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Others deserve Sea Fest honours

Semiahmoo First Nation Councillor Joanne Charles (left) takes a very active role at the Spirit of the Sea Festival. - Contributed photo
Semiahmoo First Nation Councillor Joanne Charles (left) takes a very active role at the Spirit of the Sea Festival.
— image credit: Contributed photo


Re: Leaders should lead parade, Aug. 9 letters.

I am amused by comments that elected officials should lead parades.

The people who deserve public acknowledgment are Spirit of the Sea Festival director Matt Todd, Semiahmoo First Nation Councillor Joanne Charles and the army of volunteers. Charles played an important organizational role. The Semiahmoo First Nation was a major sponsor of the event including the fireworks, and Charles took special interest in the paddleboard races by providing individual Semiahmoo replica paddles to all winners.

She even took time out of her schedule to race in the paddleboard event – stopping only to reprimand me for not competing against her.

Coun. Larry Robinson, White Rock

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It matters not that the mayor lead a parade in this day and age; if it is a private event, let the mayor enter his own float, if he might like to participate.

Police – not the mayor – were out front, as they would have provided public-safety services, with associated costs billed to those hosting such a business event as the Sea Festival. Such an event is great for small businesses on Marine Drive, and politics need not enter into it.

Ron Eves, White Rock


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