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.”
Removing the monetary barrier to our youth participating in public activities at our recreation centres, our rinks and our pools. #ImagineOurCity where kids 18 and under just walk to an aquatic facility and enjoy some “liquid fun” and don’t have to consider an admission fee.
As part of Surrey First’s Public Safety Plan, we are proud to announce a $30 million commitment to invest in prevention and intervention community programs.
This means 125,000 Surrey children will now have free access to all City pools, rinks and rec centres.
It will also create a new central hub to allow parents to access community resources for their kids with one phone call.
This is an important step forward in supporting Surrey families and keeping young people active, engaged and moving forward in a positive direction.
To the 40,000 plus people of Surrey who placed their trust in me, by voting for me yesterday, I thank you. To all the voters in Surrey who chose Linda Hepner as their Mayor, and to those same people for putting their trust in the entire Surrey First Team of Councillors, I thank you as well.
To those who did not vote for me, I hope over the next four years, to earn your confidence and help make Surrey a better place to live.
I would also like to thank the Surrey First Campaign Team who kept us moving forward with positive messages, positive ideas and providing a positive look at the future and what we can accomplish. Our team stayed on the high road and the public responded well to the positive things we have done and what we will do in the future.
I would also like to thank my personal team made up of neighbours, friends and family who surrounded me with non-stop words of encouragement and support during the past few months. They kept me moving forward with the goal to be in City Hall, and to be in a position to keep the City we live, work and play in, the best place to be in the world.
Thanks to the Fire Fighters of Surrey who were awesome during this campaign. They provided me with unwavering support by sharing what I stand for. They were critical to the Surrey First Team with the placement, maintenance and upkeep of all those signs. They also made those “gold and black” shirts, some of the most sought after goods in this campaign. More importantly, my Brothers and Sisters of the Surrey Fire Fighters’ Association, placed their trust in me that I will keep public safety and the needs of the citizens of Surrey at the forefront, no differently than I had done for the 32 years I served as a Surrey Fire Fighter.
Lastly, thanks to my family. I will never forget that dinner when I asked them what they thought about my possible endeavour. They had no hesitation and quickly came up with ideas on what they could do to help me and the Surrey First Team. I could not have survived this campaign if it were not for the love, compassion and support they gave me.
I look forward to taking a seat on council and moving the issues I talked about during my campaign, forward, and helping move the City forward over the next four years.