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Cheryl Gordijk, Councillor-Elect for Wilmot's Ward 2

Cheryl Gordijk: Councillor for Wilmot's Ward 2

This is an exciting time for Wilmot. For the first time in many years, there will be a mixture of new and returning voices represented on council.

We are all here because we care deeply about our communities. I’m confident that with our combined experience, knowledge and unique perspectives we can build on what previous administrations have accomplished. Together, we can serve the public by moving the township forward, while respecting our past.

All of us on council listened to residents’ concerns during the election campaign, and we need to continue to listen in order to be effective. I’m looking forward to building on the connections we’ve made with the public so we can stay focused on the issues that affect us all, not just in our own wards, but throughout the township and region.

Improved communication is something that was discussed several times during the election. Regular, informal town hall meetings that are open and welcoming to everyone in Wilmot will make us more accessible and enable us to discuss township activities with the public.

Thank you to outgoing Councillors Junker, Murray and Roe for their dedication and hard work during their terms. Councillor Junker’s insight has been invaluable to the success of the Living Well Festival, as have the contributions of my colleague, Councillor Gerber, on the Healthy Wilmot committee.

I should mention how much I appreciate my predecessor’s role during this transition. Councillor Roe has been incredibly gracious over the past few weeks, and I thank him for his kind words and thoughtfulness.

Over the years, I’ve worked with all the members of this council - and also with township staff - on various community initiatives and events, and I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished together.

It will be my honour and privilege to continue to serve alongside you, as a councillor.

Please get in touch with me if you'd like to discuss the local issues that are important to you or to share your ideas for how we can make our community even better.