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It’s curtains for the Clova Clova along with a tightly-knit crew By Jennifer Lang The operator of the Clova Cinema an- known as the Clovamily since 1996. “It has been a wonderful and joyous nounced Monday the family-run movie house will close, despite a push to raise 17 plus years, with many memories, money to convert to a digital projection thanks to all of you supportive patrons,” a March 10 newsletter sent system. to subscribers. “Sometime The building has been this year, the curtain will sold, and the new owners draw and the show will end have told Clova Cinema opfor good.” erator Craig Burghardt “their The building, located at plans for the building are not 5732 176 Street in Surrey, conducive to us running as a changed hands over the movie theatre.” weekend. Representatives For their many loyal pafrom Crossridge Church, trons and for movie fans who the building’s new owner, cling to the celluloid age, it’s met with Burghardt last devastating news. week. An Art Deco-style gem For now, the Clova is still on Main Street Cloverdale, The Clova Cinema able to obtain movies on the Clova theatre opened in 35-mm film. 1947, and, apart from a span “The church has graciously offered to in the 1980s where the silver screen was silent until a re-boot as the Clova Cine- let us continue running, rent-free, until ma in 1992, has been thrilling successive such a time that film is no longer available,” Burghardt said. “We plan to play as generations of moviegoers. Burghardt, a Lord Tweedsmuir SecSee CLOVA / Page 5 ondary grad, has been operating the


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tribute their dishes,” she said. “Everything is made by little bits and pieces of people’s dishes.” Some of the pieces are Delftware – the distinct, blue porcelain created by Dutch artisans – a donation from a local family that saw the dishes at an auction. Other pieces are from tea cups, a pot, and even a dragon dish. A detailed list of donors, the story behind many of the pieces, as well as the mural’s vivid symbolism are described in a commemorative brochure. The end result is, Vandergugten said, “Absolutely gorgeous,” and demonstrates the cultural diversity within the congregation – Dutch, Canadian, Metis, Scottish, Burmese,


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Members of the Watoto Children’s Choir sang at Parkland Fellowship Baptist Church last month. The concert at the Surrey church was part of the choir’s ongoing tour, titled Beautiful Africa: A New Generation. Established in 1994, the choir has travelled internationally as ambassadors for children in Africa that have been orphaned by war, poverty and disease. For more, visit CLUBS/GROUPS The Cloverdale Senior’s Stamp Club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 1 p.m., at the Cloverdale Recreation Centre, 6188 176 Street. Beginner and advanced collectors welcome. For more information, contact John Jackman at 604-574-3182.

Congolese, Chinese, Taiwanese and South African – and their unity in their faith. The mosaic was unveiled by the guest of honour, Jane Bysterveld (see photo page 1), who was a member of the original 1954 congregation at the first service on March 7, 1954. According to M.C. Siebe DeJong, the first meetings were chaired by the Rev. W. J. VanOene, the minister of the Canadian Reformed Church in New Westminster. Cloverdale was the first Canadian Reformed Church south of the Fraser River. The process of founding a church began in January of that year, with the support of 13 families, who quickly grew to 16, some 78 people in all. Elders, a deacon and treasurer were elected, and the new council agreed to purchase a typewriter for the church newsletter. They rented a church building on the corner of Otter Road and Fraser Highway. Those first services were in Dutch, but by November, English language services were held every six weeks.

The flock grew to 147. Among the “exciting firsts” that year? The council decided that all cigarettes would be extinguished at least 15 minutes before the start of the worship service. The church has undergone many changes in six decades. In the 1950s and ‘60s, the congregation boasted enough farming families that service times were set according to the farmers’ schedules. Nowadays, members’ professions are more diverse. As Vandergugten explained, most of the members of Cloverdale Canadian Reformed Church in 1954 were post-Second World War immigrants from the Netherlands who came from many different regions. Canada was a country of choice for those seeking a new life after the ravages of the German occupation of Holland. “The Dutch have this incredible connection to the Canadians,” she said, explaining that her father, Reverend Jules VanPopter, was the first Canadian Reformed minister in Canada. He presided over a church in Ed-

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William of Orange Christian School, a private, K-to-7 school next door that’s run by parents. The Cloverdale Canadian Reformed Church has been at its current location at 17473 60 Avenue since 1969. It initially held services at the Elks Hall, and later moved into the old Lutheran church in downtown Cloverdale, on 176 Street. In 2000, the church began doing outreach to the Chinese community as well as launching a mission to China, and now has about 40 members who attend a Chinese language service on Sundays with pastor Frank Dong, one of two pastors at the Canadian Reformed Church of Cloverdale. The other is Theo Lodder. “We are still attached to our Dutch Reformed roots, but we have become a clearly Canadian church, firmly planted in the soil of Cloverdale,” said DeJong, speaking at last week’s celebration. “We now have church members with roots in South East Asia, China, and Africa. You could say our church is rapidly becoming a Canadian cultural mosaic. This is as it should be.”

