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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)
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 remarkable 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.
Initiated by Les amis de la montagne, the Prix du Mont-Royal is an annual event organised
conjointly with the Ville de Montréal as part of May: Mount Royal Mount.
Les Amis de la montagne wish to acknowledge the longstanding support the
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation to May : Mount Royal Month.