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Councillor Steele

About Barbara

I have a deep sense of pride in Surrey, where I have lived for 30 years and raised my family. It has been a pleasure to serve as a City Councillor since 1998 and help shape the positive future of the city.

An important part of my vision for Surrey reflects on the past. Our strong historic roots are the foundation of Surrey, and have helped earn its reputation as a city of opportunity.  I spend a great deal of time analyzing lessons learned in order to best help plan the successes of our future. By doing so, I believe we take care of all residents especially those who have played a significant role in the transformation of Surrey into the thriving epicenter that it is.

Through my previous career of working with vulnerable adults throughout B.C., I have seen first hand the deplorable treatment that many of our seniors receive at the hands of those they trust.  It is my commitment to ensure the rights of seniors in our community are recognized and that those in need of assistance receive it.  Knowledge gained through community engagement and seniors forums has committed the City of Surrey to a leadership role in the development of resources that will be available to the vast increase in the seniors population.

My commitment to making Surrey stronger, safer and healthier doesn’t end in my own neighbourhood but is extended to Regional and Provincial levels through my participation as Executive Board member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, as Past President of the Lower Mainland Local Government Association (LMLGA) and as a Past President of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM).

Key Projects

  • Advocating for Surrey’s seniors;
  • Reducing crime and increasing public safety through implementation of Crime Reduction Strategy;
  • Supporting the City Centre Plan, including the relocation of City Hall, a new regional library and new Performing Arts Centre;
  • Improving road and public transit infrastructure;
  • Balancing growth and new jobs with the preservation of green space;
  • Redefining the funding relationship between cities and senior levels of government.

Committees & Community Groups (Surrey & Metro Vancouver)

  • Police Committee
  • Seniors Advisory & Accessibility Committee (Chair)
  • Investment & Innovation
  • Finance Committee
  • Peach Arch Hospital (Alternate)
  • Metro Vancouver Board of Directors (Director)
  • Metro Vancouver Regional Planning
  • Aboriginal Affairs (Chair)
  • Local Government Representative on the Katzie Treaty Table
  • Metro Vancouver Intergovernmental and Finance - Electoral Area Sub-Committee
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities


  • UBCM Executive - Past President
  • Facilitated/organized five forums focused on educating seniors and their families about how to prevent elder abuse;
  • Advocated for quality care and housing of seniors throughout Surrey;
  • Tirelessly promoted parks, recreation opportunities and culture improvements in the city;
  • Participated in regular RCMP events/meetings to gain knowledge about crime reduction operations;
  • Past President of the Surrey Arts Council.

Contact Info

Office Phone: (604) 591-4623

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