The Prince Rupert city council meeting held Nov. 24 was the last before newly-elected officials take over. Pictured above are former city councillors Judy Carlick-Pearson

Outgoing Prince Rupert council members say farewell

With last Monday's council meeting being the final one before recently-elected members were sworn in, those not re-elected said farewell.

With last Monday’s city council meeting being the final one before recently-elected members were sworn in, those who were not re-elected said farewell.

During her emotional farewell, Anna Ashley said she enjoyed the past six years on council.

“I intend to continue to contribute to the community and be part of the discussions. I really hope the voter turnout that we had will mean people are going to get involved,” Ashley said.

Gina Garon, who also sat on council for two terms, said it was an honour and a privilege.

“I’ve learned a lot and appreciated all of my fellow councillors. We’ve always agreed to disagree. This council has worked very hard on behalf of our citizens,” Garon said.

“We’ve laid a really good foundation, I feel, for this next council coming in.”

Jack Mussallem, Mayor of Prince Rupert for the last two consecutive terms, expressed his thanks to the community and his supporters.

“This has been a challenging term, simply because of what is being proposed around this community. But we all represent different portions of the community, and everyone was able to bring that to the table and we certainly did what we could,” he said.

“We have a new group that’s going to realize when local government legislation forces something upon you what a hell-hole it can be. I’m talking about Watson Island. It just never ends.”