Thank you, George Peary, for your 24 years of elected public service to Abbotsford.
Although most voters did not agree with your views concerning P3 water sourcing, and although you were not re-elected this time, we should not forget the larger picture.
I speak from personal observation. During the years I served on city council with you I observed how hard you worked at serving our city. Your diligence and commitment were an inspiration to me. Even when we disagreed, you were always considerate and respectful.
To the people of Abbotsford I say this: For more than a decade I followed the persistent efforts and demanding work undertaken by George in his various committee and commission roles, in trying to convince the provincial government to provide funding for a new hospital in Abbotsford. I firmly believe that no other person on council or in the private sector has done more than George Peary in helping our city gets its fine, new hospital. We must not forget that reality. And that was not his only success. Thank you, George.
John H. Redekop