The Inaugural Meeting of Council on November 7 ushered in the newly elected 2022-2026 Mayor & Council. The event was well attended by the public and local dignitaries who warmly welcomed the new Council (pictured above from left: Councillor Scott Harrison, Councillor Jean Young, Mayor Teunis Westbroek, Councillor Anne Skipsey, and Councillor Petronella Vander Valk).
Piper Jim McKnight led the procession, and Chief Michael Recalma welcomed the new Council on behalf of the Qualicum First Nation. The Town Crier, Len Mustard, performed a stirring official cry, John Paeng led the singing of the National Anthem, and Constable Steve Pope and Staff Seargent Travis De Coene honourably represented the RCMP. The Honorable Judge Brian Harvey presided over Mayor and Council as they swore oaths of office and promised to faithfully lead and serve the people of Qualicum Beach.
Mayor Teunis Westbroek provided the Inaugural Address, thanking the outgoing Mayor Brian Wiese for his service and dedication to the community during the previous term. Teunis also thanked his wife and family for their unwavering support, and expressed his desire for a collaborative and unified Council that fosters trust, transparency and integrity.
A public reception with appetizers and refreshments was hosted by the Town, providing an opportunity for the public to meet the newly elected Council.
The video is available on qualicumbeach.com/council-live-streaming.