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Pioneers, former mayor honoured at Douglas Day

Former Langley Township mayor Kurt Alberts (right) was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by current mayor Jack Froese at the Douglas Day banquet on Monday, Nov. 19. - HARRY HUNT PHOTO
Former Langley Township mayor Kurt Alberts (right) was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by current mayor Jack Froese at the Douglas Day banquet on Monday, Nov. 19.
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An annual event held to thank Langley’s pioneers for all they have done for the community also celebrated an individual who was bestowed with a very special honour.

More than 200 Langley Township and City pioneers and dozens of guests attended the Douglas Day celebration at the Langley Events Centre on Nov. 19, where they enjoyed lunch, entertainment, and a unique presentation.

A Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was awarded to former Township of Langley staff member and mayor Kurt Alberts. Created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne, the medal is presented to those who have demonstrated dedicated service to their peers, community, and to Canada.

As a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Township was given a medal to present to a community builder, and Township Council chose Alberts as the well-deserved recipient.

“Whether guiding the evolution of our community as the Township’s Director of Community Development or demonstrating leadership and vision as our mayor, Kurt Alberts has helped create an exceptional quality of life for residents by advocating for improvements throughout the community,” said Langley Township Mayor Jack Froese, who presented the medal to Alberts.

After graduating from the University of Waterloo, Alberts started his career as a planner in Ontario before coming to B.C. In 1981, he and his wife Brenda moved to Fort Langley, where they operate the Birthplace of B.C. art gallery.

Alberts served as Langley Township’s Director of Community Development from 1981 to 1997, then took on a role as an elected official when he became mayor from 1999 to 2008.

During that time, he was instrumental in developing the community of Walnut Grove and the Township’s Rural Plan and worked to get the Greater Vancouver Regional District to recognize Langley as a Regional Town Centre in the Livable Region Strategy adopted in 1996.

With a passion for preserving green space, Alberts took on initiatives such as the Township’s Arbour Ribbon, the Fort-to-Fort Trail, and the expansion of Derby Reach. He helped develop the Hope Redwoods natural area and worked to secure significant areas of wildlife habitat in the West Creek Wetlands.

Alberts contributed to the Adopt-a-Street Program, helped create additional playing fields in Aldergrove, and worked to develop partnerships for the Langley Events Centre. He was also committed to the dredging of the Bedford channel and waterfront development in Fort Langley, and to the creation of Langley’s Gateway of Hope.

Alberts has been recognized for his dedication to heritage conservation and for his volunteer service as a Rotarian.

During the Douglas Day celebration, Langley residents who are at least 70 years of age and have lived in the Township or the City for more than 60 years also enjoyed musical entertainment by Mixed Company, shared stories and memories, and socialized.

The event is held each year to pay tribute to pioneering families whose hard work, values, and traditions helped shape our community. It commemorates the founding of the Crown Colony of British Columbia in Fort Langley on Nov. 19, 1858, and recognizes the appointment of Sir James Douglas as the first Governor of B.C.

Douglas Day has been recognized in the Township of Langley since the 1920s and the banquet has been held annually for more than 60 years. In 1946, the celebration of Douglas Day was established by municipal bylaw. While many municipalities in the Lower Mainland celebrated Douglas Day in the past, Langley is one of the few to continue the tradition.

 

Douglas Day 2012: Official Pioneer List

The Township of Langley and City of Langley are proud of the contributions made by pioneering families. It is with much gratitude that we honour these pioneers for the dreams they have seen fulfilled, for the values they set, and for the traditions they established that we continue to value. The following is a listing of Langley’s current pioneers. We apologize for any inadvertent errors or omissions.

