CHRIST­MAS WISHES Wrap up the year with a good break

Stratford Press - - News - By NEIL VOLZKE Mayor Strat­ford Dis­trict

For some rea­son the year seems to have flown by quicker than ever and Christ­mas 2018 is now upon us.

Christ­mas is a great time of year as it pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to catch up with friends and fam­ily, and if we are lucky, take a few days break. We can also look back over the 2018 year with a sense of achieve­ment and cel­e­brate the most me­morable mo­ments as we choose.

As Strat­ford Dis­trict’s Mayor I am priv­i­leged to work with many or­gan­i­sa­tions and peo­ple who share a com­mon pride in the dis­trict we live in. It con­tin­ues to amaze me how ded­i­cated, sup­port­ive and pas­sion­ate peo­ple are about our com­mu­nity.

While Christ­mas is a time for cel­e­bra­tion, giv­ing and fun, we should still take time to think of those fam­i­lies who are in need and those who find life in gen­eral a real strug­gle.

Those who are less for­tu­nate than many of us, re­ally do ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port they re­ceive from our broader com­mu­nity. The 2018 May­oral Xmas gift ap­peal has again been very well sup­ported and we are for­ever grate­ful to those who have do­nated gifts. This week we have the plea­sur­able job of distribut­ing the gifts to those in need.

I also ac­knowl­edge and thank the large num­ber of vol­un­teers who give their time to par­tic­i­pate in sport, clubs, or­gan­i­sa­tions and ser­vices who are great ex­am­ples of giv­ing, in an on­go­ing and re­ally mean­ing­ful way. Once again the Strat­ford com­mu­nity con­tin­ues to be ex­tremely gen­er­ous and sup­port­ive of each other.

Fi­nally, I ex­press my spe­cial thanks to the many peo­ple in our com­mu­nity who, in many dif­fer­ent ways, as­sist and sup­port me in my role as Dis­trict Mayor.

On be­half of Deb­bie and my­self, have a very Merry Christ­mas and a safe and pros­per­ous New Year.

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