Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to the community.
“Although there are thousands who have received this award across Canada in the past year, our mayor merits this award more than most,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who presented the award on June 5 during a reception for Côte Saint-Luc volunteers at the Aquatic and Community Centre. “He is multi-talented individual who has proven himself from young age.”
Councillor Berku highlighted his career including being the youngest councillor elected on the island in 1994, helping lead the demerger campaign (with Councillors Ruth Kovac, Mitchell Brownstein and Glenn J. Nashen) in 2005, and serving two terms are mayor of Côte Saint-Luc.
“In particular I must mention the leadership he showed in the construction of this great Aquatic and Community Centre, which was built on time and within budget and which now offers first class facility for our residents,” said Councillor Berku, who also received a Diamond Jubilee Medal last year in recognition of her community service and her initiatives in helping preserve the natural environment. “For as well as being a very accomplished athlete and champion swimmer, Anthony is recognized as a top lawyer in his field.”
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. The medal is intended to honour individuals who have given selflessly in service of their communities. During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized. Côte Saint-Luc was invited to nominate two recipients.
Added Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, “I have worked side by side with Anthony for more than 15 years and I marvel at his energy, intelligence and ingenuity. He is an extraordinary leader and we are very lucky to have him at the helm of our city.”