SURREY â€” While Coun. Barinder Rasode hasnâ€™t confirmed whether sheâ€™ll run as a mayoral candidate or as a councillor in Novemberâ€™s election, she says either way, sheâ€™ll let the concerns of the people develop her platform.
Rasode is opening a â€œcommunity hubâ€ this Saturday, intended to be a gathering place for people to connect, host events, showcase local art and have conversations about concerns in the city.
â€œTo build on the work and the relationship that has existed over the years in Surrey with the community associations and residents and business associations, I want to provide a place to not only gather, but a place for creativity and dialogue,â€ Rasode said. â€œI want to hear from residents what their priorities and concerns are, in terms of developing what a platform will be for November.â€
Rasode also plans to take the concept out on the streets for what sheâ€™s calling a â€œlistening tour.â€
â€œWeâ€™re also going to do a pop-up presence,â€ she said. â€œItâ€™s creating a presence going to listen to people where they are: So whether itâ€™s walking on the beach on a Sunday or sitting in a park, and just listening.
â€œI think thatâ€™s really valuable.â€
Rasode said she doesnâ€™t think platforms should be â€œdeveloped in a boardroom,â€ but rather, â€œby the people.â€
She plans to run her â€œlistening tourâ€ throughout the summer.
At the hub, Rasode plans to hold events every Wednesday night. A weekly schedule will be posted on the Surrey Community Hub Facebook page.
Music performances are planned, as well as a hackathon and a variety of other events. And Rasode said community groups are welcome to use the space for meetings.
â€œI want people to have a place to gather, to connect and to have open conversations,â€ she said. â€œIt just felt like a natural thing to do.â€
The launch of the community hub is set for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with local singer songwriter Joe Given performing. The hub is located at #103 15385 Highway 10 (Sullivan Square).