New council sworn in for Nipawin

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Due to COVID-19, the Nipawin council’s first meeting of the new term saw no family allowed in to watch the swearing-in ceremony of the mayor and six councillors.

This was unfortunate, said Mayor Rennie Harper, who was re-elected for her second term on Nov. 9, however, thanks to Jordan Gadsby, the event was streamed over Facebook and YouTube on Nov. 16.

“This would allow families to participate in this special event in some way.”

Harper welcomed the new council to the table and thanked former councillors Joyce Watts, Kerry Skowronski and Gene Rusk for their hard work in the last term and commended all who ran in this year’s election. They all stepped up, she said, and Harper looks forward to working with them in the future.

The focus of the next term will be to continue to make Nipawin a great place to live and grow while building partnerships with their neighbours both locally and provincially, Harper said. The community has a role in that, she said.

“For us to do our best, we also need to count on you, the people in our community. And I ask you to be patient with us and with each other and to share your ideas and your concerns and solutions in a positive way in person, by phone, or by email. Hopefully not on Facebook.”

The council is a team, she said, and while this new council will not always agree, they will always have the best for Nipawin at the heart of their decisions.

“From discussion comes the best solutions,” she said.

Jan Boughen has been selected for the deputy mayor’s position until Dec. 31, 2021. Committee positions will be discussed at the next council meeting on Nov. 30.

Becky Zimmer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist