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Surrey Creates Standing Committee of Council for Seniors

November 08, 2011

Surrey – Due to the overwhelming success of the Mayor’s Task Force on Seniors, the City of Surrey will be establishing a new Standing Committee of Council for Seniors.  A motion was passed at last night’s council meeting, in response to a request made by the community.

“Since 2008, the City has held ten seniors forums throughout Surrey in order to engage the community, provide resources, and hear directly from them what concerns need to be addressed and what improvements need to be made,” says Mayor Dianne Watts.  “As a result of those meetings, we’ve determined that a formal committee needs to be established to help us better advocate for our seniors and deal with issues such as seniors safety, legal resources, abuse, fraud and isolation.”

Approximately thirteen per cent of Surrey’s population is over the age of 65, and it is predicted that the seniors population South of the Fraser will grow by 179 per cent over the next ten to fifteen years.  The new committee will raise awareness about issues impacting seniors and provide information, resources, support and a direct link to City Council.

The motion was put forward by Councillor Barbara Steele, who is Chair of Mayor’s Task Force on Seniors.  “The task force has been recognized regionally as an innovative prevention and education model in the field of crime prevention and community safety.  The new committee will build on the collaboration and work that has been achieved in Surrey over the past several years.”

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor