Mayor visits Sunset Elementary School

Port McNeill Mayor Shirley Ackland was invited to visit a grade 6 class at Sunset Elementary to explain her role as Mayor.

Port McNeill Mayor Shirley Ackland was invited by Lani Siminoff’s Grade 6 class at Sunset Elementary School to come for a visit on Wednesday, Sept. 14 and explain just what her role as mayor of the town entails.

“I was greeted by a group of enthusiastic, curious young people who had great questions about my job,” said Mayor Ackland, adding that the students wanted to know “if my job as mayor was as hard as it was to be prime minister.”

The students also inquired about whether or not the town had ever thought about building a skatepark.

“I explained how they might go about bringing that concern to council,” said Mayor Ackland, adding that all the students “were thrilled to receive a 50th anniversary flag honouring the milestone.”

Mayor Ackland then suggested to the students that while she herself wouldn’t be around for Port McNeill’s 100th celebration, it was most likely that all of them would be there to celebrate, and “there was more than one student contemplating which of them might be mayor and council for that 100th celebration.”

Mayor Ackland enjoyed her time visiting the class, stating that it was a “great way to spend an hour on a Wednesday afternoon.”