Sheenboro: a small town that embraces families and seniors

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Peter L. Smith

SHEENBORO – The municipality launched its Family & Senior Policy and Action Plan, May 15 at St. Paul the Hermit Parish Hall. Director General Fern Roy briefly summarized the policy before Guy Jamieson and friends provided musical entertainment as well as a tribute to the late Mac Beattie.

Peter L. Smith

SHEENBORO – The municipality launched its Family & Senior Policy and Action Plan, May 15 at St. Paul the Hermit Parish Hall. Director General Fern Roy briefly summarized the policy before Guy Jamieson and friends provided musical entertainment as well as a tribute to the late Mac Beattie.
The Family-Senior Municipal Policy Comm-ittee, comprised of nine locals, outlined various objectives: to celebrate, embrace, and maintain their small town approach to rural living while enjoying nearby amenities in larger neighbouring centres; preserve, promote and embrace the quality of life for families and seniors; encourage life-long residency; and promote the sustainable social and
economic development of the municipality while maintaining the quiet and peaceful environment.
Although the municipality lacks some infrastructure, services and businesses, Chichester, Waltham and L’Isle-aux-Allumettes are just a short drive away. Sheenboro already partners with Chichester and L’Isle-aux-Allumettes to share certain services.
The Committee
partnered with CDE Pontiac, Carrefour Action Municipale et Famille (technical support) and the Ministère de la Famille et des Aînés (funding) for the three-year Policy, which focuses on sports, leisure and culture, public safety/security, health and well-being, information and communication, and family and senior friendly economic development.
The Policy also
recognizes the excellent job the municipality does to promote tourism and family values during events such as their Canada Day and Remembrance Day
celebrations, Irish Heritage Festival, Grandfondo Bike Rally, St. Patrick’s
Dance, Fire Department Halloween Dance, and more. The municipal dock in Fort William was highlighted as an excellent tourist attraction. Agriculture is also a staple of the municipality with some younger farmers continuing the family tradition.