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A horse and driver out for an early morning jog Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino, where the track and barns lay under a blanket of snow.

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To the editor; This is incredibly sad news. My husband and I went there when we were dating and now we take our daughter there. She loves it and everything about it. It’s quaint and charming. We’ll for sure try and be out there as often as we can before the doors are closed. To the Clovamily – thank you for so many years of fond and wonderful memories. You will be sincerely missed. Christine Crompton We will get there at least once before there are no more movies. Craig, we will miss you and your family. Tons of memories there for us. Toni Laird What??? Say it ain’t so. What a loss for the community. Amanda Dorohoy This is really sad for so many reasons. Particularly hard on the local schools who use the Clova to generate a lot of money for the PAC and school. Melissa Lawson Beechy Hoping for the best; new owners could always reconsider when they see/hear how much the Clova Cinema means to the community... Tereen Nootebos

To the editor; One can hardly escape hearing about the dramatic events that have been taking place in Ukraine in the past few months. Having spent half of my life in the Soviet Ukraine and having observed independent Ukraine for the past 20 years, I can’t escape being asked time and again to explain the current events that are gripping not only Ukraine but influence world politics. On the one hand, a chance to comprehensively address many issues that tear Ukraine apart in the short term appear to be an impossibility. On the other hand, certain issues are clearly more important than others and they deserve to be discussed first and foremost. One such issue is inability of the Ukrainian political establishment to recognize that Ukraine is not a country of one language and of one people but rather a multinational country with a perennial split along Ukrainian West and Russian East fault lines. Unless this issue is not formally recognized and dealt with, the Ukrainian political debate will be forever poisoned in detriment to all, save for a small body of oligarchs who always find another way to squeeze another drop out of an already impoverished Ukrainian populace. What can be done? In my mind the answer is not that

far from our own Canadian sensibilities. Ukraine should be structured along similar federal outlines with recognition of two official languages, Ukrainian and Russian, and guarantees of shared power between western and eastern regions of the country. Unless this takes place, the political discourse in Ukraine would proceed mainly along an anti-Moscow-rigid and Moscow-flexible corridor with no possible long-term unity. If this state of affairs continues, all other important issues to people’s daily lives, like the rule of law, sensible economic and social policies will always be on the backburner. The only winners of this untenable political morass are sleazy economic/political elites who can always find a new way to profit from either a Europe or Russia-induced policy. These elites have and will continue to do so while the already suffering population will experience ever heavier bouts of what some call Soviet nostalgia. Unfortunately, Soviet nostalgia will not feed today’s hungry. Ukraine’s ability to find its true independent path in the shadow of its complex history might. Ukraine needs to chart its destiny to ensure that the future Ukraine won’t descend to the level of geopolitical discourse equal to that of our presumed “benefactors”: Russia, USA and some of its allies. Long live democracy! Alex Posoukh Surrey

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EVENTS SENIORS OLD TIME DANCE The Hazelmere Fiddlers of Surrey will be playing the Seniors Old Time Dance, Saturday, March 15 from 1-4 p.m. OAP Hall, 3015 273 Street, Aldergrove. And on Saturday, March 22 look for us at the 6th Annual Fibres West Show, at the Show Barn at Cloverdale Fairgrounds, from noon to 1 p.m.

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Clova to keep rolling and ‘go out with a bang’ From page one

many movies we can get, and we hope to see as many of you before our doors close.” He estimates the last show will be near the end of summer. “With our remaining time, we plan to ‘go out with a bang.’” The theatre – a favourite with local families and movie buffs from across the Lower Mainland – will continue to plan events, and “continue to be a giant part of this community.” “In fact, my first thought was for the community,” Burghardt said, referring to the Clova’s time-honoured practice of renting the theatre out to non-profits for charity screenings and local fundraisers. “We help so many groups fundraise, and it will be disappointing that we can’t do that anymore.” Burghardt ended his message to patrons on a note of optimism. “We’re still here, for awhile, and hope to cram in as many good memories as possible. And hopefully have some exciting news about a new adventure. Stay tuned.” Last week, patrons learned that a deal was imminent to sell the Clova Cinema building, listed on the City’s Heritage Register, to Crossridge Church, a religious group that’s been leas-

