Goodbye Bill Amherst says farewell to Rec Director

Bill Schurman resigned has post as the Town of Amherst's Recreation Director early in June. His last week of work was June 24-28. It was filled with a few goodbyes.

The goodbyes began with a luncheon at town hall in honour of Bill, who couldn't resist taking a picture of the spread and doing a little texting as well.
Bill received a few hugs and handshakes from his co-workers and councillors
He engaged in a several conversations
He listened to a few speeches, all of which honoured Bill for his hard work during the past five years and the huge positive impact he's had on the Town of Amherst.
CAO Greg Herrett presented Bill with a plaque recognizing his contribution to the town. Later, proudly holding the plaque, he posed with council.

The luncheon was followed on June 26 with management breakfast at Breakfast at Brittany's. This was followed by a community rally that encouraged folks to come shake the hand of the man who shook Amherst.

There Bill received more hugs.
Handed out a few parting gifts and received a plaque making him an honorary member of the Healthy Communities Team by the Nova Scotia Health Authority and Public Health's northern zone.
Bill mingled with the crowd
He listened to some speeches in which folks talked about his commitment to leading the community towards a healthy, active lifestyle, his leadership and mentoring skills and his love for his adoptive community. There were also promises the community would work to keep the positive energy Bill generated going well into the future.
Bill had the opportunity to say thanks and to urge people to continue to tell everyone about the many, many positive things going on in the Town of Amherst and to #seewhyweloveit. He also praised the 'A' Team for their dedication to the town and reminded folks that family is always No. 1., before adding it was time to be with his family in P.E.I.
Bill went through a variety of emotions listening to the speeches and while mingling with friends, but...
Bill being Bill, he revved up the crowd, with a little swag.

While we are saying farewell to Bill, we acknowledge and respect the reasons he is leaving, and we'll be seeing you. As Bill often says, "All is good. All is good."


Tom McCoag / Town of Amherst

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