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Celebration of Life for Bill Reid

The community celebration for Bill’s life will take place on Saturday, June 15, at the Cloverdale Rec Centre (6188 – 176 Street) from noon to 3:00 pm. Reception and refreshments to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to organizations that Bill supported:

C.H.I.L.D. Foundation
Launching Pad

For more information call the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce at 604-574-9802.

Bill Reid passes away

Bill ReidBill Reid, referred to by many as Cloverdale’s “unofficial mayor”, died on May 28 at the age of 78, after a long battle with cancer.

Bill was Executive Director of the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce, and worked tirelessly and with great enthusiasm to promote the town he often referred to as “the Centre of the Universe”.

Bill had a long history of public service and community involvement. From 1973 to 1978 he served as an alderman in the Municipality of Delta. In 1983 he entered provincial politics, winning the old riding of Surrey and serving in the Social Credit government of Bill Bennet. In 1986 he won the new riding of Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale, which he held until 1991, serving under Bill Bennet and later Bill Vander Zalm. He was Minister of Tourism from 1986 to 1991, and was a great promoter of B.C. during Expo 86.

After leaving provincial politics, he devoted himself to community service. He became president of the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce, and later became its Executive Director, a position he held until his death. He genuinely loved Cloverdale and it’s people and worked hard to promote it and make it a great place to live. He was truly “Mr. Cloverdale”.

He was also involved in many other community and service groups. Among other things, he served as vice-president of the Cloverdale Business Improvement Association, president of the South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce, co-chairman of the Surrey Spirit of B.C. Committee, a board member of the Surrey Heritage Society, a board member of the Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association, and a member of the Fraser Valley Heritage Rail Society. He was also a member of the Rotary and Kinsmen clubs, and the Cloverdale Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

In 2012 Bill was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant service to his community, and in 2013 was named Surrey’s Good Citizen of the Year.

We extend our condolences to his wife Marion and their family.

Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair Celebrated May Long Weekend with Cowboys, Cook Offs, Skateboarding and Sun!

It was a fun filled May Long Weekend as the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair celebrated its 66th year of world class Rodeo action and 124th year of family fun entertainment at the Country Fair.

Crowds giddied up for the exciting sights and events and enjoyed fair weather on Friday and Saturday while splashing around in the rain on Sunday and Monday in true BC fashion. “We were so pleased to see the community turn out on Saturday which was one of the best attended days at the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair in the past ten years,” said Shannon Claypool, President of the Cloverdale Rodeo Exhibition Association. “We were especially delighted to have a sold out Saturday afternoon Rodeo and had strong attendance at the Sunday afternoon Rodeo despite the weather.”

This year’s event showcased many new features including the first annual Cowboy Cook Off BBQ competition that saw competitors from as far away as Montana and Kansas compete for $10,000 in prize money, and the World Freestyle Round Up skateboarding competition that brought the world’s top skateboarders from five continents together to compete in Surrey.

One of the World’s Toughest Cowboys Wins Big at Cloverdale

The 66th annual Cloverdale Rodeo showcased the world’s top cowboys and cowgirls at one of the world’s top ten Rodeos. This year, top cowboys and cowgirls took home $300,000 in prize money. After a disappointing initial performance Sunday in Bareback Riding, Kaycee Feild from Payson, Utah, did not disappoint in the finals. The 2011 World Champion and 2012 Rodeo Houston Champion scored 90 points to add 2012 Cloverdale Rodeo Champion to his list of wins this season. Jesse Wright, one of three Wright brothers to compete in Saddle Bronc at Cloverdale Rodeo, continued his streak as the top earner this year winning $15,000 in the finals. In Ladies Barrel Racing, The 2011 Calgary Stampede Champion, Sydni Blanchard earned the title of 2012 Cloverdale Rodeo Champion. Laura James from Kamloops, was the only BC competitor to place in the finals, finishing fifth. Travis Atkinson from Levi, Utah, was the top bull rider in the finals scoring 89 and earning $16,250 in the Monday finals.

In total, more than 14,000 people turned out to see one of North America’s premier pro rodeos during five performances held throughout the four day event.

Stephanie Cadieux wins in Surrey-Cloverdale

Stephanie CadieuxStephanie Cadieux won Surrey-Cloverdale handily in yesterday’s provincial election, garnering more than twice the votes of her nearest rival. Latest results with all polls reporting are:

  • Stephanie Cadieux (Liberal) 16,392
  • Harry Kooner (NDP) 8,120
  • Howard Wu (Conservative) 1,922
  • Matt William Begley (unaffiliated) 862

Ms. Cadieux ran for Surrey-Panorama in the 2009 election, but decided to run in her home riding of Surrey-Cloverdale when former MLA Kevin Falcon decided not to run in 2013.

As MLA for Surrey-Panorama she held several cabinet posts including Minister of Social Development, Minister of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government and Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Most recently she served as Minister of Children and Family Development.

Congratulations to Ms. Cadieux on her win.

    Bill Reid Named Good Citizen of the Year!