ing the auditorium for Sunday services for the past few years. In buying the building, Crossridge Church agrees to make repairs and improvements as a condition of the sale of the heritage property, the real estate agent acting on behalf of the church told The Reporter last week. “We do have to do updates,” Bernie Scholtz of Homelife Realty said, explaining work is needed on both the building’s interior and exterior. “It’s been neglected over the years.” Now that the sale is complete, the next step will be to work out a Heritage Revitalization Agreement with the City of Surrey, which wants to see the Clova restored and preserved as a heritage building. A recent building inspection revealed that the Clova needs a new roof and will need repairs to the front canopy. Water damage inside means repairs are in store for the auditorium as well. The sale now concluded, there’s nothing to prevent the operation of the cinema on the short term. The auditorium will only be used by the church on Sundays, Scholz said. “They do want to make it available to the community” as a theatre on a not-for-profit basis for performances and special

movie screenings, he said. “We’re going to keep it as a Clova theatre.” The news that the silver screen will dim at the Clova Cinema comes despite an inventive campaign to raise money for an expensive digital conversion that would be necessary to secure new films, which are increasingly available only on a digital format as the sun sets on the 35-mm film industry after more than a century. Some $15,000 had been raised to that end, through various creative fundraising drives, from an ‘Amazing Race’-style scavenger hunt to a live Christmas pageant. A new digital projector would have breathed new life into the cinema, but Burghardt was concerned about taking on a major liability without any long-term assurances from the building’s owner, #9 Holdings. “What many of you don’t know is that raising money was only half of the problem,” Burghardt said. “We made several attempts to secure a mutually agreeable long-term lease with the owners, which we felt was important to have before spending $60,000-plus on a new projector. I say attempts because we have failed.”

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Joyce Ross claimed two casino operators and the B.C. Lottery Corp. were negligent in their implementation of the voluntary self-exclusion program for problem gamblers.

Ross signed up at Fraser Downs in June of 2007 and then steered clear of the Cloverdale racetrack and casino for long periods of time, after which casino staff were less likely to spot her. Ross also admitted she was less likely to be recognized from her 2007 photo after growing her hair longer and

money. A separate class action lawsuit certified last year seeks to force BCLC to pay large withheld jackpots to other self-excluded gamblers. Ross told Black Press last October that BCLC should lower the threshold for identification checks and thereby

“It was her primary responsibility to remain out of the casinos.” - Justice John Truscott gaining weight. The decision also upholds BCLC’s right to withhold winnings of gamblers when they’re self excluded – a rule that took effect in April 2009. That did not deprive Ross of any winnings, court heard, because she never won more than $10,000 at a time, the threshold at which identification is required to claim prize


confiscate more winnings from excluded gamblers if it is serious about eliminating problem gambling. She said her lawsuit was not aimed at recouping her lost money, but exposing the program’s flaws so others are better protected in future. BCLC welcomed the ruling. “We are appreciative the court has confirmed

that BCLC and our casino service providers have effectively met or exceeded the applicable standard of care,” the lottery corporation said in a statement posted to its website. “BCLC and our service providers are committed to continuously improving the program and will continue to conduct research, recognize best-practices and apply industry standards.” BCLC noted free problem gambling counselling and a 24hour problem gambling help line are also available. More than 6,000 B.C. residents are enrolled in the voluntary selfexclusion program and participants have been denied entry or removed from casinos more than 36,000 times from 2007-11. A total of 300 jackpot prizes were withheld from ineligible excluded gamblers between 2009 and mid-2012.

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Yvonne Hogenes, owner of Malary’s Fashion Network, is one of Cloverdale’s leading businesswomen. She’s grown her business from a small, style-oriented store into a full family business, and is the founder of innovative product lines: Tab Custom-Fitted Bras and Firma Energywear.



omen are succeeding as entrepreneurs, professionals and leaders in both the corporate world and with not-for-profit organizations. Women are increasingly creating strategies for profitability, growth, and success in businesses in our community, across the province and around the world. Women continue to face hurdles including gender bias and systemic barriers to advancement. Women are more likely to own small businesses than medium-sized businesses, yet women are underrepresented in overall business ownership. Encouraging the growth of women in business is a priority. Investing in women in business is an investment in the future of our communities. Increasing the diversity of business ownership ultimately leads to better corporate decision-making. This will be even more critical as our world becomes more connected. Networking and mentorship is vital to leveraging our strengths and sharing good business knowledge makes sense — the education of tomorrow’s leaders starts today. Let’s celebrate the creativity, determination and innovation of women who are leaders in business. Women entrepreneurs are taking risks and pursuing workplace goals with vision and leadership. We should celebrate the successes of Cloverdale’s visionary women, but let’s also know there is still work to do to continue forging a path for future generations. – Stephanie Cadieux is MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale and Minister for Children and Family Development.

