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Reprinted from the Free Press, Dec. 6, 2011

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CSL Celebrates its Volunteers – La célébration de bénévoles

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This week Cote Saint-Luc held its biennial celebration of volunteers in honour of the hundreds of residents who give tirelessly to make this the best community in the Montreal area. The gala event was co-chaired by Mayor Anthony Housefather and Councillors Ruth Kovac, Mitchell Brownstein and Glenn J. Nashen.

It is always my great pleasure to hand out awards to our Emergency Medical Services and Citizens on Patrol volunteers.  I began my comments with thanking our extraordinary professional staff for leading our many volunteers including Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson, EMS Coordinator Melaine Selby, Public Security Chief Michel Martel and Police Commander Sylvain Bissonette.

The EMS award for excellence in operations went to Rafael Aroutunian. Raf, as he is known, is always ready to help, volunteering hundreds of hours, including many overnight shifts. As head of the equipment team, he is an innovator and helps EMS stay on the cutting edge of new equipment and technologies. He keeps an open mind and an attentive ear to the needs of the other volunteers and continuously leads by example.

 
Mayor Anthony Housefather and Public Safety Councillor Glenn J. Nashen congratulate EMS volunteer Rafael Aroutunian

Mayor Anthony Housefather and Public Safety Councillor Glenn J. Nashen congratulate EMS volunteer Rafael Aroutunian

 

The EMS Award for excellence in education went to Jarred Knecht. Since taking over the driver training portfolio, he has brought a breath of fresh air to the training of new EMS drivers. He works to ensure that new drivers have the knowledge and skills to manoeuver the vehicles quickly and safely through the streets of Cote Saint-Luc. Also an active team leader, he is a great resource person for members new and old.

The EMS Award for the Rookie of the Year went to Phil Vourtzoumis.  Since becoming a medic in spring 2009, he continuously seeks to get involved in new projects and tasks. He is a member of the quality assurance team and equipment team. Even as a rookie, defined as less than one year of service, he is a model member and a great part of the EMS team.

 The vCOP (Volunteer Citizens On Patrol) Award was presented for outstanding contribution as a leader in the promotion of community safety.  The winner was Susie Berkson Schwartz. As a vCOP supervisor, she is responsible for coordinating the vCOP volunteers and liaising with emergency services at numerous special events around the City, including sporting, cultural and educational events. She volunteers countless hours at events and on regular patrols. You’ll always find her at our monthly City Council meetings, helping maintain order and assisting residents. She is always smiling and a great asset not only to vCOP, but to the whole city.

Mayor Anthony Housefather and Public Safety Councillor Glenn J. Nashen with award winner Susie Schwartz

Mayor Anthony Housefather and Public Safety Councillor Glenn J. Nashen with award winner Susie Schwartz

 

The Community Special Events Award is presented to the ‘’couple’’ who have made a significant contribution to community special events.  They proved once again why marriage makes good bedfellows….or is that volunteers!!  This delightful couple turned several of our community special events into ‘highlights’ of the year. Who will forget the Carnival Dance whereby they played such a large role in supporting the event with determining the theme, DJ Music, decorations, etc.

They followed up on this event by volunteering at the annual blood donor clinic, and then at the annual Garage Sale.  When it comes to special events, you’re sure to see them always supporting the community of which they are so proud.  And he is a Team Leader in vCOP motivating and encouraging 15 other volunteers to actively participate in community patrols.

The Community Special Events Award goes to….Mindy and Irving Schok.

Irving and Mindy Shok with Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen

Irving and Mindy Shok with Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen

 

This month marks my 30th anniversary of involvement as a volunteer in Cote Saint-Luc since joining EMS.  I know first-hand just how much our volunteers do to make this the best city around.  I salute them all, I thank them all and congratulate all our outstanding volunteers.

Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson takes a risk at the black jack table

Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson takes a risk at the black jack table

 

vCOP Supervisor Mitchell Herf carefully observes the skill of Peter Kovac at the roulette table

vCOP Supervisor Mitchell Herf carefully observes the skill of Peter Kovac at the roulette table

 

CSL Tennis President Jeff Nashen and former vCOP Paula Cohen excited by the dice

CSL Tennis President Jeff Nashen and former vCOP Paula Cohen excited by the dice

 

All the awards listed on Cllr. Mike Cohen’s blog

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Cette semaine, Côte Saint-Luc a tenu sa célébration biennale de bénévoles en l’honneur des centaines de résidents qui donnent sans relâche pour faire de cette communauté les meilleures dans la région de Montréal. Le gala a été co-présidée par le maire Anthony Housefather et la conseillère Ruth Kovac et les conseillés Mitchell Brownstein et Glenn J. Nashen.

Il est toujours mon grand plaisir de distribuer des prix à nos membres du services médicaux d’urgence et les citoyens en patrouille. J’ai commencé mes commentaires en remercier notre personnel professionnel extraordinaire pour diriger nos nombreux bénévoles dont Directeur de Protection civile Jordy Reichson, coordonnateur du SMU Melaine Selby, chef de la sécurité publique Michel Martel et commandant de la police Sylvain Bissonnette.

Le prix d’excellence en EMS opérations se sont déroulées à Rafael Aroutunian. Raf, comme il est connu, est toujours prêt à aider, des centaines d’heures de bénévolat, y compris les nombreux heures durant la nuit. En tant que chef de l’équipe de l’équipement, il est un innovateur et garde les SMU à la fine pointe de nouveaux équipements et technologies. Il garde un esprit ouvert et une oreille attentive aux besoins des autres volontaires et mène en permanence par exemple.

Le Prix EMS pour l’excellence en éducation allé à Jarred Knecht. Depuis qu’il a repris le leadership de la formation des conducteurs, il travaille pour s’assurer que les nouveaux conducteurs possèdent les connaissances et les compétences nécessaires pour manoeuvrer les véhicules rapidement et en toute sécurité à travers les rues de la Côte Saint-Luc. Également un chef d’équipe actif, il est une personne ressource importante pour les membres nouveaux et anciens.

Le Prix EMS pour la recrue de l’année est allé à Phil Vourtzoumis. Depuis qu’il est devenu un infirmier au printemps 2009, il cherche en permanence à s’impliquer dans de nouveaux projets et des tâches. Il est membre de l’équipe d’assurance qualité et l’équipe l’équipement. Même en tant que recrue, défini comme moins d’un an de service, il est membre du modèle et une grande partie de l’équipe EMS.

Le prix vCOP (Citoyens en patrouille bénévoles) a été décernée pour sa contribution exceptionnelle en tant que leader dans la promotion de la sécurité communautaire. Le gagnant a été Susie Berkson Schwartz. En tant que superviseur vCOP, elle est responsable de la coordination des bénévoles vCOP et la liaison avec les services d’urgence lors de nombreux événements spéciaux autour de la ville, notamment sportives, culturelles et éducatives. Elle consacre bénévolement de nombreuses heures à des manifestations et des patrouilles régulières. Vous aurez toujours la retrouver à nos réunions mensuelles du Conseil municipal, contribuant à maintenir l’ordre et aider les résidents. Elle est toujours souriant et un grand atout non seulement pour vCOP, mais à toute la ville.

Ces mon 30e anniversaire de la participation en tant que bénévole à Côte Saint-Luc depuis que j”ai joiné au EMS. Je sais de première main jusqu’à quel point nos bénévoles contribuent pour faire de cette ville les meilleurs autour. Je salue tous, je les remercie et je félicite tous nos bénévoles exceptionnels.

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