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(Posted 7:30 a.m., Dec. 5)
Friends and supporters give Bob Monette heartfelt send-off
By Fred Sherwin

Bob Monette has been in politics most of his adult life – first as a member of the former Cumberland town council from 1985 to 1991 and more recently as a member of Ottawa city council, representing the residents of Orléans Ward.

Since winning a byelection in 2005. he was re-elected three times in 2006, 2010 and 2014. During that time, he managed to rack up an impressive list of accomplishments and earned the respect, support and admiration of his constituents.

Former Orléans Ward city councillor Bob Monette took time to pose for a festive picture with Orléans Rotary Club president Teresa Whitmore (left) and Stella Ronan from Black Sheep Development. Photo courtesy of Stella Ronan

More than 100 of his friends and supporters gathered at the Orléans Legion on Nov. 30 to say “thank you” to Monette and wish him all the best as he settles into a life away from politics.

Among the many guests was his friend and mentor Lionel Laurin, who has been Monette’s sounding board and unofficial adviser for over a decade; former Orléans Chamber of Commerce executive director Jamie Kwong; long-time friend and supporter Louis Caron; former Innes Ward councillor Rainer Bloess; and former campaign manager and executive assistant Eric Lamoureux.

Former Stittsville Ward councillor Shad Qadri and Cumberland councillor Stephen Blais were also on hand, as was Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde and the man who was recently elected to replace him, Matt Luloff.

The event was organized by Qamar Masood, Fallingbrook Community Asso-ciation president Zybina Richards and Monette’s executive assistant Cynthia Morgan.

After listening to several speakers thank him for his years of service, combined with a few good-hearted barbs thrown in for good measure, Monette took the podium to thank everyone for their support, while encouraging them to continue to serve their community.

With his wife Pat and the rest of his family proudly looking on, Monette urged everyone to work with the new councillor and volunteer wherever and whenever they can.

He then thanked his family for their love and support over the years despite the crazy hours that are demanded of a city councillor.

Looking back on his long career, Monette is understandably proud of the many accomplishments he managed to achieve. Chief among them is bringing the Ottawa Champions baseball team to the city; championing the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park and the return of CFL football; leading the way in the development of the Ottawa River Action Plan; establishing lifeguards and other services at Petrie Island; and facilitating the establishment of a number of festivals and special events including Carivibe, Haïti en Fête, the Orléans Ribfest and the Orléans Craft Beer Festival.

Looking forward, Monette says he plans to spend a lot more time with his grand-children while cheering on his beloved Ottawa Senators, the Ottawa Redblacks and the Ottawa Champions.

He also plans to stay actively involved in the community and help Luloff adjust to the position that he himself has occupied with pride and a devotion to public service that will be surely missed.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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