Mayor Dan Reynard and city council elect sworn into office.
The City of Kenora council chamber was packed Saturday, Dec. 1 for the inaugural meeting of the new city council, with some attendees having to stand off to the side.
Mayor Dan Reynard was sworn in first, followed by Councillors Chris Van Walleghem, Mort Goss, Sharon Smith, Rory McMillan, Kirsi Ralko and Andrew Poirier.
“There really seems to be a team attitude, everybody has a lot of knowledge, a lot of different experience,” said Mayor Reynard. “It’s great to have younger people involved, and we’re all excited about where we’re going. I think we can do some really great things for the community.”
Moving forward, council has a number of priorities, Reynard said.
“The budgets are going to be coming up quickly. We’re going to have to make a decision on what direction we’re going on the Cannabis Act, and then, just everybody getting used to their committees,” Reynard said.
Ralko is Kenora’s newest city councillor, while both Poirier and Van Walleghem previously served on council prior to 2014.
The rest of the councillors were re-elected to their positions. Reynard also served on the previous council prior to running for mayor.
Former Mayor Dave Canfield retired this year, though he was unanimously appointed by council to the Ministry of Natural Resources Local Citizens Committee as a community member.
After council passed 29 resolutions, which mostly focused on committee appointments, the city served refreshments at a reception in City Hall’s lobby.
Mayor Dan Reynard smiles after the inaugural meeting of the 2018-2022 City of Kenora Council on Saturday, Dec. 1.