LETTER: Comox Town Residents’ Association receives accolades from Comox councillor

Dear editor,

In catching up on local news upon returning from a Christmas trip to see sons and grandkids, I read that the Comox Town Residents’ Association has been dissolved.

Personally, I believe the CTRA deserves a thank-you from the residents of Comox for its civic involvement.

In my experience of 28 years as a secondary school administrator and recently as a three-term (and current) Town of Comox councillor, I have found that public involvement in and questions about public school or local town governance leads most often to clarification. And, constructive criticism from the public in this form can often lead beyond clarification to reflection, review and improvements. After all, how can an organization improve unless it hears from the public what their concerns are?

By broadly promoting citizen involvement in civic affairs, the former CTRA members have enhanced our democracy at the municipal level and should be acknowledged. Many thanks to all for your interest in improving our community over the past 20+ years.

Hugh MacKinnon,

Comox

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