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Mayor’s Column – March 26, 2014

Meet the Mayor

March 26, 2014

We who live here know what life in Chetwynd is like. And most of us like it pretty well. Oh, naturally, there are some things we’d like to change and some things, like the weather, change from day to day. Even the weather can’t be blamed for a whole lot of discontent. Those of us who stick it out for a cycle of seasons learn pretty quickly how to embrace the weather, whatever it is, and enjoy the opportunities it brings – whatever the season.

But what about life if you work for the District of Chetwynd? I suppose that even then there will be days when you just want to stay home and put your own feet to the fire while forgetting everything else. Those days come and those days go.

I had a chance encounter with an employee of the District just a few days ago. I don’t really want to name the happy person or in any way identify her (or him) so I will revert to the conventional him as I endeavour to share with you his sentiments.

“Chetwynd is a great place to live and raise a family. I’ve been here for 20 years and I love it here. My brother urged me to move. ‘Why live in Chetwynd if you can live anywhere you choose,’ he prodded me? “Well, I choose to live here because Chetwynd has everything I need and want. It’s home. Even my boys love it here. Though they are working six hours away, they still come home whenever they can.

“My job is awesome and the people I work with are awesome. For what more could I ask? I get to work inside and outside. I get to work with the greatest of people. My boss is the best and I like what I do. In the end, it’s not so much the job; it’s the people with whom you work.

“I waited years to get this job and it’s every bit the job I waited for. I get to use my skills; the benefits are great.  Could I really ask for anything better?

“But, you know, we all have responsibility for creating the job environment in which we spend half of our waking lives. I believe in, and I think I make a practice of, coming to work with a positive attitude. With a positive attitude I can be a part in creating the work environment that will contribute to the job satisfaction of everyone with whom I work.”

Maybe this is why the work environment at the District of Chetwynd is generally upbeat, positive, and supportive. It’s true, we have our ups and downs; we’re all mortal and bring mortality’s weaknesses with us to the work place. Occasionally there is friction between worker and worker or between worker and supervisor. But these occasions can be, and usually are, put in perspective by the goodwill that is the practice of each one of us.

 

Merlin Nichols, Mayor