Commitments to the community
Members of North Stormont council are joined by fire service members following the presentation of service awards during the final meeting of the 2014-2018 municipal council. Thompson Goddard photo
Carolyn Thompson Goddard
BERWICK – During the final meeting of the sixth council of the Township of North Stormont, six members of the municipality’s fire services received service awards.
Julien Dodier, Eric Delhey and Pascal Quesnel received their 10-year service awards, while Kerry Adams and Andre Sabourin were honoured for their 15 years of service. The final presentation was made to Wally Cumming for his 30 years of service as a firefighter in North Stormont. Mayor Dennis Fife remarked his appreciation to all members of the Fire Service and mentioned Cumming’s service to the community was exemplary and showed a “great dedication to the township”.
During the portion of the meeting reserved for messages from the mayor and other members of council, Mayor Dennis Fife thanked staff and fellow members of council for “the respect and cooperation” shown over the years with deputy mayor Bill McGimpsey commenting how members of council and staff had worked cooperatively to get things done.
Congratulatory wishes were extended to Mayor Fife and deputy mayor McGimpsey for their retirement, from councillors Francois Landry, Randy Douglas and Jim Wert. Wert commented that it had been a “great four years”, with Douglas mentioning how the four years had gone by in a hurry before thanking the staff for their work. Landry thanked all members of council for their work, making a special note of the fine leadership provided by deputy mayor McGimpsey and Mayor Fife.
Fife and McGimpsey were presented with parting gifts by Blake Henderson, Public Works superintendent for North Stormont on behalf of the staff and taxpayers of North Stormont, with Fife also receiving a gavel and sound block.
As the meeting progressed with the awarding of contracts for snow removal and asphalt paving as well as other regular municipal business, there was the sense throughout council chambers of an era ending with the retirement of Fife and McGimpsey who had served the municipality for 21 and 18 years respectively. With the signing of By-Law 61-2018 which adopted, confirmed and ratified “matters dealt with by resolution” by Mayor Fife, followed by the adoption of the motion to adjourn, the sixth council of the township of North Stormont concluded their service to the community.
The inauguration of the recently elected seventh council for the Township of North Stormont will be inaugurated on Mon., Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers.
Carolyn Thompson Goddard, grew up in Chesterville and attended North Dundas District High School. After completing her BA in Political Science at Carleton University she has worked as a medical secretary and library technician. In 2020 she graduated from Algonquin College with a diploma in Journalism and has been a reporter and column writer for The Chesterville Record for over 10 years.