New Kelowna council to be sworn in Monday

Inaugural meeting of new council to take place at the Mary Irwin Theatre

Kelowna’s new city council will be sworn into office next Monday.

The ceremony will be open to the public and will take place in the Mary Irwin Theatre at the Rotary Centre For The Arts on Cawston Avenue downtown.

The inaugural meeting of the new council, of which the swearing-in ceremony is a part, is set to start at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 and run for two hours. It will feature the swearing-in of mayor-elect Walter Gray, as well as re-elected councillors Robert Hobson, Andre Blanleil and Luke Stack, and newcomers Maxine DeHart, Mohini Singh, Colin Basran, Gail Given and Gerry Zimmermann. The swearing-in will be conducted by local judge Jane Cartwright.

The first meeting of the new council, will also feature Gray’s inaugural speech as mayor and the appointment of councillors to various committees and boards.

Unlike regular council meetings, entertainment will be part of the inaugural meeting, with a welcoming song to be sung by Candesca, an award-winning ensemble of 9 young women based in Kelowna, a community blessing by Pastor Tim Schroeder of Trinity Baptist Church and the singing of the national anthem.