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On Tuesday May 24, 2016, the very day marking the 140th anniversary of the inauguration of Mount-Royal Park, Mr. Peter A. Howlett C.M., President of Les amis de la montagne, and Mr. Réal Ménard, City of Montréal Executive Committee member in charge of sustainable development, the environment, large parks and green spaces, were pleased to award the Prix du Mont-Royal to Mr. Dinu Bumbaru, C.M., Policy Director at Héritage Montréal, for his commitment to the protection of the Mountain over the past three decades.
This year, Les amis de la montagne celebrates its 30th anniversary. The organization was founded by committed Montrealers driven by the urgency of creating a new citizen’s group whose exclusive focus was to be the protection of Mount Royal. Heritage Montreal was among the most fervent supporters of the founding of Les amis de la montagne in 1986. Dinu Bumbaru, a young graduate of Architecture at the time, was already a part of Heritage Montreal’s team. Three decades of tireless work for the preservation of the building and landscape heritage of Montreal have made Mr. Bumbaru an expert of international repute.
Mr. Bumbaru’s contributions to the safeguard of Mount Royal include taking part in the development of the first Mount Royal Protection and Enhancement of Plan (1992) and its update in 1998. He also played a role in what led to the adoption of the decree creating the Historic and Natural District of Mount Royal by the Government of Quebec in 2005, known as the Mount Royal Heritage Site since the implementation of Québec’s Loi sur le patrimoine culturel in October 2012. Owing to this special status, much of the mountain enjoys additional safeguard measures that govern the careful redevelopment and improvement of its spaces and buildings. Finally, Mr. Bumbaru represents Héritage Montreal at the Table de concertation du Mont-Royal which, since its creation in 2005, brings together key players involved in the protection and enhancement of the territory and the implementation of harmonious management and development of Mount Royal Heritage Site.
The Prix du Mont-Royal honours remarkable individuals or institutions who have demonstrated a strong commitment and outstanding actions towards the environmental protection and enhancement of Mount Royal.
The Prix du Mont-Royal Award Ceremony was also the chance to bestow honourable mentions to two individuals who have placed Mount Royal at the heart of their professional activities. Geneviève Gareau, a teacher at École Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, has participated in Les amis de la montagne’s Projet Semences every year since its inception. She also regularly brings together her students to take part in biodiversity conservation activities on Mount Royal, playing an exemplary role in training the next generation of custodians of the Mountain.
Alexandre Beaudoin, Biodiversity Advisor at Université de Montréal (UdeM), is behind UdeM’s P.A.U.S.E. (Projet d’agriculture urbaine soutenable et écologique) project, as well as a beekeeping project on the roofs of the University that has led to the production of the first honey produced on Mount Royal. He also helped design a project for an ecological corridor that will link the university’s Mountain campus and its future Outremont campus.
On the photo, left to right: Pierre-Paul Savignac, Head of division - Bureau du Mont-Royal, Service des grands parcs, du verdissement et du Mont-Royal, City of Montréal; Sylvie Guilbault, Executive Director at Les amis de la montagne; Geneviève Gareau, Teacher at École Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, recipient of an honourable mention; Dinu Bumbaru, C.M, Policy Director at Héritage Montréal, Laureate if the Prix du Mont-Royal 2016; Réal Ménard, City of Montréal Executive Committee member in charge of sustainable development, the environment, large parks and green spaces; Alexandre Beaudoin, Biodiversity Advisor at Université de Montréal, recipient of an honourable mention; Karine Casault, Director, Engagement des partenaires, TD Assurance, Member of the advisory board, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation; Peter Howlett, C.M, President at Les amis de la montagne
Photo : Mocaphoto
On Sunday May 24, 2015 on the day of Mount-Royal’s 139th anniversary, the president of Les amis de la montagne, Mr. Peter A. Howlett C.M., and the mayor of Montreal, Mr. Denis Coderre, awarded the Prix du Mont-Royal to Mr. Jean Doré, in recognition of his remarkable commitment to the protection and enhancement of the mountain, during his term as Montreal’s 39th mayor.
Under the Doré administration, from 1986 to 1994, Mount Royal was decreed a declared heritage site (1987). Jean Doré’s leadership role in the protection of the mountain also led to the first plan for the protection and enhancement of Mount Royal(1992), the implementation of a plan to renaturalize the mountain, and the redevelopment of what is known today as Kondiaronk lookout to mark the 350th anniversary of the founding of Montreal.
