Douglas Day 2014 pioneers Charlie and Arlene Gandy wave the flags.

Douglas Day honours Langley’s pioneers

Douglas Day is held by the Township of Langley and City of Langley every year to commemorate its pioneers

Each year on November 19, some very special people in the community are celebrated. They are recognized for all they have contributed, the knowledge they continue to share, and the hard work that went into making Langley the exceptional place that it is.

Douglas Day is held by the Township of Langley and City of Langley every year to commemorate its pioneers, those who are at least 70 years of age and have lived in the community for at least 60 years.

On Wednesday, hundreds of pioneers and guests gathered at the Langley Events Centre for the annual celebration, where they enjoyed lunch, entertainment, special presentations, and a chance to catch up with old friends.

“It is truly our privilege to recognize our pioneers,” said Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese. “These people built the foundation of our community. Their hard work, traditions, and values can still be seen and felt here today, generations later. There is a lot of wisdom here, and we are grateful for everything our pioneers brought to Langley, and for the huge role they continue to play as we grow and look towards the future.”

Organized with help from a dedicated volunteer committee, Douglas Day also marks the anniversary of the creation of our province. It is named in honour of Governor James Douglas, whose proclamation at the Big House in Fort Langley – “The Birthplace of BC” – on November 19, 1858 brought the crown colony of British Columbia into being. Douglas Day has been recognized in the Township of Langley since the 1920s and the banquet has been held annually since 1946.

“Douglas Day is a wonderful opportunity to come together to honour our rich past, but also to celebrate our exciting future,” said City of Langley Mayor Ted Schaffer. “I was very pleased to be here today to show our respect and give thanks to the pioneer families whose hard work and dedication have helped shape our special community.”

This year, Douglas Day recognized the community’s pioneer mechanics, the hardworking and dependable people who provided gasoline, repaired bicycles, maintained the family cars, and kept farm machinery running.

Mayor Froese also paid tribute to Doris Blair, a Langley pioneer and honourary member of the Douglas Day committee, who passed away on November 6.

Pioneers honoured at the 2014 Douglas Day event included:

