Friday, February 26, 2010

"Nia" is now at Whonnock Centre!

Nia is a body-mind-spirit fitness program. Nia empowers YOU to make your own movement choices and is open to all levels of fitness. Nia combines a diverse blend of Eastern and Western movements, concepts and philosophies from the worlds of the healing arts (love), martial arts (mindfulness), and dance (technique).
Class Times at Whonnock Lake Center: Mondays 9 am, Tuesdays 5 pm (Teens), Tuesdays 7pm.Your first class is FREE. Join in anytime, and sense what all the fun is about.
Call Sharolyn 604.623.4888 or e-mail and try a FREE class. For an updated schedule check online at

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Bravo !!

The Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission granted Sue Schulze, Trudi DesRochers & Steve Bentley, and Reginald Friesen an award for their shared respect for the heritage properties on the north side of River Road in Whonnock assuring the continued maintenance and preservation of the buildings and gardens and the trees that form  “The Front,” Whonnock’s commercial and civic centre since the 1800s. They received the award last Thursday from the hands of Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daikin supported by Councillor Craig Speirs. From left: Councillor Speirs, Sue, Trudi, Steve, Mayor Daikin and Friesen. Click on the picture for enlargement.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Power Spike Damage--The Times

Click here to read the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times reporting about our troubles

Monday, February 8, 2010

Parks Master Plan

The Department of Parks and Leisure Services will present its new
Parks Master Plan, created to set the direction over the next ten years,
in a public meeting on Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Whonnock Elementary School (27471 - 112th Avenue). 

The meeting will begin with a PowerPoint presentation at 7:00 p.m. Discussion to follow, with opportunity for public input. 

Power Strike Damage

More than a hundred people attended last Thursdays meeting discussing the options to extract restitution from BC Hydro for the damage done to their properties due to a power spike or spikes in the night of November 17th. It seems that the power spike affected some 150 households. The next meeting will be held at Whonnock Lake Centre on Thursday 18th February at 7:30/ (Photo by Maggie DeTemple)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

RCKC Fundraising Dinner

This inflatable will be auctioned off at RCKC's Fundraising Dinner Saturday, February 13th at Whonnock Lake Centre. Click here for details of the event!!
Silent Auction, Live Auction, Entertainment, Good Food and Fun !!
Come out and support the future of paddle sport in our communities. 
A three-day stay at a "Big White" Ski Chalet
and the above "as is" inflatable are up for live auction!
Come on out!
Payment can be at the door
but the caterer needs to know
a few days ahead of time.
Please contact Katrina Kelleway right away

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The "Old Whonnock Elementary School"

Paul Beckett MD writes:

I saw the Whonnock Community website and saw your newsletter, so thought I'd drop a line. I'm not sure if you're aware but the old Dowco building, a.k.a. the old Whonnock Elementary School, was sold last November.

I'm the new owner.  Several groups meet at the building now, so I thought I'd let you know about them:

Thornhill Montessori is still there and hoping to expand to two classrooms.

RCKC still meets there - I've given them a full classroom for all their workout equipment and access to the gymnasium, to use gratis until I rent out the space to someone else or they complete their new building whichever comes first.

HyperStealth:  A private company leases one room.  The owner is Guy Cramer at  Guy is a fascinating character - I think the people of Whonnock/Ruskin would find what he does quite fascinating (designs camouflage for countries around the world).

Albion Fellowship Church:  This is a church of about 130 people from all over ThornHill, Albion, Webster's Corners, Whonnock, Ruskin, etc... a few from the rest of MR, and A few come from as far as Mission and Abbotsford and one or two even come from Pitt Meadows.  It's also the church I attend.  We used to meet at Albion Hall - hence the name.  We'll also likely be changing the name some time in the next few months to reflect the change of venue. Dan Ost, who is also the firehall chaplain, is the pastor.  He can be reached at The church is VERY community-minded, willing to open doors for community needs and quite involved in putting on youth activities in the community.

Maple Ridge Modern Pentathlon Association:  This group went into mothballs about 1 1/2 years ago, as did all of BC Pentathlon.  It was resurrected a few weeks ago by me (I'm the acting president until we actually form a board) and is currently the only active pentathlon club in British Columbia.  Athletes at all levels participate in epee fencing and competitive air pistol shooting at the school.  We are coached by Bob Noble, Pentathlon Canada's high performance director and perennial master's champion.  With three nationally ranked age-division gold medalists, we develop athletes from grass-roots beginners through to the international level of competition with high standards in coaching and safety.  Our youngest athlete currently is 7 years old, our oldest 54.  Entry to the sport is only $20 annually which is all-inclusive for registration and insurance, facility use, coaching, all basic fencing equipment and use of entry-level competitive air pistols.