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Councillor Sara Hackman elected Mayor of Douglas

Councillor Sara Hackman has been elected Mayor of Douglas for the 2015-2016 municipal year.


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Members of the Council voted unanimously to elect Councillor Hackman at a statutory public Council meeting held on Wednesday May 13th 2015.


 SaraStanChain DSC9381 MediumRetiring Mayor Councillor Stan Cain invests Councillor Hackman with the chain of office


Nominating Councillor Hackman was Councillor David Ashford who referred to her as ‘a hard working member’ and ‘a passionate and vocal supporter’ of the Council’s Big Tidy Up campaigns. She was, he said, ‘someone who has great energy and boundless enthusiasm’, qualities he was confident she would apply to her role as Mayor of Douglas.


 SaraCarol BSC3159 MediumThe Mayor and Mayoress of Douglas


Seconder was Councillor Carol Malarkey, who referred to ‘the time and effort’ Councillor Hackman had devoted to the Council, not only in committee matters where her contributions were always valued but also in her dedication to fundraising for local good causes and her involvement in environmental issues.


SaraDebbie BSC3132 MediumHer Worship and the Deputy Mayor Councillor Debbie Pitts


In closing Councillor Malarkey said: ‘Sara has one very special quality I know will mark out her year as Mayor.  She always has very the best interests of the people of Douglas and the Isle of Man at heart.’


SaraAdrian BSC3172 MediumHer Worship and the Deputy Mayor's Consort, Adrian Dalton


In her address Her Worship said it was ‘an honour and a privilege’ to have been elected Mayor and that she was ‘totally humbled and proud’.


FamilyGroup BSC3201 MediumHer Worship with Paul Cain, Kristian Hackman, Benjamin Hackman, Ben Caulfield and Eileen Hackman


She referred to the changes in the way services were being delivered in the Island, notably local authorities assuming wider responsibilities. Expanding on the subject she said: ‘Government is keen to hand over responsibilities – and costs – to local authorities. We have already seen a number of services transferred including street cleaning, verge maintenance and gulley emptying - and the Council is shortly to take over operation of the Chester Street and Drumgold Street car parks.


SaraBoys BSC3211 MediumHer Worship with her sons Kristian and Benjamin


‘It can only be good that services provided at a local level should be managed at that level instead of by central government, and I hope that the process of change will continue in the same way.’


SaraStanPlaque BSC3144 MediumHer Worship and the retiring Mayor Councillor Stan Cain


Moving on to the community of Douglas she said: ‘There are many societies, clubs, associations and other groups that bind individuals together, and in doing so form the fabric of our society. I hope, during my term of office, to celebrate that diversity of interest and to support as many groups as possible.’ 


As a passionate supporter of protecting the environment she issued a call to action for households to recycle, saying: ‘We all know it is right to recycle, and it takes hardly any effort, so that message is one that I shall seek to actively pursue over the next 12 months.’


In closing she said: ‘I intend to do my utmost to promote our beautiful town of Douglas and show how proud we all are who have the privilege of living and working here.’

In a vote of thanks to the retiring Mayor Councillor Betty Quirk said Councillor Stan Cain had ‘represented the Council to the very best of his ability, sparing no effort to show the Council in a good light, and to publicise the good things it does in the interests of the ratepayers.’ In conducting his civic duties he had, she said, been ‘a dignified representative’ of Douglas.


Seconding the vote of thanks Councillor Raina Chatel said Councillor Cain’s dedication and hard work had reflected ‘great credit on the Council.’


In his response Councillor Cain said that his year in office had been ‘very busy but very enjoyable’ and that he would reflect on his time as Mayor ‘with fond memories.’


SaraCarolArchdeacon BSC3236 MediumThe Archdeacon of Man the Ven Andrew Brown with the Mayor and Mayoress


Her Worship will be supported by Councillor Carol Malarkey as Mayoress. Councillor Debbie Pitts will serve as Deputy Mayor and Mr Adrian Dalton as Deputy Mayor’s Consort.  The Archdeacon of Man, the Ven Andrew Brown, will serve as Mayor’s Chaplain.