7:30 a.m., Dec. 5)
and supporters give Bob Monette heartfelt send-off
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
event was organized by Qamar Masood, Fallingbrook Community
Asso-ciation president Zybina Richards and Monette’s executive
assistant Cynthia Morgan.
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.
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.
then thanked his family for their love and support over
the years despite the crazy hours that are demanded of
a city councillor.
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.
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.
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.
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