Community newsletter: Better is happening. It’s exciting!

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When I was elected, we promised to make life better for British Columbians. And that’s why this past few weeks have been so exciting.

This month, we opened Ridge Meadows Urgent and Primary Care Centre. With team-based care, these centres provide faster and better access to the day-to-day health-care services you need.

Albion’s newest school – c̓əsqənelə Elementary – opened, and it includes childcare spaces. We announced provincial funding to purchase land for another school in east Maple Ridge. A seismic upgrade and 240-seat addition is in the works for Eric Langton Elementary, as well as seismic upgrades for Pitt Meadows Secondary.

Building and retrofitting schools means giving our kids better, safer places to learn. Using the space better, means more services for the whole community.

This week, Minister of Transportation Claire Trevena came to Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows to discuss ongoing improvements to Lougheed Highway. Our government has already improved lighting and brought in new intersection safety measures, but there’s still more that needs to improve this busy corridor for pedestrians, cyclists, transit and drivers.

Two weeks ago in Victoria, our province was the first to table historic legislation to bring the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into provincial law. It’s a commitment to find ways of working together as Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to make life better. It was a moving moment and an important step on our journey towards reconciliation.

It was a pleasure to visit a number of service organizations here at home that bring neighbours together to improve lives in our community. They put food on tables, create community for seniors and youth, and protect our environment. They demonstrate that working together, we can make life in our community better.

Stay tuned. Progress is being made. Better is happening, and it’s exciting.

Yours, Lisa

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