⚓ New West's newest millionaire

Plus: some news about The Anchor

Welcome to Tuesday, New West.

Did you know that the New West Anchor turned two years old this month?

It’s a bittersweet time as we hit this milestone, because we’ve also decided that we are going to stop publishing this newsletter.

We’ve had an amazing two-year run, and all of the incredible community stories we’ve been able to tell will stay live on our website, newwestanchor.com, but the newsletter won’t be showing up in your inboxes twice a week.

This isn’t quite goodbye just yet though! We’ve still got a packed newsletter for you today, and our last edition will go out this Thursday and will be our final farewell.

And don’t worry, you can still receive local stories and news in your inbox by subscribing to our sister publication, the Burnaby Beacon!

Our friends at the Beacon send out a packed newsletter every Thursday with local news, community spotlights, where to eat and drink, local events, job postings, and so much more! We know you’ll be in good hands with them.

Thank you for being a loyal reader of the Anchor, we’re so happy to have spent the last two years in your inboxes. ❤

🌡 Temperature check

Today: 🌧️ 15°

Wednesday: 🌧️ 14°

Thursday: 🌧️ 14°

Friday: 🌧️ 18°


Glady Parrenas, a fellow New Westie, is now a millionaire after a Lotto 6/49 draw earlier this month. BCLC.com.

Glady Parrenas is the newest millionaire! The New Westie bought a ticket during Mother’s Day weekend, and says she was in absolute shock when she realized she’d won a big prize.

“I thought it couldn’t be real. I checked multiple tickets and checked [the winning ticket] throughout the day to confirm,” she tells BCLC, noting the first person she shared the news with was her dad.

Parrenas plans to pay off her mortgage and take a trip to Japan. She purchased the winning ticket at a Metropolis at Metrotown kiosk in Burnaby.

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

🚗 Vehicle access. Per The Record, if you’re trying to drive to the Quayside neighbourhood via Begbie Street, heads up there are now closures in effect. The closure started yesterday and is set to be in place for two months.

🥕 Spring food bank challenge. New Westminster is a part of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank’s Spring Food Bank Challenge. Be sure to check out New Westminster’s page to keep track of our progress and how much has been raised!

🖥️ FYI! The New West Public Library will be installing new computers at both of its branches today and tomorrow. That means you won’t be able to use a computer at that time. However, if you need to print, photocopy, or use the WiFi, you’ll be able to during the installation.

🗞 In other news

Pattullo replacement completion. The BC Government says the Pattullo Bridge replacement will not open until the fall of 2025. It was supposed to be done this year. (CBC Vancouver)

Fatal plane crash. Two people are dead after a plane crash near Squamish on Friday evening. Mounties were able to access the crash site, near Mt Ellesmere, on Saturday. A cause has not been provided. (CityNews Vancouver)

Pod hotels. Vancouver City Council is considering a motion to make vacant office spaces in Downtown Vancouver into pod hotels. The concept is similar to the capsule hotel concept in Japan. (CTV Vancouver)


A photo of the collection turned into the New West Police Department. NWPolice.org.

New West Police (NWPD) are hoping to return a coin collection to the person who lost it. The collection was turned in to the department on May 14. This collection is thought to have dated back to the 1970s.

If you have any tips that may help reunite this collection with its owner, you can reach out to NWPD and reference file 24-7780.

🤝 Now hiring

Health care program administrative assistant. Indigo Pharmacy Sapperton. Wage/salary: $19/hour.

Early morning stock service. London Drugs. Wage/salary: $17.40/hour.

Server. Boathouse. Wage/salary: $16.75/hour.

Staffing clerk. Fraser Health. Wage/salary: $28.55/hour.

Cashier/line cook. McDonald’s (McBride). Wage/salary: $16.75/hour.

Hiring in New West? Reply to this email and let us know.

🗓️ Things to do

Halfway Home. There will be a book launch for Christina Myers’s Halfway Home: Thoughts from Midlife at the I ❤️ New West Community Art Space. Happening Thursday, May 30 at 7pm.

New to New West. This is an intercultural festival and fair to provide newcomers with information regarding health, jobs, financial programs, and settlement services. You’ll also be able to make volunteer connections. Happening Saturday, June 8 from 11am to 1:30pm

Indigenous Art Market. Shop First Nations and Arts New West are collaborating once again to bring the Indigenous Art Market back to the city! Happening June 8 from 11am to 5pm at River Market.

That’s it!

Thank you so much for reading, and we’ll see you in the final edition on Thursday!