2015 BCRPA Provincial Awards

Program Excellence

City of Surrey

The Re-enactors: Surrey's True Stories, Heritage Program

Above: Ryan Gallagher, City Archivist (left), accepting the award on behalf of the City of Surrey from BCRPA president Darryl Condon (right)

Using professional actors and a portable stage, this heritage re-enactment troupe brings to life Surrey’s true stories from 1872 to 1945. In 2014, seventeen performances presented vignettes of the lives of early Surrey settlers, such as Reeve T.J. Sullivan, carpenter Eric Anderson, local physician Dr. Fredrick Sinclair, teacher Mary Jane Shannon, and WWI veteran Zennosuke Inouye, to over 20,000 spectators.
The Re-enactment Program is a partnership of heritage, recreation, arts and parks divisions of the Surrey Parks and Recreation and Culture Department which work together to ensure that performances are offered in their facilities and parks for the enjoyment of a wide civic audience and broad based participation. This collaboration has resulted in an innovative, creative and “Surrey” specific re-enactment program that serves as a model for other cities with Parks and Recreation departments with a cultural and heritage mandate.
“The Re-enactors program brings history alive to the residents and visitors of Surrey and its authenticity has earned it rave reviews from audience of all ages,” said BCRPA CEO, Suzanne Allard Strutt.
The Re-enactors: Surrey’s True Stories Heritage Program demonstrates excellence in its creative approach to story-telling, its successful economic model, and its collaborative approach from development to fruition.  


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