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Stephanie Cadieux to run in Surrey-Cloverdale; Former MP Sukh Dhaliwal to run in Surrey-Panorama

The BC Liberal team for the next election continues to take shape. Children and Family Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux has decided to run in the riding in which she lives, Surrey-Cloverdale, in the next election. Also, twice-elected former Member of Parliament Sukh Dhaliwal will be the Party’s new candidate in Surrey-Panorama.

The nomination in Cloverdale opened up when current MLA Kevin Falcon announced that he would not be seeking re-election.

“I’m proud of the work I have done in my constituency and value the relationships I have formed since 2009,” said Cadieux. “The opportunity to run in the riding where I live makes sense for me personally, and also continues to allow me to deliver for all of Surrey.”

Dhaliwal, a resident of Surrey-Panorama since 1997, was a Member of Parliament from Surrey, elected in 2006 and 2008. He is excited about running again for public office, this time as part of Premier Christy Clark’s 2013 team.

“British Columbia is at a crucial point in history, and the BC Liberals are the best option for our province’s economy,” said Dhaliwal. “Offering families low taxes, a clear plan for growth and the fiscal capacity for strong systems of support are values that I firmly believe in.”

“Sukh will work hard to earn the vote of Panorama constituents and even harder on their behalf as MLA,” said Cadieux.

“I am fully supportive of both Sukh and Stephanie’s candidacies. They will ensure their ridings have strong representation for years to come,” said Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Kevin Falcon.

Cadieux and Dhaliwal will have a joint candidate selection meeting in Surrey on November 14th. Both candidates have been acclaimed.

Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association Announces New General Manager

The Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association has selected a new General Manager to lead the world-famous Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair and management of the eight facilities that host more than 710 events annually at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds.

Mike MacSorley has been named General Manager, bringing over twenty years of event industry experience working for organizations such as the Pacific National Exhibition.

“Mike brings a wealth of high caliber experience in the events and facility management sectors, and we’re looking forward to having his expertise in moving our Association forward,” says Association President Shannon Claypool. “Along with a substantive and dynamic year round events portfolio, the organization stages one of the most popular annual events in British Columbia in the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair. Mike’s experience will help make the Association, and event, even stronger.”

The 2012 Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair will take place May 17 – 20, 2013, at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. For more information visit

Kevin Falcon Steps Down

Cloverdale MLA Kevin Falcon announced today that he is stepping down as Deputy Premier and Finance Minister, and will not run in the next election. The following is the text of his press release:

“Today I advised the Premier that I will not be a candidate in the upcoming Provincial election. I also informed the Premier that I will be resigning as Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance effective immediately. I will remain in my role as MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale.

I have made these decisions for both personal and practical reasons. On the personal level, I wish to spend more time with my wife Jessica and our 2 ½ year old daughter Josephine. Of equal importance, I am pleased to publicly disclose that Jessica and I are expecting another baby due in February 2013. Those familiar with the role of a Minister of Finance know that the lead up to a budget and its delivery in February, is a time of great stress and pressure. I am looking forward to participating in this exciting event, unburdened by the demands of the office.

After almost 12 years in public life, I wish to return to the private sector in a yet to be determined role. I feel enormously blessed and privileged to have served the constituents of Surrey-Cloverdale for almost 12 years. Inevitably there will be those who will question the timing of my decision or why I would not stay on as Minister until the election. Putting aside the timing associated with the newest addition to our family in February, I genuinely believe the Premier requires a Finance Minister who will prepare a budget and make taxation/spending measures that he or she will be prepared to defend in the upcoming election campaign.

I look back over my time as an MLA and Minister with great humility and pride. Humility, for being given the opportunity to serve as Minister of Deregulation, Transportation and Infrastructure, Health and Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier. Pride in working with colleagues to initiate and oversee some of the largest capital investments in BC history. Whether it’s the Port Mann bridge, Canada Line, Sea to Sky Highway, or working with my colleagues in Surrey to initiate the largest health investment in BC history (the $800m construction of a new Surrey Memorial Hospital and Jimmy Pattison Outpatient building), I am proud of what we’ve accomplished together. But I am equally proud of our health care innovations such as patient focused funding. In addition, having the Province’s Triple AAA credit rating re-affirmed, while many other jurisdictions are seeing credit downgrades, is a noteworthy achievement.

