Monday, November 24, 2008

Whonnock Calendar 2009

This years calendar's photos recall the days when Mayor Tisdall of Vancouver had a summer house in Whonnock. Sue at the post office has calendars for you for $7.00 each.

Elegant Whonnock Shopping Bag

The Whonnock Community Association produced a small number of reusable shopping bags. These cloth bags show the Whonnock logo on one side only--the other side is left blank. Like the old T-Ford, the bag comes in any colour you want--as long as it is black. A great present for all who love Whonnock and are proud to live here! Only $18. Ask Sue.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Junichi Tanaka - Ceramic Artist

Your are invitated to visit Whonnock's ceramic artist Junichi Tanaka's Website. Click here!

Whonnock Weavers Exhibition and Sales

The Whonnock Weavers Exhibition and Sale at Whonnock Lake Centre, will be held this year on Sunday, November 30 from 11:00 to 4:00. This popular one day event features hand-woven articles, spinning, felting, knitting and baskets.  There is also guest artists with glass, pottery, teddy bears, ironwork & woodwork. FREE ADMISSION. Contact: Marie Slessor 604-462-9059

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008

Wildwood Fellowship Church

Congratulations to Pastor Arnold and Eleanor Tracey for the Wildwood Fellowship Church, Whonnock, Web site. Click here to go to the site!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

All Candidates Meeting 7 October

The All Candidates Meeting sponsored by the Whonnock Community Association and organized and moderated by Phil Johnson was well attended! Click on the pictures to enlarge.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Whonnock Lake Centre on "A-List 2008"

On 1 October The News published their "First A-List celebrating all of the best Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows has to offer." Readers valued Whonnock Lake Centre a "Favourite place to host an event." Click on picture if print of the cutting is hard to read.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Country Christmas Bazaar - 8 November

The ACW ladies group of Whonnock, are hosting their annual Country Christmas bazaar, Saturday, 8 November 2008 from 11 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon. Crafts, baking, homemade cranberry sauce, pies and lunch will be available.
Come and join the ACW ladies for a time of Community fellowship! Holy Spirit Anglican Church, 27123 River Rd. (272nd. St)north of Lougheed Highway. Contact: Dorina, 604-465-8500.

Monday, August 4, 2008

RCKC A very special club!

Click here to see RCKC's entry for Canoe Kayak Canada's video contest on "What Makes Your Club Special".

The video submitted by Ridge Canoe Kayak Club, (RCKC) is a total of 4:58 minutes. The voices in the video are Farron Fedechko, (Club Coach), Virginia Kuran, (Club Commodore), Sean Franklin, (Club Coach), Sara Poole, (Senior Club Athlete and Part-time Coach).

There are pictures of many club members and community members taking part in club programs. While most of the pictures are taken at Whonnock Lake, some do show club members at other regattas and club events not at Whonnock Lake.

The video is a composite of pictures and videos taken by a variety of club members. All video production and editing was done by seventeen year old Scott Malfesi.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

New Whonnock Preschool

This coming September Mrs. Debora Vieira will start a new preschool. Classes will be held at the Dowco building (the former Whonnock Elementary School) at 9975 272nd Street.
Mrs. Vieira offers programs for 2, 3 or 5 days a week--morning or afternoon. Call 604-462-1400 for more information or visit

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Volunteers of the year

At the Volunteer Dinner on 8 June 2008 the Whonnock Community Association honoured two outstanding volunteers for their services to the community.
Rick Hammer has been our Easter Bunny at the yearly Easter Egg Hunt since times immemorial. Rick, a founding member and Commodore of the Pitt Meadows Paddling Club, was also an active member of the Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club for many years.
Yukiko Tanaka has brought together a group of residents interested in assuring the quality of their drinking water and monitoring the Whonnock well levels.
Congratulations to both.

Whonnock Lake Centre 20 years

On Sunday 8 June the Whonnock Community Association celebrated the opening of Whonnock Lake Centre 20 years ago. Many Whonnockians who made the dream of a community hall for Whonnock a reality joined us for the celebration. The happy crowd shared a fabulous dinner. The event was combined with the yearly recognition of our volunteers. Participants went home with a complimentary coffee mug showing the above picture.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Church of the Holy Spirit

Click here to see the new Web site of of the Holy Spirit Anglican Church of Whonnock!


Friday, May 9, 2008

End Breast Cancer Event (May 31st) A Great Success

A big thanks to everyone from Whonnock who brought their friends and families to our 3rd annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser on Sat. May 31st....we had 600 people come through our gates, and enjoy the only sunny day in a couple of weeks of miserable weather! As well as raising over $18,000 for an incredibly worthwhile cause, everyone had a lot of FUN! Look for us next and time to be announced soon!

This event was in memory of our friend Resi Fulton, a Whonnock lady who died in January of 2007 from Breast cancer, and in honour of all breast cancer survivors. All proceeds go to the Weekend Walk to End Breast Cancer.
Kathy Stubley 462-0890 | Jen Korhonen 462-1058 | Tamara Selvey 462-0707 | Charlene Smolik 462-8270 | Kenda Montgomery 462-7037

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

3d Annual Iron Mountain Triathlon at Whonnock Lake | Sunday June 29th

For full information: or mail to

1/2 Iron Distance Race:
Swim 2kms | Bike 92 kms | Run 20 kms.
Sprint Triathlon Race:
Swim 800M | Bike 20 km | Run 5 kms.
Kids Races:
Various distances as per Kids of Steel (KOS)

Sign up on line at Eventsonline

Fraser Valley Rhodendron Society

Click here to see a picture gallery and slide show of the Fraser Valley Rhodendron Society "show and sale" of last weekend. Photos of the event will also be shown in the display cabinet at Whonnock Lake Centre.

