Kent District hosts delegation from the Philippines – Agassiz Harrison Observer

The District of Kent has recently welcomed international guests.

District Mayor Sylvia Pranger updated council and the public on the visit of Cebu Mayor Michael Rama to the Philippines during the September 7 district council meeting.

Rama and his delegation attended a reception, a special mass and the dedication of the Shrine of the Santo Niño in Cebu. The shrine was a gift to the Archdiocese of Vancouver in commemoration of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines. It is located in the parish of Saint-Antoine de Padoue.

During the festivities, a troupe of traditional Filipino dancers entertained a crowd of around 2,000 people.

In other council business:

– The Bilingual Buddhist Association has approached council regarding the construction of a Buddhist temple in the Mount Woodside area. This would require rezoning the area to an Institutional Assembly Area (PS3) and would also require an amendment to the Official Community Plan. A public hearing is scheduled for October 12 at 7 p.m. at the municipal hall.

– The board reminded the public that the Agassiz-Harrison Terry Fox race will take place on Sunday, September 18 starting at 10 a.m. at 1525 MacKay Crescent. Registration starts at 9 a.m.

– The Aug. 27 Swim-A-Thon fundraiser raised approximately $13,000 for the new regional aquatic center. Council members also participated in the swimathon themselves as members of the “Council-nauts” team.

– Council approved decorative wraps for eight utility boxes in the community with future plans for more wraps in the Mount Woodside neighborhood.

– Pranger has declared September Literacy Month and October Circular Economy Month. The proclamation of Literacy Month is an age-old tradition that usually follows the final Summer Storytime in the Park, which is held at various locations in Agassiz-Harrison and neighboring First Nations. Literacy Month “aims to raise awareness of the important role literacy plays in the lives of adults, children and families, and its impact on youth, Indigenous and immigrant communities,” a statement said. of the district.

Circular Economy Month is designed as a way to show commitment to conservation, recycling and other sustainable living practices.

The next regular Kent District Council meeting will be October 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Hall. Online participation is also available through Microsoft Teams; those interested can register at


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