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Surrey's best business women recognized

Neelam Sahota, Kathy McGarrigle, Tracy Bell and Mary Jane Wilson were this year
Neelam Sahota, Kathy McGarrigle, Tracy Bell and Mary Jane Wilson were this year's winners at the Surrey Women in Business Awards.
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Anita Huberman, Surrey Board of Trade CEO, described the fifth-annual Surrey Women in Business Awards as "inspirational."

Of about 30 nominees, three finalists were chosen for each of the four categories: Entrepreneur, Professional, Not-for-Profit Leader and Corporate/Leadership.

"There was so much energy and buzz in the room," said Huberman. "We announced two support areas at the event around creating and seizing business opportunities when they happen: Having the support of your team and seizing that opportunity of teamwork."

This year's winners were:

•    Tracy Bell, owner and president of La Belle Fleur Floral Boutique – Entrepreneur Category

•    Mary Jane Wilson, partner in Wilson Rasmussen LLP – Professional Category

•    Neelam Sahota, interim CEO of DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society – Not-for-Profit Category

•    Kathy McGarrigle, Chief Operating Officer of Coast Capital Savings – Corporate Leadership Category

"I think it's about cultivating the talent and skills of their teams," said Huberman when asked of what these four women have in common. "They themselves don't take credit for their success, but they're leaders because they're able to cultivate a culture of teamwork to ensure productivity in the workplace and I think that is the theme that goes through all of them."

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