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Volume 7 • Number 2


April 2011

Experience the fraser trail project has great tourism potential

The Experience the Fraser Project will celebrate the Fraser River’s natural and cultural heritage, enhance outdoor recreation opportunities, showcase the regions’ riverfront communities and promote the Lower Fraser River corridor as one of the world’s great tourist destinations. This project will connect residents and visitors with communities, nature and the river by creating an opportunity for over 300 kilometres of multi-use trail and related amenities along the Fraser River from Hope to the Strait of Georgia. In 2009 the Province of British Columbia announced $2 million in funding to be split between the Fraser Valley Regional District and Metro Vancouver for the development of an inter-regional trail and facilities concept plan.

An additional $500,000 was provided to help build two demonstration projects that will form the first segments of the inter-regional trail network. The Fraser Valley Regional District has partnered with the District of Mission to develop its demonstration project, which features a trail segment and the Spirit Square along the Mission waterfront. On April 21 David Urban, Strategic Planner for the FVRD, spoke at the Chamber luncheon on the project. In the planning of the trail system, various spurs have been included that connect tourism attractions and recreation areas in the Mission area. They include the Stave Lake Interpretive Forest and Hayward Lake corridor in the west and Heritage Park trail to Neilson Park in the East.

“Connecting Mission’s trail and park system will encourage visitors to explore our natural assets and various attractions,” states Mission Economic Development Officer Stacey Crawford. “The Jack Poole Harbour Park on the Mission Waterfront is a beautiful demonstration project that illustrates the potential and multi-use of the trail system.” Longtime supporter, Randy Hawes, Mission-Abbotsford MLA, believes that this kind of trail system will encourage international visitors to enjoy all the aspects of the lower mainland, and draw them to experience the Fraser Valley in a truly dynamic way. To learn more about the Experience the Fraser Project go to fRwMCH.

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Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce 34033 Lougheed Hwy Mission, BC V2V 5X8 Phone: 604-826-6914 Fax: 604-826-5916

2011 Board of Directors President - Cal Crawford Past President - Helen Secco

Vice-President - Elyssa Lockhart Treasurer - Tony LaPointe Directors 2011 Todd Bugge Sean Melia Phil Hope Ted Adlem Kelly Vaille Attila Davalovsky Charles Vander Byl Satti Grewal Anne Harper District of Mission Mayor James Atebe Community Futures Oleene Herman Mission Downtown Business Association Dr. Lynden Balisky Staff Michelle Favero - Manager Angel Elias - Member Services Allison Jack - Tourism Coordinator

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President’s Message Thank you for electing me president. For those who are unfamiliar, and hopefully soon friends, I have worked in Mission for 22 years as a realtor. I have been involved with the Chamber for most of that time, and have the great fortune to have led this organization on four previous occasions. Over the last month, your Board of Directors has met and defined the direction and objectives under the goals of the Chamber; to grow, be financially sustainable, and to be an organizational force for our membership. We have several areas where we hope to engage our members, including our newly-launched member forum. Your input allows us to effectively advocate on issues that you are concerned about, and that have an effect on your ability to do business. With your questions we were able to set the tone for candidates at our Federal All

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Candidates meeting. As a non-partisan organization we are proud to be able to facilitate this important opportunity for Mission to learn about those that seek to represent us in Ottawa. The Chamber will also host another forum for the municipal elections this fall. Additionally, April is Tourism Month. An active supporter of the Tourism sector, the Chamber recognizes the value of visitor revenue to our business community. At the Visitor/Business Centre run by the Chamber, we aver-

ver the past while we have had a number of new members become part of the Chamber network through referrals from existing Chamber members. To those businesses who have participated in strengthening the Chamber through referrals, we offer our sincere thanks. Your assistance is invaluable! New members provide new resources which allow for the development and continuing support of Chamber activities. If you know a business that is interested in becoming a member of the Chamber of Commerce, we would appreciate knowing who they are. Please use this form to fax or mail your referral to the Chamber office. We will highlight the individuals and businesses responsible for referrals which result in new memberships for the Chamber. Broaden your business network by helping your Chamber grow!

age 10,000 visitors annually. We are proud to be able to direct them to our many members for everything from lunch to tires. This year check out the many local attractions and experiences that Mission has to offer and tell your friends. All of this work does take time, and as great as our staff is, we are looking for community members interested in donating their time. If you are interested in helping visitors to our community, and have a few hours a week to spare, or are interested in participating on the Chamber’s committees, contact the staff at the Chamber. I look forward to my year as your president, and feel free to contact me with your thoughts about how we may better serve you.

