Mayor's Report

May 7, 2018

Good evening everyone.

Thursday, April 26 was the Township’s 145th Birthday and our annual Municipal Awareness Day. It was another great success for the visiting students, teachers, and our staff. We welcomed 1,800 elementary school children to the Civic Facility where they learned about what staff do on a daily basis and the role of Council. Thank you to Councillors Long, Quaale, Whitmarsh, and Davis for running the mock Council meetings.

The evening of April 26 was the Upcycling Design Challenge where residents turn trash into art. Cllr. Arnason, Cllr. Whitmarsh and Cllr. Quaale attended. Best in show went to Robert Maitland for this Dragon sculpture.

Saturday, April 28 was the Memory Grove tree planting event in Fort Langley. The official opening ceremony for the Grove will be Saturday, June 2 at 10:30am. Thank you to Brenda Smith and Kurt Alberts for all of their hard work to ensure this project’s completion.

Monday, April 30, I had the opportunity to welcome several students from France who are on an exchange program with Walnut Grove Secondary School. Thank you to teacher Erin Anderson, French 8, 9, and 10.

April 30 was also the first meeting of our new Community Input Group Task Force. This was a great initial meeting and very production. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 29.

Tuesday, May 1 was the Big Brothers/Sisters AGM and Volunteer Appreciation Event at Redwoods Golf Course. The event honours the volunteers and supporters of the agency, as they make such a difference in the lives of young children in this community.

McDonald’s McHappy Day was Wednesday, May 2. I enjoyed working the drive-through at Ron Knight’s location at 200 Street and 82 Avenue, as well as the Aldergrove location with Cllr. Long.

Thursday, May 3 was the Township’s and UDI’s “Open for Business” Breakfast Meeting. Guest speakers included Ken Peacock, Chief Economist BCLC. The theme of the event was that the Township of Langley is ‘Open For Business’ and the many ways businesses can Explore, Experience, and Excel in our municipality. This was the perfect way to kick off Economic Development Week, which starts Monday and runs May 7 to 11 across Canada and the United States.

Thursday, May 3 was the dedication ceremony at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum for the Benches for Diversity project. Two 8-foot cement mosaic benches were created by ceramic artist Elaine Brewer-White with the aid of students from four Fraser Valley high schools. This community project saw over 400 handmade tiles painted with self-portraits and words about community by students from Grade 6 - 12. This project was made possible by a generous anonymous donation and has been gifted to Langley Township, and permanently housed in Derek Doubleday Arboretum as part of the Township’s public art initiative.

Saturday, May 5 was the Denim and Diamonds Gala at the Coast Hotel. The event was well attended with proceeds benefiting Langley Memorial Hospital’s new Langley Emergency Ward. I’m not sure of the exact number raised but there was more than $150,000 announced through surprise donations during the event.

The 56th Annual Langley Walk was held Sunday, May 6 in Brookswood. More than 800 people attended with great participation by the two Langleys. The weather was fantastic and there were many badges handed out; thank you to Cllr. Long, Cllr. Fox and Cllr. Whitmarsh for assisting.

Also on Sunday, May 6 was the official book signing for Cllr. Angie Quaale’s new book “Eating Local in the Fraser Valley: A Food-Lover's Guide, Featuring Over 70 Recipes from Farmers, Producers, and Chefs.” Congratulations to you on an amazing book!

Upcoming Events

  • May 14 – 25th Annual LEPS AGM

  • May 21 – May Day Parade

  • May 23 – 2018 Township Farm Tour

  • June 8 – Relay for Life

METRO

Mayor Froese

  • Friday, May 4 – METRO Regional Planning Meeting

Cllr. Long

  • Wednesday, April 18 – METRO Regional Parks Committee Meeting
  • Friday, April 27 – METRO Board Meeting
  • Friday, May 4 –  METRO Housing Committee Meeting

Cllr. Sparrow/Alternate

  • Friday, April 27 – METRO Board Meeting

Cllr. Fox

  • Thursday, May 3 – METRO Aboriginal Relations Meeting

Attended by Council

Cllr. Petrina Arnason

Wednesday, April 25
Thursday, April 26
Saturday, April 28
Monday, April 30

Housing Coordination Meeting
Upcycling Challenge
Metro Vancouver Council of Councils Meeting
Community Input Group Task Force

Cllr. David Davis Thursday, April 26
Saturday, April 28
Monday, April 30
Municipal Awareness Day
Metro Vancouver Council of Councils Meeting
Community Input Group Task Force
Cllr. Bob Long

Thursday, April 26
Saturday, April 28
Monday, April 30
Wednesday, May 2

Municipal Awareness Day
Metro Vancouver Council of Councils Meeting
Community Input Group Task Force
United Way of the Lower Mainland Anniversary Event
Cllr. Angie Quaale

Thursday, April 26
Thursday, April 26

Thursday, April 26
Saturday, April 28
Monday, April 30

Municipal Awareness Day
Strategic Planning Session Langley Division of Family Practice and
Community Partners
Upcycling Challenge
Metro Vancouver Council of Councils Meeting
Community Input Group Task Force

Cllr. Michelle Sparrow
ACTING MAYOR
Saturday, April 28
Monday, April 30
Metro Vancouver Council of Councils Meeting
Community Input Group Task Force
Cllr. Blair Whitmarsh Thursday, April 26


Thursday, April 26
Saturday, April 28
Monday, April 30

Municipal Awareness Day
Strategic Planning Session Langley Division of Family Practice and
Community Partners
Upcycling Challenge
Metro Vancouver Council of Councils Meeting
Community Input Group Task Force

Sincerely,

Mayor Frose Signature

Jack Froese, MAYOR

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