Maisons Fleuries winners beautify CSL

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The maisons Fleuries contest thanks the many residents who beautify their homes and gardens each year. Pictured here is The White House on Melling Avenue, repeat winners in the last years.

The maisons Fleuries contest thanks the many residents who beautify their homes and gardens each year. Pictured here is The White House on Melling Avenue, repeat winners in the last years.


The Maisons Fleuries contest winners, and all those who beautify their properties, were thanked by the Council of the City of Cote Saint-Luc last week. Contest winners were presented with certificates and photos of their award winning entries at an event held at the Aquatics and Community Centre.

We are so fortunate to live in a city where neighbours go to great lengths to make their property look as nice as possible. This effort, in fact, beautifies not only their own property but the entire neighbourhood.

I’ve often thanked my own neighbour for maintaining such a beautiful garden as I, looking out from my front windows, benefit from it even more than she does. I hope I repay the favour by planting my own flowers each spring.

City Council congratuklates the Maisons Fleuries contest winners at the ACC

City Council congratulates the Maisons Fleuries contest winners at the ACC

So congratulations to all the winners and to all the residents of CSL who create beautiful gardens. Spring isn’t that far off so might as well start planning now!

Photo of the Week #23: Dedication and Loyalty, Louise’s Story

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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.

District 6 in full bloom

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The annual Ville Fleurie contest culminated with the presentation of awards last week at City Hall. District 6 was well represented with award winning gardens being recognized and celebrated along with other beautiful displays by our homeowners, be it in single family dwellings, town houses, duplexes or high rises.

Councillors Sam Goldbloom, Allan J. Levine (left) and former Councillor Harold Greenspon co-chaired the event, with our Parks and Recreation Department doing their usual excellent job coordinating a classy affair. Noted classical pianist Edwin Brownell was back to entertain the audience with his fancy finger work on the piano keys.

Congratulations to repeat winners Corrie, Mitchell and Madison White of Melling Ave for their tremendous efforts at the “White House”.

Kudos also to Lucie Bendahan of Parkhaven Ave, Joanne and Eric Goldapple of Einstein Ave, Joanne Stroll also of Einstein and Frank Palucci on Kildare Road.

CSL horticulturalist Rene Lapointe was singled out for extraordinary work in creating beautiful floral displays along our main arteries and at city buildings and parks.

Corrie, Madison and Mitchell White take 2nd prize for single family homes in District 6

Smell the flowers

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The White House on Melling Avenue takes First Place in CSL

The Côte Saint-Luc City Hall Council Chamber was filled to capacity for the annual Maisons Fleuries awards evening. The city awards prizes to residents who create attractive green spaces with blossoming trees, flowers and shrubs. A panel of judges views the gardens and selects the winners and runners-up based on various categories.

Residents were able to enter for consideration the garden of their single-family home, duplex or townhouse. All apartment buildings, commercial establishments and public buildings were automatically entered in the contest and were judged separately. Judges assessed front gardens according to the cleanliness of the property, the appearance of plants and flowers and general landscaping.

District 6 residents Mitchell and Cory White (photo far right with daughter Madison) walked away with top prize in the district as well as across the city.  Their beautiful home, The White House, on Melling Avenue, is a wonderful standard that sets the bar for next year’s contest.

Hilda Roiter (2nd from left above) of Shalom Avenue took 3rd place in District 6 and Lucie Bendahan (3rd from left) of Parkhaven Avenue was 2nd place winner.

Congratulations to all contestants and award winners.

Ville Fleurie Winners

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Congratulations to Hilda Roiter of Shalom Avenue, 1st prize winner in the 2009 Ville Fleurie contest for single family and semi-detached homes in District 6.

2nd prize winner was Dr. Bernard Tonchin of Cork Avenue.  Bernie and Dorothy Tonchin are originals from Cork Ave when I was growing up on that block.  He has been a regular at our council meetings for years.

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1st prize winner Hilda Roiter from Shalom Avenue with Councillor Glenn J. Nashen

In a funny twist of irony, the 3rd prize winner was one of my political adversaries in the current election campaign, Mrs. Sonia Peillon.  In presenting Mr. Peillon with the laminated photo of their lovely garden I couldn’t help but mentioning that Sonia’s election lawn sign was missing!

Personal delivery of the award to 2nd prize winner Bernie Tonchin of Cork Avenue

Personal delivery of the award to 2nd prize winner Bernie Tonchin of Cork Avenue

The 1st prize for seniors residences was the Griffith McConnell Residence on Parkhaven.

Congratulations to all of the winners and participants alike.  They really help to make Cote Saint-Luc the very beautiful City that it is.

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One of the most beautiful gardens in the city is that of longtime resident Alberto Cambone