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DENISE COOKE, is the proud owner of Gypsy Moon, a metaphys-

ical store in Downtown Cloverdale. Founded upon the belief that everyone should have a place where they can freely explore their spirituality, Gypsy Moon has now become a popular attraction for many locals and visitors alike. The store carries a wide selection of Crystals, Tarot-Oracle Cards, Incense, Sage, Books, Candles, and other products. For those who seek insight into their past, present, or future – there are Psychic Readers in house daily. If customers are unsure of which reader they would like to see, Denise suggests they try out the Psychic Dinners she hosts monthly at a local restaurant. Since opening her doors in 2010, Denise has felt the support from the local community, other entrepreneurs and customers. Having changed some lives including her own, the presence of Denise and her store continue to be an important part of the Cloverdale Community.

Gypsy Moon Metaphysical Books & Gifts

5693 - 176th Street, Cloverdale 778.574.1336


AT TOTAL BLISS SPA we offer a total relaxation experience, or, if you prefer, a lively conversation with great music and great coffee along with your pedicure. Relax in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Our certified estheticians are ready to provide our clients the best service available. We feel so lucky to have so many clients who have returned again and again. We love getting to know our clients. That is what it is all about! We are a mother and daughter team that combines Tamara’s passion for esthetics with Michelle’s experience in business management. We wanted to provide a spa where everyone felt comfortable and where everyone could afford to be pampered. Our dream is that Total Bliss will keep growing and remain the neighbourhood spa for great services, great conversations, great laughs – and there are many – and great outcomes. 5660 176A Street, Cloverdale 604.372.2728




MAGICAL MURALS With a journey that started seven years ago, painting interior decor for an infant boutique, Jackie and Judy have honed their craft carefully applying their clients’ vision; brush in hand, to their ever-changing, diverse canvasses. Be it an interior mural in a nursery, an exterior storefront logo, chalkboard menus at your favourite pub, or a festive, holiday window painting and everything in between, “If you can dream it, we can paint it.” That’s been the longstanding slogan of Magical Murals. Jackie & Judy specialize in customized and hand-painted:


• Interior and exterior murals • Custom logos and signs • Storefront window paintings • Chalkboard art and lettering

Please view our galleries on Facebook or at

THE BOWERBIRD STOP is named after a little bird that collects sticks and brightly coloured objects to fancy-up its bower to attract a mate. It’s served as inspiration for owner Rose Frey. “As long as I can remember, I’ve done the same thing, and I believe there are other women who feel the need to collect and feather their nests. The store is my passion for unique items – the fusion of the overlooked, vintage and antique brings the patina approach to a home.” The search is on for vibrant items to be used in a creative way to achieve a feeling and aura that you would wish to have in your home. At The BowerBird Stop, our motto is: Your home is your canvas. Fill every nook and cranny with what you find beautiful. 5657 - 176th Street, Cloverdale 604.372.4400



Jennifer Desloges CE, CCE, CPE, RDT, CEO instructor, founder



JADE ELECTROLYSIS, if you’ve ever struggled with unwanted hair, you know the feeling of self-consciousness and hassle brought on by dealing with hair-removal methods. While shaving, plucking and waxing can provide short-term solutions to unwanted hair, Jade Electrolysis provides permanent hair-removal with guaranteed* results. Founded by Jennifer Desloges, who herself struggled with finding a solution to unwanted hair growth, Jade is committed to helping people feel good in their own skin, by offering safe, effective hair-removal services that are guaranteed* for life. Jade uses the Desloges Method of Electrolysis, proven to be more effective than laser-hair removal, which can have the adverse effect of accelerating hair growth in some people. “We are seeing more and more people come to us with bigger problems, and it’s because they’ve had laser-hair removal,” explained Jennifer. Clients are often thrilled with the speed at which their hair-removal goals are achieved, and the services at Jade often end up being cheaper than the competition, as the trained technicians can complete a treatment area more quickly. And because Jade works with a company that funds cosmetic treatments, financing is available for those concerned with being able to afford their services. If you’re ready to take the first step towards permanent hair removal that is guaranteed* for life, give Jade a call today at 604-694-1332 or visit www., and find out more about this safe, permanent solution. “We get the job done,” said Jennifer. “We deliver on our promise of permanent, for life hair removal.”

