Editorial: Fundraising effort a labour of love

The sudden death of Nicola Baker, a popular south Surrey high school teacher, at age 38 last month has had a ripple effect in Langley.

It is here that her husband, Sean, has made it his life’s work to help and protect unwanted and abused animals.

Sean Baker is the executive directory of Langley Animal Protection Society, and was fundamental in the construction of the Patti Dale Animal Shelter.

His work in the community has made him a favourite among local animal lovers in particular, and it is they who are spearheading an effort to help him through what one can only imagine is the most difficult time of his life.

There are also four children to consider who have lost their mother at far too young an age.

Nicola won’t be here to see each of them graduate from high school, but no doubt her dreams for them included an opportunity to continue expanding their horizons — possibly through post-secondary education.

A dinner scheduled for the Tap House & Eatery in Fort Langley on July 13 will help make that a reality.

The event will raise funds toward an education reserve for the Baker children, but it isn’t just a fundraiser. It is also an expression of shared sorrow and comfort from the community.

As one of his coworkers commented, “This fundraiser is our way to show Sean he is loved and supported.”

Those who are unable to attend the event on  Wednesday — or for whom the $100 ticket is out of reach — but would like to make a contribution, can do so online at


Just Posted

VIDEO: Langley hospital history recovered

After 16 years in storage, LMH memorial plaques added to museum in time for 70th anniversary party

Heat warning issued for Metro Vancouver

Inland areas expect to hit at least 26 degrees for daytime highs

VIDEO: Erikson’s Daylily Gardens and Perennials holds annual open house

Pam and Tom Erikson have 17th annual charitable fundraiser at their private Langley garden

Cloverdale horse barn goes up in flames

Fire crews work for hours to extinguish blaze on 184th Street

VIDEO: Open-to-all sprinter event for dogs comes to Langley

The second event of its kind in Canada since new rules were implemented

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

5 to start your day

Heat warning issued, man climbs a crane, a dog-sprinting event, and more

Non-union construction industry fears exclusion in B.C.

Premier John Horgan imposes ‘project labour agreements’ for public works

Climber with broken leg rescued after fall into ravine near Hope

The 26-year-old had a flare to show rescuers where he was.

Trump, Putin sit down a bit late for closely watched summit

Trump and Putin arrived Monday at Helsinki’s presidential palace for a long-awaited summit.

In TV interview, Trump claims queen called Brexit ‘complex’

Asked the queen’s view on Brexit, Trump said: “She said it’s a very complex problem.”

Exotic corpse flower begins to emit its putrid scent at Vancouver conservatory

A unique and exotic tropical plant, acclaimed for its size and abhorred for its smell, is blooming at a Vancouver conservatory.

CREA reports June home sales down 10.7% from year ago, but up from May

The Canadian Real Estate Association says home sales in June were down 10.7 per cent compared with a year ago.

Tens of thousands give heroes’ welcome to Croatia team

Euphoria gave way to a mixture of disappointment and pride for Croatia fans after their national team lost to France in its first ever World Cup final.

Most Read