Langley road named for longtime volunteer

Langley Township hosted an unveiling ceremony for the new Brenda Alberts Way.

Nick Alberts and Kurt Alberts were given road signs at the unveiling ceremony Dec. 2.

PHOTO: Ivy Baliko, 15 months, was attracted to the reflective sign. The Balikos are longtime friends of the late Brenda Alberts and Kurt Alberts. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

“Once again, Brenda has gotten her way,” quipped Kurt Alberts, about his late wife.

Brenda Alberts is a name that, if not familiar to residents, soon will be with the unveiling of a street named in her honour.

Brenda was an active community booster, re-establishing Remembrance Day services in Fort Langley with veteran Gord Gillard, leading a Relay for Life team to support the Canadian Cancer Society, and more.

“Brenda has been the spark,” said artist Margo Harrison who encouraged peoople to be inspired “to walk in her footsteps.”

Langley Township renamed the street in her honour with a special ceremony Friday morning that attracted about 200 people.

The Bedford Rowing Society has spent the past three years researching and constructing York boats for use in Brigade Days each summer. The society has named one in her honour to acknowlege her impact on the community.

“When we reached out for some help and some guidance, there was no hesitation,” said Barry Dashner, of the rowing society.

Kurt thanked the society for the honour and chuckled a bit, notingt his wife was actually afraid of being in boats.

The Alberts family touched by the tributes. Her son, Nick, said she was passionate about this community.

“She was really dedicated and it was always important to her,” he said.

PHOTO: Michael Kelly-Gabriel and Kevin Kelly performed a song to honour Brenda Alberts at the ceremony Dec. 2. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance)

Brenda Alberts Way will be a stretch of 96th Avenue from Billy Brown Road to Glover Road.

Alberts died July 25 in hospice.

She was the owner of the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery and supporter of the arts as well as a busy volunteer, involved with everything from the Langley Relay for Life to the Christmas Bureau.

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