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Chamber News New Directors for Mission Chamber

Mission, BC - On March 9 the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce held its annual general meeting in the Mountain Room of the Best Western. Members and the public attended to listen to Scott Ackles, GM 2011 Grey Cup, talk about the impact of such a large event on a community. In addition, ideas about using the Westcoast Express for transportation in a similar fashion to the way it was used during the Olympics were brought forward. Following Ackles, the business of the night was addressed. Eight people were elected to the Chamber Board of Directors. They include: Cal Crawford (President-Elect), Elyssa Lockhart (Vice-President Elect), Todd Bugge, Chuck Vander Byl, Ann Harper, Attila Davalovsky, Satti Grewal and Sean Melia. These members join the existing board that are completing their second half of their two year term, Ted Adlem, Phil Hope, Kelly Vaille, Mayor James Atebe (District Liaison), Oleene Herman (Community Futures Liaison), Dr. Lynden

Balisky (DBA Liaison) and Tony Lapointe (Treasurer). “The Chamber welcomes the addition of three new faces to the Board who bring their energy and passion for the community to the table,” commented Helen Secco, out-going Chamber President. “It tells me that there is interest from the Membership to continue to move forward.” The inauguration of the new Directors took place on Thursday, March 17th at the Chamber monthly luncheon. The luncheon also played host to a Member Forum which helped give the Directors a clear understanding of the needs and challenges facing the membership. Included in the discussion were topics including communications, events and how members can get involved. “Member input is crucial to the success of our organization,” stated Cal Crawford, President. “We look forward to implementing the suggestions we heard here today.” The Directors have since had a planning session to set the course of work for the organization this coming year.

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Chamber of Commerce Committee News Look for the Chamber meeting schedule on the Mission Chamber webpage. Contact Chamber staff if you are interested in participating. Events Committee, Todd Bugge, Chair The Annual Golf Tournament June 9 at Cedar Ridge Golf Course is filling up fast so we encourage you to register. Did you know nominations for the Business Excellence Awards are now being accepted year around? Look on the Chamber website under Recognize. If you are interested in joining this Committee they meet at 8am every second Tuesday of the month. Please contact Angel Elias, . Government Affairs, Elyssa Lockhart, Chair The Chamber continues to advocate for business in many formats. The committee is presently working on a response to recently proposed increases to DCC and Community Amenities costs, as well as the Fraser River as a viable transportation route. We were pleased to bring you the federal all candidates meeting, where many of the federal issues you had concerns with were presented. If you are interested in advocacy, or have a business concern, please contact the Government Affairs Committee through Michelle Favero, .   Membership Committee, Ann Harper, Chair Have you filled out your recent survey on the Member to Member benefits programs?  We need your input to provide you with the best offering for your membership. Also, look for the new Education Page under the Chamber menu on There will be posted the many seminars that are available through your membership. The Committee is working on a Home Business Based program, look for more details in June’s Newsletter. If you are interested in participating on the Membership Committee contact Angel Elias, member_services@  The Committee meets at 8 am on the third Wednesday of every month in the Chamber Boardroom. Tourism Committee April is Tourism Month and this newsletter is full of information on what is available in your backyard. Summer is the time to get outside and the Committee is working on promotions both local and abroad to maximize interest in what Mission has to offer. To find out more about these projects make sure to drop in and visit the Visitor Centre or contact Allison at 604-826-6914 or . The tourism committee meets monthly, new members are welcome.

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Fraser River Heritage Park Trails The East Mission Heritage Greenway (Perimeter Trail and Hatzic Trail) Constructed during the summer of 2010, and officially opened last October, the East Mission Heritage Greenway has rapidly become one of the most-used features of Fraser River Heritage Park. Known informally as the Perimeter Trail, its 2.3km (1.4 mile) length circles the entire park, and also includes a bike trail from the D’Herbomez Creek bridge at the eastern edge of the park to Hatzic. The perimeter trail began as a project of the Mission Heritage Association, and the construction project was managed by Ray Herman and Tony Miniaci at the District of Mission. Construction of the trail was funded primarily through a LocalMotion grant from the province of B.C.


The route of the trail is dotted with new landscaping, including trees and plant beds. The crushed marble surface of the 3m (10’) wide trail is ideal for foot traffic, as well as strollers, walkers, and wheelchairs. Visitors from all over the Fraser Valley as well as Mission residents have come to the park to enjoy this trail since its opening.

