Born in Victoria and raised in the then Surrey neighbourhood of White Rock, Gordie Hogg was a Surrey MLA and Surrey MP for more than 22 years. Gordie began his career as a youth probation officer in Whalley, and he and his wife, LaVerne, were local foster parents for six years and billet parents for young hockey players with the Surrey Eagles for 12 years. An avid sportsman, Gordie coached little league and founded Kidsport Surrey. Today, Gordie continues to serve on a number of community boards and organizations including KidsSport, Food Banks of BC, and Brella Community Services (formerly Seniors Come Share Society), which provides services to seniors. Gordie is also a volunteer with several local non-profits, as well as “Disability without Poverty”, a national organization.
Councillor Linda Annis was elected to Surrey City Council in 2018, and also serves as Executive Director of Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers. In addition to her public safety work, Linda is past chair of Osteoporosis Canada, and is on the board of the Surrey Cares Foundation. Linda has served on the boards of UNITI (Semiahmoo House) and Zajac Ranch for Children. She is a Surrey Library Board trustee, represents the City of Surrey on the board of Metro Vancouver, chairs Surrey’s Heritage Committee, is a member of council’s Community Services Committee, and is the city council liaison for SAFE (Surrey Anti-Gang Family Empowerment Program).Learn more about Linda Annis. Click here to view video.
Bilal Cheema and his young family live in Chimney Heights. Bilal always finds time to serve the community, volunteering with a number of organizations, both locally and internationally. He especially enjoys mentoring and working with youth. Over the years he has been an advisor to several federal ministers, including Health, Fisheries and Oceans, and Immigration. Bilal has also served as a negotiator for the government of Canada on such issues as resources and First Nations self-government. He brings a strong understanding of government decision making and knows the importance and value of practical partnerships with federal and provincial governments to a growing city like Surrey. At the same time, Bilal and his wife, Sana, have three small children, and he understands the important livability issues and challenges facing young families in Surrey each day.Learn more about Bilal Cheema. Click here to view video.
Mary-Em Waddington lives in Clayton with her two children and is Executive Director of the BC Technology for Learning Society which collects, refurbishes and redistributes computers and laptops to schools, libraries and low-income families. Mary-Em has held leadership positions on various community boards including Surrey Hospice Society, Recycling Council of BC, and Canadian Parents for French. She understands the necessity of youth having a variety of opportunities, from technology to activities, and her passion for sustainability, equity, and transparency will help ensure a new city council hears from as many creative voices as possible at city hall.Learn more about Mary-Em Waddington. Click here to view video.
Paul Orazietti is a resident of Fraser Heights and a business graduate of Simon Fraser University. Paul spent 15 years in the advertising and marketing industries, before heading up BIAs in Downtown Chilliwack and Cloverdale over the past 26 years. A founding director of Tourism Surrey and the Surrey Heritage Society, which operates the BC Vintage Truck Museum, Paul and Surrey First Councillor Linda Annis are also founding directors of the upcoming Surrey Arts Festival, scheduled for 2023. Paul knows the value of strong neighbourhood economies, and how they can come together to build Surrey’s local and regional economy. At the same time, he recognizes the importance of knitting together Surrey’s economic growth, business development and cultural growth in ways that improve the livability of Surrey and each of its neighbourhoods.Learn more about Paul Orazietti. Click here to view video.
A graduate of Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary and the University of British Columbia, Ajit Mehat lives in South Surrey and spent 34 years in the public service of British Columbia, Ontario and Canada. For 17 years he worked as a senior executive at Canada’s Department of Justice, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Ajit’s national accomplishments include negotiating new legal aid agreements with the provinces and territories and developing a first ever Access to Justice funding program for addressing the needs of the territories. In BC, Ajit served as a human rights officer with the Ministry of Labour for five years and was a director general of policy and regulations development with WorkSafeBC. Ajit has also served as chair of the Merchant Seamen Compensation Board, and he has been on the boards of various community organizations, including Coast Mental Health, and the BC Association of Community Response Networks, which brings community agencies, businesses, government, and concerned citizens together to help stop adult abuse and neglect.Learn more about Ajit Mehat. Click here to view video.
Mike Bose of Cloverdale is a fourth generation Surrey farmer and was a member of the first student council at Kwantlen College. President of the Surrey Farmers Institute, Mike is a former director of the Surrey Hospital Foundation and is a member of the Surrey Cares Foundation. His extensive business background includes being chair of the Mutual Fire Insurance Company of British Columbia. Mike was a Cloverdale hockey coach for 30 years and his family’s fall corn maze is an annual attraction for local families.Learn more about Mike Bose. Click here to view video.
Sargy Chima is a proud hockey mom and a wife who has lived in Surrey for nearly 40 years. Over the years, she has lived in Guildford and Cloverdale, and currently she and her husband, Makhan, live in Whalley. Sargy is vice president of the Canada Employment and Immigration Union, representing 2000 members in BC, and her 20-year career with Service Canada has given her a chance to see our country through the eyes of Canadians from coast to coast to coast. A former member of the Surrey Parks and Recreation Committee, Sargy knows the city’s local neighbourhoods and just how important the city’s parks, pools and rinks are to families.Learn more about Sargy Chima. Click here to view video.
Kulwinder Saini lives in Surrey City Centre and is a graduate of the University of Victoria and Carleton University. He spent 25 years with the governments of Canada, Ontario, Alberta, and Nunavut, primarily as a policy analyst in such areas as healthcare, health promotion, education, and community and government services. Seven years ago, he joined the Saini Group of Companies, a family business involved in property management, and real estate development in Saskatchewan. Kulwinder’s community involvement includes being a neighbourhood volunteer with the Surrey Food Bank.Learn more about Kulwinder Saini. Click here to view video.