One last hel­ping hand from Jean-Paul St-Pierre


L’ORI­GNAL | The late Jean-Paul St-Pierre be­lie­ved in gi­ving a hel­ping hand up ra­ther than a hand out to those in need.

His last ges­ture of sup­port went out cour­te­sy of his be­lo­ved Jo­ce­lyn du­ring the De­cem­ber inau­gu­ral ses­sion of the new coun­ties coun­cil.

An en­joyable tra­di­tion for eve­ry war­den of the Uni­ted Coun­ties of Pres­cott-Rus­sell coun­cil (UCPR) is to de­di­cate the pro­ceeds from both the an­nual war­den’s golf tour­na­ment and the war­den’s end-of-term banquet to one or more de­si­gna­ted cha­ri­ties or com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice pro­grams or pro­jects wi­thin their own mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty or which ser­ved the Pres­cott-Rus­sell re­gion at large.

The late Jean-Paul St-Pierre pas­sed away in Oc­to­ber be­fore he could fi­nish his term as UCRP war­den for 2014, but he had al­rea­dy de­ci­ded on what to do with the lar­gesse from the two fun­drai­sing events which took place du­ring his time in of­fice.

At the start of the Dec. 17 inau­gu­ral ses­sion of the new 2015 UCPR coun­cil, Jo­ce­lyn St-Pierre pre­sen­ted, in the name of her late hus­band, four cheques, amoun­ting to $18,000, to non-pro­fit groups ser­ving the people and com­mu­ni­ties spe­ci­fic to Rus­sell Town­ship and and al­so to Rus­sell Coun­ty at large.

She no­ted her hus­band “ve­ry much” wan­ted to pro­vide so­me­thing for these “com­mu­ni­ty-fo­cu­sed or­ga­ni­za­tions” in par­ti­cu­lar.

Re­cei­ving $3000 each were the Good Neigh­bours Food Bank, ba­sed in Embrun, and Connec­ting Pieces. Cheques for $6000 each went to le Centre Ur­gel For­get, lo­ca­ted in Embrun, and to the Royal Ca­na­dian Le­gion (Branch 372), ba­sed in Rus­sell.

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