Big decision for Caisse members
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 expostanstead.com. The Ayer’s Cliff Fair has an operating budget of $300,000.
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.
According to Keith MacDonald, this year’s president of the Ayer’s Cliff Fair, the preparations are going well, as usual.