Congratulations to District 2 resident Tiffanie Constantine, a young gymnast and member of A.S. Dynamo Club who recently won a silver medal competing in Les Jeux de Quebéc Gymmastisc competition
Tiffanie, 11, is a Grade 5 student at Merton School and the daughter of Natalie Constantine, welll known in the community as an American Sign Language intepreter living. The family resides on Rembrandt Avenue.
When my city council colleague Sidney Benizri and I were asked to co-chair the 2016 Maisons Fleuries Contest, we agreed to do something different. I suggested Sidney, Parks and Recreation Associate Director Cornelia Ziga, event coordinator Laura Trihas, devoted committee member Louise Ferland and the dean of city employees Harold Cammy that we introduce a Lifetime Achievement Award. We brought the idea to Mayor Mitchell Brownstein and city council and it was approved.
Maisons Fleuries recognizes the superb floral arrangements at homes, condominiums, apartments and business complexes. Judging is done during the summer and every November we hold a ceremony at our Aquatic and Community Centre.
So who would win our first Maisons Fleuries Lifetime Achievement Award? Dirk Van Egmond was the logical choice. Dirk, who just turned 92, has devoted his life to flowers and plants. He accepted the honour and it was heartwarming to see him at our event, surrounded by his children, their spouses and hi grandchildren. His wife Teuna (Toos) passed away in 2010.
The Van Egmond family own Edgewood Florist, which they operated on Hudson Avenue in Côte Saint-Luc for 56 years. Although the business relocated to Montreal West in 2012 when the land was sold for development, Dirk continues to be a resident of Côte Saint-Luc. Edgewood and the Van Egmond family have been part of the Côte Saint-Luc landscape for more years than most residents of this city. They have played an important role in the lives of thousands over the decades, making milestone events all the more special with their beautiful floral arrangements.
First,a word of thanks to our judges: Sam and Louise Pinsky; Joan and Bernie King; Cookie and Bernie Band; Mark and Tina Bessner; Joe Segal’ Paula and Avie Shuster; Marty Labow; Ellie Pomerants; Mona Aronovitch; Roz Kasner ; and Sandra Segal.
Single family and semi-detached residences were judged by political districts. Duplex, Townhouse, Institutions, Senior Residences, Commercial Buildings and Highrises were judged overall within the city. We also thank CMS Entrepreneurs Inc. for their sponsorship , George Deligeorge for the wonderful painting he created for this event and Susan Levy and her Painting Acrylics Art Class for their wonderful display.
A tip of the hat to our always reliable and talented photographer Rami Negev and to Public Affairs chief Darryl Levine, who put together an excellent video montage of our winners. I was pleased to see a number of winners from District 2. Park Place, still a relatively new street, had some winners. This included Ralph and Carole Rimokh. We presented are top finishers with certificates and plaques. Liberal Member of Parliament for Mount Royal Anthony Housefather and Liberal Member of the National Assembly for D’Arcy McGee David Birnbaum joined us. Anthony presented Dirk with a special certificate and a Canadian flag; David read and presented a letter written by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard. Mayor Brownstein and Councillor Allan J. Levine delivered remarks. Allan has been Dirk’s city councillor for 30 years.
Dirk was visibly moved as he came to the front of the room to accept our gifts and plaudits. Speaking on his behalf was daughter Corinne.
“Our father has worked with plants and flowers his entire life, beginning in Holland, where he cultivated tulip bulbs with his father and his brothers,” she said. “He immigrated to Canada in 1950, where he began working at Gratton Greenhouses in Saint Laurent. He and his wife, Toos, set down roots in Côte Saint Luc with the purchase of Edgewood Nurseries in January of 1956. We are proud to have the opportunity of providing floral arrangements and plants to so many in the community for over 60 years. We have all heard the expression ‘take time to stop and smell the roses.’ How fortunate our family has been to be able to ‘take time to stop and smell the roses’ on a daily basis.”
The surprises were not over yet as Harold Cammy and Maurizio Giobbi wheeled in a beautiful cake, decorated like a giant flower.The ceremony happened to be held on the eve of Dirk's 92nd birthday so everyone in the room sang together.
Bravo to everyone!
