CRE cel­e­brates ten years

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

The first ten years of the Con­fer­ence re­gionale des elus de l’Estrie (CRE de l’Estrie) were high­lighted at the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s monthly meet­ing on June 18th, in Fron­tenac.

“The emer­gence of the CRE in 2004 was an im­por­tant mo­ment in the de­vel­op­ment of Que­bec. For the Estrie and all the re­gions, the CRE pro­motes di­a­logue be­tween elected of­fi­cials, or­ga­ni­za­tions and the govern­ment. In the Estrie, we

con­tinue to work to­gether and to con­tinue in this way, we have a five-year de­vel­op­ment plan,” said the pres­i­dent of the CRE de l’Estrie, Jac­ques De­mers, also the mayor of SteCather­ine de Hat­ley .

“To rec­og­nize and bet on the strength of those ac­tors of re­gional de­vel­op­ment has al­ways been at the heart of our ac­tions. To­day, more than ever, I am very proud to be the gen­eral di­rec­tor of this or­ga­ni­za­tion,” con­tin­ued Mrs. Wolfe, the gen­eral di­rec­tor of the CRE de l’Estrie.

“Thanks to the CRE de l’Estrie, each city, each vil­lage, each MRC has the chance to con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of its re­gion and in the at­tain­ment of am­bi­tious ob­jec­tives that could not be re­al­ized in isolation,” com­mented Sher­brooke mayor Bernard Se­vi­gny who is also the first vice-pres­i­dent of the CRE de l’Estrie.

The Granit MRC pre­fect, Mau­rice Bernier, was the pres­i­dent of the CRE de l’Estrie be­tween 2009 and 2013. Hav­ing played an im­por­tant role in the cre­ation of the Re­seau des CRE du Que­bec, he was the spokesper­son in 2013. “It was a priv­i­lege to be the pres­i­dent of the CRE de l’Estrie for four years. Dur­ing this time, I had a ring­side seat in an or­ga­ni­za­tion that is in­dis­pens­able to the de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion. I made it a pri­or­ity for the CRE de l’Estrie to be proac­tive in its sup­port of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties,” said Mr. Bernier.

Some CRE de l’Estrie ac­com­plish­ments over the last ten years in­clude man­ag­ing about fif­teen in­vest­ment funds in part­ner­ship with the com­mu­ni­ties and the fi­nan­cial sup­port of more than eight hun­dred ini­tia­tives.

Seen at last week’s meet­ing of the CRE de l’Estrie were (left to right) Jac­ques De­mers, CRE de l’Estrie pres­i­dent and the mayor of Ste-Cather­ine de Hat­ley; Granit MRC pre­fect and for­mer pres­i­dent of the CRE de l’Estrie, Mau­rice Bernier; Di­rec­tor gen­eral of the CRE de l’Estrie, Marie-He­lene Wolfe; and Sher­brooke mayor Bernard Se­vi­gny who is also the first vice-pres­i­dent of the CRE de l’Estrie.

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