Thursday, May 30, 2024

You Need to Attend the Langley Initiative's Inaugural Meeting - June 18

When I first got involved in local Langely civic life, I joined VALTAC. This community group's goal was to restart the Interurban, bringing back passenger rail to Langley and beyond. This blog was originally the blog for VALTAC.

Very quickly, a few of us who were part of VALTAC realized there was a gap in Langley City and the Township, as no one was advocating for "Smart Growth" at the time. Passenger rail was only one piece of building a great "Smart Growth" community. We started South Fraser OnTrax, held community workshops and meetings, and advocated to both Langley City and Township Councils. We brought in experts from around the world.

These groups made me feel a part of the community and that I was contributing to improving Langley. These experiences eventually led me to run for Langley City Council.

These real grass-roots community organizations, like VALTAC and South Fraser OnTrax, are essential to a healthy democratic society. This is why I was so excited when I met The Langley Initiative co-founders Dammy and Armaan. They originally planned for their first meeting in January, but it was snowed in. They pushed back their first meeting, and I wanted to pass on the details of their new first meeting.

Pictures of The Langley Initiative Co-Founders Dammy Ogunseitan and Armaan Lilothia
The Langley Initiative is born out of a deep commitment to fostering a more engaged and informed citizenry. Our motto, "Empowering Citizens, Advocating for Change," encapsulates our mission to create a platform where the voices of the people can be heard and translated into meaningful action.
The inaugural meeting will serve as a crucial starting point for the Langley Initiative. During this gathering, we will outline our goals, discuss key issues affecting our community, and strategise on effective ways to bring about constructive changes. We envision a collaborative approach, drawing on the distinct perspectives of our residents to address issues that matter most to all of us.

Details of the inaugural meeting are as follows:

Date: June 18, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: CoWorks by Elevate - 20627 Fraser Hwy, Langley, BC V3A 4G4

We encourage all Langley City residents who are passionate about creating a positive impact to attend and contribute to the conversation.

If you want to learn more about the Langley Initiative, visit their website at or email them at

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