West Kelowna’s new council formally sworn in

On Tuesday, the City of West Kelowna held the inaugural council meeting and ceremony to mark the beginning of the 2022-2026 council term.

Mayor Gord Milsom, who will be serving his second term, new councilors Tasha Da Silva and Garrett Millsap and incumbents Stephen Johnston, Rick de Jong, Jason Friesen and Carol Zanon all took their oaths of office.

Councilor Zanon was unable to attend the ceremony in person and made different arrangements to give her oath of office.

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<p>Mayor Milsom then gave his inaugural address.  He began by thanking and honoring the Westbank First Nation and syilx nation. </p>
<p>Milsom went on to thank members of the West Kelowna fire department, RCMP, the city’s chief administrative officer Paul Gipps, city staff and the piper who opened the ceremony.</p>
<p>In attendance were MP Dan Albas, MLA Ben Stewart, Westbank First Nation chief Robert Louie and members of WFN council, past mayor and councillor Doug Findlater, past councilor Jayson Zilkie and Greater Westside Board of Trade chair Amber Hall.</p>
<p>“Fellow council members, we have been elected by our citizens to be leaders of our local government and of our community,” Milsom stated during his speech.</p>
<p>“The people of West Kelowna have placed their faith and trust in us, as their leaders, to provide good governance and to ensure that the essential work is being done by our local government.”</p>
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Milsom said he had faith in the new council to make the best decision for the residents of West Kelowna and the city’s future.

He concluded by sharing two of his favorite quotes with the audience: “Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much” by Helen Keller and “be the change that you wish to see in the world” by Mahatma Gandhi.

The meeting included appointments to the RDCO, the Economic Development Committee, Okanagan Regional Library Board, Airport Advisory Committee, representative to the Municipal Insurance Association and representative to the Accessible Committee.

The City of West Kelowna’s next council meeting is scheduled for Nov. 22 at 6 pm.

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