(November 15, 2011) Halifax – Councillor Steve Streatch is vowing to continue serving
the needs of his constituents, despite battling cancer.
Councillor Streatch, 49, will advise his Council colleagues today that he has been
diagnosed with cancer of the head and neck and is undergoing chemotherapy and
“I am optimistic of a full recovery and my intention is to continue attending meetings of
Council,” said Mr. Streatch. “I plan to fulfill my duties to the residents of my district and
to run in next October’s municipal election.”
The councillor has represented District 1 Eastern Shore-Musquodoboit Valley for 13
years, having been elected four times since 1999.
Mr. Streatch, a father of five and a grandfather, said his cancer treatments are expected
to last about 8 weeks and that, if it became necessary at some point, he would likely
seek medical leave from Council.
“I have been advised by my doctors to limit my other public engagements for the time
being however my constituency office will remain open and I shall be in constant contact
with staff there.”
Councillor Streatch has been receiving many messages of encouragement as news
of his illness spreads. “I am truly blessed by the support of my wife Marilyn, my family,
friends, colleagues and staff,” he said. “With their help, I shall come through this
stronger than ever.”