It’s no surprise that the first visit to a local mayor and council by Israel’s new Consul General in Montreal was right here in Cote Saint-Luc. Ziv Nevo Kulman has been installed in Montreal for barely two weeks and was warmly welcomed to Cote Saint-Luc city hall to introduce him to a community staunchly supportive of, and connected to his native land.
Kulman indicated he felt right at home around the council table with the many words of praise for his country and support for his mission across Quebec. “I feel the love,” he said of his reception to the community.
Cote Saint-Luc has a long bond and deep roots with the State of Israel. Some major examples include:
- Cote Saint-Luc twinned with the coastal municipality of Ashkelon in 1975.
- The flag of Ashkelon has been displayed alongside the CSL flag in our mayor’s office ever since and is identified with a sign on Cavendish Blvd.
- Ashkelon Gardens was created behind the CSL Public Library.
- Ashkelon Crescent was developed in the 1980s.
- Westminster Park was renamed for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the 1990s.
- Yad Mordechai Place was developed in the 1990s.
- Ilan Ramon Crescent was named in memory of the first Israeli astronaut.
The Israeli guest to city hall was not at all what one would expect in a career diplomat. Kulman is dynamic, youthful, hip and cool. As one councillor stated, “Kulman is a real cool man.”
Have a look at the video he produced as an introduction to his new posting. This consul general will be a hit in Montreal and is excited to spread the story of his amazing country to people all over Quebec.
Welcome Ziv. Baruch Habah. You’re always at home in Cote Saint-Luc.
Read more on Councillor Mike Cohen’s blog