Council to City: let’s dance

Tongue-in-cheek “Moment of activity” challenge issued in video posted to City of Langley website

A YouTube image shows City Councillor Rudy Storteboom with a boom box. The scene was part of a video encouraging residents to be more active.



The meeting does not get off to a good start.

The YouTube video shows a quorum of Langley City councillors trudging through an especially boring discussion about an “electronic communications policy.”

The clip shows  councillors nodding off, or typing madly on their smart phone

After more than five minutes of this (according to a clock on the wall), mayor Ted Schaffer breaks the fourth wall, looks at the camera and says, “What this meeting needs is a moment of activity,” and points to the left.

“Hit it, Rudy.”

Cut to councillor Rudy Storteboom, who happens to have a boom box, with a “Zumba” beat soundtrack that starts playing.

The next shot shows that everyone present has changed into exercise gear and are all dancing.

After a few seconds, the video cuts back to the mayor, who issues a challenge to Langley City Fire and Rescue, Langley City Senior Staff, and Langley Division of Family Practice to do their own videos.

It is the launch of the city’s “Moments of Activity” campaign leading up to the opening of the new Timms Community Centre.

“Building on the 5-2-1-0 principle of healthy living, we are trying to show people how easy it can be to get one hour of activity each day,” Schaffer said.

“All it takes are moments where you mindfully say ‘I’m going to get up and get active’ — it could not be easier.”

The challenged are encouraged to record and upload their Moments of Activity to YouTube and then share them via social media with the hashtag #ActiveMoments.

They’re to challenge three friends to show their Moments of Activity as well.

Entrants have a shot at winning six months free membership to the Timms Community Centre.

For more information about contest rules, visit timmscommunity.ca.

So far, the senior staff, led by CAO Francis Cheung have responded, performing a stair climbing demonstration in the city hall foyer.

The new Timms Community will open Wednesday, Feb. 24 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, live music and giveaways, and a chance to try out the Centre’s many exciting new features.