Greetings from Saint-Lazare... but only upon request
Saint-Lazare mayor Pierre Kary recently announced that he will help residents celebrate milestone events but only if an official request is submitted to the town in a timely fashion.
The town announced last week that anyone living in Saint-Lazare who wants mayoral well wishes will receive personally signed standard size letters. Such documents will be mailed to help celebrate the birth of a child, a wedding or a significant wedding anniversary.
Saint-Lazare communications director Geneviève Hamel said the policy replaces an old one where only residents holding special events at the Saint-Lazare Catholic Church received the greetings (in the form of a card with the town's logo on front.)
"The previous administration used to send a card to all people who had children or got married in Saint-Lazare... We had an agreement with the Catholic church, who sent us the names of the people who held their events there," she said.
But since similar requests to other churches in the area did not yield results, the current administration felt it was not "appropriate to only send notices to Catholics."
Since it announced the new policy last week, Hamel says the town has received more than a half-dozen requests for mayoral letters.
The practice is popular in European towns, as well as with Canada's prime minister and governor general, and with provincial premiers, Hamel noted.
"When my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, (our family) requested and received letters from (prime minister) Stephen Harper, (premier) Jean Charest, and the governor general of Canada," she said.
The family had the documents framed for the couple.
Requests, which can be submitted in person, through an online form or faxed, must be given to the town at least three weeks in advance. For information, call 450 424-8000.