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THE NAMES Bryce Towson Abby Flames, Soccer Coach Amandeep K. Bath Remax Realtor Barry Marsden Cascade Aerospace/Conair, Abbotsford Heat Keith Izatt Educator Suzanne Greening Executive Director, Reach Gallery & Museum Kathy Doerksen Manager of Addictions, Abbotsford Community Services Dr. Elizabeth Watt Corrections/Community Services Barbara Suek School Secretary, Community Volunteer Mary Boonstra APD, Community Volunteer Laura Menagh Educator Daneen Jensen Abbotsford Child & Youth Mental Health

Dr. Marilyn Hamilton Past President, Abbotsford Community Foundation

Rod Santiago Executive Director, Abbotsford Community Services Janna Dieleman Abbotsford Community Services Ken Funk Abbotsford Rotary Club Laurie Shopland Campaign Manager, Canuck Place Jane Cooper Executive Director, Volunteer Abbotsford Julie Macrae Superintendent School District Gerry Palmer Lawyer David Robinson Rotary Club of Abbotsford Paul Esposito Sr. Esposito Group

Stan Petersen Former Educator, Community Volunteer

Dave Holmberg Bobcat Country

Bruce Nicholson Former Educator, Community Volunteer

Dave Stephen Communications Manager, School District

Deborah Lehmann Executive Director, Abbotsford Hospice Society

Musleh Hakki Multicultural Society

Marion Keys AHS Capital Campaign Manager

John Smith City Councillor

Dan Ratzlaff Builder, Community Supporter

Bob Bos President, Abbotsford Downtown Business Assoc.

David Sheach Executive Director, BBBS Alexandra Mitchell Community Volunteer Angela Montgomery Kindergarden Teacher, Matsqui Elementary School

Diane M Delves Quantum Properties Gerri Charles Champagne & Lace

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Leona Fountain Fraser Valley Child Development Centre Irene Peterson Irene Peterson & Associates

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BARRY MARSDEN Barry Marsden was one of the founding principals of Conair Aviation 30 years ago, and has gone from flying water bombers to becoming company president and CEO in 1991. He is now chairman of the board for Conair and Cascade Aerospace, with more than 800 employees. He has been a leader in the field of aerial firefighting methods and procedures, held numerous high profile positions in the aviation industry, and in 2009 was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. In 2008 he was appointed to the B.C. premier’s economic advisory coun-

cil. He has been chairman of the Abbotsford economic development commission, director of the Abbotsford A i r p o r t A u t h o r i t y, and in 2004 received an honourary Doctor of Technology degree from UFV for contributions to the Canadian aerospace industry.

DE B LOWE LL Deb Lowell is best known in Abbotsford for her work with the Salvation Army, and that has been her life passion. The Abbotsford PR director has served the Sally Ann in Nova Scotia, Yellowknife, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Prince George and Chilliwack, before arriving in Abbotsford eight years ago. She comes from a family with a strong belief in volunteerism, and Lowell has given her time to numerous local causes. She is a director on the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, a Rotarian and a founding mem-

ber of the City of Refuge group – Christian people working to fill gaps in the city’s social services. She still finds time to take her family to Abbotsford Heat hockey games, and is a season ticket holder.

PAT R I C I A R O S S Patricia Ross is one of the most popular members of Abbotsford city council. Each municipal election, she is one of the city’s top-polling politicians. She has had six terms on council, and takes an avid interest in environmental issues. Her appointments include chair of the Fraer Valley Regional District, and of the FVRD air quality and environment committee. In 2009, she was selected Woman of the Year by the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Abbotsford and Mission, and she was also the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce newsmaker of the year.

In 2007, she was granted the Paul Harris Fellow award from the Rotary Club for her dedication to her community. She speaks with community groups about environmental issues and politics, and in 2004 spoke at the International Climate Change conference in Buenos Aires.

Dave Kandal Abbotsford Airport

Baraa Safaa Ali Musician, Community Volunteer, UFV

Brian Lee Lee’s Fine Jewellery

Aird Flavelle MSA Computers

Dorothy Dyck Abbotsford Printing

Ken Hildebrandt Gallery 7 Theatre & Performing Arts

Christine Wiebe Community Volunteer

Dan Stefanson Executive Director, Tourism Abbotsford

Angelo Rea AHS Board Chair

Darryl Plecas Criminology Dept. UFV

Manpreet Grewal Community Services

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was also president of Pacific Raspberry Co-op, director with Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, and director of the New Cultural Center of Abbotsford.

