I hope everybody had a great summer! Although the weather wasn’t as hot as I was expecting it to be, it was still fantastic nonetheless.
The highlight of this summer was celebrating my 60th birthday in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina with thirteen other family members. I read books, watched the eclipse with my family and even hit a few golf balls. The uniqueness of Hilton Head that attracts me is that they have the most stunning tree canopy I have seen anywhere. The island has a tree ordinance that states that one cannot remove any tree unless you have permission from the city. It truly is gorgeous.
I also had a daughter get married this summer. It was a beautiful ceremony. And my wife Cheryl and I took in a Nascar Race in Watkins Glen, New York. It’s my favourite sport to watch.
For my personal growth, I took courses to keep my accreditation for my financial planning and life insurance designations. Although I’ve stepped away from that career for the last seven years, I think it’s important to continue to build on your skills no matter where you are in life.
When I wasn’t with my family, I was back at the office where I had a packed schedule.
My council colleague Paul Sharman and I took a drive to Detroit and met with the leadership of the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan. We wanted to learn about their not for profit Seniors Living Communities that we believe could take place here. I will be sharing our findings with the Mayor’s Seniors Housing Task Force at our next meeting. You may not know that Burlington identifies itself as an Age-Friendly City, so I’m always looking for ways to improve the quality of life for all citizens.
I was in Ottawa for the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference. We discussed the long term financial sustainability of municipalities, the effects of the legalization of marijuana and new changes proposed for the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).
Community events are in full swing during the summer. I participated in a Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Forum, the first Halton Freedom Festival, Joseph Brant Day and the Rotary Club of Burlington Central golf tournament just to name a few.
As we transition into September, there is much to look forward to on Council’s agenda, particularly with regards to development. I hope you’ll be engaged as we move forward with the city’s strategic plan. A City that Grows. A City that Moves. A Healthy and Greener city. An Engaging City.
I hope to see you out there on our beautiful streets.