Lifelong Kenora resident Dan Reynard is now officially the mayor. He was sworn-in at city hall yesterday, along with the new members of council.

"You know, it's a very exciting day for everybody. We've had nine orientation sessions, and there really seems to be a team attitude," he noted.

"There's a lot of knowledge, a lot of different experience. It's great to have younger people involved, and we're all excited about where we're going. I think we can do a lot of good things for the community," added the mayor.

In his address to a full-house in council chambers, Reynard -- who has coached hockey for many years -- said there were three different kinds of players on his team: those who made things happen, those who waited for things to happen and those who were left wondering what happened. Reynard believes the new council team is the group that will make things happen.

Along with the mayor, there were six members of council welcomed. Mort Goss, Sharon Smith and Rory McMillan -- who had served on the last term of council -- were joined by returning members Andrew Poirier and Chris Van Walleghem, as well as newcomer Kirsi Ralko filled out the roster.

With his trademark humility, Van Walleghem broke the ice by thanking his supporters for his one-vote margin of victory. Former mayor, Dave Canfield, remains on a city committee, and he will be thanked for his decades of municipal service later this month.

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