Guy Desjardins, Warden of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR), was honoured by his colleagues, family and friends during the annual Warden’s Banquet, held Saturday, November 26 at the River Rock Inn in the City of Clarence-Rockland.
Nearly 220 people were present to celebrate the past year of Mr. Desjardins, who represented the UCPR as Warden throughout 2016. Among the dignitaries present were Mr. Francis Drouin, MP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell; Mr. Grant Crack, MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell; the eight council members of the UCPR; and several other elected officials from across Eastern Ontario, as well as many representatives from the community of Prescott and Russell.
This year, the JP St. Pierre Award – a high municipal distinction that aims to celebrate the exceptional contributions of an individual within the UCPR – was awarded to Mr. Doug Anthony, an extremely dedicated volunteer within his community of the Township of Russell. Thanks to his efforts, several hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for various social and community causes. The award was bestowed to him by Jocelyn St. Pierre, widow of the late Mayor St. Pierre, who passed away suddenly in 2014.
As is also tradition during the Warden’s Banquet, the Warden’s Award was presented during this evening to recognize the dedicated work and outstanding contribution of a municipal employee toward the community. This year, Warden Desjardins chose to recognize Mr. Louis Prévost, Director of Planning and Forestry at the UCPR.
The funds raised at this event, in addition to the Warden’s Golf Tournament held earlier this year, will be distributed to the Clarence-Rockland Mayor’s Golf Tournament Fund, which serves to finance the cost of hours at the municipal skating rink and pool in order to provide families with free access to these facilities during the holidays. The cheque will be presented during the swearing-in ceremony of the incoming Warden, being held on Wednesday, December.