Surrey’s new councillors: Seven from Safe Surrey Coalition, one from Surrey First



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Posted by Safe Surrey Coalition 2018 on Sunday, October 21, 2018





Brenda Locke


(40,235 votes)


Former minister of state Locke has a high level of proven experience and a solid track record. She’s lived in Surrey for 38 years and raised her children there.  She has volunteered in many capacities including with the Surrey Urban Mission as Vice Chair. Locke also represented Surrey as MLA and served as Minister of State for Mental Health and Addiction Service while she was in government.

Locke has over 25 years of experience as an executive director where she advanced high profile issues province-wide. Her skills include developing strategic partnerships and building bridges between organizations. Locke has worked for and with various levels of government, plus non-profit agencies as well as businesses.

Locke, when she joined Safe Surrey Coalition, said: “I want to fix City Hall so that it responds to everyone in Surrey in a fair, open and transparent way – and I have the background and experience from my previous roles as executive director and as cabinet minister and MLA to achieve that.”



Doug Elford


(38,862 votes)


Elford quit as president of the Surrey Community Alliance to join McCallum’s Safe Surrey Coalition. McCallum called Elford is a grassroots community activist with an established track record.

Elford said: “Surrey urgently needs to focus on housing affordability, homelessness, public safety and crime reduction, improved transit, and financial responsibility.”



Laurie Guerra


(33,786 votes)


McCallum, while introducing Guerra as the Safe Surrey Coalition’s eight council candidate, said: “Laurie has long track record of being involved with organizations that make a positive difference.” Guerra 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.”

Guerra 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.



Jack Hundial


(33,631 votes)


McCallum, while introducing Hundial as a council candidate for Safe Surrey Coalition, noted: “Jack Hundial retired recently after an impressive 25-year career as a police officer. His last posting was with the Surrey RCMP as a Staff-Sergeant. Jack is the right person to have on council as we shift to the local police force that Surrey needs.”

He added: “He has a track record of proven experience working on provincial policing programs. For three years Jack was with the BC Police Services as a Risk and Security Manager. Jack understands the best practices that other municipal police forces currently have in place. He knows what’s needed to build Surrey’s own police force and to ensure that it’s ready to tackle the gangs and gun crimes.”

Hundial said: “I’ve raised my family in Chimney Heights and I’ve been involved in the community including volunteering on several City committees and as a board member of the Progressive Intercultural Community Society (PICS).

“I’ve recently become a small business owner with a new restaurant in Clayton Heights. I understand the frustration caused by delays in permitting and the difficulty accessing services in the City.”

He added: “As your Councillor, I will help the City develop a City of Surrey Ethics Commissioner and Ombudsperson. Through this initiative, citizens of Surrey can be sure that the Mayor, Council and senior staff are held accountable to the citizens when allegation of corruption and wrong-doing are identified.”



Dr. Allison Patton


(32,913 votes)


When she joined the Safe Surrey Coalition, Patton said: “As a community physician for over 17 years, I see the symptoms my patients suffer with and I understand what the root causes are. I’m running for council so I can address these root causes and help the citizens of Surrey can live better, longer lives. I have a unique perspective that should be part of smart development guidelines.”

She added:  “In 2010, I completed my Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Leadership from Royal Roads University. Upon graduation I was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal for the most outstanding thesis in the University.

“My father was an educator and my mother was a nurse; I grew up in an environment where helping people was the norm. Over the years I’ve taken the time to listen to and understand.”



Linda Annis


(32,774 votes)


Annis will be the only councillor to represent Surrey First. She is Executive Director of Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers and is also Chair of the Zajac Ranch for Children, Vice-Chair of Osteoporosis Canada, and a member of the board of Semiahmoo House. In addition, Linda is an active volunteer with Peace Arch Hospital and the Nature Trust of BC, and she is a member of Kwantlen’s criminology curriculum advisory committee.

Just days before the municipal election, Annis, who resides in south Surrey, announced she wanted to put a hold on the current development proposal for Surrey’s Rosemary Heights pending “broader community consultation” and “a more in-depth review” of the neighbourhood’s traffic, environmental and public amenity concerns. McCallum and the Safe Surrey Coalition (SSC) had announced last month that they would not allow the  development proposal for Surrey’s Rosemary Heights to pass.

That move probably helped her win, though it made Surrey First look bad.



Steven Pettigrew


(30,644 votes)


McCallum, while introducing Pettigrew as a council candidate for Safe Surrey Coalition, said: “Steven Pettigrew is a local activist who fought to save Hawthorne Park from Surrey First’s misguided plans. Steven stood up when Tom Gill’s party started to ram their pet project through this environmentally sensitive park.”

He added: “Our Safe Surrey Coalition will benefit from having Steven’s voice on council reminding us of our promise of smart development. The people of Surrey will be heard. Their opinions and concerns will be well represented.”

Pettigrew said: “I have been living in Guildford for 17 years with my wife and two sons, whom I home schooled until they graduated. I have also taught programming for the last 20 years. For 12 years I’ve served as a strata council board member and I also served my neighbourhood as a Block Watch captain for 14 years. I continue to be actively involved in my church.

“More recently I’m the leader of the Save Hawthorne Park organization. Through the Save Hawthorne Park campaign, I’ve become painfully aware of the many shortcomings in city policies and politics. I’ve spent countless hours talking with many of you and getting your feedback about how the city can be improved.

“For the last six months I have immersed myself in city business by attending committee meetings and learning how the city works.”



Mandeep Nagra


(29,959 votes)


McCallum said he was excited to work with Nagra, when he introduced him as a council candidate, noting: “He has a proven business background and a sharp mind. Nagra will fit in well with the Safe Surrey Coalition’s approach of getting results instead of more studies. He’s a creative thinker who focuses on effective solutions.”

Nagra has extensive business experience including building the family’s growing chain of Fraserview Meat stores.

Nagra said he wanted to run for councillor because Surrey is the city where he and his wife are raising their family in, adding:  “Doug McCallum and I share the same vision for this city’s transportation, schools and policing and that’s why I chose to run with him and the Safe Surrey Coalition.”