Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Thank You Torbay and Thank you Tommy Hall

As most people have heard Tommy Hall has resigned his seat on Torbay Council. Tommy asked me to post this thank you letter on his behalf and share it with all of you. 

I would just like to say on a personal note that Tommy will be missed on council and certainly grew into the position over the last year and a half. Tommy and I were both new to the council scene and I can attest to the fact that sometimes the workload can be daunting and you can't just turn it off when you walk out of town hall. Tommy brought a lot of new ideas to the table and was incredibly enthusiastic and thought long and hard about issues facing the town.

Some of the issues we deal with stay with you constantly as you weigh the pros and cons of decision you have made or one that you will have to make. The position requires a lot of time and commitment and when you feel that in your own opinion that you can't be as dedicated as you want to it makes it tough. I completely understand Tommy's decision and support him 100% and wish him the best as he moves on with new challenges in his life. I am sure we will hear from Tommy on occasion as there are some very important issues he was advocating for while on council and I have no doubt that will continue. I just want to say thank you to Tommy for his service to our community.

My name is Tommy Hall and in 2013, I was fortunate to be elected as a town councillor in our beautiful community of Torbay. This was a true highlight of my life and it meant so much to be given the opportunity to represent my fellow residents.
Recently my wife, Lindsay, and I celebrated the birth of our first child, a baby girl, Savannah. Family has always been my first priority and I am blessed for having both Lindsay and Savannah in my life.   While Mom and baby are on the mend, there are some continuing medical issues for both.  My family's well being will always be my priority, in particular at this critical time.
After a great deal of thought, sleepless nights and ultimately, sadness and regret, I have decided to resign as a Torbay town councillor.  I must put my focus on my family at this time.
I first considered taking a temporary leave of absence rather than resigning.  However, after further examination of this option, I felt it would be in the best interest of Torbay residents that I not hold up the council agenda with an indefinite leave of absence as councillor.
I am extremely proud to be a resident of the Torbay community.  Please accept my sincere thanks and gratitude for your support and allowing me to represent you as a town councillor.  While I will no longer be acting as a town councillor, I will continue to serve our community to the best of my ability.
Tommy Hall