Sponsored Ride !!

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of British Columbia and Yukon grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

The sponsored ride contributing to the Make a Wish Foundation on Sunday May 25th was a success. The 15 participating riders collected a total of $1,681 for the cause--not bad for a first try! The ride ended with a barbecue at Dina Popadiuk's place. The weather couldn't have been better.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Baking, pies, hanging baskets, plants, crafts and silent auction

The ACW Ladies of Holy Spirit Church, formerly St.John the Evangelist,on 272nd Street in Whonnock hosted a plant and bake sale on Saturday, 10 May. A report tells us thahas reached us that they "...had a good turn out and that the ladies raised a lot of money for their various outreaches!!"

Saturday, April 5, 2008

RCKC Anniversary & Fundraising Dinner

The Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club invites everyone to a fundraiser dinner to celebrate their 25th year and to kick-off their campaign to help raise support and funding for their new paddling centre at Whonnock Lake.
The event will take place at Maple Ridge Seniors Centre, starting with a reception and auction viewing at 5:30 and followed by a live auction scheduled for 8:30 and a dance.
Click here for more information or contact Ken or Katrina Kelleway at 604 802 0251. Their e-mail address is

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter Egg Hunt

Just to let you know that the Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by the Whonnock Community Association was a great succes. Jordy and Shirley and the volunteers did a smashing job and they even organized a break in the weather just when we needed it.

Click here to see a picture gallery!

The picture shows Rick Hammer in his Easter suite fascinating the little ones as he does every year!

If you must see an enlargement: click on the picture!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Berm to ensure stable Whonnock Lake levels

Jubilant members of the Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club were in attendance at a sod breaking ceremony that signaled the start of construction of the berm and fish channel at Whonnock Lake on Saturday, March 8, 2008.

Municipal, Provincial and Federal governments worked in unison to bring about this important project, ensuring recreational and environmental concerns were addressed. Maple Ridge’s Mayor Robson, municipal staff Mike Murray and Bruce McLeod worked in conjunction with DFO, MOE and local engineering firms to create a design for the berm and channel. Provincial MLA Randy Hawes and Federal MP Randy Kamp worked with government agencies to ensure this project was approved in a timely manner so the water level in Whonnock Lake was controlled.

At the sod turning, Mayor Robson said, “On behalf of Council and our citizens, I am very pleased to be taking this first step toward resolving such a long standing concern for our citizens. We want to thank both senior levels of government for assisting us through the various regulatory processes necessary to ensure all the best practices can be brought to bear, while still preserving the recreation opportunities at the lake.”

From a press release by Patti Fedechko. Click on picture to see enlargement.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Church of the Holy Spirit, Whonnock

After consultation with the parish and the Ministry and Congregational Development Committee, Rt. Rev Michael Ingham has announced that from hence forth, the former St. John the Evangelist parish will be known as the Church of the Holy Spirit, Whonnock. In naming the parish, Bishop Michael took time to thank all those who had submitted names. He remarked on the creativity of the names and felt inspired by all.

Bishop Michael Ingham will return to visit Holy Spirit Parish shortly to join us in a celebration of our new identity. This will give us an opportunity to create some new signage and plan a celebration. I hope we can involve the whole Eastern Maple Ridge and Western Mission community.


Monday, January 21, 2008

The Whonnock Foundation grants $2000 Byrnes Bursary

The Whonnock Foundation has granted a second $2,000 Byrnes Bursary to Jenna Beaudry,who is working towards a BA at the University College of the Fraser Valley.

The Foundation continues granting amounts of up to $2,000 per four-month period to students from east Maple Ridge enrolled in a college, university, trade school or other post secondary establishment, and with a proven record of good performance.

The bursary was named after Brian and Isabel Byrnes.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Nonviolent Communication Workshop on 25 and 26 January

A subsidized workshop covering the principles and practice of nonviolent communication will be held at St John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Whonnock, on the evening of January 25th and all day on January 26th. Dr Raj Gill, an internationally qualified trainer in compassionate communication techniques, will lead the workshop, which is open to all at an 80% discount on the normal fee – meaning the cost will be just $60.00 per person for the total of 8 hours of training.

Those wishing to attend the workshops should come to the Church Hall at St John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Whonnock, 27123 River Road, Whonnock (take the turning for 272nd Street off the Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge) ready for a 7 pm start on Friday January 25th. The first evening session will finish at 9pm and on Saturday 26th the day will begin at 9am finishing at 4pm. You are asked to bring a bag lunch for the Saturday session, though coffee and tea will be provided for both sessions. For more information please feel free to call the Church on 604-462-7933, and you can visit the Church website

To find out more about NVC visit a couple of websites: and are both useful resources, as is the book “Nonviolent Communication: A Language for Life” by Marshall A Rosenberg, PhD.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Blogs for Cubs and Scouts

Following the example of the Cubs, the Whonnock Scouts now also have a blog of their own. Click here for the Cubs and click here for the Scouts.
Surely the Beavers will catch up soon?

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

3rd Pineridge Brownies: Alouette District

We put a new page on the Whonnock Community Associations's Web site for the Whonnock Brownies: 7 and 8 year old girls. Click here to see what it is all about!