The best-attended charity fundraiser in western Canada, the Langley Good Times Cruise-In, is back! It sports a recently elected board of directors with some new faces and many returning members.
We would like to introduce the members of the board to the public, and we would like to encourage you to recognize them for their efforts. Feel free to offer the Cruise-In your constructive input and your moral and financial support.
Firstly, we have Riccardo Sestito who has ended a seven-year run as president of the show. He has been involved in the show since the early days of the Cruise-In and is a longtime member of the board.
As president, meet Eric Taylor. Eric has been involved with the Cruise-In for about seven years and was vice-president last year after serving the prior year on the board of directors.
Eric works in the steel industry and has a family here in Langley. New at the job of president, he will be looking for the support of the experienced members of the board.
The new vice-president is Martin Brown. Martin has been involved with Cruise-In for three years, mostly looking after the Marketplace, a challenging position.
Lori Watts, one of the originators of the Cruise-In, continues with the board. Lori has been involved since the first show, and we wouldn't know what to do without her.
Audrey Stebanuk is another returning member who has such extensive experience in car shows that she could probably do most of this herself. Her husband Gord also is deeply involved in Cruise-In, and the two of them have been key to show day registration and getting all the registered cars staged and sent in waves to be parked in town.
Dick Hooper is our director in charge of getting things done. His years of experience as a city electrician and his get-it-done attitude inspire people around him to do just that: get things done! Dick was honoured as Langley's Citizen of the Year a few years back.
Wayne Patterson is new on the board, but not new to the Cruise-In. He has been responsible for setting up and manning barricades around town to allow us to shut down the city for the show.
As a special treat this year, we have Corinna Ulvild and her husband Rich both on our board.
Corinna is the smiling face that you have all seen at the souvenir tent at Cruise-In for years and years. Her experience as an elementary school teacher will be beneficial in keeping board meetings in hand.
Rich, president before Riccardo, has also been a longtime supporter and volunteer at the Cruise-in.
Eric Taylor, president, Langley Cruise-In
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