Members of the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society board accept the 2014 Heritage in the City Award recognizing the group's efforts in the area of preservation.

City lauds railway society’s preservation efforts

The volunteers who worked to restore an Interurban to its original line in Surrey earn an inaugural Heritage in the City Award.

The volunteers who brought the B.C. Electric Railway back to life, have been recognized with the City of Surrey’s inaugural Heritage in the City Award.

The award recognizes excellence in heritage preservation, interpretation and promotion.

The Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society board was on hand at a reception at Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall Oct. 22, when 2014 winners were recognized in six categories, ranging from green initiatives to beautification.

“I would like to congratulate all the winners for their personal and collective achievements,” Mayor Dianne Watts said. “Their tireless efforts have made a real difference within the community and the City of Surrey.

The FVHRS is based in Cloverdale, home to a replica of the original 1910 BCER station where passengers have taken a ride on the Interurban again for the past two summers.

Cloverdale is also the location of the society’s car barn, a garage where volunteers continue to restore a second Interurban, Car 1304.

It’s taken more than a decade and tens of thousands of volunteer hours to restore a working Interurban to the original line in Surrey.

For more, visit www.FVHRS.org.

2014 City Award Winners:

Heart in the City Award: Honouring Selfless Acts of Community Spirit

Group Category: Surrey Princess Project

Lifetime Achievement: Cmolik Foundation (Russ & Ellen Cmolik)

Individual Category: Janice Lanigan: Oak Ave Neighbourhood Hub Society

Individual Category: Resham Singh Dosanjh: PICS

Individual Category: Amos Kambere: Umoja Operations Compassion Society of BC

 

Beautiful City Award: Celebrating Achievements in Community Beautification

Business/Institutional Category: Ivanhoe Cambridge/Green over Grey: Guildford Town Centre

Community/Resident Category: Friends of the Grove

 

Green City Award: Recognizing Leaders in Environmental Stewardship

Outstanding Individual Category: Peggy Ament

Community Group Category: A Rocha: Brooksdale Environmental Centre

Business Category: TFB Environmental Technology

 

Clean Energy City Award: Recognizing Innovation in Energy Conservation & Efficiency

Community Category: Hotell Family Private Residence

 

Heritage in the City Award: Recognizing excellence in heritage preservation, interpretation & promotion

Education & Interpretation: Jack Brown: www.surreyhistory.ca

Preservation: Board of Directors: Fraser Valley Heritage Rail Society

Preservation: Dr. Roy Strang: Sunnyside Acres Heritage Society

Preservation: Evan Williams & Byron Williams: Seventh Day Adventist Church Restoration

 

New City Design Awards: Recognizing excellence in City building

Small Scale Residential Award of Excellence: Ocean Park House, Stewart Family, Campos Leckie Studio

Small Scale Residential Award of Merit: Semiahmoo House Passive House, Hotell Family, Marken Projects Design & Consulting

Commercial Award of Merit: City Centre 1, Lark Group, Wensley Architecture, van der Zalm & Associates Inc. Landscape Architects

Commercial Award of Merit: FedEx Freight, Wesgroup, Taylor Kurtz Architecture & Design, PWL Partnership Landscape Architects

Government/Institutional Award of Excellence: Christ Worship Centre, Acton Ostry Architects Inc., Vaughn Landscape Planning & Design

Government/Institutional Award of Excellence: Surrey City Hall, Kasian Architecture Ltd., Moriyama Teshima Architects

Renovation & Adaptive Re-Use Award of Excellence: South Surrey Recreation Centre Addition, City of Surrey, Taylor Kurtz Architecture & Design, PFS Studio Landscape Architects

Interiors Award of Excellence: South Surrey Recreation Centre Addition, City of Surrey, Taylor Kurtz Architecture & Design, PFS Studio Landscape Architects

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