Two years ago I purchased a home in the municipality of Oliver Paipoonge, located near the hamlet of Stanley on a large tract of land. It’s a decision I know I’ll never regret. Returning to country life had been an ambition of mine for some time, and having driven through the municipality on business regularly I’d come to the conclusion that it was an ideal location to do so. The scenery is stunning: it seems that everywhere I look I see long fields with mountains popping up near the horizon or green forests with creeks running off into the trees. The roads are in good repair and are well laid-out, making it easy to find short-cuts and scenic routes from one side of the municipality to the other, and the people I’ve met are good-hearted and generous and seem genuinely welcoming.
The house I purchased was in bad repair and the land needed cleaning up. One of my first stops was the Municipal Office, where I’ve returned regularly for help, advice and permits for building and brush burning. You and your staff have been wonderful and your encouragement and support much appreciated. I’ve also been gratified to meet my new neighbours, who have made a point of visiting to introduce themselves, congratulate me on my purchase and offer assistance.
I’m self-employed and work mostly from a home office. Within 15 minutes’ drive of my home are a well-stocked grocery store, a post office, a hardware store which has yet to disappoint me, some great little restaurants and a tavern where they make the best burgers I’ve ever eaten. I’ve developed a solid client base among the many businesses in the area and most of my work is conducted via the internet but drives to Thunder Bay for business meetings are quick and easy down the Trans Canada Highway and I’ve yet to find the roads in my area unplowed in the winter.
I’d like to thank you and the Municipal staff for the excellent management and care exercised in the running of the municipality. It’s made my settling-in very smooth and is no doubt partly responsible for the good nature and hometown pride I’ve noted in the other residents I’ve met. Wishing you the best in your continuing efforts to improve the place I’m very proud to call home, I remain.