These highlights are a synopsis of the September 18, 2017 Regular Council Meeting. The agenda, full meeting minutes, and webcast of the Council Meeting can be found online at

Mission Moments – Arts & Culture
The Mission Arts Council (MAC) has been in existence for 45 years and was founded by artists Peggy Staber and Perry Clevin in 1972. Initial meetings were held in the old Mission Library, where art classes were taught. Outgrowing its space in the old Mission Library, the Council eventually moved into the Norma Kenney House before settling into a small office at the old Mission Leisure Centre, where the Christmas Craft Market originated.

MAC recognized the need for local artists to have a space to showcase their work and in July 2000, moved into its present location on First Avenue, leased from Brian Rock and the Rock Family. The new location houses both gallery space and programming space and allows MAC to hold 17 art exhibitions throughout the year.

World Mental Health Day
In an effort to increase public awareness of mental illness and encourage people to talk about, reflect upon and engage with others on the importance of mental health, October 10, 2017 has been proclaimed as World Mental Health Day in Mission.

Culture Days
Council has proclaimed September 29 to October 1, 2017 as “Culture Days” within the District of Mission to encourage the awareness, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

For information about Culture Days activities, visit

International Day of Older Persons
In recognition of the diversity of seniors and to increase public awareness of their vital role in society, October 1, 2017 has been proclaimed as International Day of Older Persons in Mission.

2016 Community Heritage Commission Awards
The following recipients were awarded a 2016 Mission Community Heritage Commission Award:

  • Carl Klenk, winner in the Special Heritage Achievement category, for his donation over 800 postcards dating from the early 1900s through to the 1960s
  • Mission Community Archives, winner in the Education and Promotion of Heritage category, for their efforts to preserve Mission’s documentary, visual, and oral histories and for their efforts to promote heritage knowledge and values
  • Rocko’s Diner, winner in the Conservation of Built Environment category, Streetscapes, and Landscapes, for their nostalgic heritage landscape
  • New Heights Church, winner in the Conservation of Built Environment, Streetscapes, and Landscapes category, for their restoration of Hougen Block
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