Here is a list of the winners
W – 1 - 6130 Bernard Mergler
W – 2 - 5889 Tommy Douglas
W – 3 - 5960 Tommy Douglas
W – 1 - 5778 Park Place (Sadr Ghayeni)
W – 2- 5716 Park Place (Ralph and Carol Rimokh)
W – 3 - 5720 Park Place
W – 1 – 5588 Randall
W – 2 - 6799 Baily
W – 3 - 6706 Charest
W – 1 - 5528 Hudson
W – 2 - 624 Smart
W – 3 - 5527 Hudson and 628 Smart Tied for 3rd
W – 1 - 5777 Rand
W – 2 - 5766 Westluke
W – 3 - 5759 Hudson
District 5 Part II
W – 1 - 5710 Wentworth
W – 2 - 5735 Westluke
W – 3 - 5713 Westluke
W – 1 - 5830 Einstein
W – 2 - 5604 McMurray
W – 3 - 7480 Spring
W – 1 - 6848 Emerson
W – 2 - 6845 Weizmann
W – 3 - 5608 Edgemore
W – 1 - 6531 Wallenberg
W – 2 - 6529 Aldrin
W – 3 - 6529 Wallenberg
W – 1 - 7386-7388 Kildare
W – 2 - 5860-5862 Shalom
W – 3 - 6613-6615 Baily
District 8 W - 1 - 6043 Cavendish
District 8 W - 2 - 6047 Cavendish
District 2 W - 3 - 6602 Mackle (Robert and Sandra Lubarsky) and 6604 Mackle (Jason and Carol Balinksy) Tied for 3rd
W -1 - 6800 Mackle, Beth Israel
W - 2 - 5740 Hudson, Beth Zion
W - 3 - 7070 Guelph, St Richards
W -1 - 5740 Cavendish - Castel Royal
W - 2 - 8000 Côte Saint-Luc Rd - B’nai Brith House
W - 3 - 6767 Côte Saint-Luc Rd - St. Patrick Square
W - 1 - 7001 CSL Rd - CSL Shopping Center
W - 2 - 5800 Cavendish - Cartier Cavendish
W - 3 - 5850 Cavendish - New Shell gas Station
District 2 W – 1 - 5840 Marc Chagall, Bellagio
District 8 W – 2 - 6030 Cavendish, Le Bristel
District 8 W – 3 - 6625/35 Mackle, Mackle Manor
The City of Côte Saint-Luc recognized its volunteers on Thursday evening, November 3 with a different kind of event than in years past. Everyone was invited to the Cineplex Theatres at the Quartier Cavendish where they were ushered into one of two cinemas, given a choice of drinks and snacks and treated to a screening of the comedy motion picture Keeping Up With the Jones`.
This year`s award winners were showcased via video on the big screen. Technical difficulties in one of the rooms caused somewhat of a glitch. But here is the video and a detailed summary of the award winners.
Community Services Award - Recognizes a volunteer couple for exceptional contribution to the community special events programs;
2016 Bernie & Joan King
Bernie and Joan were longtime residents of CSL and were extremely active on many committees. Although they moved to neighboring NDG right on the border of CSL they continue being active on Special Events. During the past 20 some odd years they have been dedicated judges on the Maisons Fleuries Contest. Their dependability, integrity and willingness have been of major service to this Special Event. What may sound easy the judging of homes for floral display is not so easy? Going out for hours at a time for several days in 30° plus July heat is not an easy task. They are often because of their impartiality called upon to judge several districts and to final judge when there are tie scores in other districts. In short most deserving of this award,
William E Kesler Memorial Trophy – Recognizes a volunteer for their exceptional contribution to the Parks and Recreation special events programs;
2016 Steven Monk
Steven has been a volunteer member of the Côte Saint-Luc Minor Hockey Association for well over a decade. Aside from many years spent coaching, Steven has served in the capacity of coaching coordinator on the executive for many years where he was a liaison with the associations coaches and was always available to assist the coaches with any issues that arose. Steven has also worked with the associations developers to act as a liaison with the coaches, as well as establish a plan for the overall development of the players in the hockey program. Even after his own children graduated from the program, Steven continues to remain involved in these capacities.
Royal Canadian Legion Brigadier Frederick Kisch, Branch # 97 Award, Recognizes the Youth Volunteer of the Year , a “leader of tomorrow”, for outstanding efforts in making a difference in Cote Saint-Luc through volunteer activities.
2016 Alison Levine
Alison was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and is 26 years old. She is an athlete in the sport of boccia. Boccia is a Paralympic sport of precision, concentration, and muscle control. She plays in the BC4 category which is for athletes with severe disabilities affecting the whole body, other than cerebral palsy. She has played many adapted sports in the past from wheelchair rugby but now concentrate on boccia as it is physically the only sport suited for her level of disability. If it were not for her disability she feels she would probably never have had the opportunity or honor to represent her country or get to spend her days playing a sport she loves. Paralympic sport requires her to push through barriers to achieve her goals, allows her to be proud of who she is no matter how she looks, and gives her the courage to be the best that she can be. She has won in 2016 the European World Open (Portugal) Doubles = Silver, American World Open (Montreal) Doubles = Silver and the American World Open (Montreal) Individuals = Bronze. In 2015 she won the Parapan American Games (Toronto) Doubles = Silver, World Open Championships (Poland) Doubles = Silver, World Open Championships (Poland) Individual = Silver and Americas Team and Pair Championships Doubles = Gold. In 2014 she won the Boccia Masters Portugal Doubles = Bronze.
