_We enjoy an overwhelming wealth of resources including oil, gas, lumber, and agriculture, not to mention the recent discovery that we are located in the middle of the biggest shale gas field in the world. These resources have been the cause of our growth and success as a community and with proper management, will continue to stimulate our local economy and provide us with prosperity. We must ensure that we create an economy and an environment that is sustainable over the many years to come.
The environment is more fragile than we think. It is imperative that, in all situations - in industry, in recreation, in the individual decisions we make - we consider the impact to the environment. We must be good stewards of the world in which we live. We must learn to appreciate and protect the agricultural land in and around our area. We would do well to encourage local food production and consumption.
Arts, Culture, and Recreation continue to be an important part of our community life, and must be encouraged to expand and grow in scope and scale.
We need to do all we can to encourage healthy living and exercise. I appreciate the walking trails that have been put in place for us, and look forward to an even larger network of trails in the future. And in addition, the walking track at the Pomeroy Sport Centre is a wonderful asset, making it a pleasure to walk no matter what the weather is like.
We must ensure that we plan for and provide adequate health care to our residents and offer the social services that people require to live healthy and well. Our emergency services must also be maintained and adequately supported for the sake of our safety and protection.
And although we are one of the youngest communities in Canada, we have a responsibility to care for our growing seniors population as best we can.