Councillor Keith Bird announces he will not seek a 14th term of office

First elected to Council in 1976

Keith Bird
Councillor Keith Bird announces he will not seek a 14th term of office
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Dave Gittings

Dave Gittings

Councillor Dave Gittings and his wife Susan have resided in Ward 3 for the past 25 plus years. Their three children attended Chisholm, EJ James Public School, and Oakville Trafalgar High School. Recently after a 30-year career in advertising management at the Toronto Star, this is Dave's first term as Town & Regional Councillor. Dave has been actively involved in both the business community and with a wide range of Oakville associations and groups.

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Ward 3 Local and Regional Councillor Bird has announced that he will not seek re-election in the upcoming municipal election.

First elected to Council in 1976, Councillor Bird noted that it was a family decision to enter politics, and it is a family decision that the time is right to step back from public service.

“After very careful consideration with my wife Gail and family, we have made the decision that I will not be seeking a 14th term of office,” said Bird. “It has been a great privilege and honour to represent and serve the residents of South East Oakville on council for 36 years, and I am now looking forward to spending more time travelling with Gail and enjoying time with our grandchildren.”

I am leaving elected office confident the work we have done to set out a long-term vision for this community will ensure that future generations will be proud to call Oakville home,” said Bird.

Councillor Bird said the highlight of his time in office was the opportunity to work with so many tireless volunteers and community leaders to preserve and enhance the great features of Oakville, such as our cherished downtown, heritage districts, trails, valleys, parks and waterfront. Bird also noted that he was proud to have contributed to putting in place the financial policies and practices that have ensured future generations would not be overburdened with excessive debt and infrastructure renewal costs. Over his 36 years in elected office, Councillor Bird has served with four different mayors and over 100 different councillors, and noted that one common characteristic they all shared was a commitment and desire to make Oakville the best community in Ontario.

“I want to thank my family, friends and supporters who have afforded me the unique opportunity to serve this wonderful community. I am leaving elected office confident the work we have done to set out a long-term vision for this community will ensure that future generations will be proud to call Oakville home,” said Bird.

It has been both a privilege and an incredible learning experience to have been able to work closely with Keith during my first term of council. He has been a great mentor and friend, and I have deeply appreciated him sharing his vast experience.

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