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In honour of remarkable women
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 year dedicated to remarkable women! Les amis de la montagne are 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 Ville-Marie 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 Hospitallers were collaborators of Jeanne Mance and are recognized for their 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.
L to R: (1st row) Judith Kavanagh, honorable mention, Claude Casgrain, honorable mention, Louise Letocha, recipient of the Prix du Mont-Royal 2013, Hélène Brisson, honorable mention, (2nd row) Frances Tobin, honorable mention, Gloria Ménard, honorable mention, Soeur Denise Lafond, Superior General of the Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph, honorable mention, Susan Scott Evans, honorable mention, (3rd row) Lucy Fellowes, honorable mention, Jean Décarie, recipient of the Prix du Mont-Royal 2006, Annie-Lou Chester and Félix Chester-Trudel, sister and son of Bronwyn Chester, honorable mention, (4th row) Daniel Chartier and Wendy Graham, recipients of the Prix du Mont-Royal 2012, Josée Duplessis, member of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal, responsible for sustainable development, the environment, large parks and green spaces, Peter Howlett, President, Les amis de la montagne, (last row) Dinu Bumbaru, Policy Director, Héritage Montréal, Marie-Odile Trépanier, recipient of the Prix du Mont-Royal 2010 and Sylvie Guilbault, Executive Director, Les amis de la montagne.
About “May: Mount Royal Month”
Mount Royal Month is the original idea of Les amis de la montagne organized jointly with the Ville de Montréal. The activities throughout May are made possible by the generosity of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Resolute Forest Products. Activities in May invite the community to discover Mount Royal’s many heritage assets and to take part in the mountain’s conservation.