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Whether it be politicians, coaches, business profession

we wanted to know their names. The readers h

THE NAMES Patricia Ross

Mike de Jong

Councillor and Volunteer

Attorney General, Community Supporter

George W. Peary

Shirley Wilson

Mayor of Abbotsford

BBBS,

Lane Sweeting

Community Volunteer

Ramada Hotel, The Abbotsford Heat

Lynne Harris

Mitch Borrows

Councillor and Volunteer

Abbotsford Christian Assembly

Judy Whyte

Dave Holmberg

Executive Director Abby Arts Council

Bobcat Country

Liz Harris

Moe Gill

BC Cancer Foundation

Councillor and Volunteer

Helen Secco

Gerald Palmer

Woman of the Year Awards Coordinator

Lawyer and Community Services,

Dan Stefanson

Volunteer

Executive Director Tourism Abbotsford

Ron Sargeant

Musleh Hakki

Scouts Canada, Search & Rescue

Multicultural Festival

David D Hull

Alan Asaph

Chamber of Commerce

SunLife Financial,

Ingrid Epp

Chamber of Commerce

Abbotsford Downtown

Angela Weibe

Business Association

King Traditional School

Brad Styba

Jeremy Ellis

Agrifair

Soccer Coach

John Van Dongen

Const. Adam Klaver

Liberal Party

APD

Barb Schimmonowsky

Chief Bob Rich

WestView Executive Search

APD

Paul Esposito Esposito Group James Barlow President Chamber of Commerce, Volunteer Janet Barrie Community Volunteer

Gord Huston CEO Envision, Community Supporter Christine Lane Ramada Hotel, Community Supporter Ken Funk

Gerry Charles

Abbotsford Rotary Club,

Champagne & Lace

Volunteer

Barb Roberts

Trey Bell

Special Events Coordinator

Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre

Dan Ratzlaff

Tanya Curtis

Builder and Community Supporter

Prospera Credit Union,

Bernie Saywell

Volunteer

MSA Ford/Abby Training Rink

Debbie Lehmann

Brian Lee

Abbotsford Hospice

Lee’s Fine Jewellery, Volunteer

Dave Robinson

Karen Matty Developer

Abbotsford Rotary Club

Jay Teichroeb

Kat Wahamaa

Economic Development Manager

The Reach,

Ron Price Abbotsford Airshow Gord Holloway

Community Volunteer Dr. Skip Bassford UFV Past President

Managing Partner KPMG,

Joanne Field

Community Supporter

Abbotsford School Board, Volunteer

top 100 most influential people as chose

G E R RY PA L M E R Gerry Palmer is a well-known Abbotsford lawyer and businessman who is willing to tackle almost any community cause. For 11 of the last 14 years, Palmer has served as president of Abbotsford Community Services. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. Palmer is also the vice-president of the Abbotsford Downtown Business Association, president of Kinghaven-Peardonville House, a full-time instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley and the board chair of Trinity

Memorial United Church. He also serves on numerous other boards and committees. Palmer, who is known for his sense of humour, said that he enjoys working on community projects. “If it wasn’t fun, I wouldn’t do it,” he said.

MANPREET GREWAL Manpreet Grewal has been the manager of multicultural and immigrant integration services at Abbotsford Community Services for almost two decades. As such, she has been at the forefront of helping immigrants settle and adapt to life in a new country and advocating on issues such as farm workers’ rights. Grewal has also worked as a freelance journalist, produced and hosted the show Cross Cultural for Rogers/Shaw TV for nine years, and hosted an open-line show for chan-

nel M for two years. She has a master’s degree in political science from the University of Delhi and a diploma in print journalism from the London School of Journalism.

D A N R AT Z L A F F Dan Ratzlaff played a huge role in the creation of a new office for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Abbotsford, Mission and Maple Ridge. He saw a need, offered $35,000 as a cash donation, and took on the job of general contractor for the new location on West Railway Street. He volunteered a further $40,000 worth of contract services, and his oft-repeated message to “come alongside” brought many other generous contractors into the project.

Ratzlaff has always played a huge role in charitable endeavours, but prefers to remain behind the scenes. He helped form the Thailand Development Team that helps provide homes for orphans.

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D E RWhether S T O itL IbeS politicians, T W H O Tcoaches, H E Y Fbusiness E L T professionals, teachers, or just someone you feel T I A L P Emakes O P L aE difference, I N O U Rwe Cwanted I T Y . .to . know their names. The readers have spoken.

The following is a list of Abbotsford’s top 100 most influential people as chosen by you. nals, teachers or just someone you feel makes a difference, The list is in no particular order. have spoken. The following is a list of Abbotsford’s

en by you. The list is in no particular order.

CHRISTINE WIEBE Christine Wiebe has been a happy and proud volunteer in Abbotsford for the past 35 years. Presently the president of the Abbotsford Spirit of BC Community Committee, Wiebe has almost four decades of community experience in Abbotsford. She has lent her energy and expertise to such organizations as the MSA Museum, the Abbotsford International Airshow and the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce. She also played a vital role in the Clayburn Church restoration project back in the late

1970s. Other projects that have benefitted from Wiebe’s help include the Western Canada Summer Games, Heritage Fair, the Disability Games, the Crystal Gala Committee and Abbotsford Spirit of BC.

