- Police Officer of the Year Winner, Nominated by Community: Inspector Ghalib Bhayani
The Surrey Board of Trade’s 19th Annual Police Officer of the Year Awards was held on Thursday, October 8, at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel. The presenting sponsors were the BC Lottery Corporation and Commissionaires BC, with media sponsor the Now Newspaper.
“Congratulations to all the deserving recipients of this year’s Police Officer of the Year Awards,” says Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman. “This ceremony celebrates not only the efforts of the police, but all those who have taken innovative steps towards making Surrey a safer place to live and do business.”
Dressed in red serge uniforms, many members along with Surrey’s Auxiliary officers, civilian employees and volunteers joined members of Surrey’s business community to celebrate those chosen by their peers and the public as those most worthy to receive the two Police Officer of the Year awards, as well as awards for top Auxiliary Officer, most deserving municipal employee working with the police service, top volunteer and business partner. Master of Ceremonies Jesse Johnston, CBC reporter, kept the evening going with lots of laughs while keynote speaker author Heidi Cave gave an inspiring speech about hope, optimism, and courage in the face of tragedy.
The 400-person gathering was addressed by Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy, Officer in Charge of the Surrey Detachment; Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner; and Heidi Cave, keynote speaker, author of Fancy Feet: Turning My Tragedy Into Hope. The Surrey RCMP Detachment, the largest in Canada and second largest municipal force in BC, has over 650 officers and hundreds of support staff.
The winners were judged in the areas of: innovation, commitment, contribution and perseverance. Partial proceeds from the event go towards the RCMP Youth Academy.
2015 Police Officer of the Year Awards Winners:
The Pattullo Bridge will be closed to all vehicle traffic from 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 until 12 p.m. (noon) Sunday, Oct. 18. The closure is required for essential pothole repairs on the bridge. The closure will be well signed and drivers are asked to obey all traffic control devices on the bridge approaches.
Emergency vehicles will still have access to cross the bridge, and the sidewalk will stay open for cyclists and pedestrians.
At the September 30th Surrey Board of Trade Leadership Surrey Dialogue Lunch on ‘Surrey’s Transportation Future’ at Eaglequest Golf Course with Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner, Former Premier Mike Harcourt, Gordon Price of SFU, and a crowd of over 150 businesses, the Surrey Board of Trade proudly presented the 2nd Surrey Innovation Awards.
“It is fitting that the Surrey Innovation Awards are being presented at the Surrey's Transportation Future Lunch because our transportation problems require innovative solutions, and each of today’s winners exemplifies innovation, that is new ways of doing business. It is Surrey’s innovative companies that will meet the challenges of the new economy, expanding opportunity in the great city that is Surrey, improving lives locally and globally by transforming ideas and technology into commercial reality,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.
The 2015 Surrey Board of Trade, Surrey Innovation Award Winners are:
1. Young Innovator Category