#WeAreMapleRidge

Jacquie Montgomery

How long have you lived in Maple Ridge home?
Almost 24 years! I felt it was a great place to raise children.

Who inspires you?
I would have to say the Dalai Lama because of his beliefs in fostering kindness and supporting others.

What makes you proud to be from Maple Ridge?
The community spirit and its natural beauty.

What inspires you to give?
After working with the 1998 Summer Games, I felt a great connection to the community. I was inspired by the many community leaders who gave so freely of their time to make the event a tremendous success. Once the games were done, I felt a need to volunteer and support the community I call home. Over the years I’ve volunteered with the Parks and Leisure Services Citizen Advisor Committee, First Night, Mountain Festival Society, Founder’s Cup Charity Golf Tournament, Ridge Meadows Hospice Society, 125th Anniversary Celebration, Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association, Maple Ridge Figure Skating Club, Mountain View Salvation Army Church, Rockin River Music Festival Merritt Mountain Music Festival and the Maple Ridge Community Foundation Citizen of the Year dinner.

What do you do to keep yourself happy and healthy?
I eat healthy, stay active and connected, enjoy time with my family and friends. I keep a positive attitude and laugh as often as possible.

Do you have any favourite local hangouts?
I love walking the dikes or going to Allco Park to play in the river. Also Golden Ears Park is a lovely place to camp and swim. Being so close to nature is a great benefit. We do live in the best place on earth!

What’s the kindest thing someone has done for you lately?
While out with friends for dinner, a gentleman paid for our entire bill!

Why do you enjoy being involved with MRCF?
I love being involved with MRCF because of their commitment to supporting citizen of our community. I am passionate about helping others and am blessed to be a part of an organization whose purpose is to make Maple Ridge a better place to live.

I am Jacqueline Montgomery, a 23 year resident of Maple Ridge.  I have two adult children, Breanne and Donnie, plus a wonderful grand-daughter Izabel, they all bring joy and happiness into my life.  I am passionate about the environment, love to cook and eat good, healthy food and enjoy wine and laughter with great friends.  My role with the Maple Ridge Community Foundation allows me to work with passionate, dedicated and truly amazing community leaders who contribute to the quality of life of the citizens of Maple Ridge in perpetuity.  Maple Ridge is a beautiful community and I am happy to call it home.  

Caara Cridland

How long have you lived in Maple Ridge home?
All of my life, minus the six years I was traveling and performing abroad.

Who inspires you?
My Mom and Dad for everything they do for everyone, expecting nothing in return. And Nelson Mandela, for forgiving his oppressors and positively influencing the world by standing up for what he believed in.

What makes you proud to be from Maple Ridge?
I feel so lucky to have been raised in such a safe, beautiful place, which I used to take for granted.

What motivates you to give?
The love of my art and love of people. It feels good to give, even if it is just your time.

What do you do to keep yourself happy and healthy?
Exercise, every day! Be upside down… practicing handstands or climbing the silks. Keeping busy, and spending as much time as possible outdoors. I love to also eat and share good food with family and friends.

Do you have any favourite local hangouts?
Pitt Lake. I love being on the water!

What’s the kindest thing someone has done for you lately?
One of my students hand-painted a water bottle for me.

 

Caara Cridland- Acrobat, Aerialist, Yoga Instructor, Owner of Precision Acrobatics was born and raised in Maple Ridge. At the age of 21, Caara Cridland embarked on a cruise ship as a performing acrobat. She had the opportunity to travel throughout the Caribbean, US, Eastern Canada, Mediterranean and Europe. Caara and her acrobatic partner, Samantha Hall, also went to live and perform in Sharm el Sheikh Egypt, and then Antalya, Turkey. Later they returned to the ships to tour through South Africa for two more seasons. After 6 years abroad, Caara now lives back in Maple Ridge where she teaches yoga and acrobatics to people of all ages, and performs in and around Vancouver for various events.   

Angela Macdonald

How long have you lived in Maple Ridge home?
I have lived here 20 years.

What do you love about Maple Ridge?
I love our beautiful, natural surroundings and the small town feel of the community. I enjoy meeting inspiring local business leaders; I’m humbled to be a part of the business/serving community.

What motivates you to give?
A feeling of gratefulness, for all that I have, motivates me to give.

What do you do to keep yourself happy and healthy?
I exercise (running, cycling, yoga, paddle boarding, tennis), make time for myself, and spend time with friends and family.

Do you have any favourite local hangouts?
Cliff Park is a favourite place to run or walk.

Who inspires you?
People that serve selflessly are inspiring to me.

Angie McLeod

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.

Larissa Franklin

Name: Larissa Franklin

How long have you called Maple Ridge home?
I was born here and grew up here – so, my whole life!

What inspires you to give?
Knowing how many people have helped me along the way, and appreciating that I have the ability to give back in many different ways.

What makes you proud to be from Maple Ridge?
Being so close to the mountains and nature, as well as the safe, community feeling you get living here.

How do you keep yourself happy and healthy?
I like to always be busy and productive. I am conscious of standing as much as I can, working out, and eating healthy. If I do these things, I am 100% at my happiest and healthiest.

What’s the kindest thing someone has done for you lately?
A lot of people have provided me with opportunities in coaching lately, that I am thankful for!

Who is your hero, and why?
I definitely have to go with my mom. That woman is unbelievable! She does everything for everyone else, has shown me that it is good to be busy, and always steps out of the house with a smile and a giddy attitude that is contagious!

Growing up in Maple Ridge, BC, Larissa Franklin was a member of the White Rock Renegades organization until she made the jump to Softball Canada’s Women’s National Team program. Known for her excellent slap game and incredible speed, she earned a spot on the Junior Women’s National Team in 2011.

Franklin recently transferred to Western Kentucky University for her senior year after spending three years at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, where she led her team in batting average (.459), hits (84), total bases (106), stolen bases (19) and on-base percentage (.515) and was named to the Summit League First All-Conference Team last season. Her .459 average was second in the Summit League this season, and was also the fourth-best single season batting average in Summit League History, while her 84 hits were most in school history and second most in League history. With one season of eligibility remaining, she is already IPFW’s career record holder in stolen bases and is also in the top five in runs scored and hits.

At the National Team level, Franklin’s first international experience came as a member of the Junior Women’s National Team in 2011, where Canada finished fifth at the ISF Junior Women’s World Championship in Cape Town, South Africa. She joined the Women’s National Team in 2013, competing in the US World Cup of Softball VIII, the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship and the VIII Pan American Championship in Puerto Rico where Team Canada won the silver medal. In 2014, she started nine games for Team Canada at the ISF Women’s World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands, finishing second on the team with a .409 batting average. With stellar plays in the outfield, Franklin most recently helped Team Canada take home Gold at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

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