My vision is for a safer, accessible, affordable and thriving Surrey. I envision a transparent and inclusive consultation process at Surrey City Hall. I will work to be a continuous voice for the residents of Surrey.
Neera Agnihotri, a young mother of two and a successful Immigration consultant in Surrey, begins her day with her two children and dog Teuvo. She is a young woman who works tirelessly for her clients. She gives time to the community of Surrey and makes it a priority to be at her children’s dance practices and hockey games. A proud Canadian and hockey mom, Neera Agnihotri is ready to serve the citizens of Surrey.
Neera has been practicing as an Immigration Consultant in Surrey since 2006. Her business Agnihotri Immigration Consulting is led by Neera and her professionally qualified team members. It is one of the leading immigration consulting firms in the Lower Mainland and has offices in Burnaby and Surrey.
Neera has presented at many workshops and seminars over the years and she is a National Board of Director for CAPIC. She now acts as a facilitator for Canadian Immigration and Refugee Law for legal professionals and full-time students at CDI/VCC.
Her biggest accomplishment is her children. They are her motivation and her reason for running for city council. She is a successful entrepreneur who genuinely cares for her clients and always has their best interest at heart. She is a voice for her children and a voice for her clients. Neera Agnihotri is now ready to be a voice for Surrey residents.
Neera has heard from residents all over Surrey about the growing concerns for Public Safety, the future of our youth, the controversial LRT and housing affordability. Neera feels a different approach is needed at City council, one which includes thorough public consultation, transparency and inclusivity.
She strongly feels that a new voice is needed to represent the citizens of surrey. She is that voice. She is your voice Surrey.
Surrey residents are concerned for the safety and security of our youth’s future. No parent wants their child in gangs or involved in crime.
Neera believes in more investment into youth programs. She feels the youth programs throughout Surrey should be increased, made more accessible and affordable. With the growing challenge of housing affordability, many put their children’s extracurricular activities on hold. Youth programs need to be affordable. Our youth should have opportunities earlier in life and should continue into the crucial teen years.
As Council, she promises to put forth a proposal for free or subsidized programs to be offered to all youth and into their teen years. She will lobby and encourage dialogue with our provincial government and see if government grants or funding is a viable option to assist in affordable programs.
Neera believes that the Skytrain is the most effective transit system in Surrey. She strongly believes that all of Surrey needs to be accessible. She envisions a Skytrain that connects Guildford, Langley, South Surrey and Newton. In order to achieve this, City Council has to go back to the table, seek further public consultation and work closely with the Transportation Ministry and come back with a Smart Transit Plan.
Neera has heard from Surrey residents about growing concern on Public Safety. This is not just the responsible of one party; it involves many parties; it involves all of us. We have to get to the root of the problem and address it at an earlier age.
Teaching our children in elementary school about crimes such s theft, drugs and gang violence is crucial. We need to start earlier. We educate our young to stay away from strangers and we need to do the same with drugs and violence.
As Council, I will advocate to the education ministry and work with our school trustees and school boards to review our current education curriculum and push to have this a part of the school curriculum. You and I cannot do this alone. We need a consistent voice on council to advocate for this.
This discussion has to take place in the home as well. We need to provide materials and resources to help all those parents, single parents, working parents to speak to their children at an earlier age. Our kids are being recruited in the late elementary school years. This needs to stop.
Our police force is always doing their best but at times the Surrey community feels that enough is being done. As your voice as council for Surrey I will work towards opening the lines of communication between the city and the RCMP and see where and how we can provide support, training and take a new approach to ensure Public Safety. Surrey people need to trust the local authority and city that they are working on increasing Public Safety. We as citizens need to be involved in this process as well.
Neera wants to ensure our neighborhoods safe and she needs support to go to council and be that continuous voice, your voice.
The housing affordability crisis is affecting most of British Columbia and needs to be addressed by all three levels of government.
Neera feels there is not just one solution to this problem. As Councillor, I will advocate to form a special committee which includes residents of Surrey to give their input, review and evaluate the zoning of Surrey and look at what the future of Surrey will look like with more multi-housing units.
We need to work with local developers and the provincial government to look at different options for creating affordable housing. More importantly when these developments are in the proposal process, Surrey residents need to be a part of the consultation process. Their voice needs to be heard. Neera will be that voice at city council.