We were delighted to have Dr. Terry Waterhouse drop by our May 1 Cocktail Party and Fundraiser.
Dr. Waterhouse is the Director Public Safety Strategies for the City of Surrey. According to the City of Surrey website, Dr. Waterhouse will “…provide additional focus to the integration of all public safety portfolios and City Departments in order to achieve results which align with Council’s vision of managing Public Safety. Dr. Waterhouse will partner with internal resources, the Officer in Charge, the Fire Chief, By-laws and external agencies to optimize all public safety resources available to the City of Surrey to develop and implement an overall vision of ensuring the safety and well-being of every City resident.”
In short, he plays a pretty central role in the discourse about public safety in Surrey. You can read more about Dr. Waterhouse and his background in this article by the Now Newspaper.
At our party, we asked Dr. Waterhouse to summarize his vision for a safer Surrey. His response:
“Engaged people in a walkable neighbourhood.”
During the party, Dr. Waterhouse spoke to a number of community leaders in Newton and we shared ideas on how to work together towards this vision.
He spoke to Doug Elford from the Newton Community Association, a community group that does excellent advocacy work in the neighbourhood. Doug also puts on many miles cycling around the community, keeping his eyes on the streets.
Dr. Waterhouse also congratulated the Chelsea Gardens Walking Club, a group of 10-12 walkers that does daily walks around the neighbourhood.
The more that we can encourage each other to get out on our streets, the safer our streets will become!