Join your local representative for a unique opportunity for a small intimate gathering where local issues (economic development, transportation, environment and community news) vital to Langley's business community are presented.
As a benefit of having a Membership with the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, you have the opportunity to have your questions answered in a small group setting, and hear what your local elected officials are working on to improve Langley. Enjoy a cup of coffee on us and bring your lunch to enjoy. Light refreshments courtesy of Cedarbrook Bakery Ltd. will be provided.
Mary’s family first arrived in the Agassiz / Harrison area as the railway made its way through the Fraser Valley. Her own mother and father eventually settled in Cloverdale where she and her brother attended Cloverdale Catholic School.
Mary’s late mother was a paraplegic which made for an unusual upbringing for the times. Her father, a veteran of the Korean War, was the original Mr. Mom. Together, they encouraged a love of books and music. For Mary, that led to a love of the piano and attendance at Langley Community Music School.
In 1996, Mary’s mother was her inspiration when she was elected to serve on the Surrey School Board. Unfortunately, she died of cancer mere weeks before the election. Nevertheless, Mary continues to be motivated by her mother’s attitude of perseverance and caring for the community around her.
In 2005, Mary was elected as the MLA for Langley. Along with duties she has had in many different ministries Mary spends a lot of time with her father, now 87, who lives in Langley City.
Mary is still an avid reader and enjoys quiet time at the piano. Her adult daughter lives in Vancouver and is a source of great pride. Mary is currently the Minister of Environment and has had the privilege of serving the people of Langley for more than 10 years.
Mayor Jack Froese
Township of Langley
Elected to office in 2011, Mayor Jack Froese is currently serving his second term as Township of Langley Mayor. For 37 years, Mayor Jack Froese has lived, worked, and raised a family in Langley. Jack and his wife Debbie owned and operated a turkey farm and turkey wholesale business which is now managed by their children. He is also a retired police officer from the Vancouver Police Department. Through responsible, accountable leadership, Mayor Froese works in cooperation with Council, other elected officials, and members of the community to ensure the Township of Langley remains a thriving residential and business destination. With a vision for enhanced economic activity and job creation, improved transportation, and safe, well-serviced communities, he is dedicated to providing an exceptional quality of life for those who live and work in the Township, now and in the future. Mayor Froese sits on many local and regional boards including Metro Vancouver, TransLink and Fraser Health. Jack’s community service includes volunteering as the Director of Security for the 2010 Summer Games. Jack volunteered with the 2013 Special Olympics and the 2014 BC Senior’s Games, currently volunteers with the BC Cancer Society, Relay for Life, In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. Jack and his wife Debbie have seven grandsons and on August 27, 2014 they welcomed their first granddaughter!
Mayor Ted Schaffer
City of Langley
First elected as a Langley City Councillor in November 1990, and formally elected as Mayor in November 2014, Ted Schaffer has dedicated over two decades to building and supporting the City’s current vision – to build a vibrant, healthy and safe community.
Mayor Schaffer works diligently on behalf of citizens to ensure a high quality of life for all City of Langley residents by looking beyond today and envisioning for tomorrow. Working alongside the rest of the Council team, he believes relationship building is fundamental to any successful and prosperous community, and invites an open, constructive dialogue and sharing of ideas to make the City of Langley the best place to live, work and prosper.
Mayor Schaffer and his wife, Jean, have been married for almost 44 years and have lived in the City of Langley for 36 years. They have two married daughters, Kirsten and Jennifer, and four grandchildren. When time permits, the Schaffers enjoy reading, sampling local restaurants and walking around the City that they have devoted their lives to enrich.
Rich Coleman was appointed Deputy Premier, the Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing on June 7th, 2013. On May 28th, 2016 he marked his 20th anniversary serving as MLA for Fort Langley/Aldergrove.
Minister Coleman currently chairs the Cabinet Working Group on Mental Health, vice-chairs the Cabinet Working Group on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), and the Priorities and Planning Committee. He is a member of the Treasury Board, the Cabinet Committee on Strong Economy, the Environment and Land Use Committee, and the Cabinet Working Group on Climate Leadership. He is also the B.C. Military Liaison with the Canadian Armed Forces.
Rich’s previous Cabinet positions include Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Minister of Social Development and Minister of Forests and Range.
Rich’s dedication and passion for public service was shaped by his parents—a father who was a civil servant and a mother who was a school teacher. They taught their children that community came first, and that serving others was the noblest thing a person could commit themselves to. That community-first attitude has guided Rich his entire life.
