PG rated.

2020 Ironman Fundraiser

Fundraiser for the new Surrey City Centre Y

2020 Ironman Fundraiser

from Elizabeth Model, CEO, Downtown Surrey BIA

After 16 Triathlon seasons, I am set to complete my 100th full Ironman distance triathlon on March 29, 2020. Of course, with the love of travel, it’s in an exciting destination; Port Elizabeth (the name itself is a dead giveaway), in South Africa with one of our favorite Ironman race announcers, Paul Kaye!

Because of the community of support from the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (DSBIA), where I have the privilege of being CEO for over 10 years, I have decided once again to do a community “give back” to commemorate my 100th Ironman race. For those less familiar with the work aspect of my employment, we are partners in building a new Downtown within an existing City destined to be the largest City in British Columbia by 2040.

I am looking for a visionary leaders who believe that we can make a difference if we work together.
This is my official fundraiser with the endorsement of my employer, the DSBIA, and we have chosen to donate the much needed funds to support the growing demand for YMCA services and programs in Surrey. Why the YMCA? It encompasses everything we believe in. A place for young and old, acceptance and respect, welcoming diversity, a place of sport, recreation and arts, a place for all levels of income and a place with the heart of the community.

My request is a donation of any amount. Be it a $10 per kilometer or mile pledge (and we will be pleased to accept a significant contribution) it’s whatever your personal budget or your company can manage. The Y will gratefully accept any donation and provide a tax receipt for any gift over $25. It’s quick and simple…please go to When you give to support my race, you support the very heart of the Surrey community.

With our Ironman travels throughout the world we have visited and utilized the facilities in numerous YMCAs and have been welcomed and felt at home at each destination

FUN FACTS
• The YMCA has been serving the lower mainland for more than 130 years
• Founded in 1844 in London, England, the Y has grown into one of the largest volunteer organizations in the world, serving more than 45 million people in 119 countries.
• The YMCA has also played an important role in developing sports and recreation, with basketball, volleyball and racquetball which were each invented at a YMCA.

“There is a thin line between the impossible and the possible – that is determination” and together we will make this a reality! One last request; please forward this to others who may like to donate to this very worthwhile cause; and thank you in advance. https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=4665306&langPref=en-CA#&panel1-3

Your gift will provide the opportunity to intentionally build the community that we want. A community that is pro-active to the needs of its citizens. My personal thanks to you for all of your support. You are appreciated by more than just me!

Ironman Hugs and best wishes, Elizabeth Model

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clark

2020 AGM

Downtown Surrey BIA’s Annual General Meeting will take place this year on Thursday, February 20, 2020. Registration will begin at 11:30AM, with the event coming to a close at 1:30 PM. Taking place at the Civic Hotel, this year’s AGM will include the presentation of special awards to several long-time businesses in our area.

The 2020 Annual General Meeting will also consist of time devoted to networking alongside a complimentary light lunch—followed by presentations of the 2020 Budget, 2019 Year End Report, and the 2019 Audited Financial Statement.

Movies Under the Stars 2020

The DSBIA’s annual Movies Under the Stars is returning this summer for its 16th year! The popular family-friendly event will be showcasing 4 different movies at dusk throughout the month of August. In addition to fan-favourite movies being displayed, you can also expect to be immersed by fun activities, exciting performances, and local community exhibitors.

Dates are as follows: August 1, 8, 15, 23.

Movie lineup to be announced.

Meet the DSBIA’s New Bike Patrol!

Effective January 6 of this year, the Downtown Surrey BIA will be working with security company GuardTeck to continue our bike patrol service with a brand new team. The two-person team— donning vibrant blue jackets—will provide the Patrol’s well-known reliable service to the DSBIA area Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. If you see them, say hi!

Since initiating the Bike Patrol program in 2008, the Downtown Surrey BIA has seen considerable effectiveness in curbing street nuisances for the benefit of businesses in our area. In addition to riding throughout the area each shift monitoring “hot spots” for potential trouble, the Patrol will also be visiting businesses and regularly liaising with the Surrey RCMP to discuss incident reports.

2020 – Our Surrey Vision

We are excited to present our “2020 Vision” for the coming year! Click the link here to have a look at what’s in store for the future of Downtown Surrey’s rapidly accelerating expansion, and what we aim to achieve in order to make such an expansion beneficial for the community.

The 2020 Our Surrey Vision community engagement project was launched by the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (DSBIA) to facilitate conversation and community feedback for its 2020 Strategic Planning Document.

