Mayor Watts

Mayor Watts – Looking Forward to the New Year

Mayor Watts gave us an early Christmas present when she announced she would be running for another term as Mayor of Surrey and not jumping into Provincial politics.

Over the last five years, Watts has grown into her role a Mayor and leader for our City. Recently she was recognized worldwide as the 4th best Mayor in the World.

When asked what her immediate plans are, she replied, “The redevelopment of our town centres and the City Centre certainly is top of mind. The transportation issues are absolutely key and making sure that our Economic Investment Action Plan is really positioned in a way where we are attracting the jobs that we need to have within the City of Surrey to insure that our population has jobs close to home”

Watts has identified “the funding of transportation and the need for extensive transportation South of the Fraser” as the key challenges looking forward to 2011.

“The challenge is that mega projects were implemented in other areas of the Lower Mainland which we all support. Now is the time for South of the Fraser to have that infrastructure. We can be very innovative and very flexible. We don’t need these multibillion dollar Cadillac infrastructure pieces. We can do a lot with looking in our community and looking at how we connect it internally because 80% of the trips are within the South of the Fraser region.”

Surrey is investing in City Centre with the new Library and City Hall. There are plans for a performing arts centre and the eventual relocation of the North Surrey Arena. The City will continue to invest special events, like Fusion Fest and Winterfest. But the City can’t do everything. 

“I would definitely like to partner with both the provincial and federal governments on a performing arts centre, on a convention centre and most certainly looking at different types of infrastructure. We have been very lucky in terms of securing dollars for roads and bridges and that type of hard infrastructure but now we need to look at our arts and culture.”

 With a young and growing population, Watts identifies education as another challenge for the upcoming year. “We really need to make sure that we are properly funded in terms of education and capital plans for building additional schools.”

Another project Watts has identified for 2011 is the entrance or gateway to Surrey from New Westminster. “One of the areas that we really need to foster is the businesses in the Bridgeview area. I think that has continued to be a challenge and working more closely with those businesses is key to all of us moving forward. “

When talking about the people of Surrey, Watts feels that “In the City of Surrey we are extraordinarily blessed to have the kind of volunteers and the business community that we have. I think that in everything that we do, from creating events and festivals, business events, everybody participates. It speaks to the Surrey Spirit and who we are as a community. I am very proud what we have been able to accomplish over the years and I would encourage people to continue with that, because the most valuable thing you can give of yourself is time.”

Watts has modest personal goals for 2011. “I’m looking forward to some time off with my family. As we know next year is an election year so I’ll have my little break in the spring and that is about it.”

Big Rigs for Kids

Big Rigs for Kids Parade Poster 2010 low res

This Sunday, December 5 there is a new event happening at Holland Park. Lighted Big Rigs from around BC will be arriving in Downtown Surrey at 6:30 and will be staying until just after 8 pm.

In addition to special guests, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, there will be music, facepainting and other surprises.

Bring an unwrapped toy or some non-perishable food or even cash donations. The Surrey Christmas Bureau and the Surrey Food Bank will be on hand to collect your contributions.

Together we can create a more sustainable Downtown Surrey!

The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (DSBIA) recognizes that, as sustainability has grown in importance within the City of Surrey and the Lower Mainland as a whole, there are many opportunities for business to get involved in initiatives and work towards greater sustainability.

It’s not about being perfectly sustainable tomorrow – it’s about making more sustainable choices more often. Putting sustainability on your to do list can help you save money on your energy, water and waste bills as well as help you attract the growing number of consumers that would rather buy sustainable products and services.

How can you get started? Assess where you are at and set goals for the future. For example, if you want to tackle energy use, first you should measure your current energy usage and set a goal for reduction (ex: 10% reduction over the following year).

See the list below for a sample of the many tips and resources available to businesses. Pick one…get started today!


