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NextUP celebrates emerging leaders in New Westminster

Wow.

As I write this, I’ve just finished putting together the profiles of 25 amazing people.

They are a group of folks we’re calling NextUP, and are choosing to single out for special mention with this special feature today, and a fun cocktail event on Nov. 10 at Inn at the Quay with guest speaker Mark Brand.

NextUP puts a face on an interesting evolution that’s happening in New Westminster. The Royal City has always been a wonderful place, steeped in history, tight-knit, with a small-town feel that we all love.

But in recent years it’s struggled with stagnancy, particularly Downtown, where we’ve seen urban decay, economic doldrums and crime.

As we all know that’s changing, and with the revitalization the city is experiencing, a creative, vibrant energy is taking hold.

Capacity is building in New West as investment, ideas and energy flow into this city.

The 25 people we're celebrating embody those qualities, and are playing a big role in what you might call this Royal Resurgence.

They are people the NewsLeader, in partnership with the networking group NEXT New West, has chosen for recognition because in their own way they are doing something special for the progress of this city, whether through their jobs or through the other contributions they make to the community. The emphasis, as you’ll see, is on younger and emerging folks. Some names you’ll be hearing the first time. But no doubt you’ll be hearing them again.

This list is by no means comprehensive. In fact, there may be names that pop into your mind as you read through the profiles that you think should be on the list. Good! That’s the great part. Next year we can do it again. There are a lot of people doing fantastic things to contribute to New Westminster’s future, and they should all be applauded. If you’ve got suggestions, drop me a line (editor@newwestnewsleader.com). I’d love to hear from you.

For now, let’s celebrate the 25 NextUP honorees you’re reading about today.

I hope to see you on Nov. 10. It’s going to be an amazing night.

—Chris Bryan, Editor

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