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Since 1874, when the District of Maple Ridge was first incorporated, the responsibility for local government has vested in a Mayor and Council. The primary functions of Council are to establish administrative policy, to adopt bylaws governing matters delegated to local government through the Community Charter, Local Government Act and other Provincial statutes for the protection of the public, and to levy taxes for these purposes. Council is also empowered to manage, acquire and dispose of District assets. The day-to-day operation of the District is delegated by Council to the Chief Administrative Officer and District Staff.
Mayor Ernie Daykin
Ernie was first elected to Council in 2002 and served two terms (six years) as a Councillor before taking on the exciting challenge of his first term as Mayor in November 2008. He began his second term as Mayor in November 2011.
Ernie's roots in Maple Ridge are deep, with his great grand father Hampton arriving in the late 1870's and the Daykins arriving in 1915. Ernie has spend virtually his entire life in Maple Ridge, moving away briefly, and yet having the good sense to move back home. He has primarily been self employed in his working life, owning and operating a Windsor Plywood franchise in Maple Ridge with his wife Judy for 24 years. As well, Ernie worked for Baptist Housing both on a contract basis and as an employee providing affordable housing for seniors.
With four generations of family living in Maple Ridge, Ernie knows first hand the possibilities and challenges that are facing every stage of life……young families raising kids right through to dealing with aging senior parents. Ernie and Judy have two grown married children, Christine (married to Ryan) with two active grandsons and Michael (married to Dana) with a beautiful granddaughter. In his spare time Ernie fits in the odd round of golf and always has a good "Who Done It" on the go to read.
Ernie values teamwork and relationships and feels that both are necessary to move Maple Ridge towards being a community that will be the envy of many. "This Council will continue to achieve results through positive respectful working relationships. It is Maple Ridge's Time to Shine". He believes that the next three years will be exciting as staff and Council work together with the community to continue to build on past successes.
Ernie's Committee and Board roles are:
- Maple Ridge Economic Advisory Commission
- Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Parks & Leisure Services Commission
- Maple Ridge Audit & Finance Committee
- Ridge Meadows Youth Justice Advocacy
- Pitt Meadows Regional Airport Society
- Metro Vancouver Board Member
- Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Affairs Committee
- Metro Vancouver Finance and Administration Committee
- Metro Vancouver Utilities Committee
- Metro Vancouver Intergovernmental Committee
- TransLink Mayors Council
- E-Comm Board of Directors
"It is a privilege to be able to serve my home town in the role of Mayor. I am proud of Maple Ridge, it is a great place to grow up, go to school, raise a family and work. I love to hear from residents about any topic or concerns".
Please feel free to contact me any time, by phone 604-463-5221 or email email@example.com
Councillor Cheryl Ashlie
Cheryl's family has been residents of Maple Ridge since 1995. She has been married to her husband Dean for 31 years and they have three grown children. Cheryl grew up in East Vancouver, but has memories of driving through Maple Ridge to go to Alouette Lake, when she was a child. After marrying, Dean, they moved aboard their 42 foot sailboat, which they lived on for 14 years, while the children were young. Moving to Maple Ridge was a simple transition from life on the boat for her family, from the perspective of having easy access to the beautiful outdoors, which was the true benefit of living on a boat on the West Coast.
Cheryl worked at Vancouver General Hospital as a Food Service Supervisor for 14 years, but left the profession to stay home with her children while they were young. Her involvement in the children's school Parent Advisory Committee drew her towards the role of a School Trustee. She ran for election in 1999 and was successful in three consecutive municipal elections spanning 1999-2008. Cheryl was honoured to be selected by her peers to be the Vice Chair of the Board of Education during her first term, and then the Chair of the Board for the subsequent two terms. Her first elected term as municipal Councillor was the 2008-2011 term.
Involvement in the community has encompassed volunteering with her children's sports; past member of the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services Board of Directors for five years; assisting with various charity walks and runs; assisting in the organization of the Disability Games held locally in 2009; presently, Chair of the Community Network's sub-committee: Substance Misuse Prevention Committee, since its inception in 2005; and serving as the Secretary Treasurer of the Ridge Meadows Educational Foundation.
Cheryl is presently enrolled in Political Science at the University of Athabasca. Her combined course load and previous political experience on the Board of Education has been of great benefit in assisting her in her commitment to the role of Municipal Councillor.
She strongly believes in the District's Vision 2025 and during her first term on Council she supported all aspects of Council's duties related to delivering on the contents of that vision. She was lucky enough to have committees that she is passionate about during the past term, such as: Social Planning Advisory Committee, Agriculture Committee, Metro Vancouver Labour Relations Bureau, Community Literacy Committee and liaison to the seniors. Cheryl is pleased that she will be continuing with these committees for the first year of this term and that liaison to the Fraser Health Region has also been added to her committee portfolio.
Cheryl is looking forward to this next term as there is much work ahead of Council in the area of land use discussions for commercial and industrial. Also, increased taxes were a significant concern expressed by citizens during this past election, as were demands for more services. Being able to address both of these issues will certainly be a priority for Council and she looks forward to working with the rest of Council and staff to continue to find a reasonable balance.top
Councillor Corisa Bell
Born in Northern BC, Corisa moved to the Fraser Valley after graduating high school, returning to her roots in Maple Ridge to raise a family as a 5th generation resident. Corisa is a partner in a web development company and has two girls.
You'll frequently find Corisa volunteering and devoting time to functions and events throughout the city, so working on Council is a natural progression allowing her to both serve and better the community. She is a board member of Fight HST and the Emerald Pig Theatrical Society and in her 5th year as a member of the organizing committee for The Christmas Haven.
