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Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce new slate of officers

Here are the results of the election of officers for 2014 / 2015, held on November 25, 2014:

Returning directors:

  • Brock Lazaruk
  • Jas Chhina
  • Shell Busey
  • John Gibeau
  • Sherrold Haddad
  • Judy Higginbotham

New directors:

  • Nazreen Mohammed – BDC
  • Tammy Johnson – BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Jeff Richards – JE Richards Consulting
  • Margarett Lange – Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel
  • Baljit Sabharwal – Copytek Print Centres

For more information contact Natasha Taylor
Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce
5748 – 176 Street
Cloverdale, BC, V3S 4C8
Phone: (604)574-9802
Fax: (604)574-9122

Coats for Kids

The Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association (GVHBA) is launching its 19th annual Coats for Kids campaign in support of the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, a group whose many initiatives help to provide a brighter Christmas for families in need.

Last year along with the GVHBA office we had 33 member companies at 46 locations in 13 municipalities serve as coat drop-off sites. This year we would like to double that number! This years Coats for kids will run from November 24 to December 04.

Last year the response to Coats for Kids was heartwarming as Lower Mainland residents donated more than 4,993 coats, scarves, gloves, blankets and new unwrapped toys and gifts for distribution to children, teenagers and adults.

In Cloverdale, dropoff locations are:

  • Foster Park Brokers Inc.
    17679 – 57 Avenue
    Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Hazelmere Fireplace and Mantel
    #1, 5422 – 176 Street
    Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cloverdale All Candidates Meeting

An All Candidates Meeting for the municipal election will be held at Shannon Hall on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds on Tuesday, October 28 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM.

The event is free of charge and open to the public. Come listen to what the candidates have to say about issues important to you. Election Day is Saturday, November 15.

The event is co–sponsored by the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce, the Cloverdale BIA and the Cloverdale Community Association.

For more information call the Chamber office at 604-574-9802

Cloverdale Terry Fox Run raises $18,000

The annual Terry Fox Run took place on Sunday, September 14 at the Cloverdale Legion. It was a spectacular day and the enthusiastic spirit of over 230 dedicated participants and volunteers made for a hugely successful year. The Silent Auction was the biggest ever and raised an unbelievable $7,054!

In total we raised just over $18,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation in support of cancer research!

We are all inspired by Terry’s dream and sincerely thank you for your support to help find a cure for cancer.

The Cloverdale Terry Fox Run Team

Cloverdale & District Chamber of Commerce and the Vancouver Board of Trade announce CDCC intent to unite with VBOT

The Cloverdale & District Chamber of Commerce (“CDCC”) is pleased to announce that following CDCC’s discussions over the past few months, its board of directors has voted in favour of formally engaging the Vancouver Board of Trade (“VBOT”) to reach agreement on uniting the two organizations.

CDCC President Brian Young, also the Chief Operating Officer of Surrey and Delta Golf Clubs, is one of the early champions of studying a more strategic relationship that will benefit Cloverdale Chamber members. “The Vancouver Board of Trade is the quintessential business association in The Lower Mainland. They stand alone in all of Canada for their unique professional development and networking programs, their blended policy development approach, and their robust events lineup”, he said. “In addition, our future relationship between the Cloverdale & District Chamber of Commerce and The Vancouver Board of Trade will immediately deliver a much higher value, and broader mix, of financial benefits to our Members than we can offer on our own.”

The next steps involve working groups from both the CDCC and the VBOT reaching agreement on definitive terms of reference, and then presenting the result to Cloverdale Members for a vote at the October 2014 AGM.

Key priorities for both organizations include securing the significantly higher VBOT Membership value for CDCC Members, while at the same time ensuring a continued, engaged local presence in Cloverdale, including Member events and informed community/municipal advocacy efforts.