To further mark Jean Doré’s contribution to the mountain, one of Mount-Royal’s remarkable trees was officially associated with the former mayor. The chosen tree is a silver maple, an urban tree widely planted along the streets of Montreal’s over the past hundred years.
The silver maple now associated to Jean Doré is part of an alignment of remarkable trees located behind Smith House. Older than the park itself, these trees recall the former vocation of the site and have been integrated to the landscaping of Olmsted Road. Worthy of some of the beautiful avenues of Montreal, this alignment of gives a formal character to the ascension towards the Mount Royal summit.
The Prix du Mont-Royal honours admirable individuals or institutions who have demonstrated a strong commitment and outstanding actions towards the environmental protection and enhancement of Mount Royal.
This year’s Prix du Mont-Royal was also the opportunity to award an honorable mention to Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal for the creation of the Père-Louis-Trempe Nature Reserve which was inaugurated this year on the south-east border of the institution’s property. Covering nearly 1.1 hectares (approximately 11,000 square meters), this green space is home to many animal and plant species. Its conservation will protect the habitats of vulnerable species as well as species of special interest.
L to R: Karine Casault, Director, Projets spéciaux et relations-partenaires, Marché de l'Affinité, TD Assurance, and Member of the Advisory Board, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Denis Coderre, Mayor of the Ville de Montréal, Sylvie Guilbault, Executive Director, Les amis de la montagne, Jean Doré, Former Mayor of the Ville de Montréal (1986-1994), Claude Corbo, President, Table de concertation du Mont-Royal, Peter Howlett, President, Les amis de la montagne, Joanne Lalumière, Interim Executive Director, Les amis de la montagne. (Photo: Ville de Montréal)
PRIX DU MONT-ROYAL 2014: TRIBUTE TO FREDERIC BACK
Within the opening ceremony of the Corvée du Mont-Royal, the Ville de Montréal and Les amis de la montagne will pay tribute to feu Frédéric Back, a posthumous award of the Prix du Mont-Royal 2014.
Illustrator, filmmaker and pioneer of the ecological movement, Frédéric Back died in Montreal on December 24, 2013. A man committed to the protection of the environment since the early 1960’s, Mr. Back expressed his concern for the cause through his artistic creations.
PRIX DU MONT-ROYAL 2013: IN HONOUR OF REMARKABLE WOMEN
L to R: Josée Duplessis, member of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal, responsible for sustainable development, the environment, large parks and green spaces, Annie-Lou Chester and Félix Chester-Trudel, sister and son of Bronwyn Chester, honorable mention, Soeur Denise Lafond, Superior General of the Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph, honorable mention, Lucy Fellowes, honorable mention, Louise Letocha, recipient of the Prix du Mont-Royal 2013, Peter Howlett, President, Les amis de la montagne, Susan Scott Evans, honorable mention, Frances Tobin, honorable mention, Claude Casgrain, honorable mention, Judith Kavanagh, honorable mention, Hélène Brisson, honorable mention, Gloria Ménard, honorable mention, Mario Cicioli, Director of the Direction des grands parcs et du verdissement and the Bureau du Mont-Royal and Sylvie Guilbault, Executive Director, Les amis de la montagne. (Photos Delphine Delair)
As part of “May 2013: Mount Royal Month”, Josée Duplessis, member of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal, responsible for sustainable development, the environment, large parks and green spaces, and Peter A. Howlett, C.M., President, Les amis de la montagne, awarded the Prix du Mont-Royal on June 13 to Louise Letocha for her life’s work and exceptional contribution to the protection of Montreal’s and Mount Royal’s heritage.
The Prix du Mont-Royal was created nine years ago and honours individuals whose commitment and actions contribute to the protection and enhancement of Mount Royal.
Nine honourable mentions were awarded during the ceremony. First, to a religious order that has deeply marked the history of public health and Mount Royal, the Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph, represented by Soeur Denise Lafond, Superior General of the Mother House, as well as to eight women who, through their devotion and conviction, have rallied the support of others for the protection of the mountain: Hélène Brisson, Claude Casgrain, Bronwyn Chester (posthumous recognition), Susan Scott Evans, Lucy Fellowes, Judith Kavanagh, Gloria Ménard and Frances Tobin.
“We mustn’t forget that the protection of the mountain was achieved through citizen mobilization in the past, and we must maintain our vigilance in its protection and enhancement. The efforts of people like Louise Letocha and of the other women receiving honourable mentions today are indispensable, and we are grateful to each and every one,” said Josée Duplessis.
