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January 28, 2015
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January 28, 2015

City of New Westminster welcomes award-winning author Charles Montgomery to upcoming LOVE OUR CITY Visioning Workshop

New Westminster – The City of New Westminster is pleased to announce that award-winning author and urban experimentalist Charles Montgomery will be speaking at the upcoming LOVE OUR CITY Neighbourhood Visioning Workshop on February 14th at Anvil Centre.  During the all-day workshop, participants will discuss the city’s future and explore what the heart of each neighbourhood is, how the city should grow and what big moves would make the city great.

Charles Montgomery has worked internationally with planners and city builders to find new ways to see and change the world around them. In his latest book, Happy City, Montgomery uses happiness science to drive high-profile experiments that help citizens transform their relationships with each other and their cities.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Charles Montgomery speak at our visioning workshop,” said Mayor Jonathan Coté.  “Charles’ insights will set the tone for a creative and dynamic day of exploring the future of our city.”

The LOVE OUR CITY workshop is the first in a series of events for residents to learn and provide input on updating the City’s Official Community Plan (OCP). The OCP is the policy document that sets out the vision, goals and policies for the future of New Westminster.

“The new OCP should be ambitious about what the city will look like in 25 years. We know our residents are passionate about their city and neighbourhoods, and we want to know what big dreams and ideas they have for our community,” said Bev Grieve, Director of Development Services for the City of New Westminster. “We hope participants will be inspired by Charles’ work and will explore new ways to make our city more welcoming, inclusive, and an even better place to live.”

The LOVE OUR CITY Neighbourhood Visioning Workshop takes place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 14th at Anvil Centre and is open to all residents. Please RSVP to this free event by visiting



Lynn Roxburgh
Development Services Department, Planning Division