Socio-Cultural Award, Recognizes a volunteer for their exceptional contribution to the City’s socio-cultural programs;
2016 Mark Cohen
The Library would like to nominate Mark Cohen who has founded and been running the weekly adult chess program since February 2014. This program has been very successful. Mark facilitates sanctioned tournaments and is an excellent instructor devoting many hours to the community. Since its inception, children’s chess has become very popular at the Library as well.
Special Recognition Award
2016 Isabella Pucciarelli
Isabella has already worn a few hats during her time as a volunteer in the Children’s Department at the Côte Saint-Luc Library. She began volunteering with us when she was 12 years old and consistently impressed the staff with her dedication to the program and her sunny disposition. Isabella is always seeking out more opportunities to help. When she was just a few weeks away from turning 13, she took the initiative to ask if she could graduate from Early Volunteering Program to become a Reading Buddy. In a short period of time, Isabella has already helped several elementary school students become more confident readers. Her enthusiasm and passion for reading are infectious. She is a natural mentor, and never fails to inspire her Reading Buddies. It is clear that Isabella will be an advocate for libraries and will be giving back to her community for years to come.
Hazel Lipes Award - Recognizes a volunteer for their exceptional contribution to the Community Services Programs.
2016 Philip Goldberg
Phil Goldberg has been the art teacher for the Côte Saint-Luc Men’s Club for nearly 12 years. Meeting every Wednesday morning with his beginners’ class, and Friday mornings with his more experienced participants, Phil has put his heart, soul, and immense talent into turning out gifted painters. Phil creates a sense of camaraderie and enthusiasm among his devoted students.
EMS Award – Excellence in operations
2016 Or Hilzenrat
The EMS Excellence in Operations award goes to Or Hilzenrat. Since being promoted to Lieutenant of Logistics last year, Or continues to excel in this branch. He has taken ownership of our equipment and logistics and is always stepping forward with new ideas to improve our systems and processes. Often working behind the scenes, Or is a great member of the EMS team.
EMS Award – Excellence in training
2016 Mark Metivier
The EMS Excellence in Training award goes to Mark Metivier. Mark was recently named Captain of Training, after having served as the Lieutenant for a number of years. Under Mark's leadership and instruction, we have streamlined our training, recruiting, coaching and quality assurance processes for our members. Now, we are able to better track our members from new recruit to seasoned vet, ensuring that they remain up-to-date with their clinical, training and quality assurance requirements.
EMS AWARD – Rookie of the Year
2016 Bev Mitelman
Our Rookie of the Year award goes to Bev Mitelman, in recognition of her contributions to EMS within the first year of service. In addition to getting fully immersed as a new EMS medic, Bev is actively involved in our community outreach and fundraising strategies, bringing her professional experience and her engaging personality to the benefit of EMS.
2016 Bert Rabinovitch
The vCOP Award is given to Bert Rabinovitch in recognition of his on-going efforts with the vCOP smoke detector brigade program. Bert has been instrumental in developing this program, getting it off the ground and continues to lead this team of volunteers that goes door-to-door checking residents' smoke detectors and replacing batteries, helping in a tangible way to reduce the number of fire-related damages and deaths.
Eco Award, Recognizes a volunteer who has demonstrated leadership in the promotion of environmental advocacy and action within the community. (Missing Inscription)
2016 Dr. Mandie Aaron
Dr. Mandie Aaron, the unofficial den mother to about 75 gardeners is the dedicated president and coordinator of the volunteer-run Côte Saint-Luc Seniors'Community Garden. She came to know the garden by helping her mother, who has had an allotment for more than 20 years. As her involvement with the garden grew, she began to help other gardeners, too, four years ago she was elected garden president and coordinator. Today Mandie gardens in two allotments — her own and one she grows for MADA, a community organization that helps to feed those in need.
Sports Award, Recognizes a volunteer for exceptional contributions to the community sports programs;
2016 Darin Barney
Darin is a dedicated parent who has embraced the idea of volunteering for the good of the Côte Saint-Luc swim team. Over the last few years Darin has dedicated himself to become a fully qualified official and has spent countless evenings in seminars learning the intricacies of the various positions needed during a competition. Darin does not only volunteer at home competitions, but also represents CSLA at all our competitions, weather they are local or out of town. Darin represented our organization at the Canadian Age Group Nationals in Calgary, as well as the Québec Games in Montreal. A respected official, Darin provides a positive image for the City and shows, through his actions, the unbiased professionalism that volunteer officials aspire to attain.
Stewart Mankofsky Memorial Trophy, presented to the athlete / volunteer who best exemplifies the qualities of dedication, sportsmanship, and love of competition.
