Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sustainability Visioning Workshop, Saturday, November 3

We’ve got an amazing line-up of speakers including Jerry Dobrovolny, Director of Transportation for the City of Vancouver and former New Westminster city councillor; Lori Baxter, former manager of the 2010 Legacies Now arts program for the 2010 Winter Olympics and executive director of the Greater Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture; and many more: click here to jump to website.

The Integrated Community Sustainability Planning process: Envision 2032 will become the City’s sustainability document that informs and guides City activities in the future, including plans, policies, projects and practices, using a sustainability lens.

Friday, November 2, 2012
7 pm - 9:15 pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Saturday, November 3, 2012
9 am - 1 pm
Doors open at 8:30 am
Both events will be held at the Inn at the Quay
These events are FREE but space is limited, so register here or email

For more information on these events, as well as the Envision 2032 process, please visit the website at and don’t forget to ‘like’ on Facebook and follow on Twitter to keep up-to-date on these events and the Envision 2032 process.

Please feel free to forward this invitation!


Julia Dykstra  |  Envision 2032 Process Coordinator

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Minutes of NWDRA 2012 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the New Westminster Downtown Residents Association took place on September 26, 2012 beginning at 7 pm. The full document is available here.

Of note:

  • Board members for the coming  year are: Jocelyn Smith (President); Aldona Dziedziejko (Vice-President); Carla Jones (Secretary); Andrew Boyd (Treasurer); Kevin Smith; Judy Ross; Barb Elliott; and Miles Thorogood.
  • Mike Degelder presented an update of the Plaza 88 project, following up on an earlier presentation that he made to the association about six months earlier.
  • There was a presentation on "Extreme Weather Response", detailing what takes place during extremely bad weather to provide for people who do not ordinarily seek out shelters.
  • Colleen Ponzini, Manager of Financial Services for the City of New Westminster, spoke about the city budget process and discussed the use of the budget survey to solicit public opinion for presentation to City Council regarding the 2013 budget..