To highlight the exceptional contribution of citizens in various sectors of activity, the City of Blainville held, on November 10, its gala of the Order of Merit Blainvillois and its induction ceremony into the Sports Hall of Fame. The event had been canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our administration takes pride and feels a sense of duty to recognize these people who make a difference in our community, by getting involved in associations or organizations, and by giving back. I congratulate the winners of the 2022 event as well as the new members of the Sports Hall of Fame and the company that won the Palme d’Or. I also reserve a very special thought for our former colleague Guy Frigon, named member emeritus of the Order posthumously for all his civic involvement,” said Mayor Liza Poulin.
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Emeritus member of the Order
The jury awarded the highest distinction of the Blainvillois Order of Merit to a citizen with a remarkable career. This year Guy Frigon, municipal councilor of the Plan-Bouchard district between 2005 and 2021 and who died in office on April 17, 2021 at the age of 62 was awarded this posthumous tribute.
Suzanne Poirier-Lemieux a former employee of the Blainville and Richard Labelle a volunteer mainly recognized for his service to the Center 50+ were announced as Jewels of the Order
As Lauriers de l’Ordre, Gérald Vachon involved since 2018 in the Moisson Laurentides, Serge Léonard a volunteer active in several community organizations and Céline and Normand Faucher volunteers at the Sainte-Famille Food Aid were also announced.
The Palme d’or recognizes a company’s commitment to the Blainville community and its support for volunteer action. This year Louise Laurin and her Tim Horton’s team who have made it their mission to support Blainville organizations by giving them food donations or significant discounts at events or to support causes received the prestigious award.
In the Sports Hall of Fame there were 3 inductees. Gilbert Gélinas, Gabriella Page and Isabelle Giguère. The Sports Hall of Fame’s mission is to honor Blainville athletes who have achieved exceptional and transcendent athletic performance, as well as volunteer builders who have contributed to the influence and development of amateur sport.