Nominations called for memorial award
The community service legacy of one of Prescott-Russell’s most beloved mayors lives in the annual award bearing his name. The call for nominations has begun for the J.P. St-Pierre Award.
The award is named in honour of JeanPaul St-Pierre, one-time mayor of Russell Township, whose sudden death during his reelection campaign in 2014 shocked many. This honour is bestowed upon deserving residents of the United Counties of PrescottRussell (UCPR).
The J.P. St-Pierre Award celebrates the exceptional contributions of its nominees to the community and civic life of the PrescottRussell region, through their endeavours in the fields of art, culture, business, professional work, charitable and community works, health, education, public service, media and communications, sports, agriculture, the environment, and other areas. The sole unifying factor is that whatever the recipient’s achievements are, they have made some lasting contribution to the well-being of other UCPR residents.
The award was created in 2015 in memory of Jean-Paul St-Pierre, who served on Russell Township council both as councillor and as mayor and also, during his time as mayor, served a one-year term as warden of the United Counties. During that time, he also sat as chairman of the Eastern Ontario Jean-Paul St-Pierre’s legacy of community will live on. Guy Desjardins has gone to Kingston for the week to attend the Association of Municipalities of Ontario annual convention. He’s taking a message with him, for the province, about making sure to provide enough funds for a proper four-lane expansion of the highway link between Rockland and Orléans.
“I’m there to remind them (provincial officials) that they haven’t forgotten us about the 17,” Desjardins said during an interview.
Desjardins is confirmed for a one-on- Wardens Caucus. St-Pierre also served his home community as a trustee for the Village of Russell Police Board.
“Jean-Paul was a man loved by all,” stated Guy Desjardins, mayor of the City of Clarence-Rockland and current UCPR warden. “He was inclusive, attentive, and energetic. Through his actions and his presence, he touched the hearts and lives of the residents of Prescott and Russell.
Nominations for the award are open for any UCPR resident who has made a significant contribution to the community. Last year’s recipient of the inaugural award was Charles Leduc, an Alfred entrepreneur of long standing and the first francophone chairman of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association during its 104-year history.
Detailed descriptions for the categories eligible under the award guidelines are available at www.prescott-russell.on.ca, by phone to 613-675-4661, extension 2002, or email to prixjpstpierre@prescott-russell. on.ca. Self-nominations, nominations by a family member, and posthumous nominations are not accepted.
One or two awards may be made during any particular year, depending on circumstances with the nominations. The deadline for nominations this year is Oct. 31.