Presentation of Elected Officials
A Rosemerite since 1980, Eric Westram has three daughters and five grandchildren. He was elected as a Town Councillor of Rosemère for three consecutive terms of office. In this capacity, he was in charge of various important matters and sat on several decision-making committees. With his Bachelor's degree in Economics, he pursued a flourishing 25 years career in the pulp and paper industry and 10 years in the industrial sector (sales and sales management). As a resident, he served as a soccer coach for 33 years—a commitment that earned him the title of Volunteer of the Year for three separate years. Mayor Westram's distinguishing features: his attentive listening, his leadership and his desire to be close to residents.
A Rosemerite for the past seven years and mother of two children, Marie-Hélène Fortin is an actress and musician, having graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada. With her in-depth knowledge of the cultural community, she has performed in a number of theatre and television productions and is one of the founding members of the Mes Aïeux group. She has been involved in Rosemère community life and, in particular, in the Fondation Viva Musical'pha and the Tylee… marécage enchanté / “Tylee… the enchanted marsh”project. A committed artist, she believes in a team's complementary driving forces to rally the community together and carry out unifying projects.
A third-generation Rosemerite and mother of two young adults, Melissa Monk is a chartered professional accountant (CPA), having graduated from ConcordiaUniversity. In this capacity, she currently runs her own growing firm. With her strong interest in active politics, she founded the Innovaction party with Philip Panet Raymond and Jean Paul Lalonde and passed the leadership of the party over to Eric Westram last spring. As a resident, she has devoted her time to such projects as Rosemère's bilingual pre-school, the curling club's day camp and the major development project for Rosemère's downtown area. Her main driving force: stimulating interaction among groups.
Born in Rosemère, a fourth generation resident and mother of five children, Stéphanie Nantel holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Université du Québec à Montréal. A communications professional, she has seven years' experience in municipal affairs—first in the Town of Rosemère's Communications Department and then as political attaché to Dr. Hélène Daneault, who was Mayor at the time in 2009. As a young, committed person, she served as a volunteer during the Town's 50th anniversary events in 2008 and is presently involved in her local school, which she previously attended herself. Her credo: to contribute toward maintaining her Town's health for future generations.
A resident of Rosemère since 2004 and father of two children, René Villeneuve is driven by a strong concern for work well done. For the past 39 years, he has been working in Quality Assurance, ensuring the quality of equipment in the aeronautical industry. Following his specialized training at the Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec and Seattle, for Boeing's new Manufacturing System, he held the position of Quality Supervisor for the cockpit of the BD-100 continental corporate jet as well as for Airbus and Boeing sub-assemblies. As a volunteer, he was a member of the Board of Directors of CPE La Petite Ardoise and the Parents' Committee of Alpha School. His desire: to work in partnership with residents.
A resident of Rosemère since 2001 and a mother of two teenagers, Hélène Akzam is a born communicator. She has a Master's degree in Business Administration from HEC Montréal, a Master's in Communication from Université de Montréal and a Bachelor's degree in Communication of Social Psychology from UQAM. A member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés du Québec, she is the Director, Human Resources Planning and Development at Héma-Québec. As a resident, she has devoted her efforts to traffic concerns in the area surrounding Rosemère train station and has worked with various organizations in the region. Her slogan: "Together, to make a difference".