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Pincher Creek town council honours Sussanne O’Rourke

Wednesday, 13 January 2021. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Pincher Creek town council honours Sussanne O’Rourke
Pincher Creek town council honours Sussanne O’Rourke

By Sean Oliver

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Pincher Creek begins 2021 without a valuable community voice after Coun. Sussanne O’Rourke passed away in mid December due to health complications associated with Covid-19.

Members of council mourned the loss of their colleague and friend with a moment of silence during the Jan. 6 community of the whole meeting.

Mayor Don Anderberg paid tribute to Coun. O’Rourke, describing her as an “avid community advocate” who represented the voice of residents.

“Her determination to support her fellow residents was admirable,” the mayor said.

“She wanted to bring solutions to the table that could assist low-income families and seniors, as well as keep youth in Pincher Creek.”

Coun. Lorne Jackson added he would miss Coun. O’Rourke’s contributions.

“I will be very, very sad when we do get out of this whole Covid situation that I won’t see her to my left at the table,” he said.

During the Jan. 11 council meeting, council unanimously approved a $1,000 donation to the Pincher Creek Humane Society in Coun. O’Rourke’s memory.

Council also decided not to hold a byelection to fill the vacancy.

The Municipal Government Act requires a byelection if a vacancy occurs at least 18 months before the next municipal election.

A byelection wouldn’t have been held until April, at an estimated cost of $6,000. With the next election coming up in October, council felt the term would be too short for an interim councillor to get fully familiar with current issues.

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