“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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