RETIRING Greater Terrace Beautification Society president Chris Hansen at Brolly Square

Beautification society president retiring

Chris Hansen is leaving her society post after 15 years.

BROLLY Square is now the official name of a community space in downtown Terrace adorned with umbrellas — and it may be the last major legacy left by Chris Hansen, president of the Greater Terrace Beautification Society.

Brolly is British slang for umbrella and the name was submitted separately by two people in a contest held to give the community space a title.

Hansen told city council at its Nov. 14 meeting there are still parts of the square left to be finished before winter sets in, including a garbage can with a recycling bin and benches.

Future plans for the square include a public green space.

Her voice then slightly shaky, Hansen told council she plans to end her time with the Terrace Beautification Society in the springtime in order to focus more on family.

I would like to say that it has been a privilege to be involved in this volunteer group,” she said. “This has been a challenging and a humbling 15 year experience.”

I’m not going anywhere until after the grand opening of our major projects are done,” she said.

Outgoing councillor Carol Leclerc congratulated Hansen.

It’s been your leadership that’s really helped the beautification society and people are quite right when they say that things have changed,” she said. “I have to say hats off to the beautification society.”

Hansen said the society will spend the winter setting out long term plans.

Some of the society’s achievements in which Hansen was involved with include promoting and building up the annual spring community garbathon, improving walkways within the city and this year’s completion of the Howe Creek Trail extension at the foot of Lanfear Hill.