“A big loss for Hawkesbury"
Council laments Chénier's resignation
development strategy. “The hardest part
has been done. Now it is the steering
committee that will continue with the
project,” he said.
In what is described as a “big loss” for
Hawkesbury, Marc Chénier is stepping
for his ability to work with the various
players in the economic development field.
economic development director.
“I had a lot of fun working with the various
“This is a sad day,” Councillor Alain
organizations. There are a lot of very
Fraser said, echoing a sentiment that was
interesting challenges here,” he allowed.
expressed after Chénier handed in his
Chénier has insisted that the economic
resignation last week.
situation is not as bad as it is often
“It is deplorable,” Mayor René
portrayed. “Things are moving here.
Berthiaume said of his departure, which
Hawkesbury is a small town doing big
was officially accepted at a special secret
things,” he remarked.
meeting Monday night.
Photos Richard Mahoney
Chénier confirmed Monday afternoon
Saturday’s Dalkeith winter carnival
that he was formally leaving February 17.
However, a last-ditch effort was made
A human-powered bus, a tribute to the
change his mind.
War of 1812 and a royal treatment were
Friction at town hall is believed to have
among the themes of the floats. The
procession also consisted of several
during an interview this week. Yet, many
colourful participants and a line-up of
believe his departurewill further underline
the need for a human resources analysis
which the town recently decided to carry
Chénier has accepted a new job as head
of a large Gatineau-based accounting firm.
Succeeding Mathieu Mault in October,
2010, Chénier said he has enjoyed his
experience in Hawkesbury. “My heart is
in the trenches, you make friends and
allies,” he commented.
Town hall tension is believed to be a
One of his accomplishments has been
the launch of the socio-economic
factor inhis departure.
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