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Recently, the Chapeau Recreation Association held its 50th anniversary     celebration to raise funds for a safe play structure. It was a success thanks to      dedicated volunteers and community members who came out to offer their support.

Recently, the Chapeau Recreation Association held its 50th anniversary     celebration to raise funds for a safe play structure. It was a success thanks to      dedicated volunteers and community members who came out to offer their support. Since the event, I have heard       comments about the lack of support for the event, in particular, from our very own council. These are the very individuals we vote in to represent us in this community. It saddens me to see the work put into such an event to try and bring to      life a small community and yet the very         individuals who live in it fail to attend.
Do people even know what the term “community” means? It’s “a group of people living in the same place, having a particular characteristic in common or sharing a common goal.” One would think the goal of wanting the community to thrive, of wanting to bring events here, or wanting a safe play area for our        children would bond us as a community. Do we all not share this goal?
How is it the Sheenboro Canada Day celebrations can be so well attended, even in the rain, yet an event in Chapeau   struggles for attendees? It seems it’s always the same individuals who attend. I realize it’s summer; people are busy, away at cottages, or on holidays but it really doesn’t matter what time of year the events are held, the lack of support remains the same.
It’s hard to support everything that goes on; it gets expensive. But there are many ways to show support and attending is one. The past RA event had a minimal cost for families and the reward of seeing a new play structure should be worth it. I have to wonder when we have our ribbon cutting ceremony for the play structure, how many will attend? Will our own council be there for a picture?
I often hear people say there is never anything to do in Chapeau. These same people need to ask themselves what they need to do to change this. Instead of complaining, come out and support events when they happen. It takes a whole     community to make things successful.
Lee-Ann Godin Lepine
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