(As published in snapd Aurora, January 2017)

Welcome to 2017! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends. This new year brings good intentions, resolutions and a renewed look at life. This is the perfect time to challenge yourself to ramp up your workout or start thinking about different healthy eating options. Visit the Activate Aurora website to help encourage active participation at home, school or work. The programs offered by Activate Aurora will help inspire and improve healthy activity. Club Aurora is a great facility that offers low cost memberships at reduced prices for students, youth, seniors and families. Start to think about improving your health and beginning a new fitness class this month!

Thank you to all the residents who donated to various community initiatives during the holiday season. As we start the new year, I encourage everyone to continue thinking of those individuals in our community who are less fortunate. A donation in any amount, volunteering time or somehow giving back to others is important; every action makes a positive difference.

Do you want to continue celebrating the festive season? Don’t miss the Aurora Borealis LED light display illuminating Town Park in the evenings. The festive display started on Thursday, December 15 and runs until Family Day on Monday, February 20 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, please visit aurora.ca/borealis.

Congratulations to Town staff who were recognized for their years of service at the Staff Christmas gathering in December. It was a pleasure to acknowledge the milestone years of service for our Town staff. We even had a staff member who was recognized for 30 years of service! It’s great to know that we have many dedicated staff working hard to make our community a great place to live.

I’m looking forward to the annual general meeting of Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority on Friday, January 27. I’ve had the pleasure of being chair of the board over the last two years and I’ve helped to make decisions about important conservation initiatives and programs in York Region. At this meeting, the Conservation’s Board will be re-elected. For more information, visit lsrca.on.ca.

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Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

See you around Town.