While hindsight allows us the opportunity to recognize what we could have done better, I take great satisfaction from seeing our province’s standing in the world today. During the last decade we’ve managed to make record investments in schools, hospitals, post-secondary institutions and our transportation network. All while reducing our debt to GDP ratio to amongst the world’s lowest. None of this would be possible without the support of my colleagues in often challenging circumstances.

I want to thank Premier Christy Clark for her support and dedication as leader of our party and Government.  Over the last 18 months, I have witnessed firsthand how well she can connect with individual British Columbians in communities across the Province. I also firmly believe that she is a great campaigner and communicator who will aggressively promote the Free Enterprise cause.

I also wish to acknowledge the leadership of former premier Gordon Campbell, who I had the privilege of working with for almost 10 years. We all know that BC politics is tough on premiers and most leave office followed by much criticism. This was certainly the case with former premiers WAC Bennett and Bill Bennett, though the passage of time allows for a better perspective. The Bennett’s are now viewed, appropriately, as visionary builders who guided British Columbia through challenging decades. Gordon Campbell repeatedly made difficult decisions to secure a better province for the next generation. I want to publicly thank him for providing his strong support and backing for numerous projects and causes I had the privilege of leading.

I also thank my fellow BC Liberal MLA’s for their contributions to public life. I have been honoured to serve alongside them and will continue to support their re-elections in whatever manner possible. I also thank members of the BC public service and my Ministerial office staff – past and present – that I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with. Their professionalism and performance allow British Columbia to be a leader in the country in a wide array of public policy initiatives.

Finally, I want to briefly reflect on 12 years of public life. I wish to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all those in public life, from all parties. The travel and time from away from family alone warrants appreciation. While it’s easy to succumb to doing what is expedient, over what is right – I will always admire those in public life who have the courage of their convictions. Even if you disagree with their policies, applaud (if only quietly) their courage for doing what they believe is right.

Again, thank you to my constituents, all members of the legislative assembly and members of the provincial media and the thousands of British Columbians I’ve had the privilege of working with to build a better province.”

Surrey Expands & Enhances Cycling Network

The City of Surrey will complete over 70 actions for change in order to create a more cycling-friendly community. A new comprehensive Cycling Plan will be unveiled at Council tonight which is focused around four key principles: Expanding and improving the on- and off-street cycling network; Increasing the availability, quality and variety of end-of-trip facilities; Keeping the network safe, visible, and in good condition; Promoting safe cycling as a healthy, fun, affordable and sustainable way to travel

”Our new Cycling Plan provides clear direction, strategies and increased focus on this active and cost-effective mode of transportation,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “The strategy is not just about building bike routes. It addresses all the factors that are important to making cycling a safe, attractive and viable transportation choice.” She adds that many of the most successful and livable cities in the world have high levels of cycling.

The City’s overall investment in cycling infrastructure is now close to 14 per cent of the total transportation budget. The new Cycling Plan and increased funding levels will boost cycling and support the 2040 regional targets, which are:

  • 15 per cent of all trips less than 8 km to be made by bicycle
  • 50 per cent of all cycling trips made by females
  • 15 per cent fewer deaths or serious injuries while cycling

“The plan builds on the 2008 Transportation Strategic Plan and includes new policies and initiatives, as well as action plans that are already underway,” says Councillor Tom Gill, Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “It complements our Walking Plan and Greenways Plan which were implemented over the past 18 months.”

The strategy was developed after extensive consultation with key stakeholders, including community and business associations, advocacy and environmental groups, the School District, Health Authority, transportation agencies, and cycling organizations. An online survey, which resulted in 400 responses, was conducted, and an open house was held in 2011 to present information and invite input into the drafts of the Cycling Plan and the Greenways Plan.

