2018 President’s Report

We are honored to invite you to our one hundred and tenth Annual General Meeting. We will present the slate of directors for 2018-2019, our financial report for 2017, membership information as well as this year’s recipient of the Derek Walker Volunteer of the Year Award, Angela Murphy.

First of all, I would like to thank Megan Durnford, Allan Kobelansky and Dr Markus Martin who retired from our boad this year. Your service, together with the current board, is greatly appreciated. We are fortunate enough to have had several new board members join this year, following last November’s municipal election and we are excited that this renewal of our organization has brought.

Speaking of the November election, I am proud that the WMA organized two immensley successful “Meet The Candidates” evenings. Given the large number of candidates running for municipal office this time, this was no mean feat with sixteen running for position of councilor and five running for the office of Mayor, this was a logistical challenge. We were fortunate enough to have renowned Quebec political analyst Bernard St Laurent moderate the candidates for council meeting and well-known CBC Daybreak Host, Mike Finnerty, moderate the mayoralty debate. Both meetings reached the maximum capacity for Victoria Hall, which I believe is a first for this type of meeting, at least in recent memory.

The WMA has been active on other files during this past year, including working with the Westmount Urban Planning department on modernizing their permit process. We were also able to bring to closure, with the help of council and the City administration, several outstanding issues during this past year and I would like to thank all those who were involved.

A new municipal council was elected in November and we congratulate all those who won their seats and I commit the WMA to working collaboratively with both the elected and administrative officials who so influence our daily lives. The WMA is a steadfast participant in every council meeting where we do our best to bring issues to the attention of council in order to improve the lives of all residents.

To that end, we organized a public meeting to discuss the future indoor pool and provided detailed feedback to Council on the wishes expressed. We look forward to this project coming to life.

The topic of tonight’s Round Table discussion was brought to our attention by the new Commissioner for Sustainability and I believe we will have an interesting and stimulating discussion on how we can work together to make Westmount a more accessible community.

Finally, I’d like to remind everyone that we rely on your support for all the work we do. Our strength and voice over these past one hundred and ten years has come from our membership. If you are not already a member, I commend you to consider joining our association, the oldest of its kind in Canada. Please enjoy your evening.

Dr Paul Marriott – President

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