    BillReidSurrey Mayor Dianne Watts and Surrey City Council named Surrey’s Bill Reid this year’s Good Citizen of the Year Award last night at the City’s annual volunteer services celebration. The event was established by Surrey City Council and honours committee volunteers for their hard work throughout the year.

    “We are very fortunate to have so many talented people contribute their time and energy to help build a stronger Surrey,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “Bill Reid has been tirelessly serving our community for over five decades. He has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to our city and has spent most of his life working to enhance our business environment.”

    Some of Bill’s legacies include:

    • Executive Director of the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce
    • Cloverdale Kinsmen Club member since 1961
    • Board Member on the Cloverdale Rodeo Board, the Surrey Heritage Society and the Fraser Valley Heritage Rail Society
    • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient
    • MLA for Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale (1983 to 1991); and former Minister of Tourism
    • Former President of the White Rock/Surrey Chamber of Commerce
    • Former VP of the Cloverdale BIA

    The Good Citizen award recipient is chosen by Council and is presented to a City of Surrey resident who has given outstanding services for the betterment of the community.

    Paul Orazietti, the Executive Director of the Cloverdale BIA accepted the award on Bill’s behalf.

    Rodeo Volunteers Needed

    This year’s Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair will be taking place on May 17 – 20 and we are looking for volunteers to take part in our fun filled weekend. There are many volunteer opportunities available in a variety of areas during the long weekend. Whether you’re interested in volunteering for one shift or several, we can accommodate your schedule. If you are already on a committee, come on down and hear what’s in store for this year’s exciting event.

    If you’re interested in volunteering and would like to find out more information, we encourage you to attend our Volunteer Orientation Night, which will take place on Wednesday April 24 at 7:00 pm in the Shannon Hall on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. The doors will be open at 6:30 pm with food and refreshments served. This is an evening where you can learn all about the volunteer opportunities and sign up for a variety of positions.

    If you would like further information regarding volunteer opportunities or the Volunteer Orientation Night, please feel free to contact us at any time. Thank you for your support with the Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Association. It is greatly appreciated.

    Hope to see you at the Volunteer Orientation Night! Feel free to bring a friend!

    Day Camps Registration Starts Monday April 22nd

    Summer Day Camps registration is just around the corner (starts April 22nd) and the City is gearing up for another action-packed day camps season.

    Weekly and daily camps are available at convenient locations throughout Surrey. Our day camps offer something for everyone: Art Camps, Science Camps, Funzone Camps, Sports Camps, Outdoor Adventures, Adapted Camps for children with disabilities and much more. Check out our website at to view this year’s camps and register starting April 22nd.

    Our Day Camps leaders are excited about the opportunity to meet your child this summer. We hire only the best and can assure a fun, safe and rewarding experience for all that take part.

    The Surrey Day Camps Team

    Information provided by The City of Surrey

    Campaign Offices Open This Weekend

    Two provincial election campaign offices are opening in Cloverdale this weekend.

    Liberal candidate Stephanie Cadieux is holding a Campaign Office Grand Opening  on Saturday, April 6 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at her campaign office at Unit 101 – 5658 – 176 Street.

    NDP candidate Harry Kooner is having his Campaign Office Opening on Sunday, April 7 from Noon to 4:00 PM at his campaign office at #101 – 17700 Highway 10.

    The provincial election is being held on Tuesday, May 14.

    Clova Cinema does Harlem Shake

    Over 100 people filled the Clova Cinema on Saturday to stage a “Harlem Shake”.

    Congratulations to Gumby and the Carrot who won the costume contest. They won free popcorn for a year!

    See the video on YouTube at

    Surrey Firefighters Goodwill Sr. Girls Basketball Classic

    Since 2001, the Surrey Firefighters have been proud sponsors of the “Goodwill Sr. Girls Basketball Classic” held every January in Surrey’s Secondary high schools. This year the host school is Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary.

    Up to twenty teams from Surrey participate in the city invitational where many teams have made it a permanent fixture in their tournament calendar.

    Many firefighters volunteer their time organizing game schedules, sponsorships and providing BBQ sales with all proceeds supporting the tournament. The theme of the tournament involves promoting volunteerism, diversity in the fire service, and female sport.

    In promoting ‘Goodwill’, the Surrey Firefighters Charitable Society offers several bursaries each year to those who have outstanding volunteer service in their community. Each candidate (senior) applies in writing, along with references and grade transcripts, and is reviewed by the school board and firefighter representatives. As part of our Youth and Education program, it is the Surrey Firefighters Charitable Society’s goal to deliver the funds from all donors to the deserving student-athletes of Surrey – we are proud to announce that we have awarded over $60,000 in total.

    A special thanks to our MVP sponsor, Big Kahuna Sport Company for their continued support to our youth and education program. Since the tournament’s inception, Big Kahuna has donated generously a number of scholarships and merchandise helping our charitable society deliver back to the community.

    The tournament is being held at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School, 6151-180th Street, from January 8 to January 12. For more information see