Mayor's Report

December 2, 2019

Good evening everyone and welcome.
Tuesday, November 19 started out with a visit and welcome at the 3rd Annual Advanced Business Match held at the Langley Events Centre. The ABM is one of several initiatives that the Township, Kwantlen First Nation, and Seyem’ Qwantlen are working on together, with benefits that go beyond the community, and we are pleased to see how successful this event has become.

Then it was Douglas Day! Another great turnout by our Pioneers: 180 pioneers in attendance this year. Each year the Committee chooses a theme and this year was Heritage Homes, there were wonderful displays and images of our past. Council also had the honour of bestowing Alice Johnson with the Freeman/Freewoman Status. This is the highest civic tribute bestowed by Council and is awarded to individuals in recognition of their outstanding community contributions. Alice is dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and sharing our heritage and history. For over a decade she has been a key figure on the Douglas Day Committee. Alice has served with the Willoughby Community Hall and the Willoughby School Committees since the 1990s. And was instrumental in preserving both heritage buildings that is enjoyed by our community today. Congratulations to Alice.

November 19 was also the monthly Chamber meeting where the guest speaker Dave Mann discussed corporate and individual Philanthropy and involving employees in giving back; a topic that is very fitting during the Christmas Season. Acting Mayor Kunst and Cllr. Arnason also attended.

Thursday, November 21 was the Ride Hailing Information Session, here at the Civic Facility. Information included Ride Hailing and how it pertains to Municipal Government. Cllr. Arnason, Cllr. Whitmarsh and Acting Mayor Kunst also attended.

Sunday, November 24 was the annual Christmas Tea, the event sold out again this year with 500 guests filling the banquet room at the Coast Hotel. $50,000.00 dollars was raised for the Christmas Bureau and other local charities. This was followed up with the Christmas Bureau’s toy drive and annual breakfast at Newlands on Tuesday, November 26. Acting Mayor Kunst and Cllr. Arnason were also in attendance.

This past Tuesday was the photo op for the annual Langley Gives Day - which is tomorrow, December 3. We were fortunate to have a northern spotted owl join us, “Small Eyes” from the Breeding Program. Giving Tuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering that unites communities by showing our capacity to care and empower each other. Acting Mayor Kunst joined us for the photo op.

Wednesday, November 24 I was fortunate enough to attend the Walnut Grove Secondary School pizza lunch where we shared a whole a lot of pizza. Ms. Daniwalls, the Grade 10 Career Life Education Teacher, helped organize and encourage the students who participated in the 2019 Business Walk.

Monday, November 25 was the 15th annual Candle Light Vigil hosted by the Langley Soroptimists at the Fort Langley Hall. I, along with Acting Mayor Kunst and Cllr. Arnason attended. Thank you to AM Kunst for speaking on behalf of Council. Through this vigil, we are paying tribute to the women in Langley and across the globe who have experienced, live with, or survived violence - and we continue to let them know they are not forgotten and they are not alone.

Thursday, November 26 was the annual Emergency Services Volunteer Appreciation Dinner hosted by Ginger Sherlock and the staff at Langley Emergency Preparedness. AM Kunst, Cllr. Arnason, and Cllr. Whitmarsh also attended. Some of the volunteers were receiving recognition for 15 years of service.

Friday, November 27 was the annual Christmas in Williams Park official opening where we turned all those wonderful bright lights on. This event runs from 5:30 - 9:00pm until December 21 and its Free! I encourage everyone to take a drive through the park. Cllr. Arnason and Cllr. Richter joined me in helping to shine the light on this family fun event.

This morning, I attended the appreciation luncheon for our Centennial Museum docents. Our docents are instrumental in educating school age children about our past, thank you to them for keeping our shared history alive.

Additional events Acting Mayor Kunst attended:

  • November 25, Presentation the Grade 5 classes at Langley Christian Elementary – all about local government and what we do.
  • November 26, attended the Korean Businesses Co-Op Dinner
  • November 27, attended the ASEAN Noodle Festival
  • December 1, Pancake Breakfast

Cllr. Davis and Long also attended the Pancake Breakfast Sunday, December 1.

Upcoming Events

  • December 14, Aldergrove Christmas Light up Parade

METRO / TransLink Meetings

Mayor

  • Nov 20 - Joint TL & MC Investment Plan Workshop #1
  • Nov 25 - Finance and Audit Committee Meeting
  • Nov 28 - Joint Meeting of the TransLink Board of Directors and Mayors' Council
  • Nov 29 - METRO Board Inaugural Meeting (Chair and Vice Chair remain)

Cllr. Kim Richter

  • Nov 29 - METRO Board Inaugural Meeting

 

Sincerely,

Mayor Frose Signature

Jack Froese, MAYOR

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