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Hawkesbury councillor Johanne Portelance not seeking re-election

An open letter from Hawkesbury councillor Johanne Portelance

To The Editor,
After considerable thought, I wish to announce that I will not be a candidate in the next municipal elections for the Town of Hawkesbury. This decision was extremely difficult to reach; however, I leave this office after eight years of service with a true sense of accomplishment in having contributed to the success of our town. I am a proud resident of the Town of Hawkesbury and my goal is to continue to be a member of this community and to actively participate in its growth!
I must admit that my first mandate was very demanding due mainly to the lack of personal respect and cooperation at the council table. It is for this very reason I had decided to solicit a second mandate in 2014 in order to work towards improving relationships and to avoid a divided council. Therefore, the concept of “Solution Hawkesbury” was created to permit inhabitants of the Town to seek a mandate at the municipal election. It is important to clearly state that only an inhabitant of the Town can truly and fully appreciate the consequences of all poor decisions that put at great risk and negatively impact the well-being of our community and its citizens. The electorate provided an overwhelming support of, “Solution Hawkesbury” and I sincerely believe that we did not let down the population during the past four years.
Since I will not be the only person who will not be soliciting a new mandate, I would like to acknowledge and thank the outgoing Councillors Daniel Lalonde and Michel Thibodeau for their friendship and cooperation. For those who have decided to stay and continue their valuable contribution to our Town, I wish to extend my appreciation to them for their continual commitment. You will always be able to count on me for my full cooperation, knowing how much you have served our community in its growth and progress.
I also wish to take this opportunity to recognize and pay my respects to Mayor Jeanne Charlebois for her remarkable commitment and involvement in our Town and her integrity, which is beyond reproach and criticism. She is completely devoted and unmatched in her work ethic, always available as an active participant in all aspects of the life of our community and is always in search of promoting the interest of the Town above her own personal interest. When it comes to representing the needs of the Town before provincial ministries, including Counties Council, she is an excellent advocate and is very well respected for her knowledge of the issues. It is for all these reasons that I continue to unconditionally endorse Mrs. Charlebois as Mayor of the Town of Hawkesbury in the next municipal election.
In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to express my great appreciation to the population of the Town of Hawkesbury during my two terms as your representative. I not only had the pleasure but the privilege and honour in serving you during the past eight years and I was truly humbled by your confidence in electing me, on both occasions, as your first councillor and “Interim-Mayor”. This honour that you have bestowed upon me is indicative of the mutual respect between us.
But please rest assured that although I am leaving the municipal council, that I shall always remain a member and participant in our Town and in our community. During my two election campaigns, my signs said, “Proud of our Town”. Please remember that nothing has changed in this belief and that I am truly honoured to be a member and a citizen of this progressive community that I call home.
Thank you.

Lettre ouverte de Mme Johanne Portelance, conseillère à la ville de Hawkesbury

Sujet: Élections municipales 2018

Après mûre réflexion, je désire annoncer à la population de Hawkesbury que je ne briguerai pas le poste de conseillère à la prochaine élection municipale. Cette décision fut difficile à prendre mais je quitte ce poste après 8 ans de loyaux services avec la satisfaction d’avoir fait tout mon possible et contribué à la croissance de notre ville. Je suis fière d’être résidente de Hawkesbury et j’ai la ferme intention d’y demeurer et de continuer à participer à son  développement.

 

Je dois avouer que mon premier mandat a été assez exigeant, principalement à cause du manque de respect et de coopération à la table du Conseil. C’est d’ailleurs pour cette raison que j’ai sollicité un deuxième mandat en 2014 afin de trouver une solution à ce problème et mettre fin à ce manque de respect qui pouvait parfois conduire à des divisions nuisibles au sein du Conseil. C’est alors que le concept «Solution Hawkesbury» a été mis de l’avant afin de permettre à tous les résidents permanents de la ville de solliciter un mandat lors d’une élection. Il faut bien comprendre que seul un résident de la ville peut apprécier à sa juste valeur les enjeux et les conséquences des mauvaises décisions qui mettent à risque le bien-être de la communauté et nuisent à son essor. Les électeurs ont répondu avec un soutien incroyable pour «Solution Hawkesbury» et je pense que nous n’avons pas trop déçu la population depuis les quatre dernières années.

Comme je ne suis pas la seule à ne pas solliciter un nouveau mandat cet automne, j’aimerais en profiter pour saluer et remercier les conseillers sortants messieurs Daniel Lalonde et Michel Thibodeau avec qui j’ai eu le plaisir de travailler et de tisser des liens d’amitié. Et pour ceux qui désirent rester et solliciter un nouveau mandat au sein du Conseil, je leur souhaite de demeurer au service de la population comme ils l’ont toujours fait. Vous pouvez compter sur mon entière coopération sachant à quel point vous êtes impliqués dans notre communauté et avez à coeur son progrès.

Johanne Portelance,
Hawkesbury

Louise Sproule

Publisher at The Review
Louise Sproule has been the publisher of The Review since 1992. A part-time job after high school at The Review got Sproule hooked on community newspapers and all that they represent. She loves to write, has covered every kind of event you can think of, loves to organize community events and loves her small town and taking photographs across the region. She dreams of writing a book one day so she can finally tell all of the town's secrets! She must be stopped! Keep subscribing to The Review . . . or else!
Louise Sproule

Louise Sproule

Louise Sproule has been the publisher of The Review since 1992. A part-time job after high school at The Review got Sproule hooked on community newspapers and all that they represent. She loves to write, has covered every kind of event you can think of, loves to organize community events and loves her small town and taking photographs across the region. She dreams of writing a book one day so she can finally tell all of the town's secrets! She must be stopped! Keep subscribing to The Review . . . or else!

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