2016 Jordan Glazer
Jordan, a Côte Saint –Luc resident, is a dedicated athlete to the game of baseball. Jordan played a number of years in the intercommunity Baseball league and was a dominant player. Jordan also played with NDG Baseball for over 10 years and was a member of 10 NDG All-Star teams, won four Provincial Championships and appeared in three Canadian National Tournaments. Jordan has won numerous individual awards including being named NDG Baseball’s Borough Athlete of the year in 2009 and at the 2013 Junior League Canadian Nationals. Jordan finished the tournament with the 6th best batting average amongst all tournament players. For the past two seasons, Jordan has been a member of the Midget AAA baseball program where he has been one of the team’s top hitters and pitchers. In addition to his playing career, Jordan has spent time doing charity work with the Montreal Torah Center for helping to feed the needy in the community. He has also volunteered time to help build homes in Africa.
Gerry Weinstein Ambassador of the Year, Honours the Cote Saint-Luc citizen best portraying charitable qualities and serving the community at large
2016 Roy Salomon
Roy has received numerous awards for his volunteer contribution to the sports community. He has served as Honorary Co-President of the Maccabiah Games in Israel in July of 2013. He has also been Vice-President and Honorary President of the YM-YWHA and received the Norah and Joe Rubin Leadership Award for 50 years of involvement with the organization. From 1981-85, Roy served as National Athletic Chair promoting Canadian Jewish athletes. Roy began an eight year term as President of Macabbi Canada in 1990. In 1995, Roy was inducted into the Montreal Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. In 2001 Roy was recipient of the prestigious Yakir Maccabi Award. In 2013, Roy was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, marking the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II accession to the Throne, for giving selflessly in service of his community. Roy is an exceptional human being and is a true Ambassador making all of us extremely proud to have him call Côte Saint-Luc his home.
Volunteer of the Year – Aquatics Program
2016 Michèle Castonguay
Having been a pivotal linchpin to the success of the swim team at Cote Saint-Luc Michele Castonguay has given tirelessly since the inception in 2011. During the year of 2015-2016 the competitions held at Cote Saint-Luc have operated flawlessly under her guidance and preparation of officials and presence. She has led and mentored over 100 other volunteers over the course of the year to achieve qualifications in officiating and has been instrumental in creating a volunteer culture at Cote Saint-Luc aquatics! While this last season has been Michele's final season leading the officials we are confident that the charges she has developed will continue her high standards and quality of leadership. Michele is always welcome to Cote saint-Luc and we wish her the very best!
Edward J. Kirwan Award – Honours the Volunteer of the Year for exceptional contribution to the community Parks and Recreation programs;
2016 Rhonda Shechtman
A volunteer at the Côte Saint-Luc Tennis Club for over 20 years, Rhonda has served in various capacities on the executive since 2006 (President from 2013-2015) Rhonda has been instrumental in assisting the City in determining the best avenue for achieving the long term sustainability at the club. Her roles include marketing coordinator (social media, newsletter/ application form/ event posters), secretary and her contributions to the development of the club's business plan. Her commitment and dedication has been truly admirable.
2016 Joseph Panunto
Ever since he moved to Côte Saint-Luc in 1978 Joe Panunto has been actively involved in the community in various social, educational, religious, cultural, political, and sports related activities. He served as City Counsellor from 1994-1998 and served on the planning and financial committees. He currently heads and plays recreational volleyball. He proposed and actively participated in the setting up of the very successful soccer program here in Côte Saint-Luc. As a parishioner of St. Richard’s Catholic Church, he has served as Warden, sat on the Parish Council, was the President the Men’s Club, organized yearly barbeques at St. Patrick’s Square, has overseen renovations in the church, and organized many fund raising events over the past 38 years. He is currently a Eucharistic minister, usher, and reader in the parish, and has acted as liaison between the City Council and the Parish. As an involved member of the community he served as a committee member of the Côte Saint-Luc Wine-making Contest (which he won prizes in 2008 and 2009, and last year he was the winner of the Maison Fleuries contest in District 7. On the political scene, he has been very active in the D’Arcy McGee Quebec Liberal Party Riding Association and has held the position of ethnic Councillor since 1998. Joe has been married to Brenda for 47 years, has 2 children Stephen and Sarah, and is the very proud grandfather of Aurora and Brennan. A fervent believer in volunteerism and the altruism of “do unto other as you would have them do unto you” and “where there is a will there is a way”, he continues to be involved and encourage others to become involved in the very vibrant community that is Côte Saint-Luc.
Lauréats des prix de bénévolat 2016
Les lauréats des prix de bénévolat de Côte Saint-Luc 2009 sont énumérés ci-dessous. Félicitations à tous les récipiendaires et merci à tous ceux offrent de leur temps à notre communauté.
