Mayor Dianne Watts was first elected as Mayor of Surrey in 2005 after serving nine years on City Council. She was re-elected for her third term in 2011. Mayor Watts chairs Canada’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus Policing and Public Safety Committee; the Metro Vancouver Transportation Committee; and the Provincial-Local Government RCMP Contract Management Committee, in addition to serving on several other advisory caucuses and boards.
During her tenure, Mayor Watts has lead several key strategies including the Economic Investment Action Plan and the Build Surrey Program, which is the largest construction and investment program in the city’s history. Other important initiatives include Surrey’s innovative Crime Reduction Strategy, which has become a model for cities throughout the world, a Sustainability Charter, Poverty Reduction Plan, and a Child and Youth Friendly City Strategy.
In 2013, Mayor Watts was awarded a YWCA Metro Vancouver’s Women of Distinction Award in the Non-Profit and Public Service category, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Justice Institute of British Columbia recognizing her contributions to public and community safety. In 2012, she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to honour the significant contributions and achievements she had made to her community.