Inauguration Speech, December 1, 2014

Below is the text of the speech I gave at our Inaugural Council meeting, which was held December 1st, 2014.

There was an incredible amount of work that led to me being before you today.  Countless hours were spent on my behalf, and I want to thank all of my volunteers and steadfast supporters for being the foundation on which I built the success I achieved.  I couldn’t have done it without you.

There are also some other people I would like to speak about this evening.

As a young girl, I was informed by my parents, Donna and Andy, that due to a terrible accident of birth, I could not pursue a dream I had.  I was never going to be a princess.  However, they taught me that with enough hard work, (aside from that princess thing), I could BE anything, and DO anything I put my mind to.  I want to publicly acknowledge their hard work in raising me (looking back, I now understand how hard it was!), and thank them for the gifts they gave me.

I want to thank my in-laws Toni and Tony Diclemente for raising a son who is the most supportive, encouraging and loving husband a woman could ever ask for.

Which of course turns my attention to my husband Michael.  He has been my steadfast life partner for over 17 years, and together, we are the parents of three awesome kids, Evan, Jason, and Maya.  When I consider the many blessings I have been given, Michael and our children are naturally at the top of that list.  Thank you for being my inspiration, the reason I do what I do. And for understanding that bedtime stories sometimes take a back seat to another one of Mummy’s meetings. Above all, thank you for your support as I try to make a difference in our community. 

As for making a difference, I would like to congratulate my fellow members of Council this evening, and say that I look forward to working collaboratively with you to find common ground and consensus as we set the direction our community will take into the future.  I am reminded of a portion of Theodore Roosevelt’s 1905 inaugural address.  He said:  “Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us. We have duties to others and duties to ourselves; and we can shirk neither.”

The residents of East Gwillimbury have entrusted us to speak and act on their behalf for the next 4 years.  I am incredibly proud of the results our Town has achieved over the past few years, and I look forward to leveraging our existing partnerships and talented volunteers, and of course, forging new relationships to benefit our community, create community infrastructure and protect what makes East Gwillimbury special.

The Town’s staff are also an important resource to this Council.  I hope we continue to foster a corporate culture of innovation and creativity with our staff.  If we continue to ask for their best, I am confident they will continue to surprise us with their ingenuity and passion in serving the residents of East Gwillimbury.

As we embark on the adventure of the next 4 years, I want to reiterate my pledge to the residents of East Gwillimbury: I will strive to represent you with energy, creativity, professionalism and integrity.  I look forward to sharing this journey with you.

 Thank you.

” A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” Douglas MacArthur