29 Oct 2010 What a ride!
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The campaign this year has left me tired and in need of time off. But that will not happen anytime soon as November will be a very busy month getting new council up to speed.

Before we get to council I would like to acknowledge the citizen’s of Steinbach for the support I received during the last 4 year term, the campaign and at the polls. It truly is humbling experience.

I need to thank Audrey, my beautiful wife, friend, listener, compasionate person I get to spend my time with.

To my children Brett & Natalie who have provided those fun grandchildren in Brody and Madison, and Britta & Aaron supporting me from Calgary.

Others who made a difference where like Ron & Rhonda Friesen who kept challenging if enough was being done to get my name out there. Herb (the sign guy) Martel for putting up my signs and moving them every few days. To Ian Penner da scrutineer, Rudy Nikkel for working on this website, Matt Penner reading through my press releases, and all the contacts that encouraged me along the way.  Of course where would I be without the counselling of the MIT Cycling group who provided me with too much feedback each Saturday mornings on our rides.

I will miss Abe Hiebert and Roy Enns on this council. Both brought years of life skills, council and committee experience to meetings.

New council will be interesting. I have gone from being second youngest to second oldest on council. Michael and myself are the longest service councillors, each one term. Cari has sat on council previously, while process has changed she will fit the environment quickly.

Susan, John, Earl will have a learning curve as they will find out quickly that it is easy to make a decision when reading through material, then when faced with the faces of the public and listening to both sides they need to speak to the issue. I look forward to working with each of them.

To our Mayor, Chris Goertzen, have appreciated his candor at meetings, how meetings are run and his vision for Steinbach. In my opinion did an outstanding job in his first term as mayor.

So now the work really begins….

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