- Prix de l’ambassadeur de l’année Gerry Weinstein : Honore un citoyen de Côte Saint-Luc illustrant le mieux les qualités charitables du service à l’ensemble de la communauté. Le prix de cette année est décerné à Roy Salomon.
- Prix des événement spéciaux communautaires : En reconnaissance de la contribution exceptionnelle d’un bénévole aux programmes communautaires d’événements spéciaux. Le prix de cette année est décerné à Bernie & Joan King.
- Trophée Mémorial William E Kesler : En reconnaissance de la contribution exceptionnelle d’un bénévole aux programmes d’événements spéciaux des Loisirs et des parcs. Le prix de cette année est décerné à Steven Monk.
- Prix de la légion royale canadienne Brigadier Frederick Kisch, filiale #97 : En reconnaissance des efforts exceptionnels du jeune bénévole de l’année, un « leader de demain » visant à faire la différence à Côte Saint-Luc par ses activités bénévoles. Le prix de cette année est décerné à Alison Levine.
- Prix socioculturel : En reconnaissance de la contribution exceptionnelle d’un bénévole aux programmes socioculturels des Loisirs et des parcs. Le prix de cette année est décerné à Mark Cohen.
- Prix spécial de reconnaissance : Honore un bénévole pour sa contribution significative aux activités récréatives des Loisirs et des parcs pendant plusieurs années. Ce prix reconnaît les accomplissements spéciaux au niveau communautaire. Le prix de cette année est décerné à Isabella Pucciarelli.
- Prix Hazel Lipes : En reconnaissance de la contribution exceptionnelle d’un bénévole aux programmes des Services communautaires. Le prix de cette année est décerné à Philip Goldberg.
- Prix des services médicaux d’urgence : En reconnaissance de la contribution exceptionnelle, de la conscience professionnelle et des qualités de leadership d’un bénévole des Services médicaux d’urgence. Le premier prix d'excellence en gestion des SMU est décerné à Or Hilzenrat. Le deuxième prix d'excellence en excellence enseignement des SMU est décerné à Mark Metivier. Le troisième prix des SMU pour la recrue de l'année est décerné à Bev Mitelman.
- Prix vCOP : En reconnaissance de la contribution exceptionnelle d’un bénévole en tant que leader de la promotion de la sécurité dans la communauté. Le prix de cette année est décerné à Bert Rabinovitch.
- Prix ECO : En reconnaissance d’un bénévole ayant fait preuve de leadership dans la défense et la promotion de l’action environnementale dans la communauté. Le prix de cette année est décerné à Mandie Aaron.
- Prix sportif : En reconnaissance de la contribution exceptionnelle d’un bénévole aux programmes de sports communautaires. Le prix de cette année est décerné à Darin Barney.
- Trophée Mémorial Stewart Mankofsky : Honore un athlète/bénévole qui personnifie des qualités de dévouement, d'esprit sportif, et une passion pour la compétition. Le prix de cette année est décerné à Matthew Zeitz.
- Prix Edward J. Kirwan : Honore le bénévole de l’année pour sa contribution exceptionnelle aux programmes communautaires des Loisirs et des parcs. Le prix de cette année est décerné à Rhonda Shechtman.
- Prix d’excellence pour l’oeuvre de toute une vie en reconnaissance d'une contribution et d’un dévouement exceptionnel. Le prix de cette année est décerné à Joseph Panunto.
I was pleased to attend the second annual presentation of the D’Arcy-McGee Citizenship Medals on June 20 at the Côte-Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre.
Three winners of this National Assembly medal were recognized for having touched and enriched the lives of riding residents through their community engagement. The selections were made by a blue-ribbon jury composed of three former D’Arcy-McGee MNAs: Justice Herbert Marx, Lawrence S. Bergman and Robert Libman.
Bergman provided opening remarks and showed how he remains the ultimate politician, almost a D’Arcy McGee Liberal MNA Emeritus.
At the event, an inaugural winner of the Victor Goldbloom “Vivre ensemble” essay contest was announced. The prize, a tribute to the former MNA, Minister and Official Languages Commissioner who passed away earlier this year, will now be bestowed annually on a Secondary IV or V student studying in the riding.
“I’m privileged to serve a riding population that consistently distinguishes itself by its community involvement, compassion and leadership,” said present-day D’Arcy McGee Liberal MNA David Birnbaum. “We are all beneficiaries of this dedication.”
The winners were Dr. Mark A. Wainberg, Ian M. Solloway and Liselotte Ivry of Côte Saint-Luc. They were honored before friends, family and guests for lifetime achievement in serving their fellow residents and beyond.
