Editorial — People make their mark in Langley

Langley's many positive and contributing people make this a great community.

As the year ends, it’s time to think back on the many wonderful aspects of living in Langley.

It is one of the most beautiful communities in the Lower Mainland. The mountain views, winding rivers, trails, abundant open space, regional and local parks, and other features make for vistas and recreation opportunities that are hard to beat.

But open spaces and beautiful views alone aren’t enough to make a good community. That requires people and their myriad activities.

In some places, the human activity detracts from the surroundings. For the most part, that is not the case here.

A significant number of people here work hard to make the community better. Sometimes that is through their work — creating jobs, enhancing economic opportunities, helping other people and boosting other businesses.

Sometimes it is through volunteer and charitable work. Sometimes it is through raising a family and teaching children to be good citizens.

At this time of year, the Langley Christmas Bureau comes to mind. It is staffed totally by volunteers. All the money contributed comes from individuals, Many people volunteer to deliver hampers to needy families in Langley.

Many other organizations are active year-round. They contribute to children’s activities and needs; they assist seniors; they raise money and supplies for people in other parts of the world. Doing so gives them a sense of value and purpose and adds immeasurably to the community.

There are a few people who detract from the many good things the community does, and their negative energy is a distraction and disappointment to others. Nonetheless, most people don’t get too focused on them. They focus on the positive.

Langley is a growing and vibrant community. It is made up of a lot of hard-working, active and industrious people. Most of them want to make this community better for others, and for the future.

A Merry Christmas to all of them, and a big thank you for all that you do.

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