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Challenge for Mayors Across Canada to Support Terry Fox's Dreams

OFFICE OF MAYOR GREG MOORE
MEDIA RELEASE

PORT COQUITLAM MAYOR CHALLENGES MAYORS ACROSS CANADA TO SUPPORT TERRY FOX’S DREAMS

 Port Coquitlam, BC – June 5, 2015…. In celebration of the 35th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore is challenging every mayor in every Canadian city, town or village to once again raise $1 for each Canadian.

“Terry’s wish, 35 years ago, was to raise $1 from every Canadian to fund important cancer research. Together, 35 million Canadians can raise $35 million on the 35th Anniversary of Terry’s Marathon of Hope. I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to our greatest Canadian icon,” says Moore. 

An anniversary year is always special, evoking both a sense of history and sense of purpose moving forward. There is no question that Terry is not only a citizen of the world now, but first and foremost a Canadian. A quote by journalist Christie Blatchford in September 1980, speaks to the dream that lives on in all of us today - “He gave us a dream as big as our country.”  His dream is our dream...an end to cancer.

Moore Moore is proud to have Port Coquitlam, Terry’s hometown host an incredible Terry Fox Run in his community each year with thousands of residents participating.  Schools in the community, Little Fox Runs for the young and Silver Fox Runs for senior residents all take part in their own way to help to bring Terry’s dream one step closer to becoming a reality. 

Now Mayor Moore is putting the challenge out to every mayor and every community to help raise $1 for each resident in the place you call home. The challenge coincides with the annual Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference and Trade Show which kicks off today in Edmonton, Alberta.

“If you don’t have a Terry Fox Run in your community, this is the year to get started,” says Moore. “The Terry Fox Foundation office in your province is there to help you provide a day that you and the citizens in your community can be proud of.”

For further information about the Terry Fox Run, please visit www.terryfox.org or call the Provincial Director at 1.888.836.9786 to learn more about how you can share in the dream of Canada’s greatest hero.

 

Mayor's Month at a Glance May 2015

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in May 2015:

Meeting with Jim Lynch, Choices Recovery House
Meeting with Paul Butler
Meeting with Jeff Nixon, Synergist Communications
Meeting with Deputy Consul General FAN Xiaodong, Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Vancouver
Meeting with Gord Lyster
Meeting with Donna White & Britt Andersen, Terry Fox Foundation
Meet with Port Coquitlam Stroke Recovery Branch members
Phone Meeting with Fritz Radandt, Port Coquitlam Heritage & Cultural Society
Phone Meeting with Ryan Clark, Port Coquitlam Sports Alliance
Meeting with Fiona Famulak, Vancouver Regional Construction Association
Meeting with Chief Ron Giesbrecht, Kwikwetlem First Nation
Meeting with Alan Fryer, Coal Alliance

Mayor's Month at a Glance April 2015

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in April 2015:

Meeting with Jim Bond, Ventana Construction
Meeting with Mayor Mike Clay and Mayor Richard Stewart
Meeting with Dave Blue, Cubic Transportation Systems
Phone Meeting with Ryan Beedie, Beedie Development Group
Phone Meeting with Tarlyn Kania
Meeting with George Deering
Meeting with Chief Giesbrecht & Paul Lepage, Kwikwetlem First Nation
Meeting with Rob Cinkant, Sysko
Meeting with Irene Lanziner regarding Minimum Wage Campaign
Phone Meeting with Janine Davies, Port Coquitlam Community Foundation
Meeting with Len Bergquist, Poco Inn & Suites
Meeting with Michael Roschlau, CEO, CUTA
Meeting with Clarissa McDonald
Meeting with Chris Ragan, Chair, Ecofiscal Commission

Mayor's Month at a Glance March 2015

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in March 2015:

 

Meeting with Meeting with Marian Robson & Rebecca Scott
Meeting with Dave Beckley & Mark Erdman, TransLink
Meeting with Cynthia Van Ginkel
Phone Interview with Elise Ho, Vancouver Career College
Meeting with Marg Gordon, CVSS & Bruce Hansen, Wilson Centre Senior Advisory Committee
Meeting with Lorne Patterson & Shannon Cox, Douglas College
Meeting with Ronn O'Connor & Oscar Malpica, Envisioning Labs
Meeting with Alan Po
Meeting with Rachel le Nobel, Simon Fraser Society for Community Living
Meeting with David Ho
Phone meeting with Lindsay Bissett, Vancity Community Investment
Phone meeting with Darrell Fox
Meeting with Tim Clark, CEO, Habitat for Humanity
Phone meeting with Rick Hansen
Meeting with Robin Matthews-Kanhai, Vancity Shaughnessy Station
Meeting with David Moore
Meeting with Richard Cinnamon
Meeting with Brett Daly
Meeting with Jim Bond, Ventura Construction
Lunch meeting with Mayor Mike Clay and Mayor Richard Stewart

