Mayor Johnstone's State of the City Address

Mayor Johnstone's State of the City Address

May 7, 2024 (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM) (PDT)


***SOLD OUT*** 

The 2024 Mayor's State of the City Address is hosted by the New West Chamber of Commerce, with presenting support from FortisBC and sponsored by Starlight Casino. Additional contributions from the Douglas College's Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration and stage furniture provided Champagne Taste Home. Join us for a special lunch at the Redbar Lounge, hear Mayor Patrick Johnstone's vision for the upcoming year and ask your questions during a live Q&A hosted by FortisBC's Community Relations Manager, Amber Sadgrove.

$48 New West Chamber Member
$64 Non-Member Guests

Please note that you must be 19+ to attend. To enter the venue, all visitors must present government-issued photo ID to security staff. If this event is not accessible to you for any reason, please contact to make accommodations. 

Check-in begins at 11:30am, and lunch will be served at noon. 


Mixed Green Salad
A delightful blend of fresh mixed greens paired with creamy Camembert cheese, succulent strawberries, and drizzled with a tantalizing honey herb vinaigrette. A harmonious combination of sweet, savory, and tangy flavors to awaken the palate.

Main Course (Choice of)

Roasted Chicken

Tender double breast chicken, expertly roasted to perfection, accompanied by creamy garlic mashed potatoes and lightly charred grilled asparagus. Finished with a velvety tarragon mushroom cream sauce that adds richness and depth to every bite.

Grilled Salmon

Symphony of flavors featuring grilled Coho salmon and succulent prawns, served alongside fragrant rice pilaf and vibrant grilled asparagus. Topped with a refreshing pineapple-papaya salsa that adds a tropical twist and a burst of freshness to each bite.

Slow Braised Short Ribs

Indulge in the melt-in-your-mouth tenderness of slow-braised short rib, paired with creamy garlic mashed potatoes and perfectly grilled asparagus. Finished with a luxurious red wine demi glace that elevates the dish with its rich, savory notes and velvety texture.

Penne Pasta (Vegan) (GF)

Vibrant medley of seasonal vegetables, all generously coated in our flavorful homemade tomato sauce. Delight in the harmonious blend of ripe tomatoes, aromatic herbs, and crisp vegetables, creating a symphony of textures and tastes in every bite.

NY Cheescake
Creamy goodness atop a buttery graham cracker crust. Each decadent slice promises a perfect balance of richness and lightness, tantalizing your taste buds with every forkful.


State of the City Presentation, His Worship Mayor Patrick Johnstone 

First elected in 2014, Patrick Johnstone served two terms on New Westminster City Council before being elected as Mayor in 2022. Born and raised in the Kootenays, he has resided in New Westminster with his partner Antigone since 2006.

Patrick is a Professional Geoscientist, having studied Geography and Earth Sciences at SFU, and worked in a variety of geology jobs, primarily in the field of Environmental Geoscience. He served as the President of the Environmental Managers Association of BC and on the board of the Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals Society.

His interest in local government arose from his advocacy on environmental and active transportation issues, his many volunteer connections in New Westminster, and his interest in leading community conversations about urbanism and the opportunities present in an exciting, dense, historic and growing community like New West.

Since first being elected, Patrick has served on the Lower Mainland LGA (First Vice President), the Community Energy Association (Board Chair), the New Westminster Electrical Commission, and various task forces and advisory committees in the City.


Amber Sadgrove, Community Relations Manager, FortisBC

A committed and enthusiastic community engagement professional, Amber Sadgrove brings her passion for justice, equity, diversity, inclusion (JEDI) and corporate social responsibility into her Community Relations Manager role with FortisBC, building authentic relationships and creating meaningful social impact.With 14 years of experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors, Amber has a dedication to community engagement, especially through trust based philanthropy. Her ability to connect with key community partners and listen to the unique needs of each municipal allows her to help communities thrive through thoughtful and innovative change.

She leads FortisBC’s engagement efforts to support energy and climate policy goals, community investment and business development. With her current priority of building out FortisBC’s commitment to supporting and strengthening communities in significant ways, Amber is driving impact and innovation through collaborative approaches. She works and plays across the Lower Mainland but is a proud New Westie, who is happiest attending a community event, being in nature or enjoying a patio.

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May 7, 2024 (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM) (PDT)
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