Looks to return to office mid-January
Mayor Al Strathdee is looking to return to office by mid-January from unpaid medical leave. Mayor Strathdee took time away from his office and recently finished 25 rounds of radiation to combat soft tissue sarcoma. Doctors found a tumour during surgery last summer but weren’t able to remove it all, so he was sent for near-daily treatment at the Victoria Hospital Regional Cancer clinic in London. According to Mayor Strathdee, the cancer was localized and contained so he did not need chemotherapy. Town deputy Mayor Marg Luna assumed the role of Acting Mayor during Mayor Strathdee’s absence, and Councillor Jim Craigmile assumed the postition of Acting Deputy Mayor.
Mayor Strathdee said that he is very grateful for all the support he has received, “I’ve been overwhelmed by the caring nature of our community. I’ve had many people reach out to me with supportive stories about their personal cancer journeys. Volunteers drove me to treatment. I have had gifts dropped off including a beautiful quilt, food, and many many, many cards and calls. Thank you to everyone for their support and concern. Special thanks to my family for their support and the staff and Council for their efforts during my time off. I look forward to returning to my role as Mayor in mid January”.