Councillor Hepner

About Linda

In the 29 years I’ve had the privilege to call Surrey my home, I’ve watched it grow from a bedroom community deeply rooted in its agricultural history to a nationally leading city which has uniquely been able to stay true to its agricultural roots while developing into a thriving, dynamic and diverse city that offers its residents the options required of a truly well-rounded lifestyle.

I am truly rooted in the community of Surrey and I’m proud to call it my home. My commitment to this community is a product of a life nurtured right here, having worked for the city for 20 years, most recently as its manager of Economic Development, before being elected to Council in 2005. I know the streets I walk on in Surrey, and I’ve seen and been part of the transformation of our city from the ground up.

As your Councillor, I am guided by the unwavering belief that I want to continue to live in a well-balanced community that provides jobs for its residents and promotes economic viability, sustainability and liveability. I’m proud to be serving as a member of the Surrey First Coalition to effect positive change and manage the dynamics of this growing city so as to achieve the goals that I believe all Surrey residents value. I want my decision-making to add value through honest and open dialogue.

As a wife, grandmother, mother and stepmother, I look forward to continuing to build Surrey’s reputation as a destination for families, as well as individuals and businesses seeking a city with endless employment, social, cultural and economic opportunities.

Key Projects

  • Advocating for the inclusion of approximately 468 acres into the regional Green Zone as conservation/recreational area 
  • Spearheading the continued economic development of Surrey’s City Centre through the organization of the annual Regional Economic Summit and advancing the Mayor’s Investment Action Plan 
  • Spearheading the Clean Energy & Technology Action Plan 
  • Representing Surrey on a regional level through ongoing participation on the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors, the Regional Planning and Agriculture Committee, and the Utilities Committee.
  • Representing Surrey on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) as a Director and a member of the Standing Committee on International Relations, Standing Committee on Community Safety and Crime Prevention and the Standing Committee on Increasing Women's Participation in Municipal Government. 

Committees

  • Finance Committee 
  • Police Committee
  • Parks, Recreation & Sport Tourism (Chair) 
  • Agriculture & Food Security Advisory (Chair)
  • Mayor's Committee Red Tape Reduction (Chair)
  • Audit Committee
  • Economic Summit (Co-Chair) 
  • Mayor’s Committee on Beautification & Town Centre Development
  • Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society
  • Surrey Tourism Association (Director)
  • Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (Liaison)
  • Surrey Board of Trade (Liaison)

Accomplishments

  • Spearheaded the revitalization drive of Whalley as Past Chair of the city’s Whalley Implementation Team 
  • Managed creation of the Surrey Tourism and Convention Association 
  • Established a two per cent hotel tax to fund tourism initiatives 
  • Led the acquisition of the ocean view property of Camp Kwomais in South Surrey 
  • Chaired the past two Regional Economic Summit which welcomed the likes of Rudy Giuliani and Tony Blair 
  • Earned national and international attention on Surrey’s marketing efforts 
  • Managed 2010 Legacy Projects, which included Holland Park Expansion and Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre 
  • Advocated for Arts Centre in Newton in former Fire Hall

Contact

Office phone: (604) 591-4626
Residence phone: (604) 535-1089
Email: LMHepner@Surrey.ca

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