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Former Richmond mayor Greg Halsey-Brandt honoured with Freedom of the City
Long-time former mayor and councillor Greg Halsey-Brandt was awarded the Freedom of the City by the City of Richmond, the highest honour a local government can bestow on an individual.
Halsey-Brandt served for 12 years as a Richmond councillor (originally titled as Alderman) and 11 years as mayor. He also served one term as MLA for Richmond Centre. He represented the city on numerous local and regional boards and was an active community volunteer.
“I very much appreciate the honour that the City has bestowed upon me,” Halsey-Brandt said upon receiving the award. “Thank you to City Council for this recognition and to all the citizens of Richmond for the privilege of serving them in elected capacities for 23 years. The City has evolved from the Township of Richmond of 96,000 people at the time I was first elected in 1981 to a City of over 200,000 people. It has been a truly rewarding experience to be part of the evolution of Richmond into the vibrant, multicultural, environmentally responsible and inclusive City of today.”
The honour was bestowed upon him by Mayor Malcolm Brodie at the City’s annual Civic Appreciation Event on Tuesday, Oct. 8, which honours citizens who volunteer on Council’s numerous advisory committees and appointed boards.
“Greg Halsey-Brandt served his community with distinction for more than two decades as an elected official and continues to work for Richmond today as a volunteer,” Brodie said. “His vision and leadership during a time of extraordinary growth and evolution in Richmond contributed greatly to the outstanding quality of life and great civic amenities and services we all enjoy today.”
Halsey-Brandt is the fifth individual to receive the Freedom of the City honour. Previous honourees included long-time Mayors Gil Blair and Henry Anderson and long-time Council members Bob McMath and Archie Blair. The 12th Service Battalion has also received Freedom of the City recognition.