New council takes seats for inaugural meeting Monday

NANAIMO – City's new mayor and council will take their seats for the first time on Dec. 1 during a formal ceremony.

Nanaimo’s new councillors will take their seats for the first time Monday (Dec.1).

The City of Nanaimo is holding a swearing-in ceremony and inaugural meeting for Nanaimo’s newly elected mayor and council that day.

The formal ceremony, which is expected to be an hour long, will see the first address by Nanaimo’s new mayor Bill McKay, as well as gifts for outgoing councillors, music and appetizers.

There will be a blessing by the Snuneymuxw First Nation and a poem from the city’s poet laureate.

Appointments  for the Regional District of Nanaimo and Vancouver Island Regional Library boards will be made during the inaugural council meeting.

The event begins at 7 p.m at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre ballroom and is open to the public.