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Inaugural Surrey Community Summit Draws Capacity Crowd

April 8, 2013

For immediate release

Surrey, BC – Surrey’s inaugural Community Summit was a sell-out Saturday April 6 with 200 participants who engaged in a two-way dialogue, discussed ideas, gathered information, and learned more about their City.

The event, held at SFU’s Surrey campus, included keynote speakers Gord Hume, one of Canada’s leading voices on municipal government, and Matt Hern, a SFU and UBC professor with expertise in Urban Studies and Social Ecology who believes that an ecological future has to be an urban future: one where we learn to steward our land, resources and energy carefully. The day also included 12 panel sessions on a variety of topics concerning Surrey’s future, and an Open Space Networking session at the end of the day to give participants the opportunity to delve deeper into topics raised during the panel sessions.

“I am inspired by the commitment and enthusiasm demonstrated by participants at this event,” says Councillor Barinder Rasode, Chair of the Community Summit. “Next steps are to incorporate the information and ideas gathered at the Summit into a strong, achievable work plan for the future.”

The event is a result of feedback received during a series of Town Hall meetings held in 2012, where residents requested the City host a community forum. It is part of Surrey’s new community consultation framework, which was established in 2011 by a committee comprised of representatives from 38 community associations. This framework is now used as a basis for communications between the City, community groups, residents and businesses.

For more information visit www.surrey.ca/engagement or #SurreySummit.

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Media Contact:
Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor
604.375.4584