It’s that time of year, when we gather with family and friends to rejoice and celebrate the season.
We have had a great year in Lacombe – a year of significant accomplishments, and of laying the groundwork for future successes.
I am proud to be part of a community that comes together to celebrate every season and every accomplishment with vigor and enthusiasm. We attract and encourage investment and growth with every project that showcases our City as one that is progressive and taking great strides toward becoming more vibrant and sustainable.
Lacombe is lucky to be home to a great number of caring, giving people who show true community spirit by devoting themselves to helping others and to making our City more livable.
We have a committed volunteer base that consistently offers support to the community and lends a helping hand to neighbors and friends.
I want to thank our volunteers, community groups and organizations, not only for their tireless efforts throughout the year, but especially for their community spirit during the holiday season as they reach out to those in need. Without their compassion and generosity, Lacombe would not be such a wonderful place to call home. Thank you all for your many, many contributions, and for making a positive difference in so many lives.
I am also thankful for the hard work and dedication of my fellow councillors and staff at the City of Lacombe. Our team is committed to working together with residents to make Lacombe a safe, inclusive and prosperous community.
I consider myself fortunate to serve with such dedicated and passionate people who truly care about our City. Thanks to them, 2017 promises to be another positive and exciting year for Lacombe, and I am confident that together we can overcome any and all challenges and achieve great things.
To the citizens of Lacombe; thank you for your faithful and devoted commitment to our fine City.
I am delighted to share in your belief in the success of our community. I invite you to join with us in the vision to continue building our vibrant and sustainable community in 2017.
As I mentioned earlier, we have many things to look forward to in the coming year.
We will see the completion of construction on the Lacombe Sports and Leisure Complex renovation project; residential neighbourhood growth; as well continued work on the Lacombe Market Square development and the addition of new commercial enterprises to our business sector.
The new Lacombe Police Station is now fully operational.
This modern, efficient facility significantly enhances the partnership between the community and its police service, making Lacombe a safer and more attractive place for years to come.
As we gather to celebrate this holiday season, let us use this time to reflect and count our blessings, and let us be mindful that the greatest gifts we can give to one another are our time, our love, and our service.
Please remember to reach out to your neighbours at this time of year, especially the sick, the elderly, and those who live alone.
Try to brighten up the lives of those in need in our community, especially the children, so that they don’t go without this time of year.
Finally, I would like to extend a warm welcome to those who have chosen to make Lacombe their new home, and to those who have returned to be with their families this holiday season. I hope you have a wonderful time of fellowship with your loved ones.
On behalf of council and staff, my wife Cheryl and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and peace and prosperity in the New Year. May the holidays refresh your spirit, and bring you comfort and joy.
Steve Christie is the mayor of Lacombe.