Comfort Ero, the artistic director of African Stages Association of BC, “directed” that I play the part of a king in the story “Kokodiko the dance monster” a beast who was terrifying a village. Only the ingenuity of two brothers, shunned as twins, was able to vanquish Kokodiko. A lesson about the value of inclusion and the contributions of every member of the community.
Great to thank Finance Minister Carole James for the budget she presented: one that puts people first with historic investments in child care and housing. Both are key ingredients for economic success for everyone here in BC.
The Muslim Food Bank held a fundraising event in Surrey. Not only does the organization help community members with food, volunteers with professional training and backgrounds provide counselling support and job seeking advice for newcomers. A great grass roots community effort!
I chatted with President Madu Acharya of the Hindu Buddhist Foundation prior to the beginning of the performance yesterday at the Surrey Arts Centre.
I met with representatives of the Surrey Community Child Care Task Force: (left to right) Sharlene Wedel , Options Community Services; Daljit Gill-Badesha, City of Surrey; Bruce Ralston MLA, and Rhea Hubbard, Alexandra Neighbourhood House. They explained to me their recent Surrey Child Care Report. The recent BC budget with its emphasis on a big expansion of childcare services means that we will be able to act on many of their excellent recommendations for children and families in Surrey.
I’m about to drop the puck to open the game today between the Surrey Minor Hockey Association Peewee A1 team and the visiting China elite team as Harbs Bains the president looks on.
I was lucky enough to meet the Sedins when they received honourary degrees from Kwantlen University. As a hockey parent I was always glad my son and his teammates had them to look up to as role models. As an elected representative, I know and appreciate the work they do quietly to support kids and families around the province, including right here in Surrey. http://sedinfamilyfoundation.org/clubhouse-36-3/ #ThankYouSedins
Thank you to everyone who attended our annual Eid-Ul-Fitr celebration.
(Left to Right) Bruce Ralston, MLA Surrey-Whalley, Sue Hammell, MLA Surrey-Green Timbers, Harry Bains, MLA Surrey-Newton
Eid-Ul-Fitr celebration of the Pakistan Canada Association on Sunday July 10, 2016
Left to Right
Musa Ismail, Former president of the BC Muslim Association, Bruce Ralston, MLA Surrey-Whalley, Harry Bains, MLA Surrey-Newton, Raza Marani and Dr. Muhammed Tariq, Consul General of Pakistan in Vancouver
Talking to members of the Bolivar Heights Community Association at Whalley’s Corner Community Festival
I attended the grade seven leaving ceremony at James Ardiel Elementary in my riding of Surrey-Whalley today. It’s special to my family: our two sons Daniel and Martin attended the school from kindergarten to grade seven. It’s one of many excellent public schools in BC and it’s always inspiring to hear the stories and aspirations of the grade sevens as they prepare for the next step in their lives.
I attended the grade 7 and 8 graduation ceremony of Iqra Islamic School in North Surrey this afternoon. The school community is warm and welcoming and its graduates are well prepared for our collective future. Congratulations and thanks to principal Dr Faisal Ali as he leaves after seven years of service to take another big assignment.
At Surrey Pride this morning with (right) Alex Sangha and (left) Lene Son documentary film maker. Today is Surrey’s first parade although it’s the 18th annual festival of Pride in Surrey.
Happy to be a Table Captain at the annual fundraiser Breakfast With The Bank! Showing support for the Surrey Food Bank.
25th Annual British Columbia Coalition of Motorcyclists MLA Ride with Barry Weinbaum
I was invited to a housing meeting organized by the Indo American Press Club in association with the Kerala Cultural Association of BC.
Happy Earth Day!
Public forum held on Monday April 18th 2016 at the Bell Performing Arts Centre. This picture is part of the police presentation showing the location of the 34 shots fired in Surrey this year. I attended the public forum with my colleagues Mike Farnworth MLA, Sue Hammell MLA, and Harry Bains MLA.
Bruce Ralston, MLA with Consul General of Japan in Vancouver, Seiji Okada, who returns to Tokyo shortly and with Dr. Bill McMichael.
Jang Society Spring Festival with Vancouver City Councillor Kerry Jang.
West Coast LEAF 29th Annual Equality Breakfast
Bruce Ralston, MLA Surrey-Whalley with Dr. Alan Davis, President and
Vice-Chancellor of Kwantlen Polytechnic University
KPU Open House March 5 2016
Our BCNDP Official Opposition MLAs are wearing pink to stand up against bullying #PinkShirtDay #PinkItForward
I am with Minh Ngo, Business Development Manager for Henlong Market. Henlong Market on 104th Avenue hosted a lively Lunar New Year celebration!
I enjoyed visiting the Grade 7 students at James Ardiel Elementary. The students in Mrs. While’s class and in Mrs. Nazarchuk’s class impressed me with how much they already knew about government! 01/26/16
Launch of Lunar New Year at Vancouver’s Chinatown
Launch of Lunar New Year at Vancouver’s Chinatown
November 20 2015 Attended a Surrey Board of Trade event “Why should business be concerned about investments in Surrey’s education” A great panel (left to right) Dr Jane Fee. Vice Provost, Kwantlen Polytechnic University; Jonathan Driver, Provost, SFU; Ben Hume,President,Sheppards Building Materials Inc; Dan Reader, President Murray Latta Machine; Richard Sakaki VP Human Resources, Mainroad Group
November 11 2015 The parade before the ceremony at the Whalley Legion in Surrey. We’re marching east on 108th Avenue and about to turn south on to King George Boulevard.
November 14 2015 The opening stage act here at the Drishti Magazine Gala awards at the Royal King Banquet Hall in Surrey tonight. Big crowd here for entertainment and recognition of community leaders.
November 14 2015 With some friends who are members of the Mha Puja Cultural Group ( formed by Canadians of Nepalese origin) at an event in the Fleetwood neighbourhood of Surrey tonight.
November 10 2015 The colour party bearing the flags of Canada and of British Columbia facing the Kwantlen Park Secondary School assembly of students commemorating Remembrance Day at the school this morning.
Bruce Ralston, MLA Surrey Whalley congratulates Whalley resident Kyle Garneau who won his case with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.
The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal awarded him almost $16,000 to compensate for a series of threats and slurs he endured while working at Buy-Rite Foods in Surrey.
Garneau was targeted at work due to his physical and mental disabilities.
October 31 2015 At an event sponsored by Vietnamese Cultural Heritage Association in Surrey raising money for Syrian refugees They call it “Boat people helping boat people” Very inspiring. I’m here with my colleague MLA Adrian Dix
November 5 2015 Huge crowd tonight at the 2015 Surrey Business Excellence Awards. This event reflects the dynamic thriving business environment here in the city.
Surrey – Whalley MLA Bruce Ralston with Honere Gbezede and Deidre Heim at the SAGE Foundation Host Africando Livre et Art Soiree. Bill Reid Gallery, Vancouver. May 23, 2015. The event highlighted the achievements of artists and charity workers working in the Afro-Canadian community.
Here at 7am for Breakfast with the Bank – a huge annual fundraiser for the Surrey Food Bank with family and Surrey Whalley folks. At least 600 people here, probably more.
Commemorating the 101st Anniversary of the Komagata Maru at Harbour Green Park with my colleagues Harry Bains, MLA Surrey-Newton and Raj Chouhan, MLA Burnaby-Edmonds
At the Kwantlen Park Graduation Ceremonies Class of 2015 tonight as Mateo Vega and Keasha Roberts perform their own composition “We Made it into History”