A tribute to Mark Taylor
By Conrad Boychuk
Mark Taylor was Abbotsford’s dynamic and energetic General Manager of Parks Recreation and Culture. He was one of those individuals who lived life to the fullest. Mark passed away on March 12th, while on a skiing expedition on the Wapta Traverse north east of Golden.
Mark was a good friend of CEI, involving us in the Abbotsford Rec Centre Programming Study, and more recently, with possible modifications to the Reach Gallery Museum. My own working relationship with Mark goes back to 1998, when he was with the City of Surrey. We were breaking new ground back then, venturing into what would later be described as public/private partnerships. Those early projects included a major study for the expansion of the Newton Recreation Centre, and shortly afterwards, the master-planning of a new facility for Guildford. Mark was both an exceptional process manager, and an advocate for the neighbourhood experience. He was also someone who could think outside the box; something that was very necessary back then.