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Don Butler, community leader and volunteer, running for councillor in District 1


A well-known community leader and volunteer, Don Butler, is announcing his candidacy for District 1 of the Municipality of Pictou County in the Oct. 15 election.

Butler said he’s running because he believes municipal council is a natural extension of his volunteer work in the community.

“I volunteer in the community because this is home and I want to make it better,” said Butler,

who also served two terms on the regional school board. “By working side by side with community volunteers I have seen how we can improve our communities.

“As your councillor I will continue the work of enhancing the quality of life for the residents of District 1 and all of Pictou County.

Butler, a resident of Ardness, is a leader in his community and has been recognized for this with

many honours. He was named Volunteer of the Year for the Municipality and was also a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal selection in 2012. Butler is president of both the Lismore and District Hall and the District One Development Society. Many would recognize him as the writer and director of the popular Lismore Winter Time Revue Dinner Theatre for the past 20 years.

He’s a retired civil servant who currently operates Ardness Gardens Greenhouses. Butler’s also past president of the Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs. In 1993, Butler worked with others to establish the East Pictou Education Foundation. This foundation has supported many educational initiatives benefiting East Pictou students.

Outgoing councillor Sally Fraser endorses Butler to be the next councillor for District 1.

“Don Butler has my support,” she said. “He will make a great councillor for our communities. His passion and commitment shine through in all of his volunteer efforts. The interests of District 1 will be well-served with Don representing us.”

Don looks forward to meeting with residents in the coming weeks and listen to their ideas to move us forward.

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