Mr. Speaker, what is it about the Fraser Valley that turns out such good quality people?
Last week Mr. William Henderson, head of technology education at Robert Bateman Secondary in Abbotsford received the Prime Minister's Teaching Excellence Award.
That is not the only award the Fraser Valley has been winning lately.
On May 19 four Abbotsford students overcame stiff competition to win gold medals at the Skills Canada national championship. Yale student Don Poirier won a gold medal in the Architectural CAD competition. Robert Bateman Secondary students Mike Olson and Mike Thompson won gold medals in computer animation. Not to be outdone, Career Technical Centre student Cecil Leclair won first place in the Principles of Technology competition.
Technical expertise is not the only thing Fraser Valley students are good at. On May 17 and 18, 13-year old Mathew Pitts of Chilliwack Middle School took on all comers and won the Canadian Chess Championship for grade eight students.
I could go on and on. I will sum up by saying Fraser Valley is a wonderful place to stay and it is a wonderful place to visit, but it is the wonderful people of the Fraser Valley that make it the nicest riding in all of Canada.