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City of Surrey Recognized for Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture at IAP2 Canada Core Values Awards

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September 28, 2018

Surrey, BC – On September 7, the City of Surrey’s Parks, Recreation & Culture (PRC) Strategic Plan 2018-2027 won the Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture Award at the 2018 International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Canada Core Values Awards.

The award recognized the city’s comprehensive community engagement process, which included feedback from over 5,000 residents and business owners, and more than 250 community groups.

“The 10-year PRC Strategic Plan sets the direction for the next decade by mapping out a vision of a healthy, green, inclusive community, where individuals, culture, and the environment thrive,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “With six distinct town centres and one of the most diverse and young populations in the region, we wanted to ensure the plan keeps pace with Surrey’s community values and growth.”

“The city made a committed effort to be open and transparent and ensure broad community involvement during the fourteen months of consultation,” said Councillor Bruce Hayne, chair of the Parks, Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee.  “We are honoured to receive the Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture award from IAP2. Given the importance of the plan, we really wanted to work hard to fully involve our diverse community and consider all engagement channels available to us.”

The plan, which was approved by Surrey City Council on May 28, outlines a ten-year vision to guide $357 million investment in major new initiatives and projects for parks, recreation and culture across the city. The community engagement process started in March 2017. It reached youth, seniors, indigenous communities and newcomers as well as multiple stakeholders and groups in the areas of arts, heritage, sports, parks, environmental stewardship and community services.

The plan is organized into five key themes: high quality parks and facilities for all, engaged and healthy community, vibrant and creative city, leader in environmental stewardship, and effective management of resources. As the City of Surrey moves forward with this vision, key updates to the plan’s progress will be provided online. See the PRC Strategic Plan webpage for more information.


For program information:

Laurie Cavan
General Manger
Parks, Recreation and Culture

For media interviews:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor