District One Councillor
Proud Lazaroise for nearly 20 years, mother of three children, and business owner, Genevieve Lachance moved to Saint-Lazare along with her husband in 1998 looking for a healthy and safe place to raise a family with plenty of green space to enjoy.
Having worked in the financial service industry for almost 15 years including working as a Financial Service Manager at the National Bank in both Hudson and St‑Lazare, Mrs. Lachance has been involved with the local community on several different levels.
As a city councillor, she would like to work closely with the community to ensure that the decisions taken reflects the desires and needs of the citizens. Being accessible and encouraging transparency is also very important to her.
I haven’t had much time to write in the last year. I really wish I was better and more disciplined at writing and I apologize. But today, I really felt compelled because I think what just happened at our last council meeting (November 13, 2018) really deserves some...
The YLJ letter to editor (February 15, 2018) submitted by Alan Nicol who is not only a resident of district one but is someone who helped me during the election campaign and someone I respect greatly. So I felt even more compelled to respond and clarify some of his...
Citizen Participation Attendance during the regular council meeting unfortunately was a little disappointing this month. As well, a large number of the audience leave after question period which in my opinion is a big issue since that's the time when council vote on...
During the election campaign this last November, I met a wonderful mother with a child with severe disabilities. Smiling, full of passion and love for her family, this mother told me her story. She shared her challenges and difficulties but also her successes and...
Tuesday January 30, 2018 Saint-Lazare Council adopted the budget for 2018. This was the product of 2 months of work for the newly elected council. Being 5 out of 6 new councillors brought some challenges, but I think at the same time allowed for new perspectives to be...
During the last council meeting on December 5th, there were around 50 people in the audience. The attendance at the last two council meetings has been really great, let’s hope it continues! Citizen engagement is crucial for proper functioning of our democratic system....
ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS!
Let’s work together to ensure sound management of our city and responsible spending, done with integrity, honesty and openly for the benefit and well-being of all our citizens!
Unnecessarily spending money on extravagant projects puts pressure on families, retirees and people living on fixed incomes who are often struggling to make ends meet.
The big projects and excess spending in recent years and planned future projects will inevitably increase our taxes drastically in the coming years. I would like to reduce excessive spending to maintain a reasonable tax rate.
Sustainable development means to meet our needs without undermining the integrity and stability of the environment and without compromising the ability of future generations. We need to make sure that the environment is a priority in all our decisions.
COMMUNICATION AND TRANSPARENCY
Doing more than the minimum to ensure that citizens are well informed about municipal projects which will have a direct impact on their daily lives is paramount. Let’s make sure we provide all important information to our community in an efficient and timely manner.
Listening, understanding the real needs of our citizens and empathy are essential in the duties of a councillor to understand the impact of our decisions on the population.
Encouraging constructive involvement and input from the community during the planning process, well before decisions are made would ensure that it accurately reflects community objectives.
Being a councillor means representing the voice of our citizens who are part of our beautiful community!
Maintaining and improving the state of infrastructure should definitely be our main priority!
Brown water, sinking houses, landslide zones, sewers issues, possible future water shortage should all be addressed urgently. Residents should not have to plead their case for years to be heard!
Promote active, healthy living for people of all ages and abilities by providing the necessary programs and facilities that foster wellness and leisure.
Improve community involvement of both the youth and senior populations.
Support the vision of a safe, beautiful, and connected community which we can be proud to live in.