Election 2017: Susan McKay

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Kate Aley

Our next interview is with Susan McKay, running for Ward 2.

Born, raised

Born in Shawville, grew up in Quyon.

Profession

Worked in customer service at CTC for ten years; before that in logistics and freight forwarding, often working with government agencies.

What is the greatest challenge facing your ward?

We need to get involved in revitalization. It is a beautiful community, a beautiful municipality. It has so much potential and there’s so much coming down the pipe. We need people involved and for their voices to be heard. We need someone on council that can be a voice. We’ve had no-one [on council] from the Quyon ward for so long.

We have a big ferry bringing people into town and there’s boots on Hydro lines and we look like a 'hood'. The people I’ve talked to want to be more involved. They want what I want as a ratepayer--- the way this place looks, it affects us all.

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

The people in the ward are my team. I’m going to be part of that team and I want to work with that team, for the best of this region; the Pontiac. I am one person, [but] I can bring that voice to council. From what I have heard, they [people here] don’t want anything on a great scale; they don’t want a huge industry. They’ve lived here all their lives, they know it’s a small little town. Some want more tourist stuff, a place for the campers to camp by the river, to draw people in that way, create more amenities to attract tourists. There’s so much potential down there, not yet able to be developed. I want to see Quyon beautiful again; it’s a pretty little town, it needs a little bit of love.

What is going right in this area?

I think we are heading in the right direction on the sports fields, with [that] community interaction. The kids down there playing soccer and ball, that’s amazing. Quyon used to be booming; we had three grocery stores and four gas stations. It’ll never get back to that, but if we could only get a third of what we had back. The beautiful grist mill: let’s turn that into a museum, let’s turn it into restaurant, it’s on the river, what a view and the history. Keon’s Store, it was a general store: that’s a building just waiting for someone to open the front door and say, what about a little café? The people [would] come off the Grant Beattie, turn up the main street and there [would be] a beautiful little shop there. The ferry is amazing, that’s what we have that no-one else has. Get the people who have a dream of making Quyon beautiful again and give them help to do it. We are ‘lifers’ here; we’ve all grown up here and we live here for a reason, it’s home.

Why will you be a good representative for the Ward?

I can do the job because I have passion. I want to be the voice of [Ward 2]. I want people to know that when they talk to me about something, I will take things as far as I can possibly can. I can’t guarantee anything but I’m a ballplayer: I’ll go to bat for you. Everyone [who] has seen this place in its heyday, they love it, but they don’t love what it has become. But it is home. We have to bring something back here.

 

 

 

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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