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Kwantlen Trades Campus to Train Skilled Workers

Kwantlen opening

Premier Gordon Campbell officially opened the new Kwantlen University College Trades and Technology Centre today, which will provide leading-edge trades and technology training for more than 900 students in an environmentally friendly building.

“The new Cloverdale campus will be a valuable source of the skilled workers we need to meet the demands of B.C.’s booming economy and the rapid growth in this region of our province,” said Campbell. “By investing in this campus, we are providing the kind of education and skills training that will ensure our province remains competitive and productive.”

The Province invested $39.2 million in the construction of the new $42.3-million, 17,000-square-metre building. Programs being offered at the new centre will include adult basic education, automotive, electrical, carpentry and building trades, welding, millwright, farrier, appliance repair, and mechanical and engineering technology. The campus will also house the public safety communications 9-1-1 program which has been moved from the Newton campus to the Cloverdale facility.

“Having access to the latest, most advanced equipment, like Kwantlen?s welding program offers, provides students with a competitive advantage when they enter the workforce,” Advanced Education Minister Murray Coell said. “We’re continuing to increase opportunities for British Columbians to pursue high quality post-secondary education by expanding facilities, programs and spaces at public institutions.”

The new campus incorporates Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – or LEED – principles, which establishes recognized standards for green buildings, and a portion of the building’s electrical energy will be supplied by renewable resources.

“Kwantlen University College’s new Trades and Technology Centre in Cloverdale is very innovative,” said Skip Triplett, president of Kwantlen. “We developed this new high-tech campus to house a new high-tech curriculum that will prepare students for full careers by offering pathways from foundation training to apprenticeships and full baccalaureate degrees.”

For more information about the new Kwantlen University College Trades and Technology Centre, visit:

Kwantlen College Official Opening

After more than a decade of planning, and several false starts along the way, Kwantlen University College Trades and Technology Centre was officially opened in Cloverdale.

First Nation Chief Marilyn Gabriel and Kwantlen First Nations Drummers

The official opening ceremony was led by Kwantlen First Nation Chief Marilyn Gabriel and Kwantlen First Nations Drummers. Kwantlen President Skip Triplett welcomed dignitaries and a large crowd of guests and well wishers.

Premier Gordon Campbell spoke

Premier Gordon Campbell spoke on behalf of the Provincial Government. He remarked that a million jobs will have to be filled in the next few years, and 700,000 of these will be in the trades and technology. Kwantlen College will have an important role in training people to fill these positions.

Kevin Falcon thanked the Premier

Hon. Kevin Falcon, the MLA for Cloverdale and Minister of Transportation, thanked the Premier for his committment to building the Cloverdale campus.

MP Russ Hiebert spoke

Russ Hiebert, MP for South Surrey – White Rock – Cloverdale, spoke on behalf of the federal government.

Kathleen Casprowitz and Guy Bouchard

There were also addresses by Kathleen Casprowitz, chair of the board of governors of Kwantlen University College, and Guy Bouchard, who spoke on behalf of Kwantlen students.

The new Cloverdale campus will initially have an enrollment of 900 students. This will eventually grow to 2,900 students as the campus expands. The existing campus covers 25 acres, and there are another 50 acres owned by the college for future expansion.

The residents and business community of Cloverdale are delighted that the campus has finally been built, and look forward to a long and happy relationship with Kwantlen University College.

Four-Year Deal for Fraser Downs

Chuck Keeling, vice-president of racing operations for Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGC) and Jim Vinnell, president of the B.C. Standardbred Association, confirmed March 6 in a joint announcement a four-year agreement that will result in 107 racing days at Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino on a September through June schedule.

In racing terms, it was perhaps fitting that negotiations “came down to the wire” after year-long discussions between the two parties concerned about the growth of the Standardbred industry in British Columbia.

“Longevity was the main concern of our horsemen,” Vinnell said. “This agreement stabilizes things in the sense an owner now knows when he buys a horse to race at Fraser Downs there’s a four-year plan in place to cover his investment. I can tell you, there is plenty of excitement among our people in the backstretch.”

Keeling said, “We’re very pleased that both parties were able to find common ground through compromise to make this deal happen. It provides the horsemen with the support they were looking for and will create exciting new promotional opportunities for open stakes racing at Fraser Downs, which is something we have not had before.”

David Aldred, executive director of the B.C. Standardbred Association and B.C. Standardbred Breeders Society, added, “For the first time a major commitment has been made towards the scheduling of open stakes at Fraser Downs.

