Former Terrace Mayor Passes Away

Jack Talstra, who served as Mayor of Terrace for 23 years, died last Friday at the age of 68. Mr. Talstra served as a Councillor prior to being elected Mayor in 1985. Mr. Talstra received UBCM’s Long Service Award and was one of just four Terrace residents who have been declared a Freeman of the City. 

Talstra is credited with laying the foundations for an economic turnaround following the closure of the Skeena Cellulose sawmill. Last month Terrace Council renamed the main road into the airport industrial lands Jack Talstra Way.

Current Mayor Jean Leclerc said that Terrace has lost a great leader. "He was a strategizer. He was like a chess player, always several moves ahead of where we were going," and “he was a great statesperson."

Former Mayor and UBCM Executive member Dave Pernarowski said “Jack Talstra showed outstanding community leadership during his long service as alderman and mayor.  His commitment to the City of Terrace and the region has been unparalleled. My thoughts and prayers are with the Talstra family.”

With content from the Terrace Standard

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