Louise Ferland in the Cote Saint-Luc Arena
This week’s Photo of the Week highlights the magnificent career of Cote Saint-Luc’s Louise Ferland.
Louise began working for the City 32 years ago, in 1980 as a sports coordinator. With a background in swimming and figure skating Louise was a natural for the job. In 2002 she was promoted to the manager of the new CSL gym on Parkhaven.
Louise retired from the City in 2010 but has remained very active as a volunteer ever since. She is busy serving on five committees when she isn’t already occupied on the golf course or skiing (even in Europe).
Currently, Louise is on the executive committee of the CSL Figure Skating Club, the Winter Carnival Dance committee and the Ville Fleurie committee. When I bumped into her last Sunday she was busy helping out with the Learn to Skate program that teaches youngsters as little as 3 years old to have fun on the ice and learn basic techniques, right up to older children learning to perfect their skating.
Learning to Skate in Cote Saint-Luc’s Samuel Moscovitch Arena
Louise worked under five different directors of Parks and Recreation. What stands out most for her was the camaraderie of the staff and the warm, family-like feeling with the volunteers, many of them now close friends with Louise.
For the last 12 years Louise has lived in Cote Saint-Luc. “When I sold my home on the South Shore there was no doubt where I wanted to live,” Louise says with great pride.
In September 2010, upon her retirement I had this to say about Louise: Loyalty and dedication are two words that come to mind in describing Louise. She is also hard-working and passionate about her job and the City. City Council, staff and residents will miss her professional guidance and support.
I had several occasions to work with Louise in the Emergency Preparedness area as well as during live disaster situations such as during the 1998 Ice Storm. Louise was responsible for social services for residents including emergency housing in shelters, food services and more. Her care and attention to detail helped Cote Saint-Luc garner top marks for its disaster readiness.
Good luck Louise. You’re always at home in Cote Saint-Luc!
Louise is most certainly at home in Cote Saint-Luc. As an active volunteer following an active career here I salute her important contribution to the City and its residents. Louise is a wonderful example to the staff, volunteers and residents. Thank you Louise and here’s wishing you many more happy and healthy years of active participation in civic life.
If you know a Cote Saint-Lucer deserving of recognition for making our City a better place to live please send me a photo of them in action in CSL along with a detailed description of their involvement. I’ll be happy to feature others in an upcoming Saturday Photo of the Week.