Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Two Prescott-Russell women honored at Warden’s Banquet
Marie-Claire Ivanski of Embrun and Louise Sproule, Vankleek journalist and publisher, were both named as this year’s recipients for the J-P St-Pierre Award. They are first dual recipients for the award since it was created in 2015.
The award is in memory of Jean-Paul St-Pierre, former mayor of Russell Township, who died in 2014, and who was well-known for his love and support of projects and programs that helped both the community at large and individuals in need of aid. The purpose of the J-P St-Pierre Award is to celebrate individuals who make “exceptional contributions” to the greater good of their communities and the Prescott-Russell region.
Ivanski’s nomination for the award stems from her years of volunteer work, both for local projects and programs, and for national organizations like the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. During the past 15 years that Ivanski has been involved with the foundation, she has helped to raise more than $600,000 to assist with breast cancer research, treatment, and support.
Owner/publisher for the past 25 years of The Review newspaper, Louise Sproule has also been a strong and staunch support of community arts, culture and heritage, a mentor to students, local historian, and community volunteer. Outside of the office she has worked as member and president of the Vankleek Hill Business and Merchant Association to foster local economic development, developed the first Prescott-Russell tourism guide, and help create the Higginson Tower restoration project to save a local heritage landmark in the heart of Vankleek Hill, along with helping with the creation of the Vankleek Hill Museum.