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The 2016 John and Muriel Arnason Award was presented to Wayne and Brenda Singbeil.

Volunteer Appreciation-SingbeilsSince 2009, the Aldergrove couple has been volunteering with the Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association, which provides therapeutic horseback riding to children and adults with special needs. Brenda is secretary with the VTEA Board of Directors, organizes fundraisers, and has been re-writing the Association’s policy and procedures manual. A member of the VTEA Board, Wayne works with the horses and riders and can often be found building paddocks, fences, and stalls. He has installed a sprinkler system and was kept busy this winter clearing snow. Both Singbeils are also active with the Langley Hospice Society, providing support to those at the end of their lives, their families, and those who are bereaved.

The John and Muriel Arnason Award was created in memory of Muriel Arnason, the first woman to be elected to Township Council, and her husband, John, to recognize people who volunteer together to make Langley a better place. It honours a couple who advocate for culture, learning, and literacy, foster partnerships and cooperative efforts, and create the potential for long-term benefits to the community.

Volunteer Sandi WhyteThe 2016 Eric Flowerdew Volunteer Award is presented to an individual who promotes an active living lifestyle that enhances Langley’s quality of life and community spirit through creative, cultural, physical, or social pursuits. This year’s Flowerdew nominees included VTEA’s Sandi Whyte, pictured center.

Pippa goes to Australia, Fall 2013—My trip to Australia in November/December was amazing and I was very fortunate to see a little bit of the country. I stayed in Newcastle, about 2 hours from Sydney, and lectured for 3 days along with head coach Sally Francis. We had therapists from New Zealand, the UK and South Africa. From there I went to Brisbane to visit a friend and explore the city, then to Melbourne to stay with Sally. I went riding around her estate which was a highlight and I even got to see a Koala and some Wallabies. Then it was on to Perth in Western Australia where everyone was so friendly and kind. We went to Bunbury where there is a RDA centre and there was a good turn out of therapists and riding instructors. I finished my trip with an old school friend in Sydney and got a fabulous tour of the Opera House. It was an unforgettable trip with so many great people and new friends.

Entrepreneurial Rider, Fall 2013—One of our riders participated in the Wix-Brown Elementary School’s “Young Entrepreneurs Program” where students are required to make and sell something with 10% of the proceeds going to their charity of choice. This talented young fellow made “cute as a button” magnets and raised $61.80, all of which he proudly presented to Valley at the Christmas Open House on December 15th.