Lambertois in Heart and Deed
An elementary school teacher when he retired, Jacques Sénéchal has been an active member of the organizing committee of the Foire d’art contemporain de Saint-Lambert since its beginnings. His mission is to perform cultural mediation (building bridges) between artists and the public, mostly in schools, where he spent his professional career.
To raise children’s awareness of contemporary art and later acquire a sense of art appreciation in general, he encourages young students in grades 5 and 6 to choose a favourite artwork during an artwork treasure hunt. This requires them to use their observation skills and exercise a critical eye. Once back in the classroom, Mr. Sénéchal holds a discussion and invites the children to write a poem in free verse about their favourite artwork. This completes the circle: literature and visual arts find their way into the children’s lives, broadening their means of expression for the future.
With this Lambertois Merit Award, the City of Saint-Lambert underscores Mr. Sénéchal’s altruistic commitment to introducing young people to the world of contemporary art, and to enriching their cultural education to help them become future observers of the world of art.
Lambertois in Heart and Deed
Karine Trudel is being honoured with a Lambertois Merit Award to highlight her creation and daily administration of “Le Babillard de Saint-Lambert” Facebook group. In May 2014, Ms. Trudel created “Le Babillard de Saint-Lambert” to promote closer relations among neighbours and foster mutual assistance within the community. In fewer than four years, the Babillard has become an essential for residents, who use it to exchange goods, recommend services, and lend, give and sell what-have-you.
To date, more than 13% of Saint-Lambert’s population (all ages combined) belongs to this digital community! It’s no wonder that the Babillard has forged friendships, helped locate lost items and returned stray pets to their owners. For many members, posting a question or asking for help on the Babillard has become an automatic reflex.
With this Lambertois Merit Award, the City of Saint-Lambert casts the spotlight on this inspiring example of a volunteer citizen initiative that contributes to the vitality of our community while also meeting a need.
Isaac Yung Zung Zia
This Grand Lambertois award is presented in honour of Isaac Yung Zung Zia, a former resident of Saint-Lambert and loyal library patron. The library renovations and major improvements to the library’s services in 2017 were made possible thanks to an exceptional bequest of more than 1 million dollars by Mr. Zia to the Friends of the Saint-Lambert Library Foundation, together with a financial contribution from the City of Saint-Lambert.
The Grand Lambertois award is bestowed on an individual or organization for a body of work, an “exceptional” action, or professional involvement beyond the scope of career-related responsibilities. Mr. Zia’s belief in his neighbourhood library as a cultural hub for the community was truly exceptional. Thank you, Mr. Zia.