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LETTER: Thank you to outgoing mayor and councillor

Editor: Thanks to outgoing Mayor John Borrowman and Councillor Esmé Comfort. With the Canmore municipal election on Monday, Oct. 18, it is time to thank Mayor Borrowman and Coun. Comfort for their long and dedicated service to the Canmore community as

Editor:

Thanks to outgoing Mayor John Borrowman and Councillor Esmé Comfort.

With the Canmore municipal election on Monday, Oct. 18, it is time to thank Mayor Borrowman and Coun. Comfort for their long and dedicated service to the Canmore community as they step down from office.

Mayor Borrowman has served on council for over four terms, one as a councillor, and most recently as mayor for three terms. He has seen this community through both a flood and the COVID-19 pandemic. Under his mayoralty, a new 2016 Municipal Development Plan was approved, and in 2018, a new land use bylaw was brought forward.

On his watch we saw artsPlace established in 2015; bus transportation provided in town and to Banff; the Bow River Lodge senior’s housing modernized and extended; more affordable housing and new market rentals; strategies to address wildfires and steep creek hazards, including building a retention structure on Cougar Creek; and action plans on climate change, environmental sustainability and waste management. Also, Mayor Borrowman leaves his post with Canmore in good financial order.

And our thanks to Coun. Comfort for her long public service to Canmore in many roles, including two terms as town councillor. We have appreciated her strong community values demonstrated in her decisions, often at great personal cost.

In addition to several terms on town council, Coun. Comfort served three terms as an elected trustee and vice-chair of the Canadian Rockies district school board. She sat on the Alberta Party Board, has served as a board member of the Canmore daycare and preschool, and has held positions on all three Canmore school councils and on both the local chapter and provincial board of Canadian Parents for French (CPF). She has previously served as vice-chair of the Canmore Folk Music Festival board, is involved in community volunteer work, and works full time in events management and editing. 

Thank you, Esmé and John. 

Heather MacFadyen, Chair,

Bow Corridor Organization for Responsible Development