“Our aim is to develop some signature stakes for the local season with a view to have a major stakes program in British Columbia during the 2010 Olympics’ year.

“We’ve now given the horsemen the platform that’s been needed. With an extension of the live racing season, this agreement gives us all a sense of certainty.”

The B.C Harness Racing Hall of Fame is Open

The new hall, located in the atrium at Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino in Cloverdale, recognizes those that have made major contributions to the standardbred industry in the province. It opened March 4 and welcomed four initial members.

Inducted posthumously were builders Jim Keeling Sr. and Pat Brennan, trainer-driver Keith Linton and the horse B.C. Count. The inductions were first made last Saturday at the B.C. standardbred industry’s awards banquet for 2006 winners.

Keeling was a pioneer of harness racing in British Columbia after he and partners Keith Waples and Doug Gillespie returned full-time harness racing to B.C. in 1976 with the opening of Cloverdale Raceway, the forerunner of Fraser Downs. Keeling, a native of Ontario where he operated Orangeville Raceway before moving west, was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2001.

Brennan was an avid and industrious supporter of harness racing in B.C. A former mayor of Squamish and president of the Pacific National Exhibition, he is credited with keeping harness racing alive in the province in the late 1960s after years of supporting the sport, principally as an owner at Paterson Park in Ladner and builder of Smokey Downs in Squamish.

Linton, born in Saskatchewan, was Canada’s leader in the Universal Driver Rating System for six consecutive years in the 1970s. He drove 2,732 winners in his career, the bulk at Cloverdale where he won six straight races on a card in 1979.

B.C. Count has been called “the most successful Canadian sired harness horse of all time.” He was foaled in Aldergrove in 1972 and was raised and raced early in his career by Jack Graham. The son of Tar Duke out of Reeds Phalla had 45 two-minute miles, the most ever by a Canadian sired horse and second only to the legendary Rambling Willie. He won 71 of 133 starts and earned more than half a million dollars.

Additional B.C. Harness Racing Hall of Fame inductees will be honored annually to build upon the ever-growing honor roll of people who have shaped the industry and the legends on and off the track.

Race fans and the general public can view the Hall of Fame’s Wall of Fame in the atrium at Fraser Downs Racetrack & Casino. There, in addition to plaques honoring the inductees, patrons can also see trophies, memorabilia and more.

Surrey Unveils its Crime Reduction Strategy

This morning (Februrary 26, 2007), Mayor Dianne Watts was joined by Attorney General Wally Oppal, local MPs and MLAs and community leaders to officially unveil Surrey’s Crime Reduction Strategy.

The Crime Reduction Strategy (CRS) is a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to addressing the root causes of crime. It seeks to implement new and innovative programs with practical applications that will result in a concrete, measurable reduction in crime.

The CRS represents the culmination of the efforts of the Mayor’s Task Force on Public Safety and Crime Reduction. Over 100 individuals representing over 50 different organizations lent their expertise and resources to the creation of this strategy.

The Crime Reduction Strategy is broken down into four components:

  • Prevent and Deter Crime
  • Apprehend and Prosecute Offenders
  • Rehabilitate and Reintegrate Offenders
  • Reality and Perceptions of Crime

Surrey will seek to implement the following recommendations in the upcoming year:

  1. Develop a strategy for the application of CCTV in the City
  2. Establish Community Drug Action Teams
  3. Establish Prolific Offender Management Teams (POMT)
  4. Establish Community Action Groups
  5. Establish the Homelessness and Housing Foundation
  6. Crime Free Multi Housing Program Expansion
  7. Develop a CRS web site
  8. Work with private sector to add to affordable housing stock

“The Surrey Crime Reduction Strategy is a complete paradigm shift from what is currently being done in Canadian municipalities to combat crime,” said Mayor Watts. “It is an approach that seeks to incorporate all the key stakeholders and create one, unified, comprehensive plan to address the root causes of crime in our community.”

Family’s 20-year dream comes true with Czorny Alzheimer Centre opening

People with Alzheimer’s disease and their families have a new home – and new hope – with today’s opening of the Czorny Alzheimer Centre by the family who has dreamed for 20 years of building such a facility.

“Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that can strike at the heart of a family,” said Marilyn Stewart, who with her husband Chick provided the land and capital funding for the innovative residential care facility and outreach service dedicated in the name of her parents. “Our prayer is that this Centre will ensure that people with Alzheimer’s and their families will receive the care, support and hope they need.”

Canada’s Governor General Michaelle Jean, who is also honorary patron of the Alzheimer Society of Canada, sent her greetings to those responsible for the success of the project.

