Maple Ridge: a little known land of diverse opportunities

November 15, 2011

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Jasmine Gurm from “The Source form of diversity” about Maple Ridge.

Here is my excerpt:

… its charm is drawing families from all over, and it is precisely what captured the heart of city council candidate Corisa Bell when she was a child. Bell is originally from Terrace B.C., but spent her summers in Maple Ridge with relatives while growing up. Since then, she says she has always wanted to live in Maple Ridge, and nowhere else.

Bell moved to Maple Ridge six years ago to raise her two girls. “I want them to be raised here, with small-town mentality, [but] with big-town opportunities,” she says. Something the UID recognizes. The UID is proud that events like theirs help promote multiculturalism and diversity. They say it gives newcomers and longtime residents a chance to revel in an event that has grown from hosting close to 50 people back in 1992 to more than 500 people, today.

Their events have featured 70 cultures, including the contributions of the area’s Katzie First Nation. “[Maple Ridge] is beautiful,” says Bell. “I want [my girls] to grow up and think – there is nowhere else in the world I would want to live than here.”

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Maple Ridge - Corisa Bell in The Source

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