Karla Barton (second from left) is presented the Paul Harris fellowship by Grace Robertson and Terry Smith of the Rotary Club of Langley Central (right) and Mayor Peter Fassbender.

Local business honoured

For local business owner Karla Barton, one small fundraising idea has paid off with a very large reward.

For local business owner Karla Barton, one small fundraising idea has paid off with a very large reward. Barton, the owner of McBurney Junction Furniture and Interiors, is the recent recipient of the Paul Harris fellowship− the highest award given by the Rotary Club of Langley Central. Through offering Pandora bracelet cleanings by donation, she has raised more than $1,000 for the club’s Liberian project. “Our philosophy was … if you are buying something like Pandora it’s because you have enough,” Barton said.“So we thought we’d take an opportunity where we usually offered something for free and made it available now by donation. It was something that people could feel really good about.”The Liberian project began when Langley rotarian Terry Smith visited Liberia to help his son adopt two children. He became determined to give back to the Liberian people who helped his family by starting a project to help their small village. His goals are to provide prosthetics and aid for victims of ruthless amputations by the Charles Taylor regime, and to turn their village into a self-sufficient community. But since his last visit, the village of 2,000 people has had an influx of 5,000 refugees from the Ivory Coast.  “We have a project and a goal in mind, but when you are inundated with all of these immediate needs, what do we do?” Smith said. ‘So that’s where Karla comes in. When I told Karla my problem, that these people are dying, that these people need medicine, Karla said, ‘I can help.’” Barton is continuing to do bracelet cleanings by donation to raise more money for the cause. “This was a great opportunity, not only for our business, but for our customers and our friends to be a part of something bigger than themselves,” she said.

Just Posted

Developers to unveil plan to transform Aldergrove mall into new town centre

Community to find out new Aldergrove Town Centre plan for dormant 10-acre lot in heart of downtown.

Tardi and team playoff bound in junior curling worlds tonight

Friday night Team Canada’s men’s team faces off against Norway, hoping to secure a spot in the finals

Injured nurse back in the saddle after horse riding accident

Keya Milaire has been recovering from an accident that occurred on May 24.

Langley’s Hong takes silver in Winter Games vault

The Langley athlete completed a tricky move in competition to clinch the podium.

Former Cloverdale church elder will be tried in Supreme Court on sexual assault charges

Preliminary inquiry for Brian Batke case set for February 2020

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

Man sentenced to 7 years for smuggling drugs and shooting at border guards in Sumas

Nathan Hall was arrested in Abbotsford in 2013 after day-long manhunt

No treatment for highly infectious measles, says doctor

10 cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver as of Friday

Two more measles cases confirmed in Vancouver

It brings the number of total cases within the city connected to the outbreak to ten

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Guards protest firing of fellow officers charged with assault at B.C. prison

Corrections officers demonstrated in Maple Ridge on Friday afternoon

Most Read