Editorial – Year of celebrations passes

The biggest heroes of 2011 have to be the Upper Fraser Valley's youngest residents

Another year has passed, and to celebrate we’ve compiled a few of the most noteworthy stories that have transpired.

There were historic moments, such as the coming together of the surrounding First Nation bands and the District of Kent.

There were celebrations, too many to include them all.

Of note though, was the re-opening of renovated Harrison Memorial Hall, and its re-dedication to local war veterans this Remembrance Day.

There were birthdays to be had, as well. The District of Kent’s Fitness Activity Centre turned 10 years old. The Agassiz-Harrison Museum celebrated its 25th year, and the Agassiz Research Station celebrated an impressive 125 years of discoveries.

There were heroes, from all walks of life. But the biggest heroes of the year have to be this area’s youngest residents. There were children selling cookies, cupcakes, Halloween candy and more, all for the sake of others.

Provincially, the HST was defeated, but smart meters were not.

Closer to home — and our hearts — we lost Betty Fox. But we gained Lilee-Jean, whose non-stop, beaming smile has inspired countless donations to BC Children’s Hospital (see story front page).

We saw threats of change, with Abbotsford attempting to leave the regional district. And we also saw actual at the municipal level, all across the Fraser Valley.

Those changes point to a possible shift in local politics over the next three years, as the newly-elected councils across the region find their feet and attempt to hold their ground.

We hope you follow along with us in 2012, and as always, engage in conversations about what’s happening in your community, either online or through more conventional means.

For a full slideshow of the news of 2011, as it happened, visit us online at ahobserver.com.

 

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