En­vi­ron­men­tal ex­cel­lence prize for Gisèle La­casse Benoit

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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.

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MCI pres­i­dent Gisele La­casse-Benoit re­ceived an award for “En­vi­ron­men­tal Ex­cel­lence” on Oc­to­ber 22nd.

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