For more information and to download a copy of the Cycling Plan, please visit:

Grade 10 student at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary in need of our Community’s support

Dylan Battye is a Grade 10 student at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary who is in need of our community’s support.

Dylan is a strong, athletic young man in top shape.  He is a member of our school’s football team, as well a member of the Canadian National Ball Hockey team which is travelling to the World Juniors in Czechoslovakia in June.  Unfortunately, Dylan will not be able to join them.

Just over three months ago, Dylan contracted what his family and doctors originally felt was a bad cold.  However, within a week, Dylan was put in a drug induced coma at Children’s Hospital on life support, with his doctors at a loss as to what sort of virus was attacking him.

Dylan is on his way to recovering, but due to complications from this illness, he has lost part of his leg and his dream of competing internationally has been shelved for the near future.

Our Cloverdale family – his friends, teachers, teammates and coaches, would like to support Dylan in his recovery and encourage him to pursue his dreams.  We are fundraising to purchase an athletic prosthetic.  Your company can assist us by providing a donation of goods / services for a silent auction at a fundraising evening at 6:00 pm, June 15, 2012 at the Thirsty Penguin Grillhouse, Langley Twin Rinks, 5700 Langley By-Pass.

All donations will be processed through Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School.  Cash donations can be made to the “Dylan Battye Trust Account” at any Envision Credit Union location.

This event is endorsed by the Lord Tweedsmuir Parent Advisory Committee.  We thank you in advance for your support of the Battye family.


Ron S. Rutley
Director of Music
Dept. Head Performing Arts
LT Secondary School
School 604 574-7407
Cell 778 242-7566

Kurt Thornton
Football Coach /Counsellor
Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School

Theresa Weltzin
Lord Tweedsmuir PAC

Cloverdale Recreation Centre Earns Distinctive Facility Excellence Award

The Cloverdale Recreation Centre has won a prestigious award for outstanding achievements in design development, facility concept, and operation. The City of Surrey received the ‘Award of Facility Excellence’ from the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) in Victoria on Thursday (May 10th).

“We’re very proud that our Cloverdale Recreation Centre has received this award, it is a tremendous honour,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “The City of Surrey is committed to building unique and innovative facilities that promote healthy communities.”

The Cloverdale Recreation Centre presents an inviting and warm atmosphere from the moment you enter the large open foyer. The building design includes natural lighting, open lounge areas, and a welcoming environment for visitors and members. Key building features include three gymnasiums, a wellness room, two preschool rooms, a child-minding area, a youth activity room, a senior’s lounge, and several multipurpose rooms. It also offers a unique elliptical-shaped spin and wellness studio and an innovation fitness centre that focuses on functional movement training. The facility lobby also features a unique public art piece, called “Flow and Variations on Flow” by BC Artist Robert Studer.

“This new multi-use multi-generational facility enables expanded capacity and programming for all ages meeting the growing needs of young families”, said Councillor Hepner, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee. “With three gymnasiums and added capacity, this facility offers the opportunity to host a variety of large scale of events as part of our new Sport Tourism Plan.”

For more information on the programs and services offered at the newly opened Cloverdale Recreation Centre, visit

Brick Yard Station almost ready

The new Brick Yard Station is nearing completion, with the first business, Staples, already open. Other businesses are expected to open by the end of May or early June.

Among those preparing to open are Rexall Drugs, CIBC, Original Joe’s, Quiznos, and Starbucks. For a map of the development and a tenant list, see

Brickyard Station is located at the corner of Highway’s 10 & 15 (56 Avenue & 175 Street) in Cloverdale. The developer is Anthem Properties.

Sam Roberts to Headline Surrey Canada Day Celebration

Coast Capital Savings and City of Surrey are proud to present Surrey Canada Day 2012. This event has grown to become the largest Canada Day celebration in Western Canada with attendance last year surpassing 100,000 people. The event features world class entertainment, great food and endless family fun (including games and amusement rides), all capped with a Spectacular fireworks finale.