For the first time, an additional medal was presented to the winner of the Victor Goldbloom ‘‘Vivre Ensemble’’ Essay contest, open all Secondary IV and V students studying within the riding. Sheila Goldbloom was present for the presentation of the prize, in memory of the former provincial Minister and first MNA for D’Arcy-McGee, Victor Goldbloom. The essay winner, Ben Feldman, was selected by a jury composed of the current MNA, D'Arcy-McGee Liberal Association President Orna Hilberger, retired Professor and Association member Dorothy Zalcman-Howard and Michael Goldbloom, Victor’s son and Principal of Bishop’s University. Ben attends Hebrew Academy on Kellert Avenue.
A music ensemble from École secondaire Saint-Luc in the riding entertained the gathering with a wonderful medley of jazz tunes.
Among those present were the Minister responsible for Access to Information and the Reform of Democratic Institutions Rita Di Santis, federal MP for the Mount-Royal riding Anthony Housefather, Hampstead Mayor William Steinberg and members of our council.
“There is such a rich tradition of volunteer and community leadership in this riding,” noted Birnbaum. “I am pleased and proud to have instituted a National Assembly medals program that allows us to recognize those in the D’Arcy-McGee riding who have given so much back in service of their fellow residents. Today’s three winners exemplify that spirit of community and public service.”
Wainberg, of course, is a world leader in advancing treatment for, and awareness of, AIDS and HIV. His research and collaboration have helped save millions of lives around the world. He was on business in Kenya and unable to attend. His colleague at the Jewish General Hospital, Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, accepted the award on his behalf.
Solloway is presently into the fifth decade of a remarkable career as a family law attorney. He has pleaded cases here and internationally. In addition, he wrote more than 650 judgments during three terms on the Commission d’appel sur la langue d’enseignement. In fact he was the first English-speaking member of that body. Ian also chaired the English-speaking section of the Montreal Bar for an unprecedented eight terms. Over the years he has also been integrally involved in the community.
“Ever since I was a child growing up, community has been important to me,” Solloway said in his acceptance speech. “My uncle was former Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Sam Moskovitch. I always believed that giving back to a community is not just a duty, but a privilege.”
Ivry is a Holocaust survivor who has shared her message of hope and remembrance with hundreds of Quebec children of all origins and backgrounds. Her mother and brother perished at Auschwitz. She was finally liberated from Bergen-Belsen in 1945 at the age of 19 and built a new life in Montreal. Professionally, she was an art teacher. In 2007 she published “I’m Their Voice,” a compilation of letters, poems and drawings from the students whose classes she visited over the years. “I believe we are all here on earth to accomplish a mission,” she said. “Mine is to speak on behalf of the six million Jews who cannot do so themselves.”
As for Feldman, 16, here is excerpt from his winning essay. “On July 6, 2013 a train carrying oil failed to brake properly and started rolling down the tracks towards a Quebec town. When this horrible explosion occurred, Federation CJA raised just over $100,000 for the people of Lac Mégantic along with Dr. Victor Goldbloom. The inhabitants of Lac-Mégantic did not understand why the Jewish community of Montreal was helping them and that is exactly where Vivre Ensemble comes into play. The few people who went there representing Montreal Jews explained that their morals and purpose was to help others, and as the people of Lac-Mégantic needed help, so that is why they came."
Congratulations to Jesse Shuster Leibner, a resident of Côte Saint-Luc`s District 2, who recently received the Scarlet Key for leadership at McGill University Jesse was also offered the Guy Drummond Fellowship as one of the top Political Science Honours students from the 2016 graduating class. He intends to go to Paris for the 2016-17 academic year to pursue graduate studies at Europe's leading school in political science, Science Politiques, and then return to McGill to complete his Masters in Political Science. These activities are supported by the Fellowship. Before that, Jesse will be working this summer as the Economic and Trade Intern for the European Union in Ottawa.
During his time at McGill, Jesse has worked to create meaningful and enduring change in the university community. His positive experience working as a Research Assistant lead him to spearhead the creation of a data base of all the research opportunities in the Faculty of Arts in order to facilitate student access to these positions. While working as vice-president, Academic, of the Political Science Students Association, he worked with students and faculty to develop the first departmental level Assessment and Re-Read Policy. This benefits both students and faculty by removing ambiguity and clarifying rules and· grading procedures. Under Jesse's leadership, the McGill Journal of Political Studies has been transformed into a peer reviewed publication, making it the first undergraduate journal to receive this distinction. Jesse also co-founded Effective Altruists at McGill, which aims to eradicate global poverty by directing funding to the most effective charities.
This year's winners include a wide range of student leaders who are entrepreneurs, politicians, social activists and much more. However, what they all have in common is that in a University known for its active student life, their exceptional commitment makes them stand out among their peers.
Members of Côte Saint-Luc city council and senior staff held a small reception for former Mayor Anthony Housefather on November 30, only hours before his new chief of staff Bonnie Feigenbaum drove him to the train station so he could head to Ottawa and begin life as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Mount Royal.
