Mayor Housefather receives Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award

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City Council congratulates Mayor Anthony Housefather on receiving the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award

City Council congratulates Mayor Anthony Housefather on receiving the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award

Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to the community.

“Although there are thousands who have received this award across Canada in the past year, our mayor merits this award more than most,” said Councillor Dida Berku, who presented the award on June 5 during a reception for Côte Saint-Luc volunteers at the Aquatic and Community Centre. “He is multi-talented individual who has proven himself from young age.”

Councillor Berku highlighted his career including being the youngest councillor elected on the island in 1994, helping lead the demerger campaign (with Councillors Ruth Kovac, Mitchell Brownstein and Glenn J. Nashen) in 2005, and serving two terms are mayor of Côte Saint-Luc.

“In particular I must mention the leadership he showed in the construction of this great Aquatic and Community Centre, which was built on time and within budget and which now offers first class facility for our residents,” said Councillor Berku, who also received a Diamond Jubilee Medal last year in recognition of her community service and her initiatives in helping preserve the natural environment. “For as well as being a very accomplished athlete and champion swimmer, Anthony is recognized as a top lawyer in his field.”

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. The medal is intended to honour individuals who have given selflessly in service of their communities. During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized. Côte Saint-Luc was invited to nominate two recipients.

Added Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, “I have worked side by side with Anthony for more than 15 years and I marvel at his energy, intelligence and ingenuity.  He is an extraordinary leader and we are very lucky to have him at the helm of our city.”

Outstanding CSLer awarded Queen’s Jubilee Medal

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Dr. Marc Afilalo receives the Queen's Jubillee Medal by Councillor Glenn J. Nashen and Mayor Anthony Housefather surrounded by his family

Dr. Marc Afilalo receives the Queen’s Jubilee Medal by Councillor Glenn J. Nashen and Mayor Anthony Housefather surrounded by his family

I was honoured to join Mayor Anthony Housefather in presenting the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal to Dr. Marc Afilalo at the February 11th public council meeting of the City of Cote Saint-Luc.

This award is quite prestigious and I am so pleased that Dr. Afilalo, Chief of Emergency Medicine at the Jewish General Hospital and professor in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, is one of two recipients who received this award as nominated by City Council.

Dr. Marc Afilalo is a formidable nominee on the part of our city.  City Council, on behalf of Her Majesty, has recognized and shown immense appreciation to Dr. Afilalo who has been one of the staunchest supporters of CSL Emergency Medical Services dating back more than three decades.  Dr. Afilalo was a significant influence upon the Quebec government in saving EMS when the Fire Department mergers took place ten years ago and gobbled up all first response services on the Island of Montreal, except in CSL.

Dr. Afilalo has stood with CSL in our campaign to recognize Paramedics in Quebec since the 1980’s. He is one of the gurus of Emergency Medicine in Quebec and has served as adviser to several health ministers.

Having known Dr. Afilalo for well over 25 years I think he is an outstanding nominee, a mentor to hundreds of young students and a remarkable Cote Saint-Lucer and an extraordinary leader in the field of Emergency Medicine and in our community.

Congratulations Dr. Afilalo on this well deserved honour.

City of Côte Saint-Luc to present Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals to Dr. Marc Afilalo and Roy Salomon

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The City of Côte Saint-Luc has nominated and will present Dr. Marc Afilalo and Roy Salomon with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals at the start of the council meeting on February 11, 2013 at 8 pm.

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Dr. Marc Afilalo has been nominated for this award for his contribution in the field of

emergency medicine. Chief of the Emergency Department at the Jewish General Hosp

ital for the past 27 years, Dr. Afilalo has become a reference in the field of overcr

owding, use and misuse of the Emergency Department, acute asthma mana

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nt, pain control, treatment of unstable angina and myocardial infarct.

He is also largely credited for the recognition and development of emergency medicine as

 a specialty in Quebec.

Roy Salomon has been nominated for his long time involvement with Maccabi Canada, from player to eight-term president of the organization. Mr. Salomon has received numerous awards for his volunteer contribution to the sports community. He is this year’s Honourary Co-President of the Maccabiah Games in Israel. He has also been Vice-President and Honourary President of the YM-YWHA, received the Norah and Joe Rubin Leadership Award for 50 years of involvement with the organization, and is a 2001 recipient of the prestigious Yakir Maccabi Award. In 1995, he was inducted to the Montreal Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

“We are proud that these two deserving individuals are Côte Saint-Luc residents,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “They are both uncontestedly leaders in their respective fields who have realized significant contributions and achievements.”

