After serving the community for just under two years as a City Councillor, First Term Councillor René Tessier announced his decision to step down from the Beaumont City Council.
Councillor Tessier, a native of Edmonton, was raised in Beaumont from the tender age of four. His strong connection to the community and his desire to make a positive impact led him to pursue a career in public service. Elected in 2021, Tessier has been an influential figure on the City Council, contributing significantly to the development and growth of Beaumont.
According to his City of Beaumont Councillor Facebook Page, Tessier said it was with heavy heart he was stepping down from his role as councillor, "My wife and I made the decision to move from Beaumont. It was not an easy decision, but we made it in the best interests of our family.
"From my time as a volunteer firefighter with Beaumont Fire and Rescue to being a member of council, serving the community has been incredibly rewarding and I hope that people are able to respect and understand our decision," He added in his facebook post.
In his official statement, Councillor Tessier expressed gratitude for the trust placed in him by the community, "I thank everyone who supported me in my position and wish to express my gratitude to the Mayor and present Council. I wish them and everyone in the community much success."
Reacting to the news on Social Media, Councillor Sam Munckhof-Swain expressed his well wishes to the outgoing councillor, "You will be deeply missed in Council Chambers and around Beaumont. It was an absolute pleasure being on council with you and It won’t be the same without you."
While Councillor Steven VanNiewukerk said it was a pleasure to get to know Tessier, "Your contributions will be missed! Thank you for your service!"
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Updated at 12:25 PM (June 27th)