Members of Westport Council want to thank everyone for making today’s Levee at Town Hall such a success. Lots of friends and neighbours to visit with, hats off to Jackalyn Brady for her efforts in getting things organized, Kudos to Neil, Martha and Kyle for the delicious food and a huge round of applause for the The Edge band members Ann Savage, Graeme Crabb and Jeff Earl. wow – what a great show.
Please join us at Town Hall on January 1 as we celebrate the New Year. I am excited to announce that music will be provided by The Edge, an amazing trio of singers/musicians with our own Ann Savage providing her beautiful soprano voice to the harmonies with her two colleagues.
There will be lots of cheer, food and neighbours! This is our 5th Mayor’s New Year Levee. Please make it our best yet!
The Corporate Services Committee recently took the opportunity to meet and discuss the annual Christmas reception that the Village has hosted at the Legion the first Saturday in December for the past three years. This reception was intended as an opportunity for the Village to honour and show our gratitude to the many volunteers that serve our community. Each committee member is sent a personal invitation by Staff and each Committee chair has been encouraged to personally invite the members of their committee to the reception. To ensure no one has been missed, the Village has placed this invitation in the Review Mirror. Unfortunately, the response to these invitations has only encouraged about a 15% turnout, which has driven home the realization that perhaps this has not been the most opportune venue to honour our volunteers.
On the other hand, the Corporate Services Committee has taken note that the New Year’s Levee is a very popular event enjoyed by a great many in the community. Therefore, the Committee has recommended that this year the Village shall expand and extend the period for the New Year’s Levee to include a variety of hot and cold foods as well as entertainment. The reception at the Legion will be cancelled and replaced by this enhanced opportunity to celebrate our community and its very special volunteers.
In 2019, the Chairs of the Village Committees of Council will consult with their team members to ascertain whether there are other suggestions of something festive that would appeal to most people.
All members of Council and residents and business owners have deep gratitude and respect for the volunteers that serve the Village however, we recognize that the reception was not a popular event and enhancing the New Year’s Levee this year will provide additional resources to a setting that most of you attend and enjoy.
Thank you for your commitment to the Village of Westport and for the important work that you have been doing. I know that you do not seek recognition and I appreciate your patience as we work to devise creative options for getting together at future Christmas gatherings.