Although Thanksgiving is now over, the annual holiday allows us to take some much-needed time out of our busy and complicated lives to stop and reflect. Here at the Town of Newmarket, there is no shortage of achievements to acknowledge and celebrate.

At our meeting on October 3, our Council provided unanimous support for the Town’s second Economic Development Strategy. The Strategy is comprehensive and future-focused and was created with the growth and success of our community in mind.

Aligned with several of our Council’s key priorities, the Town’s new Economic Development Strategy will guide important economic development initiatives in our community over the next three to five years and will set the tone for an even better Newmarket focused on innovation, development, partnerships and job creation.

To realize the impacts we’re trying to achieve through the Strategy, the Town will work hard with our public- and private-sector partners to make significant progress when it comes to implementing affordable, ultra-high-speed broadband in Newmarket, becoming a Canadian leader in ‘suburban urbanization’ and building even more successful partnerships.

I hope you will agree that the new Strategy is a timely and perfect addition to the work that is already underway or recently completed within our community to positively impact our many economic development efforts.

For instance, on October 7, I attended an official opening ceremony to celebrate substantial completion on the vivaNext rapid transit route along Davis Drive. Our new Davis Drive has completely changed the way we get around and through Newmarket. Work on the Yonge Street vivaNext corridor is well underway, we just opened the doors to our newly renovated Old Town Hall after a significant transformation, our new community gateway sign at Davis Drive and Main Street is drawing attention both locally and outside of our borders and we are continuing to be recognized as one of Canada’s best places to live.

As you may know by now, Newmarket was selected as the first stop on the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour and I was pleased to see many of you at the festivities on October 15 and 16 at our very own Riverwalk Commons. The stop in Newmarket drew thousands of people from both within and outside of our community and was the perfect opportunity to showcase all of the great amenities we have to offer! I know I was certainly proud.

Lastly, thank you to those of you who took the time to Turn your Views into Votes in the Ward 5 By-election on Monday, October 17. Your participation in the democratic process is incredibly valuable and so important.

Remembrance Day holds a special place in my heart. On Friday, November 11, I will be attending an annual service at the Newmarket Cemetery to remember the sacrifices so many have made – and are currently making – to ensure a better future for our children and grandchildren. I hope you’ve circled November 11 in your calendars to take a minute on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to remember.