Anthony served as our mayor for the past 10 years and did an outstanding job. We will miss him terribly, but know that he has landed in a spot he dreamed about for a very long time. Councillor Glenn J. Nashen has stepped in as interim mayor and steered the ship nicely as we head towards tabling our 2016 budget. Dida Berku will assume that role in January as we await for the formal announcement of a by-election for mayor. Councillor Mitchell Brownstein has the support of Anthony and the other six sitting members of council.
We wish Anthony the best of luck in Ottawa and know that he will not be a stranger to us for we have very regular interactions with our MP and his staff.
You can watch a tribute video our multi-talented communications guru Darryl Levine produced here.
A footnote to this story as Anthony co-organized a Chanukah Lighting ceremony in Ottawa, attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, NDP leader Tom Mulcair, Conservative MP Lisa Raitt and many others. The link is here. and embedded below.
Côte Saint-Luc City Council recently presided over another impressive Maisons Fleuries Awards Ceremony, held at the Aquatic and Community Centre. This honours residents who beautify their gardens.
It is a pleasure to walk, bike or drive through the streets of Côte Saint-Luc and see the beautiful gardens that adorn our city during the summer months. The efforts made by many residents to maintain their lawns, tend to their gardens and landscape their flower beds in a creative and unique fashion beautifies our community and is tremendously appreciated.
Councillors Mitchell Brownstein and Allan J. Levine co-chaired this year`s competition and served as emcees for the ceremony. A big thanks to our staff at Parks and Recreation for their hard work, notably Laura Trihas and Cornelia Ziga. Director of Public Affairs and Communications Darryl Levine put together a great video slide show and Rami Negev did his usual top-notch job taking photos. Judges assessed front gardens according to the cleanliness of the property, the appearance of plants and flowers and general landscaping.
We added a nice treat for our guests this year. A silent magic show from Max and Maxine, Max being my old friend Jonathan Levey whom I had not seen perform in many years. His Silent-Comedy Magic show was a sure-fire hit. He brought people on stage from the audience, including Councillor Dida Berku who kept sipping from a cup of milk only to see Max empty the contents from her nose and ears. Check out his website here to book him for your occasion.
As beautifully reported by Councillor Glenn J. Nashen on his blog, Member of the Quebec National Assembly, David Birnbaum, inaugurated the D’Arcy McGee Citizenship Medals on Monday evening, June 22 in Ashkelon Gardens at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall.
I have taken the liberty of sharing Glenn's report.
The first three inductees were selected by a blue ribbon panel of three former MNAs for D’Arcy McGee riding: Dr. Victor Goldbloom, Justice Herbert Marx and Lawrence Bergman. All three served as ministers in previous Quebec Liberal governments. The dedicated Bureau Chief of the riding office, Elisabeth Prass, served as emcee.
Medal recipients were Paula Brauer Shuster, Samuel Gewurz and Barbara Seal.
Paula Brauer Shuster is a retired teacher who now serves as a volunteer library ambassador in Côte Saint-Luc, offering community input on library programs and serving as driver in the home delivery program to those who are home-bound. She is always involved in book sales, the annual city tomato plant giveaway and Canada Day celebrations. Paula serves lunch at B’nai B’rith House and volunteers for the Pharmaprix Weekend to End Women’s Cancers. Library Director, Janine West, noted in nominating Paula: “Her willingness to help and selfless spirit have made her a very beloved member of the Cote Saint-Luc library family.”
Barbara Seal is a former citizenship court judge, Hampstead Town Councillor and director of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. She’s the National President of the Canadian friends of Tel Aviv University and a director of the McGill School for Continuing Studies. In her long professional and volunteer career, Barbara has been chair or director of more than 40 community, educational, cultural and health support organizations. She has lectured widely, has been a lifelong learner, and the recipient of a myriad of citations and awards. She continues to conduct the annual Canada Day Citizenship Ceremony in Cote Saint-Luc.
Samuel Gewurz is a commercial and industrial real estate developer who has given back to his community throughout his life. He has been recognized with awards for his impact on urbanism in Quebec and for his leadership initiatives to promote staying in school, heritage properties and sustainable development. Sam has been a volunteer advocate and supporter of MADA, which provides groceries and prepared meals for thousands fighting poverty, Hebrew Academy and Canadian Friends of Bar Ilan University, among others. MADA director Rabbi Chaim S. Cohen noted in supporting Sam’s nomination: “We are continuously honoured and awed by his care to MADA and the community. He’s a true leader, paving the path of goodness and kindness in our community.”
Music was provided by the local, talented and energetic high school band, Les jeunes musiciens de l’Ecole secondaire St-Luc.
Mr. Birnbaum introduced the medal presentation as a unique and meaningful manner in celebrating the deep involvement and active participation of the citizens of D’Arcy McGee.