Côte Saint-Luc will also be acknowledging Councillor Dida Berku who has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her community service and her initiatives in helping preserve the natural environment. Councillor Berku was nominated for this medal by Senator Judith Seidman.

“I’ve known Dida since 1994 and she is a worthy recipient of this medal,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “It is rare to find someone who combines the precision of an attorney, the political smarts of an elected representative, and the passion of an environmentalist. She is someone whose advice and counsel I rely upon.”

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. The medal is intended to honour individuals who have given selflessly in service of their communities. During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized. Côte Saint-Luc was invited to nominate two recipients.

Commander Bissonnette awarded Queen’s Jubilee Medal

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Free Press, December 19, 2012 - Click to enlarge

Free Press, December 19, 2012 – Click to enlarge

Congratulations to PDQ 9 Police Commander Sylvain Bissonnette on his receiving the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in recognition for his outstanding service to the community.

Bissonnette is no stranger to Cote Saint-Luc.  Since assuming the role as top cop in Cote Saint-Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West Bissonnette has immersed himself in community life.  He has taken a personal interest in improving relations between local police and the community, he has gotten to understand the sizable Jewish community and has succeeded in taking action to ensure that police services could be provided in English as well as in French for West End residents.

Commander Bissonnette is a regular attendee of all public council meetings to be able to understand the concerns of the public as well as elected officials.  He also participates at all CSL Public Safety Committee meetings that I have chaired over the years.  He actively participates in the Transportation committee, which I also chair, in order to offer his expert advice regarding traffic calming, enforcement and collaborating with CSL Public Security and volunteer Citizens on Patrol.

Bissonnette and his right hand man Lt. JP Theoret have been staunch supporters of vCOP since its inception and have participated in training the volunteers and in recognizing their efforts.  The commander also initiated the annual PDQ9 award to an outstanding member of vCOP.

Felicitation monsieur le commandant. Vous êtes un pilier de la communauté et je parle au nom de mes électeurs de vous remercier pour tout votre travail remarquable. Nous sommes une ville plus sûre en grande partie grâce à votre intérêt et engagement à servir et protéger. Puissiez-vous continuer d’aller de succès en succès.

Goldberg marks 25 years at EMS in CSL

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December 12, 2012 The Free Press

December 12, 2012 The Free Press

Councillor Berku receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

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Congratulations to Councillor Dida Berku for her persistence in protecting the environment and the preservation of Meadowbrook. I whole-heartedly support her efforts and applaud this marvelous recognition.

Côte Saint-Luc City Council congratulated Councillor Dida Berku who has received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her community service and her initiatives in helping preserve the natural environment.

The letter signed by the Governor General accompanying the medal reads: “In granting you this honour, I thank you for your dedicated service to your peers, to your community and to Canada.”

“I am very honoured to have received this award,’’ said councillor Berku who was first elected in 1990 in an effort to protect the green space at the Meadowbrook Golf Course. “I would like to thank Senator Judith Seidman for having recommended me for my environmental efforts.”

Councillor Berku has been a Côte Saint-Luc councillor for over 17 years, including representing the Borough of Cote Saint-Luc/Hampstead/Montreal West as Leader of the Majority of the City Council of Montreal, during the merger years (2001-2004).

“Throughout the years there have been so many causes and issues that have drawn my attention,” Councillor Berku said. “I have devoted myself to them with passion and purpose and I am proud that my efforts have been recognized.”

“I’ve known Dida since 1994 and she is a worthy recipient of this medal,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather. “It is rare to find someone who combines the precision of an attorney, the political smarts of an elected representative, and the passion of an environmentalist. She is someone that I whose advice and counsel I rely upon.”

Councillor Berku first got involved in municipal politics as a young law student at McGill University in 1974. She and her fellow activists successfully prevented the demolition of historic mansions and other heritage buildings in the Golden Square Mile, which kick-started the preservation movement in Montreal. Throughout her legal practice and municipal career, she has defended the principles of heritage preservation, tenants’ rights and the protection of green space.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne. The medal is intended to honour individuals who have given selflessly in service of their communities. During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.