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Tourism Langley elects new board members

Township of Langley council member added to board at Annual General Meeting

Tourism Langley has agreed to the Township of Langley’s request to give councillors the right to vote.

The decision was made at the destination marketing organization’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, April 18.

There, the membership voted in favour of allowing an ex-officio council representative the right to vote as well as the inclusion of a second Township of Langley council representative on the board of directors.

Several new board members were also elected that night. Joining the team are Jason Calimbas (Sandman Hotels) and Paul Johnston (Trinity Western University) representing the accommodations sector; Teresa Townsley (Festina Lente Estate Winery) representing the food and beverage sector; Sean Weatherly (Otter Farm and Home Co-operative) representing the retail sector; and Taylor Henderson (Langley Rivermen) representing the sports sector.

The other four board members — Jason Froese (JD Farms), Melissa Banovich (Fort Langley National Historic Site), Sylvia Jung (Sandman Signature Hotel) and Sinead O’Connor (Cascades Casino Coast Hotel and Convention Centre) — still have one year left to serve of their two-year terms.

“At the March SGM (special general meeting), our membership spoke loud and clear when they voted to keep Tourism Langley together,” said past director Gareth Abreo.

“With the conclusion of our AGM, the Tourism Langley membership has elected five new members to the board of directors. I am confident with the new perspective from incoming members, and the determination of the existing board, all parties can come to an agreement that will continue to benefit tourism in the Langleys.”