SAFE Surrey Coalition mayoral candidate Doug McCallum said on Monday that he’s very pleased to welcome Laurie Guerra to the Safe Surrey Coalition.
“As the eighth Council candidate nominated Laurie completes the coalition. This creates balance with four women and four me all of them bringing unique and valuable perspectives to the table,” McCallum said.
“Laurie has long track record of being involved with organizations that make a positive difference. I look forward to working with her and everyone on the Safe Surrey Coalition. Together we will build a city you can be proud of.”
The other Safe Surrey Coalition candidates for Council are Jack Hundial, former RCMP Staff-Sergeant, Steven Pettigrew, local activist and leader of the Save Hawthorne Park group, former minister of state Brenda Locke, prominent businessman Mandeep Nagra, Doug Elford, who quit as president of the Surrey Community Alliance to join McCallum’s party, lawyer Bableen Rana, and Dr. Allison Patton, a distinguished community physician.
Laurie has lived in Surrey for 27 years. She currently resides in Fleetwood with her husband and five children.
Safe Surrey Coalition noted: “She has solid small business experience, both locally and internationally. On council she will be a strong voice for good fiscal management. The city’s financial position has deteriorated with Surrey First. It needs to improve.
“Guerra is also concerned about public safety. She has been a director at Surrey Crime Prevention Society for the past four years and is an active participant in her local community as captain of her neighborhood Block Watch.
“She also held the position of Chair of the Community Council for Surrey – under the Ministry for Children and Family Development – Community Living (CLBC) branch.
“But, the cause closest to her home is autism. Eighteen years ago, at the age of five, her son was diagnosed with autism. Ever since then, Laurie has been a director of the Autism Society of British Columbia; chairing the Community Networking Committee through the ASBC and facilitating the Surrey Parent Support Group for the organization; she has sat on the executive as Secretary for two terms, Vice-President for two terms, President for two terms and currently serving as a Director of AutismBC.”