To the citizens of Ajax:
Now that the election is over and the results are in, I want to say a few words of thanks.
First, thank you to the citizens of Ajax for returning me to serve another term as Mayor of this great community.
Your support and encouragement is what keeps me going and I have been honoured and privileged to serve
as your mayor. Thank you once again for allowing me to serve and move Ajax forward.
To all the candidates who put their names forward, thank you for your commitment and desire to be a part of
the future of Ajax. Whether you were successful or not, your participation took courage, hard work and
a sincere desire to make Ajax better. All positions were contested and this gave citizens a choice and that makes
our local democracy stronger. I hope each one of you continues to stay involved and be a positive voice
over the next term of council.
To our town staff, led by Martin DeRond and Nicole Wellsbury, thank you for running a fair and transparent
election process. Candidates campaign and voters vote, but running and managing the process takes
high ethical standards, hard work and great attention to many details. This was especially true this year
As well, thank you to all the many citizens who came forward to staff the many positions and helped
this new system work so well.
Thank you to the many volunteers who helped all the candidates run their campaigns and who do the
many thankless tasks that are an important part of every election campaign. Your efforts are unsung
but without you none of these campaigns would be possible.
Finally, I wish to thank my family for their unwavering support, their encouragement, and for just
putting up with me and my job. First always, to my wife, Rosemary, for her devotion, sage advice,
companionship and ability to keep me grounded and on track -
wonderful children and two lovely granddaughters, thanks for being there and always reminding
me what's important in life. To my wonderful parents, Bill and Marney -
have supported me in everything I have done. Some of the simplest and most important advice I ever
received came from you, Mom. And Dad, you are an inspiration to me, the whole family, and I
think the whole Town. You helped lay the strong foundations of Ajax as a member of its first council
and its third Mayor. A better role model and source of inspiration could not be found.
So, thanks to you all! I pledge to continue to lead our Town to the best of my ability and to always
act in its best interests, whether doing so appears popular at the time or not. Together we have
accomplished much but there is always so much more to do. And together, we will get the job done.