Michael Jackstien was congratulated on his win by Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce president Jack Nicholson. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance)

Michael Jackstien named Langley’s Good Citizen of the Year

The longtime volunteer organized the BC Summer Games and many other local events.

Longtime volunteer and sporting event organizer Michael Jackstien was named the H.D. Stafford Good Citizen of Year Tuesday night.

At the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas banquet, Jackstien was called to the podium by chamber president Jack Nicholson.

“It’s a real honour, and also a surprise,” Jackstien said.

Jackstien has been instrumental in organizing numerous major sporting events around Langley over the last decade.

He was president of the BC Summer Games when it was held in Langley in 2010, volunteered for the 2013 BC Special Olympics, and was vice president of the 2014 BC Senior Games. He helped organize the Winter Olympic Torch Relay through the community.

Outside of the sporting arena, he’s served as a director with the Langley Community Music School and the Langley School District Foundation, and in a wide variety of other roles.

He’s also been involved in the H.D. Stafford Good Citizen Award before – by helping to get the recipient to come.

In 2016, Jackstien and Milt Kruger (another Good Citizen winner) managed to coax Gordon Zacher into coming to the Christmas event. They had to make sure he was there so he could receive the award.

This year, Kruger and Zacher were by Jackstien’s side as he won, congratulating him.

“He’s a quiet leader,” Kruger said of Jackstien. “People just naturally love him and respect him.”

He also received some support from Langley City Mayor Ted Schaffer, who wrote a letter supporting his nomination.

“Michael Jackstien has been active as a volunteer in this community for many years and has contributed countless volunteer hours to making our community a desirable place to call home,” Schaffer wrote.

The award is named after the late Harold Stafford, a man who volunteered and encouraged others to take part in their community.

Just Posted

Langley chamber joins call to kill ‘no pipeline ever’ law

Bill C-69 will hurt the local Langley economy, Chamber warns

World Day of Prayer returns to Langley

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is hosting the annual day on March 1.

Young Langley family plagued by angry cab customers

A couple rents a house formerly used by a cab firm, and unwelcome visitors knocking.

Woman groped on Langley’s 208th Street

Police are asking for tips to identify the man responsible.

PHOTOS: Family Day a success at Aldergrove Telephone Museum

A record number of people visited the Telephone Museum on Monday to tour the historic exhibits.

VIDEO: Nail-biter game against Germany tonight earns Langley’s Team Canada a win

Langley’s Team Tardi is 5-2 at the junior curling worlds in Nova Scotia, hoping to defend their title

Ontario man accused of killing 11-year-old daughter dies in hospital, police say

Roopesh Rajkumar had been hospitalized with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

B.C. business groups worry about looming economic decline in wake of NDP budget

The party’s second government budget focused on plenty of spending, business advocates say

Missing Surrey snowshoer caught in avalanche found dead on Vancouver mountain

North Shore Rescue resumed its search today after efforts were temporarily halted Tuesday due to snowstorm

Most Read