NOVUS Walk for Water in Langley to change lives in Uganda

NOVUS Walk for Water in Langley to change lives in Uganda

If you were to walk to the nearest tap for some water, how many steps would it take – ten, fifteen, twenty – then a quick turn of a nozzle?

What if instead, you had to walk several kilometres down dangerous roads just to fill up a couple of heavy Jerry cans with water that might make you sick?
That’s the reality every day for millions of Ugandans, including young children and the elderly. 
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As a parent, I want to make sure my girls know just how lucky they are to have access to clean drinkable water and that it is possible  to make a difference in their community and the world at large. 
Sometimes all it takes is just a single step in the right direction…
Speaking of steps, I was so excited to recently discover that families here in the Fraser Valley can be part of the solution simply by walking in Ugandans’ shoes for an afternoon of family-friendly fun. YAY!!!
Bring your strollers, your baby carriers, Fido, best friend, mom, husband… whomever, and head to Langley City Park on Saturday, Oct. 1, for the NOVUS Walk for Water.
 
This fundraising family fete, sponsored by NOVUS,  is a unique event intended for ALL AGES to get an experience they will never forget.
With a minimum donation of $25, participants will walk a total of six kilometres along sidewalks and marked park paths to a “watering hole” at the NOVUS building, fill up their Jerry cans or 4 Litre milk jugs, and return to Langley City Park to celebrate
What a fantastic way to teach our children the real meaning behind gratitude and giving back just a week before Thanksgiving.
 
NOVUS has a long history of charitable partnership and felt the Walk for Water was the perfect way for the community to come together to make a difference. 
 
More than that, they donated $15,000 to help us finish a water project that will bring clean water to 16,500 Ugandans who would otherwise go without,” says Jeff Golby, Director of Resource Development for ACTS. “They are also covering the costs of the entire Walk for Water event so that 100% of donations will go towards providing clean water in Uganda.” 

It only costs $125 to provide a lifetime of clean drinking water for a child in Uganda, so each $25 donation has an immense impact on the livelihood of Ugandan families. The goal, however, is less about money and more about instigating long-term empathy and awareness by getting the community together for an afternoon of feel-good fun. 
 
If you and your family would like to get a glimpse into what Ugandans endure every day, and be part of the clean-water solution, join the NOVUS Walk for Water on Saturday, October 1, 2016. 
 
NOVUS Walk for Water
October 1, 2016 
9:30 AM
Langley City Park
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FLASH GIVEAWAY: NOVUS is giving away a FREE windshield repair on ValleyMom.ca as an incentive for spreading the word about this important walk. To enter, simply tell us in the comment section below where and when the NOVUS Walk for Water takes place. A winner will be chosen at random on Saturday morning, Oct. 1. you must be 18+ to enter. Good luck!
 
About NOVUS:
 
For over 40 years, NOVUS has offered uncompromising quality and value with their products and services, all delivered by people who care. NOVUS has been awarded more U.S Patents for windshield repair than the rest of the windshield repair industry combined. With the addition of NOVUS’s high quality, fully guaranteed windshield and auto glass replacement and other diversified services, NOVUS is able to support all consumer glass service needs. Their vision is to be the customer’s choice as the windshield repair experts. For more information, visit novusglass.com
 
About ACTS:

In 20 years of active involvement in clean water supply, ACTS has completed 21 gravity-flow water projects, providing clean water to 162,000 people in rural Uganda. They build what’s called a Gravity Flow System. This is done by finding a water spring source in the hills above the communities in need, protect the source, then build a network of pipelines, reservoirs, and accessible tap stands to give clean water to several villages. ACTS is made up of a team of Ugandan engineers, project and community managers partnering with Canadians like you who believe every child, woman and man deserves access to clean, safe water.

For more information, visit acts.ca
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Celebrate Fall at Meadows Maze in Pitt Meadows

Celebrate Fall at Meadows Maze in Pitt Meadows

Summer is officially over, and the cool mornings of autumn are sneaking in. It is time for pumpkins, sweaters and corn mazes.

Before the rain starts to fall, head out to Meadows Maze in Pitt Meadows. Less than 15 minutes from the Golden Ears Bridge, this is more than just a jaunt through the corn.

I took my kiddos over the weekend, and no matter your kids’ ages, it is fun for everyone.  

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When we arrived, I immediately crammed myself into a barrel with my youngest for a Barrel Train ride, through a tunnel and then through the corn. His train-loving soul was in heaven, and you couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.

