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Gault students meet the mayor

Nathalie Kohler, Abbygail Haineault, and Samuel Poissant
Grade 5, Gault Institute

Grade 5 students from Gault Institute were invited to visit the Salaberry-de-Valleyfield town hall to meet with Mayor Miguel Lemieux on March 27.

Students, their teachers, and principal Anick Leclerc got a guided tour of the town hall from Mr. Lemieux himself. They saw the council chambers, the mayor’s office, and the director general’s office. One student said, “I think the best part was seeing the council chamber, because it made me feel proud since the important decisions for our city are made there.”

The mayor said most people from Valleyfield don’t realise how lucky they are until someone from another city comes and is in shock that we have such a beautiful downtown with a bay, canal, and lakes everywhere.


Gault students enjoyed meeting Valleyfield mayor Miguel Lemieux on March 27 PHOTO Gault Institute


Lemieux was very honest and friendly when answering all the students’ questions. He went out of his way to show students things that are not open to the public. “We are very lucky to have a mayor like him who cares so much about Valleyfield,” said another student.

The director general talked to students about what they take care of, like the water supply, the 150th anniversary celebrations in Valleyfield, taxes, and sports.

Teachers Ms. Erin Pearson and Ms. Jennifer Hillman state it was important for students to know and see what it is like to go to the town hall instead of just reading or hearing about it.

According to Leclerc, the students were the first schoolchildren to visit city hall. “I was really blown away,” she said, of their visit with the mayor.

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