Mayor's Report

November 27, 2017

Good evening everyone.

Tuesday, November 7, I had the privilege of visiting the Langley Education Centre for a Q&A with students who are learning English as a second language. They had a lot of great questions about Langley and also several comments on how much they love this community.

Saturday, November 11 was Remembrance Day where four ceremonies took place in the Langleys. in Aldergrove, Fort Langley, Murrayville, and Douglas Park. I’m incredibly proud of this community for paying tribute to our veterans and offering our residents several locations to attend. Thank you to all the volunteers and organizers for ensuring these ceremonies continue to honour our fallen and those who served.

On that note, I want to mention that Township resident and D-Day veteran Mr. Joseph Odin received France's highest award on November 7 - the National Order of the Legion of Honor. The medal is equal to the Order of Canada. Mr. Odin was in the Canadian Navy and manned a landing craft on D-Day at Juno Beach. The medal was awarded for his participation in the liberation of France in 1944. Joseph lives in a seniors home with his wife in Langley and I will be visiting him very soon to present a letter and gift on behalf of the Township of Langley.

Sunday, November 12, Debbie and I attended the Laugh Out Loud Concert at the Chief Seapass Theatre. All proceeds donated go to a worthy organization that helps our local youth. The SPEAC Program (Suicide Prevention, Education and Counselling) at OPTIONS BC is one of the local organizations that provides an essential service to youth in our schools, and it will receive a portion of the donated funds. This event was created by Langley Fine Arts School student Kevin Statham.

Wednesday, November 15, I attended the Pacific Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport where our very own Airport Manager Guy Miller was the guest speaker. Guy provided a great overview of the Langley Regional Airport.

Friday, November 17 was the 9th Annual Complete Champions Corporate Reception that was held at the Langley Events Centre and hosted by TWU’s Spartan Foundation. This year the guest speaker was Hollywood actor and college baseball player Neal McDonough. With over 4,000 students and 500+ staff and faculty on the campus, Trinity Western University is a $34 million business that has a significant annual economic impact in our community. Their athletic teams have been turning heads across Canada for a number of years now, having won numerous national championships in different sports over their short history in Canada’s top university league, the Canadian Interuniversity Sport, now known as U Sports.

Saturday, November 18, I attended the Langley Centennial Museum’s Philip Jackman exhibit, which explores the life of pioneer Phil Jackman – from Royal Engineer to Reeve. It was a wonderful biography; I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit and highly recommend it.

Sunday, November 19 was our annual Douglas Day event, which was attended by 200 Langley pioneers. It was another great luncheon where we honoured and remembered those who forged this community and made it what it is today. The theme this year was transportation. Thank you to the Douglas Day Committee for organizing and ensuring this event’s success each year.

Following Douglas Day I attended the grand opening of Ninja Fitness in Aldergrove. This is a fitness centre for adults, focusing on small group boot camp classes.

Saturday, November 25, I provided greetings at the “Sashing our Warriors” Campaign Launch and Healing Circle. This gathering was part of a larger holistic grassroots campaign to create the education and awareness needed to prevent further violence against Métis women and girls, and to support individuals and communities to heal and rebuild through the power of Métis ceremony.

Later that afternoon was the Candlelight Vigil & Red Sand Ceremony at Bedford Landing. This event marks the International Day of Violence Against Women. Through this vigil, we are paying tribute to the women here in our community and throughout the world who are victims or survivors of violence, and the victims of human trafficking. It is very important that we continue to shine a light on these issues. This is our community’s 13th annual vigil, which is held by the Soroptimist International of the Langleys and Ishtar Transition Housing Society, who do amazing things for women and girls.

Sunday, November 26, was the annual Thank You For Caring - Christmas Tea Fundraiser, where all monies raised go to the Langley Christmas Bureau, which helps families in Langley and Aldergrove during the Christmas Season. Approximately $40,000 was raised yesterday to help ensure everyone in our community enjoys the holidays - especially children.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, November 30 – 2nd Annual Walnut Grove Christmas Market
  • Friday, December 1 – Christmas in Williams Park Opening Night
  • Saturday, December 2 – City of Langley's Magic of Christmas Parade
  • December 4 - 6 – The Aboriginal Business Match
  • Friday, December 8 – Long Table - Langley Diversity
  • Saturday, December 9 – Aldergrove Christmas Light Up Parade

Mayor Froese Meetings

  • Thursday, November 9 – Port Metro Vancouver Roundtable Discussion (rotating venue)
  • Friday, November 10 – Joint Funding Strategy/Investment Plan Committee
  • Thursday, November 16 – Meeting of the TransLink Mayors' Council
  • Friday, November 17 – Langley Healthier Community Partnership Meeting

METRO

Cllr. Bob Long

  • Wednesday, November 8 – Metro Regional Parks Committee Meeting
  • Thursday, November 9 – Metro Zero Waste Meeting
  • Friday, November 24 – Metro Board Inaugural Meeting

Cllr. Charlie Fox

  • Thursday, November 9 – Metro Utilities Meeting
  • Friday, November 24 – Metro Board Inaugural Meeting

Attended by Council

Cllr. Petrina Arnason

Saturday, November 11
Tuesday, November 21
Wednesday, November 22
Saturday, November 25
Monday, November 27

Remembrance Day Ceremony – City of Langley
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting
Fraser Valley Regional Library Board Meeting
Candlelight Vigil & Red Sand Ceremony
Fraser Health Municipal Government Advisory Council Meeting
Cllr. David Davis Saturday, November 11 Remembrance Day Ceremony – Fort Langley
Cllr. Bob Long

Saturday, November 11

Remembrance Day Ceremony – Aldergrove

Cllr. Angie Quaale

Saturday, November 11

Remembrance Day Ceremony – Murrayville

Cllr. Blair Whitmarsh Saturday, November 11
Tuesday, November 21

Remembrance Day Ceremony – Aldergrove
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting

Sincerely,

Mayor Frose Signature

Jack Froese, MAYOR

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