Markham city council simply gained’t look the identical after Oct. 22 with the sudden announcement Thursday that 33-year council veteran Alex Chiu gained’t search re-election.
Chiu, 79, who has been elected and re-elected a complete of 10 instances since his first election in 1985, mentioned “it has been an exquisite 33 years. My spouse jogs my memory that I promised her solely six years of service. My daughter jogs my memory that I used to be going to retire three elections in the past. My son, who I misplaced to ALS nearly two years in the past, jogs my memory that life actually is brief. It’s now time to excellent my golf swing, journey the world, and focus on my vegetable backyard.”
He added that he felt serving on Markham council in its transition from being a city to being a city, “has been an honour. I’m grateful to the residents of Ward 8 for electing me to symbolize them, again and again. It has been a pleasure representing your wants at council. It has additionally been a privilege to be a part of a council that made just a little farm city develop right into a effectively constructed and deliberate city, and I’m happy to have championed the title change from “city” to “city.”
Mayor Frank Scarpitti, who joined council the exact same 12 months as Chiu, 1985, lauded his greater than three a long time of public service to the City of Markham.
“I’ve relied on his friendship and his steerage over the years, and I love his dedication to his constituents and his love for this group. A champion for variety, he helped form Markham because it grew from a city to a thriving and welcoming city. His actions exemplify the most effective in all of us, defining what it means to offer again by all the time displaying up when your group wants you.”
Chiu championed the constructing of the Milliken Mills Neighborhood Centre, co-chaired the Canada Day committee, supported and raised funds for the Cellular Hearth Home mission, educating youngsters on the significance of fireplace security, York Area’s Police Neighborhood Security Village and all three York Area hospitals. Chiu was additionally instrumental in forging friendship agreements with Huadu District, Foshan and Nanhai in China.