Carole Stone does not fit the image of the typical “computer nerd”, but just a few minutes of conversation with her will change your mind. She’s more of a computer “mensa” than most of the techie-world can ascribe to. She really knows her way around a logic board or memory upgrade. In fact, she can build a computer to your specs, or pickup your damaged computer and delivery it anywhere in the Lower Mainland. Service with a smile! For 11 years she’s owned the Cloverdale Computer Den on 176th Street in downtown Cloverdale which is full of state of the art brands and components: Seagate, Dr. Battery, Western Digital, Acer, Lenovo, Logitech, Edifier, Brother, HP, Microsoft, Lexmark, Trend Micro, and Toshiba. She’s proud of her HO size train, which runs around the perimeter and stretches across the centre of our store. Carole knows that these days “being green” and competitive pricing is extremely important. She sells generic and and name brand toner and ink cartridges at competitive pricing. She recycles everything! Whatever your problem is, we can either REPAIR or REPLACE IT, Carole says with confidence.


*Ask for details.


5748 176 Street, Cloverdale Like us on Facebook 604.576.1277


THE ABODE is still in its first year of business and excited about growing

and being a part of Cloverdale. Home Decor is a part of what we provide but more distinctively is our painted furniture done by owner, Lynda as well as local individuals that have items in the store for sale. The popularity of painted furniture is on the rise, not just from the stand point of using Chalk style paint which is easy to use but also from the point of view that your furniture which you have at home and are tired of, can see new life once it receives a paint job. Locally made chalk style paint is also sold in the store so anyone wanting to try their own hand at painting a piece can do so. The Abode also is constantly on the look out for locally made products. To date we carry several soap lines in the store that are made locally with one of them being made right in Cloverdale. Other items which are locally made include propane tank art, dryer balls and Yoga mists. Come on by and check out the eclectic mix at The Abode, right across from The Henry.

#4 - 5723 176th Street, Cloverdale 604.803.1499


HELENA LLOYD, owner of Mates Uniforms, in historic Downtown Cloverdale is a community-oriented businesswoman who really loves what she does. She is a second-generation entrepreneur. Both parents were hard working businesspeople who taught her and her family to work hard, be true to your word and treat people like you wish to be treated yourself. That is where she learned about customer service. Helena’s greatest accomplishment is a program called “HUGS” - Healthcare Uniforms Giving Smiles, a program where she collects gently used uniforms and sends them overseas. Mates Uniforms carries quality, fashionable uniforms from Cherokee and Dickies, chef uniforms, yoga wear and corporate wear.

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SHELLY APPLETON-BENKO CAROLINE FUCHS Choosing someone you trust to oversee your investments is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Shelly and Caroline use a systematic approach in developing a client’s portfolio and financial strategy.

Let Shelly and Caroline work with you to design a personalized investment plan that can help you: • Grow your savings for retirement, future education costs, or other planned expenses • Protect your wealth from capital loss and inflation • Plan for a comfortable retirement • Provide for your family or personal legacy

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For Shifana Ramji, motivation comes from the energy her guests and staff bring to the restaurant. She loves being able to use her creativity in the kitchen, along with the opportunity to learn something new every day. She feels blessed with amazing staff and guests who have become like family. For her, it’s all about sharing in people’s lives – whether it’s being a part of family celebrations and significant milestones such as birthdays. ABC Restaurant aims to be the go-to restaurant for all age groups that’s recognized in Cloverdale for great customer service and quality of food. When not working, Shifana likes to spend time with friends and family, and volunteering.

5696 - 176 Street, Cloverdale 778.574.7004


19219 - 56 Avenue, Surrey 604.576.7770


EDITH KATRONIS is a full time professional realtor in the business for 32 years. Her specialty is Cloverdale and South Surrey and is very familiar with Langley. According to Fraser Valley Statistics Edith and her team are the #1 selling agents for Cloverdale, Langley and Surrey in 2013. Edith has worked hard to have the most professional team but also a team that is caring and understands what sellers and buyers want from their realtor. Edith appreciates that her team is the most trusted to put the client first in every transaction. Edith has hand picked the agents that work with her and they have the same values she has. Her son Jonathan Katronis, Andrew Garisto, Kimberley Lockhart and Robert Lacey are on the team and work very hard to find buyers for their listings. The power of a team is tremendous and it takes a good leader to have a great team. Edith feels so blessed to be where she is and is so thankful to her many clients who have called with their real estate needs. Edith is also thankful to her administrative staff Heather and Kari, her daughter Lisa, who works part time, and her husband of 42 years. Please call Edith for a FREE MARKET EVALUATION and check out our website at


