I must say that I was extremely sorry to hear that Councillors Duntz and Jennings had resigned last Friday. I also want to say that I do understand the underlying reasons for these resignations. In both instances there are dual reasons for the resignations – business reasons and of equal importance, family reasons.
Let me first say a few words about Councillor Duntz. He has been, and continues to be, a community builder. He has been a staunch backer of all things which propel our whole community forward. In fact that is the reason he ran for Council in the first place. He has given much to this community before he was elected and has continued in Council to insist that the decisions and actions by Council stand up to fairness, honesty and transparency.
I feel that as a Council we have moved forward on so many of our promises and as Councillor Duntz has advocated this Council, he has sought to restore civic pride in our community and to respect the various disparate voices on Island. I applaud Councillor Duntz and thank him on behalf of all Islanders for his participation in the democratic process.
I am truly sorry to lose Daron Jennings as a Councillor. I have felt even these past two plus years that the future of Bowen Island lies in the hearts and minds of people such as Daron. He is organized, smart and from the start understood that the role of the Council was to move forward on a realistic path to Island wide sustainability. I understand of course that Daron is heavily involved as a builder on the island and his need to provide for his young family now and in the future, but I do hope that he will come back to Council at some time when the business pressures lessen and he can once again assist in community improvement and a realistic future for our Island.
Daron I applaud you and wish you the very best in the future. Please continue to be interested in the Issues on Bowen Island that will move us forward, we welcome your thoughts and ideas.