It is a grassroots movements by people who are left with not many options other than taking things into their own hands.
A handful of us in Surrey initiated it. We do plan to contest and win the municipal
council election of Surrey in 2018. We are looking for qualified people to join us,
whether to volunteer or to run for the council with us in Oct 2018. Doors are open
Our values form our code of conduct. They provide us the foundation for our actions and decisions. They provide the supporting rational required to explain our actions and decisions to people. These values are the permanent part of “PEOPLE FIRST Surrey”.
Our priorities here are what we came up so far. However we are continuing to refine these with input from people. So we provide electronic and in person sessions for people to provide their feedback. Please see our contact us page and open house schedule.
We also request community groups to organize additional open houses at their location so that we can discuss these and refine.
By September/October we plan to finalise these and call it a “xx point plan”. Then if we get control of the council, we will aggressively proceed with implementation of these priorities. We will work with other governmental bodies and municipalities to implement these.
Rajesh Jayaprakash is a technologist who use his expertise to advance the use of technology for betterment of all. A software architect by profession, he made key contributions in the use of technologies that advance consumer privacy and informed consent in the digital world. His paper on this was presented and discussed in many global telecommunication forums. With a master’s degree in computer applications and having worked in US and Canada for a decade and half, he moved to Surrey and settled here. Currently he work for a telecom major in Canada as a software architect.
On the social front, Rajesh was instrumental in starting a small ethnic section in Surrey libraries. Having run a library from the trunk of his car for few years and driving around to deliver and pick up books, he convinced city libraries to start a community library section. It took four years of persuasion to get it done across various libraries in lower mainland! Rajesh was also the director of a community association and started programs to support school students in guiding their college selections, cultural integration of community to Canada etc. Rajesh is also big supporter of performing arts and an avid community volunteer at grassroots level.
Having seen the bad choices Surrey City is making, like LRT, and in general politics is getting greatly influenced by campaign donations, he decided to roll up the sleeves and do what he can. He started the PEOPLE FIRST slate with four fundamental principles and clear guidelines for implementing those. On priorities, PEOPLE FIRST is committed to bringing Skytrain to Surrey, using technology to increase efficiency of police for and re-allocating such saved resources to fight gangs. PEOPLE FIRST proposes that housing affordability and greenspaces can both move forward at the same time using green development approaches and reforestation. PEOPLE FIRST also proposes that efficiency and transparency in the city hall can also be greatly improved by using technology in a better way. Please see website peoplefirstsurrey.ca and facebook & youtube channels of PEOPLE FIRST SURREY for details.
A long time Surrey resident Prof. Kuldip Pelia is an accounting tutor turned social activist. He has been teaching Accounting and Finance in Toronto and Vancouver colleges for the past ten years. He also teach Hindi & Punjabi in his spare time. He got to know the struggles of common man as he built up his career in Canada as he worked in security and retail positions in his earlier years. The last four years, he researched on LRT Vs Skytrain and was bringing out the facts. A staunch opponent of LRT and supporter of Skytrain, he wrote to politicians of all levels about issues with LRT and the need for skytrain in these years. Having realized being part of politics is the only way to do something about it, he joined PEOPLE FIRST Surrey and running for Surrey city Councillor position
Thampy Rajan is a lifelong educator, avid community volunteer, parish elder, publisher and so on. He wore many hats over the decades living in Surrey. Thampy is currently a small business owner living in Fleetwood with his wife. His experience as an educator across four countries over the decades gives him a clear perspective on how to support future generations. He was the publisher of a business news magazine 'Biz News' in 2003-2004 in Surrey. He also served in many community associations as director and helped hundreds of new families settle their lives in Canada. Having his grown up kids moved away and settled, he want to take his community service to next level by serving in the city council.
Let's meet in person and discuss what is important to you. Let us explain our proposals and have an open and honest conversation about those. In addition to the usual door knocking and social media channels, we like to discuss our agenda in person with you at our open houses. We will make every effort to have an open house in all communities of Surrey.