Emotional farewell for Chris McDonell
Chris McDonell was given a standing ovation by his colleagues and members of the public following his last official council meeting as North Glengarry’s Mayor on Monday, Nov. 26.
Jamie MacDonald, who took over the Mayor’s responsibilities this week, prompted the ovation after paying tribute to the mayor.
“Chris and I have not always agreed but I respect the job that he has done,” Mr. MacDonald said. “He was always approachable, always at ease, and would would walk into a room full of ministers and say ‘how about those Red Wings?’ the day after beating the Leafs.”
Mr. McDonell has spent nearly two decades in local politics. First elected in 2000 as Councillor-atLarge, he was acclaimed as Deputy-Mayor in 2010. He ascended to the top seat after the township’s former Mayor, Grant Crack, entered provincial politics in 2011.
“In 2009, he was elected Warden fof SDG,” Mr. MacDonald continued. “He always had our best interests at heart.”
Mr. MacDonald mentioned how hard the former Mayor worked to remain in the public’s eye.
“On Sundays, he usually did two breakfasts, a lunch, and a church supper,” he said. “He should weigh 400 pounds.”
Mr. McDonell thanked Mr. MacDonald and the rest of council for their hard work.
“We got along well,” he said. “The Maxville water project and fixing the lagoons are the big items. We made some good hires and now we’re set.”
As for the immediate future, Mr. McDonell quipped that maybe a trip to Florida is in order.
“We’ll get out of the cold while everyone else suffers,” he said.
Speaking of the Mayor, Mr. McDonell requested nearly $2,400 be donated to local causes from the Mayor’s discretionary fund.
He asked for $2,000 to go to the grotto rebuilding project in Alexandria and another $400 for Alexandria’s Santa Claus Parade.
Both requests were approved by council.
TREE GIVEAWAY: Representatives of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cornwall (BBBS) and DIstrict and of the Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group gathered outside the latter’s Alexandria office on Saturday morning for the annual Christmas tree giveaway. The public could come by, pick up a tree, and make a donation to BBBS. Shown are Vanessa Rabideau (BBBS), Rachelle Joanette (Commonwell), Brittany Hagen (BBBS), David Murphy (BBBS), Linda Larocque (Commonwell), Lynne Hurtubise (Commonwell), Monique Tourangeau (Commonwell), Jacob Boulanger, Nathalie Chalifoux (Commonwell), Scott DaPrato (Commonwell), and Ron Graham (BBBS.)
EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFT: Leo Chartrand of Vankleek Hill won $500,000 in the October 19 Lotto Max draw. He bought his ticket at the Max Stop Gas & Convenience store in St-Isidore.