The Rotary Club was delighted to welcome Medicine Hat's new Mayor, Linnsie Clark, to our meeting today.  She spoke about her first 50 days in office and her experience so far in the role.
Mayor Linnsie was welcomed by President Terry Partis and introduced by Membership Director Mike Christie.
Linnsie was born in Oyen, and grew up on a ranch south of Medicine Hat.  She attended the University of Lethbridge for her undergraduate degree and obtained her law degree at the University of Victoria.  She worked for 10 years in Vancouver with the hospital union, and returned to Medicine Hat as a solicitor for the City in 2017.  She expressed her passion for the community and for a healthy, vibrant population.
She spoke about the difficult times that the community has endured during the COVID period, particularly the economy and the mental health of both the community at large and individuals.
She appreciates the Rotary principles, and our motto of "Service above Self" and she hopes to make a difference during her time as Mayor.  She mentioned the challenges that face members of the community, housing, mental health and substance abuse.  She spoke about the budgeting challenges and upcoming Strategic Planning that this Council will do together.  She sees exceptional talents in the Council, and is hoping to lead them towards a bright future.
Many questions were asked and answered and President Terry expressed his appreciation for the Mayor's attendance and her willingness to speak to us.