CSL Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, wife Elaine and Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen with the volunteer Citizens on Patrol, Dec. 6, 2016 (Photo CSL Communications)
More than 50 members of Cote Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol turned out for a festive dinner earlier this week to end their 10th season of patrolling the community and standing on guard for any emergency. The volunteers were thanked by Mayor Mitchell Brownstein for their devotion to the city in giving so much of their time and for patrolling thousands of hours.
We are like a big family, the mayor said, watching out and taking care of one another.
Greetings were also sent from Ottawa by Anthony Housefather, MP for Mount Royal, who, as Mayor of CSL, would always show up and personally thank each and every volunteer. David Birnbaum, MNA for D’Arcy McGee also sent his profound gratitude from Quebec City.
Patroller Ali was presented with the Rookie of the Year award by supervisors Mitchell Herf and Susie Schwartz. Having arrived from Iran barely one year earlier Ali has become actively involved as a community volunteer while taking courses to recertify as a computer engineer. Thank you Ali!!
Police Station 9 Commander Jean O’Malley took the time to personally salute the volunteer corps for helping to make CSL the safest city on the Island of Montreal. The commander said that he is very pleased with the performance of the group and how easily they interact with and support the local police officers in serving the residents of the city.
Several awards were handed out to those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Jeff Smith was awarded the Top Patroller award for giving 448 hours of his time in patrolling the city in 2016. (And there are still three weeks left in the year. Go Jeff Go!).
Jeff Smith receives the 2016 vCOP Patroller of the Year award from supervisors Mitchell Herf and Susie Schwartz
Many thanks to the volunteer supervisors: Susie Schwartz, Elaine Meunier, Mitchell Herf and Lewis Cohen for doing the heavy lifting all year long. These four give so much energy and devotion to the group and we cannot thank them enough.
There are several Team Leaders and very active individuals to keep the wheels turning in all corners of vCOP, from recruitment and training to administration and fleet coordination. They are all prize volunteers and a few were singled out including Morris Stelcner for leading the Vacation Spot Check team, Sarah Brodsky, a mother of three who often patrols from midnight to 3:00AM, for taking charge of the new member integration and former business consultant and efficiency expert Bert Rabinovitch for heading up the Smoke Detector Brigade.
Abe Miller leads the Fleet coordination team ensuring the proper equipping and maintenance on the group’s four minivans, electric scooters and mountain bikes.
Cookie and Bernie Band are the team’s statisticians, keeping dutiful records of every patrol, emergency call out and group meeting.
Cllr. Ruth Kovac and patroller husband Peter
David Goldsmith is the man behind the monthly reports, tracking every activity, scheduled patrol and special event. These reports make their way to management and City Council to fully absorb the quantitative and qualitative impact of vCOP upon the community.
Elaine Meunier handles the online calendar. Almost all members book their shifts themselves, online. Finding a partner, choosing a time slot, looking ahead at special events could not be easier.
Team Leader Morris Stelcner, responsible for launching the Vacation Spot Check Program wins the 2016 Most Valuable Patroller Award for his leadership and dedication. Seen here with supervisors Mitchell Herf and Susie Schwartz.
Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson and Chief Philip Chateauvert are the professionals in the organization. They oversee and coordinate all safety resources in the city, namely Public Security, EMS, Emergency Communications, Disaster Readiness and vCOP. Many thanks to them for their leadership and support of our volunteer corps.
Many thanks to Pierre Brunet, the generous, civic-minded owner of McDonald’s franchises in the West-End including both CSL locations. McDonald’s graciously donated several door prizes for our volunteers. Next time you see a CSL vCOP enjoying a McCafé please walk over and thank them for serving their community.
Thank you again to all of our volunteers who generously contribute their time to the well-being and security of our city and its residents. They are all to be commended for all of their invaluable efforts.