Feature Story                                                                                              Thursday December 8, 2011


It's Showtime At City Hall

Chilliwack Council and Cultus Lake Park Board good to go after inauguration

Craig Hill/Voice photos


Chief Justice Thomas J. Crabtree (L) swears-in Jason Lum, Sue Attrill Ken Huttema , Chuck Stam, Ken Popove (not shown) and Stewart McLean as the new city hall councillors at the inaugural meeting Tuesday at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.


he newest edition of Chilliwack's city council hit the stage running and was sworn-in Tuesday evening at the Arts and Culture Centre after being elected on November 19.

Provincial Judge Thomas Crabtree officiated the ceremony and one by one the the councillors took their place around the table in the center off the stage which was set up as a mock council chamber complete with flags and nameplates.

Mayor Sharon Gaetz signed the register and councillors Lum, Huttema, Stam, Mclean, Attrill and Popove took the oath of office.

Cultus Lake Parks Board members are sworn-in during the same ceremony.

Additionaly, seven Cultus Lake Parks Board members that took their oaths as well; Bob McRea, Malcolm Shanks, Carlton Toews, Charlotte Hall, Owen Skonberg and Larry Payeur and Board Chair Sacha Peter was not at the ceremony, presumably to be sworn-in at a later date.

Major Haggarty gave the blessing to council and the crowd rose to a sweet rendition of God Save the Queen by three Sardis Secondary School students; Abbie, Katie and Andrea.

It gives me great pleasure that I continue as leader of this great team. Thank you to the residents of this community for placing your trust in the people around table and choosing us to cast vision and direction for the next 3-years.

To our councilors, thank you for putting your name forward to serve our community. It’s a great honour and a privilege to represent the city of Chilliwack and to work with hardworking and dedicated individuals.

To our out-going councilor Pat Clark, thank you for your tireless service to our community. You’ve left your mark here, and the legacy that will be passed down for generations. I am extremely privileged to work with you my friend.

I would also like to thank the staff of the City of Chilliwack for their invaluable service they provide, not only to council and delivering the mandate but also for the professionalism and commitment to serve our city.

The citizens of our community ought to thank council. But much of the thanks belongs to you, our staff. We are grateful for all of your hard work and dedication.

We’ve accomplished so many things in the past 3-years, however these accomplishments were not achieved exclusively by council. Rather they were achieved by partnership of all of the residents that gave up their time and their talents to serve on committees and boards by all of the community members provided their input and by our talented city staff to provide guidance and executed our decisions with excellence.

Gaetz encapsulated the previous three-years and the ribbons that were cut including the building they were in, the Cheam Leisure Centre, Evans Road and the soon-to-be-built Health Contact Centre.

The city will get down to business on December 20 for their first real meeting.


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