Bloess bids fond farewell to community, constituents
24 , 2014
Friends and Neighbours:
I was first elected 20 years ago, it has been an honour
and privilege to serve you as your member of City Council.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
you for having given me the opportunity to serve you.
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