Mr. Speaker, this summer my community lost a champion with the untimely passing of Rick Hart on July 2.
Fleetwood is the geographic heart of my riding, and Rick was truly the heart of Fleetwood. As the neighbourhood association president, Rick worked tirelessly to preserve our past with parks and memorials. As the catalyst for our present, he helped bring about our marvellous sports and leisure facility, our library, and our community centre. As a visionary for Fleetwood's vibrant future, he worked with us, our city, and this government as we moved forward with Surrey's rapid transit expansion. He did a lot, and he was just getting started.
Rick's wife, Joy, said his favourite quote was “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
It was timely that just last May, Rick was honoured as Surrey's “Good Citizen of the Year”.
Please join me to salute “Mr. Fleetwood”, Rick Hart.