Issues: Rally For Riverview Sunday April 30th 1:30 pm

By on April 23, 2017

Rally for Riverview – Sunday April 30th 1:30 pm
By Nancy Furness

I would like to update you on the actions of the Coalition for a Healthy Riverview, a community group advocating to keep the Riverview Lands in public hands for public and community use. We do not support market housing or private development on the Riverview Lands.

Our mission statement is:

“To retain the publicly owned Riverview Lands as a modernized Centre of Excellence for Mental Health set within the existing world-class arboretum and surrounding green-space.”

I would like to provide an update on the recent actions of the Coalition for a Healthy Riverview (CHR).

We had a successful “A Healthy Future for Riverview” standing room only event on March 22nd at Douglas College with Dr John Higenbottam as our keynote speaker. We had a number of MLAs and City Councillors from several communities join us.

We are very pleased that MLA Selina Robinson made a statement in the Legislature in March and MP Fin Donnelly made a statement in Parliament on April 11th calling on the Federal Government to support the work of the CHR.

We were also present at the announcement on April 17th by John Horgan committing to keeping the Riverview Lands in public hands and used for the purposes of Mental Health (see attached photo).

We have well over 3,500 signatures on petitions, including our online petition and over 900 people signed up to our Coalition for a Healthy Riverview facebook group.

We feel that we are getting close to attaining the momentum and support we need to restore Riverview as a modernized Centre of Excellence for Mental Health set within the spectacular existing arboretum and surrounding green-space.

Our next action will be a RALLY FOR RIVERVIEW to be held on the public lawns of the Riverview Lands. This is an unsanctioned event and it is critical that we have a massive turn-out and media presence. We already had several hundred people expressing interest in attending, prior to reaching out to the media.

We are asking everyone who is concerned about the future of the Riverview Lands, to come out and stand with the Coalition for a Healthy Riverview in sending a clear message to all our political candidates that we must keep Riverview in public hands.

Please attend the Rally and help us to spread the word far and wide. We have received an overwhelming number of petition signatures and heart-felt, sometimes devastating 🙁 comments from people with respect to mental health and the need to re-open Riverview.

Here are the details:

RALLY FOR RIVERVIEW

Sunday April 30th
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Speakers and live entertainment
People, including families are encouraged to picnic and enjoy an afternoon together under the trees.
Enter Riverview at Colony Farm Rd entrance for directions
No washroom facilities on-site

Speakers include:

Fin Donnelly
Member of Parliament (Port Moody-Coquitlam)

Selina Robinson
MLA (Coquitlam-Maillardville)

Matt Toner
Deputy Leader of the Green Party

Dr Elaine Golds
Founding member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists, a well known local environmentalist and an outspoken advocate for retaining the Riverview Lands.

Kofi Bonnie
Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Mental Health Program at St. Paul’s Hospital, a Psychiatric Nursing Instructor at Douglas College and a very engaging speaker.

James Bobick
Horticultural Supervisor for the City of Port Coquitlam, CHR member with passion and expertise around the botanical aspects of the Riverview Lands

Dr Amy Lubik
Guitar and vocals

Please confirm that we can count on your support to help us keep the Riverview Lands in public hands for the purpose of Mental Health.

With hope and gratitude,

Nancy
Dr. Nancy H. Furness
on behalf of the Coalition for a Healthy Riverview

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