The main objectives of this project were to:

• Conduct community engagement in various parts of Surrey to identify key opportunities for growth and seek input on identified areas of strength in Downtown Surrey

• Capture both high level and low level input from these engagements in an overview document

In total, there were 4,677 in-person engagements, 168,996 online engagements including 998 online surveys and 318 paper surveys for a total of 1,316 completed responses.

Gingerbread Village Winners 2019

A big thanks to those who participated in Gingerbread Village 2019 and to those who voted for their favourite creation and supported the Surrey Christmas Bureau! Below are the list of winners and the winner of People’s Choice Award.

Elementary school: 1st place – KB Woodward Elementary School Division 13 & 14
2nd place: Hall’s Prairie Elementary
3rd Place: Brookside Elementary

High School: 1st place – Enver Creek Secondary
2nd place – Abbotsford Secondary
3rd place – LA Matheson Secondary Mustang Justice Program
4th place – Surrey Education Services + Garibaldi Secondary

Post Secondary: 1st place – Emily Carr University
2nd place – Canadian Tourism College – Daniel

Community: 1st place – Surrey Christian Alliance Church Children and Youth Ministries
2nd place – Guildford Athletic Club

Business: 1st place – Hamilton Duncan –> prize is being donated to the Surrey Food Bank
2nd place – Healing Movement Yoga Centre

Open: 1st place – Amanda
2nd place – Catherine
3rd place – Germaine

People’s Choice Awards are in! 
5th place: KB Woodward
4th place: Amanda
3rd place: Enver Creek
2nd place: John Volken 
1st place: Elim Village

Congratulations to all the winners and Elim Village for winning the $500 People’s Choice Awards! 

Happy holidays and we hope to see you all next year! 

The Return of Gingerbread Village – 2019

Gingerbread Village is back and better than ever.

Pull out your whisks, icing and gumdrops! The 3rd annual Gingerbread Village contest hosted by the Downtown Surrey BIA is back! Gather your friends, family, classmates, teammates, and coworkers and enter the contest to show your creativity and holiday spirit! Plus, it helps raise money for the Surrey Christmas Bureau AND you can win some cash prizes!

How it works:

What would you like to put in your gingerbread village? Playgrounds? Disneyland? Skytrains? Flying cars? You can design, create and build your gingerbread creation based on what you whatever you would like to see in your gingerbread village.

All items and decorations used must be edible and non-flammable. The only non-edible items that you can use are the base of the Gingerbread Creation, motors, and Christmas lights. (Note: Christmas lights and motors must be batter operated LED.)

The entries will be on public display at Central City Mall during mall hours from Saturday December 7th to Sunday December 15th.

Deadline to register is November 30th. If you would like to participate, please email entry forms to janette@downtownsurreybia.com or complete the Google Form here.

Cash prizes:

The entry categories and cash prizes are as follows:  

  • Elementary Schools: $500, $250
  • High Schools: $750, $500, $250, $100
    • There will be a special prize of $500 to the top Surrey High School (whether or not they have placed in the top 4)
  • Post-Secondary: $500, $250
  • Charities/Non-Profits: $500, $250
  • Service/Community Groups: $500, $250
  • Businesses (excluding professional bakers/bakeries *professional bakers/bakeries will be judged under the “People’s Choice” category only : $500, $250
  • Open: $500, $250

The winners in each category will be selected by our panel of community judges. Additionally, all entries are eligible for the $500 People’s Choice Award. Everyone who visits the display can vote for their favourite entry with a cash donation. Following the end of the display, the entry that receives the most donations will win the People’s Choice Award.

The donations will be given to the Surrey Christmas Bureau, a local non-profit that helped over 4000 children celebrate the holidays last year with toys and food. The People’s Choice winner will be announced on Facebook on December 17, 2018.

Make sure you come and visit Gingerbread Village to vote for your favourite gingerbread village and see what the community has created. If you smell the aromatic gingerbread, you’re in the right place! 

Again, deadline to register is November 30th. If you would like to participate, please email entry forms to janette@downtownsurreybia.com or complete the Google Form.

You can also contact the DSBIA at 604-580-2321 or at janette@downtownsurreybia.com if you have any further questions. 

Happy frosting! 

Google Form: https://forms.gle/8BBhW3kJEKvF3zaM6

Dropping off and picking up:

  1. Entries must be delivered to Central City Shopping Centre on December 6th during mall hours. If those dates/times do not work for you, please contact janette@downtownsurreybia.com
  2. Entries must be picked up at Central City Shopping Centre on Sunday, December 15th between 7am – 11am. If those times do not work for you, please contact janette@downtownsurreybia.com. We cannot store entries after that date

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