“I am impressed by the support shown by everyone who has devoted themselves to the success of the Czorny Alzheimer Centre; your labours do not go unnoticed,’” Her Excellency said in a letter. “They are celebrated, respected and admired by those whose lives you have touched.”

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias affect an estimated 450,000 people in Canada, 63,500 of them in British Columbia. It begins gradually and progressively impacts memory and thinking. It is estimated that 750,000 Canadians will have Alzheimer’s or a related disease by the year 2031 if a cure is not found.

Czorny Alzheimer Centre resulted from unique partnership of the Stewart family, Fraser Health and the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Fraser Health will operate the centre. The Society will open a resource centre at Czorny which will provide information to the public.

“The provincial government is proud of this facility and is grateful for the Stewart family’s remarkable generosity,” said Kevin Falcon, Minister of Transportation and Liberal MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale. “The Czorny Centre will prove to be a valuable resource to everyone within the Fraser Health region.”

Betty Anne Busse, Fraser Health executive vice-president of health promotion and community programs, said she hopes that Czorny will become a model for the care of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families throughout British Columbia. “This centre and its staff will provide a nurturing environment that will enhance the lives of its residents by focusing on the abilities, strengths and interests of each of them.”

When Czorny is fully operational, it will employ 40 permanent staff, including five registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses, 24 residential care facility attendants, a music therapist, recreation therapist, a social worker, rehabilitation personnel and support staff. The 33,000 square foot centre will be home for 36 residents and is designed to provide psychological security and comfort through three home-like cottage living spaces. The environment will serve to enrich the residents’ lives through activities appropriate for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

“The Society’s resource centre at Czorny will provide information and support services to the people linked to the facility – the professional staff, people with Alzheimer’s and their families – as well as people in the greater community,” said Rosemary Rawnsley, executive director of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. exists to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, to promote public awareness, and to search for the causes and the cures. The Society’s vision is to create a world without Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Covering an area that stretches from Burnaby to White Rock to Boston Bar, Fraser Health serves 1.5 million people. A major force in health care, Fraser health is a community of 22,000 people who share a common goal of ensuring every resident in the health authority has access to quality care when they need it. Our quality health care services range from acute care hospitals to community-based residential, home health, mental health and public health services.

For more information:
Michael Bernard
Senior Media Relations Consultant
Fraser Health
Ph: 604.587.4611

Ariela Friedmann
Senior Manager of Communications
Alzheimer Society of British Columbia
Ph: 604.681.6530 ext. 317

Council to do Study of Cloverdale Mall

Surrey Council has decided to hire a consultant to do a study of the Cloverdale Mall, recently vacated by Safeway. According to the City of Surrey website, Council will:

  • Engage a consultant to prepare an updated study to assess the short and long-term market prospects to assist in the determination of appropriate land uses on the subject site and to recommend options for the land uses and densities that would maximize the use of the site, financial return and community benefit and support the Cloverdale Town Centre;
  • Upon completion of the consultant’s report and in consideration of the City’s policies and priorities, including the objectives contained in the Cloverdale Town Centre Plan, identify the optimum mix of land uses for the site, and any other considerations and/or conditions that should be taken into account in the redevelopment of the site, including, among others:
    • Increasing the attractiveness of the site by acquiring additional adjacent land;
    • Maintaining the site under the City’s ownership and developing it under a long term lease to the private sector; or
    • Developing the site under a development corporation.
  • Provide a report to Council with recommendations regarding a recommended land use plan and disposition/development strategy for the site.

Final Hurdle to Redevelopment of Cloverdale Mall cleared as City of Surrey and Safeway come to an Agreement

Mayor Dianne Watts, on behalf of Surrey City Council, is pleased to announce that Canada Safeway has agreed to surrender its store lease at the City-owned Cloverdale Mall effective February 28, 2007. In consultation with the community, the City will now be in a position to entertain redevelopment options for this key 8 acre site.

The Cloverdale Town Centre plan calls for the redevelopment of the Cloverdale Mall as a key component of revitalizing Cloverdale, along with the redevelopment of the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Development options being considered for this site include higher density development involving a mix of residential and commercial use.

“One of the first initiatives I undertook as Mayor was to meet with Safeway to try and resolve the longstanding dispute over the Cloverdale Mall,” said Surrey Mayor and Cloverdale resident Dianne Watts. “I am very pleased that we have finally been able to resolve this issue and can now move forward with plans to redevelop this site in support of the Cloverdale Town Centre.”

For more information, contact:

Joel Giebelhaus
Special Assistant to the Mayor