PRESIDENT’S REPORT –
The Provincial Election, Accreditation with Distinction, and Pavement – The Chamber gears up for spring!
April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain. - T.S. Eliot (1922)
After snowmageddon and forever and a day of the recent record-shattering colossal deluge, I surmise that Langley is now primed for spring. And in the spring, the Chamber’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of the imminent Provincial Election, Accreditation with Distinction, and pavement.
The writ will soon be dropped and the Provincial Election is scheduled for May 9, 2017. The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan organization and we encourage all of our members to exercise their democratic right to vote. Your vote is your voice. Suffrage is a right and franchise that past generations fought vigorously and even perished for: ensure that your voice is heard. To paraphrase what the U.S. Counsel General recently told me, “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”
The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce and the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board will be hosting two Provincial Election All Candidates Forums on Tuesday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m. at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Langley Riding) and on Thursday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre (Langley East Riding). All details are now available at www.langleychamber.com and we are implementing a link on our website where our members and members of the general public can submit questions prior to these non-partisan events which are free for the public to attend. I encourage you all to take the time to participate in these critical and informative opportunities to meet your candidates for MLA in both constituencies before heading to the ballot box.
The Board is jubilant to announce that the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce has achieved Accreditation with Distinction for the period from 2017 to 2019. This distinction makes your Chamber part of an elite group of chambers of commerce and boards of trade in British Columbia and Canada. We are one of nine organizations to receive Accreditation with Distinction in British Columbia out of 125 in the Province and one of 59 in Canada out of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade across the nation. To satiate the accountants on the Board, this distinction situates the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce among the top 7% and 13%, respectively, of all chambers of commerce and boards of trade provincially and federally.
This accolade demonstrates to the business community in Langley, British Columbia, and Canada that the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce is run in a strategic and professional way and that our operations reflect national standards of business acumen. The Board is cognizant of the often Herculean task of acting as the “voice of business” of Langley. We congratulate our past and present Executive Directors and Staff for maintaining the legacy of this laudable distinction and for continuing to execute the goals of our mandate with élan.
Don’t think policy is rousing? Well, we have recently had yet another “Chamber Win”. The Chamber recently asked our “Langley Leadership Panel”, when we could expect to see improvements to Highway 1 from 216th to Chilliwack. The question was not answered definitively at our Chamber March dinner meeting but was soon followed up in short order by the Province last week with the announcement that we will see the phased widening and expansion of Highway 1 from 216th to 264th and the eventual widening and expansion from 264th to Whatcom Road. The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce applauds that all three levels of government have finally acknowledged the paramount importance of Highway 1 to Langley and the Fraser Valley as a vital conduit for the free flow of goods, services, and people in our region.
Scott Johnston, President