NOVEMBER 2018 AGM AND COMMUNITY MEETING

Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm

Place: 20097 72nd Ave, Langley (Shepherd of the Valley Church – signs will be posted inside)


Join us for a brief speaker and our Annual General Meeting!  We will be having a rousing discussion about all kinds of exciting things!  Trust me, you want to be there!

 

You can become a voting member by going here: https://willoughbyresidents.org/membership/ to get more say on what the WRA represents.  In the meantime, our membership base has doubled in this last year and some recent activity has brought us in contact with both new and old residents, all of whom have concerns.

 

E-Members (non-voting) will be receiving further contact information and you can become an E-member by clicking the link here:  http://eepurl.com/cqDLjz

And what can you do in the meantime?  Start by spreading the word.  Share our Facebook posts, re-tweet us.  Make sure your neighbours know that we’re here!  We’re like Horton and the Who’s!

Letter to the editor: Voter Engagement

Dear Editor

What does it take to get voters engaged?  Municipal elections are notorious for poor attendance, yet it is that level of government that affects our lives on a daily basis.  The municipal government have the say in our water quality through our local streams, our air quality, and the living plant life around us – from trees to community gardens.  They decide on public safety with things like sidewalks, bike lanes, policing, and promoting programs like Block Watch.

The population of Langley in 2016 was 117,285 (2016 Census).  The population of Willoughby-Willowbrook is 30,967 (26% – almost 1/3 of the voters in Langley Township).  A May 23, 2018 letter we received from the Township indicates they had 3,166 votes in the last election from Willoughby and it was inferred by the lack of polling places that they expect the same this election.

In a part of the world where we are so lucky to have a say in our government structure, it is most unfortunate that apathy abounds.  And if we, the voters don’t care, we get an equal response from the Township with lack of polling places and election propaganda that numbs us.

I really want to know what it will take to get the people in the Willoughby area to show up – either in the advance polls from October 10 to 18th or on voting day, October 20.  I know, everyone’s busy and it’s hard to find that 15 minutes somewhere on those 9 days.    And to make it more like a game, if I’m reading the website correctly, it appears that the advance polls are going to move around so you can see if you can actually find them. This is the way the TOL likes to tease us instead of encouraging us to be connected.

But let’s show them we are up for the game.  Let’s pick a polling place from: https://www.tol.ca/your-township/elections/2018-elections/   Get your children involved.  Have them direct you to whatever day you find yourself closest to a polling place.  Wouldn’t it be great, Willoughby, if a third of our third – 10,000 of us – got out and voted in this municipal election?  Be engaged.  Be part of the solution.  Be the change you want to see.

And I would, of course, be remiss if I didn’t point out the Willoughby Residents Association is hosting an All Candidates Meeting Oct 11 at 7pm at the Shepherd of the Valley church.   If people want to go beyond just voting, there’s a good place to start to get information.

2018 Municipal election All Candidates Meeting

The Willoughby Residents Association (“WRA”) will be hosting an All Candidates’ Meeting (“ACM”) on

WHEN: Thursday, October 11, 2018

TIME: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

WHERE: 20097 72nd Ave, Langley, BC (Shepherd of the Valley Church auditorium)

This is the first time the WRA has sponsored an All Candidates’ Meeting.  The suggested donation will be $5 or more (cash only, we will have no change), as your pocket book permits.  If you are a resident of WIlloughby, however, we will also give you a membership form with that.

The format will be written submissions done at the door.  Paid, voting members will get a form sent in advance for early submission.

At the request of members, anyone running for an elected position other than school board is cordially invited to attend and will receive an invitation.

While the focus of the #ACM2018 will be on Willoughby, everyone is welcome to attend whether you are a Willoughby resident or not.   This is your Township; come ask those questions!

 

The WRA is an apolitical grassroots organization.   Why do we do an ACM?  Because we care about our community and hope by doing so, we can provide the opportunity for public engagement.

Entrance will be first-come first-seated, doors will open at 6:30 pm.

Please join us in learning more about the people with whom you wish to entrust your tax dollars.

 

We have had confirmation of attendance from

Bob Long

Alex Joehl

Michelle Connerty

Steve Ferguson

Margaret Kunst

Michael Pratt

Angie Quaale

Kim Richter

Gail Chaddock-Costello

Bev Dornan

Kerri Ross

Harold Whittell

Jonathan Houweling

Petrina Arnason

Anna Remenik

David Davis

Stacey Wakelin

 

SEPTEMBER 2018 COMMUNITY MEETING

HAVE YOU COMPLETED THE SURVEY?  If not, why not?  It is open until August 15.  It is on the agenda for our September meeting which is:

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm

Place: 20097 72nd Ave, Langley (Shepherd of the Valley Church – signs will be posted inside)

Next municipal election October 20 – VOTE

 

We have no speaker as the primary topic will be the October 11 All Candidate’s meeting “ACM”. We will have an update from our last meeting, including the umbrella group for the TOL community associations. As well, we have been attending council meetings and will have some updates.

 

You can become a voting member by going here: https://willoughbyresidents.org/membership/ to get more say on what the WRA represents.  In the meantime, our membership base is growing and some recent activity has brought us in contact with both new and old residents, all of whom have concerns.

 

E-Members (non-voting) will be receiving further contact information and you can become an E-member by clicking the link here:  http://eepurl.com/cqDLjz

And what can you do in the meantime?  Start by spreading the word.  Share our Facebook posts, re-tweet us.  Make sure your neighbours know about our survey and about the All Candidate’s meeting!

Survey: a WRA first

In order to ensure we are fairly representing the residents of Willoughby please complete the attached.

We will leave it open until mid-August to give us time to report at the September meeting.

We would encourage all Langley residents to respond – so please pass on to your friends and neighbours.

Create your own user feedback survey