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.

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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.

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The last Sunday of the Farm Fresh Sundays is just around the corner. Sunday the 24th (Tuesday the 26 at Tap Restaurant) is the last weekend where you can choose from menus that feature local produce in restaurants in all of our town centres. There has been great feedback and support for this project and I look forward to next year. The imagination of the Chefs, to keep it local and great tasting, is amazing.

Our newest participant, Greek Islands (Fleetwood) will be having a draw for a couple of $50.00 gift certificates for those who order from the Farm Fresh Sunday menu. I wish them well with this added bonus to promote our local agricultural producers. It’s no secret I left there, last Sunday, full and delighted to support our local economy.

Participating Restaurants are:

  • Bozzinnis – 13655 104 Avenue, Surrey – website
  • Elements Casino – 17755 60 Avenue, Surrey – website
  • Maharaja Restaurant – 8148 128 Street, Surrey – website
  • Old Surrey Restaurant – 13483 72 Avenue, Surrey – website
  • Greek Islands – 9547 152 Street, Surrey – website
  • Tap Restaurant * – 101-15350 34 Avenue, Surreywebsite
  • The Taphouse – 15330 102A Avenue, Surrey – website

* Tap Restaurant will offer their menu on Tuesdays, as they are closed on Sundays.


Bon appétit!



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!




Today there was a remarkable announcement made by Prime Minister Trudeau, Premier Clark, Mayor Hepner and SFU President Petter, regarding the SFU Surrey campus expansion.

This is a great collaboration of all levels of government, which make this new expansion possible.

The architecture of the late Bing Thom leaves the Downtown Surrey core with legacy building for all to enjoy.

It was said today that “all great Cities have great Universities”. Well said, Mayor Hepner!


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