“The Prix du Mont-Royal awards ceremony in 2013 will go down in history as the one dedicated to remarkable women! Les amis de la montagne is thrilled to pay tribute to Louise Letocha, as well as to all the recipients of an honourable mention. You women are the very pillars of the protection and enhancement movement for Mount Royal, devoted, persuasive and perseverant in your actions and your words. Your commitment has marked the mountain at different times throughout its history. You are exceptional women who deserve our utmost admiration, respect and most humble thanks,” added Peter A. Howlett.
LOUISE LETOCHA, RECIPIENT, PRIX DU MONT-ROYAL 2013
Louise Letocha has been a major figure in the world of art and heritage in Montreal for many years. An art historian, professor and dean at UQÀM, she was director of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal from 1977 to 1982. A great defender of heritage preservation, she was, among other positions, chairwoman of the Conseil du patrimoine de Montréal from 2002 to 2007 and president of Héritage Montréal from 1998 to 2002. She has been actively involved in the protection and enhancement of Mount Royal as president of the Fédération Écomusée de l’Au-Delà and member of the Table de concertation du Mont-Royal. She is a resident of the Outremont borough.
Mrs Louise Letocha, recipient of the Prix du Mont-Royal 2013.
HONOURABLE MENTIONS 2013
Resident of the Plateau Mont-Royal borough, Hélène Brisson is vice-president of the Comité des citoyens de Milton Parc. For over 10 years, she has been involved in the mountain’s protection dossiers, including the McGill University and Molson Stadium projects.
Resident of the Côte-des-Neiges – Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough, Claude Casgrain is a Governor of Les amis de la montagne and committed to the protection of Mount Royal. A very active citizen, she questions and provides comments on projects presented at borough council meetings or during public consultations, and mobilizes other citizens around her.
BRONWYN CHESTER, 1957-2012 (posthumous recognition)
Bronwyn Chester was a resident of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough. A journalist, protector of the natural environment and passionate about trees and Mount Royal, she created a blog, Les promenades dans la forêt de Montréal, and wrote a weekly column in The Gazette, Island of Trees, authored, A Leafy Legacy: The Trees of McGill University, 2009 and Fifty Trees, to have been published in the fall of 2013. From 2005, she led guided walks to discover the remarkable trees of McGill University’s campus, Lafontaine Park and Mount Royal Park.
SUSAN SCOTT EVANS
Resident of Westmount, Susan Scott Evans is a founding member and Governor of Les amis de la montagne. She is the artist behind the famous poster of the white elephant atop a mountain of “no/non”, a symbol of the community’s opposition to a tower project on the mountain. This illustration epitomized the citizens’ movement in the 1980s in favour of the protection of Mount Royal.
Resident of Westmount, Lucy Fellowes is a Governor of Les amis de la montagne. The consultations concerning the residential development project on the site of the former Sulpicians’ philosophy seminary was a deciding moment in her involvement with the mountain. She has since multiplied her efforts in earnest: writing letters to politicians and the local newspapers, sensitizing her neighbours to the importance of preserving this exceptional site. Ever since, she has never ceased to remain an ardent defender of the mountain.
Resident of the Ville-Marie borough, Judith Kavanagh is a Governor of Les amis de la montagne. A member of the Square Mile Residents’ Association, she has been an involved citizen for numerous years in a variety of dossiers, whether to raise awareness among elected officials or seek the involvement of other citizens. Among her dossiers of interest: the former Sulpicians’ philosophy seminary, the Trafalgar-Gleneagles and Thomson-Sparrow properties, the residential project located at 1750 Cedar Avenue and the expansion of the Montreal General Hospital.
Resident of the Ville-Marie borough, Gloria Ménard is a founding member of Les amis de la montagne. She believes in the importance of citizen involvement and has been active for many years in numerous community organizations. Constantly vigilant, she is always at the ready to mobilize other citizens around the mountain cause, to meet and sensitize decision-makers, and write letters and position papers to express her opinions. She has been involved with the Peter-McGill District, and the projects related to the former Sulpicians’ philosophy seminary, the residential project at 1750 Cedar Avenue and the expansion of the Montreal General Hospital.
