(as published in snapd Aurora, January 2018)

Happy New Year Aurora! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday celebrating with family and friends. I wish all our residents and visitors a very prosperous and joyful year ahead. Thank you to residents who donated to various community initiatives during the holiday season. As we start the new year, I encourage everyone to continue thinking of less fortunate individuals in our community. A donation to a non-profit organization, volunteering time for a worthy cause or giving back to the community helps make a difference.

Congratulations to Town staff who were recognized for their years of service at the Town staff Christmas gathering in December. It was a pleasure to acknowledge the milestone years of service for our Town staff. We even had a couple of staff members who were recognized for 25 years and 30 years of service! It’s great to know that we have many dedicated staff working hard to make our community a delightful place to live.

I’m looking forward to the annual general meeting of Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) on Friday, January 26. I’ve had the pleasure and honour of being chair of the board over the last three years. I’ve been a part of helping to make decisions about important conservation initiatives and programs in York Region. I’ve also seen the value and impact that LSRCA has and the importance of its role in protecting our environment and watershed. At this meeting, the Conservation’s Board will be re-elected. For more details about the LSRCA, visit lsrca.on.ca.

I’m also looking forward to the Town’s exciting partnership with Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute. The Armoury, located in the historic Town Park, will become a vibrant community gathering space and home to a world-class training facility specializing in culinary skill building, commercial brewing and viticulture.

The Armoury building is set to undergo a $4 million restoration project that will create a versatile space to support the Institute, allow for community gatherings, Town hall meetings, events and training opportunities.

The space will be open to the public and made available for rentals upon request. The new facility may be open as early as the end of 2018. For more information on the future of the Armoury and to view artistic renderings of the restoration plans, visit aurora.ca/armoury.

Stay connected with the Town. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube and get involved in our community.

Tune into 105.9 The Region in January 2018 and listen to Mayors in the Morning starting at 7:45 a.m. This is a unique opportunity to help stay connected to residents. Please email, tweet or call in any questions you may have about our Town. For more information, visit 1059theregion.com/mayors.

Until next time Aurora, see you around Town!