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The third annual Townies of Note merit awards were held on October 11 at a “vintage” 50s- and 60s-inspired gala. During the evening, six Townies were honoured for their outstanding contributions to the Mount Royal community. Guests had the opportunity to savour a gourmet meal and taste a variety of old-fashioned desserts and candies, a delight in keeping with the evening’s retro theme.

The highly anticipated awards recognized individuals in the usual categories, i.e. achievement, community development, emerging generation, and economic development, with two awards once again granted in this last category. Furthermore, Town Council members presented a special recognition award for the first time.

The selection committee, notably composed of Town residents, studied the community’s nominations and selected the honourees for 2018, who are as follows:

  • Jacques Goldstyn received the Achievement Award for his body of literary and artistic work, and for inspiring thousands of young scientists across Quebec. 
  • Claudie Vigneault was awarded the Community Development Award for her commitment as Chair of the Association des parents de Mont-Royal (APMR), and for her valuable contributions to the community organization, notably related to its 45th anniversary celebrations.
  • Claudia Di Iorio, the youngest member of a Crown corporation board of directors in the history of Canada, was given the Emerging Generation Award for turning her car accident into a source of motivation, as well as for her involvement in various organizations such as Cool Taxi and the Société d’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ).
  • Nathalie Tremblay obtained the Economic Development Award, Town Center Sector, for the creation of her business, Marmott Énergies, and for her innovative involvement in the energy sector. 
  • Ed Pascal and Mark Pascal were presented with the Economic Development Award, Industrial Sector, for the success of their family business, Kombi, whose sales of specialized winter sports products have grown significantly over the last few years.
  • Lastly, the Town Council bestowed the special Recognition Award to Ava Couch, the first woman to be appointed Town Manager, for her contributions to the Town over the past 35 years and for her knowledge of the Townie community and its challenges.

“This third edition is full of men and women who get involved, generate wealth, inspire, and help make our community better,” says Mayor Philippe Roy. “It is with immense pride and admiration that, as part of the Town’s official efforts, we are presenting awards to six Townies of note.”

The Town expresses its many thanks to the Caisse des Versants du mont Royal, the official partner of this initiative for the last two years.

Learn more about the recognition program and the honourees online.

Photo credit: Suzanne Moreau, photographer