#WeAreMapleRidge

Rosangela Atte

Q: How would you describe Maple Ridge?

A: Maple Ridge is a wonderful, tight knit community that is open to new people, new things, and ideas. Maple Ridge is also a very welcoming community where people support local businesses and boutiques.

Coming from Italy, the people in Maple Ridge are warm and friendly to me. It is a beautiful community to live in and I’m very lucky to be here.

Rosangela Atte is the Owner-Chef at Delizie Italiane Bakery and Bistro in Maple Ridge.

Andrea Madden

What do you love most about Maple Ridge?
The thing I love most about Maple Ridge is Golden Ears Provincial Park. I spent many summers as a kid camping there and have so many wonderful memories! Maple Ridge has an amazing natural setting between the river and the mountains, there is something for everyone!

What do you do to keep yourself happy and healthy?
When I’m not working, I love to travel, garden, spend time with family and friends.

What motivates or inspires you to give?
There are so many amazing organizations to belong to but just not enough time. My motivation is being able to make a difference to the community and to the lives of others.

Originally from North Vancouver, I have been fortunate enough to have traveled extensively outside of North America and experienced life amongst several different cultures including studying and living in France, Japan and most recently in Singapore where I worked and lived for 14 years.

Currently I am the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce serving Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, one of the things I love most about this job is it allows me the opportunity to meet many of the amazing businesses, professionals and movers and shakers in this community. 

 

Dan Mikolay

Who inspires you?
I’m inspired by all the passionate volunteers who share their time to help make Maple Ridge a better place to live.

What makes Maple Ridge so great?
The passion and caring attitude within the community.

What inspires you to give?
What motivates me are smiles. Seeing people enjoying themselves in a fun, safe way bring real joy to me.

What do you do to keep yourself happy and healthy?
I volunteer with the West Coast Auto Group Football Club.

Do you have any favourite local hangouts?
I like to spend time in Albion Park. My favourite store is Kanaka Creek Coffee Shop.

My name is Daniel Mikolay. I am the Environmental Educator for the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society for the past ten years, and the WildsafeBC Coordinator for Maple Ridge. I have two daughters, and I’m involved with the West Coast Auto Group Football Club.

Taryn Stephenson Thoews

How long have you lived in Maple Ridge home?
I was born in Maple Ridge (ahem) 31 years ago. I lived here for 24 years and plan to move back one day to start a family.

Who inspires you?
My Mum is my biggest inspiration. She is constantly finding new ways to give back to her community through our business T’s Once Upon a Tea Leaf. She was a single Mum with a dream, and it is really beautiful to see her become such a vibrant part of our community.

What makes you proud to be from Maple Ridge?
Maple Ridge has a wonderful sense of community. I never realized that there was something so special about Maple Ridge until I moved to Vancouver. When I wander around Maple Ridge I have very pleasant interactions with members of the community; nobody is afraid to say “hello” here, which is really refreshing!

Do you have a favourite Maple Ridge hangout?
I am in Maple Ridge every Saturday and I cannot help but go to Chameleon Cafe for their amazing mushroom soup. I walk into this little gem on 224th and suddenly feel like I am in Yaletown.

What do you do to keep yourself happy and healthy?
I believe that taking time for myself is the best way to keep myself happy and healthy; this means turning off my phone, steeping a cuppa tea and finding a quiet moment to reflect on everything I am grateful for in my life.

What motivates you to give?
I had a very humble upbringing and despite how strong my mother is, I know that it took a village to raise me. My heart is so full of gratitude for everyone who put in the time and effort to make my life rich in love. I believe that is why we look for ways to contribute and give back to our community through our business and personal life.

Roxanne Hooper

How long have you called Maple Ridge home?
I have been a part of this community on and off since 1990.

Who inspires you?
Too many to count, but the biggest inspiration is my father, who exemplified kindness, generosity and compassion, and has been recognized repeatedly throughout the years as a community volunteer and champion.

What makes Maple Ridge so great?
Maple Ridge boasts some incredibly caring and wonderful people, and a great wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities with all its dikes, lakes, rivers, mountains, and trails.

What inspires you to give?
There are some incredible organizations in this community doing life-changing work and making significant differences to people’s lives. Knowing how much time and energy the volunteers in this community put into these various causes is inspiring. So, if I don’t have time to give, I do like to offer some financial assistance.

What do you do to keep yourself happy and healthy?
I play in the garden and build things. I hang out and play games with friends. And most of all, I spend time with my loving family.

Do you have any favourite local hangouts?
Maple Ridge Park is great, when I have the grand babies. Ocean Village, Shinobi, and GM Restaurant are great places to eat. The UBC Research Forest is an awesome place to go hiking. And Maple Ridge has a pretty cool collection of second-hand and thrift stores that appeal to me.

I am Roxanne Hooper, editor of the Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows TIMES, and I bask in all that is Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows. This is a great community, full of fantastic people, many who I’ve had a chance to meet over the years, and hundreds that I still look forward to meeting in the future. In my capacity with the media, I see the good and bad parts of society. While I naturally have to bring you the stories of the bad and unfortunate happenings, I choose to focus most of my energies on spotlighting the good people, stories, and happenings that makes this community so inviting.

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