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Danie Deschênes seeks first full term as mayor in NDIP


Danie Deschênes said NDIP is committed to its family-friendly policy which included the opening of Parc des Éperviers in May as she seeks re-election for a second term as mayor in the upcoming municipal election.

Danie Deschênes pledged to continue serving her constituents and maintain the city’s family-friendly policy if re-elected to serve her first full four-year term as mayor in the upcoming municipal election in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot (NDIP).

Deschênes was first elected mayor during a by-election in June 2014 after former Mayor Marie-Claude Nichols won the provincial election two months earlier. Nichols resigned after being re-elected in November 2013 to assume her role as provincial Liberal MNA for Vaudreuil.

Gained experience

While she may not have completed a full-four year mandate, Deschênes said the experience she gained during the past three-and-a-half years helped her acquire the necessary experience and skills to continue fulfilling the requirements needed for the position. She added being re-elected would ensure an uninterrupted transition.

“I feel more confident in this election,” Deschênes told Your Local Journal during an interview on September 26. Being a councillor for one full four-year term before I became mayor helped a lot because I learned about what was going on in the city and how to manage it.” She became a District 1 councillor in 2009 and was re-elected in 2013.

“I’ve been very involved in the last four years,” said Deschênes. “I’m a person that likes to know what’s going on in each file and to have the council involved in decision-making so that we can have a clear vision to accurately communicate what’s needed from our municipal employees.”

Resolving problems

Among her accomplishments is successfully resolving with the landslide issue in the Les Palissades de l’Anse au Sable luxury home development. The city will begin work to stabilize the shoreline and surrounding slopes this winter if all goes well. “All the plans are being prepared and we’re very happy about that. It’s been an ongoing issue for a few years now,” said Deschênes.

Help will also be made available to residents who were affected by the spring floods along portions of the waterfront this year. Work will be done to redefine land behind properties that were affected by creating a downward slope to provide proper water-runoff away from houses and adding large boulders along the waterline.

Family-friendly activities

As a family-friendly municipality, the opening of Parc des Éperviers in May is another milestone for the city as it continues to enhance its range of outdoor facilities for families, said Deschênes.

“This park has been planned since the last election and we delivered on our pledge. It came in within budget and within the timeline we set for it. We’re also proud that we’ve invested in all our parks and cycling paths. We like people to come here and enjoy the view,” Deschênes added.

Quality of life

The one important factor that all citizens appreciate is the quality of life and various activities that are geared to people of all generations through the continued enhancement of its family plan, said Deschênes.

In addition to the tutorial service that began with the start of the new school year, the city will also be providing an exercise fun day each Sunday that will allow parents to drop off their children while they run errands. “Parents are busy and they have things to do. Our job is to make sure their kids stay busy and offer activities that keep them healthy too,” Deschênes said.

There will be no major residential development in the next four years, said Deschênes. “People don’t want condos here and I agree with that,” she said. “We’re slow-paced with it comes to developments. We’ll keep building nice houses one at a time.”

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