Langley Faces and Places… Aug. 6

Langley Faces and Places… Aug. 6, 2015

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Staff ride for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

London Drugs staff fielded a team of 22 who rode in the Ride for Hope Presto Fondo in Fort Langley as part of the Prospera Valley GranFondo on July 19. As part of their 50 kilometre ride, they fundraised and were able to give $15,000 for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

“London Drugs and their employees have been incredible supporters of the palliative pediatric care provided by Canuck Place. We are so grateful for the energy and commitment of the riding community rallied by London Drugs to help B.C.’s sickest kids,” said Margaret McNeil, Canuck Place CEO. “The funds raised will help support our provincial program and help provide the specialized medical care to newborns, children and teens living with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them.”

Since the Ride for Hope’s inception in 2007, over $575,482 has been raised for Canuck Place and B.C.’s children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. These funds are in invested in pain and symptom management, respite and family support, counselling, art, education, music and recreation therapy and end-of-life care.

“London Drugs was proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Ride For Hope. Our staff cares greatly about the communities we serve and live in. With our involvement in this ride, we have been able to give back to Canuck Place and the children and families they care for it is a win-win,” said Clint Mahlman, London Drugs executive vice president and chief operating officer.

About Canuck Place: Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is British Columbia’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider.

Over 600 newborns, children and teens with life-threatening illnesses and their families receive care from CPCH through outreach programs and two hospice locations; Vancouver and Abbotsford.

Services include clinical respite and family support, pain and symptom management, 24-hour phone consultation support and in-house clinical care, art and education, recreation therapy, grief and loss counselling and end-of-life care. To learn more a visit


Langley hotel part of golf fundraiser

Coast Hotels president Robert Pratt, and Mark Hope, presented a $50,000 cheque to Lt. Colonel Larry Martin (centre), divisional commander for the Salvation Army British Columbia Division. The funds were raised during Coast Hotels’ 13th Annual Shuhachi Naito Golf Classic. (Bottom) Hope and Pratt also presented a $22,000 cheque to Wendy Toyer, the ALS Society of BC executive director. See more at


The 13th Annual Coast Hotels Shuhachi Naito Golf Classic July 9 in Coquitlam raised a record $72,000 for charity.

Coast Hotels has properties throughout western Canada, including Langley.

With generous contributions from hospitality industry suppliers, entrepreneurs, managers and supporters, the grand total donated to charity through the event was $678,000.

This year’s recipients are the Salvation Army and ALS Society of BC.

“Bringing our community together to support two exceptional causes is so rewarding,” said Robert Pratt, president of Coast Hotels. “Coast believes in being an active part of our communities, and our annual golf tournament is one way we help make a difference,” he added.

The hotel group supports various Salvation Army shelter and meal service programs in the communities where it operates.

“The funds received from Coast Hotels provide significant support to many of our local ministry units. Coast shares our philosophy that everybody deserves the dignity and comfort of food and shelter, and knows how critical these programs are,” said Lt. Colonel Larry Martin, divisional commander for the Salvation Army British Columbia Division.

ALS BC has a personal connection for Coast Hotels, as its former senior executive Shuhachi Naito – after whom the tournament is named – lost his battle to the disease in 2014.

“We are grateful for the donation received from Coast Hotels,” said Wendy Toyer, Executive Director of the ALS Society of BC. “So many are touched by this disease and we continue to fight the battle to support patients and their families.”


That’s swell: The Langley Seniors’ Resource Centre got the long weekend started early with a B.C. Day barbecue July 29. Inside the crowd enjoyed music of The Swell Guys.

Photo courtesy of Lee Douglas


Howdy: The Gabby’s Line Dancers were one of the acts that performed at the Country Fair in Maple Ridge on July 25.

Rick Moyer/Black Press photo

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