Mayor's Month at a Glance February 2015

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in February 2015:

Meeting with Meeting with Sandy Burpee, Tri-Cities Homelessness & Housing Task Group Meeting with Ernie Daykin
Meeting with Mike LoVecchio, CP Rail
Meeting with Barinder Rasode
Phone Meeting with Blair Shumlich, BC Maritime Employers Association
Meeting with Mike Hind, Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce & Jimmy Ho, Vancouver Hard Rock Casino
Meeting with Rola Zein, Shoppers Drug Mart Shaughnessy Station
Phone Meeting with Bob Buchan, Port Coquitlam Minor Softball
Meeting with Port Coquitlam Kinsmen
Meeting with Ravi Panwar
Meeting with Dave Teixeira, Terry Fox Hometown Run
Meeting with Hazel Postma and Kathy Denton, President - Douglas College
Meeting with Carol Metz Murray, Tri-Cities Transitions
Meeting with Meeting with MLA Linda Reimer
Meeting with Ryan Beedie, Beedie Group
Meeting with MLA Selina Robinson
Lunch meeting with Chief Ron Giesbrecht, Kwikwetlem First Nation
Meeting with Mike LoVecchio & Jeff Edwards, CP Rail

Mayor's Month at a Glance January 2015

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in January 2015:

Meeting with Janine Davies, President, Port Coquitlam Community Foundation
Meeting with Emily Macdonald & Rachel le Nobel, Simon Fraser Society for Community Living
Meeting with Ezra Shanken, CEO, Jewish Federation Greater Vancouver
Meeting with Charley Beresford, Columbia Institute
Meeting with Ken Kuhn, Tri-Cities Community Seniors' Forum
Meeting with Linda Floyd, CAO & Larry Scott, Supt. Public Works, Village of Belcarra
Meeting with residents regarding noise on 3000 block Fir Street
Meeting with Al Coplin, IAFF Executive
Meeting with Gillian Kirk, Avia Employment Services
Meeting with Alan Po regarding development
Phone meeting with K. Trask, SFU The Peak Newspaper
Meeting with Ken Carrusca, VP, Cement Association of Canada
Meeting with Alan Po regarding development
Meeting with President, Executive Director and Board Member, Port Coquitlam BIA
Meeting with B. Wendowsky, BCIT Student – International Business Management Program
Meeting with D. Liu & A. Su regarding development
Meeting with Rick Sieb

Mayor's Month at a Glance - Dec 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in December 2014:

Phone Meeting with resident regarding development on Glenwood Avenue
Meeting with Debbie Kelt & Jordan Duggan re Mayor's Duties
Meeting with Lih-Ming Tam, President, Business Improvement Association
Meeting with Iain Black, Vancouver Board of Trade
Meeting with Carol Metz Murray, Executive Director, Tri-City Transitions
Meeting w/Tri-Cities Mayors, Darrell Fox & Mark Pettie re Terry Fox 35th Anniversary Marathon Run Plans
Meeting with Marie Nichol
Meeting with Michael King
Meeting with Jackson Reid
Phone meeting with Greg D'Avignon
Meeting with Mayor Becker and Kim Grout, City of Pitt Meadows
Meeting with Alan Po
Meeting with Mandara Lebovitz, Terry Fox Theatre

Young Women Civic Leaders Project

I recently had the opportunity to meet and provide job shadow experience to three women currently working as project assistants with the Young Women Civic Leaders Project run by the Justice Education Society.  I am pleased to share the following blog post written by one of the assistants with you.

Meeting with Moore

A common discourse among young people is that government or politics are inaccessible for our generation. In many cases, this sentiment is true. The way our federal and provincial governments make decisions can leave us wondering, did they ever have our best interest in mind? Young people ask themselves, why ever take interest in a government that doesn’t seem to listen to me, or care about what I want?

