Geoffrey Kelley
Député de / M.N.A. for
Président de la Commission de la santé et des services sociaux
Chairman of the Committee on Health and Social Services
Adjoint parlementaire au ministre de la Sécurité publique
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Public Security


January 28, 2010

Dear Fellow Residents of Beaconsfield,

The Kelley family moved to Beaconsfield in 1962. As a growing family of four boys, we grew up in this fine community. We attended local schools (Beaconsfield Elementary, Christmas Park and Beaconsfield High), played for local sporting associations, and were inspired by our father to get involved in politics, and by our mother to support local volunteer organizations, especially in the health and social services sector.

Around the same time, the Harper family arrived from Vancouver and made their home in Beaurepaire. An Air Canada family, the Harpers had three children, two sons and a daughter, Judy, who was to play an important role in the Kelley family history in Beaconsfield.

Forty-eight years later, Judy and I can say that Beaconsfield has been very good to us. After a time away at university, we returned here to start our own family. Our five children have enjoyed the same benefits that we had – a network of community pools where they learned to swim and went on to be lifeguards; fine teachers both at Beacon Hill Elementary and BHS; and wonderful volunteer coaches and team-mates on the many soccer, hockey, rugby, water polo, synchro, baseball, and swim teams to which they belonged.

Beaconsfield is a beautiful place. My favourite time is early in the morning on a summer’s day, cycling along the lakefront past the stately homes and carefully tended gardens. It is almost possible to escape the cares of the world, at least for a moment or two!

But first and foremost, Beaconsfield is the people who live there, good friends and good neighbours, quick to lend a hand to improve our corner of the world.

Happy birthday to us all, and all the best as we enter our second century!