Mr. Speaker, last Saturday Kwantlen Park Secondary School held its annual Vaisakhi Mela and it was a pleasure to see all the families and friends, both young and old, who came out for this event.
This evening, the Surrey Board of Trade is holding its Catch the Spirit Vaisakhi event, which will also bring our community together for this special celebration.
Both lead to the biggest celebration of all, Surrey's Vaisakhi parade. More than 100,000 people are expected to line the streets of our community for the parade. They come to celebrate Canadian values: peace, tolerance, diversity, and respect for others.
I congratulate all the volunteers and community leaders. Year in and year out, they have made these celebrations the great success they are. It makes me proud to say that this is my community. Their dedication and their community spirit are truly an inspiration.