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