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Local businessman gives views about population decline

Maurice Simmons took part in the “Why live in St. Anthony?” forum at the Grenfell Interpretation Centre last week.
Maurice Simmons took part in the “Why live in St. Anthony?” forum at the Grenfell Interpretation Centre last week.

Maurice Simmons and Natasha Hynes joined the panel at the Grenfell Interpretation Centre last week to tell the audience why St. Anthony is a great place to live.

Both grew up there and both now work in some capacity in the area.

Simmons is the owner of Maurice’s Service Station in St. Anthony. He started his career as an educator, but decided it wasn’t for him, so he started an automotive company.

Some concerns raised during the forum were that there weren’t enough jobs for people and not enough things for students to do or become involved in.

This past summer, Simmons had to cancel two student positions because of lack of interest. He would like to see more kids taking the initiative to try new things and get creative.

It was a different time when he grew up in the area though. And he admits it was likely the fact that families like his kept the schools full and the population up.

With 14 children in his family, he believes we aren’t replenishing ourselves like in previous years, so the population is decreasing.

Simmons’ business is well known, but he believes there are still some professions in the industry and other trades that haven’t been tapped into here.

Automotive technicians and plumbers were two things he mentioned.

With the decline in the population, Simmons wants to see people take on these roles, and hopefully help boost the economy in the area.

 

Melissa.jenkins@tc.tc

Both grew up there and both now work in some capacity in the area.

Simmons is the owner of Maurice’s Service Station in St. Anthony. He started his career as an educator, but decided it wasn’t for him, so he started an automotive company.

Some concerns raised during the forum were that there weren’t enough jobs for people and not enough things for students to do or become involved in.

This past summer, Simmons had to cancel two student positions because of lack of interest. He would like to see more kids taking the initiative to try new things and get creative.

It was a different time when he grew up in the area though. And he admits it was likely the fact that families like his kept the schools full and the population up.

With 14 children in his family, he believes we aren’t replenishing ourselves like in previous years, so the population is decreasing.

Simmons’ business is well known, but he believes there are still some professions in the industry and other trades that haven’t been tapped into here.

Automotive technicians and plumbers were two things he mentioned.

With the decline in the population, Simmons wants to see people take on these roles, and hopefully help boost the economy in the area.

 

Melissa.jenkins@tc.tc

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