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Well, I’ve delivered many eulogies in my time, but doing my own is a first!

Let me start with a sincere thank you, et merci beaucoup.

While the results tonight are not what we’ve worked so hard and hoped for, we can be very proud of the campaign that we’ve run… a campaign based around building a more liveable ward and city for our residents, responsible representation, and one in which kind words and kind actions matter.

So many have given of their time, talent and resources to this effort – I cannot thank you enough for all you’ve done on my behalf throughout this campaign – but know that my appreciation for each of you is immeasurable. Your belief in our vision, and support in spreading our message, has lifted me every day.

I also want to thank all those who’ve shared their thoughts, hopes and concerns with me at their doors, along with the thousands of College Ward residents who cast their vote for me.

Though we didn’t win this time, your voices at the polls affirmed that our message of positive change has been heard loud and clear.

I’ve spoken with Laine Johnson, and have offered her my congratulations. I hope she will consider the interests of all of you, and I wish her the very best at City Hall. At the end of the day, the values that unite us are far stronger than the details that divide us.

My purpose in life has always been to help others, and I entered this race solely to do that on a larger scale for the ward that has given me so much throughout my life. I will be watching closely how things unfold throughout this term, and staying engaged – and I encourage all of you to do the same.

But for tomorrow, I think I’m going to sleep in – as I’m sure will most of our team!

Thank you very much - merci beaucoup.