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Peter Raymond running in Harvey Ward

by Ben Clarke

A passion for serving the community can be considered a major factor in Peter Raymond’s decision to run for Harvey Ward Councillor in the Municipality of Trent Lakes.

Currently the president of the Buckhorn Community Centre, Raymond has served countless hours in the community as a volunteer for the Beautiful Buckhorn Task Force, Buckhorn Tree Lighting Ceremony, chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee and behind the scenes creating websites for a number of user groups and facilities in the Municipality.

He has also served in the past as chair of the Environmental Committee, member of the Library Committee and as a leader with the Buckhorn Scouts organization to name a few.

“You could say I like to get involved in the community,” said Raymond with a chuckle.

Raymond originally bought a cottage in the Municipality back in 1981 and has called the area his permanent home since 1990.

With a background in information technology, Raymond does have a vast technical knowledge but he says he is also a people person, which is needed in municipal government.

“I tried back in 2010 because I felt there was a need for change,” said Raymond.

“We have on-going issues with our quarries and mines, which has a significant impact on the community.”

While environmental impact ranks high on his list of municipal issues, Raymond would also like to see sustainable economic development.

“We need to break out of the tourism and quarry business,” said Raymond.

“We need to look at how we can provide incentives to help attract people to the Township.”

If elected Raymond said he would also like to see regular town hall meetings scheduled across the Municipality, as well as seeing the Trent Lakes Municipal Office open on Saturday’s to provide more convenience for cottagers.

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