ISLE AUX MORTS, N.L. – The Gulf News recently invited Isle aux Morts Mayor Nelson Lillington to answer 10 questions. Here’s what he shared about himself and the town.
Gulf News: What’s something you like or do that people wouldn’t expect?
Mayor Lillington: People would probably be surprised to know that I am an avid reader. I read at least a couple (of) books a week.
GN: What’s something that’s common knowledge in your field of work you wish everyone else knew?
Mayor: I am retired but people should know that afternoon naps are awesome!
GN: If you were the absolute monarch of your community, what’s the one rule you would make everyone follow?
Mayor: I would never want to be the absolute monarch of my community. Life is much better when decisions are made as a team.
GN: What was your first job and what did you learn from it?
Mayor: I joined the Canadian Navy out of high school and spent 25 years sailing around the world before retiring in 2016. The Navy taught me the value of teamwork and it also taught me the principles of leadership.
GN: What’s something that will always be in fashion, no matter how much time passes?
Mayor: Rock ‘n Roll music.
GN: What’s the most expensive/embarrassing thing you have ever broken?
Mayor: I have never broken anything expensive.
GN: What’s the biggest issue facing your community?
Mayor: I believe the biggest issue facing Isle aux Morts is being able to get clear drinking water to come from the tap in your house. The amount of money it would take to achieve this, however, is beyond the capability of our small town.
GN: If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?
Mayor: I do not wish to change anything. I truly believe that everything in life happens for a reason, whether we like the reason or not.
GN: What’s something most people don’t worry about, but they really should?
Mayor: Volunteering. People do not realize the amount of work that goes into pulling off events. Without people volunteering their time none of the events will happen. In the two years that I have lived back in Isle aux Morts, I see the same faces taking part in the organization of any event that takes place in town. I understand that many people do not have the time to spare but for those that do give up an hour here and an hour there, they will always be welcome and a great help. Unfortunately, for Isle aux Morts, events like our annual Ann Harvey Days are getting tougher every year to pull off and without more people willing to donate some of their valuable time I believe this event in particular will be in jeopardy.
GN: What’s the best thing about your community?
Mayor: People care about people. They will always lend a hand to people in need. If you are visiting from out of town, someone will help you find the best places to visit.