“We are delighted at the Cloverdale Chamber Board decision”, said Janet Austin, The Vancouver Board of Trade 2014-15 Board Chair. “We look forward to collaborating with the working group of the Cloverdale board to develop a stronger voice for business that will meaningfully benefit the Members of both organizations.”

Cloverdale Members interested in learning more about these discussions and the working group can contact Brian Young at 604-830-4007. Preliminary information in the form of an FAQ will be sent via email directly to CDCC Members.

About the Cloverdale & District Chamber of Commerce: The Cloverdale & District Chamber of Commerce (formerly the Cloverdale Board Of Trade) was established in 1927. Since then, local business and professional men and women have diligently donated time and expertise to promote and enhance the development of Cloverdale and make it a place to do business & commerce. The Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and professional people who join together to promote the well being of the Cloverdale district. The Chamber provides an ongoing liaison with many organizations including the City of Surrey, Surrey Board of Trade, South Surrey White Rock Chamber, BC Chamber of Commerce and many more.

About The Vancouver Board of Trade: Since its inception in 1887, The Vancouver Board of Trade has been recognized as Pacific Canada’s leading business association, engaging members to positively impact public policy at all three levels of government and to succeed and prosper in both the local and global economy. With a predominantly small business membership whose employees comprise one third of BC’s workforce, they leverage this collective strength to facilitate networking opportunities, and provide professional development through four unique Member programs. In addition, VBOT provides a well-respected speakers platform for national and international business and thought leaders to further enlighten BC’s business leaders.

Matthew Good Will Headline Surrey’s 2014 Canada Day Celebration

The City of Surrey and Coast Capital Savings are proud to present Surrey Canada Day 2014. This year’s celebration plans to be the largest Canada Day event in Western Canada with attendance expected to surpass 100,000 people. The event marks Canada’s 147th birthday and highlights include: top-notch entertainment; a half a million square feet of site area; an expanded Kids Play area; family fun for all ages; over 100 exhibitors; Shooting Star Amusements with superior midway games and rides; and a spectacular fireworks for the grand finale.

“Canada Day is a day to celebrate our Canadian pride, heritage and cultural diversity,” said City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “Every year, Surrey hosts a spectacular Canada Day event that keeps getting bigger and better with some of the world’s best headliners. I look forward to seeing everyone there.”

This year’s main stage presented by Chevron boasts another stellar lineup featuring headlining Canadian rock icon, Matthew Good and Vancouver rising stars, Daniel Wesley and Kyprios for an amazing evening of music. During his 20-year career, Matthew Good has released ten studio albums, a live album, and two compilations. All of Good’s studio releases have landed in the Top 10, with two of them debuting at number one. He has achieved multi-platinum status and has been nominated for twenty Juno awards, winning four.

The entertainment line-up runs non-stop all day with a number of musical highlights: newcomers Halfway to Hollywood and country music favourite Ray Gibson kick off the early afternoon music. Barracuda – a Heart Tribute band – and Country Divas will liven up the early evening; and renowned local DJ Flipout will keep the good vibes going between bands.

“Everyone in Surrey looks forward to Canada Day at our high capacity Cloverdale location,” said Councillor Hepner, Chair of the City’s Parks, Recreation & Sport Tourism Committee. “This year’s event has something for everyone: great entertainment, carnival rides, games, community activities and family fun, and one of the best-ever fireworks displays. We’re incredibly thankful to the many generous sponsors, including this year’s presenting sponsor Coast Capital Savings, CTV, Chevron to name a few, that together help make an event of this magnitude so successful.”

The event will take place Tuesday, July 1st at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre located 176 Street & 64th Avenue in Cloverdale. The concert is free to the public and gates open at 10 am with the fireworks show slated for 10:15 pm.

Visit the Surrey Canada Day website for more information.

Surrey Night Market Starts July 4th

We are pleased to announce the opening of a “night market” in Surrey in the first weekend of July.  The Surrey Night Market will be an open air summer market for local residents to sell and consume a variety of local foods, services and goods. This night market will be a multicultural family friendly event for all the residents of Surrey and neighbouring cities.

