October 07, 2014 13:00 ET

Surrey Scores a C in Landmark Study

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 7, 2014) - SurreyCares, in partnership with the Surrey Board of Trade, released the results of Surrey's first Vital Signs study this morning. The report investigated updated statistical data as well as public opinion on issues ranging from crime to the economy.

"This reports gives the laser-like focus needed to create a more vibrant, livable city," states Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade.

"We were surprised by some of the things we learned," states Jeff Hector, president of SurreyCares. "The study reveals that residents have an honest, community-driven pride and a deep interest in where we are going."

The report includes the results of a public opinion survey where residents assigned 'grades' on eleven areas that measure quality of life. Overall, the community scored C, or 'Average', on its first report card. The areas rating the greatest interest of residents are:

Safety D+
Arts and Culture C
Environment C
Economy & Work C
Getting Around D+

For each of the areas, the report includes current, Surrey-specific facts as well as elements to celebrate and improve.

"We urge local groups, charities, and governments to commit their community-improvement activities to the area's that residents have highlighted in this report," adds Hector. SurreyCares and the Surrey Board of Trade are vowing to refer to the report when directing their future activities.

The full report is at

SurreyCares is striving to make Surrey a stronger, more vibrant community. It administers funds for partners as well as through it's own endowment. It was created, is funded and is run by locals as a registered, non-profit society.

Vital Signs is a national initiative by Community Foundations of Canada. It combines statistical data and public perspective into a community report on many issues that are important to residents. In 2013, 25 communities across Canada published Vital Signs reports, including Abbotsford, Victoria and Vancouver.

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