Christmas has always been one of my favourite holidays, as it gives us time to slow down, step back and reflect upon what the season truly means. It is about family, relationships and fellowship. It is about community—caring about friends and neighbours, be they down the street or on the other side of the world. It is about giving—of one’s self and sharing with others. It’s about thanking those who have worked with us to make Burgeo a great place to live. Thank you for helping out with the walking trail, the museum, community recreation and events, fire protection, senior support, fund raising efforts at all levels, and for being part of our many community service organizations. As Robert Quillen wrote, “If you count all your assets, you always show a profit” and I believe Burgeo has the potential to always show a profit. Council and staff are in the midst of beginning the second year of our Town’s strategic plan. We worked hard in 2014 towards a strong, sustainable and vibrant future for our community, and I am proud of our achievements to date. Over the past year we purchased a second loader, continued our plan for an updated waste management system, worked on a long term plan to enhance drinking water conservation and usage – the new chlorination building is in progress as I write this message, drafted an economic development plan, one that positions Burgeo as a great place to live and work. It includes how we might use the land around town for both residential and commercial growth, enhance tourism by continuing to develop the Aaron’s Arm Trail and the Burgeo Museum, and provide opportunities for new industries that could allow our community to grow. Working with the South West Coast Joint Council (Councils from Rose Blanche to Port au Port, to Ramea) as well as the Central Joint Council (Grand Falls-Windsor and surrounding area), we have been lobbying to make improvements to the Buchans Resource Road, following Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador’s plans for regionalization, and discussing issues that affect us as a region. Our strategic Plan can be viewed at Town Office and will be further updated and expanded at the beginning of the New Year. As we celebrate this holiday season, I hope we will continue to spend time with family and friends. Let us use this time to reflect and count our blessings. The greatest gift we can exchange this season is to serve one another. I ask you to remember others at this time of year, especially the elderly and those who live alone. I would also like to extend a special welcome to those who have come home to be with their families and hope that you have a wonderful time. My very best wishes go to those who are sick at home or in hospital this Christmas and I wish you a speedy recovery. To all who are spending Christmas away from Burgeo, but who may be reading this message, I would like to extend Christmas greetings. On behalf of the Councillors and staff at the Town of Burgeo, I wish you and your families all a safe, peaceful, and joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to serving you in 2015 and beyond.

Sincerely,

Mayor Barter

Mayor Barbara Barter



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