But something young people often overlook and discredit, is municipal government. At the local level, government is the most accessible way to have your voice heard and to connect with officials that are constantly making important decisions that affect you in your city. And the best part is, they actually want you to participate.

So how do I know this? My work over the past two years on the Young Women Civic Leaders project run by the Justice Education Society has shown me an abundance of supportive and progressive civil servants who work to engage young people in local civic activities. One person in particular, is Port Coquitlam mayor Greg Moore.

Last month I was given the opportunity to job shadow Moore at city hall for an afternoon. I attended a meeting where the mayor and his colleagues decided the winners of the PoCo Biz Awards. Afterwards, he met with me to discuss youth engagement in local government. We discussed ideas on how to include more young people in decision making processes, as well as how he uses social media to share his insights and interact with the public on local issues and city events.

Greg Moore is a busy man. Apart from working full time as the mayor, he also is the Chair of Metro Vancouver. He is devoting almost all of his time to work for his city, and also to make sure that cities in Metro Vancouver continue to develop in a way that serves its people for the better. And even though he could have really used his afternoon to catch up on some work, he met with me. A young woman interested in youth political engagement, and perhaps a political career of her own one day. This is all because a few of us had met with him previously to discuss youth participation more generally, and he offered himself to job shadow anyone who was interested.

And they say government isn’t accessible.

Sure, there is still a lot of work to be done. Government needs to make young people more of a priority in order to make Canada a more democratic and representative society. But there are change makers out there, fighting to reach this goal. To involve young people in a way that they are heard and respected in policy change. Because of my job shadowing experience I have more faith that local government is an opportunity for young people to truly make a difference, and Greg Moore is eager to do anything he can to help.

- Lisa Hemmingson, Project Assistant for Young Women Civic Leaders

Mayor's Month at a Glance - November 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in November 2014:

Meeting with TransLink
Meeting with Meeting with Trish Mandewo, Vancouver Tumblebus
Meeting with Kevin Pike
Meet & Greet with Lakh Bagri, Executive Director Eagle Ridge Hospital
Meeting with Anthony Oshun, Redeemed Christian Church of God
Meeting with Minister Stephanie Cadieux
Meeting with Saad Bahr, Islamic Cultural Centre
Interview with Michelle Idertogtokh re BCIT assignment on transit
Meeting with Rob Thiessen, Managing Director, Hope for Freedom Society
Meeting with Colin Metcalfe, Minister's Regional Office

Mayor's Month at a Glance - October 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in October 2014:

Meeting with Arne Odenbach, Marketing Coordinator, Pitt Meadows Airport
Meeting with Michael King
Meeting with David Holiday, Dynamic Structures
Meeting with Bob Buchan, Port Coquitlam Minor Softball
Meeting with Ron Talbot
Meeting with Duncan & Bob Sutherland
Meeting with Caleb Harder, BCIT student
Meeting with Iryna Chekanovych, Advent Swim Academy
Meeting with Port Coquitlam Stroke Recovery Branch Members
Meeting with Krzysztof Olendzki, General Consul Republic of Poland in Vancouver & Tony Kostka, Tri-City Polonez
Meeting with Jamie Vaughan, ONNI Group
Meeting with Rob Fournier
Meeting with Craig Lochhead & Martin Wyant, SHARE Society

Mayor's Month at a Glance - September 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in September 2014:

Meeting with Assistant Commissioner Dan Mallo, RCMP E Division
Meeting with Riverside & Terry Fox Secondary Schools
Meeting with Omar Kaywan 
Meeting with Brian Savage, CUPE 498 President
Meeting with Ryan Clark, Port Coquitlam Sports Alliance
Meeting with Iryna Chekanovych, Advent Swim Academy
Meeting with Gary McKenna, Tri-City News
Meeting with Ravi Panwar 
Meeting with Mayor Gwen Johansson, District of Hudson’s Hope
Meeting with Rob Senger 
Meeting with Youth Empowerment Committee

Mayor's Month at a Glance - August 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in August 2014:

Meeting with Dr. Nareeta Stephenson
Meeting with Maureen Kirkbride, Telus
Meeting with Aaron Robinson, Tri-City Chamber of Commerce
Meeting with RCL Branch 133 for "Legion for Families"  Press Conference
Phone Meeting with Greg Walker, BC Lottery Commission 
Meeting with Arnold Silbe, Value Industries