On November 15, 2022, Haldimand hosted its Inaugural Meeting for the new term of Council. The meeting began with a brief ceremony that included the Declarations of Office for the Mayor and each individual Councillor.
As part of the ceremony, Mayor Shelley Ann Bentley delivered an inaugural speech thanking the community for its support, congratulating newly-elected members of Council and reiterating her commitment to collaboration, inclusivity, transparency and accountability.
“As Mayor I am eager to be a strong advocate for our municipality by working with Council, our community, provincial and federal counterparts and our indigenous communities. By listening, communicating and welcoming your ideas, we can all make Haldimand County an even better place to live, work and play,” Bentley noted.
“The people of Haldimand have spoken that they seek change. As your Mayor, I promise to work for a better future – one that makes sense for the community as a whole,” added Bentley.
Bentley emphasized the need to take a closer look at municipal infrastructure needs, look for new ways to communicate and find ways to plan and provide space for future business development, health care institutions, schools, farmland and parkland.
Mayor Bentley’s speech is available in full on the county website.
Following the inaugural meeting and leading into the new year, members of Council will participate in a comprehensive orientation process followed by priority-setting sessions to define Council’s key goals and objectives for the term.
The first Council in Committee meeting of the new term will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, followed by Council on Monday, December 12, 2022, which will be the last meeting of the calendar year.
2022-2026 Term of Council
Shelley Ann Bentley