“Surrey Canada Day is an exciting event for the entire family! Every year we welcome proud Canadians from around the region to celebrate our country’s birthday and showcase our national pride and community spirit,” said Mayor Dianne Watts.

This year’s main stage presented by Chevron boasts another stellar line-up featuring headlining Canadian rock icon, Sam Roberts Band and Vancouver rising star, Hannah Georgas for an amazing evening of music. Sam Roberts is a six-time Juno award winner whose debut album became one of the best selling independent releases in Canadian music history. His impressive string of hits includes “Brother Down,” “Don’t Walk Away Eileen” and “Where Have All the Good People Gone.”

The entertainment line-up runs non-stop all day with a number of musical gems including the collaborative alternative-country group The High Bar Gang (featuring Shari Ulrich, Colin Nairne, Barney Bentall and more) kicks off the early afternoon music, followed up by hit pop singer/songwriter Andrew Allen. Blaze of Glory – a Bon Jovi Tribute is up next, with legendary Jerry Doucette and the dynamic Jordan Cook each delivering blistering guitar-driven sets.

“Surrey’s Canada Day is a great time to get out in your community and help celebrate our nation’s 144th birthday”, said Councillor Hepner, Chair of the City’s Parks, Recreation & Sport Tourism Committee. “An event of this magnitude would not be possible without the generous support of various sponsors from our business community like Coast Capital, Chevron, Fruiticana, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation and CTV.”

Returning for another year is the dual stage line-up for the second stage presented by The Peak 100.5. Billed as The Peak Performance Stage, this ambitious set-up will feature two side-by-side stages running non-stop all day to host the top 20 bands in BC as selected for the Peak Performance Project.

Another special attraction includes the incredible Global FMX freestyle motocross team who will launch over an 80 foot gap at heights of over 30 feet high. In addition, Shooting Star Amusements will have a full range of family-oriented fun for the younger crowd, including amusements, interactive games and bouncy castles.

Surrey Canada Day will take place Sunday July 1st at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre located 176th Street & 64th Avenue. The concert is free to the public and gates open at 10:00 am with the fireworks show slated for 10:15 pm.

Find out more by visiting

Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association Elects 2012 Board Members

The Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association has re-elected two incumbents and one new member to the Board of Directors at its Annual General Meeting that took place on March 27th. Long serving members Rob Marshall and Gerry Spielmacher were re-elected while longtime volunteer Jenece Stinson was elected for the first time. Marshall, Spielmacher and Stinson will serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors.

During the AGM another longtime volunteer, former Association Treasurer Ken Kachur, who stepped down prior to the AGM, was recognized for over twenty years of dedicated service to the organization. “Ken has been an integral part of our organization for many years,” said President Shannon Claypool. “He was an incredibly active volunteer even acted as interim General Manager in 2010, on a volunteer basis, as the Association transitioned between General Managers. The Board certainly recognizes Ken’s dedication to this Association and event.”

The Association also awarded four long serving volunteers “Lifetime Members” of the Association – Rocky Rockwell, who served as a member of the Board of Directors and held the positions of Rodeo Chair and Volunteer Chair; Florian Kirner volunteered for over two decades, served as a member of the Board of Directors and chaired the Country Fair Committee and Ernie and Charlene Bayer, who also have volunteered for over two decades. All Four were named Lifetime Members of the Association.

“The strength of this Association is largely because of the dedication of our volunteers,” says President Shannon Claypool. “These four long serving members are extremely worthy of this honour.”

The Association has over 500 volunteers and a staff of 11 who work though out the year to plan, stage and execute the annual Rodeo and Country Fair, one of the most beloved and best attended family events in British Columbia.

Looking for Photos

HorseRacingBC is looking for old photos of people or horses from the past. Jockeys, trainers and backstretch personnel from BC’s racing history are welcome and will be used in future issues. Each photo will be scanned and returned to it’s owner in the condition it is received. No win-photos please.

For more information see their website at