From Elsie Neufeld. THE BEST PART of city council meeting last [Monday] night happened before the meeting began. I approached him, and said, “I understand you attend every city council meeting. And that you’re a legend.”
He smiled, and said. “It’s true. But I think you have to be dead to be a legend.”
His name is Bill. He is 87. He walks with two canes. He attends every city council meeting, and sits at the front of the auditorium. Why? “Because. I can’t sleep at home, so I come here to sleep. That’s what I’ve told ’em when they ask.” Bill fought in WW2, and said, “I was lucky. I came back.” He’s a hoot, with a high regard for the Sally Ann, “who’ve helped me a lot.”
At the end of the meeting when the Mayor cast the deciding vote against the rezoning of property on which Abbotsford community services wanted to build a 20 suite apartment for homeless men, Bill sighed loudly, and shook his head. “I can’t believe it,” he said. “All that work for nothing.”
If only the mayor would sit down with the city’s elders and ask their advisement!