McIvers first lady mayor honoured to serve
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.