Christmas in June: TWU plans to make Langley a must-see Yuletide destination

This June, the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce joined TWU to host a leadership breakfast to introduce President Jonathan Raymond to the local business community and to unveil the joint event Christmas in the Valley that will combine local Langley festivities with TWU's Spirit of Christmas celebration.

With the goal of promoting a family-focused Langley Christmas event, “Christmas in the Valley” is a partnership between the City of Langley, the Township of Langley and TWU. Beginning December 1, the two-day event will include the Langley Christmas Parade, Fort Langley's The Village at Christmas and new to this year, TWU's Spirit of Christmas Celebration, which will be hosted on campus.

Featuring a live nativity, the TWU Choir, the Children's Choir, lighting of the Christmas tree the Spirit of Christmas will involve indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family. The event is free and will accept donations to support the Langley Food Bank and the Salvation Army.

“Encouraging the Langley community to work together just makes sense,” says Dr. Raymond, “for the community and for the university. It's the age-old saying: the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. This morning created a focus and a real energy over a wonderfully creative idea; it will be exciting to see how it all rolls out.”

Dr. Raymond wasn't the only one excited about possibilities. Over 100 business members attended the unveiling breakfast including Mary Polak, MLA, Peter Fassbender, mayor of Langley city, Kurt Alberts, mayor of Langley Township, and Bev Dornan, president of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce and event co-host.

“Everyone I talked to came away with a really good feeling,” says Dornan of the leadership breakfast. “It's a good idea for TWU to get out in the community a little more, and this event will be a great opportunity for local businesses. I think there's a future down the road for TWU to become more involved with the Chamber of Commerce, particularly with the University's MBA on its way.”

Some groups, like Omni television, have already committed to event partnership. Suzanne Smith, Director of Promotions, OMNI TV spoke at the breakfast, encouraging other businesses to get involved and help make Langley home to a festive, collaborative, annual Christmas event.

“It's our hope,” says Smith, “that this cooperative spirit will encourage everyone in the Fraser Valley to join with us to build an inclusive and unique promotion at Christmas time. Our part? Well OMNI television wants to tell the story in the Lower Mainland.”

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,300 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 14 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and leadership.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum