The Summit will be a two-way dialogue where participants can discuss ideas, gather information, and learn more about the city.
“The Summit will allow us to engage the community and connect with people in a really inclusive way,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “We want to use this opportunity to create a dialogue and share information about important initiatives in our city.”
The event is taking place on April 6, 2013 from 9am – 4pm at SFU Surrey and the keynote speaker will be Gord Hume, one of Canada’s leading voices on municipal government, cultural planning and creative cities. Participants will also hear from Jason Roberts, an urban planning consultant and founder of the Better Block Project, a unique campaign to help revitalize neighbourhoods. Following the keynote, panel sessions will be held on a variety of topics, including:
- Municipal 101 – Getting to Know City Hall
- Community Gardens & Urban Gardening
- Where’s the Family?
- Welcoming Community for New Canadians
- Surrey 2050 – The Vision
- Connecting with Youth Today
- Sustainability in Surrey – What’s happening in your neighbourhood?
- Becoming a Community Leader
- Vibrant Neighbourhoods Block by Block
- Connecting Neighbours
- City Beautification
- Identifying Community Assets and Resources
“The Summit will bring together community leaders, urban planning experts and the public in order to create an interactive forum for meaningful dialogue and collaboration,” says Councillor Barinder Rasode, Chair of the Community Summit. “The event is the latest in a series of consultation events designed to open up the channels of communication.”
The event is a result of feedback received during a series of Town Hall meetings held in 2012, where residents requested the City host a community forum. It is part of Surrey’s new community consultation framework, which was established in 2011 by a committee comprised of representatives from 38 community associations. This framework is now used as a basis for communications between the City, community groups, residents and businesses.
For more information, and/or to register, please visit: www.surrey.ca/engagement or #SurreySummit. Space is limited and the cost is $12 per person (includes lunch).