Posted by Mary Brunet on May 16, 2017

2017 SASSY Award Recipients (L-R) Sukhpreet (Sam) Devgun, Overcoming Adversity; Premvir Singh Samra, Community Service; Shawna Narayan, Youth Leadership; Gurmehak Bhourji, Arts & Culture Leadership; Devansh Babla, Environmental Leadership; Pallvi Sehijpaul, International Leadership;
Missing – Yousof Al-Autman, Sports Leadership.
The 7th Annual (Surrey) The Semiahmoo Rotary Club and the City of Surrey presented the 7th Annual SASSY Awards this past Friday, May 12,   2017 at the Surrey Arts Centre Theatre. The Awards brought together more than 50 community organizations and honoured 63 youth from Surrey and White Rock in seven categories. 
A short video of the three finalists from each category was presented at the event, and each of the successful recipients received a $1,000 bursary as well as $500 to donate to a Canadian charity of their choice.
  • Sports Leadership:Yousof Al-Autman
  • Environmental Leadership: Devansh Babla
  • Arts & Culture Leadership: Gurmehak Bhourji
  • Overcoming Adversity: Sukhpreet (Sam) Devgun
  • Community Service: Premvir Singh Samra
  • Youth Leadership Award: Shawna Narayan
  •  International Leadership: Pallvi Sehijpaul
This years awards also featured performances by Ben Dunnill - Piano/Vocal, Madelin Haugen from Circus Lab - Arial Routine, Maya Rae - Vocalist, Eleven09 - Band and Jazz Minds, a Panorama Ridge Secondary Jazz Ensemble
The SASSY Awards showcases the achievements, volunteerism and activism in shaping the social, cultural, and economic future in Surrey and White Rock.  “I find it not only inspiring, but astounding to learn more about the successes our local youth rise to, as well as the significant challenges they meet and take on at a personal level and in the world around them,” says the event producer, Allan Baedak.  “They are truly impacting not only our present, but our futures, and in a big way.”
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