City of Surrey
I am the Middle Childhood and Healthy Communities Manager at the City of Surrey. In this role, I oversee a range of portfolios, including volunteerism, community engagement, and support to people with disabilities. I have worked with middle childhood/school-aged portfolios for the past ten years. I also co-chair our community’s Middle Childhood Matters committee, and see the benefit of the MDI as a service provider, a government partner, and a parent of school-aged children. While I have managed many areas of service delivery, from programs for the early years to those for seniors, immigrants/newcomers, and at-risk youth, middle childhood is an area I am passionate about. I see so much untapped potential – both from the lens of the child and as a service provider/policy maker.
As Surrey is just now collecting MDI data for the first time, I am curious what we will uncover about our Surrey children. I have been able to move programs, training, and policy forward by adopting the data of other nearby communities in previous years, and now it’s time to act based on our own Surrey data. It’s an exciting time!
I hope that MDI data can become a catalyst for innovation in Surrey. The data will provide an opportunity to understand our community children better, find ways for organizations to weave services together and bridge delivery gaps, to harness leadership potential to boost advocacy, and help to create training opportunities so children have a consistent and seamless experience, no matter where they go!