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