As part of the tradition, the 13th Annual Winter Wonderland was officially kick-started on November 30th, 2013 by a morning of festivities. The Aspac Developments team joined the Tree Lighting Ceremony that was attended by MP, MLA, Mayor, Councillors and community leaders in the City.

Winter Wonderland is organized by the Richmond Sunset Rotary Club, and proceeds from this year’s event will benefit various programs and initiatives locally and abroad. Following the speeches by the Hon. Alice Wong, Mr. John Yap, Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Ms. Karen Tung of Aspac Developments, and Rotary official Magdalen Leung, the Hugh Boyd Interact students shared a special presentation on their experience in Refilwe, South Africa. Guests were then invited to join the Rotary Club members for Christmas carolling, accompanied by the talented Mayor Brodie on the piano.

The tree lighting ceremony marked the start of the display of 32 beautifully decorated trees on the main floor of Richmond City Hall, all supported by local business. The public is encouraged to visit City Hall to vote for the “Best Dressed Tree”.

This year, River Green continued the tradition of giving back to the community and came up with another “charity within charity” idea of decorating the tree with socks, scarves, handmade teddy bears and blankets. After the event, 126 pairs of socks, 12 scarves, 15 blankets and 30 handmade teddy bears will be donated to the Richmond Society for Community Living to help children and adults who have developmental disabilities and their families.

Aspac is heavily involved with building communities. As one of Vancouver’s top developers of master-planned communities, Aspac will be building the River Green neighbourhood in Richmond over the next 15 years.

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Special thanks to the Hugh Boyd Interact students and teacher, Douglas Park, for producing this Winter Wonderland highlight video.