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Councillor Steele

About Barbara

I have a deep sense of pride in Surrey, where I have lived for 30 years and raised my family. It has been a pleasure to serve as a City Councillor since 1998 and help shape the positive future of the city.

Through my previous career of working with vulnerable adults throughout B.C., I have seen first hand the deplorable treatment that many of our seniors receive at the hands of those they trust. It is my commitment to ensure the rights of seniors in our community are recognized and that those in need of assistance receive it.  Knowledge gained through community engagement and seniors forums has committed the City of Surrey to a leadership role in the development of resources that will be available to the vast increase in the seniors population.

Initiatives to enhance the quality of life for all walks of life: senior, youth and adults, is an overarching focus within my work.

My work as Chair of Metro Vancouver's Aboriginal Community has allowed me the privilege of being the local government representative at the Katzie treaty table where we are building awareness and fostering growth of positive relations as we move toward reconciliation.

My previous involvement within the Performing Arts provides me with a profound appreciation for the Arts and Cultural development.  Moreover, having produced 17 shows, my perspective from a performance management lens quantifies this appreciation for the many components that contribute to the final production.

My commitment to making Surrey stronger, safer and healthier doesn’t end in my own neighbourhood but is extended to Regional and Provincial levels.  My participation as Chair of the Community Safety & Cime Prevention Committee of the BC Caucus of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) provides the vehicle for change within the City of Surrey; Executive Board Member of Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM); FCM Executive Board Member; Past President of the Lower Mainland Local Government Association (LMLGA); Past President of the UBCM.

Key Projects

  • Advocating for Surrey’s seniors;
  • Reducing crime and increasing public safety;
  • Improving road and public transit infrastructure;
  • Balancing growth and new jobs with the preservation of green space;
  • Redefining the funding relationship between cities and senior levels of government.

Committees & Community Groups (Surrey & Metro Vancouver)

  • Police Committee
  • Seniors Advisory & Accessibility Committee (Chair)
  • Investment & Innovation
  • Finance Committee
  • Metro Vancouver Board of Directors (Director)
  • Metro Vancouver Regional Planning
  • Aboriginal Affairs (Chair)
  • Local Government Representative on the Katzie Treaty Table
  • Metro Vancouver Intergovernmental and Finance
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities


  • UBCM Executive - Past President
  • Facilitated/organized five forums focused on educating seniors and their families about how to prevent elder abuse;
  • Advocated for quality care and housing of seniors throughout Surrey;
  • Tirelessly promoted parks, recreation opportunities and culture improvements in the city;
  • Participated in regular RCMP events/meetings to gain knowledge about crime reduction operations;
  • Past President of the Surrey Arts Council.

Contact Info

Office Phone: (604) 591-4623

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