MALARY’S FASHION NETWORK’S owner, Yvonne Hogenes has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, so growing her business from a small style-oriented store to a full family business that is vertically integrated, in her words was “not a choice!” She believes business ownership gives her the freedom to affect positive changes and help to influence her customer base. And she has. Her niche products integrate health and fashion, providing her customers with a unique answer to many issues, from a great fitting bra (TAB Bras) to her FIRMA Energywear line, which is one of the most innovative products to hit the market in years. Ask her about them. There’s also an educational component to her business. She believes her greatest influences have been her loyal customers, who tell her what their needs are, and her colleagues, as they learn and grow together. As her business has grown, one thing that has served Yvonne well over the years is a spirit of persistance and endurance, but most of all, a good ear, to really listen to her customers and fill their needs. When Yvonne has “down-time” she spends it travelling, reading, knitting and cooking. Her number one business goal this year is to help raise money and awareness for SAS Society of Surrey through strategic partnerships with like-minded businesses and product lines. She wants to give back to the community and make a significant difference, and she intends on doing that by surrounding herself with great people who want the same goals.

Come to Malary’s for the Ultimate Shopping Experience!

5755 - 176 Street, Cloverdale 604.574.6402 • www.facebook/malarysfashion

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DCT CANINE SERVICES Training and caring for dogs is what I do. I have five dogs of my own and I love them dearly. I have been passionate about dogs since I was a child. My parents were obedience trainers and show dog trainers and handlers. I have many years of hands-on experience with dogs, and have 20 plus years of training in Canada with a master trainer from England. My experience and skills have now reached the point where I find it easy to identify what a dog needs in order to improve behavior, and how to help the owner achieve that. My methods are based on positive reinforcement and motivation.

604.315.9224 Cloverdale, BC


I’m Niamh, owner of KATHLEENA THOMAS DESIGNS, a home-based business specializing in Breathing New Life into Old Soul Furniture. I love to repaint, recycle and reuse items in new and unexpected ways. I’m incredibly excited to announce we will be opening our first retail store, The Irish Clover, in downtown Cloverdale this spring. The Irish Clover will feature one-of-a-kind furniture, home decor, lighting and new-to-Canada paint lines. We will also showcase local artisans selling hand-crafted creations, along with an array of amazing products to fit everyone in the family, young and old, at prices comparable to the big box retailers.


Open May 1st: #101 - 5662 176th Street



The Lunders Real Estate Team

BOSLEY’S PET FOOD PLUS at Cloverdale Crossing is a Family


In 2005 after 14 successful years with Revlon Canada the company announced a restructuring. Trish moved on to become a realtor. She received the “Rookie of the Year Award” at Homelife Titus. In 2007 Trish and her husband formed The Lunders Real Estate Team, joined forces with Macdonald Realty and have never looked back. Trish’s community involvement has been extensive. Raising funds for; breast cancer, the heart & stroke fund, the Cloverdale Community Kitchen and currently program lead for the Cloverdale Christmas Hamper Program. A mother of 3 grown boys and very proud Grandma (1 Grandson) spends all her free time with family. Trish feels blessed and is thankful for all the business referrals that come from the community, friends and family.

Macdonald Realty

200-7134 King George Blvd, Surrey, BC 604.603.1112


Business headed by Tara. The Roberts’ own dog Maggie inspired them to look further into pet nutrition and until they opened the store, they had to travel outside of their own community to find the quality products they were looking for. The goal was to open and operate as a neighborhood store where you can come to get the necessities or to find one of the many specialty items. Tara is especially proud of the customer service they offer such as fantastic product knowledge, special orders, carry out, free delivery, price matching and of course, treats are always given to your furry companions who visit! The Roberts are firm believers in giving back to the community and have participated with many fundraisers and charity campaigns especially those that help animals. Bosley’s staff is very knowledgeable about a wide range of products as well as various forms of nutrition such as raw, freeze-dried, or kibble and are committed to helping each customer find what they need. If you haven’t already, Tara would like to invite you to join the Bosley’s family!

#400 - 6466 176th Street, Cloverdale Crossing 604.576.6377

PET FOOD PLUS Cloverdale Crossing





TRISH FEDEWICH recently celebrated 20 years


as a Notary Public in Surrey. She took over a business that her father, El Fedewich, started 35 years ago. For the last 7 years, Trish’s husband, Norman Witt, has worked in the business along with Trish and her dad. As a notary Trish prepares mortgages, transfers land, and prepares estate planning documents including wills, powers of attorneys and representation agreements. Trish also assists families by performing the duties of executor for their wills, if requested. Trish has a passion for education and she seeks to inform her clients of their legal options. She takes the time with people so they clearly understand the issues and can make informed decisions. “I use a lot of examples so that my clients can understand from a specific experience what I mean. Examples also help people to remember the discussion as it’s more personal.” I often write notes down for my clients to take home and “to do” lists. I call it their homework. At the end of the day, people come to me to get their affairs organized and I help them to accomplish this. Looking forward to the year ahead, Trish expects to be busy as the spring real estate market picks up. Most people buy and sell real estate during the spring and summer and that means contracts to complete and mortgages to prepare. There is also the new Wills Estate Succession Act (WESA) which comes into force at the end of March so there are always new things to learn.


