At City Hall: I am one of the eight Municipal Councillors in the City of Côte Saint-Luc. The Mayor has appointed me to oversee certain Public Safety dossiers as well as Public Affairs, Communications and Information Technology as well as the Emergency Preparedness committee.
I was first elected in District 6 in 1990, and again in 1994 and 1998, until the forced mergers in 2002.
I continued to volunteer in overseeing Emergency Preparedness at City Hall during the Borough/merged years of 2002-2005 and was re-elected by acclamation for the fourth time in 2005.
In November 2009 I was re-elected to a fifth term on Council and in 2013 to a sixth term.
Living my entire life in Cote Saint-Luc (on Cork Avenue for nearly three decades and volunteering here ever since high school days) has given me a great understanding of our local needs and expectations. I was the youngest member of City Council during my first three terms yet amassed vast experience with 30 years of involvement on the local scene.
On Committees: I have served on nearly every CSL committee (see list below). I launched the Emergency Services Committee which I have chaired since 1990. In the mid 90s, I recommended the creation of a Communications Committee – which led to our municipal newsletter, The Côte Saint-Luc Courier. The Côte Saint-Luc/Hampstead Committee was set up on my recommendation and met from 1993-1996 forming closer links with our neighbouring town.
From 2006 to 2013 I chaired the Transportation committee and have championed new crosswalk safety initiatives making our streets and school zones safer. I also proposed the creation of the CSL Cycles network which started in 2010. We are seeing the steady expansion of cycling lanes and routes and safety signs.
In action: I have been actively involved with the Emergency Medical Services (and formerly Emergency Measures Organization) for over 30 years.
I am most proud of introducing the first municipal legislation in Canada requiring bike helmets in 1992. The fight for province-wide legislation has continued ever since.
I co-chaired the CSL Demerger Committee with Anthony Housefather, Mitchell Brownstein and Ruth Kovac and we succeeded in getting our city back. Since demerger, I fought to keep our Police and Fire Stations in CSL and together with Anthony Housefather and former MNA Lawrence Bergman saved our life-saving EMS from being taken away by the Montreal Fire Department.
I conceived of and launched the volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) program in 2006. This is an extraordinary group of over 80 local volunteers that has helped to ensure that CSL continues to be the safest community on the island. I hold an active, operational position with the group and also go on patrol from time to time.
In crisis: I have assumed leadership roles in the ’98 Ice Storm, major floods, fires, disaster planning and response. I have served as spokesman for the city and assisted in emergency coordination of all services, media and volunteers. Since 1990 I have chaired the Emergency Services and Emergency Preparedness committees.
In the future: I will continue to advocate for more investment in our playgrounds, expansion of our CSL Cycles network for safer cycling and continue to advocate for preservation of Meadowbrook as an important green space.
I am calling for the creation of a “Windrow” service, a residential snow clearing service to help with the removal of snow left at the end of your driveway.
More programs are needed to attract young families and the creation of our new Aquatic and Community multi-generational centre and indoor swimming pool is answering this need. Finally, I plan to create a Community Emergency Response Time to be at the ready for the next disaster.
In the community: Since 2001 I have been proud to serve as the Director of Public Affairs and Communications for the Jewish General Hospital. In 2015, with the reform of the healthcare system across Quebec, I began serving as head of communications for West-Central Montreal Health (CIUSSS Centre-Ouest de l’Ile de Montreal) which administers the JGH, Maimonides, Jewish Eldercare, Miriam Home, Mount Sinai, the former CSSS Cavendish and de la Montagne, MAB-Mackay and all of its sites.
Previously, I served as Executive Director of Alliance Quebec and Director of the Young Adult Division/Young Leadership Campaign/Jewish Chamber of Commerce with Federation CJA (The Federation of Jewish Community Services of Montreal).
As a community professional I strive to build a strong foundation for the future of our community. My work is very rewarding and it is a genuine privilege for me to contribute in this way.
As a safety oriented young adult: I joined the Canadian Ski Patrol as a teenager and enjoyed the experience so much that I followed courses and began volunteering at Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Measures Organization (now EMS). I became certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and worked for the Urgences Santé ambulance service since my CEGEP and university days. I was fortunate to serve there for 18 years.
At school: I graduated from Jewish Peretz and Peoples Schools (JPPS), Bialik High School, Vanier College (CEGEP) and McGill University with a BA in Industrial Relations.
As a volunteer: I still find time to serve the community in many ways. I volunteer with the city’s Citizens on Patrol (vCOP). 2009 marked my 30th year of involvement with the city’s Emergency Medical Services and in 2014 I was honoured with the Governor General’s Award for Exemplary Services in Emergency Medical Services.
I served on the board of directors of Agence Ometz following the merger of JIAS (where I also served on the board), JEM and JFS.
At home: I am married to Dr. Judy Hagshi, a wonderful Family Physician who delivers babies, is attending physician in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Herzl Family Practice Centre, pre-admission clinic and elsewhere at the Jewish General Hospital. Judy served on the board at the Jewish Eldercare Centre and was very active with the JEM Sheltered Workshop and co-chaired Combined Jewish Appeal’s Medical Division as well as Super Sunday. In 2009 she was awarded the Plotnick Young Leadership Award at Federation CJA.
We have two beautiful girls, Nicole and Nathalie and a little boy, Jeremy. Our family is a wonderful blend of Sephardi (from Morocco and Yemen via Israel) and Ashkenazi cultures making for tantalizing cuisine, great music and interesting customs.
I am the youngest son of Phyllis and George Nashen. My mother is a talented artist and my father is a very active retiree having dedicated his career in establishing an important manufacturing firm in the clothing industry (Nash Shirt Limited and Glenn Jay Industries).
My eldest brother is Stan Nashen (married to Franci Niznik, children: Jordan and Danielle). My brother Barry is a longtime partner with my brother Jeff (married to Cheryl Carpman, children: Blair, Michael and Cory) as IBM Business Partners at Nashen + Nashen Technologies.
Now you know a little more about me, my family and my professional responsibilities.
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Emergency Services Committee
Traffic / Transportation Committee
Strategic Planning Committee
Twin City Committee (with Councillor Mitchell Brownstein)
Fundraising & Sponsorship (with Councillor Harold Greenspon)
Canada Day Committee (with Councillor Richard Schwartz)
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