The government of British Columbia has proclaimed Feb. 13, 2013, as colonel Richard Clement Moody Day to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of B.C.'s first lieutenant-governor and chief commissioner of Lands and Works.
Col. Moody became lieutenant-governor of the colony of British Columbia in 1859 and was deputy to governor James Douglas. As lieutenant-governor and chief commissioner of Lands and Works, Moody played an instrumental role in shaping British Columbia and laid the foundation for the colony of B.C.'s first capital city, New Westminster.
As the commander of the Columbia detachment of the Royal Engineers, Col. Moody also helped build an extensive road network in the Lower Mainland, including what is now known as Kingsway, a major route connecting New Westminster to False Creek, North Road between Port Moody (named after Col. Moody) and New Westminster, and the Cariboo Road in the Fraser Canyon.
These are just a few of Col. Moody's major contributions during his leadership of British Columbia. To learn more, visit: http://www.royalengineers.ca/Moody.html
Heritage Week is Feb. 18-24, 2013 and provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about the rich and diverse history of British Columbia. Celebrate Heritage Week and Port Moody's Centennial on Feb. 24 with a self-guided tour of 10 local heritage homes that represent the development of Port Moody's neighbourhoods from 1900-1960. For more information visit: http://portmoodymuseum.org/calendar/upcoming/
Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson -
"Early trailblazers like Col. Moody are the backbone of this province. The dedication and commitment of people like Col. Moody have helped contribute to making B.C. a great place to live."
Mike Clay, mayor, City of Port Moody -
"It is a pleasure to acknowledge the great work of Col. Moody and celebrate his 200th birthday, as we in Port Moody - the city named in his honour - celebrate our centennial."
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations