Surrey dreams up its future

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) — She grew up hearing people poke fun of the metro Vancouver city, but now a Surrey woman herself, Shauna Sylvester sees her neighbours as visionaries.

The executive director of Simon Fraser University’s Public Square organized a weekend event called Thrive with 150 community representatives to dream up what Surrey could look like in 15 years.

“Could Surrey have a major athletic team, a major centre for entertainment, have light rapid transit, attracting populations to come visit like downtown Vancouver does?” Sylvester said.

“The Surrey of 2030 is a place that has really wonderful parks and recreational facilities that are part of the city itself. It’s going to be a thriving job creator.”

Some of the future vision includes fostering Surrey into a hub of health and digital media innovation.

The ideas are now being compiled into a report ready for city councillors and the public to mull over.

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