Bill and Blanche Ainsworth

Charlie and Lorraine Allen

Benny and Penny Anderlini

Bob and Susan Anderlini

Mario and Karen Anderlini

Ray Anderlini

Albert and Dorothy Anderson

Gezina Anderson

Muriel Anderson

Harvey and Dianne Antonsen

Malcolm and Lorna Arkinstall

Jean Bachen

Dick and June Barichello

Del Barron

Walt Barron

Elsie Beggs

Katie Beier

Myrna Bellamy

Bill and Mildred Berry

Ernie and Sharon Bird

Phyllis Bishop

Sven Bjorknas

Doris Blair

Italo and Jackie Bonetti

Bruce and Karen Brandow

Doris Braun

Frank and Chrissie Braun

Martha Braun

Ed Bregg

Joe and Marie Breier

Barrie and Beverley Brown

Myrtle (Walli) Burnell

Norma Carruthers

Queenie Carson

Allan Cartwright

Wilfred and Jeanette Cartwright

Dick and Betty-Lou Chell

Barbara Chiste

Ken and Lenore Christensen

Irma Cockett

Walter Compton

Nadia Cooper

Barbara Cornies

Thelma Coward

Betty Cox

Marshall and Jennifer Cronkhite

Hugh Davis

Jean Davis

Rodney and Ada Deans

George and Marge DeGianni

Alfred and Eleanor Deglan

Daroyl and Evi Dent

Alex and Lois Dickson

Dietrich and Nettie Driediger

Kaye Easingwood

Seward and Joy Easingwood

Effie Ebbeson

Roy English

Ruth Erickson

Helen Fast

Jim and Dorothy Ferguson

Joe and Florence Fifer

Barney Flowerdew

Audree Foster

Hilda Frosdorf

Mona Fruno

Charlie and Arlene Gandy

Helen Gardner

Peter and Rosemary Genberg

Bruno and Shirley Giacomazzi

Roy Giacomazzi

Jake and Helen Giesbrecht

Jarnail Gill

Annie Goddard

Tom Goodyear

Victor Gorcak

Ethel Graham

Lillian Graham

Betty Granholm

Bruce and Nicole Granholm

Maxine Grant

Terry and Joyce Greenfield

Eunice Greenwood

Ben Greer

Bob and Helen Griffiths

Wilfred and Barbara Haid

Paul and Joyce Hamilton

Marguerite Hanson

Hazel Harrower

Gordon and Cora Hayward

Verna Hickey

Gordon and Joan Hill

Jean Hope

Mervyn and Margaret Hunter

Tom Hunter

Charlie Iberg

Norma Jamieson

Alice Johnson

Rodney and Dorothy Johnston

Dick Jones

Carel and Lynda Jongs

Eugene (Gene) and Shirley Kaetler

Alice Kennedy

Edward (Ed) Kosciuk

Walt and Mary Koziel

Helmut and Shirley Kramer

Alica Kuhar

Gerald and Anna Larsen

Don and Gwen Lee

Marj Lee

Kay Lindquist

Diane Logan

Percy and Kay Lotzer

Albert and Elsie Lundin

Freda Lynch

Gail Lynch

Walter and Jean Makela

William and Etta Marr

Elsie Martin

John Masztalar

Mike Masztalar

Roy and Vicky Matts

Joan Mayo

Peggy McGregor

Nora McKain

Edna McLeod

Donna McTaggart

Genny Milligan

Phillip and Judith Miskulin

Margaret Mitcham

Mary Mitchell

Dave and Diane Moffat

Iris Mooney

Doug and June Moore

Roy and Beryl Moore

Fay Morelli

Grace Morelli

Vernon and Merrilyn Morelli

Madge Mowles

Claud and Darlene Muench

Jack Muench

Pat Muench

Pat Mufford

Joyce Murchison

Lurene Music

Fred and Frances Mutch

Frank and Eva Napier

Bonnie Nelson

Ruth Nelson

Don and Marion Nundal

Mary Olafson

Sam and Pam Omelaniec

Vera Omelaniec

David and Sheila Ormrod

Betty Oswald

Eleanor Packard

Eileen Palmer

Norman and Joyce Paterson

Cully Penzer

Fred and Maureen Pepin

Gladys Peterson

Bill Pidruczny

George and Audrey Pihan

Sue Plumridge

Edward Powroznik

Mary Probert

Jerry and Bev Radtke

Arlen and Marilyn Randen

Max and Molly Reding

Dick Rees

Charlie and Doreen Reid

Don and Bernice Reid

Don and Lorraine Reimer

Ann Renfors

John and Doris Riedweg

Jack Roberts

Bernice Robinson

Marilyn Rockson

Ellen Rooke

Mary Sanderson

Wilfried and Ida Schnabel

Roy and Grace Seifred

Diana Sendall

Jean Seymour

Norman Severide

Norman and Mabel Sherritt

Bill and Gail Shields

Marjorie Shiell

Ted and Alfie Smaback

Charlie Smith

Ron and Jean Smith

Wilma Stromsten

Doris Stroyan

Allen and Gwen Sturn

Jean Synge

Gerald Tapp

Robert and Joan Tapp

Al and Marilyn Tecklenborg

Phyllis Thomas

Lillian Thomson

Bryan and Joyce Trattle

Bill and Mary Twemlow

Barry and Susan Vaughan

Ernest Vaughan

Harold and Joanne Vaughan

Laverne and Elaine Vaughan

Stan Warner

Anita Waska

Phyllis Waugh

Phyllis Wegesser

Wayne and Betty Westby

Irene Western

Fenn and Mary Williams

Doreen Willushaw

Grace Wilson

Lilian Witt

Leonard Woods

Jack and Ellen Worrell

Shirley (Sally) Worrell

Joe and Carol Wrazy

Don Wrightman

Ron and Marilyn Yates

John and Shirley Yeomans

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