LANE SWEETING Lane Sweeting is the president and owner of ForSite Developments and ForSite Construction, an industry leader in building and developing resort properties throughout B.C. Sweeting is the co-owner of the Ramada Plaza and Conference Centre in Abbotsford, and was the co-founder of the Tourism Abbotsford Society in 2003. Sweeting, who sits on the board of many local organizations, chairs the finance committee for the Abbotsford Airport Authority. He is also a founding member of the

Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame, and has served for many years as a minor hockey and baseball coach. Sweeting was instrumental in securing the deal for the Abbotsford Heat. He is a part-owner of the new hockey team.

Dr. Skip Bassford was appointed as president and professor of philosophy at the University College of the Fraser Valley (now UFV) on July 1, 1998. During his tenure, he oversaw UCFV’s significant growth and its development, leading to its new status as the University of the Fraser Valley. Bassford was a relentless campaigner for university status. He balanced lobbying the provincial government with community education, giving

THE NAMES Chief Don Beer Abbotsford Fire Dept.

Darryl Horton Abbotsford Development Corporation

Suzanne Greening Executive Director of The Reach Gallery Museum

Barry Marsden - Chairman Cascade Aerospace & Conair, Abb. Heat Owner

Mark Taylor Abbotsford Parks & Recreation Juanita Gosling Tourism Abbotsford, Madeleine Hardin Professor UFV, Community Volunteer Dave Kandal Chair of Abbotsford Airport, Community Supporter Andrew Franklin Publisher, Abbotsford News, Community Volunteer Dorothy Dyck Abb. Printing, Volunteer Police Board Ray Yenkana Remax Realtor Dianne Garner Spirit of BC, Community Volunteer Christine Wiebe President Spirit of BC, Volunteer Milt Walker Chair of The Reach, Volunteer Manpreet Grewal Multicultural Dept. of Abbotsford Community Services

SKIP BASSFORD more than 100 talks to community groups to assure them that even as a university, the institution would still be responsive to its communities and comprehensive in its offerings. This year, Bassford handed over the reins of president to Dr. Mark Evered.

Andy Sidhu Publisher of Punjabi Patraika Henry Braun, Businessman and Community Volunteer Bruce Beck Manulife Securites, Past City Councillor Dave Faulkner Replay Boardshop Leanne Stokes Sunday School Teacher Les Barkman Councillor and Volunteer Hugh Ellis HSBC

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Simon Gibson Councillor and Volunteer Bob Bos President of ADBA Douglas Macadam Lawyer Diane Delves CEO Quantum Properties Harry de Jong Past MP, Community Volunteer

Walt Browne Homelife Glenayre Realty

Gary Dickenson Huntingdon Duty Free

Jack Harris Lawyer, QC

Bruce Howell CEO Prospera Credit Union

Robert Buchan University of the Fraser Valley

Gerda Fandrich 2008 Woman of the Year

Bob Dyck Abbotsford Printing, Comm.Supporter

Donna Bernard Flair

Jatti Sidhu Businessman and Volunteer

Cynthia Higgins PAC President

Herman Driediger Businessman

Andy Holota Editor/Columnist for The News

Carson Noftle Architect

Arlene Krop Pastor, Volunteer

Dr. Sukh Bubra Businessman

Frank Pizzuto City Manager

David Sheach ED Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Abe Konrad Blackwood Building Supplies, Community Supporter

John Smith Councillor and Volunteer

Doug Edgar Businessman and Chamber Volunteer

Cory Wedel Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts

Freddy Latham Abbotsford Children’s Theatre

Alvin Epp Past President Chamber Valley Construction Services

Darryl Plecas UFV Criminologist

Marilyn Hamilton Abbotsford Community Foundation, Airport Authority


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A R O U N D T O W N FAVOU R ITE B U I LDI NG It may be new, but the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre has already found a place in the hearts of local residents. The centre was voted number one in our A-List poll. The Clearbrook Library came in second place while the new Abbotsford Regional Hospital took third.

FAVOU R ITE TH I NG ABOUT DOW NTOW N Visitors to our historic downtown core voted the old heritage buildings as the top attraction. Everyone likes to enjoy the past and the heritage look took in plenty of votes. Second spot was the continuing renovations being

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done to ensure the heritage look remains. Third spot went to the improved, “safer” community.

FAVOU R ITE EYESORE

It seems that more than skateboarders love the look of Replay Board Shop in downtown Abbotsford. The skateboard store is your choice for favourite eyesore. The shop de-throned last year’s champion, Tim Felger’s Da Kine store, which finished second this year. Jubilee Park took third.

FAVOU R ITE COMMUNITY EVENT If you are looking for some old-fashioned community spirit, look no further than Downtown Abbotsford’s Berrybeat Festival. The two-day street party took top spot in this year’s poll. The Berrybeat Festival unseated last year’s winner, the Abbotsford Agrifair, which came in second this time around. Voters showed some patriotism by voting the Canada Day celebrations into third spot.

FAVOU R ITE R E A SON TO LIVE I N ABBOTSFO R D This category was a close one, but when push came to shove our scenic views were your top reason to live here. That was closely followed by our being a “city in the country,” which took second spot. Finally, “families” was the third choice for staying here in Abbotsford.

JOHN MORROW

The Abbotsford Berrybeat Festival has been voted as the Favourite Community Event by our A-List voters.

Congratulations to all our nominees.

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