Melissa Cadieux received this year’s Warden’s Award from Warden Robert Kirby during the annual Warden’s Banquet November 23. The award honours the dedication, professionalism and outstanding work of an employee of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell.
Melissa Cadieux received this year’s Warden’s Award from Warden Robert Kirby during the annual Warden’s Banquet November 23. The award honours the dedication, professionalism and outstanding work of an employee of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell.

Robert Kirby honoured at Warden’s Banquet

As one of his last official and more enjoyable duties as this year’s warden for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell, Robert Kirby welcomed family, friends and well-wishers to the annual Warden’s Banquet over the November 23 weekend.

More than 225 guests were present, at the Chute-à-Blondeau Community Centre in East Hawkesbury Township, to celebrate Kirby’s past year as warden for the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR), marking his third term as warden. The mayor for East Hawkesbury served as UCPR warden in 2015 and 2009.

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François Latour (centre) was this year’s recipient, at the November 23 Warden’s Banquet, of the annual J.P. St-Pierre Award for exceptional community service in the United Counties of Prescott-Russell. Latour, pictured with Warden Robert Kirby and Jocelyn St-Pierre, was honoured for his efforts to raise money for cancer research, and also for putting Prescott-Russell in the global spotlight with his Guinness World Record threshing machine gathering events.

Among the dignitaries present were Federal MP Francis Drouin and the eight regional council members, as well as many other elected officials, entrepreneurs and representatives from the community of Prescott and Russell.

JP St-Pierre Award

The JP St Pierre Award, a high municipal distinction that aims to celebrate the exceptional contributions of an individual within the UCPR, was awarded this year, during the banquet, to François Latour, a volunteer and community organizer. Latour has achieved two Guinness World Records for the largest number of threshing machines operating simultaneously on the same site, in Saint-Albert, with 111 machines in 2015 and 243 machines in 2019. By the same token, these events also served as fundraisers for the Breast Cancer Society, a cause which is dear to Latour, which raised a total of $125,000 for breast cancer research.

Warden’s Award

As is also tradition, the Warden’s Award is presented during the banquet to recognize the dedicated work, outstanding contribution and professionalism of a municipal employee toward the community and their colleagues. This year, Warden Kirby chose to recognize Mélissa Cadieux, clerk for the UCPR since 2018, and also since, appointed as the supervisor of provincial offences. Since her arrival, several important new procedures and policies have been implemented within the UCPR, including the use of electronic signatures as well as an advanced record management system.

The UCPR also recognized the important contributions of the following sponsors: Enbridge Gas Distribution, Emond Harnden SRL LLP, Deloitte Hawkesbury, Vice & Hunter LLP, Lascelles Engineering and Associates Ltd., Robert Excavating, and Neil A. Levac.

The funds raised at this event, in addition to the Warden’s Golf Tournament held earlier this year, will be distributed to regional non-profit organizations. The cheques will be presented as part of the swearing-in ceremony of the incoming Warden, to be held in L’Orignal December 18.

Work continues on the Ecolomondo project, a “green” addition to Hawkesbury’s industrial sector and the company is optimistic about having its new showpiece recycling facility ready soon.