Rasode opens ‘community hub’

SURREY – While Coun. Barinder Rasode hasn’t confirmed whether she’ll run as a mayoral candidate or as a councillor in November’s election, she says either way, she’ll let the concerns of the people develop her platform.

 

Rasode opened a "community hub" on Saturday, intended to be a gathering place for people to connect, host events, showcase local art and have conversations about concerns in the city.

 

"To 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," Rasode said. "I want to hear from residents what their priorities and concerns are, in terms of developing what a platform will be for November."

 

Rasode also plans to take the concept out on the streets for what she’s calling a "listening tour."

 

"We’re also going to do a pop-up presence," she said. "It’s creating a presence going to listen to people where they are: So whether it’s walking on the beach on a Sunday or sitting in a park, and just listening.

 

"I think that’s really valuable." Rasode said she doesn’t think platforms should be "developed in a boardroom," but rather, "by the people."

 

She plans to run her "listening tour" throughout the summer.

 

At the hub, located at #103-15385 Highway 10, 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 hack-a-thon and a variety of other events. And Rasode said community groups are welcome to use the space for meetings.

 

"I want people to have a place to gather, to connect and to have open conversations," she said. "It just felt like a natural thing to do."

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