Retired New West politicians honoured by peers

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Five civic politicians who retired after serving the community for a combined total of 97 years were guests of honour at a recent celebration attended by family and friends.

Retired city councillors Bill Harper and Lorrie Williams and school trustees Michael Ewen, James Janzen and Kelly Slade-Kerr were thanked for their years of service to the community at a gathering at Taverna Greka in April. They opted not to seek re-election in October’s municipal election.

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To mark their retirement from politics and celebrate their achievements, each politician received a scale model of the WOW Westminster public art (located in Westminster Pier Park) that was made by local furniture artist Rick Carswell.

Along with a capacity crowd of family and friends, other politicians in attendance included Mayor Jonathan Cote, New Westminster–Burnaby MP Peter Julian, MLA Judy Darcy and former MP and MLA Dawn Black.

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