A Family Business for Over 35 years.

5661 - 176A Street, Cloverdale 604.576.9468

from the University of British Columbia in 2007 and has been practicing general dentistry in Vancouver ever since. Growing up on Vancouver Island however, she will always be an island girl at heart. Dr. Walpole is a perpetual student and has taken several hundred hours of continued education and training in areas including cosmetic dentistry, Botox, endodontics (root canal treatment) and restorative dentistry. She is also a part time clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia and a member of the interview committee for the Faculty of Dentistry. When not practicing, Dr. Walpole enjoys spending her time with family and friends… exploring the beauty of our city and enjoying its abundant culinary scene. Dr. Walpole’s genuine interest in people and her gentle approach, along with her continued education enable her to give her patients the best possible care. Dr. Walpole is available 4 days per week alongside Dr. Robert Cegielski.

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Family & Children’s Dentistry Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry Teeth Cleaning Teeth Whitening Orthodontics


835 - 17685 64th Avenue, Cloverdale 778.571.0800

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Making a business case for libraries Books are merely the tip of the information iceberg. The local library can save entrepreneurs time – and money By Jennifer Lang What does the library have to offer the business community in Cloverdale? Plenty, according to Linda Stromberg, chair of the board governing Surrey Libraries. Stromberg, a strong advocate for literacy and education, was recently the guest speaker at the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon, where she made an effective case that libraries can benefit their businesses, for free. Books are only the tip of the information iceberg, she said, in a wide-ranging chat about the library, and its many programs and services. “Libraries are places people go to for information,� she said. “In the last few years, we’ve moved from an information-scarce economy to one driven by an information glut.� Finding specific information, she said, is like looking for a particular plant growing in a jungle – impossible without some way to narrow the search. Libraries can provide help in locating that specific nugget of information that can help give your business an edge. “As business people,


Surrey Library Board members Linda Stromberg, chair, left, and Karen Reid Sidhu at a networking lunch with the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce.

you know that information has value and the right information has enormous value,� she said. “Surrey Libraries can save you time finding the right information and we can save you money, as our services and resources are free.� She advised Cloverdale Chamber members to visit their local branch any time, or schedule an appointment with a librarian to get help accessing Surrey Libraries’ online business resources.

The Entrepreneur Exchange at City Centre Library provides established and aspiring business owners with an opportunity to learn how to improve a current business – or start a new one. The exchange is a partnership between the library and the Self Employment Entrepreneur Development Society, or SEEDS. SEEDS conducts classes at the Computer Learning Centre at City Centre, along with organizing activities,

including group consulting and workshops with industry experts. Additionally, a librarian provides free classes on using the library’s online business resources through SEEDS workshops. Those aren’t the only free classes at the library of potential interest to business owners or employees. There is a New To Computer series, offering basic classes in using programs like Word, how to set up a Gmail account, and

how to use Skype. The library also offers free, one-on-one tech support for using electronic devices, from computers and tablets to e-readers. Library members can look up archived newspaper articles for free, via SurreyLibraries. ca, through the Research and downloads tab, where you click on Magazines and News Online. “You can not only read today’s paper but go back to archive copies, and it’s all available to you for free with your Surrey Library card.� Anyone selling clothing, shoes or accessories and who is hoping to wade through a suppliers’ sales pitch about what’s “hot� can consult the pages of popular women’s magazines without leaving their

store – again, at no cost. Hundreds of current and back issues of magazines are available

in electronic form. Patrons can read thousands of daily

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All Aboard! Spring Break Family Drop-in

Steam into the Surrey Museum Station for train-themed family fun! Afterwards, see if you can spot the difference between clever fakes and real artifacts with a visit to the Museum’s Fakes & Forgeries exhibit. • Discover props and handle artifacts. • Play with train toys and toot our train whistle. • Create railway crafts. • Learn more about Surrey’s amazing railway history.

