Election 2017: Nancy Draper-Maxsom



Kate Aley

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

Born, raised

 In Beechgroove.


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

Online Survey: Benefiting from Nature in the Pontiac


Do you spend time outside enjoying nature?  If so, McGill University PhD student Dalal Hanna would love to hear from you in an anonymous online survey.  She is conducting a research project on the diverse ways people living in the regions of Bristol and Pontiac benefit from nature, and how they would ideally like to benefit from nature in the future. Dalal does this research because it generates information that can help society come up with improved ways to manage the diverse benefits we get from nature. The project seeks to improve knowledge and is purely academic.

The summarized and anonymous findings of the project will also be shared with your community in December 2018 at a gathering, and made available publicly online and to local land use planners.  

Sondage: profiter de la nature dans le Pontiac


Est-ce que vous passez du temps à apprécier la nature ? Si oui, une étudiante au doctorat à l’Université McGill, Dalal Hanna, a un sondage web anonyme à vous proposer. Elle fait présentement de la recherche sur les diverses façons dont les gens des régions de Bristol et de Pontiac profitent de la nature, et comment ils aimeraient idéalement profiter de la nature dans le futur. Dalal fait cette recherche parce que ça génère de l’information qui peut aider la société à développer des meilleures façons de gérer l’environnent. Son projet cherche à améliorer les connaissances, et est purement académique.

Un sommaire anonyme des résultats sera partagé dans votre communauté en Décembre 2018, ainsi que disponible en ligne.

Si ce projet vous intéresse, s’il vous plait visitez le sondage en ligne ici :


Le sondage prend environ 30 minutes à compléter.

Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à contacter Dalal Hanna par courriel (dalal.hanna@mail.mcgill.ca). Vous pouvez aussi contacter son superviseur de doctorat, Elena Bennett (elena.bennett@mcgill.ca).

Merci énormément pour votre temps !

Early Morning Blaze Destroys Barn in Luskville



Thomas Soulière

Pontiac2020.ca reader Nina Lépine-Forget alerted us to the fire and sent us this image of the blaze taken just before the arrival of firefighters to the scene

An early morning fire completely destroyed a barn on a farm located at 2002 route 148 (chemin Eardley) in the Luskville sector in the Municipality of Pontiac Monday.

Le tour des jardins et cadeaux du Pontiac


Le tour des jardins et cadeaux du Pontiac est une visite auto-guidée de neuf jardins champêtres. L’accent porte sur les méthodes écologiques, les aménagements favorisant la biodiversité et les plantes indigènes. Des artisans du Pontiac seront sur place pour vous faire découvrir leur art, livres et cartes. Les jardiniers vous proposeront quant à eux, des légumes écologiques, des semences et des plantes, ainsi que des tisanes, paniers et différents produits de leur terroir.

Great gardens and gorgeous gifts on tour


Pontiac Gardens and Gifts is a self-guided garden tour featuring nine country gardens in West Quebec’s beautiful Pontiac region. The focus is on organic techniques, wildlife-friendly designs and native plants. In addition, regional artists and artisans will sell their art, books and cards. Some gardens will be selling nursery stock and seeds, organic produce, herbal products and more.