Se­niors In Pro­file


The Northern Pen’s new­est re­cur­ring fea­ture looks at the lives of se­niors along the Northern Penin­sula and South­ern Labrador. If you know a lo­cal se­nior with an in­ter­est­ing story to tell, email or call the Northern Pen.

MAIN BROOK, NL – Leander Pil­grim says there’s much we can learn from the ex­pe­ri­ences of the past.

And if any­one would know, it’s him.

Pil­grim, 81, has a great deal of per­spec­tive on the past, thanks to the 32 years he served as mayor of Main Brook, in ad­di­tion to many years spent work­ing in the forestry in­dus­try from the age of 16.

Pil­grim re­flects back fondly on those years, and his re­flec­tions func­tion as a tes­ta­ment to the progress this lit­tle town on the Great Northern Penin­sula has made over the past 50 years or so.

The mayor of Main Brook Pil­grim first be­came mayor in 1974 and has as­sumed that role off and on ever since, un­til this year.

After 32 years in to­tal, at the age of 81, he de­cided to re­tire.

In Septem­ber, the town held a go­ing away party for him at the com­mu­nity cen­tre.

In the time he was mayor, Pil­grim saw run­ning wa­ter and sewer in­tro­duced to the town.

When he first started, he says he can re­mem­ber his mother still bring­ing in wa­ter in buck­ets.

“I thought ‘my God, is there any way to change things, this got to change, see­ing my poor mother bring­ing in wa­ter is a bit ridicu­lous,’” said Pil­grim.

With the town coun­cil, Pil­grim fought hard to suc­cess­fully bring wa­ter and sewer to the town.

Coun­cil has been able to get

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