New Lion member Larry Arsenault.
Westport Lions Roar
By Lion Bob Reddick
The Westport Lions are thrilled to introduce their two newest members. Both Larry Arsenault and Bruce Maynard bring with them a wealth of experience and an impressive skill set.
This week I will focus on Lion Larry and next week I will introduce you to Lion Bruce Maynard.
Larry was born and raised in a small town called Lively, about 24 kilometers west of Sudbury. After graduating from Laurentian University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree he was employed by the Ministry of Labour as an Employment Standards Officer, with his first two years in Kenora and then three years in Sudbury.
In 1989, Larry decided to join Inco where he worked in Sudbury for ten years and then was transferred to the corporate office in 1999 as Human Resources manager in Oakville. During this time he travelled frequently to Indonesia, New Caledonia and Australia.
In 1991, he married Lisa and they have two wonderful children Matthew and Cara who are both are in school.
Between 2003 and 2005 he worked and lived in Indonesia and then transferred back to the Toronto office in 2005 where he was Global Talent Manager.
Larry left Vale, formally Inco, in 2009 to run his own consulting company as a leadership and human resources coach.
In 2010 he decided to jump back in the corporate world by joining Dundee Precious Metals as Corporate Director of Human Resources. During his time at DPM he travelled extensively to Bulgaria, Armenia, Namibia and London.
Larry has not slowed down since he retired from DPM in 2018. Currently he coaches executives in leadership on a part-time basis and enjoys woodturning, golf, curling and fishing. You can see some of Larry’s wood creations at the Westport Market held on Saturdays.
It has always been a dream for Larry and Lisa to retire on a lake. After renting a cottage on Bob’s Lake they fell in love with the area, enjoying the people, geography, pace of life, and the sense of community.
In 2014, Larry and Lisa bought their lot on Wolfe Lake and built their retirement home last summer. The sense of community they felt back in 2013 has turned out to be much stronger than they initially realized.
“After attending the Lion’s pancake breakfast this Spring, and hearing from Lion Bill Garland about the wonderful things that the Lions have done for the community, and how the community in turn supports the Lions, I knew that this was the organization I wanted to be a part of. I see that the Westport Lions club is a big part of this community and that the work they do is a big reason why there is such a strong sense of community here. I joined the Lions out of a desire to support that community-building work in whatever way I am able.”
Lisa and Larry have experienced a generous and welcoming spirit in Westport. They have encountered no barriers in becoming members of this community and have made a number of friends and acquaintances. They look forward to strengthening those relationships and building many more in the coming years in their new community.