To be honest, it was my favourite part. The teens and tweens were having just as much fun being pulled along, and if you know anything about tween-agers, they are hard to impress.  

I have never been to such a well-run corn maze before, and there were two different levels of mazes, a tractor-train through the maze, and of course the hay wagon ride. We went on a sunny Sunday afternoon, and since there were so many activities, we didn’t have to wait to do anything.  

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We managed to meet bees in their hive, alpacas, donkeys, ducks and of course goats, the quintessential farm animal by my standards. The only thing cuter than a baby goat just might be little pigs… Like the ones in the pig races! We got front row seats for the races and we cheered on Hamlet and Jerry Swinefeld as they raced for their corn prize, their floppy pink ears blowing behind them.  

The maze is owned by Hopcott Meats, our favourite family-run butcher, which means the food at Meadows Maze is local and delicious. When we left, dusty and tired, the kids were already planning our next trip out. Perhaps we will see you there! 

Disclaimer: While I was provided with complimentary passes to the Maze, all opinions are my own.  

 

Carolyn works full time while parenting her two boys, alongside a very patient husband and a very large, hairy dog. Sometimes she writes. Despite dreaming of the 1000 lives she could potentially lead, she is pretty happy with the one she’s got. One day, she will again visit the gym and read a book, but in the meantime, it’s all mud puddles, play dough and lego. You can visit her on Twitter @CarolynLaba or Linkedin www.linkedin.com/in/carolynlaba
 

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Looking for Affordable Housing? Move to Mission!

Looking for Affordable Housing? Move to Mission!

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With real estate prices still sky-high, home buyers are looking to move away from Metro Vancouver in search of affordable housing in the Fraser Valley.

On a personal note, I know a lot of families who have recently packed up and moved to Mission, B.C., or are considering making the move in the near future.

What used to be known as a sleepy small town with sprawling farmland, is now a thrilling cultural scene with numerous recreational activities and eclectic businesses.

There’s also the affordability factor, which is a huge draw. For those considering making Mission home-sweet-home, Heinrichs Developments introduces Silver Creek Townhomes in Mission, B.C.

A series of 38 townhomes, the development is one of the last affordable developments in the region.

Let’s take a little virtual peek.

The exterior of Silver Creek in Mission, B.C.

Developer Gerald Heinrichs says Mission has been underdeveloped in the past so the community stayed small but with the region growing, the city has amenities that are attractive to first time homebuyers and retirees.

“Mission has great access to recreation, hiking, fishing, golfing, and fishing. For a town with a small footprint and feel, it has great infrastructure, the West Coast Express into Vancouver, parks, and schools.”

The thought of travelling from Mission to Downtown Vancouver is daunting for many but with the West Coast Express, the trip is around an hour and 15 minutes, which is what most people spend in traffic. Instead, you can work and relax on the train in and out of Mission.

The homes are three and four bedroom homes starting at 1450 sq feet and start at $359,000 for the remaining phase of development.

“Our homes are well thought out with modern finishes. They also have full size driveways along with two full parking spots and a fenced outdoor space along with a sun deck,” says Heinrichs.

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The Living Room

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Kitchen Peninsula

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Dining Room

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Backyard Oasis

For those wanting to check out Silver Creek IRL (in real life),  the sales centre is located at 2016 at Unit 406 ­ 32789 Burton Ave, Mission B.C.

 

About Heinrichs Developments:

Heinrichs is a family owned company. Gerald Heinrichs has been in building developments for 25 years, most recently working with the Mission Group. With family roots in the Fraser Valley, the company is local and understands the needs of the area.

For more information about Heinrichs Developments, visit www.heinrichsdevelopments.com.

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PS. Be sure to come back this week as we uncover some exciting Hidden Gems & Hot Spots in Mission, B.C.

 

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A Blast to the Past at the Hilltop Diner Cafe

A Blast to the Past at the Hilltop Diner Cafe

Located at 23904 Fraser Highway, this 70-year-old mom n’ pop eatery is the perfect trifecta of great food made-from-scratch with local ingredients, friendly service and eclectic ambience.

 

Hilltop Diner Cafe

 

In 1946, the diner was built to serve the customers of the motel that was on the same site. The motel is long-gone and the diner is now run and owned by two sisters, Andrea Zaiser and Sandie Parley.
Today, it’s still a popular hotspot in the community that attracts visitors from miles away.
The business savvy siblings decided to maintain the original charm of diner specials and vintage decor, which has proven to be a successful recipe for this booming little Fraser Valley gem.

