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Editor, The upcoming mayor’s race in Langley is a pivotal moment. We need a leader who can get things done and work with myriad of stakeholders as our town confronts changes that come with the growing needs of our citizens and businesses. The mayor’s job consists of making sure our utilities and streets work efficiently and effectively. Managing employees and the budget, listening and addressing the concerns of citizens, representing the city in the region, carrying out the priorities set by the council for the year, connecting with businesses and merchants and, of course, running council meetings are all part of the job description. The mayor is an administrator and Tim Callison has had many successful years of experience as an administrator for an international company.
Community Events, October 2015
Editor, I had the great pleasure of working for Tim for six years in his capacity as president of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Americas. As Trelleborg was my first job post-college, Tim set the bar sky-high for any and all employers I may have the rest of my career. I still remember the first time I met him. During my interview, I was given a tour that included a stop by his office. You would think that the president of a company would be too busy to speak with a lowly potential co-op college student, but with Tim you would be wrong. He stopped what he was doing and warmly welcomed me, asking me a couple of questions about myself. He made me feel like I was every bit as important as he was.
Editor, I have never been a regular church attendee, but must applaud the current pope for singling out human-made climate change as an issue that must be addressed. His strong stance also reflects some local congregations on the island that have made known their dedication to get off fossil fuels and go green. A global issue, right enough, but the implications for the Pacific Northwest are dire if we as a species leave unchecked this climate crisis.
Editor, I worked with and for Tim Callison for several years. I could endorse him for his strategic vision, his ability to unite a diverse team or his business skills, but what I really want to share is the way that he always kept a personal touch. During a break in an intense sales strategy meeting, I was sitting outside and thinking of all the things that we were trying to achieve. Tim came and sat next to me and asked, “What’s your dream?” I was unprepared for the question but offered some thoughts. “Are you moving towards it?” was his unexpected follow-up.
Editor, Yesterday was the annual Children’s Day celebration, which I attended with my 4-year-old daughter, my 20-month-old son, and the seven-year-old son of a friend of mine. First let me say, “Thank you,” to everyone who made the event happen. The day was fabulous! The free event was well put together, full of fun activities and awesome children’s entertainment.