Susan Norcross bids farewell to Dysart council
|By Joseph Quigley - Staff writer | Dec. 3, 2018|
Departing Dysart et al councillor Susan Norcross said as she reflects back on eight years of council, she was glad to have been vocal.
“I feel like I always thought about what was being said, trying to make a positive, proper judgement on it. I often voiced a vote on issues others weren’t as on board with,” Norcross said. “I’m proud I stood up (when) necessary.”
Norcross elected not to run for her Ward 4 seat in the 2018 municipal election and will vacate it when the new term begins Dec. 3. She said she made the decision to dedicate more time to other parts of her life.
“I just decided because of a desire to travel. I need to spend more time retired than what it requires to be at council,” Norcross. “Also, I have an aging parent and I have grandchildren who don’t live in town."
She said she was proud of her work on environmental issues and the Rails End Gallery as a councillor. But she lamented the difficulties of having to say ‘no’ to people.
“One of the stressful, difficult things as a councillor, to have to say 'no' to a resident when they want something. They don’t always understand,” she said.
Norcross said has worked with her successor, John Smith and added she thinks he will be fine for the position.
“He’ll be gung-ho and outspoken and that’s not necessarily a bad thing,” she said.
Being a councillor was “challenging and rewarding,” Norcross said.
“Met with people, did whatever I can in committees,” she said. “This experience was also very stressful on occasion. These are friends and neighbours and often your family, and you’re standing for them.”