Abbotsford history book dedicated to former mayor

George F. Ferguson presented with book

Mayor Henry Braun and Coun. Patricia Ross present a book to former Mayor George F. Ferguson.

Mayor Henry Braun and Coun. Patricia Ross present a book to former Mayor George F. Ferguson.

A new book on Abbotsford’s history was dedicated to former Mayor George F. Ferguson on Monday at a meeting of city council.

The MSA Museum Society recently announced the publication of the book Village to City: A Commitment to Excellence and Innovation, which features contributions from more than forty local authors about a variety of topics.

Ferguson was mayor of the Abbotsford district from 1972 until 1995, when he became mayor of the newly amalgamated city from 1995 to 2002. He was once again elected mayor in 2005 and served until 2008.

Coun. Patricia Ross, who worked on the project and was elected while Ferguson was mayor, said all those involved were so excited to dedicate the book to him.

He was the first name that came to mind “because throughout all the various amalgamations, from the different villages to what is now the city of Abbotsford, the one constant has been former Mayor George Ferguson.”

She said he guided the city with integrity and care.

Ferguson thanked those involved for the dedication.

“I appreciate the honour that you have bestowed on me.”

The MSA Museum Society will hold a book launch Thursday (May 28) from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Trethewey House Heritage site (2313 Ware St.). Writers will be present to sign purchased copies and refreshments will be served.