Lake of Bays hold nineteenth inaugural council meeting
The Township of Lake of Bays had their nineteenth Inaugural Meeting in the Council Chambers at the municipal office in Dwight, on November 22, 2022.
Elected Mayor Terry Glover retained his seat for the 2022-2026 term.
Glover gave a speech that included the ups and downs of the previous term, referring to it as a “wild ride,” including flooding, tornadoes, wind and ice storms, the pandemic, and adapting to Zoom. And he thanked the former council members for their support through it, adding, “We agreed most of the time but put the public interests first all of the time.”
The challenges to healthcare and emergency services were also recognized by Glover, in addition to businesses that were unable to recover from the pandemic.
Glover expressed pride for the way staff and council handled the pandemic, adding, “At one point we had emergencies happening within emergencies. We remained calm. We had no playbook. Councillors volunteered with vaccine and testing duties, delivering food and drug supplies, monitoring food banks, and in some cases carried on simple acts of kindness that helped their residents get to the other side.”
“I’ve learned to never say it could get worse. I’ve learned that limits can be tested everyday, and then tested again. I’ve learned to be optimistic and look for the good in people because it’s there – it’s always there. I’ve learned that by working together with residents, staff, and council, we can accomplish great things,” added Glover.
An optimistic Glover referred to the upcoming term as one that will be bright but a lot of work in the midst of “challenges, accomplishments, and gifts,” with the goal of completing ongoing projects with creativity, innovation, and with the right people in place that are up for the challenge.
Glover referred to the word “ubuntu,” meaning “humanity to others…reminding us ‘I am who I am because of who we all are.’”
The meeting closed with Glover adding, “My hope for all of us – staff, council, and the residents of Lake of Bays – is to count your blessings and listen to each other with respectful focus. Collectively we can move mountains. We’ve proven that. I ask you all, find the delight in everything you do. Take care of yourselves and take care of each other.”