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May 2017

McHappy Day had extra meeting this year in Côte Saint-Luc

The new Pierre Brunet McDonald’s Parks and Recreation Bursary Program was given some high profile visibility on May 3  as McHappy Day was celebrated at the two McDonald’s locations  in Côte Saint-Luc and across the country.

I am proud to have initiated this new fund to help families who cannot afford to register their child in a program and taking into account requests from children with special needs. Proceeds from McHappy Day in CSL will kick start the fund and collections will continue at our annual Golf Classic in July.

That is me at the left with Laura Trihas, Sarah Houle, Trish McKenzie and Ray Valiquette.

It was wonderful to see our CSL staff members, as well as Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and council, rally around the event. We all took different shifts, selling merchandise such as sock and notepads. Some like Trish McKenzie, Sarah Houle, Harold Cammy, Jordy Reichson, Ryan Nemeroff, Alvin Fishman and Mayor Brownstein went behind the counter and the drive thru to serve customers.

Harold Cammy serves it up.

This marked the first time a McHappy Day focused on a Côte Saint-Luc charity – a brand new one at that. Pierre Brunet asked Harold and I for ideas. I shared this one with council and it was a hit

McHappy Day is a national fundraiser when McDonald's restaurants across Canada and their communities, employees, customers and special guests raise money together to help children in need. At the heart of McDonald’s community commitment is RMHC Canada, which is dedicated to giving sick children the one thing they need most: their families by supporting Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms across the country. RMHC provides families of sick children with a home-away-from-home or a place of peace and calm within a hospital.  

Anyone who wishes to donate to the fund can e-mail me at

Mayor Brownstein and Pierre Brunet.


VE Day commemoration moves to a weekday to attract students

The annual Victory in Europe (V-E) Day commemoration takes place on Monday, May 8 at 10 am at the Marymount Adult Educational Centre at 5785 Parkhaven . This is the former Wagar High School, which will soon be renamed Wagar Adult Education Centre.

The ceremony will highlight the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of Europe form the armed forces of Nazi Germany, on May 8, 1945.

A scene from last year's VE Day.

In attendance will be members of the Brigadier Frederick Kisch Branch 97 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, members of the Côte Saint-Luc city council, dignitaries, veterans and residents.  Also this year, in order to sensitize children to this commemoration and in attendance, the city has decided to hold the event on a weekday. Several local schools will be present with their Grade 5 students.

“Côte Saint-Luc is proud to express gratitude to the men and women who have fought to liberate Europe,” said Mayor Mitchell Brownstein. “Our veterans contributed in ending the genocide against the Jewish population of Europe and others targeted by the Nazis. Attending this ceremony is a concrete and visible manner to honour them and to reflect on the sacrifices made.” 

I am proud to be co-chairing the event with  my fellow Councillor Sidney Benizri.