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Monday, December 3, 2018

New Collingwood Council Sworn In

Collingwood | by Catherine Thompson  

Collingwood council for the next four years has been sworn in.

Collingwood council for the next four years has been sworn in.

The inauguration ceremony was held at the legion on Monday morning.

It started with a ceremony to acknowledge aboriginal lands followed by a procession of the town crier, Knights of Columbus Honour Guard and the new council members.

The new council was seated at a table at the front and each one signed the Declaration Of Office and affirmed their acceptance of the town's Code of Conduct.

This was done after a welcome from the town CAO and words from Collingwood's Poet Laureate, and local playwright Dan Needles.

After the declarations, each member of council gave a statement. 

New councillor Yvonne Hamlin says her priorities are urban design and the waterfront.

Returning councillor Kathy Jeffery told the full house that "All people matter".

New councillor Steven Berman invited members of the community to do what he did and be informed and ask for the information they want. Bob Madigan is returning as a councillor and also told the crowd to "Please keep us in check. Keep us accountable".

Deb Doherty, who is returning to the table as a councillor, and new Mayor Brian Saunderson both acknowledged that this new council is gender balanced for the first time. 

New member of Collingwood council, Tina Comi, thanked her family and team as did new councillor Mariane McLeod who teared up when thanking her husband and sister for their support.

And new Deputy Mayor Keith Hull told the new council members he is honoured to serve with them and he thanked the returning members for laying down the foundation.

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