Abbotsford, British Columbia , Canada
|| June 18, 1955
Dec 30, 2006 08:52am
|Info||Edward "Ed" Fast |
Ed Fast and his wife, Annette, have lived in Abbotsford for 23 years. Their four daughters were all born and raised here, two presently studying music at university and two completing high school in Abbotsford. After graduating from law school at the University of British Columbia in 1982, Ed started his own law firm which is now known as Fast Welwood & Wiens. The firm focuses on corporate, commercial and real estate development law.
In 1985, Ed was elected to the Abbotsford School Board and served two terms. In 1996, he was elected to Abbotsford City Council where he has served for nine years. During that time, he has served variously as deputy mayor and chair of the Parks Recreation & Culture Commission and Joint Abbotsford Mission Sewer Board. Many other council appointments have kept him busy building his community.
Achievements which he is especially proud of are the effective elimination of Abbotsford’s $45 million debt, the protection and expansion of parks and green space in the city, and the phenomenal growth and development of the Abbotsford Airport. With the $300 million Abbotsford Regional Hospital in the throes of construction and the province’s largest farm economy, Abbotsford is well situated to be the leader in employment generation in the province.
Over the years Ed, has had the opportunity to serve on many different boards and committees, including the Chamber of Commerce, Tabor Home Society and Columbia Bible College. He has a passion for his community and believes that Abbotsford is one of the most desirable places in the world for families and seniors to live.
Ed is a small “c” conservative and has chaired and/or managed many different local, provincial and federal election campaigns over the years. He is presently an active member of the Board of the Abbotsford Conservative Electoral District Association.
In his free time, Ed enjoys skiing, mountaineering and hiking. Recent adventures have taken him to the top of Mount Baker, Mount Adams and Mount Rainier, through the middle of the Grand Canyon and around the chain of Bowron Lakes. Ed and his family are also very involved in performing and organizing in the local music community. He and his daughters perform occasionally under the name “Father’s Daughter”.