We Are Better Together – An Open Letter by Tom Gill
As we near the end of this municipal campaign, I want to give my gratitude to the citizens of Surrey for this humbling experience. Serving as your City Councillor and now taking part in the race to be your Mayor has been a true honour. It has shown me that Surrey residents are resilient, vibrant and strong. Politics can often be divisive, but it also has the ability to unite us if we harness the power of all the things that connect us – and not the things that divide us. This race has solidified my fundamental belief – we are better together. In 2018, we set out to bring fundamental change to how politics are done in the City of Surrey. Our ideas and our team are the result of this new direction. We have shared a vision with you and asked you to imagine a Surrey that is strong and inviting, rich with opportunity, vibrant with culture and safe for everyone. I came to Surrey as a young man. Today, as a husband and a father of three, I want to create a future that is bright for not only my kids, but all of our kids and grandkids. I want our young people to be given the opportunities and experiences that many of us could only dream of. The decisions we make today will have a significant impact on the success of generations to come. For me, the true measure of my time serving as your City Councillor, and as your Mayor if you put your trust in me, will be the prosperity of our sons and daughters. When I came to Surrey over 30 years ago, there were a lot of jokes about Surrey. We are not that city anymore. The Surrey of today differs from the Surrey of yesterday, and we now need to focus on building the Surrey of tomorrow. Fiscally responsible and socially progressive approaches will create a city poised for a brighter tomorrow. Through our investments in public safety, infrastructure, affordable housing, arts and culture, and sports and entertainment, we will build a 21st century city that will be the envy of the world. I am proud of the campaign that we have run. I have stayed true to the son my parents raised, their values of hard work, integrity, and compassion fuel my passion for public service. Above all, I have made sure that our campaign be a campaign of ideas, honesty, and respect. A campaign that my wife and children can be proud of. To my entire team – thank you. Each of you as volunteers, have humbled me with your support and I am proud to be fighting the good fight with you all. Voting is a privilege and if I am afforded the opportunity to serve you as your next Mayor, I commit to building a Surrey that we can all be proud of. Surrey, we are better together. – Tom
Thanks to Mike Bose for the endorsement, and allowing us to use the BoseCornMaze.com as a backdrop to talk about the Surrey First position on our Agricultural Land Reserves (ALR).
Great fun and a corny ending!
Mike is proud, to once again, have the endorsement of the Surrey Fire Fighters’ Association.
We are proud the hardworking members of the Surrey Fire Fighters Association are supporting Tom Gill, along with Mike Starchuk, Vera LeFranc, Upkar Tatlay, and Trevor Halford, in the 2018 Surrey Municipal election.
“The Surrey Fire Fighters Association would like to officially endorse Tom Gill as the next Mayor of Surrey. Tom has shown a commitment and an excellent track record of finding solutions to keeping our community safe. As our city continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, we believe Tom is the right choice to lead us into the future. On October 20th, 2018, Surrey Fire Fighters will be voting for Tom Gill as Mayor.” ~ Mark McRae, President, Surrey Fire Fighters’ Association
On September 18th, Surrey First announced an expansion of initiatives to support children with autism.
For children coping with autism, finding a place to ‘feel at home’, can be a challenge.
Surrey First wants to help the 1600 Surrey children with Autism, and their families.
Here is a link to a Surrey Now-Leader news article, with details on the plan.
From left to right: Katy Harandi (president of the Canuck’s Autism Network), Surrey First mayoral candidate Tom Gill, and Dawn McKenna (executive director of the Pacific Autism Family Network) at a press conference announcing that if elected, Surrey First will expand city efforts to make kids with autism “feel at home.”