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Pitt Meadows News: South Bonson Community Centre Will Be 6 Years Old This Year
This is the article I did on the South Bonson Community Centre 6 years ago!
By David Murray. The South Bonson Community Centre Open House today was an overwhelming success. The Community Centre is located at 10932 Barnston View Road.
Mayor Don MacLean was on hand to introduce the dignitaries from the area. Randy Kamp the MP from Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission was in attendance and spoke about his government backing the local project. MLA from Maple Ridge-Mission Marc Dalton was on hand as well.
School Trustees Dr. Dave Rempel, Kathie Ward, Eleanor Palis, and Ken Clarkson were in attendance. As well as local city councillors John Becker
, Doug Bing
, Deb Walters and Tracy Miyashita.
Margaret Pierre from the Katzie First Nation was there to play the drum and sing in helping to bring forward a successful and traditional Katzie official welcome. She played and sang during the unveiling of the official plaque that was dedicated to the Park family ,which saw lumber from the original barn used in the building of the community centre.
The Park Family
William J. Park was born in Somerset England, he came to Canada in 1901 . He settled in Pitt Meadows in 1905 where he started a dairy farm.
Mary (Minnie) McMyn was born on Lulu Island and came to Pitt Meadows in 1907 , marrying William Park on Oct. 25th 1910.
They raised three children, Hazel, Frances and Gordon.
Mr. Park participated in municipal affairs first as a municipal clerk in 1914, later becoming a councillor and then reeve. He also pioneered in the formation of the Fraser Valley Milk Producers Association in 1917 being the first secretary and later president from 1923-1934.
The Parks were active volunteers in Pitt Meadows for many years, serving on several committees and contributing to the growth of the community.
The building itself was beautiful, it has a great looking carving that took four months to complete and had people aged 4 to 85 participate in its carving. Local artist Brad Dinwoodie was instrumental in the design of the project. While Doug Morrison facilitated the carving itself.
The Entertainment was great. It was supplied by Monkey Fist and lead by singer Shawna Flesher a Mission resident who was competing in Canada’s got Talent. Their website is www.monkeyfist.ca
I talked to some of the people at the event, Sandy Wakeling was impressed with the view and the green aspects of the building! Margaret Jones who was with Walker Park Creative Media was very impressed with the building as well. She was pleased to see such a large turnout at the event!