Deputy Mayor Andrew Froese, a staple of Winkler Council since 2014, has been granted a leave of absence for the remainder of the year due to health issues.
The decision was reached during the Council meeting on October 24th, where members voted to approve the leave of absence as a resolution, in accordance with the Manitoba Municipal Act's stipulations.
The motion, which was swiftly passed, was accompanied by a statement from Mayor Henry Siemens, who emphasized the importance of Froese's well-being during this period. "As (Deputy Mayor Froese) deals with those health concerns, the most important thing is that he's able to deal with that from his own health point of view. I believe that this makes sense," Mayor Siemens articulated during the meeting.
The City of Winkler, through its official Facebook page, shared a compassionate message on behalf of the staff and Council, wishing Froese a speedy recovery and expressing anticipation for his eventual return. "On behalf of staff and Council, I would like to offer Deputy Mayor Froese our sincere wish for rest and a full recovery. We look forward to his return when he is able and ready to do so. In the meantime, we ask that you respect Andrew and his family’s privacy as he recuperates," the official statement from Mayor Siemens read.
Fellow Council member Don Fehr extended his heartfelt support to Froese and his family during this challenging time. "I just want to wish Andrew and his family well during this journey, and prayers go out to him and his family," he voiced, reflecting the sentiments of many in the Winkler community.
Andrew Froese, who has been an integral part of the Council since his election in 2014, continued to serve the city with dedication and commitment, securing re-election in 2018 and 2022. His leadership and contributions have significantly impacted the city's growth and development, earning him the respect and admiration of colleagues and constituents alike.