East Ward Councillor Philip Yeung has been granted Leave of Absence from his role with Hamilton City Council.
Cr Yeung, in his second term on the Council, has a significant health issue which requires rest and ongoing treatment. He has been unable to attend formal meetings since May.
The Leave of Absence was confirmed today during the monthly Council meeting, and was paired with Cr Yeung’s request to step down from his role as the Community and Services Deputy Chair. He will be replaced as the Community and Services Deputy Chair by Cr Mark Bunting.
Cr Yeung has been granted Leave of Absence through until 23 November.
Mayor Andrew King, who tabled the item as part of his Chair’s report, has been in regular contact with Cr Yeung in recent weeks.
“Philip wants to fully concentrate on his health,” Mayor King says. “His condition has stabilised in recent weeks and he is resting at home with the support of his wife Alice and their daughter Jeannie.
“He’s alert and in good spirits, and remains hopeful of being able to return to his official duties representing the East Ward. Councillors are also hoping to see him back around the table debating the city’s business with us.”
Mayor King says Cr Yeung wanted to publicly thank the many well-wishers who had contacted him or his family, who requests continued privacy.