Sheryl Armstrong was sworn in as a Nanaimo city councillor on Tuesday after winning nearly half the 7,390 votes cast in the July 8 byelection.
Armstrong was a Mountie for 35 years and is chairwoman for the Dufferin Place Family Council, secretary for the Vancouver Island Family Council and volunteer at the Kids for Kids program at Georgia Avenue School.
“I look forward to the new challenges I will be facing as a city councillor and will work hard to fulfil the mandate given to me by the citizens of Nanaimo,” she said in a statement. She will attend her first open council meeting on July 24.
“While getting up to speed is a monumental task, Coun. Armstrong has already shown her eagerness to learn, search information where necessary, and engage the community,” Mayor Bill McKay said in a statement.
Armstrong replaces Wendy Pratt, who resigned April 7.