GRAEME WOOD / RICHMOND NEWS
JANUARY 2, 2015 07:30 AM
Here are my choices for the top Richmond newsmakers of 2014:
1. Glyn Davies (the teacher) – In October Davies picked up a Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and prior to that, in February, his Grade 7 class was a main participant for Education Week. As a teacher Davies, also took part in a five-month labour dispute between the B.C. government and the BC Teachers’ Federation, which captured a number of headlines.
2. Carol Day – 2014 started like many others for Day — railing against the Ling Yen Mountain Temple expansion proposal and rallying support against the planned jet fuel facility and pipeline at Riverport. She helped VAPOR form a legal case against the facility’s proponents and the B.C. government before stepping down from her executive role to successfully run for city council.
3. Davood Khatami – The owner of Bean and Beyond coffee shop was a driving force behind the Steveston World Cup events over the summer of 2014. Khatami helped create immense buzz around the village (garnering television coverage) and the national merchant booths proved hugely successful, particularly on weekends, during the World Cup of soccer. The barista was also a voice for some merchants who disagreed with the Imperial Landing rezoning proposal.