#MunicipalElection2018 is officially behind us; a new municipal cycle has begun.
I’d like to extend my sincere congratulations to Christine Michaud on her win this evening. I’d also thank all our Ward candidates for the tireless and sincere effort that went into engaging with voters and bringing their vision and ideas to the table. I’m genuinely proud of the respectful and collegial tone of the Ward 4 campaign. I believe that our collective focus on issues, ideas, and approach served Ward 4 well.
Most of all, I’d like to thank all the wonderful people of Ward 4. I could not be prouder of our community ideals, our engagement, and our dedication to our ward and city. The City of Kitchener provided candidates and voters alike with excellent tools, information, and resources, and I have no doubt staff is already thinking about what more they can do for 2022. I — and indeed we all — should be grateful for the hard work of both volunteers and election staff for all their behind the scenes work. I’d also be remiss if I forgot to extend my appreciation and thanks to Rogers Community TV and all the volunteers who devoted hours and hours of time to bring voters the recorded debates. Homer Watson House & Gallery — as always — stepped up to serve and hosted a Meet & Greet for us and since our Community Centre is under construction, I am doubly grateful. I hope all parents will join me in being grateful to all our wonderful teachers for the great job they did including our children in this exercise of our democratic process.
Yvonne Fernandes — a special thank you to you for continuing to make your expertise available to Ward 4. You dedication to, and passion for, our community is truly appreciated.
Far from least, I thank my team, volunteers and contributors for their continuous commitment and support. Lastly, thanks to all the people who made the time to come out to vote for me. I am both grateful and humbled by your confidence in me.
Particular thanks go out to two lovely ladies who I had the privilege of driving to the polls today — and who kindly gifted me with a lovely handmade momento for our home. Jessica had it framed almost instantly, and it is, and will always be a memento of this incredible journey. The only trouble is, we can’t seem to agree on where it should be showcased — negotiations are ongoing.
In the meantime Ward 4, our journey together continues — let’s make it a good one.