Brenda Alberts

Longtime Langley volunteer, gallery owner passes away

Brenda Alberts has passed away in hospice care.

Brenda Alberts, owner of the Birthplace of BC Gallery in Fort Langley and a longtime volunteer volunteer, died on July 25 in hospice.

Alberts was known around Langley for her efforts on a number of charitable events, including the Relay for Life and Christmas Bureau.

In 1999 with veteran Gordon Gillard, she revived Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Fort Langley Cenotaph. Thousands now attend the annual event.

Langley historian Warren Sommer recalled the day she asked him to serve as the master of ceremonies for the event.

“Such was her power of persuasion… I ended up chairing the committee for 10 years,” Sommer said.

Alberts was quick to take up a cause or project if she felt it needed doing, he recalled.

“She just dove in, and such was her commitment to the community, that people came around and supported her,” said Sommer. “And we’re better for it.”

Her warm, generous, and passionate personality was what helped her convince others to help out, Sommer said.

“She will leave a big gap to be filled,” he said.

Alberts was the wife of former Langley Township Mayor Kurt Alberts.

A celebration of Brenda Albert’s life is sest for Thursday, Aug. 18 , at 2 p.m., at Christian Life Assembly (21277 56th Ave.)

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