Mike Starchuk - Surrey City Councillor

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Surrey Fusion Fest

Mayor Linda Hepner & Couscilor Mike Starchuk with the Canada 150 - Surrey Fusion Fest 'Thank You' Card to the Government of Canada - MikeStarchuk.comSurrey’s 10th annual Fusion Fest takes place on July 22nd and 23rd.

A Thank You card from the citizens of Surrey will be presented to the Government of Canada, as part of the Canada 150 Celebration, and the 10th anniversary of the Surrey Fusion Festival, just to say ‘Thank you’.

Inside of the card are the following words:

THANK YOU for helping to make Canada an inclusive and welcoming nation. We are fortunate to live in a country that celebrates its diverse range of backgrounds and beliefs of its citizens. Together our contributions make Surrey a thriving and vibrant community.


There have been many Surrey residents who have already signed the card in one of the languages they are fluent in, and had a photo taken with the card. 

Do you want to become a part of this event?

If you are a resident of Surrey, and are fluent in one of the languages listed below, please show up on Saturday at the FREE Surrey Fusion Festival in Holland Park.

We are looking for people to write ‘Thank you’ in their language, sign their name underneath, and then be photographed with the card. (Please be aware, that the first person to present themselves, with one of the below-listed languages, will be selected to sign the card.)

Many thanks to the 50 folks who have already signed the card, and represented their languages.

The languages not yet represented, are (in no particular order):

Hindi, Urdu, Cantonese, Persian, Japanese, Dari, Bengali, Sinhala, Tamil, Lao, Malyalam, Portuguese, Albanian, Pashto, Cambodian, Romanian, Karen, Pushto, Amharic, Swahili, Burmese, Indonesian, Panjabi, Telugu, Faroese, Sindhi, Kurdish, Malay, Creole, Tigrinya, Yoruba, Indo Iranian, Slovak, Khmer, Cebuano, Afrikaans, Iloko, Bulgarian, Niger-Congo, Aramaic, Ewe, Dinka, Finnish, Konkani, Sundanese, Tibetan, Bosnian, Chechen, Hebrew, Jamaican Creole, Kannada, Swedish, Hiligaynon, Kinyarwanda, Pampanga, Acoli, Armenien, Luo (Kenya and Tanzania), Marathi, Nubian languages, Oromo, Shona, Assamese, Danish, Ido, Igbo, Sino-Tibetan (Other), Guarani, Hmong, Lozi, Niger-Kordofanian (Other), Thagaloo, Abkhazian, Afro-Asiatic (Other), Avaric, Bini, Fukien, Ganda, Hausa, Kanuri, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malagasy, Norwegian, Pahari, Rajasthani, Sarsi, Semitic (Other), Tonga, Waray, Akkadian, Azerbaijani, Balinese, Bikol, Efik, French/African Patois, Halkomelem, Hare, Ingush, Kachin, Kwakw’ala, Lingala, Luganda, Maltese, Mongolian, Nahuatl, Nilo-Saharan (Other), North Ndebele, Nzima, Oriya, Pangasinan, Quechua, Squamish, Upper Sorbian, Uzbek, Vai, and Yugoslavian.

I will be in the Canada Pavilion from 12:00 to 3:00 on Saturday, July 22nd, with this wonderful card for you to sign.

The Surrey Fusion Festival is a free celebration of multiculturalism and diversity, and all are welcome to join in, and enjoy the festivities.  I look forward to seeing everyone there!

For more details about the 2017 Surrey Fusion Festival, please click this link!




Farm Fresh September

Over the past 18 months, I have been working on ideas to support our local farmers and finding a way to showcase their produce. As the Chair of Surrey’s Agricultural Food Security Advisory Committee, I am elated to introduce a pilot project that showcases locally produced/grown/raised/processed food that will be on the menus of our Surrey restaurants in September. Each town centre has representation and will be offering their preparation of Surrey local food on Sundays in September, with the exception of South Surrey, where Tap Restaurant will be offering their local menu on Tuesdays.

Farm Fresh September - Farm to Table - MikeStarchuk.comOne third (1/3) of the City of Surrey is in the Agricultural Land Reserve. To keep the public aware of this, the menus have been developed to have a minimum of two thirds (2/3) of the menu items coming from the City. As we move through the month of September, those farms that are providing the restaurants their menu items, will be featured on various media platforms.

For more on this pilot program go to:


For more information regarding our local farms and markets go to:


Please take some time to enjoy a Sunday dinner (Tuesday in South Surrey) that features our local farms — which translates to better tasting foods — and supports our local economy.

The participating restaurants are:

Bozzinnis – 13655 104 Avenue

Elements Casino – 17755 60 Avenue

Maharaja Restaurant – 8148 128 Street

Old Surrey Restaurant  – 13483 72 Avenue

Royal Oak Restaurant – 15336 Fraser Highway

Tap Restaurant – 101-15350 34 Avenue ***

The Taphouse 15330 102A Avenue

*** Tap Restaurant will offer their menu on Tuesdays in September, as the restaurant is closed on Sundays.


Click here to read the City of Surrey Media Release regarding Agricultural Week & Farm Fresh Sundays

Click here to read the Surrey Now article about Farm Fresh Sundays




Surrey Urban Farmers Market

As the Chair of the Agriculture & Food Security Advisory Committee, I am delighted to support the 8th Annual Surrey Urban Farmers Market in the plaza of City Hall. There are approximately 30 local vendors on site, every week, who provide fresh, homemade, and locally grown and produced items for the public to purchase. This keeps our local economy “growing” (pun intended).

The Market runs through October 7th, every Wednesday, from 1 pm to 6 pm at City Hall.  Entertainment varies from week to week and there is plenty of space to enjoy yourself in the plaza. Nothing tastes better than produce that has just comes fresh from a farm where you know who grew it and how they grew it. Do you know where the fruit and vegetables you ate tonight came from? I do.

Please join me and others on Wednesdays. Help our Urban Farmers Market and keep the local economy going.

For more information about the Surrey Urban Farmers Market, and the vendors and entertainers participating, please visit the Surrey Market website, at: http://surreymarket.org/


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  Vendor and excited customer at the Surrey Urban Farmers Market - MikeStarchuk.com  


New Year’s Wishes

Happy New Year!

There are many people who make resolutions to change their behaviour on January 1 each year and I wish all of you good luck with yours. As well, may all of you have a happy and healthy year that can be spent with family and friends.

This year, my resolution, will be to participate more in events that improve some of the lives those here in Surrey. This year and hopefully for the years to come, I will share the events that I will be attending and or supporting, to see if we can do more to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, living in Surrey.

For those like myself who have real trees, come out to the 27th annual tree chip event at Newton Athletic Park January 3, 2015. Drop by, and have your tree chipped from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Surrey Fire Fighters' Charitable Society's 'Ignite A Dream' Event - MikeStarchuk.com On February 21, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Semiahmoo Shopping Center, the second annual ‘Ignite A Dream’ event takes place. The event includes wine tasting, culinary delights and musical entertainment.  Last year, at the inaugural event, $3000.00 scholarships were awarded to five Surrey students, who set examples on how to overcome adversity with hard work and dedication. This year let’s try to set the bar higher, and see can sell this event out, and be able to award a greater number of scholarships to Surrey students this year.

Here is a poster for the event, with the details, and how you can be involved: Dream-Poster-1