Mayor Jack Froese

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May 8, 2017

Welcome everyone.

Wednesday, April 26, I was in Victoria at the BC Achievement Awards Presentation Ceremony. The Awards ceremony was hosted by the Hon. Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. I was fortunate to have been on the Selection Committee this year and we had a challenging time selecting the winners, as there are so many incredible individuals within our province.

Thursday, April 27 was our annual Municipal Awareness Day. We had 1,800 school children attend and partake in activities and learn a little bit more about what their local government does for Township residents. This included a mock Council meeting. Thank you to Cllr. Fox, Cllr. Whitmarsh, Cllr. Quaale and Cllr. Davis for running the Council meetings with 8 very young Council members.

That evening was also the annual Langley RCMP Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the Langley Golf Centre. These volunteers give their time to help our local police and truly make a difference in the lives of others. Through serving with Block Watch, Speed Watch, or Citizens Patrol programs or in a Community Police Office, by organizing special events, or supporting victims of crimes, their efforts have a great impact and we appreciate all they do.

Friday, April 28 was the annual Day of Mourning for workers who are killed, injured, or get sick on the job. I attended the moment of silence at the Operations Centre and learned about employee Martin Soeten, who was operating a rubber tire roller on October 7, 1985 when the road shoulder gave way. The roller did not have rollover protection and Martin died on the job. Another incident occurred on February 25, 2008 when Terry Mitchel, a contract flagger, was working with our road crew and was hit by a vehicle. Terry also died on the job. It’s important we remember that going to work may seem like just another day but accidents on the job can cost lives.

Friday, April 28, I visited Ms. Janzen’s class at West Langley Elementary School where I selected the winner of an art contest held for this year’s Mayor’s Christmas Card. Grade six student Iris Yu created a wintery Langley scene that we will use this year. Thank you to the entire class, and to other young local artists, for participating.

Saturday, April 29 was the Metro Vancouver Council of Councils meeting held at the Coast Hotel. Cllr. Fox spoke to Lower Mainland Mayors and Councillors on the Homeless Position Paper; this was very informative and we appreciate Cllr. Fox being our expert on this subject matter.

Saturday afternoon was the annual Nicomekl Enhancement Society Chinook Salmon Release. It was great to attend and be part of the annual event, where 28,000 salmon chinook fry were released. Volunteers on hand provided great tours and it was well attended.

Later in the afternoon, I attended the Walnut Grove Banner Project Reception, which was hosted by the Langley Centennial Museum. These unique works of art were created by local students and will soon be adorning the streets of Walnut Grove. The seven works of art chosen for banners are pieces by Kyah Lillies-Brown, Dorothy Peacock Elementary; David Kim, Dorothy Peacock Elementary; Alyssa Borton, Alex Hope Elementary; Victoria Carmichael and Maia Desmond-Murray, Ecole des Voyageurs; Trevor MacLean, Ecole des Voyageurs; Mackenzie Kingston, Alex Hope Elementary; and Sasha2Neufeld, Dorothy Peacock Elementary. An 8th banner was chosen through voting in the museum’s foyer, and was awarded the People’s Choice Award. This went to Rayna Zhao of Alex Hope Elementary. The Township of Langley plans to have all banners printed and installed along 88th Avenue before the end of the school year.

The evening of Saturday, April 29 was also the annual Rotary Lobster Fest in Aldergrove. The funds raised go towards the local Starfish BackPack Program, which was created in response to teachers who knew that their students were coming to class Monday morning hungry. Now over 263 backpacks are packed with food and are going home over the weekend with students from 22 different schools.

Sunday, April 30, Cllr. Whitmarsh and I competed in the annual Fury Tail Endings Foot Race; I believe we tied for first place. This was the 2nd annual event and it continues to grow. There was a great turnout this year and the fundraising exceeded expectations, so congratulations to the Langley Animal Protection Society for again organizing a great family/dog/cat fun event.

Thursday, May 4 was the North Langley Networking Open House, hosted by the Langley Chamber of Commerce, at Redwoods Golf Course. It was great to drop in and meet some old friends and make some new ones. Chamber President Scott Johnson and retired Langley Times editor Frank Bucholz were the honoured guests.

Friday, May 5 or Cinco De Mayo, was also the Langley OD Strategic Planning (community) Meeting. I was pleased to attend and discover ways in which Fraser Health and other community groups are working to combat the Fentanyl epidemic.

Sunday, May 7 was the 55th Annual May Day Walk. The event took place at Willoughby Community Park with both a 5k and 10k walk or run. This event is a lot of fun each year and it’s great to see our communities keeping this annual tradition going; we had 900 participants yesterday.

This morning we hosted the annual Fibromyalgia Flag Raising here at the Civic Facility. Their walk kicks off Monday, June 12 from their Head office and thrift shop in Aldergrove.

Upcoming Events:

  • Upcycling Design Challenge Awards Reception, May 18, 2017 at Willowbrook Shopping Centre
  • May Day Parade – Monday, May 21 – Fort Langley
  • BC Farm Museum – Monday, May 21 is the unveiling of the Interactive Display Program

Metro Meetings

  • April 27 Joint Funding Strategy/Investment Plan Committee
  • May 4 Meeting of the TransLink Mayors' Council

Cllr. Charlie Fox;

  • April 28 METRO Board Meeting
  • May 4 METRO Aboriginal Relations Meeting

Cllr. Bob Long;

  • April 26 TOUR - METRO Vancouver Regional Parks & Committee Board Mtg
  • April 28 METRO Board Meeting
  • May 5 METRO Housing Board Meeting

Attended by Council:

 Cllr. Petrina Aranson April 28
April 29
April 29
May 6
Day of Mourning
Council of Councils Meeting
Nicomekl Enhancement Chinook Salmon Release
Ceremonial Review 2277 Seaforth Highlanders
 Cllr. David Davis April 27 Municipal Awareness Day

   
Cllr. Charlie Fox April 27
April 29
May 7
Municipal Awareness Day
Council of Councils Meeting
55th Annual Langley Walk
 
 
Cllr. Bob Long April 29
April 29
Council of Councils Meeting
Nicomekl Enhancement Chinook Salmon Release
     
Cllr. Angie Quaale
ACTING MAYOR
April 27
April 28
April 28
April 29
Municipal Awareness Day
Day of Mourning
Cheers for Charity Fundraiser - Langley Child Development
Council of Councils Meeting
Cllr. Michelle Sparrow April 29 Council of Councils Meeting
Cllr. Blair Whitmarsh April 27
April 30
May 7
Municipal Awareness Day
Fury Tail Endings Foot Race
55th Annual Langley Walk

 

Sincerely,
Jack Froese, MAYOR

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