John Duff (second from front) operates the video camera that films council meetings at the Oct. 11 council meeting. Duff is now the interim president of the District of Hope Ratepayers Association.

Hope Ratepayers has a new interim president

District Of Hope Ratepayers Association has chosen John Duff as their interim president at their annual general meeting (AGM) Oct. 5.

District Of Hope Ratepayers Association has chosen John Duff as their interim president at their annual general meeting (AGM) Oct. 5.

This comes as former president, Ryan Mohle, takes a step back because of his other commitments. He is now the Ratepayers’ treasurer for an indefinite time.

“We want to keep the taxpayers aware on what’s going on in the city and we do consider the old-aged and elderly people most important in our community right at this moment,” said Duff.

Duff believes that there are a lot of seniors in Hope and “so many just fall through the cracks.”

“Sometimes they don’t get the services, or the help they need,” he added. “We’re the underdogs for anybody that has a problem … we would help out.”

Duff said the biggest challenge residents of Hope  have is connecting with others.

“A lot of people don’t know the system,” said Duff. “Where to go to find out the information, who to see and who not to see, that type of thing.”

He hopes that the Ratepayers can help with that.

Duff has lived in Hope for 12 years.

Presenting at Tuesday’s District of Hope council meeting, Coun. Heather Stewin said she attended the Ratepayers’ AGM and asked how the District of Hope and the Ratepayers “can be more productive together.”

She received a suggestion after the meeting that the District of Hope’s website should have a link to the Ratepayers’ video recording of council meetings.

“I said I would bring that forward for consideration,” said Stewin. “So, seems like we have a pretty positive relationship between the two groups and I’m glad I was able to attend.”

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