Election 2017: Nancy Draper-Maxsom

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Kate Aley

Our next interview is with Nancy Draper-Maxsom, who seeking her second mandate as councilor for Ward 1.

Born, raised

 In Beechgroove.

Profession

Small business owner and artisan; before that, 37 years with the Federal Government.

Councilor for Ward 1

For four years.

What is the greatest challenge facing your ward?

The road work: the municipal roads, they have been let go. We’ve done a quite a bit of work but there is much still a lot to be done. It impacts on everyone that is travelling the roads. The base of the road is pretty good [but] the ones that are paved, for many of them it was years ago and nothing was done. The ones that are gravel, it’s taking us time to build them back up. For some of them, it will require a lot of work; some of them need to be dropped down and built back up.

Also just getting community together as a whole. If [people] bring an issue to the council, we can work on it and see how it can be worked out. I’m not sure whether it’s the new generation, [but] everyone has got a very busy life now; there are not the events where everyone went to […] a dance. We’re working on it; the [recent] seniors’ square dance was fun!

If re-elected, what is the first thing you would like to do?

The infrastructure: the roads, the buildings. All our roads need work; ditches, brush cutting. We’re working on it, but we only have so much money. We have two fire halls that need to be renovated. There’s work to be done on the Luskville Community Centre. Also the Quyon Womens Institute needs work.

What is going right in this area?

We’re getting the new Community Centre in Quyon and that’s awesome! The monument (recently dedicated at the Luskville Community Centre), I worked on that. The work with the NCC to get the AstroPontiac (astronomy site) going, to get the Fall Fair going. When it started four years ago, they called me a month in advance and said, “Can you get us vendors?” We are finally getting recognition from the NCC. We work on a lot of things with them: the Lusk falls trail rehabilitation, the horse trail. It’s coming together; it all takes time, but it can be done. You just have to put the effort into it.

Why do you want to run for council again?

I want to see some of the projects I’ve started completed. I feel that I still have a lot to give. I want to see the residents treated fairly and equitably and the whole municipality treated that way. Everything has to be transparent and equitable. Two parts of Mountain Road have been done, the last piece will be the gullies (on the straight section), they will be done by next year.  And then Mountain Road will be done. The Lusk projects are being done; we set aside money to repave Steele Line, we set aside money to pave two roads on other side of the mountain. I’m going to stick with council for another four years [because] I want to see the money obtained for the fire halls [put to work], they’re in bad shape. And you can’t do it all in the four years! You put in for your funding and sit down and [wait].

 

 

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

UPDATED: Quyon Community Centre

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●PUBLISHER'S NOTE: It was discovered after this update was published that the Municipality of Pontiac and the builder, Lalonde Cantin Construction (LCC), are locked in a dispute the full nature of which is unclear at this time. Despite multiple attempts to reach out to the Municipality, clarification of the causes of the dispute, as well as the dispute's influence on the completed project's delivery date or when the new community centre will open have not been forthcoming, and are therefore unknown. We continue to follow this story and we will bring you any updates as they become known.

Originally published on October 14th, 2018
under the headline
Work continues on Quyon Community Centre
by: Kate Aley

Everyone is watching the beautiful new Quyon Community Centre nearing completion with equal amounts of impatience and excitement. Final touch-ups on paint and drywall were being done as of last week, including finishing the stairs to the Mezzanine level.

Perfect waste management

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Sheila McCrindle

There is an old saying among environmentalist “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”  This applies whenever solutions to environmental problems are being devised. Especially solutions involving human behaviour.  It means that just because a solution is not perfect does not mean it is not good.  Dealing with household organic waste is just such an example.

Free art classes: meet the teachers part 3

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Kate Aley


Get Art teacher Tanya McCormick, wearing some of her unique copper jewelry

Believe it or not, all of us have a naturally creative streak and these free art classes, hosted by the Municipality of Pontiac, are the perfect opportunity to dig into it. Next in our roster of Get Art teachers is Tanya McCormick who will be teaching on Saturday, October 27th at the Luskville Community Centre.

Free art classes: meet the teachers part 2

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Kate Aley

Get Art, the travelling art school based in the Pontiac, is fortunate to be able to offer all-ages classes again this year. Thanks to funding from the Municipality of Pontiac, the four classes across our three communities are absolutely free of charge for residents. 

Today we meet Luskville's Chantal Dahan who will be teaching printmaking in Breckenridge on Saturday, October 20th.

Free art classes for the municipality: meet the teachers

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Kate Aley


Thanks to the generosty of the Municipality of Pontiac, four art classes are being offered to our community, absolutely free of charge. Details of the classes can be found in your fall activities bulletin, delivered in your mail box last week. Pontiac2020.ca interviewed the four teachers to find out more about the classes and the artists.

A Tale of Two Approaches

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Sheila McCrindle and Kevin Brady

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