City councillor Keith Page has apologized after using an inappropriate word on Facebook. File photo

Nelson councillor apologizes for offensive word

Keith Page made the public apology for using the word in a Facebook post

A Nelson city councillor has made a public apology after he was caught using an inappropriate word in a Facebook post.

Keith Page, who was elected to his first term on council last fall, used a derogatory term for people with special needs while wishing a personal friend happy birthday on Jan. 30.

An online backlash ensued, which prompted Page to write a mea culpa on Saturday.

“Personally I was held back in elementary, struggled with speech and literacy problems and worked with teachers aids outside of class till I left elementary. I’ve been called this word and of all people I needed to hold myself to a higher standard,” wrote Page.

“To those I hurt I am sorry and I hope will forgive me.”

See below for the full apology.

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