Surrey’s most promising youth will be recognized Monday for their business endeavours and community involvement.
The Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT) is hosting its first annual Surrey’s Top 25 Under 25 event tonight at Eaglequest Golf Course, 7779 152 St.
The group is being recognized for displaying excellence in a multitude of areas, including civic development, social issues and business trailblazing, according to SBOT CEO Anita Patil Huberman.
The event was the brainchild of a Kwantlen Polytechnic University student, who suggested the concept hasn’t been done anywhere else in the province.
The SBOT grabbed hold of the idea, with Coast Capital Savings, Kwantlen and The Surrey-North Delta Leader joining in as sponsors. Calls for nomination were sent out through Kwantlen, local businesses and the school district.
Thirty-five strong nominations were received and a panel combed over the group to find the best.
“The purpose of this awards program is not only to recognize their different projects and different business endeavours, but also for them to network for either entrepreneurial engagement or career growth,” Huberman said.
To that end, on Monday the SBOT will be announcing a mentorship program for some of the recipients.
The board of trade noted many baby boomers are retiring this year and there will be a skills shortage.
“What we wanted to do is really focus in on our youth, which are the leaders of tomorrow for our businesses,” Huberman said.
The evening awards reception will be held Monday, May 30 at Eaglequest. Registration and networking starts at 5:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony will begin at 6:15 p.m.
For more information, call the SBOT at 581-7130.
The Top 25 Under 25 are:
Sunpreet Bains, 25 years old
Bains is very active in the community, volunteering her time with organizations such as Surrey Memorial Hospital and Kwantlen’s Student Life Promotion Team, and is currently in her second year of a Doctor of Dental Medicine program.
Ben Brown Bentley, 20
Bentley is the founder and co-owner of Adrenaline Productions, a business that holds fun and safe events for teens. He is the 2010 winner of the Surrey Board of Trade Student Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Jennifer Boyd, 25
Boyd volunteers for the Fresh Start program, a scholarship initiative helping young mothers attending Guildford Park Secondary. She is also the outside sales representative for Printfastic Printing.
Glen Chua, 23
Chua owns and operates multiple media and production companies in Surrey. He is also the founder of the upcoming Surrey Film Festival, taking place on June 24.
Raman Dasanjh, 24
After joining OfficeTeam, a division of Robert Half International, in 2009, Dasanjh was voted B.C. Rookie of the Year. She achieved consecutive rewards in her performance and is a valued member of the team. Dasanjh was also the philanthropy chairwoman of Gamma Phi Beta, where she worked to help send deserving young girls to summer camp.
Randip Gill, 19
Gill is the co-founder of Ujump, an event designed to aid in the dramatic adjustment students experience as they prepare for post-secondary academics and lifestyle during their transition from high school.
Ashish Gurung, 23
Gurung is a social media consultant and is the creator and co-owner of a web and iPhone application called QuikPiq, which allows users to get opinions and recommendations from their friends.
Paul Hillsdon, 21
Hillsdon is the creator and chief editor of CivicSurrey.com. Under the tagline “Urban news from BC’s second largest city,” the site focuses on developments and related civic issues, with the intent of both charting, and raising greater awareness about, Surrey’s transformation into the second metropolitan core of B.C.
Denny Hollick, 23
Hollick has become a community leader, taking part in multiple projects and organizations including the Rotary Youth Leadership Program and Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s President’s Ambassador Team.
Sunny Johal, 20
Johal is a co-founder of Ujump. He is leading his community by promoting the importance of education and by helping students develop social skills and networking to find answers to their transition to post-secondary questions.
Ryan Keigher, 25
Keigher is involved with a variety of organizations in Surrey, such as Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s President’s Ambassador Team and Board of Governors. He has also taken on important roles in various fundraisers supporting his local community, including the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation’s Great Pumpkin Walk.
Ameet Khabra, 21
Khabra is the youngest person to conduct a bhangra competition in the Lower Mainland, through her company Straight Rocked Entertainment Inc. She is also a full-time student and works as a volunteer with Surrey Women’s Centre.
Kyle Krystalowich, 21
Krystalowich is currently the president of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) at Simon Fraser University. SIFE is a student-run not-for-profit organization consisting of more than 100 student volunteers who create and implement community outreach programs to improve the quality of life of people in need.
Dana Miller, 23
Miller’s incredible leadership skills and great teamwork attitude led to her success as a volunteer at the Cloverdale Rodeo, where she worked on the Kidz Zone, helping with staging acts and running the volunteers the weekend of the event. Miller has been involved in the Cloverdale Rodeo for more than 10 years.
Antony Mudim, 23
Mudim recently completed his second year of criminology studies at Kwantlen on the Dean’s Honour Roll, and is strongly involved with Acting Together, a community-based research project led by a coalition of community stakeholders and academic institutions, created to help determine the youth perception of gangs and violence. The goal is to determine what keeps young adults out of trouble.
Mao Murakami, 24
Murakami is a program coordinator at the Electrical Industry Training Institute (EITI) who has been working on a First Nations Electrical Utility Foundation Program. In this program, Murakami’s role involves liaising with First Nations band representatives to determine needs, prepare budgets, create appropriate curriculum and training materials, schedule instructors, and arrange instructor travel and accommodation.
Nicole Reader, 23
Reader is a frequent volunteer at the Cloverdale Rodeo. She was a co-chair on the Volunteer Committee in 2010 and even after stepping back to launch her own innovative software technology business, was an integral part of the success of the volunteer program for this year’s special anniversary Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair.
Hoang Nguyen, 17
Through her high school endeavours, Nguyen has raised funds for a project called Charity: water, an initiative surrounding the need for everyone to have sanitary water, and has been active in bringing groups together to make donations to the Surrey Food Bank.
Amanda Ovenden, 25
After discovering her passion and skill for marketing last year, Ovenden is now the Marketing Programs Specialist for Talent Technology and is pursuing further education at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Marcin Samiec, 24
Samiec is a business analyst and privacy officer at BackCheck, Canada’s leading and largest pre-employment background screening organization. Samiec’s recent contributions include innovative advancements in the field of information privacy and access, giving individuals greater access to their personal information.
Sonya Schafer, 19
Schafer is respected for her work on the Cloverdale Rodeo, especially for her involvement in the Farmer for A Day Station. She showed a high level of maturity and a great positive attitude throughout the weekend, lending to the success of the event.
Jamie Schreder, 23
Schreder is a successful realtor and property manager working in the Fraser Valley. He manages a commercial portfolio of properties in excess of $40 million and has completed approximately 150 real estate transactions in less than four years.
Anisha Virk, 17
A straight-A student in school, Virk is also involved with Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Youth Volunteer Program and competes at a high level in karate.
Hayley Woodin, 19
Woodin is currently enrolled in Kwantlen Polytechnic University, working her way towards a bachelor degree in applied journalism, and is also a member of Kwantlen’s President’s Ambassador Team, a group of students from different educational disciplines working together to represent their school.
Emily Wright, 22
Wright is a co-founder of Excel Basketball Academy, a community based, player-focused basketball academy that strives to develop young athletes both on and off the court.