The following letter was submitted to the Herald in response to a recent story about the effect that the oil field work in Western Canada has had on Liverpool and area.
We'd like to thank Chris Folk, Craig Chandler and Robin Anthony for their letters to the editor in the Opinion section of the Herald; the letters showed their community pride, and helped to spread the news that Queens County is rebounding with a revitalized business community through. There have been a lot of great comments on social media that praise businesses in Liverpool and the rest of Queens County.
Letter to the Editor: In a community that has worked hard to re-invent itself, it is a shame that in focusing on such a small percentage of Queens County’s population (total approx. 11,000) who has chosen to go to the oil patch for work, the DeMont article of October 23, 2015 missed the much larger story. Ours is a story of resilience, and the remarkable bounce-back following the closure of several of our large employers. Our community has moved forward, with rarely a look back.
Our business community has grown by leaps and bounds since the closures of a few years ago. There are a net of 29 new businesses in the county ranging from a brewery (Hell Bay) to a wonderful dress shop (Lilieth Boutique). Existing business have enjoyed the resurgence in our community with increased traffic. Some well established businesses have changed hands and have taken on a new lease on life.
The hospitality industry has had a boom year, some of which could be attributed to the low Canadian dollar but much more so to the visitors who come to enjoy the celebrations and the arts and culture for which our community is noted. Queens Place Emera Centre, the Astor Theatre, and a wide assortment of community organized, top notch festivals have played a big role in supporting the success of the hospitality businesses. On a sunny day in summer, Main Street, Liverpool looks almost European with its sidewalk cafes and busy eateries.
The former Mill site has transformed into a centre of innovation, and an industrial park, with Cellufuel and Unify Energy as tenants. They are the first of much technologically leading edge, first-of-their-kind businesses who will draw from across the world to see innovative technologies at work.
All of this has been accomplished through a realization that if we are to move ahead, much of the effort must come from ourselves. We cannot depend solely on others to help us.
There has been a large influx of new residents as people move into our community attracted by our climate, our vibrancy and our reasonably-priced properties. They are helping to fuel the new vitality of Queens, but, don’t just take my word for it. Rather, come and see for yourself and, as I tell meetings and conventions when I have the opportunity to welcome them, ‘we like you to come with your wallets full and to leave with them empty’ for there are so many unique and special things in Queens, you will want to spend your money here.
Christopher Clarke, Mayor
Region of Queens Municipality
Now that the rest of the province has heard about the positives, let’s set our sights on continuing to build pride in our community. One of the best ways to do this is by shopping locally. Supporting local businesses means checking locally for our needs and wants before shopping elsewhere. You may not be able to get everything you want locally, but you will be surprised at what you can get from our local shops, cafes, and service providers. If you can’t get what you need here, by all means go where you need to. The more you shop locally, the more money you put directly into local economy, the more merchandise and services they can offer and the more jobs they can supply.