How long have you lived in Maple Ridge home?
I have lived in Maple Ridge since 2003, so 13 years!

Who inspires you?
My children, my husband, and my parents.  My children because they are always willing to try new things and to stretch their comfort zones (that inspires me).  My husband because he is a dedicated family man who always prioritizes our family even though he has a hectic work schedule.  My parents because they have always been great role models around active living, working hard, and following your dreams.

What makes you proud to live in Maple Ridge?
One of the things that attracted my husband and I to Maple Ridge was the sense of community that could be seen at events and in and around town.  Today, that sense of belonging – of being part of a bigger whole – is still key to why I love Maple Ridge and what makes me proud to say I am from this community.

What’s the kindest thing someone has done for you lately?
I recently had to work on an evening when my daughter had softball; as a long-term softball parent I of course arranged carpooling with another family.  On the evening of the carpool, the Mom showed up at my door to pick up my daughter and I noticed her daughter wasn’t with her.  When I asked about it, she mentioned her daughter was home sick with the flu, but she knew that I needed help and she was committed to doing it.  She recognized how hard it would be for me to change my scheduled appointment with my client and was happy to take my daughter to the game and cheer her on for me.  It was a kind and thoughtless action that really touched me.

What motivates you to give?
In a sense, the cycle of giving and receiving is at the heart of my motivation.  I have received many gifts from people who have invested their time and energy in helping me become a better person. Because I have received so much from others, I in turn want to give back and continue the cycle of investing in others to help them become the best person they can be.

Do you have any favourite local hangouts?
Yes.  The local dikes are great for family walks and for exploring the especially in the summer.  I also love Kanaka Creek Park – both the riverside walk and Cliff Falls.  If I’m looking to go for a coffee in Maple Ridge, Blenz is my choice.  Breakfast at Bobby Socks is always a treat with my good friend Crystal.

What do you do to keep yourself happy and healthy?
To keep myself happy and healthy, I spend as much time as possible with my family playing games, exploring the community and just generally hanging out relaxing.  In the summer, I can often be found in my backyard reading a book while swinging in my hammock.  Getting out walking and cycling are also priorities.

I’m Angie McLeod, happily married mother of 2 gorgeous daughters.  I spend my evenings and weekends shuttling my girls to sporting activities and use that time to connect with the many great families we have met over the years.  I own and operate HIP Strategic Consulting through which I host and facilitate conversations and connect people and ideas.  I am currently training for the BC Lung Associations Bicycle Trek for Life and Breathe, a 200 KM ride over two days from White Rock to Cultus Lake and back in September 2016 to raise funds for lung disease research.

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