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Letter: Port Moody Mayor Meghan Lahti responds to 'petty start' comments

I read with some disappointment the letter to the editor submitted by David Lank, writes Port Moody Mayor Meghan Lahti.
Meghan Lahti and her supporters cheer the final results of the Oct. 15, 2022, municipal election that made her Port Moody's first female mayor in its 109-year history.

The Editor:

Re: Letter: Petty start to Port Moody mayor's term (Nov. 2, 2022)

I read with some disappointment the letter to the editor submitted by David Lank regarding what was perceived to be the exclusion of both former councillors, Hunter Madsen and Steve Milani, at the inaugural council meeting.

How people respond to public recognition is a personal matter.

I was informed by staff, who extended the invitations, that both former councillors Madsen and Milani had declined the invitation to be publicly acknowledged through the presentation of a gift at the inaugural meeting, opting to pick them up at a later time.

Out of respect for their wishes, I chose to recognize them in my speech, by acknowledging all of my former council colleagues and not singling them out.

Collaboration is about respecting those that you work with; sensitivity to other people’s wishes is a sign of respect.

- Mayor Meghan Lahti, Port Moody

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