SURREY — Magazine publisher Peter Legge is the keynote speaker at this year's Surrey Police Officer of the Year awards gala.
The 17th annual event is set to take place Thursday, Oct. 17 at Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, 15269 104th Ave., Surrey.
"The recognition of the tremendous work of businesses and the Surrey RCMP detachment, through their exemplary service and commitment to make Surrey a safer place to live and do business in, continues to be the premise of this event," Anita Huberman, CEO of Surrey Board of Trade, told the Now, a media sponsor of the gala.
The event supports Surrey RCMP's Youth Academy.
Tickets are $90 each, or $850 for a table of 10, via www.businessinsurrey.com or 604-581-7130.
Finalists have been named in several award categories: Arnold Silzer Community Police Initiative Award finalists are Darlene Bowyer, Port Kells Community Association, Special Constable Susan Caley and Special Constables Josh Waltman and Simon Wong.
Police and Business Partnership award finalists are 1-800-SHREDDING, Paul Orazietti and the Cloverdale Business Improvement Association, and Eric Taylor, Valley Cut Steel. Municipal Employee award finalists are Gail Nicholls, Colleen Staresina and Jana Stocker.
Volunteer of the Year award finalists are Cheryl Gardner, Janet Hayes and Bea Lockert. Auxiliary Constable of the Year award finalists are Lubos Hrasko, Boro Kasic and Karen Summers.
Police Officer of the Year award finalists are Const. Adrian Oliver, Const. Tailor Quee and Staff Sgt. Dean Scott. Police Officer of the Year (nominated by community) award finalists are Staff Sgt. Martin Blais, Cpl. Bryan Fedirchuk and Staff Sgt. Dean Scott.
Police Team award finalists are District 1 Foot Beat Team, Serious Crime Team 1 and Surrey Traffic Services Criminal Crash Investigation Team.
Keynote speaker Legge is chairman and CEO of Canada Wide Media Ltd., the largest independently owned magazine publishing company in Western Canada. He has written 15 books, including Make Your Life a Masterpiece, The Power of Tact, The Power of a Dream and 365 Days of Insights.
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