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Remembering André Ouellet: A Beloved Volunteer and Community Leader

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Remembering André Ouellet: A Beloved Volunteer and Community Leader
M. André Ouellet in 2014 as he receives the Prix Hommage bénévolat-Québec.
M. André Ouellet in 2014 as he receives the Prix Hommage bénévolat-Québec.

One of Deux-Montagnes’ great volunteers passed away on April 25, 2023. Mr. André Ouellet, was well known for his community spirit and his sense of mutual aid. The City of Deux-Montagnes offered its most sincere condolences to Mr. Ouellet’s family and loved ones.

A citizen devoted to his community, André Ouellet was an active volunteer until his last breath. Involved for many years in the food aid community, first with the parish, he founded the organization Dépannage Saint-Agapit (offering food assistance) in 1995 with his wife Cécile. He was still a director, having left the seat of the presidency just a few years ago. He also worked with the Maison des Citoyens and the Agapé Deux-Montagnes organization, meeting the basic needs of citizens in precarious situations.

 

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For more than three decades, Mr. Ouellet was the mainstay of the organization of Christmas baskets in Deux-Montagnes. Helping low-income families and individuals had been a full-time job for him since his retirement. More than second nature, mutual aid and solidarity defined this exceptional man.

In 2014, André Ouellet received the Prix Hommage Volontariat-Québec from the National Assembly of Quebec, recognizing his extraordinary commitment and the richness of his actions. In 2016, the City of Deux-Montagnes also paid tribute to him by designating the community hall of the Maison des Citoyens as the André and Cécile Ouellet hall.

The mayor of Deux-Montagnes, Denis Martin, saddened by the news of Mr. Ouellet’s death, was full of praise for this citizen with a big heart: “André Ouellet devoted a large part of his life to reach out to fellow citizens, a bit like a guardian angel for people in need. It is a huge loss for our city. The richness of his involvement will have left indelible traces and his boundless commitment will remain in our memories for a long time. On my behalf and on behalf of the members of the municipal council, I would like to offer my condolences to the family and loved ones of Mr. Ouellet.