⚓ Local educators top of the class

Plus: more than 30 things to do in New West


Welcome to Thursday, New West—it’s Ria.

It’s always lovely to see those who work with kiddos be recognized for their work, and there’s a great team of educators who were recently recognized for their efforts locally. Scroll on down to learn more!

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🌡 Temperature check

Today: 🌧️ 20°

Friday: 🌧️ 19°

Saturday: 🌧️ 16°

Sunday: 🌧️ 15°

Monday: 🌧️ 13°


Queen’s Park educators win award

Clockwise from top: Henda Du Perez, Donna Ross, and Naho McDonald. Supplied.

Henda Du Preez, Donna Ross, and Naho McDonald are doing the New West community proud: the trio have been given the prestigious Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Childhood Education.

"Receiving the Prime Minister's Award is a tremendous honour, and it reaffirms the importance of early childhood education in shaping our society's future. I am deeply grateful for this recognition and the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of young children,” says Ross in a statement provided to The Anchor.

The Prime Minister's Awards program has celebrated the achievements of over 1,900 educators across the country. Read more about why these amazing education won this award, and keep up with Queen’s Park Preschool through their website, Instagram and Facebook page. 

📣 Neighbourhood bulletin

🏦 ICYMI. The Anchor was at council on Monday night. If you weren’t able to listen in, be sure to check out our update. 

🙅 No to TMX. A number of members of the Burnaby and New West community attended a protest over the weekend—our colleagues over at the Burnaby Beacon were on hand for it. 

✂️ Herbert Spencer craft fair. Mark your calendars! The event is happening on Saturday, Nov. 25 and will feature more than 60 artisan vendors—including creations from local students. Learn more about this event.

🎙️ Pecha Kucha. The group has announced its line-up of speakers—well, the first half of the group. You can take a look at part one of the list online.

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🗞 In other news

Heavy rain. We’re still waiting for the official totals, but the amount of rain that fell over Metro Vancouver yesterday was set to be 80mm, with the North Shore slated to see more than that. (CTV Vancouver)

Wheels in motion. A grant is coming for a school bus to arrive by January with the aim of transporting students from Queensborough to mainland New West and vice versa. (New West Record)

Newspapers shutter. More BC communities have lost their respective newspapers: Glacier Media said it’d be shutting down the Alaska Highway News and the Dawson Creek Mirror. (CBC)

Scramble! A scramble crosswalk pilot has been approved for Granville and Robson—the next steps (pun intended) will take place ahead of its anticipated summer 2024 operation. (CBC Vancouver)

Burnaby fire. No one is hurt after a fire at four empty homes along 18th Street and Griffiths Drive early yesterday morning. The units were set to be demolished. (CityNews Vancouver)


Volunteer on a City committee or board

The City of New Westminster is looking for passionate residents to help shape the future of New West by joining a City advisory committee, the new Community Advisory Assembly, or the Library Board of Trustees. Share your knowledge and provide advice to City staff and Council on services, policies, or projects.

Applications for the Library Board are due tomorrow, Oct. 20, and applications for all committees are due Oct. 31, 2023.

This is your chance to get involved and help make your community better. Don't wait, apply now!

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Today, Oct. 19

  • BC craft brewers’ conference. All day. Anvil Centre.

  • New West Farmers Market. 3pm. Tipperary Park.

  • Karaoke night. 7pm. Georgie’s Local.

  • Trivia night fundraiser. 6:30pm. Kelly O’Bryan’s.

  • Trivia night. 7:30pm. Sapperton District Taphouse.

Friday, Oct. 20

  • BC craft brewers’ conference. All day. Anvil Centre.

  • New West Film Fest. Various times. On until Oct. 23. Landmark Cinemas New West.

  • Gulf & Fraser member open house. 2pm. 760 6th St.

  • Karaoke Fridays. 7pm. Another Beer Co.

  • Sahib Singh special presentation. 7pm. Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy.

  • Salsa Fridays. 8pm. Sapperton Hall.

  • Dance party. 9pm. Georgie’s Local.

Saturday, Oct. 21

  • New West Film Fest. Various times. On until Oct. 23. Landmark Cinemas New West.

  • New West Craft market. 11am. River Market waterfront.

  • Oktopus. Tickets start at $45. 7:30pm. Massey Theatre.

  • Dance party. 9pm. Georgie’s Local.

Sunday, Oct. 22

  • New West Film Fest. Various times. On until Oct. 23. Landmark Cinemas New West.

  • Massey Victory Heights Halloween decorating contest. Voting opens on this date for your favourite house as residents decorate for Halloween! Be sure to check out the houses and vote online.

  • The Bridal Gallery’s fall sample sale. 9am. The Bridal Gallery.

  • May the Music Be With You. Admission by donation. 2pm. Queen’s Avenue United Church.

Monday, Oct. 23

  • New West Film Fest. Various times. Final day! Landmark Cinemas New West.

  • Adult French class for beginners. 5pm. 627 Columbia St.

  • Poker night. 6:30pm. Sapperton District Taphouse.

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Begbie’s.

  • Life Sucks, Let’s Tour comedy show. 7pm. Another Beer Co.

  • Trivia night. 8pm. The Terminal Pub.

Tuesday, Oct. 24

  • WorkBC workshop. 4pm. Queensborugh Community Centre.

  • Open mic: standup comedy. 6pm. The Terminal Pub.

  • Trivia night. 6:30pm. Kelly O’Bryan’s.

  • Open mic night. 7pm. Georgie’s Local.

  • Name that tune! 7pm. Hops New West.

Wednesday, Oct. 25

  • Style Your Lindy. 7pm. 332 Columbia St.

  • Elvis is Back. Tickets start at $38. 7pm. 820 6th St.

  • Trivia night. 7pm. Georgie’s Local.


  • Landscape Portraits. By artist Leslie Pool. Plaskett Gallery. On until Nov. 29.

  • MEASURE. On until Dec. 10. New Media Gallery.

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