Georges Pharand Takes Seat as Ward 8 Councillor

During a special Council meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, Georges Pharand was appointed as Ward 8 Councillor, following the process outlined in the Council Vacancy By-law 2023-47.

Four candidates—Daniel Corriveau, Dave Lewington, Georges Pharand, and Christine Riberdy—presented statements of interest and answered questions from Council members. A live vote ensued, requiring multiple rounds until one candidate secured the majority of five votes per ballot.

The Ward 8 seat, representing residents of Lavigne and North Monetville, became vacant on April 16, 2024, after Councillor Jérôme Courchesne resigned due to career changes. Councillor Pharand’s appointment is effective immediately.

Mayor Thorne Rochon remarked, “I believe all members of Council went into the meeting with an open mind and ready to hear what every candidate had to offer. On behalf of Council, thank you to all candidates, and welcome to Councillor Pharand. He will certainly be a strong voice at the table, someone who will contribute constructively to the discourse and debates.”

Pharand shared his enthusiasm, saying, “It’s a challenge I just couldn’t pass up. I look forward to working with other members of Council, the staff at the Municipality, and everyone else in the community. I will bring all the energy and passion that I can to make our Ward and Municipality a better place to live.”

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