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Social Policy Advisory Committee (SPAC)

The purpose of the Social Policy Advisory Committee (SPAC) is to provide advice to Council to enhance the social well-being of Surrey residents. The SPAC is formerly known as the Social Planning Advisory Committee.

Important Documents

SPAC Mandate

To advise and make recommendations to Council on policies, priorities, new initiatives and direction to maintain and improve the social well-being of Surrey residents.

  • To hear and respond to delegations by community groups, social service agencies and others and make recommendations to Council.
  • To advise and make recommendations to Council on the implementation of the Plan for the Social Well-Being of Surrey Residents.
  • To liaise, on behalf of Council, with public and private agencies including senior governments, to encourage the provision of programs and services for Surrey residents.
  • To facilitate and encourage collaboration and coordination between Surrey-based agencies and groups.
  • To consider other social planning issues as may be referred by Council.

 Current Themes

  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Children and Youth
  • Poverty Reduction
  • Urban Indigenous People
  • New Immigrants and Refugees
  • Social Innovation
  • Vulnerable Women and Girls
  • Other community/social issues and initiatives

Contact the City Clerk’s Office, at 604 591-4132 or email clerks@surrey.ca if you are interested in submitting information for the SPAC to review or are interested in appearing before the Committee as a delegation.

SPAC Members

The Committee is made up of 9 community members, one representative from Simon Fraser University, one representative from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, City staff (Social Planning) and a City Councillor appointed by Mayor.

Chair: Councillor Judy Villeneuve
Vice Chair: Councillor Vera LeFranc

Members:

  • Wafa Al-Jabiri
  • Steve Dooley
  • Christin Mohr
  • Michelle Shaw
  • Karanvir Thiara
  • Aimee Begalka
  • Manny Dhillon
  • Yvetto Guo
  • Danielle Jimeno
  • Mary Ellen Schaafsman
  • Mandeep Bains
  • Allie Keitlah (Youth Indigenous Representative)
  • Monie Tutt (Youth Representative)

Committee Structure

Committee members are appointed by City Council and serve for a 3-year term. When vacancies occur, the positions are advertised on the City's website and in local newspapers in October.

New members are appointed each December. Contact the City Clerk’s Office, at 604 591-4132 or email clerks@surrey.ca for more information.

Committee minutes

Minutes of meetings are recorded and forwarded to Regular Council meetings as information and, where recommendations are included in the minutes, for approval by City Council.
See this years' committee meeting minutes and all previous years in the drop downs below.

2017 Meeting Minutes

March 1, 2017 Minutes
May 17, 2017 Minutes
July 5, 2017 Minutes
September 6, 2017 Minutes