It was standing room only as family, friends and spectators gathered at the Drayton Valley Civic Centre to witness the newest town council team be sworn in.
Mayor Glenn McLean kicked off Monday nights ceremonies by speaking about what council will experience in the coming months like their first budget, and setting priorities for the town. He also read out the official responsibilities of council, adding that each councillor represents everyone in Drayton Valley.
“Once elected you do not represent only those who supported you in the election, each of you represents every single resident of Drayton Valley and it is your responsibility to act in their best interests,” McLean said.
He added that they will have the benefit of advice of a thoroughly professional civic administration.
He finished his last speech as mayor with a quote from Sir Winston Churchill, adding that Churchill is worth repeating more than once.
“Courage is knowing when to stand up and speak up. Courage is also knowing when to sit down and listen.”
McLean then called up each person elected and had them take the oath of office inside the packed council chambers.
Each town council member then had a turn at the podium, with many thanking their families and expressing thanks for past council’s work during a difficult recession and optimism for the future.
Mayor Michael Doerksen began his speech to the crowd that if someone would have told him that at the age of 32 he would be Mayor of Drayton Valley, he wouldn’t have believed them.
Doerksen followed up with sending thanks to his former colleagues on town council, and his contenders during the election.
He then turned his attention to the future under his leadership with a majority of new councillors.
“It’s going to be a good four years and I look forward to working with all of you, growing with you and learning more about you.”
Both Councillor's Eric Butz and Corey Peebles expressed their optimism at what the future holds, after a few tough years in the town due to the economy.
The sole incumbent of the group Councillor Fayrell Wheeler thanked the community, and added that she is excited to work over the next four years with the new faces.
Councillor Nancy Dodds also mentioned that they have a big responsibility ahead of them, and one that which she is honored to have been elected and she looks forward to the next four years.
The first meeting of the new town council is Wednesday, November 29.
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