New councillors foresee fulfillment

Returning councillors Ralph Fossum and Spence Henderson predict how council dynamics may change

District of 100 Mile House Mayor Mitch Campsall

District of 100 Mile House Mayor Mitch Campsall

The District of 100 Mile House held its inaugural meeting of the new council on Dec. 6.

Returning Mayor Mitch Campsall and councillors Dave Mingo and Bill Hadden were joined by two fresh faces on council, Ralph Fossum and Spence Henderson.

The newly-inducted councillors had both previously served terms in earlier years, and following the inauguration, shared some thoughts on their brief re-introduction to council.

Fossum says it is a bit early to comment on the “nitty-gritty,” but his initial reaction is optimistic.

Noting he is looking forward to the upcoming three-year term, Fossum says the atmosphere so far is good and it is a “keen” group.

“I’m fairly confident I can work with the team. I know all of the players; I’ve worked with them in the past in a variety of ways, so in that respect it’s not new.”

The newest aspect for him, will be working with district administrator Roy Scott, who Fossum notes he doesn’t yet know well, but understands he is very experienced.

“The people on council are all dedicated. I don’t think there’s any question about that.”

Henderson says he is “excited” about all the combined experience now held by council.

He has worked with Mingo and Campsall on council before, Henderson notes, and he and Fossum were in the Rotary Club of 100 Mile House together for years.

Henderson adds he also worked with Hadden years ago in forestry, as well as during his previous term.

“I [also] worked with many of the staff before and really appreciate them. I’ve heard great things about [Scott], and all in all, expect great things for 100 Mile and the South Cariboo.

“To quote Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings [by J.R.R. Tolkien]: ‘I’m excited about this new adventure we’ve embarked upon’.”