AH mayor wants to challenge the status quo
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | Dec. 6, 2018|
In what may have been the most understated inauguration in Haliburton County this past week, Algonquin Highlands took care of business in just 13 minutes this past Tuesday.
Mayor Carol Moffatt made the only address and Liz Danielsen was returned as deputy-mayor.
Moffatt said she was honoured to continue as mayor and thanked her council colleagues for stepping forward to represent its citizens.
“The public has placed in us its faith that we will make good, useful decisions,” Moffatt said. “And, even though some of those decisions won’t be popular, the most important thing is to keep the conversation going for a greater two-way understanding on any issue.”
She said Algonquin Highlands has a long history of progressive thinking and she knows that they will work together as a team to continue that legacy.
“Our decision-making here is based on common sense that includes ensuring the outcomes are fair, beneficial and necessary for the greatest good.”
She added they will take care of the day-to-day business of council but also complete some big projects. She noted the biggest challenge will be continuing to find the balance among the varied interests of three distinct communities. She said those communities are changing in many ways, and for many reasons. She said the greater good of the landscape seems to be differing day to day as well.
“I believe Algonquin Highlands is at a crossroads where our teamwork will be paramount in crafting long-term vision for the community. And I know that we’ll craft that vision with civility and respect not only for ourselves, but for staff and the public we represent.”
Moffatt expressed hope that the next four years will see Algonquin Highlands continue on the path of critical thinking, innovation and success “and a little bit of fun along the way too”.
“I want us to challenge the status quo, and if we find along the way that we’re the status quo, then we need to challenge ourselves to be better, to do more and to think differently. “
Councillor Lisa Barry nominated Danielsen for deputy mayor saying, “she brings two terms as that role, and I’d love to see her continue in that. She’s passionate about the county as a whole and brings the best voice of Algonquin Highlands.”
In accepting, Danielsen said “I really appreciate it. It’s a role that I take seriously and I will do my best to continue to represent Algonquin Highlands and the County of Haliburton.”
Near the end of the short meeting, Moffatt did mention that they were the third all-female council in provincial history. She said they’d been contacted by Minister of Status of Women Maryam Monsef and there may be a phone call in future to recognize the feat.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.