I am so excited to finally launch The Surrey Girl Project! After months of planning everything is coming together and today marks the official beginning of what I hope will be something amazing. This project is about being proud of where you’re from, speaking up for something you believe in, and having some fun in the process (you can see where it all began in this post).
“This city is my home. It gives me everything I need and want, and I get to live the best life I can”.
Carolyn Turkington, High School Teacher
The term ‘Surrey Girl’ is something that a lot of us from this City (BC’s second largest) get called, and it’s time to put an end to the rude/ negative association and make it something we’re proud to tell people (no more saying ‘I’m from South Surrey/ Vancouver/ White Rock’!). Being born/ raised in Surrey isn’t what defines us, but it’s a part of us, and shouldn’t be something we get shamed for or made fun of. A label we didn’t ask for isn’t what defines or shapes us, it doesn’t limit us, and we hope to show that amazing things- amazing people– are coming from this diverse city. This project is about taking a negative and turning it around, making it something positive. We’re having fun with it, and the hope is to show how amazing it is to be a Surrey Girl, a girl from Surrey.
The women in this series were raised in different neighbourhoods throughout Surrey. Some of us were born and raised there, some of us grew up there, but either way we want to share the Surrey we love and maybe shift what people think of when they think of Surrey and ‘Surrey Girls’. We’re not trying to ignore or downplay challenges that are present there, but our hope is to share the positive (and there’s a lot of it) and to maybe even help further shift the City’s reputation in a positive direction. It is a large and diverse city, and the people living there reflect that. With this project we will share about our favourite memories growing up throughout Surrey, what we love about the City, and why we are proud to be Surrey Girls. This is the city we call home, the city we were born and/or raised in. It’s important to be proud of where you’re from, and we hope to show the beauty of Surrey, in all it’s glory. Imperfections and all.
“I am excited to be a part of the movement to show what we’re really about to my daughter and our future generation of young women. I’m from Surrey and I’ve always been proud of it!”
Kristy Powers, Photographer & Small business owner
It doesn’t matter where you’re from, I hope that this project resonate with you. The mantra and the message behind it is that you can take charge of a situation and take something that may be viewed as a negative and turn it into a positive. To take ownership of something. I am so grateful for everybody who has help me bring this project together including the ladies featured in this series, as well as the collaborative partners who helped me bring this project to life. Over the coming weeks these 9 women (10 including me) will share about their experiences growing up in Surrey, favourite memories, and why they’re proud of where they’re from:
Carolyn Turkington, High School Teacher, Softball Coach, and Camp Coordinator of the Okanagan Softball Camp
Piya Sandhu, Owner of The Handpicked Home
Monika Levarsky, Nursing Student & Behavioural Interventionist/ Respite Care
Ally Matos, Photographer, Videographer + Blogger- AllyFotogafy Media Co. + Blog
Steph Hassell, Co- Owner of Violet + Ruby
Natasha Raey, Entrepreneur, Co- Founder SheTalks Global, Women’s Empowerment and Medical Marijuana Advocate
Kristy Powers, Photographer & Co- Owner of The Local Space
Jenifer Wiens, Stay at Home Mom, Co- Owner of Cedar Creek Fencing, Small shop owner Cozy Darling Crochet
Samantha Lenz, Freelance Journalist & Blogger
A big thank you to Locomotive Clothing, Surrey 604, Ally Fotografy, and Priddy Music. Without you this project wouldn’t have been possible. And to the ladies who are included in this first series – thank you so much for your passion and interest in this project. You are all inspiring and amazing women- examples of strong and beautiful women inside and out for all to see- and I am so excited to share your stories through this project.
To learn more and find out who’s a part of the first series, check out the video produced by Ally Fotografy below (in the clip of me at the end, I look really intense/ grumpy, but I was actually in a really good mood and had just been in ‘director mode’ during the shoot! 😉 ). I hope amazing things will come out of this project and that those who learn about it, regardless of where they are from, will find something to relate to. All future posts for The Surrey Girl Project will be published on Surrey 604, so make sure you keep an eye out for the feature posts of the amazing ladies included in this first series. Thank you again to everyone for their love and support. Here we go!
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