Hi Mike:   (Abbotsford Today)   http://www.abbotsfordtoday.ca/dimanno-must-come-clean/http://www.abbotsfordtoday.ca/dimanno-must-come-clean/

Sorry to see the distortions that you have injected into my letter.  So for the sake of clarity, I would hope that you will display what I actually wrote to you.

The original neither looks nor feels like your article here.

I’ll post both my letter and your article on my web, as well as your earlier response to my request for clarity.

Certainly Vince Dimanno is under no obligation to show me documents that would dispel the rumours that have circulated for years, but if there is no basis for such doubts, it will be a simple matter for Vince to produce minutes of meeting, and financial statements for this Association.

The computer shows that Abbotsford Ratepayers meet at Bethel Reformed on Gladwin Rd.   Again, if Vince has been conducting meetings there, it should be very easy to clear the air.  The website says, “Contact and meeting information are posted on this website, but there is little to read beyond that.

If you click on the ARA web-site, the latest news was Feb.7/09, and Feb. 16/10  say general meetings will no longer be held monthly.  The link to the map showing the location of Bethel church is non-functional.

So maybe there is a perfectly clear explanation, but folks were confused by hearing Vince on the radio, on several occasions, introducing himself as the president of the Abbotsford Ratepayers Association, when there did not seem to be such an Association anymore.

This matters a lot because we want and need strong, quality leadership at city hall, and the slate of 5 candidates running with Vince under the AbbotsfordFirst label, needs to model the transparency that we ask of city hall.

There has been a shadow over Vince referring to himself as the president of an association that has not had a clear presence for some years.  I sincerely hope Vince Dimanno will clear up this doubt.

So here, if you chose to post it, is my original letter to you………..(and I notice that one of my paragraphs is a bit confusing.)


Sent: Thursday, October 09, 2014 7:18 AM

Hi Mike:

Can you dispel the persistent rumours about Vince Dimano and the ‘phantom’ nature of the Abbotsford Ratepayers Association?

This morning, for the first time, I have spent time on the computer to try to clear this up to may own satisfaction, but have not succeeded.

This threatens to drag down the names of some respected people, running on the slate with Vince, for a seat at Abbotsford city council.

Would you, or Vince send me the minutes of ARA meetings, for the past 5 years.  Would you ask Vince to send copies of the financial statements for the past 5 years.

Are Abbotsford Today and the Abbotsford Ratepayers Association, one and the same?

Would you ask Vince to provide a list of the membership names?

We’ve heard Vince constantly refer to himself as the President of ARA.  We’ve heard him state a membership of ?? (can’t recall the number I last heard)

But a number of Abbotsford residents were actively involved in this group, for the first year, and they are adamant that there have been NO MEETINGS, NO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, and that Vince conducted these meetings poorly, and only for the advancement of his personal aspirations.

These are very serious charges, and the ‘slate’ drive for a seat on council makes it imperative that Vince follow his own claims about the need for transparency.

I sincerely hope this charge of Abbotsford Ratepayers Association, being nothing more than a phantom group, meant only for the furthering of Vince Dimano’s political aspirations can be cleared up.

I am sending this to all the people who’ve been saying this, or hearing it. I’ll send the answer if Vince provides these documents to verify that a genuine ARA exists, meets regularly, has a proper bank account, shows membership list, and makes financial statements available.


Gerda Peachey