Thank you so much to all of those who have reached out personally to me in these days following the election. I have received numerous kind and thoughtful emails, cards and direct messages on social media that have touched me deeply — just as my work in this community has done over the past four years.

Working as your MPP in Kingston and the Islands has been an honour and has felt much more like a calling and pleasure than it has “work.” I was immensely proud to represent this community every day.

I have no regrets, and I remain eternally grateful to Kingstonians for the opportunity to serve you. I look forward to finding other ways to continue to build a compassionate and collaborative community in the future — whatever it might be. I am not disappearing!

I am truly grateful to each of you, for your faith in me, for the stories that you shared with me, and for your trust during my time as your MPP. I am also grateful and proud of my staff, who have served this community with compassion, professionalism and integrity. We have an exceptional community in which we can all take a great deal of pride.

Warmest regards to all, and thank you, Kingston!

Sophie Kiwala

Note: this text was previously published in the Kingston Whig-Standard on June 16, 2018 as a letter to the editor.

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