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What's New: Heritage

Museum of Surrey staff honour their co-worker

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Museum of Surrey’s Selection from Collections
July Installment Pays Tribute to Local Influencers

Throughout July, Museum of Surrey is paying tribute to influential Surrey residents. Selections from Collections is a monthly exhibit series that features the many unique objects in Surrey’s Heritage collection. The latest is entitled Legacies of Surrey People.

Today Surrey is a diverse community whose people take action. This display is a celebration of those who make an impact on the lives of us all. -reads the exhibit panel

Among those honoured is educator Gertrude Rutherford, who taught in Surrey schools for 36 years. During that time, she collected over 400 objects about the history of education. Annie Richardson is included for rescuing her husband from drowning in the Fraser River in 1879. Surrey’s first female MLA Mary Ellen Smith is also profiled, among several others.

In Memory of Sue Sanderson

The exhibit is dedicated to the late Sue Sanderson (nee Leslie Suzanne Wilson). A dedicated City of Surrey employee who worked in volunteer coordination, Sanderson was also a lifelong educator and community builder who passed away unexpectedly on June 15.

"Sue was hilarious, kind, political, and a vocal advocate for learning assistance in BC schools,” said Assistant Curator Jessie McLean.

McLean and fellow curatorial staff Pierce Smith brought this passion project into fruition – one that pays homage to a dear colleague and beloved mentor for both.

“Sue was a friend to everyone she met,” added Smith. “She will be remembered fondly not only by her family, but by the staff she worked with and over 200 Heritage volunteers with the City of Surrey. Sue personally helped many of these volunteers find the perfect role with the City.”

On display with Rutherford’s teaching supplies is a copy of Sanderson’s 2014 letter to the Surrey Now-Leader editor regarding education in Surrey.