Tuesday, March 18-Friday, March 21 Tuesday, March 25-Friday, March 28 10:30am-12:30pm All ages, by donation 17710-56A Avenue Info: 604-592-6956

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MARCH 7-22 *The Fine Print: Nufloors will deduct the equivalent of both sales taxes (12%) on your purchase during this sale period. Negotiated and contract purchases are not eligible. Prior dated sales are not eligible. Applicable to material only, labour excluded.




Market research? No problem You don’t need to leave the office to download business e-books From page 11

newspapers and magazines online for free – using their library card number. Back issues for some titles go back as far as 1985. It’s a way around expensive magazine subscriptions, she pointed out. Budding entrepreneurs, meanwhile, can consult resources like the Business Plans Handbook, or Reference Canada, a market research database of 1.5 million businesses and 12 million households across the country. Stromberg also highlighted the Business Source Premier, another database that might be of benefit to Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce members. “If you find yourself or your small business in need of more information or market research, Business Source Premier is a great place to start your search.” Entrepreneurs never even need to leave the office to download business e-books, she said. As examples, she listed Heart, Smart, Guts, and Luck – What it Takes to be an Entrepreneur, Build a Great Business, and At Your Service, a book on attracting new customers and increasing sales by using customer service techniques. Stromberg also briefly highlighted the two adult reading


The Cloverdale Library – a resource for businesses, too.

clubs, and the array of programs aimed at youth, including the SOS Learning Club, which provides after school help for older children, and is run in partnership with SOS Children’s Village British Columbia. She also outlined an exciting literacy program that launched in early 2014 called the Read to Baby Program. It consists of a book bag with a baby board book, baby music CD, and information on how parents can build pre-literacy skills with their babies, and more. The Read To Baby program will reach 1,000 of Surrey’s most

A little help... and a lot of independence.

vulnerable families this year, thanks to support from corporate and individual donors, Stromberg said. The plan is to ultimately reach every new baby born in Surrey, she said. “To give you a sense of how large that challenge is, the most recent statistics I could find were from 2010, when 5,850 babies were born in Surrey,” she said. “We couldn’t do any of this without the financial support of businesses and individuals in our community.” She also encouraged them to talk to family and friends about the genealogy collection and family programs at the Cloverdale Library – home to the largest collection of its kind in Western Canada. “So I encourage you to pull out your library card and take advantage of the business services and information available to you free of charge, and use them to go back and build a better future for your business.”

At some point we all need a little help for ourselves or someone we love and we have to make the right choice.

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No need to whisper When she applied to serve on the library board, Linda Stromberg thought she knew a lot about the library. “I liked books and reading, I knew how to use the inter-library loans, I had used the library regularly with my children to help with their education, for entertainment and to access information.” Turns out she had more to learn. “Libraries and librarians have changed a lot and are continuing to evolve,” she said. For one thing, with the exception of quiet areas designated for study, it’s OK to talk. Photos are welcome, too: a couple of wedding parties chose to have photos taken at the new City Centre Library.

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While you’re not looking, this is what’s happening to BC’s world renowned recycling program.


Lord Tweedsmuir (Zone 3) silver medalists Tyler and Jordan Tardi, Liam Purgavie, Rhett and Brad Hildenbrandt, and coach Paul Tardi.

Curling silver for Tweedsmuir By Jennifer Lang Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary has won silver at the provincial high school curling championships in Parksville over the weekend. For the second year in a row, the Panthers curled their way to a spot on the podium. Last year, the same team – comprised of Tyler Tardi, Jordan Tardi, Rhett Hildenbrandt, Liam Purgavie, Brad Hildenbrandt and coach Paul Tardi – won third place, ending a 17-year drought for Lord Tweedsmuir. In Parksville, there was a tie-breaker for the number two and three spot at the finals, and the Cloverdale team had to play an extra game to secure second place at the 2014 Rio Tinto Alcan B.C. High School Curling Championships. Coquitlam’s Centennial Secondary defended their title, winning gold again, with Smithers picking up third place in boys curling action.

On the girls side, North Delta’s Seaquam Secondary also picked up its second consecu-

tive provincial gold for the girls; followed by Chilliwack and Mount Elizabeth.

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Well, lookie here. One minute you have a perfectly good Blue Box recycling program. The next, something new and rather questionable is being put in its place. And they thought they’d get away with it right under your nose, without telling you or asking your opinion. That’s definitely not democracy in action.

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The BC Government, elected by us to represent our best interests, has decided to offload the costs of recycling to big multi-national corporations. To implement this new plan, they’ve set up an association that doesn’t really seem to hold the environment, local jobs, or the municipalities that run the

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The Thursday, March 13, 2014 edition of the Cloverdale Reporter.

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