Chilliwack MLA John Martin speaks at the Terry Fox Run in September this
Wednesday, The BC Legislature held a second reading of Bill M203, the
"Terry Fox Day Act", first introduced in the
Legislature by Linda Reimer MLA Port Moody-Coquitlam riding.
The Bill declares that the 2nd
Sunday after Labour Day be known as Terry Fox Day and coincides with
fundraiser runs across the country.
Several MLA's spoke eloquently
to the Bill in the Legislature including John Martin, MLA for
The following excerpts are from
Martin regarding the Fox family connection to Chilliwack taken from the
Thursday afternoon Hansard:
It truly is a pleasure to
be able to speak to a piece of legislation of this nature that brings
all of us in this House together for a momentous occasion. I don't know
that I've been happier to speak to anything since I've been here. The
legacy of Canadian icon Terry Fox is world-renowned, obviously. Terry's
story is unparalleled in this country and is a source of inspiration and
courage for each and every one of us.
Being the member for Chilliwack, we have a special connection to Terry
Fox. His mother, Betty Fox, moved to Chilliwack in 2003. She lived in
our city until her passing in 2011. I got to know Betty over the years.
She and I were members of the same Royal Canadian Legion branch. I
remember Betty Fox really liked her old-time country music. I was
playing bass in a Hank Williams cover band, and Betty Fox would be in
there, and she'd always be encouraging us to do one more. "Can you play
one more. Can you hang around 30 minutes longer." She made sure the band
never went thirsty as well.
Terry's father, Rolly, continues to live in Chilliwack. He makes
appearances with the other family members at the Terry Fox Run and
events and all the programs that we put on. It's a common sight in
Chilliwack for Rolly to be telling stories and swapping jokes in a
coffee shop in the city.
The Terry Fox Foundation national office also calls Chilliwack home and
carries forward Terry's goal to raise awareness of all cancers and to
further fund cancer research.
Betty's work and the work of the entire Fox family have had a lasting
impression on the Chilliwack community. Local businesses regularly
conduct fundraising events, such as the annual pie day at the Airport
Coffee Shop I was so happy to talk about last year.
My constituency assistant, Desmond Devnich, co-chairs the Chilliwack
Terry Fox Run event on an annual basis.
Recognizing the Sunday following Labour Day as Terry Fox Day in British
Columbia promotes the iconic yet humble nature of Terry. I think it
reminds us and encourages us to all think less of ourselves, more about
those around us and how we can make for a better neighbourhood, better
community, better society and a better country.
As I say, I don't know that there is a more inspiring figure in this
country's history. It is with confidence and on behalf of everyone in
Chilliwack that I, like everybody else I've heard from in this House,
will recommend support of this bill. It's been a pleasure to speak to
Connect with MLA John Martin
at his Chilliwack Constituency Office. 1-45953 Airport
Road Chilliwack, BC V2P 1A2. Phone: (604) 702-5214. Fax: (604) 702-5223.
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