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September Mayor's Comments

Mid August Councillor Mullett, CAO Lambe and myself attended AMO Conference in Ottawa. The theme of the conference was Aspire and Inspire.

Our opening speaker was Colonel (Retd) Chris Hadfield, Astronaut, Former Commander of the International Space Station speak about his accomplishments. He is Canadian and he dreamed of visiting a space station. He never lost hope and worked towards his goal. We all know his success and how proud we are as Canadians to have watched his time on the space station. What an inspiration to us all.

We had delegations with both, Madame Melliuer, Ministry of Corrections and Community Safety and Ms Jeffery, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Both meetings were very positive. We had an opportunity to thank both Ministers for their interest and concern over the Declaration of Emergency and our approval for ODRAP Funding, both Private and Municipal. Our Warden, Rick Philips, took time from his busy schedule to attend our delegation. We joined the folks representing Hastings County had a social evening with the Warden and our M.P. Daryl Kramp.

We had a meeting with Rick Johnson, Senior Advisor, Stakeholder Relations, Ministry of Rural Affairs. We had an opportunity to speak to him about County Power, the impact of the Cost of Policing and the Cost of Connecting Link on small urban municipalities. We also spoke about the upcoming Infrastructure Funding.

I attended a meeting with the Mayor’s Coalition on the Rising Cost of Policing.

I had the pleasure of hearing Three Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Marnie McBean speak at the banquet. Marnie is a recent Order of Canada recipient. She is an expert at turning potential into performance.

We all took in different sessions and brought back ideas and information, Councillor Mullett and CAO Lambe found time to take in the Trade Show. I am afraid I passed through rather quickly. I believe this conference to be one of the most useful and worthwhile that I have attended, not to mention the busiest.

The last speaker of the conference was Terry O’Rielly, Host of Under the Influence. His message was simply this ….If you want to connect with the public – they must feel your message, not just understand it. He claims …. Most marketing is just information – aimed solely at the head. Yet we make 80% of our decisions with our heart. Wow! Think of that!

Since AMO I have participated in the Fish & Game’s 50th Anniversary and the Grand Opening of the Train Station. What a great day for us all. Well done volunteers. I must mention that two of our councilors, Koppin and Whitehead have been involved in this project from the start and have stuck with it. I know you are part of a group with hard working volunteers but I wanted you to know how much we appreciate your labour.

We also took part in the dedication of our first Habit for Humanity Home. Congratulations to all.

On Labour Day Weekend I participated in the Maynooth Madness Parade and laid a wreath at the cenotaph on Warriors Day in Coe Hill. It was my privilege and honour to represent you by supporting the events in both Hastings Highlands and Wollaston.

September 11th to 13th is Ontario East in Kingston. This Conference centers around Economic Development. We will be represented by Councillors Jenkins, Koppin and Whitehead, Interim CAO Silver and CAO Lambe along with myself. I expect it will be a busy time. Thank you, Deputy Mayor Wiggins for holding the fort, one more time.

Near the end of September Councillor Mullett, our BACPAC representative will attend a two day meeting of the Police Services Board in Toronto.

I appreciate the fact that you all take time from your busy schedules and your families to represent us at out of town meetings. Please travel safely.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the controversy that is taking place in our town at this time. I have been asked to comment by some press.

My comments are as follows:

Let me remind you of the importance of the diversity which makes up our social fabric.

We value the contribution of all citizens, both volunteer and to our local economy. Each and everyone needs to feel a “sense of place” in our chosen community.

I am confident that rather than see this controversy as a negative we can turn the discussion around to a positive and proactive reinforcement of the welcoming nature of the people of Bancroft to all who may wish to reside or visit here.

We need to understand that the health of a community is determined by the people. Fostering kindness and respect towards all and not allowing our differences to set us apart is the backbone of a healthy community. I am proud to say that our community has shown compassion time and time again for people they did not know. That is the nature of the people of Bancroft and I am grateful for the opportunity to express my pride in our healthy community that welcomes all people with respect and dignity.

 Bernice Jenkins - Mayor

Town of Bancroft

8 Hastings Heritage Way, P.O. Box 790
Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0

Phone: (613) 332-3331
Fax: (613) 332-0384

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