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Join our celebrity roasters and toasters as they help us say "thank you" to Mayor Sam Sullivan for his 15 years on Vancouver City Council. This special Spirit of VancouverÂ® luncheon recognizes a unique life and Sam's very special commitment to our community.
As an early advocate for individuals with disabilities, and as a city councillor, and more recently as mayor, Sam Sullivan's perseverance in the face of often daunting challenges is a reminder to all of us that community service is an important part of our citizenship as individuals and businesses.
And while a skiing accident at the age of 19 made him a quadriplegic, "Citizen Sam" has never shied away from controversy, tough decisions or the rough and tumble of Vancouver politics, one of the city's most colourful and entertaining contact sports.
Now, as he prepares to leave City Hall, join us for some memories and laughs as we hear from those who know Sam Sullivan best, including folks on both sides of the political fence.
Date: Monday, December 1, 2008 (event #090809)
Registration: 11:45 a.m. Lunch & Program: 12:15 - 2 p.m.
The Westin Bayshore Hotel - Grand Ballroom, 1601 Bayshore Drive
$56 members and guests/$81 future members + GST
Reserved tables of 8: $538 members/$842 future members + GST
Register at 604-641-1248 or www.boardoftrade.com
Last weekend, residents across the province participated in municipal elections. For the first time in 15 years, I was not running.
Lynn and I would like to congratulate Gregor Robertson for his victory in Vancouver. I look forward to working with him in the coming weeks to ensure a smooth transition at City Hall.
I would also like to congratulate Councillor Peter Ladner and everyone else who ran in this year's election for a hard fought and passionate campaign. And, most of all, I would like to thank the voters for their participation.
City Councillors Ladner, Lee, Anton, Capri & Ball
As my term is winding down, many people have stopped on the street to give me their best wishes. It has reminded me again that the people of Vancouver are the reason we are regularly ranked as one of the world's best cities.
Our government has worked hard over the past three years to ensure we left Vancouver better than we found. We have strengthened our relationship with senior levels of government and delivered hard working, honest and steady leadership through one of the most challenging times in Vancouver's history.
In addition to ensuring Vancouver is prepared to host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, we have delivered on a broad range of issues that local residents and businesses care about the most. Most of these accomplishments were achieved under the framework of two major policy initiatives we introduced during the term - EcoDensity and Project Civil City.
The following is a summary of our achievements:
On behalf of our entire City Council, I want to thank everyone that has helped make these successes a reality over the past three years.