Raymond J. Arsenault
Were you born in PEI or are you an Islander by choice?
Island-born and bred. I lived off-Island for a year and I was so glad return to the more laid-back way of life.
Describe what an average day looks like for you?
Usually a full day of organizing and promoting events and programs to help Island businesses prosper. In the evenings, I do a bit of freelance work or volunteer work for a number of organizations, watch a bit of TV or a movie or catch a play or dinner-theatre show.
What is your favourite thing about life in PEI?
The more laid-back pace of life and the strong sense of community and helping each other in time of need.
What is something people wouldn't know if they're not from the island?
That we've got booming industrial sectors way beyond potatoes and lobster and Anne of Green Gables.
What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about?
I'm passionate about the welfare of my fellow Islanders - particularly the ones who are suffering from addictions, mental health issues, or poverty. I try to do my share to help out.
I really enjoy a good play, dinner-theatre or musical performance. It provides a good, healthy escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of life.
I can't stop talking about movies and music!
If you had to choose one spot on the island to take someone who has never been here, where would it be?
Greenwich National Park - because it has an amazing variety of ecosystems all within a relatively small area. And amazing views.