The Heritage Walk Work continues on our Heritage Walk, generously sponsored by Mission Mid-day Rotary. The finished walk will include roughly 18 stations, each comprised of a bench and a storyboard highlighting features of historical, geographic, and cultural significance throughout the park. The project will be completed this summer. Wander the park and learn about the history of the site, various features of the park, and the park itself. Memorial benches in the park can be sponsored privately. For information regarding the benches, please contact the park manager, Don Brown.

We invite you to hit the trail this summer, and explore Fraser River Heritage Park’s newest features.

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2010 saw the largest concentration of bald eagles ever recorded in the Fraser Valley. Over 7,000 raptors descended upon the Harrison River in December to feast on the local spawning salmon. This of course attracted much attention for our area and created an awareness of the importance of keeping it wild and intact. The 2011 Festival Committee began planning for the November event in January, and is very excited to make some positive changes and adjustments to the annual festival. The physical number of sites will be reduced by combining them to enhance the visitor experience. More to see & do at fewer venues. Festival favourites will again be a huge part of the event, such as the Green Expo, eagle viewing boat tours, interpretive walks, hatchery, viewing sites, activity sites, speakers and the raptor display from the Vancouver Zoo. The Sts’Ailes Healing Centre will have a bigger presence with the addition of the “Eagle Café”, an amazing new joint project of the Chehalis Development Corp and the FVBEF – stay tuned for all the details as this isn’t your everyday café. To find out more about the festival or how to volunteer, please visit the website or contact Jo-Anne Chadwick 604-302-9579.

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bc hydro recreation in mission Throughout our province, BC Hydro has developed and maintains a wide range of recreational areas. In Mission, BC Hydro has two operating generating facilities (Stave Falls and Ruskin Generating Stations). The Stave Lake Reservoir is impounded by the Stave Lake Dam. Downstream of the Stave Lake Dam are Hayward Lake Reservoir and the Ruskin Dam and Powerhouse. Many recreational activities can be enjoyed in the area, from boating, fishing and swimming, to picnicking, hiking and mountain biking. BC Hydro recreation facilities include: • Hayward Lake Reservoir Recreation Area • Ruskin Dam Recreation Area • Railway and Reservoir Trails • Stave Lake Reservoir Boat Launch • Stave Lake Reservoir Campground and Lodge In addition to the recreation facilities, BC Hydro’s Power House at Stave Falls offers an exciting experience for all ages, with interactive games and historic displays that tell the story of how power helped build British Columbia. For more information on BC Hydro’s Recreation Facilities in Mission, please visit our website at BC Hydro is currently planning a major upgrade of the Ruskin Dam and Powerhouse. For more information on this project, please visit

The Fraser River Adventure Mission is extremely fortunate to have one of the last natural playgrounds in the Lower Mainland flowing right past its front door. The mighty Fraser River offers both locals and visitors an “Urban Escape” and a connection with the great outdoors. Fraser River Safari boat tours takes guests on year round adventures that begin in winter with Rockhound tours. The lower the water the better for finding “treasures” along the river’s path. Spring will bring the animals and incredible viewscapes of the Fraser Valley. And of course there is no better way to escape the summer heat than a refreshing jet boat ride where the air conditioning is always on full blast. And finally, fall adventures, the most popular time of year, when guests bear witness to hundreds, even thousands, of bald eagles and spawning salmon. A true BC Experience awaits you this year with Fraser River Safari. To find out more visit the website . Email or local Tel: 604-826-7361.

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Mission Heritage Association

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FRASER RIVER HERITAGE PARK - 2011 ACTIVITIES February 27 Heritage Tea (Mission Historical Society)

June 16 Chamber of Commerce Picnic in the Park

April 24 Elk’s Easter Egg Hunt (contact 604 826-3112)

June 19 Old Car Sunday

May 21 Knights of Columbus Pilgrimage and Picnic June 1 to August 31 Envision Twilight Concert Series every Wednesday and Friday (no concert July 1 and 22) 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. June 12 Children’s Festival Arts Council (contact 604-826-0029)

July 1 Canada Day Celebrations 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 3 Lure Field Trials (Whippet Races)

August 20 Lady of Lourdes Pilgrimage (604 826-2452) Mass at 1 p.m. Pilgrimage to Grotto follows September 17 Celebration of Community and Illuminaria (604 826-9080)

July 9 Moonlight Cinema July 22 - 24 Mission Folk Music Festival (604 826-5937)

September 24 Hospice Walk December 4 Santa in the Park 2 to 4 p.m.