Resident of the Ville-Marie borough, Frances Tobin is a Governor of Les amis de la montagne and a long-time and loyal participant of the organizations’ public forums. She is an astute politician who uses her expertise to convince representatives of all levels of government of the importance of Mount Royal. With her trademark energy, she is able to convince and involve her network of contacts in the mountain cause.
RELIGIOUS HOSPITALLERS OF SAINT JOSEPH
The Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph deeply marked the history of public health in Canada. Founded in France in 1636, the religious congregation was collaborator of Jeanne Mance and is recognized for its pioneering endeavours at, among others, the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital in Montreal, one of the first hospitals in North America and the first in New France, founded in 1642. Protectors of a precious heritage located in the Mount Royal Heritage Site, the Hospitallers bequeath their Musée des Hospitalières de l’Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal and continue to preserve and enhance the chapel of the Mother House and the monastery gardens, which they open on occasion for guided visits to the delight of the general public. The Boulevard Saint-Joseph in Montreal is named in their honour.
Prix du Mont-Royal 2012: L to R: Myriam Cloutier, directrice des programmes du patrimoine, Cimetière Mont-Royal, Peter A. Howlett, president, Les amis de la montagne, Alan DeSousa, vice-président du comité exécutif de la Ville de Montréal et responsable du développement durable, de l'environnement et des parcs, Daniel Chartier and Wendy Graham, recipients, Eric Rivard, directeur de l'École Saint-Germain d'Outremont, Pauline Bourassa, enseignante de 4e année du primaire, École Saint-Germain d'Outremont, Helen Meredith, member of the Board, Cimetière Mont-Royal, Amélie Picher, directrice régionale, Fondation TD des amis de l'environnement. (Photo: Karine Gagné)
Prix du Mont-Royal 2011: L to R: Peter A. Howlett, C.M., président, Les amis de la montagne, Alan DeSousa, vice-président du comité éxecutif de la Ville de Montréal et responsable du développement durable, de l'environnement et des parcs, Louise Belliveau, vice-rectrice aux Affaires étudiantes et au Développement durable, Université de Montréal (mention d'honneur), Hélène de Billy (lauréate), Gilbert Duclos (lauréat), Pierre-Émile Rocray (mention d'honneur), Yoland Tremblay, directeur général, cimetière Notre-Dame-des-Neiges (mention d'honneur), Amélie Picher, directrice régionale, Fondation TD des amis de l'environnement. (Photo: Martin Roy)
Prix du Mont-Royal 2010: L to R: back row: Fiona Hirst, directrice régionale, Fondation TD des amis de l’environnement, Alan DeSousa, vice-président du comité exécutif de la Ville de Montréal et responsable du développement durable, de l’environnement et des parcs, Peter A. Howlett, C.M., président des Amis de la montagne. L to R, front row: Lina Sarraf, mention d’honneur, Marie-Odile Trépanier, lauréate, Christian Boisvert, mention d’honneur. (Photo: Karine Gagné)
Prix du Mont-Royal 2009: L to R: Sylvie Guilbault, Jean Décarie, Peter A. Howlett, C.M., Peter Jacobs, Helen Fotopulos, Éric Morisset, François Odermatt (Photo: Martin Roy)
Prix du Mont-Royal 2008: L to R: Peter A. Howlett, C.M., Claude Corbo, Helen Fotopulos (Photo: Andrew Dobrowolskyj)
Prix du Mont-Royal 2007: Mrs. Edith Jacobson Low-Beer and Peter A. Howlett, C.M. (Photo: Yves Médam)
Prix du Mont-Royal 2006: L to R: Helen Fotopulos, Jean Décarie, Peter A. Howlett, C.M. (Photo: Andrew Dobrowolskyj)
Prix du Mont-Royal 2005: L to R: Peter A. Howlett, C.M., Helen Fotopulos, Phyllis Lambert, CC, GOQ, CAL, FRAIC and Suzanne Dery. (Photo: Andrew Dobrowolskyj)
Prix du Mont-Royal 2005: L to R: Normand Blouin, Pierre Dansereau, Peter A. Howlett, C.M., Helen Fotopulos. (Photo: Andrew Dobrowolskyj)
The Prix du Mont-Royal pays tribute to individuals for their remarkable contributions towards the protection and enhancement of Mount Royal.
The Prix du Mont-Royal is an initiative of Les amis de la montagne presented in collaboration with the Ville de Montréal. The awards ceremony closes the festivities celebrating Mount Royal Month, one of the most important springtime conservation events in Montreal.