By Jill Fox
Amidst multiple rounds of applause at Wednesday’s commission meeting, former mayor Christine Hunschofsky was honored for her ongoing service to the City of Parkland.
Although she received virtual praise over Zoom during her last meeting in October 2020, friends and colleagues offered their wishes in person.
Vice Mayor of Lauderdale Lakes and President of the Broward League of Cities, Beverly Williams, presented Hunschofsky with a certificate for one share of Broward County stock.
“This certifies that Christine Hunschofsky is the owner of one significant share of Broward County’s Municipal Government from the sawgrass to the seagrass…which will appreciate as the 31 municipalities prosper and grow,” said Williams.
Additional words of thanks came from city staff and the Parkland Chamber of Commerce. Former mayor of Parkland, Bob Marks, Senator Tina Polsky, and other local dignitaries were also there to support Hunschofsky.
“You were here as our mayor during one of the most difficult times in our city’s history,” said City Manager Nancy Morando. “Your unflappable demeanor and ‘just do the work’ leadership was untouchable to all of us during a very difficult time.”
Upon presenting her with a crystal gavel, Mayor Rich Walker thanked Hunschofsky for her service to Parkland residents, her dedication, and commitment to the city.
“We will forever be grateful that she stepped up to serve our cause, had the courage to run, the determination to win, and the wherewithal to serve,” said Walker.
With a quiver in her voice, Hunschofsky thanked everyone for being there, focusing heavily on the residents.
“The hearts of the people in Parkland are what make Parkland different and so special,” she said. “If you want to feel about Parkland the way I do, get out and meet your neighbors, get involved because those are the most meaningful and memorable friendships that I will carry with me forever.”
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- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked in public relations and television for over 20 years. Fox lives in Parkland with her husband and their two children.