Councillor Elkerton Honoured for 14 Years of Service

January 17, 2008


CITY OF PITT MEADOWS
Press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17,2008 #08-01,
For further information, call
Mayor Don MacLean 604-465-2416
www.pittmeadows.bc.ca

COUNCILLOR ELKERTON HONOURED FOR 14 YEARS OF SERVICE

Pitt Meadows B. C. In a heartfelt thank you to constituents, colleagues and staff, Councillor Janis Elkerton tendered her resignation Tuesday citing health concerns. Councillor Elkerton said “it has been a privilege to serve the citizens and a true honour to represent our wonderful municipality for the past 14 years “.

Councillor Elkerton was first elected to Council in 1993 and has served continuously since that time. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from UBC and a Certificate in Health Care Management from BCIT. She was a Pitt Meadows Community Health Nurse from 1986 to 1997 when she resigned the position to devote her full attention to local politics. Her numerous council appointments included the Farmers Institute, Joint Police Liaison, GVRD Labour Relations Bureau, Ridge Meadows Fall Prevention Committee, Pitt Meadows Heritage and Museum Society, UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest - Community Advisory Board, Metro Vancouver (formerly Greater Vancouver Regional District) Agriculture Committee and the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Parks and Leisure Services Commission.

Councillor Elkerton was also President of the Lower Mainland Municipal Association, Chair of the Municipal Insurance Association of BC, Chair of the LMMA Regional Crime Prevention and Drug Strategy Steering Committee and a Director for the Union of BC Municipalities. Through her involvement on these committees many councillors across the province came to know and respect her. First term Councillor Deb Walters benefitted from her mentoring and commitment to public service. “Janis has been an amazing teacher, sharing her wealth of knowledge and experience. She has a genuine love for Pitt Meadows and the people who live here”, added Walters. Mayor Don MacLean in commenting on the resignation highlighted Janis' many contributions. “This is a great loss for our community. Janis has been an active supporter and advocate for our community not only locally but on a regional and provincial basis. We will all miss her dedication and commitment.”

Councillor Elkerton will continue to serve until the end of the month and can be reached at jelkerton@pittmeadows.bc.ca

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