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Come to the Mission Arts Center at 33529 1st Ave, APRIL 30th for our annual plant and garden art show and sale. Visit our 12 garden art vendors and choose from a variety of beautiful lush hanging baskets, tomatoes planters, patio planters, flats or singles geraniums, petunia, marigolds, herbs, an assortment of perennials and grasses. Pre-order you baskets online at This is our annual fundraising event to support our summer Children’s CAMP MAC program.

15th Annual FRASER VALLEY CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL June 12th at Fraser River Heritage Park

Heritage Park comes alive with knights, dragons, castles, princess, jugglers and more in our medieval themed Children’s Festival – JUNE 12 from 10 am to 4 pm. Main stage events include the Trollsons, the magic and comedic genius of Mike Battie, Academy Duello with their shield and swords, and much more. Come and enjoy this family filled day and take part in the interactive art and clay stations, story telling, climb the rock wall, the imagination station where you can create a costume and more.

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Mission’s Waterfront Park

Soon to be Completed Last summer our Mission Waterfront received a long overdue face lift, the New Jack Poole Harbour Park was unveiled. If you have not had a chance to visit the park, it’s time to do so. We have a unique waterfront that now has a gathering place for all Mission residents which features a 13ft sturgeon carved from cedar by a local First Nations carver. Since the destruction of the original Harbour Park, Mission Harbour Authority (MHA) members have made it a priority to revive the area to create an inviting spot for all visitors to enjoy. The recent announcement of funding to complete the project was a victory for the MHA Waterfront Improvement Task Force. Members, Joanne Chadwick, Rob Chadwick, Shelly Clarkson, Vic Carrao, Bill Hunter, Myrna Mathews & Gerry Chabot met every Wednesday for brain storming sessions on how to move their ideas to fruition. Thanks in part to the unwavering vision of the group, Mission will soon boast a new and improved Waterfront, and that is just the beginning…

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New Chamber Members Five Star Packaging & Distribution Inc. Peter Prediger B 7111 Beatty Drive Mission (604) 820-6313

One Stop Safety Services Corporation Karen Scott #102-8557 Government St. Burnaby (778) 371-9841

Hillside Auto Detailing Craig Brooks 32 32929 Mission Way Mission (604) 820-9274

South Caribbean Supplies Ltd. Rafael Manzano 39645 Lougheed Hwy. Deroche (604) 826-1789

Discovery Learning Intl. Inc. Michael Foster 3793 Island Highway West Qualicum Beach 250-738-0603

Sun-Dron Holdings Ltd. Marge Glasson 40 - 9053 Shook Road Mission (604) 820-8703

Mission/Abbotsford Times Shaulene Burkett 30887 Peardonville Road Abbotsford (604) 854-5244 Vision 2000 Travel Sheila Barry 32918 Desbrisay Ave Mission North River Testing Ltd. Irma Ellis 33582 7th Ave Mission (604) 614-0255

Membership has its benefits! If you are interested in connecting with the Mission Business Community, wanting to add your business voice to lobby government, or needing to find ways of improving what you do, join the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce. Over 450 members with which to network, advocate and learn. Contact Angel Elias, Membership Coordinator, 604.826.6914

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR Upcoming Chamber events can be found on our Mission Chamber Events Google Calendar.

Monday May 2nd Big Bike Ride for Heart & Stroke Time: 4pm Location: Mission Hills Shopping Centre Details: Come join the Chamber team the Mission Chamber Cyclers and raise awareness and funds for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC. Contact Angel to register. Monday May 2nd Business after Hours – Mr. Mike Steakhouse & Bar Time: 5-7pm Location: 130 - 32555 London Ave (At the Junction) Details: Join the gang after the bike ride for some great eats and lots of networking. Thursday May 12th Developer’s Forum Time: 6:30-8:30 Location: Leisure Centre Details: District of Mission Developer’s Forum on upcoming changes and new tools for development in Mission.

Thursday May19th Chamber Luncheon: Corrections Canada & Parole Services Time: 11:30am – 1pm Location: Rockwell’s Chapel Room Details: Both Ferndale and Mission Institution are under construction to provide more spaces. Learn the impact and opportunities with this growth for the community. Thursday June 9th Annual Golf Tournament Time: 12:30pm – 7pm Location: Cedar Ridge Golf Course Details: Come golf in our haven for hackers’ golf tournament. Spaces are limited. Thursday June 16th Chamber Luncheon: Picnic in the Park Time: 11:30am - 1pm Location: Heritage Park Long House Details: Annual report from the District and look towards economic development opportunities in Mission.

For more information about any of these events, or to RSVP, please visit:

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