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Balraj Mann named Langley’s good citizen of the year

In a heartwarming ceremony held by the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, Langley celebrated its community leaders for their remarkable contributions to the area. Notably, Balraj Mann was honored as Langley’s Good Citizen of the Year, while Rebecca Darnell received the George Preston Memorial Businessperson of the Year award.

Balraj Mann, a distinguished philanthropist within Langley, received the Good Citizen of the Year award for 2023. Since migrating to Canada in the 1980s, Mann has been a pivotal figure in the Langley community, dedicating his efforts to a multitude of philanthropic activities. His key role in the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation and his passion for encouraging young people to engage in community service have garnered him wide respect and admiration. Overwhelmed with gratitude for the honor, Mann acknowledged his peers, especially Manjit Gill, for their inspiration and support.

In parallel, Rebecca Darnell, the visionary behind Darnell Law Group and a local attorney, was celebrated with the George Preston Memorial Businessperson of the Year award. Renowned for her leadership and dedication to community welfare, Darnell has significantly contributed to organizations like the Langley Community Services Society and the Canadian Museum of Flight, reinforcing her commitment to community prosperity. She voiced her heartfelt thanks for the accolade, honoring her mentor George Preston as a source of her achievements and underscoring the crucial role of community backing in her pursuits.

This awards event, a highlight of Chamber of Commerce Week, underscored the indomitable spirit and resilience of Langley’s citizens. Cory Redekop, the Chamber’s CEO, commended the awardees for their exemplary service, remarking on their embodiment of Langley’s diverse and vibrant economy.

Through recognizing individuals such as Mann and Darnell, the Chamber emphasizes the vital importance of community engagement, showcasing the profound influence people can exert towards societal enrichment. As Langley thrives and progresses, the enduring efforts of its community members are essential in crafting an even brighter and more inclusive future.

Source: Aldergrove Star