Surrey: On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, the Surrey Board of Trade hosted the 5th Annual Surrey Women in Business Awards Luncheon. The sold-out event recognized the hard work of Surrey’s businesswomen and their contributions to Surrey.

Master of Ceremonies Steve Darling of Global BC led the afternoon’s program and kept guests laughing.  Keynote Speaker Marcella Szel, Chair of TransLink, shared her success story with the audience. The Honorable Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business spoke about the Premier’s Women’s Economic Council. Excitement and inspiration was contagious throughout the room as winners were announced in four categories.

Nominations were submitted in four categories and judged on the nominee’s work in Surrey, business acumen, leadership, balanced lifestyle and community involvement and service.

“The event showcased some of the best and brightest women of Surrey’s business community that have earned the right to be celebrated and receive well-deserved recognition. The purpose of the Surrey Board of Trade’s event was to inspire, motivate and educate attendees – both men and women”, said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.

The winners are:

Entrepreneur Category:

Tracy Bell

La Belle Fleur Floral Boutique Ltd.

Professional Category:

Mary Jane Wilson

Wilson Rasmussen LLP

Not-for-Profit Leader Category:

Neelam Sahota

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

Corporate/Leadership Category:

Kathy McGarrigle

Coast Capital Savings


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Acting Mayor, Surrey Councillor Bruce Hayne

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L to R : Neelam Sahota, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society; Kathy McGarrigle, Coast Capital Savings; Tracy Bell, La Belle Fleur Floral Boutique; Mary Jane Wilson, Wilson Rasmussen LLP










Hon. Naomi Yamamoto Minister, of State for Tourism & Small Business


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Marchella Szell, Chair of TransLink