Message from Mayor Jim Ryan:
Despite the challenges we are facing in this COVID-19 world, we must acknowledge how fortunate we are to live in a community where residents have been both willing and able to support one another with consideration and kindness. As we enter 2021, I feel hopeful that we will soon be on our way toward a return to normal routines and activities.
With this in mind, I am requesting that, as a community, we take advantage of two important opportunities to support the health of our neighbours, our friends, the local business community and ourselves over the winter months, and beyond:
Staying Active: Taking care of our mental and physical health is of particular importance when social gatherings are limited and many of our usual activities have been restricted. I encourage those who can to get outdoors whenever possible to enjoy some of the many ‘COVID safe’ activities available through our Parks and Recreation Department and many of our dedicated local volunteer organizations. Please continue to check in on your neighbours and friends who may be confined to their homes.
Shop Local: The last eight months have been particularly challenging for members of our business community. Many have adapted to a ‘new normal’ in providing the same great services to our residents. I encourage everyone to support our local businesses by taking advantage of the quality offerings they continue to provide. Shopping local when possible will help to ensure the survival of those important entities that help to define us as a welcoming community.
I am sure we are all ready to welcome the new year with a renewed sense of hope for the future! Our new Council is looking forward to planning and moving forward on initiatives designed to improve the lives of our citizens.
Wishing everyone a healthy, safe and prosperous 2021!
James J. Ryan