Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Cit­i­zen­ship and Vol­un­teer Work

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

Claudeis a pil­lar within our Len­noxville com­mu­nity.

He, his wife Diane, and their six chil­dren moved to Len­noxville from Ot­tawa in the mid 1990’s, and he quickly be­came in­volved in the par­ish of St-An­toine’s Catholic Church. In 1997, he pur­chased Pa­peterie Len­noxville, a lo­cal pho­to­copier and sta­tionery com­pany lo­cated at 251 Queen Street, from Ge­orges Blanchette and Doug Fletcher. Although his busi­ness strug­gled dur­ing its first four years, Claude wanted to re­main in Len­noxville, which he now called home.

In 2001, he bought Mo­tel Len­noxville at 94 Queen Street and moved Pa­peterie Len­noxville to the new lo­ca­tion. Claude and his wife spent many long hours re­mod­elling the mo­tel, turn­ing it into a mod­ern and well-equipped es­tab­lish­ment.

With his son, he cre­ated a com­puter ser­vice busi­ness for Len­noxville res­i­dents, pro­vid­ing them with Web site, graphic de­sign, com­puter in­stal­la­tion, and re­pair ser­vices. Claude also main­tains a Web site ded­i­cated to the Len­noxville com­mu­nity and avail­able ser­vices. It can be found at www.len­noxville.qc.ca.

Through his var­i­ous busi­nesses, Claude works closely with Len­noxville mer- chants, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, tourists, and ci­ti­zens, pro­vid­ing each with a high level of ser­vice and his per­sonal touch.

Claude is an in­stru­men­tal mem­ber of the Len­noxville Mer­chant’s Com­mit­tee. Through his im­pli­ca­tion and ded­i­ca­tion, he gained the re­spect of his fel­low mer­chants and was named the first, and only, Chair of this Com­mit­tee in 2010.

With his guid­ance, the Mer­chant’s Com­mit­tee has played an ever-in­creas­ing role in im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life for res­i­dents of Len­noxville. As Chair, he ini­ti­ated ma­jor com­mu­nity events, such as the Len­noxville Street Fes­ti­val held each year in Au­gust, and the Len­noxville Christ­mas Lights Fes­ti­val which, af­ter three years, are very much ap­pre­ci­ated by all.

His work with the Mer­chant’s Com­mit­tee isn’t lim­ited to run­ning meet­ings; he is an ac­tive vol­un­teer dur­ing the Len­noxville Street Fes­ti­val, get­ting up early to help set up ta­bles and bar­ri­cades, and man­ning the Mer­chant’s Com­mit­tee ta­ble through­out the day.

If that wasn’t enough, Claude also plays a role in pub­lish­ing the Lantern news­let­ter de­liv­ered to Len­noxville res­i­dents ev­ery few months in their mail­boxes. Claude man­ages the ad­ver­tis­ing for each is­sue, an es­sen­tial task that is much ap­pre­ci­ated by the Bor­ough Coun­cil.

Your ded­i­ca­tion and strong com­mu­nity lead­er­ship make you the wellde­served re­cip­i­ent of the Len­noxville Cit­i­zen­ship Award.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Seen with Claude Char­ron (mid­dle) are Se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee mem­ber Nancy Mont­gomery and Bor­ough pres­i­dent David Price.

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