For Immediate Release
Langley City, BC – Freedom of the City is the highest honour that a city can bestow upon an individual. This honour is intended to recognize a deserving distinguished person who has demonstrated qualities that set a person above or apart from others, an individual who has given explementary service or made an outstanding contribution to the City and its citizens.
On January 16, 2023, City Council unanimously voted to confer Freedom of the City on former Councillor Gayle Martin. “No one is more deserving of this distinction than former Councillor Gayle Martin who served on Langley City Council for 32 consecutive years from 1990 to 2022, longer than anyone else in its history, during which time she sat on countless committees, task groups, boards, and working groups,” said Langley City Mayor Nathan Pachal. “Gayle has been an avid volunteer throughout her life, sharing her time amongst numerous valued organizations in the community, and we are excited to recognize her significant accomplishments.”
“I was overwhelmed with emotion when I heard that I was to receive the Freedom of the City,” said former Langley City Councillor Gayle Martin. “I would like to thank my former Council colleagues who have put my name forward to receive this honour. I am truly grateful.”
Langley City Council, and the community, will have the opportunity of formally conferring the Freedom of the City on former Councillor Martin at the Regular Council Meeting on March 20, 2023.
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Samantha Paulson, Communications Officer