White House’s loss; a young man’s hopes
North Hatley’s White House will lose a resident in the next few days when Vincent Beaudry will leave the extended care facility for one built especially for people in his condition in Sherbrooke.
Mr. Beaudry, who is 35, suffered a fall when he was a toddler that made him an epileptic and from the admission of his parents, a very difficult child to manage. But they didn’t learn this for almost twenty years! As a fourteen yearold teenager, Jacques and Diane Beaudry’s son was operated on for his epilepsy. His cranium fully opened, nothing could lead to the true reason for his condition. It would take
The members of the mayors’ council of the Memphremagog MRC elected Jacques Demers, the mayor of Ste-catherine de Hatley, as their new prefect during the meeting of November 23rd. Members also thanked Gerard Marinovich, mayor of Eastman, who had been the prefect during the last two years but had given notice that he would not run again for the position. Mr. Marinovich ended his mandate feeling a sense of accomplishment.
“It seemed essential, when I began my functions, to modify the way we managed our organisation. I can say today that mission was accomplished. Moreover, in the Mount Orford dossier, I am proud to have contributed to assure the continuity of the operations at the station during my mandate. I’d like to congratulate my colleague, Jacques Demers, for his new position and I wish him a lot of success with the challenges that await him,” said Mr. Marinovich.
The nomination of Mr. Demers was warmly applauded by the members of the council. “It is with enthusiasm that I accept this position. During my mandate I hope to raise awareness about our MRC both on our territory and beyond its limits. My objective is also to exploit the talents of the members of our council and favour the visibility of the political representatives of the MRC,” commented Mr. Demers.
Jacques Demers has been the mayor of SteCatherine-de-hatley since 2005. His involvements have been numerous in the region of Memphremagog, as well as in the Townships. He was the deputy prefect for the last two years, he is the president of the Sustainable Development Committee and the consultating environment committee and the president of the Regie de police de Memphremagog and of the Regie de recuperation de l’estrie. In succeeding Gerard Marinovich, he becomes the fourth prefect of the Memphremagog MRC.
Magog mayor Vicki May Hamm was named the deputy prefect. another six years for them to learn that this fall, when a babysitter missed a step with young Vincent in her arms, was responsible for his condition. This led, one can imagine, to a difficult life for the parents, who also have a perfectly healthy daughter.
“He was moved from one facility to another and finally the White House accepted him,” said a grateful father. “Honestly, that was a life saver for us and Vincent.” Before that he had gone through fourteen different places to live.
But, it was not the perfect place for a young and rather bright man for his condition.
So early next week, he will join others in his condition, victims of debilitating accidents or major head trauma, at the Maison La Conquête that Premier Jean Charest inaugurated last week. The new facility, built at a cost of $1,400,000, will lodge, in an apartment setting, ten residents who will have access to a building that will be more of a house for them than their present setting.
Most causes need a spark to help them explode in the public conscience. In this case it took a tragedy a quarter of a century ago, for Martin Matte, the well-known comic who you may have seen in a French Honda commercial, to get involved. Suffering a car accident, his brother, then seventeen, was saved by modern medicine, dying three times, always revived, in a coma for months and alive. Well, without any present memory or any inhibitions . As Mr. Matte says in his monologue about his brother, all victims of these types of problems have different symptoms. You can watch the monologue on the Martin Matte foundation website: tinyurl. com/72odejy . The foundation was a major giver to Maison La Conquête.
It’s hard for a politician to share the billing with a comic, but Premier Charest, his usual self in a non-confrontational setting, handled it with gist and humor.
Premier Jean Charest listening to Mr. Jacques Beaudry while Sherbrooke Mayor, Bernard Sévigny, laughs along with Mrs. Diane Beaudry at a joke made by Martin Matte, at right.
Vincent Beaudry taking a picture of Premier Charest with his mother in the foreground.