Mayoral candidate Sylvia Bishop (centre) with council candidates Joan Hansen (left) and Kim Kendall (right). (Grace Kennedy photo)

Delta needs better multi-cultural services, art supports, mayor candidate Bishop says

Current councillor Sylvia Bishop spoke with the United Culture of China Society on Tuesday, May 29

Current councillor Sylvia Bishop is keeping busy in her mayoral campaign, having spoke with the United Culture of China Society at Beach Grove Golf Club on Tuesday (May 29).

In her speech to the crowd of around 100 people, including Chinese-Canadian investors, Bishop talked about her own history as a child of immigrants and the importance of creating a new framework for diversity in the city.

“I believe we can do better to serve the needs and interests of our multicultural neighbours,” she said in her speech,” but we have to find out by working with them to determine what programs and services we might offer.”

In an earlier platform announcement, Bishop said that although does already makes an effort to promote diversity in the city, more needs to be done to initiate programs and services that meet the needs of all residents.

RELATED: Bishop announces partial platform for Delta mayoral bid

Audeince members “didn’t realize that their community represents five per cent of Delta’s population, nor did they know that the South Asian community represents 17 per cent,” she told the North Delta Reporter. “They were very interested in that.”

During the event, Bishop also talked about some of the key issues facing the city and how she plans to deal with them if she becomes mayor.

One of the issues that got an applause from the audience, Bishop said, was the need to protect farmland in Delta. She also talked about her plan to keep Delta debt-free, and the need for better funding for parks and recreation in the city.

The Delta arts scene was another topic Bishop touched on in her speech, and one that she believed resonated with the listeners.

“There’s a high value on visual arts,” she said about the audience. “We once had a Delta arts council which was a thriving umbrella organization for North and South Delta artists. [I have] a wish, a desire to reactivate that.”

In her speech, Bishop said she still “would like to see more public art spaces whether on our civic properties, parks or larger developments.”

Bishop is running in the Team Delta slate, which includes council candidates Simran Walia, Kim Kendall, Joan Hansen and current councillor Robert Campbell.

The municipal election will take place on Oct. 20, 2018.



grace.kennedy@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

9-year-old girl recovering after dog attack in North Delta

The dog has now been seized by Delta bylaw officers

Gill says he’s ‘prepared’ to make handguns ‘biggest’ issue in Surrey civic election

Surrey First slate reveals second part of its public safety platform Thursday

Surrey Eagles fall to Vees in BCHL Showcase opener

South Surrey-based squad still winless after 4-1 loss Thursday morning in Chilliwack

BREAKING: BC Housing withdraws application for Cloverdale supportive housing

Application withdrawn, open house cancelled following community opposition

ELECTION QUESTIONS: Does Surrey need its own police force?

Who’s on the right side of Surrey RCMP’s contract issue debate? That’s for voters to decide on Oct. 20

Watch out for Pavement Patty: Drivers warned outside B.C. elementary school

New survey reveals unsafe school zones during 2018 back-to-school week

B.C. city moves to ban all retail marijiuana sales

New bylaw to public hearing on Oct. 2 in Pitt Meadows.

Lower Mainland sets Grouse Grind record

Madison Sands sets a new best time on Vancouver’s fitness landmark

Tent city campers now allowed to stay in B.C. provincial park

Contrary to earlier reports, Ministry of Environment says there is no deadline for campers to leave Greater Victoria camp site

Bus company vies to replace Greyhound in Kamloops to Vancouver, Kelowna

Alberta-based Ebus applies to the Passenger Transportation Board to replace Greyhound

Former VP of lululemon joins B.C. cannabis cultivation facility

Kerry Biggs will be the Chief Financial Officer of True Leaf, in Lumby

Could cannabis help keep people in B.C. on treatment for opioid addiction?

People on opioid agonist treatment face lower risks of overdosing, BC Centre on Substance Use says

Around the BCHL – Trail Smoke Eater grad to captain NCAA Michigan Tech Huskies

Around the BCHL is a regular look at the BCHL and goings-on throughout the junior A world.

North Delta happenings: week of Sept. 20

Events, courses and clubs listing for North Delta

Most Read