Stanstead residents receive Jubilee Medals
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.
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.