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Message from the Mayor

September 13, 2018

Beautiful green space, mature trees and large sloping red granite rock of Ode`naang Park, Buckhorn, Ontario
Ode`naang Park, Buckhorn, Ontario (Click to enlarge)

Welcome September, it has been a very interesting month.  In just one week we have needed fans and air conditioners and in the same week the opposite of turning on furnaces and woodstoves.  Climate change is certainly happening.

Mayor Bev Matthews and Chief Phyllis Williams of Curve Lake First Nation pull off the veil to official open and name Ode`naang Park in Buckhorn Ontario
Mayor Bev Matthews and Chief Phyllis Williams of Curve Lake First Nation unveil the sign for Ode`naang Park in Buckhorn. (Click to enlarge)

Last weekend, Sept. 8, we celebrated the opening of Ode`naang Park in Buckhorn.  The name means ‘Heart of the Community’ and it truly is just that.  This project has been a special dream for many people and now it has come true.  We have so many reasons to celebrate this beautiful waterfront park.  The Economic Development Committee has worked very hard to see this plan come to fruition and I have never worked with such an eager committee, they are wonderful.  For many years we have watched this property just sit and become unattractive and wondered if we could ever afford to purchase it.

Trent Lakes Mayor Bev Matthews stands to the left of Chief Phyllis Williams of Curve Lake First Nation under the newly unveiled park sign Ode`naang Park "Heart of the Community"
Left to right: Mayor Bev Matthews and Curve Lake First Nation Chief Phyllis Williams (Click to enlarge)

Trent Lakes did manage to purchase it and it is now a park with extra parking for all to enjoy.  If you haven’t already visited please check it out the next time you are in Buckhorn.  Community Improvement takes time and effort and we are getting there.   Thanks to all that have made this dream come true.

The next exciting thing for September and October is the election.  You will notice many signs representing all the candidates that are running in Trent Lakes.  Please give it a lot of thought before voting.  Meet the candidates and ask questions and try to attend at least one of the ‘All candidates meetings’.  We have a beautiful municipality so pick the Council that will be progressive, capable, engaged in the work and make us proud and lead us forward.

My favorite message to my council for the last four years is this:

Do the right thing, NOT the political thing.

 Bev Matthews
Proud Mayor of Trent Lakes

Copy of Mayor Matthews’ Inagural Speech

Economic Development Committee, left to right, Lynn Holtz, Councillor Dick Persson, Vice Chair David Rivers, Mayor Bev Matthews, Matt Logan, Christine Brickman, Adele Arbour, Chair Ruth Leblanc.
Economic Development Committee, left to right, Lynn Holtz, Councillor Dick Persson, Vice Chair David Rivers, Mayor Bev Matthews, Matt Logan, Christine Brickman, Adele Arbour, Chair Ruth Leblanc. (Click to enlarge)