• John Jantak

St. Lazare unveils its new town hall community drop-in centre


Soulanges Liberal provincial MNA Lucie Charlebois and St. Lazare Mayor Robert Grimaudo (foreground) along with municipal councillors Michel Chartrand (left), Pamela Tremblay, Brian Trainor, Michel Couture, Geneviève Lachance and Michel Poitras stand in front of a plaque unveiled during a ceremony to inaugurate the new Sainte-Angélique Community Room at town hall during a press conference on Monday, January 15.

Officials dedicated the Sainte-Angélique Community Room at town hall during a press conference that was attended by Soulanges provincial Liberal MNA Lucie Charlebois, Mayor Robert Grimaudo, and current and former councillors on Monday, January 15.

“Revamping, modernizing and developing social infrastructures is a priority for the Government of Quebec and providing support for this project demonstrates our commitment to contribute to the well-being of citizens,” said Charlebois, the Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Living.

Both the federal and provincial governments contributed just under $1.15 million in financial assistance. About 70 per cent of the funds were provided by the federal government from federal gas tax revenues from 2014 to 2018 and the remainder was contributed by Quebec from their gas tax program.

Community pride

“It’s a beautiful way to start the year,” Charlebois told Your Local Journal. “I’m very excited to be here to talk about the opening and the way it will help citizens improve their pride in their community. A lot of people volunteer their time in St. Lazare. The subsidy allows municipalities to determine in which areas they want to enhance their communities.”

Mayor Grimaudo said he’s pleased the long-anticipated town hall is finally open and thrilled that residents and non-profit organizations now have a dedicated drop-in centre within the facility to regularly meet.

“It was many years in the planning and I’m very ecstatic and excited that we’re finally here,” said Grimaudo. “It was the toughest decision any council could make. We’re in a brand new town hall and a new community room. The previous council had a lot of courage to put all this in place.”

Dedicated venue

“It’s almost 25 years that the town has planned to have its own official permanent town hall. We never did. We were in an old school. We were renting facilities. Employees were spread out everywhere. It was a necessity and I’m very proud this day has come,” added Grimaudo.

The community room is a dedicated venue where groups and citizens can meet regularly without having to worry about whether space is available at the town’s community centre, said Grimaudo.

“The community centre is always overbooked. This is a drop-in centre. It’s free of charge to all non-profit organizations in St. Lazare. They can come and hold their meetings here. It belongs to the people,” Grimaudo said.

Subsidies welcomed

Grimaudo added the town appreciates the financial subsidies it received for the town hall and community centre. “We are very happy with the financial support that has been granted by the governments of Canada and Quebec for the development of these new community spaces,” he said.

The 2,000 square-foot community room is located on the ground floor and is equipped with two rest rooms, a kitchen, a relaxation area with a television and a coffee dispenser. A permanent space has been set aside for the Cercle de Fermières, a group dedicated to improving the living conditions of women and their families. They also promote their artisanal and cultural heritage and will have an on-site loom.

The Sainte-Angélique Community Room will officially welcome its first visitors Monday, February 5 at 9 a.m. Visitors will be able to share, chat, cook, knit, enjoy a cup of coffee and play cards and board games. The calendar of drop-in activities is available at


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