Environmental excellence prize for Gisèle Lacasse Benoit
Memphremagog Conservation Inc. (MCI) is proud to see our president, Mrs. Gisèle Lacasse Benoit, take home the prize for Environmental Excellence in the category « Personal Contribution » at the Gala of the Fondation Estrienne en Environnement on October 22nd last.
Mrs. Lacasse Benoit has been an active environmentalist for more than 25 years, working to protect Lake Memphremagog and its watershed. As the president of MCI since 2006, she has been responsible for initiating a number of environmental actions in the watershed, including an annual tree distribution to watershed residents, shoreline renaturalization, writing position pieces on blue-green algae, working on the updating of the Memphremagog MRC’s urban plan and putting in place a conservation program that has seen hundreds of hectares of natural landscapes protected in the past 3 years. As well, she was instrumental in the SOS Park Orford movement, which succeeded in reintegrating into the park some 459 hectares of public lands into the Mount Orford Provincial Park in 2010.
MCI has greatly benefited from the work of Mrs. Lacasse Benoit with regard to sensitizing and educating watershed residents, and this recognition underlines the importance of MCI’s actions in protecting our regional drinking water supply. Thanks to her determination, Lake Memphremagog and its watershed are in better shape, even if more work is needed to ensure their long term preservation.
Serge Tougas, now that he has retired and closed his Bed & Breakfast, decided to run, once again, for council. He served four years on council between 2005 and 2009. “I’ve lived in Stanstead 18 years and have always gone to the council meetings and followed all the dossiers,” said Mr. Tougas who also serves on a few local committees. Mr. Tougas is concerned about several issues: attracting more industrial development, working on the infrastructure, and improving accessibility to doctors for Stanstead citizens. “I would also like to improve the quality of public transportation between Stanstead and Magog, and help find new lodging for seniors.”
AJ Bedard is running against Robert Dubois for seat no. 5. Mr. Bedard has no previous council experience, however, he has been on the town’s Recreation Committee for six years, the last four as its president. He has also been involved in other community activities such as the fundraising for the Pat Burns Arena and the La Petite Seduction experience. “I want to make Stanstead a better place for families, a better place to live in. I’ve always been interested in administration and I thought it would be good experience to see how a town works. Like they say, you shouldn’t complain about anything unless you’ve been there!” commented Mr. Bedard.
Unfortunately, several efforts to find Mr. Dubois’ phone number so that he could be contacted were unsuccessful.
MCI president Gisele Lacasse-Benoit received an award for “Environmental Excellence” on October 22nd.