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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

New Wasaga Beach Council Sworn In

Wasaga Beach | by Catherine Thompson  
Mayor Nina Bifolchi says there are significant challenges ahead, but also great opportunities.

It was a festive atmosphere for the swearing-in of the new Wasaga Beach council which includes the town's first female mayor.

There were about five hundred people at the inauguration ceremony at the RecPlex on Tuesday night.

The new council is made up of Mayor Nina Bifolchi, Deputy Mayor Sylvia Bray and councillors Joe Belanger, David Foster, Mark Kinney, George Watson and Stan Wells.

Once they all signed the Declaration Of Office, each one made a statement.

Councillor Joe Belanger says he is excited to move Wasaga Beach forward and to see the completion of the casino as well as a new arena and library during this new term.

David Foster says he will listen and respect the opinions of his fellow council members even if they are contrary to his own.

Mark Kinney told the crowd he will do his best to make Wasaga Beach the best place to live.

Councillor George Watson says mutual respect is critical.

Stan Wells says he promises to be reliable and responsible.

Deputy Mayor Sylvia Bray told the packed house that she will continue to stand up for what she believes in and urged everyone in the room to remember to be kind.

Mayor Nina Bifolchi says there are significant challenges ahead, but also great opportunities.

She tells us that one of the issues the new council will be addressing in the near future is the Beachfront Management Board.

Also at this ceremony, former mayor from 2003 to 2014, Cal Patterson was recognized for his contributions to the town of Wasaga Beach.

The new councils of Collingwood and Clearview Township were sworn in on Monday.


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