Look­ing for­ward to a year of hard work and ser­vice

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I can’t quite be­lieve it was Christ­mas so soon and then time to wel­come in an­other New Year!

2017 saw not one but three elections for us here in Perth and Kin­ross.

The most sig­nif­i­cant for my­self was of course the first elec­tion in May when I was elected as a first-time coun­cil­lor for the SNP in the Strath­more ward.

From the minute I was elected it has been non-stop and the last eight months have re­ally flown by.

There is a learn­ing curve with any new job and life as a coun­cil­lor has been no dif­fer­ent.

The ins and outs of com­mit­tee struc­tures, meet­ing coun­cil of­fi­cers and gen­er­ally how things run has taken up plenty of my time this year.

How­ever, I have also had the great plea­sure of be­ing out and about in the ward as much as pos­si­ble.

Whether it’s been at­tend­ing com­mu­nity coun­cils, par­ent coun­cils, bloom groups or lo­cal fundrais­ers it has been great to get to know so many folk in the area and hear about your hopes, prob­lems and plans.

I have par­tic­u­larly en­joyed vis­it­ing lo­cal pri­mary schools across the ward where I have met so many great par­ents, pupils and teach­ers.

Ad­vent is a won­der­ful time for re­flec­tion and for rest over the Christ­mas hol­i­days.

I was grate­ful to be able to look back over the mem­o­ries I have made in my first year as a coun­cil­lor.

And I am look­ing for­ward to the com­ing year of hard work and ser­vice.

I hope that ev­ery­one en­joyed this fes­tive sea­son and may I wish you all the best for 2018.

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