Caroline’s dream comes true
Young teen helps make Whitourne woman’s wish to visit Disney World a reality
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.