Charlie and Lorraine Allen

Benny and Penny Anderlini

Bob and Susan Anderlini

Ray Anderlini

Albert and Dorothy Anderson

Gezina Anderson

Muriel Anderson

Harvey and Dianne Antonsen

Malcolm Arkinstall

Carol Armstrong

June Barichello

Del Barron

Walt Barron

Elsie Beggs

Katie Beier

Duane and Judy Benson

Bill Berry

Ernie and Sharon Bird

Phyllis Bishop

Sven Bjorknas

Italo and Jackie Bonetti

Bruce and Karen Brandow

Doris Braun

Frank and Chrissie Braun

Martha Braun

Ed Bregg

Joe and Marie Breier

Barrie and Beverley Brown

Myrtle Burnell

Norma Carruthers

Queenie Carson

Allan Cartwright

Wilfred and Jeanette Cartwright

Dick and Betty-Lou Chell

Barbara Chiste

Ken and Lenore Christensen

Irma Cockett

Walter Compton

Nadia Cooper

Mary Ann Corfe

Barbara Cornies

Thelma Coward

Marshall and Jennifer Cronkhite

Lorne Dance

Hugh Davis

Jean Davis

Rodney and Ada Deans

George and Marge DeGianni

Alfred and Eleanor Deglan

Wilma Denbraber

Daroyl and Evi Dent

Alex and Lois Dickson

Dietrich and Nettie Driediger

Seward and Joy Easingwood

Effie Ebbeson

Richard and Lois Edwards

Roy English

Dave and Elsa Faulkner

Dorothy Ferguson

Joe and Florence Fifer

Audree Foster

Patricia Frederick

Hilda Frosdorf

Mona Fruno

Charlie and Arlene Gandy

Helen Gardner

Peter and Rosemary Genberg

Bruno and Shirley Giacomazzi

Roy Giacomazzi

Jake and Helen Giesbrecht

Jarnail Gill

Annie Goddard

Mary Gooden

Tom Goodyear

Victor Gorcak

Ethel Graham

Betty Granholm

Bruce and Nicole Granholm

Maxine Grant

Terry and Joyce Greenfield

Eunice Greenwood

Alan and Jean Gregson

Bob and Helen Griffiths

Wilfred and Barbara Haid

Paul and Joyce Hamilton

Hazel Harrower

Cora Hayward

Verna Hickey

Gordon and Joan Hill

Jean Hope

Irvin and Jackie Howser Howser

Robert and Maureen Humphrey

Mervyn and Margaret Hunter

Charlie Iberg

Norma Jamieson

Alice Johnson

Gladys Johnston

Rodney and Dorothy Johnston

Carel and Lynda Jongs

Eugene and Shirley Kaetler

John Kelly

Alice Kennedy

Dan and Jan Kitsul

Edward Kosciuk

Walt and Mary Koziel

Helmut and Shirley Kramer

Joseph and Loretta Krentz

Barry and Marilyn Kristoff

Alica Kuhar

Gerald and Anna Larsen

Don and Gwen Lee

Marj Lee

Kay Lindquist

George Lockerby

Diane Logan

Percy and Kay Lotzer

Albert and Elsie Lundin

Freda Lynch

Gail Lynch

Walter and Jean Makela

William and Etta Marr

Elsie Martin

John Masztalar

Roy and Vicky Matts

Joan Mayo

Ted and Marylee McCallum

Peggy McGregor

Nora McKain

Edna McLeod

Donna McTaggart

Harry and Helen McTaggart

Genny Milligan

Alex and Lucille Minnis

Phillip Miskulin

Margaret Mitcham

Mary Mitchell

Diane Moffat

Iris Mooney

Beryl Moore

Doug and June Moore

Fay Morelli

Grace Morelli

Vernon and Merrilyn Morelli

Madge Mowles

Claud and Darlene Muench

Pat Muench

Dorothy Mufford

Pat Mufford

Joyce Murchison

Lurene Music

Fred and Frances Mutch

Eva Napier

Bonnie Nelson

Ruth Nelson

Monica Newman

Kathleen Nicholas

Robert and Melerly Norman

Don and Marion Nundal

Mary Olafson

Sam and Pam Omelaniec

Vera Omelaniec

David and Sheila Ormrod

Betty Oswald

Eileen Palmer

Norman and Joyce Paterson

Fred and Maureen Pepin

George and Audrey Pihan

Bill and Arlene Pike

Sue Plumridge

Robert and Sharon Poole

Edward Powroznik

Winnie Price

Mary Probert

Jerry and Bev Radtke

Arlen and Marilyn Randen

Max and Molly Reding

Dick Rees

Charlie and Doreen Reid

Don and Lorraine Reimer

Ann Renfors

John and Doris Riedweg

Jack Roberts

Bernice Robinson

Marilyn Rockson

Wilfried Schnabel

Roy and Grace Seifred

Diana Sendall

Norman Severide

Jean Seymour

Mabel Sherritt

Bill and Gail Shields

Marjorie Shiell

Mike and Betty Skwarok

Alfie Smaback

Charlie Smith

Ron and Jean Smith

George and Janet Southam

Wilma Stromsten

Doris Stroyan

Allen and Gwen Sturn

Gerald Tapp

Robert and Joan Tapp

Al and Marilyn Tecklenborg

Phyllis Thomas

Lillian Thomson

Bryan and Joyce Trattle

Bill and Mary Twemlow

Barry and Susan Vaughan

Edward and Mildred Vaughan

Ernest Vaughan

Harold and Joanne Vaughan

Laverne and Elaine Vaughan

Stan Warner

Anita Waska

Phyllis Waugh

Phyllis Wegesser

Wayne and Betty Westby

Ray Wiens

Fenn and Mary Williams

Doreen Willushaw

Grace Wilson

Lilian Witt

Ellen Worrell

Shirley Worrell

Joe Wrazy

Don Wrightman

Ron and Marilyn Yates

John and Shirley Yeomans

Frank and Leona Zoretic

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