At City Hall: I am one of the eight Municipal Councillors in the City of Côte Saint-Luc. The Mayor has appointed me to oversee the Public Safety and Traffic dossiers as well as the Emergency Preparedness committee.
I was first elected in District 6 by acclamation in 1990, and again in 1994 and 1998, until the forced mergers in 2002.
I continued to volunteer in overseeing Emergency Preparedness at City Hall during the Borough/merged years of 2002-2005 and was re-elected by acclamation for the fourth time in 2005.
On November 1, 2009 I was re-elected to a fifth term on Council.
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Living my entire life in Cote Saint-Luc (on Cork Avenue for nearly three decades and volunteering here ever since high school days) has given me a great understanding of our local needs and expectations. I was the youngest member of City Council during my first three terms yet amassed vast experience with 30 years of involvement on the local scene.
On Committees: I have served on nearly every CSL committee (see list below). I launched the Emergency Services Committee which I have chaired since 1990. In the mid 90s, I recommended the creation of a Communications Committee – which led to our municipal newsletter, The Côte Saint-Luc Courier. The Côte Saint-Luc/Hampstead Committee was set up on my recommendation and met from 1993-1996 forming closer links with our neighbouring town.
In the last few years I have chaired the Traffic/Transportation committee and have championed new crosswalk safety initiatives making our streets and school zones safer. I also prposed the creation of the CSL Cycles network which started in 2010. We are seeing the steady expansion of cycling lanes and routes and safety signs.
In action: I have been actively involved with the EMO/EMS for 30 years. I am most proud of introducing the first municipal legislation in Canada requiring bike helmets in 1992. I co-chaired the CSL Demerger Committee with Anthony Housefather, Mitchell Brownstein and Ruth Kovac and we succeeded in getting our city back. In the last few years I fought to keep our Police and Fire Stations in CSL and saved our life-saving EMS from being taken away by the Montreal Fire Department. I conceived of and launched the volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) program in 2006.
In crisis: I have assumed leadership roles in the ’98 Ice Storm, major floods, fires, disaster planning and response. I have served as spokesman for the city and assisted in emergency coordination of all services, media and volunteers. Since 1990 I have chaired the Emergency Services and Emergency Preparedness committees.
In the future: I will continue to advocate for more investment in our playgrounds, expansion of our CSL Cycles network for safer cycling and a progressive plan and green redevelopment for the Cavendish Mall. More programs are needed for our seniors as well as to attract young families and I the creation of our new Aquatic and Community multi-generational centre and indoor swimming pool is answering this need. Finally, I plan to create a Community Emergency Response Time to be at the ready for the next disaster.
In the community: Since 2001 I have been proud to serve as the Director of Public Affairs and Communications for the Jewish General Hospital. Previously, I served as Executive Director of Alliance Quebec and Director of the Young Adult Division/Young Leadership Campaign/Jewish Chamber of Commerce with Federation CJA (The Federation of Jewish Community Services of Montreal).
As a community professional I strive to build a strong foundation for the future of our community. My work is very rewarding and it is a genuine privilege for me to contribute in this way.
As a safety oriented young adult: I joined the Canadian Ski Patrol as a teenager and enjoyed the experience so much that I followed courses and began volunteering at Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Measures Organization (now EMS). I certified as an Emergency Medical Technician worked for the Urgences Santé ambulance service since my CEGEP and university days. I was fortunate to serve there for 18 years.
At school: I graduated from Jewish Peretz and Peoples Schools (JPPS), Bialik High School, Vanier College (CEGEP) and McGill University with a BA in Industrial Relations.
As a volunteer: I still find time to serve the community in many ways. I volunteer with the city’s Citizen’s on Patrol (vCOP) program. 2009 marked my 30th year of involvement with the city’s Emergency Medical Services. I served on the board of directors of Agence Ometz following the merger of JIAS (where I also served on the board), JEM and JFS.
At home: I am married to Dr. Judy Hagshi, a wonderful Family Physician who delivers babies, is attending physician in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Herzl Family Medicine Centre, pre-admission clinic and elsewhere at the Jewish General Hospital and at the Jewish Eldercare Centre. Judy is also an active volunteer with the JEM Sheltered Workshop and has co-chaired Combined Jewish Appeal’s Medical Division as well as Super Sunday. In 2009 she was awarded the Plotnick Young Leadership Award at Federation CJA.
We have two beautiful girls, Nicole and Nathalie and a little boy, Jeremy. Our family is a wonderful blend of Sephardi (Judy’s parents coming from Morocco and Yemen via Israel) and Ashkenazi cultures making for tantalizing cuisine, great music and interesting customs.
I am the youngest son of Phyllis and George Nashen. My mother is a talented artist and my father is a very active retiree having dedicated his career in establishing an important manufacturing firm in the clothing industry (Nash Shirt Limited and Glenn Jay Industries).
My eldest brother is Stan Nashen (married to Franci Niznik, children: Jordan and Danielle). My brother Barry is a longtime partner with my brother Jeff (married to Cheryl Carpman, children: Blair, Michael and Cory) as IBM Business Partners at Nashen + Nashen Technologies.
Now you know a little more about me, my family and my professional responsibilities.
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Emergency Services Committee
Strategic Planning Committee
Twin City Committee (with Councillor Mitchell Brownstein)
Fundraising & Sponsorship (with Councillor Harold Greenspon)
Canada Day Committee (with Councillor Richard Schwartz)
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