Last March Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather stood before a group of supporters at the Quartier Cavendish and announced that he planned to seek the Federal Liberal nomination in the riding of Mount Royal. He did so with the knowledge that incumbent Irwin Cotler would not be seeking a new mandate when the next election is held, likely next October.
From that point on Anthony developed a machine, signed up about 3,000 members and waited for news when the party would call a nomination meeting. Last summer Jonathan Goldbloom, a highly respected and successful public relations professional, threw his hat in the ring. The race was on.
The much anticipated nomination day arrived on Sunday, November 30. Voting took place simultaneously at the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre and the Côte des Neiges Community Centre. In the end, Anthony prevailed by a substantial margin.There were 1,948 votes cast and 20 ballots rejected.
I have had the privilege of serving on Mayor Housefather’s council for nine years now so I know what he is capable of. Becoming the next MP for Mount Royal has been a dream of his. Now he is one step closer, but recognizing that the Conservative Party of candidate will represent a formidable opposition be it Robert Libman or Beryl Wajsman, the two declared candidates for that party’s nomination.
Goldbloom was gracious in defeat. He lauded the fact that some 4,500 people signed up as Liberal Party members for this nomination and urged everyone to get behind Anthony for the next election.
Goldbloom deserves a lot of credit for showing the courage to run against such a star candidate like Anthony.
Anthony, who never once took this victory as a certainty, thanked his tireless campaign manager Sidney Margles, chief organizer Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, his parents and endless list of campaign workers. He made special mention of people like Mark and Bonnie Merson and others like them who delayed their departures to Florida in order to be part of the nomination day team.
Anthony remains our mayor and will stay in office until after the next federal election.
I was pleased to co-chair with Councillor Allan J. Levine this year’s Maisons Fleuries Contest, which recognizes the superb floral arrangements at homes, condominiums, apartments and business complexes. Whereas pre-registration was required in the past to qualify for an award, this year everyone who planted something was eligible as our judges fanned across the city to evaluate.
On Monday, November 3, the Mayor and Council hosted the annual Awards ceremony at the Aquatic and Community Centre. In order to jazz things up, we welcomed the Gravy on the Side Variety Hour with Anisa Cameron, Kevin Shustack and Brandon Schwartz. This group, an offshoot of the Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society, performs on occasional Saturday evenings at City Hall. For the purpose of the Awards ceremony they came up with a funny shtick in which Anisa and Kevin told made some lighthearted jokes about CSL, the councillors and our districts while Brandon played the keyboard. The recurring theme was “We are the Champions.”
The room was beautifully decorated thanks to the talents of George Deligeorge, who created an enormous masterpiece banner especially for Maison Fleuries which required countless hours of work and dedication. This is George’s 30th year as an arts teacher in the city and the room was also dotted with works from his students. George’s students stay with him for years, bringing their children and sometimes their grandchildren. In some classes, his students have represented three generations. Many speak of George's "kindness know-how and patience,” and that his classes provide a safe yet exciting space where they can evolve as painters and sculptors.
We recognized George and Louise Ferland, who was on the committee that created Maisons Fleuries 30 years ago. She has been an outstanding asset to this event and production. Although Louise although retired from the city, she remains extremely active within this event and spent countless hours revising all of the plans and judging for the contest. Louise and her partner Sammy Pinsky were judges this year along with Joan and Bernie King, Roslyn Guttman, Bonnie Nobel, Linda Maislin, David Guttman, Sandra Segal, Alice Schwarcz, Roz Kasner, Mark Bessner and our team of Volunteer Citizens on Patrol.
The event’s sponsors were also acknowledged: Les Entreprises Canbec Construction, represented by Tony Ciavattella and CMS Entrepreneur Generaux Incorporé
We had the following categories this year: apartment / condo; seniors buildings; commercial and public buildings; churches / hospitals / synagogues; townhouses; single family and semi-detached dwellings; and duplexes;
Among the winners in District 2 were
Condominium and Apartment and Category
Le Rothchild I at 6500 Mackle Rd
Seniors Residence Category
Third place: Manoire Montefiore at 5885 Cavendish Blvd
Commercial and Public Building Category
Third place: Quartier Cavendish
I handed out the first prize to Karina Pinsonneault of Canada Trust at 5500 Côte Saint-Luc Road.
Overall Courtyard Townhouses
Second Place: Mike and Bluma Litvack from Cambridge Courts on Mackle Road
First Place Tie: Sandy and Bob Lubarsky and their neighbours Jason and Carol Balinsky from Cambridge Courts on Mackle Road
Single Family & Semi-Detached Homes:
Second Place, 5777 Ilan Ramon Crescent and
First Place, 5794 Ilan Ramon Crescent
A big thanks to Director of Parks and Recreation David Taveroff, lead staff persons on the event Cornelia Ziga and Laura Trihas, photographer Rami Negev and our technical guru Maurizio Giobbi.