Its not November 11th, so this isn't about a tribute to fallen soldiers of the British Commonwealth. I don't know how to play the trumpet or bugle either.
Also not anything to do with building fences although that is something I may have to look into. In more ways than one. This will be my last Blog Post. Today I resigned from Council. There comes a point in time when a guy has to make decisions that best suit the ever evolving lives we all find will often take unexpected turns. In my case, in OUR case, my wife and I have made just such a decision. Family always comes first and although I have enjoyed living here and working for my home town as a councillor, the desire to be closer to our children and one year old first grandchild takes precedence.
We have been considering the move for some time now. It's a big change so we had to make sure the timing was right. Now is the right time. It would not be fair to the people of Neepawa for me to continue on council while we undertake this change.
If I am no longer a resident of the Town it wouldn't be right for me to take part in decisions that will affect the long term residents who are or will be. It has been a challenge for me the last number of weeks as we came closer to this decision. I was born and raised in Neepawa, spending my first 20-odd years here before moving west the first time. After 10 years in British Columbia we made our way back to this place that I will always regard as home.
Ironically, it's been 20 years since our return and off we go again. Guess I'm in some sort of cycle eh?
Neepawa (and area, since I actually grew up in Rosedale, my wife in Lansdowne) can only be regarded as one of the best places to live, work and raise a family. The success we had at raising our family might only be considered somewhat unsuccessful in that our children did not settle here near us.
Not to diminish the importance our siblings and friends still around here are to us, we will have many good reasons to come back. To the citizens of Neepawa, Town staff and my council colleagues, I am sorry if I let you down.
I was elected with overwhelming community support, something I regard as a humbling honour I will always hold close to my heart. I have done my best to represent the diverse views of as many of you as I could.
I regret that my decision will cause a by-election but that is how it has to be. You will continue to be represented by members of Council who are also doing their best at the difficult job you give them.
It is no easy task for any of them. This being my last post means I will no longer write about the goings on around Neepawa. I will leave this site active for a while for those who might like to review my thoughts on some of the issues as those issues carry on. I'm gonna go. I have a lot of hard work ahead. Labor Omnia Vincit