PRESIDENT’S REPORT –
The Chamber is Ready – Election Day, BC Chamber AGM, and the GLCC’s 86th Annual General Meeting
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And Summer’s lease hath all too short a date: - Shakespeare, Sonnet 18 (1609)
Our gratitude to all that attended and the candidates who participated in our recent spirited All Candidates Meetings for the provincial ridings of Langley and Langley East. Candidates responded to a protean series of questions submitted online and from the floor. The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan organization and we encourage all of our members and the public to exercise their democratic right to vote. Your vote is your voice and you have an opportunity to be heard at the ballot box on May 9, 2017. We also acknowledge the support of our co-sponsors: the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The often pernicious effect of partisan political campaigning can obscure the fact that we are all Langley residents first. The Board of Directors wishes good luck to all of the contenders on election day and we affirm that regardless of party affiliation: we are all British Columbians and we all share a vigorous passion for the enhancement of our Province and the betterment of its citizens in Langley’s community of communities.
Having just celebrated Volunteer Week in British Columbia, I seize this opportunity to be mindful of and thank all of our past, present, and future volunteers at the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce: from the Board of Directors, Committee Members, to our Ambassadors, for their indefatigable commitment to our organization and tireless service to Langley.
The Government Relations Committee and the Board of Directors have been working arduously on policy initiatives that we will be bringing forward later this month at the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting in Victoria. The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce is submitting six policy resolutions to be debated on the floor by all of the local board of trade and Chamber members of the BC Chamber of Commerce. For more information on our policy initiatives and advocacy efforts, please contact our Executive Director, Colleen Clark.
Save the date for the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce 86th Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Our keynote speaker is Marco Iannuzzi, noted philanthropist and wide receiver for the BC Lions football team. The Agenda also includes the election of our Board of Directors, my unnecessarily verbose swan song, and the inauguration of our incoming President, Jack Nicholson.
A rising tide lifts all boats.
Scott Johnston, President