Brome Mis­sisquoi MP De­nis Par­adis vis­its the Mis­sisquoi North Vol­un­teer Cen­tre (CABMN) in Pot­ton

Sherbrooke Record - - FRONT PAGE - By Mable Hast­ings The Scoop

On Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 10 Brome Mis­sisquoi MP De­nis Par­adis, while on a visit in Pot­ton, stopped by the Mis­sisquoi North Vol­un­teer Cen­tre (CABMN) to greet the staff and meet with CAB Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor, Mable Hast­ings.

On a mis­sion to get Prime Min­is­ter, Justin Trudeau to visit Pot­ton, Hast­ings pre­sented Mr. Par­adis with a his­tory of the CABMN’S youth pro­grams in Pot­ton from their com­mence­ment in 1986 to present day. Fo­cus­ing on the fact that the CABMN aims to build lead­ers in Pot­ton’s dy­namic youth and pre­sent­ing

facts on the ac­com­plish­ments that the youth pro­grams have at­tained since they be­gan some thirty two years ago, con­vinc­ing Mr. Par­adis that Pot­ton is a model was not dif­fi­cult.

While Mr. Par­adis and his staff are up for a chal­lenge, achiev­ing this goal is a long shot and even though this will be the pri­mary fo­cus, the MP sug­gested a plan “B” in case the dream goal does not work.

“If we can­not bring the Prime Min­is­ter to Pot­ton, maybe we can bring the youth of Pot­ton to Ot­tawa,” he of­fered. “While this would take some fundrais­ing for the buses needed, this may be an eas­ier goal if the dream goal does not work,” he added.

Hav­ing worked with Pot­ton’s youth for over thirty years, Hast­ings feels that this is the per­fect chal­lenge to strive to­ward. Af­ter spread­ing the mes­sage over the years that all pos­i­tive things are pos­si­ble, she feels that, were this achiev­able, the mes­sage it would send and so­lid­ify in Pot­ton’s youth would be im­mense, pos­i­tive and ex­tremely pow­er­ful.

“We’ve had the sup­port of some won­der­ful key peo­ple in re­gards to this re­quest,” said Hast­ings. “Town­ship­pers As­so­ci­a­tion among oth­ers have been at our side try­ing to make this hap­pen and we are ex­tremely grate­ful for the in­ter­est and en­cour­age­ment.”

The visit from De­nis Par­adis def­i­nitely was a boost and a clear mes­sage that the lo­cal MP for Brome Mis­sisquoi truly be­lieves in the youth of our area. His staff clearly un­der­stood the dream and as they left, the pos­i­tive mes­sage was, “we are on it!”

“Re­gard­less of the out­come,” said Hast­ings, “We have been heard and sup­ported and there is a won­der­ful mes­sage in that.”

This likely will be a chal­lenge that will take some time and ef­fort. If a mir­a­cle oc­curs, Record read­ers will be among the first to know.


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