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Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

Navigate your way to the Dryden’s Community Matters Questionnaire by clicking here.

EDITORIAL: Time to take ownership?

At the risk of flogging the same dead horse week-in, week-out in this space, there is something very important that I’d like to ask of each of you.

It is my hope that you made it out to Community Matters’ evening forum, Feb. 2. It was a chance to talk about the future of Dryden, offer ideas and suggestions and try to come to some consensus on what it is that we all want this community to be.

It’s something that just about everyone I know has an opinion on.

Which makes it strange indeed to hear that Community Matters was having a bit of a hard time coming up with responses from the community in their recent online survey.

If you couldn’t make it to the forum, it is my hope that you’ll make your way to www.thedrydenobserver.ca where we have posted a link to the Community Matters online survey.

We’d gladly print the web address here, but it’s a long string of gobbledygook that’s much easier clicked on than typed into a browser – perhaps one reason why fewer have navigated their way to it than was hoped. If you aren’t on someone’s e-mail list, or if e-mail doesn’t play a role in your life, this may the first you’ve heard of it.

Aside from polling the community, Community Matters is trying to generate a volume of responses to justify its own existence and make the case for an extension of their mandate to those tending the federal purse strings.

I believe they have until the end of the month.

Let’s face it, it’s pretty hard to get anything meaningful accomplished in the span of 12 months, particularly from the depths of an economic recession. To focus one’s mind each day to the puzzle of Dryden’s future takes a special kind of person.

As a think-tank of sorts, I’ve found the agency to be a very positive force in showing Dryden where it stands with itself and asking each of us to consider the puzzle we’re faced with.

In my experience, the business of ‘public consultation’ is messy and demoralizing. Nine times out of ten, it’s an insincere legal formality for a decision that’s already been made. It’s taken a long time and a lot of meetings to arrive at my particular lack of faith in such processes.

But I don’t extend that belief to this exercise, not after seeing Community Matters chair Roger Valley pound the pavement last week plastering the town with posters asking us to share in their mission.

I may have little to offer, but that won’t stop me from attending and shouldering a bit of this burden, these heavy questions that Community Matters have been attending to over the past year.

Chris Marchand

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