Minutes of Meeting, March 20, 2008


Present: Bonnie Burnside (Whalley CA), Rick Hart (Fleetwood CA), Dave Moffat (Country Woods Residents Association), Barb Paton (Semiahmoo RA), Wally Sandvoss (Port Kells CA), Rob Terris (Tynehead CA/Guildford Community Partners), Fred Weber (Ocean Park CA), Velma Wilson (Cloverdale CA), Rosemary Zelinka (Elgin Ratepayers and Coordinator for Surrey ASC).


1. Appointment of Chair

Fred Weber was appointed Chair for this meeting.


2. Guest Speaker

Al Vigoda, the Executive Director of Vibrant Surrey explained the role of his organization as encouraging poverty reduction using the community development model and collaborative efforts; carrying out research into innovative ideas to reduce poverty; and encouraging community learning. The organization believes in broad social inclusion and has developed a strategic plan that identifies a number of targets, such as supporting 1,000 households as they move from surviving to thriving by 2010. There are a number of other vibrant cities in Canada, e.g. Vibrant Winnipeg. Half of its funding is provided by a foundation and half by the United Way, Coast Capital Savings, and VanCity Community Foundation.


Vibrant Surrey has a Board of Directors and also an operating committee, with representation from all three levels of government, from funders, from SFU and Kwantlen College and from community service agencies. It plays a mainly facilitating role, in bringing community groups together with potential funders and core resources.

There was discussion as to how Surrey ASC could interconnect with Vibrant Surrey. The potential to share information and distribute it via respective e-mail lists and websites was discussed and agreed in principle.


3. Minutes of Previous Meeting

Moved by Barb Paton and seconded by Bonnie Burnside, that the Minutes of the February meeting be approved as circulated. CARRIED


4. Business arising from the Minutes

(a) It was reported that considerable progress is being made on the preparations for the workshop “Building Strong Communities” on May 12. Jim Diers, former Director of Seattle’s Neighbourhood Dept. who is known throughout W. Canada and U.S. as a motivational speaker on community building, has been engaged as the guest speaker. Rick Hart has arranged for us to use the main hall in the Fleetwood Community Centre which can seat 100-200 people. Part of the foyer will be available for community associations to have displays of their successes and programs. Rick will investigate liability insurance to cover the event.

(b) The United Way has confirmed that we will be receiving a grant of $20,000 to further our work program. The Coordinator will express our thanks to the United Way when returning the signed letter of agreement.

(c) Regarding Surrey’s Beautification Program, Bonnie Burnside and Rick Hart advised that they had met with its Coordinator, Renate Gepraegs, and discussed establishing a task force to assist her. The first meeting of this group will be on March 26. Bonnie and Rick will keep us informed of progress.


5. Other Business

(a) Wally Sandvoss advised that he had made a shortened presentation to his fellow members of the City’s Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC), and handed out copies of his full presentation.

(b) Bonnie Burnside reported on the Mayor’s State of Surrey Address. Apparently the Sustainability Charter will involve more public consultation and will not now come forward to Council until the summer. The Mayor also indicated that City Hall will be moved to the Surrey Downtown.

(c) There was some discussion on making a presentation to Council suggesting that the City should provide funds for some small neighbourhood beautification projects, as per Fred Kent’s presentation from last year. It was agreed that this suggestion may also come out of our Workshop and should be timed to allow for that possibility.

(d) Fred Weber reported that aircraft noise issues in South Surrey are ongoing and the City has hired a consultant to advice it.

(e) Rob Terris expressed concerns that new transit buses are sitting in Newton without drivers or routes.


6. Next Meeting

The next meeting of Surrey ASC will be held at 7.00 pm, Thursday April 16, at Port Kells Community Hall


7. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9.20 pm.