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Monday November 17th, 2014

Posted at 11:59pm

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Mayor-elect Drew Dilkens awards Mayor Eddie Francis a key to the city.

The mayor and four departing Windsor city councillors each received keys to the city and shared their final thoughts to council colleagues Monday night as it is the last meeting for the current City Council.

Ward 3 councillor Fulvio Valentinis started off by stating it has been an honor and privilege representing the residents of Ward 3. He thanked his colleagues and councillors for taking part in making Windsor what it is today.

“I’m leaving with some regrets because I truly enjoy what I was doing. It’s a privilege to have this office and trust of the people,” said Valentinis.

Ward 4 councilor Alan Halberstadt continued after Valentinis saying he could not believe he has lasted so long in council.

Halberstadt thanked the people he’s worked with over the years in Ward 4. With sincerity in his voice, he thanked his wife and children for keeping him grounded.

As Halberstadt’s final thoughts came to a close, he wished good luck upon Drew Dilkens and his council.

Ward 2 councillor, Ron Jones said one of his highlights was the strategic planning session at Willistead. He thanked Mayor Eddie Francis for his strong leadership.

“I’ve made some long-term friends at this council table,” said Jones.

Jones plans to complete his unfinished business at the University of Windsor.

Al Maghnieh, Ward 10 councillor embarked on his term as a councillor in 2010. He said his term was short, but he loved every day of it.

“As hard as it was some days, as hard as it was to get out of bed and read a news paper. There were people in my life that helped me keep it together,” Maghnieh said.

Maghnieh gave a piece of advice to the next council and councillors by reading a quote from former United States President, Richard Nixon.

“Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself,” quoted Maghnieh.

Maghnieh believes over the next four years, the city will continue to move forward.

Mayor Eddie Francis finished off the meeting by sharing his final thoughts.

He thanked his family, friends and colleagues for their support over the years as mayor.

“It’s been a wonderful ride. I want to thank the outgoing members of city council for their years of service,” said Francis. “At the age of 29, being elected your mayor was one of many humbling milestones in my career.”

Francis looks forward to moving on and joining a new team at the Windsor Family Credit Union.

Departing City of Windsor councillors being awarded keys to the city

Mayor Eddie Francis shares final thoughts to colleagues

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