Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mr. Howie's Jubilee

Monday's City Council meeting provided Mayor Jack Mussallem with one final opportunity to honour outgoing City Manager Gord Howie, this time presenting him with honours from the Queen.

And while it's not quite a knighthood and we won't be required to bow or offer other salutations of Royal acknowledgment, Monday's presentation does cap off nicely his second term of service with the city, as he heads off for new opportunity on Vancouver Island.

Monday's council gathering saw Mr. Howie presented with the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, awarded to the City Manager in recognition of his significant contributions to municipal government and community service during his career that has now spanned some forty years.

The medal was struck in celebration of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee and across Canada other recipients have been honoured for their contributions to the community with one.

By the time that the Government has completed the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, some 60,000 Canadians will have been honoured in a similar fashion.

Mr. Howie now departs the North Coast, destined for Sooke, where as we outlined on the blog in November, he has accepted a position as the new Chief Administration Officer for the Vancouver Island community.

In recognition of Monday's presentation, the City provided this press release outlining Mr. Howie's accomplishments and contributions.

The recognition of Mr. Howie is not the first time in the last year that someone at City Hall has received accolades, all be it, not of the Royal variety,  last November the city's Corporate Administrator Robert Grodecki was saluted by the British Columbia government for his efforts at City Hall.

The Northern View -- Howie Given Jubilee Medal (Feb 6-- e edition page 27)

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