vCOP Supervisors Mitchell Herf, Susie Schwartz and Lewis Cohen with Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen and Mayor Anthony Housefather at volunteer end-of-year celebration

vCOP Supervisors Mitchell Herf, Susie Schwartz and Lewis Cohen with Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen and Mayor Anthony Housefather at volunteer end-of-year celebration

You can never say thank you enough to the men and women in orange uniforms who go above and beyond in serving their community. The members of Cote Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol are an incredible group of dedicated individuals. Day after day, 52 weeks a year these folks choose to forego their own free time to patrol our streets, keeping us safe. They could have chosen to be with family or friends, or curling up with a book, or watching TV. Instead, they freely choose to serve you and me and the entire community.
Last night, at the annual vCOP Holiday Party, it was an occasion for me, as Councillor responsible for vCOP and Emergency Preparedness, to say thank you to all our volunteers on behalf of the residents of Cote Saint-Luc.
CSL Public Security Manager Philip Chateauvert, vCOP Supervisor Susie Schwartz and Police Commander Marc Counoyer

CSL Public Security Manager Philip Chateauvert, vCOP Supervisor Susie Schwartz and Police Commander Marc Counoyer

Mayor Anthony Housefather, along with Councillors Ruth Kovac, Allan J. Levine and Dida Berku came to thank our vCOP crews. Housefather said, “What distinguishes Cote Saint-Luc from so many other municipalities is our incredible sense of volunteerism. That each of you is willing to spend so many hours looking after our community as you do, in good weather and bad, late at night and early in the morning, speaks volumes about how good natured you are and how much you care about your neighbours.”
A couple of patrollers: Abe Miller and Elaine Meunier

A couple of patrollers: Abe Miller and Elaine Meunier

Councillor Levine was kind enough to thank me for coming up with the vCOP idea and working to make the group a reality. Eight-and-a-half years later we are so lucky to have 85 amazing patrollers, four marked patrol vans, electric scooters, electric bikes, mountain bikes and radio communications equipment. We have regular training meetings, active committees to oversee our smoke detector brigade, to draw out members to volunteer at city wide events and to prepare to spring into action in a disaster. We have crews who deliver food baskets to the needy and dozens of patrollers ready to drop everything to report for duty when needed by the Police Department for missing persons, by the Fire Department for building evacuations, by the Engineering Department to distribute water bottles during a water shutdown, by the Library to keep things calm during frantic study week, by Public Works to block streets when a tree has fallen blocking the road and so much more.
EMS volunteer Joy Rodgers thanked vCOP for lending a helping hand during emergencies. Seen here with renowned Public Security Agent Johnny "Elvis" Champagne and Cllr. Ruth Kovac.

EMS volunteer Joy Rodgers thanked vCOP for lending a helping hand during emergencies. Seen here with renowned Public Security Agent Johnny “Elvis” Champagne and Cllr. Ruth Kovac.

Commander of Neighbourhood Police Station 9 Marc Cournoyer wowed the crowd with his fluency in a few words of Hebrew. “Todah Rabah,” Cournoyer carefully pronounced (Thank You in Hebrew). “Next year I’ll practice my Yiddish,” the Commander added, to applause from the volunteers. “We appreciate your work and the cooperation between your group and my officers is very important.”
Ladies of vCOP: Roz Kasner, Florence "Cookie" Band, Ellie Pomerantz and Assieh Fazel

Ladies of vCOP: Roz Kasner, Florence “Cookie” Band, Ellie Pomerantz and Assieh Fazel

Our members include notables such as longtime sports organizer Ron Yarin, artist of iconic Montreal scenes Mike Litvack, sports and community organizer Irving Shock, lawyer and community activist Jacques Berkowitz, attorney Marvin Zwikler who celebrates 30 years working as a paramedic with Urgences Santé this week, businessman Harvey Cherow, hockey coach Bernie London and pharmacist Marty Labow.
vCOP patrollers Harvey Cherow, Jeff Smith, Marvin Zwickler and Warren Schmetterer

vCOP patrollers Harvey Cherow, Jeff Smith, Marvin Zwickler and Warren Schmetterer

The most valuable patroller award was given to former journalist Peter Sauvé for most hours on the road. Former Westmount firefighter Abe Miller was awarded for most hours on duty for Emergency Call Outs, those times when a member is summoned into action on a moment’s notice, while his wife, longtime St. John’s Ambulance volunteer Elaine Meunier was singled out for her outstanding efforts at handling the complex scheduling arrangements of all members throughout the year.
Irving Shock with new recruit Tudor

Irving Shock with new recruit Tudor Ionele

Meunier, along with vCOP Senior Supervisor Lewis Cohen were feted among hundreds of residents at last month’s Cote Saint-Luc volunteers night gala as outstanding members of the vCOP organization.
Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to all of our CSL vCOP members. Wishing you and your families the happiest of holidays.