  • Upgrade to energy efficient technology and save money on your energy bill! (lights, refrigerators, stoves etc.
    • Get a rebate from BC Hydro’s Product Incentive Program  or 1 866 522 4731 Example: BC Hydro offers a $55 incentive for businesses to upgrade from a Incandescent Exit Sign to a LED Exit Sign
  • Turn off appliances when not in use
  • Plug everything into a switchable power bar and switch off at night
  • Improve the insulation of your building – ex caulk / weather strip windows and doors
  • Check out more tips: Power Smart Tips for saving energy in your business
  • Restaurants, check out Restaurant Energy Saving Tips (Washington State University Extension Energy Program)


  • Default your printer to double sided printing
  • Buy products with less packaging
  • Buy recycled materials – ex paper products: recycled printing paper, napkins, toilet paper
  • Consider recycling non refundable plastics and metal
  • Restaurants: be sure to recycle your oil 
  • Restaurants: offer optional smaller portions on your menu, provide incentives for people to bring their own take out containers
  • Check out other waste reduction tips at: Quick Tips: Waste Prevention Ideas That Save You $$$
  • Restaurants also check out: Food for thought – Waste reduction in the Restaurant Industry (Greater Vancouver Regional District)





Feel free to leave your comments, questions, or suggestions below!

Movies Under the Stars – Updated!

For those of you who were looking forward to seeing Wizard of Oz on August 7th, be prepared to dust off your ruby slippers & follow the Yellow Brick Road!

Wizard of Oz has been rescheduled to Friday August 20 at Holland Park!

See below for the updated schedule on our poster:

Come join us next week (August 14) for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!

There will be library story telling, spaghetti eating contest, and more!

Wizard of Oz Postponed

Due to the rainy weather we are experiencing, today’s (August 7th) Movies Under the Stars featuring Wizard of Oz will be POSTPONED until further notice. We will announce the new date for Wizard of Oz when we can!

We still have THREE more movies nights every Saturday in August!

Please join us for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball next week (August 14) in Holland Park! 🙂

New Downtown Surrey BIA Website

Welcome to the new Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association website!

New fresh and professional look? Check.

Visually appealing? Check.

Event Calendar? Check.

E-mail newsletter sign up? Check.

Interactivity? Check.

Awesome photo gallery? Check.

Blog? Check. Check. Check!

This new website will afford more functionality, and be a great source of information for visitors, community members, and DSBIA members. Exciting new features coming soon include a business directory and a video web series!

Art-ing and Craft-ing at Surrey’s Fusion Festival

Surrey’s Fusion Festival is here!  And the Downtown Surrey BIA is headed there with a boxful of crafts and a bag full of fun.  Join us for a day of fusion-inspired activities, events and entertainment.

Surrey Fusion Festival 2010 will be Surrey’s largest two-day multicultural celebration with more than 25 international pavilions celebrating music, food and culture. Watch headline performances on three stages: World Music Stage, Celebration Stage and Cultural Community Stage, all taking place in Central City’s beautiful urban park.

So far, confirmed headliners for Saturday include Arrested Development and Brasstronaut, and headliners for Sunday include Lehmber Hussainpuri and Grapes of Wrath‘s original line up.

Fusion Festival runs July 17th and 18th, 2010 at Surrey’s magnificent Holland Park located at King George Boulevard and Old Yale Road.  This is the largest multicultural event in Surrey’s history! More than 60,000 people attended this FREE outdoor festival in 2009 and we are expecting 70,000 in 2010.

Visit the Fusion Festival website for more information.

Happy 143rd Birthday Canada!

Canada Day with the City!

Surrey’s 2010 Canada Day Celebration at the Cloverdale Amphitheatre promises to be another incredible day of activities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy!  The Downtown Surrey BIA is setting up a booth with crafts, information and maybe a sweet treat or two.  ’80’s Canadian rock band Honeymoon Suite headline the day’s celebrations.  Other Canadian acts in the lineup include Ridley Bent, Jessie Farrell, Odds, Stereos and Dragonette.  And for those who are young, or young at heart, beloved children’s songstress Charlotte Diamond will be there to perform her hit songs.

Join the city of Surrey as we say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our great nation!

Visit the Canada Day website for more information!

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