Wetaskiwin Public Library Hosts Coffee with the Mayor

An extremely interesting afternoon evolved on Monday May 2nd between 1 pm and 3 pm at the Wetaskiwin Public Library. Enjoying coffee with Wetaskiwin Mayor Bill Elliott were a small but special group of mostly local dignitaries, friends and a very special guest, Mr. Gary Mar. Mr. Mar, a native Albertan and lawyer, was a member of the Legislative Assembly for some 14 years. As a former Cabinet Minister, Mr. Mar was responsible for critical issues involving Health, Education, Community Development, Environment and International and Intergovernmental Relations.

Civilian guests attendant earlier discussed local City issues but later put Mayor Elliott and Mr. Mar to the test. The "coffee" turned into a political (and cooking) discussion in which guests and friends posed questions and were reassured in their doubts on different issues.

I arrived a little late into the discussions, yet was no less accepted and offered coffee and snacks, introduced and told to join the fray. The day being Election Day, politics appeared to be a big topic! Special guest Mr. Gary Mar appeared to take centre stage as his audience, P.C., NDP, Liberal or otherwise listened as this 49 year old native Albertan, most recently Alberta'a Official Representative in Washington since 2007, who resigned that position in March of this year to give his undivided attention to such issues as Alberta Health Care, Education and Economic Development. Mr. Mar is the present MLA for Calgary Mackay, a Provincial Electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. He (Mr. Mar) is also an active member of the Chinese Community in Alberta.

At one point, during coffee, a comment made by a certain gentleman in the group, evolved into a surprising and lengthy discussion on culinary delights, with brief anecdotes by Mr. Mar, proving that politics in this case, can belong in the kitchen at least!

The too short afternoon with the Mayor and his gathering of some two dozen friends and guests came to a close much later than expected; much like the old family reunion with people hesitant to part, and halfway through the door.

Mayor Elliott concluded his "coffee" with his usual graciousness and left guests eagerly anticipating their next visit. Mr. Mar also also made a polite exit, yet spoke with anyone who wished to question his ideals further. Mr. Mar, as I perceived, was a man committed to his peoplein Alberta, a family man, a realistic idealist dedicated to the government that reflects the optimism of Albertans and a man who believes in his home province and stands up for it's pride and endurance.

I came away with the feeling our Mayor is leading us in a positive new direction, and as for Mr. Mar, he has come home to make a difference.

 

 

More Stories:
  • Council Notes From All Over Thorsby October 7, 2014 The following are brief highlights of the County of Wetaskiwin meeting. For more detailed information contact Frank Coutney, CAO (780) 361-6223. Late tax payment: Scotiabank in Calgary submitted the ...
  • Recycling In The Rockies The Groundworx Company was among twenty-four other exhibitors at the well-attended tradeshow portion of the ‘Recycling In The Rockies’ conference hosted by RCA (Recycling Council of Alberta). The conference was hosted at ...
  • Power Off Predators Technology, the Internet and social media are facts of life in today’s society, and with all the benefits, there is a dark corner where predators groom and lure young people. When Warburg resident Colleen Foster was approached ...
  • Comics — October 16, 2014
  • Football Roundup An improved Breton Cougar team visited the Rimbey Spartans on Monday, October 6th for a league game. In September, the Spartans had visited the Cougars and completely swamped Breton 72 to 12. The number two provincial ranked ...
  • Leduc Regional Chamber Celebrates In Style The Leduc Regional Chamber of Commerce has a proud tradition of promoting regional business and connecting people with learning and trade opportunities. Wanting to cater to those who cannot easily attend its monthly Friday ...
  • Turkey Chase and Search for The Yeti The Annual Devon Turkey Chase is in its 9th year, held once again at the Lions Campground on the shore of the North Saskatchewan River. This fun outdoor event is so rooted in the Town of Devon’s local culture, that it has ...
  • Town Of Devon Seeks Annexation Land The Town of Devon is one step closer to annexing a parcel of Leduc County land along the town’s eastern border to the North Saskatchewan River now that County councillors approved the annexation report and agreement Oct. ...
  • Fall Food Roundup Success The shelves of the Leduc and District Food Bank are filling up again with another successful Fall Food Round Up. This year, 17,679 pounds of food was collected in the door-to-door food drive Oct. 6. Another 3,900 pounds have ...
  • An Interview With The CAO Of Thorsby Interview Submitted to Linda Steinke How would you describe the past six months? There has been a lot of change. From the day-to-day operation and management of the fire department to a by-election, the Village has seen substantial ...
  • Leduc Food Bank Cooking Lessons Each month, between 100 and 150 families in the Beaumont, Calmar, Leduc, Leduc County, Devon, New Sarepta, Thorsby, Nisku and Warburg walk through the doors at the Leduc and District Food Bank looking for help to feed their ...
  • Louisiana Hayride Rolling Into Leduc Established in 1948, the Louisiana Hayride was a musical variety show performed at the Shreveport, Louisiana Municipal Auditorium and broadcast live over KWKH Radio. It was best known for giving unknown artists a chance to ...
  • Leduc County Looks For Four-Laning 41st Avenue Leduc County council wants Nisku’s 41 Ave. widened to four-lanes all the way to 101 St. in Edmonton. In August, council approved $650,000 in funding for the four-laning of 101 St. in Edmonton, subject to a reasonable repayment ...
  • Leduc Tigers Roar Back! On Tuesday, October 7th, the Leduc Comp Boys Volleyball Team proved the expression that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Down two matches to none against the Ardrossan Bison, and trailing 24 to 21 in the third ...
  • Ice Sledge Hockey Women’s National Training Camp The Canadian Women’s Sledge Hockey Team met in Leduc, Alberta, October 10th to the 13th, 2014, for a four day national training camp to prepare for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Ice Sledge Hockey Women’s International ...
  • Young Leaders To Be Praised At 3rd Annual Mayor’s Event On October 29th, from noon till 2 pm, at the Best Western, over 70 Leduc teens will be applauded for their character, service and leadership at the 3rd Annual Mayor’s Youth Leadership Recognition Awards Luncheon. Leduc Mayor ...
  • Battle Lake Church Welcomes New Pastor A Commissioning Service planned for October 25 marks the first six months of the Buchholz’ pastoral ministry at Battle Lake Community Baptist Church. This is a momentous event for the congregation as it marks the end of a ...
  • Get Immunized, Before Influenza Arrives Submitted by AHS – Public Health It happens every year: influenza arrives in Alberta. The good news is, influenza vaccine gets here first. All Albertans are encouraged to take advantage and get immunized before influenza ...
  • Making Time For Things That Matter Submitted by Felisha Crier Hosein, Founder - Keep On Learning Foundation I heard a saying about time once that really stuck with me; “We all have the same 24 hours in a day, what is important is how we choose to use it.” ...
  • International Day Of The Girl: Empowering Young People To Change It Up - My Aunt Leiha Submitted by Felisha Crier Hosein, Founder - Keep On Learning Foundation Since 2012, the United Nations has declared October 11, “The International Day Of The Girl,” promoting the theme for this year, “Empowering adolescent ...




 
  • Leduc Radio Ad
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia