SPRINGHILL Locally known for his years as the community bank manager, retirement is not what Harold Delaney expected.
“I guess I’m finding I have too much time on my hands,” Delaney says.
During his 44-year career with the CIBC 26 of those years managing the branch here in Springhill and playing an active role on the Springhill and Area Chamber of Commerce throughout, Delaney divided his time between work, family and volunteering with many local organizations. With less work on the agenda, Delaney says its time for him to let his professional skills-set serve the people in a new way, through municipal politics.
“Some people had approached me before but I couldn’t because of work commitments but I think this is the time,” Delaney says.
Delaney is seeking a seat on town council when voters go to the ballot Oct. 20, but says he doesn’t have a platform and will be campaigning on his professional skills, preferring to take a wait-and-see approach to town affairs.
Like in business, knowing the town’s state, direction and obstacles play significant roles in future decision making as a councilor and Delaney says, if elected, he will be working with a team.
“I can’t make promises if I don’t know where they want to go,” Delaney says.
Besides his role with the chamber of commerce, Delaney is an executive member of the Anne Murray Centre Board of Directors, chair of the Hillside Cemetery and member of the Springhill Elementary School’s Caring for Others and Ourselves (COOL) committee. He has been recognized as Business Person of the Year and Volunteer of the Year by the Springhill and Area Chamber of Commerce, and was an executive member with the Springhill Industrial Commission, Springhill Lions Club, Springhill Curling Club and Springhill Boy Scouts.