Councillors perpetuate positive momentum

Tyler Clarke
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Positivity breeds positivity, and the city’s elected officials intend on throwing fuel on last week’s momentum.


Last week saw the city play host to the Saskatchewan Winter Games, the Prince Albert Winter Festival and the Canadian Challenge Sled Dog Race -- three events that packed the city with visitors.

Click HERE for a wrap-up story about the Canadian Challenge Sled Dog Race.

Click HERE for a wrap-up story about the Prince Albert Winter Festival.

Click HERE for a wrap-up story about the Saskatchewan Winter Games. 

“My normal quiet restaurants you go to -- we were lined up,” Mayor Greg Dionne said during Monday’s meeting.

“Usually I can sneak into Boston Pizza pretty good, get my pasta dish and get out -- no way. Lined up every time I got there.”

Dionne took last week off of work in order to attend as many events as possible, during which he said that he handed out 350 city pins to visitors.

The only complaint he heard was that there were no hotel rooms in Prince Albert -- a complaint with positive overtones that indicate a thriving local economy.

Of the city’s nine elected officials, seven spent the bulk of their time talking up the city with visitors, with the only holdouts due to illness and being out of the country.

What an opportunity to be proud of being from P.A. Mark Tweidt

“We’ve got the best volunteers in the world,” Coun. Rick Orr said. “Three major events going on over the week and we handled it somehow.”

Orr said that he believes visitors to Prince Albert left with a positive feeling.

“They think this is a happening place,” he said. “They think this is really something -- you’ve got dog sled races in front of city hall, you’ve got Winter Festival events going on and you have Winter Games. This is a great place to live and a great place to be part of, and that’s the takeaway that I got (last) week.”

“What an opportunity to be proud of being from P.A.,” Coun. Mark Tweidt concluded.

“We just had a great week of celebration,” Dionne said. “What’s a great week of celebration for the mayor? Eight days, 11 food invitations -- what more could a person ask for?

“To our whole community, congratulations on making P.A. shine for the week of the games.”

The trick to keeping last week’s positive momentum churning forward is to “talk positive about our community,” Dionne encouraged.

“Ninety per cent of what goes on in our community is positive, but for whatever reason we want to dwell on the 10 per cent -- well, I’m not going to,” he said.

“After this last week, I’m moving forward. We are a great place to live and that’s what I’ll be selling moving forward.” 

Organizations: Prince Albert, Canadian Challenge Sled Dog Race, Boston Pizza

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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