Stanstead res­i­dents re­ceive Ju­bilee Medals

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The town of Stanstead held a Recog­ni­tion Evening last night, em­ceed by coun­cil­lor Jody Stone, the high­light of which was the pre­sen­ta­tion of Queen Elizabeth II Di­a­mond Ju­bilee Medals to two well-known Stanstead res­i­dents: Dr. Gilles Bouchard and Mr. Re­nald De­mers.

Coun­cil­lor Michelle Richard pre­sented the Medal to Dr. Bouchard, first read­ing a let­ter about Dr. Bouchard that she sent to the Stanstead

Jour­nal last year. Josianne Cail­let, on be­half of CAB RH Rediker di­rec­tor My­lene LaBonté, pre­sented the pres­ti­gious Medal to Mr. De­mers, re­mind­ing the au­di­ence that he ac­tu­ally be­gan his vol­un­teer work at the ten­der age of twelve.

“Be avail­able” was the ad­vice that Dr. Bouchard was given al­most fifty years ago when he be­gan prac­tis­ing medicine and, as ev­ery­one knows, he took that ad­vice to heart. His of­fice was open five and a half days a week and Dr. Bouchard vis­ited se­niors res­i­dences in both Canada and the United States in the evening. He also made house­calls long af­ter other doc­tors had stopped do­ing so. In the of­fice on Duf­ferin Street where he served Cana­di­ans and Amer­i­cans, as well as a few fa­mous per­son­al­i­ties such as Guy Lafleur and Mad Dog Va­chon, a sign reads: “No one must pay if you are short of money. Just say Thanks Doc.”

Orig­i­nally from Coat­i­cook, once in Stanstead Mr. De­mers started a Youth Group, served on var­i­ous health and cul­tural com­mit­tees and helped found the Op­ti­mist’s Club. He served as the mayor of Stanstead for sev­eral years and, more re­cently, has been the pres­i­dent of the CAB RH Rediker’s Board for the past twelve years. His vol­un­teer work with the CAB goes well be­yond ad­min­is­tra­tive du­ties: he put in about 100 hours of labour to ren­o­vate the vol­un­teer cen­tre’s kitchen.

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Seen here in the com­pany of Stanstead Mayor Philippe Du­til and Comp­ton-Stanstead MP, Jean Rousseau, are Dr. Gilles Bouchard (far left) and Re­nald De­mers (far right) both proudly hold­ing their Di­a­mond Ju­bilee Medals.

Dr. Gilles Bouchard is seen here with his wife Madeleine Bouchard af­ter be­ing hon­oured.

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