Engage With Your Community

During these past few weeks we’ve all experienced a rollercoaster of emotions, from the excitement and thrills of the Lacombe Days festival and summer vacations, to the fear and anxiety of extreme weather including rain, hail, and strong winds – some of the worst storms to hit Lacombe in years!  

It has often been said that adversity brings people and communities closer together, and after witnessing neighbours helping each other wrestle uprooted trees and branches off homes and vehicles, residents working together to clean up debris-littered yards and streets, I am very proud to say that community spirit is very much alive and well in Lacombe.

This year’s edition of Lacombe Days was spectacular, with more offerings than ever for the whole family. On behalf of Council, I would like to thank the Lacombe Days Committee, the festival sponsors, and the many community organizations and volunteers who pulled out all the stops to make it a most memorable weekend.

Summer holidays will soon come to an end, and parents and students are beginning preparations for back to school. As we move closer to fall, with cooler temperatures and hopefully quieter skies, our focus turns toward the future. 

Municipal elections are held on the third Monday of October every four years.  This year, we will head to the polls on October 16 to elect a new mayor and six councillors to make important decisions on our behalf and to look after our best interests.

Voting is one of the most important responsibilities we have as members of a democratic society. It is a right that every Canadian citizen has a duty to exercise. When we vote in our municipal elections we make choices that will have a direct impact on our daily lives.

Your vote gives you a say in how the City of Lacombe moves forward. This includes changes to municipal services that impact us daily, such as garbage and recycling collection, clean drinking water, recreation and culture programs, bylaw enforcement and protective services.

Without a strong voter turnout this fall, we are less likely to receive a government that representative of the whole community.

By exercising your right to vote you make our democracy work. Your participation may lead you to become more involved in the community and you may find yourself becoming a community leader, helping to build and shape the future of our city.

Lacombe is a vibrant, resilient community, and I am proud to be the mayor of a city that can overcome adversity by choosing to work together in a supportive and nurturing fashion, by encouraging and inspiring each other, and by celebrating our community spirit.

I know we can accomplish great things if we work collectively toward common goals, and choose the path that strengthens our community as a whole. On October 16, engage with your community – bring your valid identification and vote! There are also advance polls on September 30 and October 11.

Please visit www.lacombe.ca/election for more information on the 2017 Lacombe Municipal Election.

- Mayor Steve Christie


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