DSBIA Members, we want your input! Join us …

Downtown Surrey BIA Members:

In 2001, a core group of business and property owners in Whalley met to discuss issues of concern in their community. This ad hoc group was interested in the Business Improvement Area (BIA) concept and saw this as a promising planning and economic development tool for the area. The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Area (BIA) (originally called the Whalley BIA) was created in April 2003 through the adoption of a special bylaw by Surrey City Council.

Under the direction of the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (DSBIA), the BIA is completing its second mandate – from April 1st, 2008 to March 31st, 2012.

As the end of this period approaches, DSBIA Directors and staff are meeting with businesses and property owners in the area to discuss renewal of the mandate for an additional period (either five or seven years).

We want your input and look forward to your attendance at one of these meetings to share your ideas and concerns.

  •  Tuesday, May 17: 8-9 a.m. at the DSBIA office (suite 300-10524 King George Blvd.) parking at rear of building, enter at the back door
  • Tuesday, May 17: noon-1 p.m. at Bright Point Restaurant (13525-108 Avenue) Please RSVP 604.580.2321 – light lunch will be served
  •  Tuesday, May 17: 5-6:30 p.m. at the DSBIA office (suite 300-10524 King George Hwy.) parking at rear of building , enter at the back door
  •  Wednesday, May 18:  8-9 a.m. at Central City (storefront across from Tim Horton’s – south west corner of Central City Shopping Centre– off University Drive)

If you would like more information about the programs and services provided by the Downtown Surrey BIA, please feel free to contact our office 604.580.2321.

Surrey International World Music Marathon 2012

On Monday, April 18, Elizabeth Model, Executive Director of the Downtown Surrey BIA and President of the Surrey Marathon Society, made a presentation to Surrey Council outlining the benefits of an international marathon and requesting sponsorship for the Surrey International World Music Marathon planned for 2012.  While City Staff prepare a Corporate Report expected to go to Council in May for further discussion and approval, Councillor Barinder Rasode is already trying to recruit the Mayor and fellow Councillors to participate in the Half-Marathon.

In the meantime, the Society is busy organizing the First Annual Surrey International World Music Marathon presented by Central City scheduled for September 30, 2012. Two of the directors, Kevin Ridley from Run Inn and Michelle Mackay from Central City, are seen here promoting the event at the Vancouver Marathon sign-in Trade Show.

For further information, www.surreymarathon.com.

Visit the Easter Bunny at Central City

The Easter Bunny has hopped into Central City Shopping Centre.

The Easter Bunny’s garden is gorgeous and they are giving out bunny ears and Cadbury Easter Eggs!

Wednesday April 20 – noon – 7 pm

Thursday April 21 – noon – 7 pm

Friday April 22 – noon – 5 pm

Saturday April 23 – noon – 5 pm

 Pictures with the Easter Buny are $10.00 (HST included) and come on a digital disk

What Surrey North Candidates have to say

The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement  Association posed a number of questions to the candidates running in Surrey North. Here’s what they have to say …

Answers from Norris Barens – Libertarian Party

Answers from Jamie Scott – Independent

Answers from Bernadette Keenan – Green Party

Answers from Shinder Purewal – Liberal Party

Answers from Jasbir Sandhu – NDP

Answers from Kevin Pielak – Christian Heritage Party

Be sure to attend our All Candidate’s Forum for Surrey North on Wednesday, April 20 from 7-9 pm at Whalley Legion.

Downtown Surrey Hosts Fab Fundraisers

The North Surrey Rotary and Lions Club make it easy and fun to support our local community and make a difference with two fantastic nights out in April.

April 29th, the Compass Point Inn is hosting the North Surrey Lions Club’s annual reverse-draw dinner and silent auction. Along with the Baron of Beef buffet, the $60 ticket may win a free dinner if it’s one of every 10th ticket pulled from the barrel, with the last ticket winning $1000.

Every year, the Lions pick a different organization to support. The largest portion of this year’s proceeds will go to North Surrey’s Centre for Childhood Development, with amounts going to the Surrey Memorial Hospitals “Mile of Toonies” fund and the Japanese Tsunami Relief.

“Last year we purchased a $5,000 Airpack for the local firefighters that assists breathing in fire victims and reduces recovery dramatically,” says club president, John Moralek. “We are very proud to know what a difference that gift made.”

On April 30th, Central City Shopping Centre will be transformed into an uptown hotspot for The Surrey Rotary Wine and Food Celebration, for an intimate evening of the best of local vintners, brewers, and restaurants.

