An open thank you to all of those who have helped me. Because of Elections BC regulations, we aren’t allowed to be ‘social’ on Social Media tomorrow… but please don’t think, because this account suddenly goes silent, that we aren’t out there, trying to earn every last vote.
I appreciate all the LIKES, SHARES, and wonderful comments of support we’ve received throughout the campaign! They mean SO much to me and my team. On Election Day, please remember to contact your friends, family and neighbours, and remind them how important it is to vote.
A few shout-outs before the silence of Social Media becomes the regulatory requirement.
I want to thank all of you that I have had the opportunity to meet and speak with over the last few months. I have to let you all know that regardless of the support (one way or another) I have grown from this experience. I hope the voters of Surrey give me the opportunity to use this experience.
I want to thank “Mike’s Campaign” team for all of their hard work and their persistence to keep me moving forward. They have been there at a moment’s notice for tasks that we wanted and needed to be done. These are the people that I am proud to call friends and will cherish taking this journey with them.
To my fellow firefighters. Words will never describe my thanks for your efforts to get me noticed. Yes. I know I did some of that on my own, but my IAFF Brothers and Sisters efforts have surpassed my wildest dreams. Together we have made firefighting synonymous with public safety, as it should be. I am truly proud to be a member of the IAFF and will never forget a somewhat copied phrase I have used from many years ago and plan to continue to use, “membership has its privileges” and I’m privileged and honoured to be a member.
Lastly, to my family. They have seen the highs and lows of this campaign and offered nothing other than words of praise (sprinkled with a few swift kicks in the butt) during the past months. They understand the pressures I have been under and I couldn’t have done this without their support. Love you all!
Consider this a “good luck” chain letter and consider calling 10 people and letting them know that the Surrey First TEAM is the best choice for all of Surrey and you get great luck! Add the Surrey First Education team and you get super great luck!
Today, folks from all over Surrey gathered together, and then spread out to knock on doors… to support Surrey First, and remind Surrey voters:
Volunteers, Surrey Fire Fighters, Councillors and Candidates all came together at various locations, for Surrey First.
Above is a photo of the Surrey First Team that assembled at ‘The Barge’ – the Surrey Fire Fighters’ Hall in Newton. Below is a photo from another location, with the Surrey First Candidates and volunteers ready to start door knocking for Super Sunday!
At the bottom of the post, are some other photos from the event, and from candidate Mike Starchuk, out door-knocking and engaging voters in Surrey.
On the left, above, are the door hanger brochures.
Today, Surrey First volunteers successfully reached out to thousands of households, asking them to allow us to continue the good work of the Surrey First Team… building a better Surrey!
Saturday, November 15th is Voting Day… make sure to have your say!
Find out more about Surrey First’s candidates and platform at SurreyFirst.ca
(Click on any of the images to open them in a pop-up viewer.)
In May 2014, at the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ convention, over 175 delegates from 41 BC Fire Fighter Union Locals, bestowed Mike Starchuk with an Honourary Membership to the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters’ Association (BCPFFA).
This honour was in recognition of his years of selfless work on behalf of his fellow fire fighters throughout the Province of British Columbia and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). Starchuk has worked tirelessly in assisting fire fighters with resolving work related injuries and in improving and maintaining their overall health and wellness. Surrey Fire Fighters’ Association President Mike McNamara stated, “Mike has been their anchor with his work and support of firefighters and their families, when they needed it most.”
You can read more about Mike’s selfless work on behalf of BC Fire Fighters, his community activism, and long history of volunteering and community involvement, here: https://surreyfirefighters.com/starchuk-bcpffa-honourary/
On November 3rd, Mike Starchuk and the Surrey First Team were honoured to be endorsed by the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Association, because of their support for Fire Fighters, and public safety issues.
You can read the full text of the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Association endorsement of Mike and the Surrey First Team, here: BCPFFA endorsement
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(It should be noted that this endorsement is in addition to the previously given endorsement by the Surrey Fire Fighters – Local 1271, of Mike Starchuk and current Surrey First City Council members)
The research company that successfully called close elections in Alberta and Ontario says Surrey First mayoral candidate Linda Hepner leads Doug McCallum and Barinder Rasode among decided Surrey voters, and that 73 per cent of voters believe their city is better today than it was nine years ago.
Innovative Research Group’s Greg Lyle said his firm’s survey puts Linda Hepner at 40 per cent support among decided voters, McCallum at 33 and Rasode at 22. The telephone poll, which took place October 6-12, also said that reducing crime was the most important issue at 36 per cent, followed by keeping property taxes low at 16 per cent. Other issues included reducing traffic congestion, more open government, reducing spending and attracting jobs. The survey noted that about one-third of Surrey voters are undecided.
Commissioned by Surrey First, the Innovative Research survey also has Linda Hepner leading McCallum and Rasode in terms of “net favorable” results, with Rasode coming out ahead of McCallum in this important category. The “favourable” question asks voters to rate candidates on a scale ranging from strongly favourable to strongly unfavourable. Linda Hepner has a net favourable rating among Surrey voters of 25 per cent, Rasode has 15 per cent and McCallum has just 2 per cent. After nine years in office, outgoing Surrey First Mayor Dianne Watts has a net favourable rating of 63 per cent.
“Dianne Watts’ legacy in Surrey is a big factor among voters because people feel good about her and their city,” said Lyle. “One of the most interesting things about the race in Surrey is just how many voters like the direction their city is taking, and how much they tie that feeling to their outgoing mayor and the team she’s lead.”
Lyle also expressed concerns about the recent online poll that put McCallum ahead in the mayoralty race, saying online polls also predicted the NDP would win big in British Columbia’s last provincial election.
“Relying on online surveys for elections is risky, and their failure to get it right was highlighted in British Columbia during the last provincial election,” noted Lyle, who polls nationally for major Canadian media outlets. “We pioneered the use of online polls in Canadian elections during the 2006 federal election and they can be useful, but we are careful to validate online results with telephone surveys to verify the reliability of the online sample. The industry’s own professional association notes that ‘Online survey participants are self-selected, meaning that a margin of sampling error cannot be calculated or quoted for online panel research studies. Using margin of sampling error to describe the accuracy of online polling is misleading, and prohibited under MRIA’s Code of Conduct.’”
Mike Starchuk is running for City Councillor, in his hometown of Surrey, BC.
This website has information about Mike, his career in firefighting and his love for, and commitment to, the City of Surrey.
It also contains information about the Surrey First team – a coalition of independent, non-partisan, community voices working together to build a better Surrey.
Mike has, throughout his career as a Surrey Fire Fighter, always been involved and worked in the community. With your support, he would like to continue that work, by representing Surrey on City Council.