Caro­line’s dream comes true

Young teen helps make Whi­tourne woman’s wish to visit Dis­ney World a re­al­ity

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS THE COM­PASS

It wasn’t un­til Caro­line Bud­den of Whit­bourne first caught sight of the Cin­der­alla Cas­tle that her mother, Prov­i­dence, re­al­ized her daugh­ter’s life­long dream had fi­nally be­come a re­al­ity.

The world­wide rec­og­nized icon, one of the cen­tre­pieces of the Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort in Florida, nearly took Caro­line’s breath away. It also brought tears to Prov­i­dence’s eyes.

“I was so happy for her,” said Prov­i­dence.

“I think it should’ve been brought to the ta­ble,” he said dur­ing the Sept. 25 coun­cil meet­ing. “Any­time a coun­cil­lor wants to go some­where, it has to be brought to the ta­ble.”

Sey­mour wanted the chance to vote af­ter bring­ing his con­cerns to the coun­cil cham­bers.

“It’s a vote. If I lose four to one, or six to seven, so be it,” he said.

It could make for an un­com­fort­able trip for the two del­e­gates, con­sid­er­ing Ge­orge’s ver­bal dress­ing down of the deputy mayor on Sept. 13.

“I didn’t think she was that des­per­ate to get to Labrador,” Sey­mour told The Com­pass. “I thought she might have been a lit­tle bit bet­ter than that.”

Sey­mour re­sponded to his at­ten­dance record, say­ing, “We’ve had five meet­ings since Jan­uary, and I’ve missed two of those be­cause I was in hospi­tal.”

In more than a decade as the town’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive on SAM, Sey­mour has only missed two meet­ings.

“We’ve had 28 meet­ings in 14 years and I’ve at­tended 26 of them,” he said.

Sey­mour be­lieves his at­ten­dance record speaks for it­self.

“I’ve put in a lot of work over the years,” he said. “I al­ways bring my re­ports back to coun­cil.”

Look­ing around the town, it is not hard to see the work Sey­mour and oth­ers have done for the two towns.

“I spent eight years clean­ing Muddy Hole,” he said. “We’ve done three cleanups over the years.”

Sey­mour also points to work done in Arnies Pond and Shearstown Pond as ev­i­dence of the good work he and his com­mit­tee has put in over the last 14 years.

Sey­mour re­mem­bers a time when the Shearstown Es­tu­ary was not in as good a shape as it is now.

Where wild ducks and other water­fowl are now highly vis­i­ble, there was a time when a duck seen on the wa­ter meant a good meal for some­one with a keen shot.

“I’ve been around the prov­ince and there’s noth­ing as nice as what we have here,” said Sey­mour. “I’ve had peo­ple tell me it’s one of the best in the prov­ince.”

Sey­mour does not see the point of send­ing two peo­ple to the same con­fer­ence.

“I’m go­ing to bring back a re­port, and she is go­ing to be­ing back the same re­port,” he said.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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