For the $40 fee, guests can indulge in offerings from over 20 wineries and breweries along with delicious delicacies, as they mix and mingle. To compliment the evening there will be live musical entertainment and a silent auction, along with a glamorous ‘roaming’ fashion show featuring stylish evening wear, hairstyles, and makeup from Central City retailers. Free return-home taxis will be provided to Surrey residents.

 “We are thrilled to support the community with this wonderful event,” says Vivian Li, Central City Marketing Coordinator.

Central City Ricky’s Wins Franchise Prize

The Bains Family and their staff were honoured at a recent gala dinner by national franchiser, Ricky’s Restaurant. Voted Franchise of the Year in British Columbia, this exceptional local eatery beat out 26 other Ricky’s locations to win the coveted award.

“We don’t just serve food, we’re relationship builders and our goal was to create a huge extended family that we love to cook for,” says Avtar Bains. “We also don’t have staff; we’re a family of 35. All the kids who work here are like an extension of our own kids.

“We could only have achieved this level of success with all these people working together side-be-side, including Central City and Michelle Mackay. We couldn’t have done it without them; they are phenomenal people to work with who make our jobs a lot easier and create an environment to succeed.”

Avtar and his wife, Sheila, had no prior experience in the restaurant world before pitching in to help their son Mike when he bought the six-year-old franchise location six years ago. With just a brief foray in the pub industry in the mid 90s, the Bains’ and their extended “family” went on to build the best Ricky’s in BC.

Franchise excellence is judged not just on financial success, but also on community involvement, relationship to staff, efficient operations, cleanliness, and business feasibility.

Their greatest pride is their annual weekend fundraising event for the Variety Club Children’s Telethon that raised over $10,000 this year.

 “Every day our kids help us become better people.”

Party for the Planet

 

The City of Surrey is at it again, bringing the community of the Lower Mainland a top-quality FREE, family-friendly event on Saturday, April 16 from 11 am- 9 pm at Central City Plaza.! This event focuses on celebrating the environment and shares a “call out” to our residents to participate as  an individual or a family, in creating a sustainable future.  For details www.surrey.ca/partyfortheplanet

8:00 – 9:00pm – Spirit of the West

7:00 – 7:40pmHannah Georgas

6:00 – 6:40pmAidan Knight

5:00 – 6:40pmGeorge Leach

4:00 – 4:40pmGreg Sczebel

3:00 – 3:30pmTambura Rasa

2:15 – 2:45pmShane Philip

1:30 – 2:00pm – TBA

1:00 – 1:15pm – Opening Ceremony

12:05 – 12:45pmBobs & Lolo

11:30 – 12:00pm Ta Daa Lady

* set times subject to change

SFU Open House – May 28

Experience!

On Saturday, May 28th, 2011 Simon Fraser University’s Surrey Campus will host a community open house celebration from 11:00am – 4:00pm.  This event will provide the University with a wonderful opportunity to showcase its strengths and enhance its reputation as an institution that is student-centred, research-driven, and community-engaged.

The Open House will be a vibrant event with engaging entertainment, interactive exhibits and displays, and captivating presentations and workshops that highlight SFU’s people, programs, services, and partners. The event will kick off with the official opening of 54,000-square-feet of new teaching and specialized science and research labs within SFU’s Central City campus in Surrey.

Who Will Attend?

SFU Surrey’s Community Open House will attract families and community groups; an excellent crowd of prospective students, parents, teachers, researchers, and counsellors; many SFU students, faculty, staff, and alumni; and members of the general public.

Find out why more students are choosing one of the most vibrant learning environments in Canada – Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus.

Join us for,

  • Lively entertainment
  • Information about academic programs and student services
  • Demonstrations, presentations, and opportunities to ask questions
  • Snacks and refreshments

Building Downtown Surrey Together

Today, Mayor Watts with Councillor Villeneuve, Councillor Martin, Councillor Rasode and Councillor Gill took the first step in moving City Hall to Downtown Surrey. While most people expected a shovel in the ground, Mayor Watts instead took to a Bobcat and demolished the old Surrey Corner Store in no time flat. On hand were DSBIA President Bill Rempel and DSBIA Directors James Stewart, Charan Sethi, Bob Dominick and Michael Wilson.

Expected move-in date: 2013. We can’t wait to hold our first movie night in the new civic plaza!

Who would have thought when the DSBIA Directors compiled a wishlist in 2007 that 4 of the 5 priorities for amenities in the area would already be in development? Still on the wishlist but anticipated soon – Science Building for SFU, Performing Arts Centre and a new Rec Centre.

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