It’s Time for a City Council We Can All Be Proud Of
Brenda Locke and the entire Surrey Connect Team are committed to bringing integrity back to Surrey City Hall.
Brenda will ensure that the bar for elected officials is set high and she will establish clear benchmarks for public oversight.
It’s time for a city council we can all be proud of.
Residents will have access during council meetings to speak and when possible have their questions answered right there. More importanty a council led by Brenda Locke will be proactive and regularly be in all of Surrey’s six town centres connecting with residents.
Similar to the province’s Finance Committee, Surrey will hold budget consultation meetings in the town centers as well as a virtual option, for each budget year.
As mayor Brenda will be available to the media on a regular and issue-by-issue basis – as she always has – to establish accountability and transparency.
Re-establishing public trust and taxpayer confidence in the city administration is something Surrey Connect will focus on. We intend to work hard and earn your trust. Brenda and her team will be accountable to everyone – not just the select few.
Locke wants Surrey to have a “residents first” attitude where City Hall is truly “the people’s place.” Using best practices in transparency and accountability will be a cornerstone of the Surrey Connect Team. Surrey’s Boards and Committees need to be revitalized to tackle some of the challenges and explore opportunities that we have as one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.
Developing equal access points for everyone will be a priority. No more special treatment for backroom operators and their friends.
It’s time Surrey, and the South Fraser for that matter, received the respect and investment it deserves to serve a growing population that will soon excee Vancouver’s. That means developing a better relationship with the provincial and federal governments and demanding equity in areas from healthcare to transportation and everything in between.
It also means that Surrey must play an active role with other governing bodies like Metro Vancouver, Translink, the Union of BC Municipalities, the Lower Mainland Municipal Association, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Mayors’ Council, Big City Mayors Caucus and the RCMP Mayors Council, etc. Importantly, developing a positive and respectful working relationship with Territorial First Nations and the School Board with the goal to ensure that everyone is successful. Surrey needs to position itself as a civic leader in British Columbia, Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.
Surrey has the two largest Border crossings in Western Canada and as such, participating in bi-lateral groups like Pacific Northwest Economic Region is a network of opportunity yet to be explored. And there is so much more, Surrey’s rich cultural heritage lends us the ability to work with other countries to develop business, trade and educational opportunities. Ensuring that the relationship between our Economic Development department is working with the Business Community through the Board of Trade, Chambers of Commerce and Business Improvement Associations can only add to the prosperity to benefit us all.
We acknowledge that the City of Surrey is on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people, specifically the Kwantlen, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Qayqayt, Semiahmoo and the Tsawwassen First Nations. Surrey Connect also acknowledges the Inuit, Metis and other First Nations peoples who live and work on these territories.
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We’ve Been Hard at Work
Brenda Locke and Surrey Connect continue to shine a light on Surrey’s failing police transition. It’s way behind schedule and seriously over budget. It’s time to stop throwing away our tax dollars and start working towards improving our public safety.
The citizens of Surrey were not properly consulted and much of the process has been happening behind closed doors. This is not the way to make a major change.
Surrey Connect has also been working hard – alongside other people and organizations – to protect the Little Campbell River Watershed from McCallum’s massive 650-acre industrial development. On January 28th there was a victory of sorts with Metro Vancouver referring the rezoning back to staff for further consultation.
BUT McCallum & crew are snuck it back for another vote on Feb 25th. Unbelievably he regarded a letter to Semiahmoo asking for a meeting in March after the vote as consultation. McCallum often acts like he is in a universe of his own – but this is a new low.
Metro Vancouver directors caved to McCallum & passed this environmental disaster. Surrey Connect will continue to press for an environmentally viable solut
Reflecting & Representing Surrey’s Communities
Surrey Connect is preparing to lead our city into the future. We know this journey will only be successful if our residents and our business community are active participants in that vision.
The next council needs to engage with and represent all the people of Surrey. Respect, openness, ethics and above all, accountability are the cornerstones of who we are as an organization. Fairness and citizens’ voice matter when developing and delivering a future where everyone can participate.
As a City Councillor and former MLA and provincial Cabinet Minister, Brenda has been tirelessly serving the community for decades. Living in Surrey with her children and grandchildren, she is driven to celebrate all Surrey has to offer and bring much needed change to the leadership in City Hall.
Ramona Kaptyn has extensive experience in management, communications, public relations, sales & marketing, staff training & development, education, and fundraising in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Results-oriented, high-energy, creative, and innovative, she is a recognized manager of projects, events, and people.
My primary speciality is in the environment, meaning both in confronting the climate crisis and in the conservation of the environment. As a younger person, I really want to make a difference when it comes to affordable housing and the communities that facilitate them.
Pardeep’s goal for the City of Surrey is to ensure that the residents of Surrey have a fiscal budget and plan that focuses on growth for the city and what is best for the residents of Surrey. With over 20 years of experience in accounting Pardeep’s background will provide the Surrey Connect team with a better understanding of the fiscal future.
In her role as a councillor, Rochelle will continue to be passionate about building sustainable communities. She will be a welcome breath of fresh air in Surrey’s council chambers.
She is a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal advocate, with strong experience in project management, entrepreneurship, and community engagement work.
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