Last night the newly elected Thorold City Council was sworn in during an official ceremony held at John Michael’s Banquet in Thorold South.
“It’s going to be an exciting four years ahead for the City of Thorold,” said Mayor Terry Ugulini, in a speech. “It’s our time. Let’s move forward together.”
The ceremony featured a bagpipe player from the Niagara Regional Police Pipers & Drums, air cadets from the 128 Squadron Thorold Flying Dragons, and the town crier Tony Vandermaas.
City Clerk Matthew Trennum led the proceedings as the newly elected officials took the oath of office.
Mayor Ugulini gave a speech in which he highlighted the accomplishments of the previous city council, such as the downtown revitalization and the economic growth in Thorold.
According to Mayor Ugulini, Thorold is well positioned to lead Niagara out of the pandemic and any other economic uncertainty that lies ahead.
“There’s no room for pessimism and negativity as they serve no productive purpose,” he told the gathered crowd. “We must strive to seek solutions that result in positive outcomes and move the city forward—Be visionary and take up any challenge that confronts us.”
After the ceremony, the councillors shared their excitement for the new term with ThoroldToday.
“It’s always nice to turn over a new leaf,” Councillor Carmen DeRose said. “I’m hoping to contribute a bit more ideas and guidance and leadership. I got in originally to help people and I’m going to continue doing that.”
As the only woman on city council, Councillor Nella Dekker told ThoroldToday that she wants to make sure her voice gets heard.
“I think we need to be a little bit more vocal as women,” she said. “We can’t let people push us around or bully us because that tends to happen sometimes. Being the only woman I’m not going to take no crap from any of the guys.”
“We got some new councillors and probably some new ideas we need to hear,” he said. “Every term is a fresh start.”
“The last council did a lot of great things and I just want to keep it going,” Councillor Mike De Divitiis told ThoroldToday. “I’m very happy that the people chose me.”
Councillor Tim O’Hare is equally excited for his first term.
“I’m looking forward to a very exciting four years for Thorold,” he said. “I think we have a great group of councillors. I really think that we’re going to be achieving a lot of wonderful work.”
“Now the job begins, serving the citizens of Thorold which has always been one of my priorities,” he told ThoroldToday. “Trying to help as many people as possible and also make sure our city grows in a reasonable, fashionable way and making sure the amenities are there for citizens.”
Unfortunately, Councillor Ken Sentance could not make it out to the ceremony but he was sworn in last week in a private ceremony at City Hall.
Mayor Ugulini, for his part, said that he is counting down the days until the first official council meeting.
“It’s always exciting when you start a new council term and I think we got a good mix on council,” he told ThoroldToday. “I look forward to getting down to business.”
The first City Council meeting of the new term will take place on December 6.