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Know Your Donor: Who funded Surrey First Education?

April 2, 2012 |

Following in the spirit of a similar series by our friends over at CityCaucus, we are delving into the numbers to see who funded the campaigns in the November municipal elections. You can view financial statements from all … Read More

Election candidates announced!

October 14, 2011 |

The deadline for candidacy for local office in Surrey has ended. Here’s the preliminary list of candidates for Mayor, Council, and School Board. Candidates can be legally challenged or can withdraw from the race for the next week.


Editor Paul Hillsdon running for School Board

September 26, 2011 |

Hey there readers of Civic Surrey!

I, Paul Hillsdon, the creator of this site, will be running for Surrey School Board in the November municipal elections. As some of you may know, I ran back in 2008 for City Council … Read More

Wither the Surrey Civic Coalition?

January 31, 2011 |

From left to right. Top row: Terry Allen, SEF; Reni Masi, SEF; Shawn Wilson, SEF; Ijaz Chatha, SCC. Bottom row: Laurie Larsen, SEF; Laurae McNally, independent White Rock rep; Pam Glass, SEF.

Last week, major political news broke when two Surrey Civic Coalition school trustees broke off from the left leaning political party to join the new, non-partisan coalition party Surrey Education First, modelled after Mayor Watts’ Surrey First team on City Council.

Former SCC trustees Laurie Larsen and Terry Allen join with former SET trustees Pam Glass, Shawn Wilson, and Reni Masi to become SEF. Only Ijaz Chatha remains as an SCC representative.

In news reports, SCC President and former Council candidate Stephanie Ryan was quoted as saying the defection reeked of “opportunism” and was a “betrayal of values“. With the SCC diminished to just one school trustee and one council member, and the party’s poor performance last election, I asked Stephanie where the SCC will go from here. Her unedited response is included below:
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SD36 HQ making construction progress [pics]

May 19, 2010 |

The School District’s new headquarters, officially known as the District Education and Conference Centre, is getting closer to completion. The $40 million LEED Gold project consists of a four-storey, 125,000 sq. ft. building that will house administration, district education … Read More

Surrey School District Education & Conference Centre [pics]

January 12, 2010 |

The Surrey DECC continues to move forward, with phase 1 construction well underway. The $40 million LEED Gold project will consist of a four-storey, 125,000 sq. ft. building that will house administration, district education programs, and meeting spaces. Phase … Read More

Surrey election ’08 results

November 17, 2008 |

In order of most votes. Full results can be seen at the City’s website. 


  • Dianne Watts (Surrey First)


  • Judy Villeneuve (Surrey First)
  • Tom Gill (Surrey First)
  • Barbara Steele (Surrey First)
  • Linda Hepner (Surrey First)
  • Mary Martin (Surrey First)
  • Barinder … Read More

Help name new elementary schools!

April 4, 2008 |

The Surrey Board of Education is welcoming public submissions for names of three new elementary schools:

  • Clayton Centre Area: 19077 – 70 Avenue (Site #203) Scheduled to open in 2009
  • North West Cloverdale Area: 18228 – 68 Avenue (Site … Read More