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Over 1,000 Join Surrey’s City Speaks Online Community

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June 13, 2013

Surrey, BC – Since going live on April 3 during the Mayor’s State of the City Address, the City of Surrey’s online community panel (CitySpeaks) has now reached 1,100 active members.

Since the launch, the City of Surrey has been reaching out to residents and business owners inviting them to join CitySpeaks as a new way for citizens to have their say on upcoming initiatives and decisions occurring around their City. So far, feedback has been received or in progress around key community topics such as: arts space programming, how to better connect with residents, the Pattullo Bridge review, or comments on the new Rethink Waste Collection program.

“We believe that a connected and engaged citizenry is the cornerstone of public service. The more people we have sharing their insights, the more often we are able to reach out to and the more powerful and engaging the City Speaks community will become,” says City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “I urge all residents to join City Speaks so they can have their say in shaping the future of our City.”

City Speaks is a new way to connect with the City. Community members can participate first-hand in online surveys, discussions, forums and quick polls on various municipal and community-based topics.

Province-wide polling shows that 70 per cent of British Columbians want it to be easier to make their views heard to their local governments. The City’s goal is to reach 3,000 Cityspeaks members by the end of the year and eventually 5,000 active and engaged members by 2014. To join or find out more visit: www.surrey.ca/cityspeaks

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For project information:

Laurie Cavan, General Manager
Parks, Recreation and Culture
604-598-5760

Mayor’s Office Media Contact:

Judy Mann, Executive Assistant
Office of the Mayor
778-846-0397