Ward One Councillor Dies

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Written by May Warren

City Councillor Laura Bailey passed away on March 27th, of Cancer. Bailey was the councillor for Ward One. She leaves behind a husband and three children. Bailey was re-elected to her post in Ward One for the second time in November 2006 after an incredibly close race. A formal recount was ordered at a Superior Court where it was discovered that her opponent, Kathleen Farrelly, had won by one vote. A handful of ballots were then contested, and after a long deliberation, the judge ruled in Bailey’s favour.

Mayor Karen Farbridge has extended her sympathies to Bailey’s family. “Councillor Bailey served her Ward constituents with passion, though her commitment to Guelph extended beyond Ward boundaries,” she explained in a press release on the city of Guelph website.

“She was tireless in her efforts to make Guelph the very best city in which to live, and she displayed an unmistakable pride in her community. Her dedication was evident in her service on the Board of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Guelph Police Service, MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, the Eastview Public Liaison Committee, and Guelph Junction Railway. On behalf of Councillor Bailey’s colleagues on City Council and City of Guelph employees, I extend our deepest sympathy to Laura’s family. She will be remembered for her devotion to her community, as a respected colleague, and a friend,” she went on to say.

The city council has not decided what to do about the vacant post, although they are contemplating a bi-election. A final decision will be made at the April 16th council meeting.

| More
Bookstore First Year