Corisa believes the role of government is to be accountable to the people and to that end will represent the voice of Maple Ridge residents and work to direct the functioning of the government to serve the people who elect it.
Passionate, dedicated, and committed to everything she takes on in her life, Corisa will bring her high level of energy, excitement, and youthful new ideas to council. Check out her blog in early 2012 at www.corisabell.com!
"So much of politics in general, seems to involve a battle between left and right ideology.
I'd like to see Maple Ridge move toward a centralist view composed of compromise and reason for the benefit of the people.
I think like a citizen and will represent the citizens."
Councillor Judy Dueck
A resident of Maple Ridge since 1975, Judy is married to Ron and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.
Judy has a demonstrated ability to work independently or as part of a team, with a proven track record. Her past experience includes being a senior executive where she developed and illustrated highly developed leadership skills coupled with superior public relation competencies.
Judy is currently employed as the Manager - Health, Safety & Wellness with School District No. 42.
Judy has a long history of community involvement, including past member of the Meadow Ridge Rotary Club, Past President of Alouette Addictions Service Society, the District Parent Advisory Council, and director of the 1998 BC Summer Games.
Judy is currently serving her fourth term on council. Previous to this she served 9 years on the School Board which included 4 years as the School Board Chair.
Judy's liaison roles include: Economic Advisory Commission, Ridge Meadows Arts Council, Public Art Steering Committee, Metro Vancouver Regional Planning/Agriculture Committee and alternate for the following; Metro Vancouver Board, Ridge Meadows Youth Justice Advocacy, Parks and Leisure Services and the MRPM Policing task force.
Judy believes it is important to be open, accessible and willing to engage in and encourage discussion on all matters of importance to the citizens of Maple Ridge.
"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.
I believe Maple Ridge is a wonderful community to live in and
I feel honoured to have the opportunity to represent you on Council."
Councillor Al Hogarth
Al is proud to be a lifelong resident of Maple Ridge and has been privileged to work locally for most of his career. Al has been a licensed realtor since 1979, primarily in residential sales. He also provides rental property management and development consulting services. During this time he has volunteered thousands of hours to many different causes. His many life experiences are rooted in Maple Ridge, attending school, running a business, his marriage to Deb, and the raising of their daughter Aleesha. These life lessons have given Al a deep appreciation for Maple Ridge and what it means to grow with a community.
Al believes that his involvement in the early 70's in the Municipal Advisory Planning Commission has given him tremendous insight into the evolution of local planning issues. Al's fascination and commitment to socially, economically, and environmentally balanced communities continues to this day with his continuing studies and successful completion of SFU's City Program and the Centre for Sustainable Community Development certificate program. In his spare time, Al enjoys golf and curling.
"Maple Ridge is a desirable place to live. Our rural character, geographical location and diversity add to the challenges of balanced growth. We are all proud of our community which we hope to share with future generations in a socially responsible, environmentally and economically conscious way."top
Councillor Bob Masse
Born and raised in Vancouver, Bob graduated from Killarney High School, went to Langara College, then studied at the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, graduating in 1977.
On returning to Vancouver he married his high school sweetheart Sandy, and when he started a family in 1980 they decided to move to Maple Ridge. Since then they have lived in the same home and raised their two, now grown, sons. Bob has been very fortunate to have both lived and practiced here in Maple Ridge since they moved here in 1980.
Bob has had the opportunity to serve on numerous boards and committees, both in our community and for his profession. In recent years he has served as the chair of the Safety and Security committee in downtown Maple Ridge and also as Race Director for five years for the Vistas Run for Hospice in Maple Ridge.
Maple Ridge is a great community and the same factors of natural abundance and beauty, affordability and proximity to Vancouver, continues to draw young families to our community.
Our growth will continue, and with that population growth we must manage to find a balance of growth in infrastructure, commerce, amenities, employment and educational opportunity; while at the same time retaining our Maple Ridge lifestyle.
"I am honoured to have the opportunity to serve on Council in these exciting times in Maple Ridge.
Please feel free to contact me with your concerns or ideas, I will always be easily accessible."
Councillor Michael Morden
Mike has lived in Maple Ridge since 1988. He and his wife, Kim - a sessional teacher, researcher, and graduate student at SFU, have been married since 1980 with two grown sons Lawrence and Grant.
In addition to owning and operating a local security company established in Maple Ridge in 1990, Mike has taught part-time for 10 years in the Security Trades Program at BCIT and the Justice Institute of BC, holds Trades Tickets for Electrical, Communications, and Alarm Systems, sits on the Provincial Government Advisory Board for his trade, and is a Past Director of the Alarm Association of B.C.
Mike has a long history of community involvement that includes 24 years as an active member of the Haney Rotary Club, serving on the Executive Board in the capacity of President and 5 terms as Secretary. He is an 20-year member of the Chamber of Commerce and has served on their Crime Prevention Committee.
Mike is now serving his second term as a Municipal Councillor, being first elected to Council in 2008. Mike is a director at UBCM representing the Metro Vancouver region. He is the Council Liaison for the Ridge Meadows Youth Society, Bicycle Advisory Committee, Community Heritage Commission, BIA Security Committee, Parcel Tax Review Panel and is chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. He is a past liaison for the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce, Economic Advisory Committee, Ridge Meadows Recycling Society, Parks & Leisure Services Commission and the Ridge Meadows Seniors Society.
"I am honoured to have been re-elected and look forward to continuing to serve you. Maple Ridge will grow and I promise to help guide that growth in a sensible and responsible manner by making decisions that will benefit the majority of our wonderful community. Serving as a Municipal Councillor is not about politics - it's about people. Being a good community leader means working within our current political and bureaucratic structure to achieve the absolute best for what matters most - our families and our community."top