It was a bit of a wet and breezy Saturday morning when I popped into the fish hatchery run by the Nicomekl Enhancement Society. The purpose of my visit was to drop off the $10,800.00 donation raised by the Langley Rotary Clubs in support of their efforts. These guys do a great job! They raise and release some 400 to 500,000 Chinook, Chum and Coho salmon into the Nicomekl. This time of year is busy for them as the salmon have started returning. It’s an amazing process to watch and the Society has a standing offer for any group that wants to come down on any Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 9:00 to 12:00 AM. It’s a great opportunity for children, business or social groups to get together and find out what a great bunch of volunteers are doing to ensure that our natural beauty continues to thrive in the Township of Langley! Contact them at email@example.com
The 2018 election for the Township of Langley is fast approaching. There's a host of great candidates - 3 for Mayor, 23 for Councillor and 7 for School Trustees.
Congratulations to all the candidates that have decided to seek the approval of their fellow citizens in order to guide the community over the next four years. From my experience, it's a very exciting time! I salute you for putting your name forward!
General Voting Day is 20 October 2018 and I look forward to large crowds of Langley residents taking advantage of their democratic rights and voting on that day or at one of the advance voting opportunities that have been established. Remember, these are the people that we are choosing to ensure that our property tax dollars are being spent in a wise and efficient manner. Please take the time to read their biographies and attend some of the many candidate meetings that are taking place during the campaign.
I've dug up a few statistical points from previous elections. Let's see if we can improve on theses numbers. Talk to your family and friends! Let's see if we can double or even triple the numbers!
Our recent trip to France allowed time to visit the grave sites of fallen members of my Regiment, the 15th Field Artillery Regiment RCA. During World War II the 15th Field had been re-roled into Coast Artillery with emplacements built at Stanley Park, Point Grey and Yorke Island. In 1939 the Reserve Brigade was mobilized to man these fortifications but as time went on many of the members volunteered to join units deployed overseas. Not all of them came home...My long term project is to record their history for ours and future generations to remember them. Lest we forget.
The 18 Pounder was the most common piece of ordnance in the Canadian Artillery during World War One. My former regiment, The 15th Field Artillery Regiment RCA, was originally equipped with this gun when formed in 1920. The Regiment also precedes two batteries the 31st Battery in France and the 68th Battery in Russia. Both of those units were equipped with the 18 pounder as well; most notably, 31 Battery fired 18 pounders during the artillery barrage leading up to the capture of Vimy Ridge.
In the beginning of the Second World War the 18 pounder was upgraded with the addition of pneumatic tires and served in a reserve capacity.
I was fortunate in contacting Base Wainwright in Alberta at the same time they were looking to discard an old 18 pounder that had been sitting outside for 40 years. It has now been moved to Bessborough Armoury in Vancouver and is being restored under the watchful eyes of the Regimental Museum. What a great piece of history!
Surrey Says Howdy to Howitzer
Vancouver is now home to a really big, really rare gun.
It's always great to be involved in the community and raise funds for a great cause. How can yogo wrong when it involves 500,000 fish and 500 people tasting beer. I was the chairman of a great team that put on this year's Tip 'n Taste. Our beneficiary was the Nikomekl Enhancement Society and they did a great job helping us sell tickets to the event. The Rotary Club of Langley, Central Langley Club and the Sunshine Rotary Club all pitched in and we had a great time.
Craft beer obsession profitable for Langley charities
Good things brewing at Langley’s Dead Frog, in time for Tip ‘n’ Taste
I was invited to the unveiling of the new Point of Interest sign at the Sayward Dock. The sign highlights the artillery installation on Yorke island which can be seen in the background.
Had a great day talking on the phone with a bunch of great people in the Langley-Aldergrove EDA. For those that I haven't contacted yet, we're looking for your opinion on some great pieces of policy that will be debated at the 2018 Liberal Party of Canada Convention in Halifax in April. Check out the policies here and then put your votes in when the prioritization vote starts on 4 March. Let us know what's important to you! Talk about it with your friends. YOU can make a difference. Need some help in understanding the context behind each of the policies? Drop me an email at Leon@leonjensen.ca and we can work out a coffee meeting with you and your friends.
Can't make it to the convention? Make sure your Liberal membership is up to date and then help us prioritize the policies. Would you like to donate to the Langley-Aldergrove Electoral District? Check out the Victory Fund and make your donation out either the national fundraising campaign or your local riding, the choice is yours.