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REPORTING · 8th December 2009
Walter McFarlane
The first of the big presentations on Monday, November 23rd at Kitimat City Council was successful in leaving Mayor Joanne Monaghan speechless. Denise Lodge took the stand and explained why she was there.

“On March 3rd, 2005, my son Corey, at the age of 21, died in a fatal motor cycle accident. Since this date, the Corey, which stands for Coalition of Riders Educating Youth Motorcycle safety project, have been trying to change our regulatory and legislative laws, trying to bring our BC laws up to date. With many people and organizations involved in moving this project forward, they are now half way through our fourth year,” said Lodge.

She explained that to this council in 2007 and they voted to take the COREY project to the Union of BC Municipalities and the Solicitor General, The Honourable John Lech. The Solicitor General began to research on the project and Mayor Monaghan kept the COREY Project up to date on how this endeavour was going.

Lodge explained that she has learned that to make such a change was a long and tedious process requiring a network of people. She stated that Mayor Monaghan had such a network and this was her greatest asset to the community. A token of appreciation was given to Mayor Monahan for her years of service and knowledge and assistance on the COREY project.

Janet Munro presented Mayor Monaghan with flowers on behalf of the COREY Project. “It’s not often when a politician is speechless, but I am,” said Mayor Monaghan. The Mayor gave much of the credit to Solicitor General Lech who has worked with her for years at UBCM and who took the reigns on the project.