VIDEO: Homelessness talks begin tonight in Maple Ridge

Maple Ridge resident Ralph Altenried remembers when fellow community members rode horses along Lougheed Highway, and Langley Farmers Market near 226th Street was a liquor store.

That was back in 1958 when the population was about 10,000, he estimated.

Altenried has lived in Maple Ridge for most of his life since then, and is currently one of eight members of the Social Policy Advisory committee, representing businesses in the area.

During Maple Ridge City's launch for its Forward 2020 campaign earlier this week, Altenried spoke about what he hopes is achieved through a set upcoming talks on homelessness, which begin tonight (Thursday).

"When we come away from this that we have a better idea and an educated idea of what we can do about this situation that we have here right now," he said.

When he was asked to be apart of the committee, Altenried thought "well, I can be a part of the problem or I can be part of the solution," he said.

"I'm looking forward to what's going to happen here in the next four weeks..."

The group spent six weeks determining what topics the series would touch on and who would make up the panel of experts.

The first of four talks at The ACT Arts Centre, 11944 Haney Place, called “the who, what, when, where and how of homelessness," will focus on the causes and systems that contribute to homelessness, the unique experiences of youth and seniors and the human side of the issue.

Panel members will include: Dr. Paul Kershaw, Dr. Michael Krausz, Navjeet Chhina, and Mike Pond.

The talk begins at 7, and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

See full details on each talk in the series here.

Can't make it? Click here to watch the talk on livestream.

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