Rasode newest director on Fraser Health board

Former Surrey city councillor and mayoral also-ran appointed by province to health authority board

Former Surrey Coun. Barinder Rasode is the newest director on the Fraser Health board.

Former Surrey Coun. Barinder Rasode is the newest director on the board of the Fraser Health Authority.

She joins board chair Karen Matty, appointed last fall, and arrives as the health authority board continues to pursue reforms spelled out in a new strategic and operational plan last summer.

That plan was the product of a review ordered by Health Minister Terry Lake that sought to improve care and control costs, in part by cutting unnecessary use of hospital emergency rooms in favour of improved primary and community care.

Rasode ran for mayor of Surrey last fall and got more than 20 per cent of the vote but finished third behind new Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner and runner-up Doug McCallum.

Lake appointed Rasode for a one-year term ending March 31, 2016.

Fraser Health directors are paid a base retainer of $7,500 a year and collect varying amounts – typically $14,000 to $20,000 in total – after meeting attendance fees are added and additional pay for chairing committees.