 

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It also doesn’t hurt that the diner was featured on the hit show — You Gotta Eat Here! with famed foodie John Catucci.
“He’s a good Canadian boy with strong work ethic and killer sense of humour,” said Andrea, who reveals to ValleyMom.ca that the show doubled their business overnight.
“You can’t buy that kind of advertising. We went from new and popular to new, crazy stupid busy and popular.”
While I have visited the diner several times over the years, the rest of my family had yet to partake in this unique dining experience.  Well, that was until last week…

 

Molly was in school full-time, but Zoe was still in the midst of gradual Kindergarten entry.
This would be our last mid-week lunch outing with her for a long time. Naturally, we had to choose special spot to break bread and celebrate our baby’s big send-off.
From the moment we stepped inside, it felt as though we’d been transported back to a simpler time. Even on a Tuesday late morning, this little place was rockin.’
We watched as a flurry of patrons checked their hurried lifestyles at the front door and greeted their server by name. Some up saddled at the counter, while others were led to cozy tables.
While we waited for a table, Jason and Zoe had fun time checking out the wall of fame in the front entrance, which featured hundreds of visitors from all over the world who had braved the enormous Mount Everest Burger.

 

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“There’s so much to look at here!” said Zoe, who also noticed all the 1940’s memorabilia on the walls, antiques and unique signage that maximized every last square inch of the wall space.
It was the photos and the paraphernalia from movies and TV shows that were shot on location at the Hilltop that peaked Jason’s interest, including our favourite TV show — ‘Bates Motel.’
“I wonder if we’ll run into Norman Bates,” he joked.

 

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There’s nothing particular fancy about the menu, but the food is always served hot, fresh and tasty.
Homemade menu items include traditional diner fare such as soups, pies, burgers, roast turkey, roast beef,  roast ham, hand-cut fries, homemade hash browns… the list goes on and on.

 

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Hilltop Diner Cafe

 

“Most of what we make is homemade,” explained Andrea of their menu.
“We roast our own beef, roast our own turkey and our own bone-in ham. We make our own hamburger patties, daily. We make our own hash-browns and our own French fries. We also make our own sauces, chilli and soups.”
Those feeling famished could satisfy their hunger by feasting on the Hilltop’s famed Everest Burger, if they dare, which consists of almost a full pound of perfectly seasoned beef, thick cut, double-smoked bacon, farm fresh mushrooms, fried onions, farmer sausage, baked ham, mozza, cheddar, and processed cheese. Topped with crisp lettuce, ripe tomato and pickles, this juicy concoction is held up by a mountain of fresh hand cut fries.
Do diners actually finish this feast, I wondered? Apparently so!
” I would say that of the six to 10 of those that we make a week,  75 per cent of the people finish,” said Andrea.
“A lot of folks even eat all their fries and order pie.”
We waddled out of the Hilltop Cafe full of great food and awesome memories. Zoe’s big sister, Molly, caught wind of our lunch and was pretty upset she wasn’t able to go. Looks like we’ll have to make another visit soon for brunch. Maybe we’ll see you there!
GIVEAWAY: ValleyMom.ca is pleased to team up with the Hilltop Diner Cafe to give away 2 Hilltop Prizepacks, which consists of a $25 gift card to the diner and a signature Hilltop Cafe T-shirt.
To enter, simply tell us below which item on the menu you’d like to try for yourself and like our Facebook page. Or, if you’ve visited in the past, what has been your favourite dish to order? You must be 18+ to enter. Contest closes Oct. 15th and the 2 winners will be announced on our Facebook fan page. Good luck!

 

**Note: This contest is not affiliated with Facebook**

THIS JUST IN:

“It’s been a very rough week for our family. Sandie’s son and grandson were badly burnt in a home fire in Quesnel on August 31st. 

Unfortunately that means that both Andrea and Sandie have been away in Vancouver with the boys the last couple days. Andrea is back today but Sandie will be staying with the boys for the next little while. 

The full story is in the link provided. At this time we are asking for any help as they lost everything. Even something small helps greatly. Thank you.”

Donate to Jay & Parker’s Road to Recover HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: While all opinions are my own, this post was sponsored by Bertrand Creek. Check out their grand opening celebration in Aldergrove this Saturday, Sept. 24th. The location is pretty close to the Hilltop Cafe!
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