Once again, Cobourg’s Mayor and Councillors welcomed citizens to a “Levee” to welcome the New Year. Held today in the Concert Hall at Victoria hall, it was well attended with well over 100 citizens. It featured catering by the Dutch Oven and included the ever popular Christmas Cake provided by Weston Bakery. Toni Galea greeted everyone at the door where we all signed in. The band was smaller than previously (8 musicians) and there were more tables so everyone was able to be seated. All councillors were there and shook hands with everyone – missing was Brian Darling who had a “massive cold”. The crowd included MP Philip Lawrence, MPP David Piccini, Police Chief Paul Vandegraaf, Police Board Chair Dean Pepper and many others.
The event was kicked off by the Town Crier, Mandy Robinson – now in her 6th year; she was followed by Poet Laureate Jessica Outram with a hockey themed poem which finished with the line “We live in a Hockey Town”.
John Henderson then gave an overview of Council’s accomplishments in 2019 with highlights of each department. His speech was eloquent and held interest so I have provided a transcript of it below (thank you John) – although John added some explanatory ad-libs along the way. Note that in addition, his speech was illustrated with a collection of slides which the script refers to. If you weren’t there, you missed something special.
In the past year, Council and others have shown a lot of interest in doing something about homelessness and I know that this subject is of interest to many. John said that in cooperation with the County, Greenwood Coalition, NHH, Cornerstone Rebound Child/Youth Services, HKPRD Health Unit, the Salvation Army and the Cobourg Police Services, Cobourg is working on a Northumberland County Community and Well-Being Plan which will “aid us in addressing homelessness, mental well-being and initiate outreach programs within our community”. The target date is 2021.
John finished with “I wish you an awesome 2020” but then added his thanks to all those who put the event together.
Both before and after the speeches, citizens were able to mix with Councillors – a great opportunity to communicate.
Mayor John Henderson’s Levee speech script – omits frequent ad-libbed additions.