Lynn Watkins Speech

Mr. Parkinson

The last few days have been really hard for not only me but for Mr. Parkinson’s family, Mobi,
friends, colleagues, students, HWDSB, fans and the city of Hamilton.

I cried not only for someone I never met but for someone I wish I could have met.
They say you should never have regrets seems like I have plenty of those and that another
regret has been added to my plate.

Looking back in the year and a half when I was living in Ward 3 again I voted for someone I
didn’t know. I had no idea who he was when I voted for him but what I knew at that time is that
this man was going to make a difference not only in Ward 3 but in the city of Hamilton as well.
And I was right, he did make a very big difference.

Even though I never met Chris in person I saw something in him that I couldn’t see in the other
candidates I saw a man with a big heart and I knew I had to vote for him and see what this
amazing man had to offer.

What is my regret with Chris you ask? Well in April 2019 I should have went to Beautiful Alleys
and now I feel guilty about it because I chose to go to choir that day instead and now I can
never look at Beautiful Alleys the same way again. It would just be a reminder that I could have
met Chris and now when I go back to Beautiful Alleys it will never be the same for me.
Because I know in my heart that if I had of went to the event I know I could have met him and
now I no longer can because it’s too late. 2018 and 2019 was really short when he became the
HWDSB’s Ward 3 Trustee.

Wise words from my vocal teacher Sue. “You’re not going to be able to meet everybody you’d
like to meet. And you’re not going to be able to do everything you would like to do. But when
we’re young we think that it’s all possible and as we get older we realize it’s not. And no one
thinks any less of you. When you get to my time/age you realize that’s life, that’s normal.
“Sorry you didn’t get to meet him guess it just wasn’t meant to be. Maybe you will get to meet
people who have worked with him later and have been influenced by him that you would enjoy
being connected too.”

I end this note in not a goodbye but a farewell. One day we will officially meet and I will be
happy that I knew about you and that I was able to write a note for you and your passing. You
were taken too soon. Sending you hugs and love. You are in God’s loving arms now. Rest Easy
Chris.

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