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Dave Towson, Bryce has been a coach for 11 years, and says he still loves it, and would never give it up.

Deputy Chief Rick Lucy Abbotsford Police Dept.

Patricia Sapielak President, Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce

Harry De Jong President, Agrifair

Tom Mauthe President, Abbotsford Heat Chief Bob Rich Abbotsford Police Dept. George Peary Mayor of Abbotsford Shirley Wilson School Board Trustee

Mike de Jong Liberal MLA, Abbotsford West Richard Korkowski Joshua House Const. Ian MacDonald Abbotsford Police Dept. Dr. Mark Evered President, UFV

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Judy Whyte Executive Director, Abbey Arts Centre Jack Goeson President, Abbotsford Pilots Jay Teichroeb Economic Development Manager Enrica Huston Abbotsford Neighbourhood Ball Andy Holota Editor, Columnist, Abbotsford News Milt Walker Executive Director, Kinghaven Dianne Common Professor, UFV Bev Brown CEO, Envision Credit Union Bruce Beck Manulife Securities Chief Don Beer Abbotsford Fire Dept. Pamela Brenner GM, Agrifair Mark Taylor Abbotsford Parks & Recreation

Suzanne Blakley-Oaks Business Advisor, Community Futures

Deborah Bullock Executive Director, Abbotsford Community Foundation

Les Barkman City Councillor

Janet Barrie Hub Financial

Pastor Jeff Bucknam Northview Community Church

John Wittenberg Community Volunteer

Pat Christie Abbotsford Community Services Barb Schimnowsky WestView Executive Search Lane Sweeting Ramada/Abbotsford Heat Dr. Dalip Singh Gill Educator Retired, Community Volunteer

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Deb Lowell PR Director, Salvation Army

Tanya Curtis Nutriva Group

ing his tireless efforts. Walker has lived in Abbotsford for 26 years. He has been connected with the Kinghaven addiction treatment facility for much of that time, and presently serves as executive director.

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Ed Fast Conservative MP

M I LT W A L K E R Milt Walker has taken on volunteer positions in Abbotsford that involve a high demand for professionalism and competence. This community advocate was the president of the B.C. Summer Games which Abbotsford hosted in 2004, as he mobilized a team of thousands of volunteers. He is the chairman of the Reach Gallery Museum board, and played a key role in bringing the $10 million art museum to fruition. He was recently honoured by his peers in the arts community with a service award recogniz-

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Jatti Sidhu Businessman, Volunteer

B RYCE TOWSON Bryce Towson is a much-loved soccer coach. His nomination carried with it numerous letters from parents of the children on the Flames U-10 soccer squad, whom he mentors on the pitch. He is involved in coaching three teams this year, which means there is only one night per week, Friday, when there is no soccer in his schedule. Towson said he simply emphasizes fun, and it has worked. The Flames were unbeaten for two and a half seasons, until they suffered a loss this year. The son of an avid coach, his father

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John van Dongen, Liberal MLA, Abbotsford South

J AT I N D E R S I D H U Jatinder Sidhu is a longtime resident of Abbotsford and a successful businessman of 30 years. He settled in Mission after immigrating to Canada in 1974, and started his farming career in Abbotsford in 1977. In 1987, Jatinder started building single family homes and soon found himself involved in residential development. He is a member of the Abbotsford Police Board, has served as a director of the Agrifair Board, and as commissioner of the B.C. Vegetable Marketing Board. He

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Allan Asaph SunLife Financial/Chamber of Commerce David D. Hull CEO, Chamber of Commerce Andrew Franklin Publisher, The Abbotsford News Balbir Kambo President, Fraser Valley Indo-Canadian Business Assoc.

Christine Lane Ramada & Conference Centre Frank Pizzuto City Manager Moe Gill City Councillor Madeleine Hardin Professor, UFV, Community Volunteer Gord Huston Community Volunteer Patricia Ross City Councillor Joanne Field Abbotsford School Board Lynne Harris City Councillor Ron Price President, Abbotsford Airshow


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