Big de­ci­sion for Caisse mem­bers

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Af­ter con­sid­er­ing the idea since 2008, the Caisse Des­jardins de Stanstead is now tak­ing the steps nec­es­sary to merge with the Caisse Des­jardins du Lac Mem­phrem­a­gog. It will ul­ti­mately be up to the mem­bers of the Caisse Des­jardins de Stanstead to de­cide whether or not to merge so an im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion ses­sion will be tak­ing place next Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 22nd.

In an in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal, Caisse Des­jardins de Stanstead gen­eral man­ager Mario Scal­lon and pres­i­dent Jean Des­ruis­seaux spoke about the pos­si­ble merger. “None of our em­ploy­ees will lose their jobs and they will be able to stay in Stanstead. But with the merger our em­ploy­ees will have bet­ter chances for ad­vance­ment,” said Mr. Scal­lon. Both of the ser­vice out­lets in Stanstead would re­main open af­ter a merger, the only dif­fer­ence be­ing that they would be man­aged by the Caisse Des­jardins du Lac Mem­phrem­a­gog. “By cut­ting the man­age­rial ex­penses the Caisse will be more prof­itable for its

mem­bers,” com­mented Mr. Des­ruis­seaux. The busi­ness ser­vices depart­ment of the


has been at

since 2003. “We have had no com­plaints from the busi­ness sec­tor about that,” he added.

Fi­nan­cial sup­port for the community would continue af­ter a merger. “The money for our community will be de­cided eq­ui­tably, de­pend­ing on the num­ber of mem­bers,” said Mr. Des­ruis­seaux as­suredly.

“We have al­ready gone through many steps to­wards the merger. The

Des­jardins has said yes be­cause they saw ad­van­tages to both sides, Stanstead and Mem­phrem­a­gog,” ex­plained Mr. Scal­lon. “To­day it is more strict when it comes to merg­ers,” added the gen­eral man­ager. When mem­bers fi­nally vote on the merger project, 2/3 or 66% of the vot­ers will have to be in favour of the project for it to pass. “We’re con­fi­dent it will pass,” said Mr. Des­ruis­seaux.

All mem­bers of the Caisse are en­cour­aged to go to the in­for­ma­tion ses­sion, which takes place next Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 22nd at 7 pm, at Jardin-des- Fron­tieres school. It will be at­tended by Mr. Scal­lon and Mr. Des­ruis­seaux, the Caisse’s ad­min­is­tra­tors and the em­ploy­ees. An­other meet­ing will be held next month on Septem­ber 11th, 7 pm at Jardin-des Fron­tieres school, when the mem­bers can vote on the merger.

Mario Scal­lon is re­tir­ing on De­cem­ber 31st of this year af­ter act­ing as the gen­eral man­ager of the

for 28 years. He saw the in­sti­tu­tion grow from roughly $5 mil­lion in as­sets to $100 mil­lion. “We have evolved well; they have been good years,” com­mented Mr. Scal­lon. Mr. Des­ruis­seaux has been a vol­un­teer on the Caisse’s board for 30 years, the last 15 as the pres­i­dent.

Vis­i­torsto the 167th Ayer’s Cliff Fair, which runs from Au­gust 23rd to the 26th, will see some nice im­prove­ments to some of the fair­grounds main struc­tures. Thanks to some ac­tive fundrais­ing, the foun­da­tion on one side of the Hor­ti­cul­ture Build­ing has been re­placed and the inside has been com­pletely re-done. “We’ve been want­ing to make some changes in that build­ing but we had to wait un­til the build­ing was square,” com­mented this year’s fair pres­i­dent, Keith MacDon­ald. The Main Build­ing has also re­ceived a makeover with new main steps, new doors, a new wheel­chair ramp and some foun­da­tion work. “That build­ing is now more at­trac­tive and ac­ces­si­ble,” said Mr. MacDon­ald.

“Things are fall­ing into place but there is still lots to do. The an­i­mal en­trants have just started com­ing in but I think we should be full.”

It sounds as if the kids are go­ing to have a re­ally fun way to learn about farm­ing at this year’s fair. New this year will be an in­flat­able mini-farm made of sev­eral blow-up struc­tures, so chil­dren can learn where the food in the su­per­mar­ket comes from. An­other new at­trac­tion will be

tricks and com­edy acts with horses and dogs. The food served in the Din­ing Hall will also be new this year. The Au­berge Ayer’s Cliff has hap­pily stepped up to do the cook­ing.

“We will have a very well- known Quebec per­former on the Grand­stand Fri­day night: Marie Chan­tal Toupin. She sings Quebec pop mu­sic. Then on Satur­day night we have a well-known duet from the West: men­tioned the presi

per- dent. forms coun­try mu­sic.

“We hope ev­ery­one comes out to the Fair. It is a big undertaking and there are a cou­ple of hun­dred vol­un­teers work­ing be­hind the scenes, a ded­i­cated sec­re­tary and board of di­rec­tors. We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate their sup­port and the sup­port of all those that visit the Fair!” con­cluded Mr. Mac Don­ald.

To learn more about the at­trac­tions at this year’s fair you can visit their newly over­hauled web­site at ex­ The Ayer’s Cliff Fair has an oper­at­ing bud­get of $300,000.

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Gen­eral man­ager Mario Scal­lon and board pres­i­dent Jean Des­ruis­seaux are hop­ing the merger of the Caisse Des­jardins de Stanstead and the Caisse Des­jardins du Lac Mem­phrem­a­gog will be ap­proved by mem­bers.

Photo Vic­to­ria vanier

Ac­cord­ing to Keith MacDon­ald, this year’s pres­i­dent of the Ayer’s Cliff Fair, the prepa­ra­tions are go­ing well, as usual.

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