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Rainer Bloess bids fond farewell to community, constituents

Nov. 24 , 2014

Dear Friends and Neighbours:

Since I was first elected 20 years ago, it has been an honour and privilege to serve you as your member of City Council.

We have seen huge changes, both in the City and in Innes Ward. We have gone through amalgamation from Gloucester to Ottawa, made progress on numerous fronts, seen growth in the ward and to the east of us, and have shared in the frustration of dealing with this growth. There have been improvements in our local facilities, upgrades in our parks and expansions of our institutions and transformation of our rural roads into urban streets.

As the city moves forward, I am proud to have been instrumental in the decision to revamp our transit future with the East/West Light Rail currently under construction. I am also pleased to have been part of the revitalized Lansdowne Park, and having been one of the instigators of the clean-up of the Ottawa River, one of my favourite paddling spots.

While I have enjoyed the days and nights of being your council representative, and have met many wonderful residents and made more friends than I would have ever imagined, there is a time to move on.

Undoubtedly, I will miss much about being your city councillor, and I will miss many of you, but I will still be around and will remain involved (as I was before being elected). I am thankful to all of you who have always lent a hand over the years, both on the campaign trails and during the six terms of service. Also, I appreciate the collaboration of my City Council colleagues in working together for the common good of our communities, and, of course, I wish our new City Councillor and the next term of Council the very best in their endeavours.

Especially I want to recognize the support and sacrifice of my family during this passage. One takes for granted that children and spouses will be there during the thick and thin of public service. And, I would be remiss if I did not thank my staff for their efforts to keep the office running and to keep me focused on the task at hand.

The time is right to move on. My partner Lynn and I have some great travels plans starting with this winter tripping around South America over the next four months or so, to experience sights and sounds that we could only imagine while in office. There are hopefully many more trips ahead and I will be blogging about them as the voyages unfold.

Again, I am humbled and honoured to have been your voice on city council; I cherish the experience of serving you and leave with the satisfaction of having made a difference in our community.

Thank you for having given me the opportunity to serve you.

Sincerely,

Rainer Bloess


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