McIvers first lady mayor hon­oured to serve

The Western Star - - Close To Home - Dave White Dave White wel­comes your Bay of Is­lands news and events in­for­ma­tion at 660-5712, or email at: bay­ofis­lands2008@gmail.com.

Su­san Park-White was both amused and hum­bled at hear­ing her name and the word “his­tory” used in the same sen­tence.

She was, on Oct. 4, and is now most hon­oured to have been asked to serve res­i­dent fam­ily, friends and tax­pay­ers of home­town McIvers in her new ca­pac­ity as mayor.

“I haven’t had any com­plaints yet,” she quipped just four days in.

An of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tor by pro­fes­sion, the vol­un­teer mayor be­comes the first woman to sit as chair of McIvers coun­cil in its 46 years since in­cor­po­ra­tion.

A quar­ter cen­tury on the his­tory books, him­self, it was re­tir­ing mayor War­ren Blan­chard who ex­tended con­grat­u­la­tions and wel­comed her as McIvers first fe­male mayor.

Her Wor­ship and her hus­band, Jamie, take de­light in the early ex­cite­ment al­ready shared around town about her be­ing McIvers first fe­male mayor. They laugh at the not in­fre­quent rib­bings Mr. White takes in stride.

“It’s going to be a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and I’m going to need a lot of help,” she said of fresh du­ties in­her­ited with her pro­mo­tion from coun­cil­lor on for­mer mayor War­ren Blan­chard’s team to mayor.

Be­sides run­ning reg­u­lar monthly and spe­cial meet­ings of town coun­cil, she said she re­al­izes the out­ward per­spec­tive from the chair is dif­fer­ent and will take some get­ting used to, as well.

Blan­chard, 73, is tak­ing de­served per­sonal leave after 23 years at the helm of McIvers coun­cil. He is wished well in health and fu­ture en­deav­ors.

The sub­se­quent call to by­elec­tion from mu­nic­i­pal re­turn­ing of­fi­cer Jerri-Lynn Lovell has been made for Nov. 13 to fill the va­cancy on the leg­is­lated fiveseat coun­cil.

Nom­i­na­tion day for el­i­gi­ble can­di­dates to the McIvers by­elec­tion is Oct. 23, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Pend­ing elec­tion, ac­cla­ma­tion or ap­point­ment by pro­vin­cial min­is­ter Ed­die Joyce of fifth voter to the ta­ble of pub­lic meet­ing, Mayor Park-White and re­turn­ing Deputy Mayor Al­fred Park next sit along­side McIvers new­est sworn coun­cil­lors, Her­man Matthews and Gerri Lynn Cur­tis.

Med­i­cal ben­e­fit date set

The Golden Rain­bow Se­niors Club in Cox’s Cove is host on Saturday, Oct. 21, for a ben­e­fit card game in aid of Sa­man­tha Park Walsh.

Sa­man­tha, the daugh­ter of Rod and Ma­rina Park, is re­quired to un­der­take med­i­cal travel and a two-week stay in St. John’s fol­low­ing sched­uled treat­ment surgery. Prizes are of­fered. Game time is 2 p.m.

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