The Surrey Night Market will be an open air summer market for local residents to sell and consume a variety of local foods, services and goods. This night market will be a multicultural family friendly event for all the residents of Surrey and neighbouring cities.

The Surrey Night Market will also attempt to showcase a variety of local talent in performing arts and create an environment that promotes both community spirit and inclusion across the board.  Every night, local bands, singers, and dancers will get an opportunity to perform on the stage.

The Surrey Night Market will be located at the Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds (6050 176 Street) across from the Agriplex, and will run Fridays and Saturdays, from July 4th to August 30th.

The Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds have sufficient onsite parking spots to handle hundreds of cars at any time.  Parking will be free for “night market” attendees.

For more information see their website at

4-Day Rodeo Competition Brings in Big Crowds with Two Consecutive Sell Outs at the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair

It was an exciting May Long Weekend as the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair celebrated its 68th year of world-class Rodeo action and 126th year of family fun entertainment at the Country Fair.

“We were fortunate to have fantastic weather that brought out excited crowds throughout the entire long weekend,” said Shannon Claypool, President of the Cloverdale Rodeo Exhibition Association. “We were especially thrilled with enthusiastic rodeo crowds, that nearly sold out every performance with two back to back sellouts for Sunday and Monday’s events.”

The Country Fair featured the popular third annual Cowboy Cook-Off BBQ competition that brought more than 25 teams from north to south to compete for $10,000 in prize money. The Fair also hosted the world’s top skateboarders for the 3rd annual World Freestyle Round-Up skateboarding competition.

World’s Top Cowboys Compete

The 68th annual Cloverdale Rodeo showcased the world’s top cowboys and cowgirls at one of the world’s top ten rodeo events. This year, the winners split $328,000 in prize money. In total, more than 21,000 people turned out to see one of North America’s premier pro rodeos during five performances held throughout the four-day event.

The Country Fair attracted long weekend crowds in excess of 86,000 people over the four-day event.

For more information on the Association and the 68th annual Cloverdale Rodeo and the 126th Country Fair, visit

Bill Reid Legacy Unveiling Ceremony

2014-05-15-BillReid 022Surrey Mayor and Council have renamed the Millenium Amphitheatre the “Bill Reid Millenium Amphitheatre” in honour of local community activist and volunteer Bill Reid who passed away last year. Shown here are Bill’s widow Marion and family with Mayor Dianne Watts and other dignitaries. There was a good crowd of Bill’s family and his many friends and colleagues on hand for the dedication.


The Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association re-elected three members to its Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting that took place on March 4th, 2014. Rob Marshall, Randy Miller and Gerry Spielmacher were re-elected in a race that saw six people on the ballot. Shannon Claypool will serve as President for the sixth consecutive year alongside long serving members Rob Marshall, Penny Smythe and Gerry Spielmacher forming the executive of the Association.

“I am incredibly pleased to work with a group of dedicated board members and volunteers who have consistently provided unparalleled support and enthusiasm for the event,” said Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association President Shannon Claypool.  “The strength of the Association is due to the great people that continue to generate ideas, manage logistics and fuel excitement for the event.”

Board member appointments for 2014 are as follows:

Shannon Claypool – President
Rob Marshall – 1st Vice President
Penny Smythe – 2nd Vice President
Gerry Spielmacher – Treasurer
Randy Miller – Membership & Volunteers
Bob Nielsen – Director at Large
John Kageorge – Country Fair Chair
Cathy James – Tourism Surrey Representative
George Siudut – Surrey City Representative
Lisa White – Surrey City Representative
Bruce Hayne – Surrey City Council Representative

The Association has over 250 volunteers and a staff of 11 who work throughout the year to plan, stage and execute the annual Rodeo and Country Fair, one of the most beloved and anticipated family events in British Columbia.