John Bentley Mays in Oakville

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Oakville's Sense of community

From: John Walker, Chairman of Oakville Economic Development Alliance
Date: 29 Nov 2003
Time: 01:40:02 -0500
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I very much appreciated John Bentley Mays views and thoughts on Oakville. Mr. Mays brought to light many of my own thoughts on a Town that I love. Despite some of our boring lifestyles and prospensity for some residents to attempt to buy Hollywood in a box, Oakville is a good place to live work and play.........and you don't need a Hummer to live here. What is really at work in Oakville is a sense of community that people have north or south of the QEW. It is a sense of belonging and familiarity that makes Oakville and being able to walk the dog or volunteer without having to commit your whole life to the cause. I often think what makes me like Oakville. Well it is coming home from a meeting at Town Hall (boring) and watching Lake Ontario glisten in the moonlight at the southend of Trafalgar Road. It is being to live in a cottage near the Lake and the Creek without the commute to more Hollywood in the Box cottages in Muskoka. It is being able to enjoy waves and trees and to watch a family grow. When people talk about being safe in Oakville it is not just physical safety. It is the safety of familiarity and being able to belong without effort that they are talking about. It is also a place where one can read a good book, paddle a canoe up ( or down depending on water levels) the Sixteen Mile Creek, get a decent latte and still get the New York Times delivered before 7:00am on a Sunday. It is that sense of community that makes the Town of Oakville special in my books -----it is what makes the Town precious and worthy of its residents----a sense of community is what we serve and least it is for me. P.S. These are my own views and do not reflect the view of the OEDA.

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