Before entering public life, Rich was governor of the BC Kinsmen, president of the Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce, Langley’s 1988 Volunteer of the Year, and a director on several volunteer boards. In recognition of his tireless and long-term work in the community, Rich has been awarded both Rotary’s top honour, the Paul Harris Fellowship, and the Kinsmen’s highest honour, the Hal Rogers Fellowship. Rich was the second person ever honoured with the Hal Rogers—the first being Kin founder Hal Rogers himself.
Rich has been elected five times (1996, 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013) as MLA for Fort Langley-Aldergrove. He and his wife Michele live in the Fraser Valley.
MP Mark Warawa
Mark was re-elected on October 19, 2015 to the 42nd Canadian Parliament for his fifth term as Member of Parliament for the new riding of Langley—Aldergrove. He was appointed as the Official Opposition Critic for Seniors and is responsible for bringing forward seniors’ issues at the Shadow Cabinet table and in Parliament. Mark was also appointed to the Special Joint Committee on Physician Assisted Dying, where he was one of 16 Parliamentarians who consulted with Canadians and provided legislative recommendations. He is the longest serving Conservative MP from British Columbia in this Parliament. Mark has the honourable distinction of being the Parliamentary Secretary to four different Ministers of the Environment, from 2006 to 2011, helping guide Canada through five important years of minority Government. In 2011, Mark was appointed to the position of Chair of the Standing Committee of Environment and Sustainable Development for Canada, overseeing Canada’s Environmental Committee work, studies and legislative reviews. He continues to be consulted on environmental issues. In 2013, Mark was appointed to serve on the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. He continues to build Canada’s bilateral relationships through his work as Vice-Chair of the Canada-Philippines Parliamentary Group, Treasurer of the Canada-Ukraine and Canada-Taiwan Parliamentary Groups, Director for the Canada-Korea and Canada-Israel Parliamentary Groups, and as a Member of the Canada-Europe, Canada-Mexico, and Canada-Hong Kong Parliamentary Groups. Mark was with Prime Minister Harper on an official State visit to Ukraine in 2010. He also led a Canadian Parliamentarian delegation to Taiwan in 2011. In 2014, he was on a trade delegation to Ukraine, and served as an election observer during the October 2014 Parliamentary elections in Ukraine. Mark is a long-time resident of Langley BC, where he and his wife Diane raised their 5 children. They now have 10 grandchildren.
MP John Aldag
John Aldag was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan where he began a Parks Canada career leading programs and Historic Sites in six provinces and two territories over 32 years.
Nine years ago, John settled in Langley, British Columbia where he lives with his wife and three children today.
An outdoorsman, active community member and advocate of Canada’s natural resources and cultural treasures, John is a Tourism Langley Lifetime Achievement Award winner, a three-time recipient of the Parks Canada CEO Award of Excellence, and a proud recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
John was elected Member of Parliament for Cloverdale - Langley City in October, 2015. In addition to representing Cloverdale - Langley City in the House of Commons, he served all Canadians on the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying and the Special Committee on Electoral Reform.
John is also a member of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, where he continues to promote a stronger, more sustainable future for all Canadians.
Greg Moore, Chair of Metro Vancouver
Greg Moore is the Mayor of the City of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia (Canada) and the Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors. His long career in public service – he spent a decade as a City employee, and has served on Port Coquitlam Council since 2002 – is testament to Moore’s long-time personal commitment to affecting real and lasting positive change in other people’s lives. Two of his most notable accomplishments as an elected official include the development of a 10-year, $7.5 billion Metro Mayors Transit Plan for the Metro Vancouver region that translates a long-term vision for transit into practical and equitable solutions, and the creation of the National Zero Waste Council, a cross-sector leadership initiative that brings together governments, business, and NGOs to advance a national waste prevention and reduction agenda in Canada and beyond. Moore believes that attaining drastic declines in the amount of garbage we produce is one of the most urgent issues for local governments across the globe today, and that implementing systemic shifts in the way we view garbage and its management – through behaviour change and improved product and packaging design – will be required before we can achieve those reductions.
Moore is also involved in a number of charitable causes in his home town of Port Coquitlam, including the “Homes for Good Society”, a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to end chronic homelessness by securing excess housing capacity from existing inventory, and “I Am Someone”, a society dedicated to ending bullying through community awareness and support, technology, and advocacy.
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