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Meet your new Council – Councillors sworn-in, begin new duties

December 7, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

The Council of 2018–2022 was sworn-in on Monday, December 3 in a special ceremony held in Council Chambers. The eight Councillors, plus Mayor and Deputy Mayor, read a Declaration of Office aloud before officially beginning their duties on behalf of the residents of the Town of New Tecumseth.

Proceedings began with the piping in of the Mayor and Members of Council by Piper Adam Lunn. Council was then called to order by Town Crier Steve Travers, who asked for a moment of silence in honour of former Town Crier Ralph Wilding, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 83 after serving the community for 27-years.

O Canada was then performed by members of the St. Paul’s Competition Glee Club.

Blaine Parkin, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of New Tecumseth, gave a welcome.

He said, “As you grow, you learn that it is not what you get out of life that matters, but what you put into it.”

He then wished the new Council three things: vision – to see clearly; wisdom – to know the issues to support; and courage – to follow their conscience while making decisions, even if their choices were not popular. 

Justice Robert Gattrell then asked each member to approach the podium, read the Declaration of Office aloud, and sign two copies for the record. The Declaration stated that Councillors had not knowingly or willingly done anything that could be construed as inappropriate to obtain their position in office, and promise that stream of consciousness would continue throughout their term. 

Mayor Milne introduced each member of Council, allowing them an opportunity to address the gallery.

He specifically mentioned the returning veterans and new faces, welcomed Deputy Mayor Richard Norcross, who will also join him on County Council.

New to the table are: Paul Foster, Alan Lacey, Stephanie MacLellan, and Wayne Noye.

Retired: Marc Biss, Chris Ross, JJ Paul Whiteside.

Milne was adorned with the Chain of Office by his wife Eva, and daughter Pam, before turning the floor over to councillors.

Deputy Mayor Richard Norcross was first to speak, thanking Mayor Milne for 19-years together on Council. He also thanked all of the candidates from the recent election, his friend Ken McDonald for his help canvassing, and his wife, Robin, as well as his friends and family for their support.

Ward 5 Councillor Donna Jebb was next to speak. She thanked her husband Barry, and family and friends (including Alex from Switzerland who was in the audience) and read the 4-H Clubs of Ontario pledge, which resonates close to her heart.

Ward 7 Councillor Shira Harrison McIntyre also thanked her family, including husband William and children Tay and Jasper. She thanked friends who donated their time to help her campaign, and stated that she looked forward to the opportunity to make progress on a number of issues over the next four years.

Ward 8 Councillor Alan Lacey thanked his wife and children, and fellow members of Council – with whom he looked forward to achieving great things over the next four years.

Ward 6 Councillor Stephanie MacLellan thanked her four daughters for their support, as well as her parents. She said she looked forward to listening to the concerns of residents and doing the best job she could over the course of her term.

Ward 1 Candidate Wayne Noye said his position on Council was an honour and privilege and he was equally pleased to stand with a new Council who will work together for the betterment of the community. He promised fair decision making, best values, and the support and promotion of local businesses. 

Ward 2 Councillor Michael K. Beattie thanked his family, stating, “It’s great to be supported by the people that you love most in the world”. He offered apologies to his husband for not ordering his election flyers with the term “Paid for by Michael Beattie” in error, causing Justin to sticker all 2,500 copies. Looking forward to the term ahead, Michael said, “Our responsibility is to ensure New Tecumseth gets better, as it gets bigger”.

Fran Sainsbury, Ward 4 Councillor, said she was proud and honoured to continue to represent her ward. She thanked her sister and daughter, who were in the audience, and said, “Life is all about working together”. She then recited the words from an inspirational plaque she had seen at a local business, and told her fellow councillors, “Be brave, stay humble, and listen to the old matriarch.”

The first meeting of the new council is Monday, December 17. Meetings are held at the Municipal Office on Wellington Street, Alliston, and begin at 7 p.m. Council sessions, and Committee of the Whole meetings, are open to the public.


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