Michael V. Pratt
Michael V. Pratt
A LIFETIME IN LANGLEY
The Township of Langley has always been my home, having been born at Langley Memorial and raised in Murrayville. After graduating from Brookswood Secondary, I attended the University of British Columbia while commuting from Langley, graduating with my Bachelor of Commerce in 2020.
Now a Willoughby resident, my desire to see our community grow the right way is stronger than ever. We are facing serious growing pains as a Township, and it's time to decide what sort of place we want to call home: a sprawling and unaffordable suburb, or a true community that protects all the pieces that make the Township of Langley special?
In addition to serving on Township Council, community service is a huge part of my life.
I serve as the Council Co-Char of the Agricultural Advisory and Economic Enhancement Committee,
I serve on the Board of the Langley Sustainable Agriculture Foundation,
I serve on the Board of Directors of the Langley School Board Foundation,
I serve on the Board of Directors of the Mountain Valley Express Collective Society,
I served our country as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Army Reserve.
I served on the Board of Directors of the Aldergrove Heritage Society
I served on the Township of Langley Parks & Recreation Committee
I served on the Township of Langley Heritage Advisory Committee
Beyond service to our community, I finished my degree at UBC's Sauder School of Business and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce, specializing in Real Estate Development and Urban Land Economics.
I am now pursuing a Master’s Degree in Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University, and have my own small business.
My volunteer service goes back to when I was a teenager and throughout university:
• Co-founder of Langley Youth for the Fallen: A Walk to Remember - a memorial grove to honour the 158 Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan located at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum in Langley
• elected to the University of British Columbia Senate
• elected Chairman of the UBC Commerce Undergraduate Society
Service for others is the ultimate honour, however, I've been the grateful recipient of the following for the small parts I've played in our community:
• Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal – awarded “to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians”
• Paul Harris Fellow (from Rotary International) – awarded for “service above self”
• Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation Medal – awarded “to individuals who have contributed in an exemplary manner to the care and well-being of Veterans or to the remembrance of the contributions, sacrifices and achievements of Veterans”
• Pete Swensson Outstanding Community Youth Award of Merit (three times), awarded in “recognition of scholastic efforts, athletic achievements and volunteer contributions to the community of Langley”
• Co-recipient of the John and Muriel Arnason Volunteer of the Year Award of Merit, which honours people who “work together as a team to make Langley a better place through charitable, philanthropic, or other means”.