City of Montreal

City of Montreal

May 24, 2006 18:00 ET

Closing event of May 2006: Mount Royal Month, 'Prix du Mont-Royal' Awards Ceremony

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 24, 2006) - Historian, geographer and urban planner Jean Decarie was named the recipient of the "Prix du Mont-Royal" in the mountaintop chalet today before members of the Table de concertation du Mont-Royal and close to a hundred guests, by Helen Fotopulos, Mayor of the Plateau Mont-Royal, member of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montreal, responsible for the environment, parks, blue and green spaces and Mount Royal and Peter A. Howlett, President of Les Amis de la montagne, as part of May 2006: Mount Royal Month.

Created by Les Amis de la montagne, the Prix du Mont-Royal, now in its second edition, pays tribute to individuals for their remarkable contributions towards the conservation and enhancement of Mount Royal. The awards presentation coincides with the 130th Anniversary of Mount Royal Park, created on May 24, 1876.

"I am very honoured to award the Prix du Mont-Royal to one of the mountain's most ardent fans, a man filled with passion and devotion, a man who paved the way for the protection and enhancement of Mount Royal, well before the notion was ever considered by various levels of government. It is due to his involvement, his hard work and his poignant and inspiring testimonials that Mount Royal has become, for each of us, a source of pride and a heritage to protect," said Helen Fotopulos.

"We are gathered here this evening to honour one of Mount Royal's greatest defenders. Jean Decarie has been an inspiration to Les Amis de la montagne through his unceasing and committed contribution throughout this career and even in retirement towards the protection of the mountain. His actions for the conservation and enhancement of Mount Royal have provided tremendous benefits for the mountain, and in return, for the entire community," said Peter A. Howlett.

With a Master's degree in history and geography from the Universite de Montreal, Jean Decarie was one of the first members of the Corporation des urbanistes du Quebec. His knowledge of Mount Royal is encyclopaedic. He has been involved in all dossiers pertaining to the mountain, both in person and in word, motivating, mobilizing and gathering together one and all. His personal vision has been articulated in all manner of tools and considerations for Mount Royal.

During the Prix du Mont-Royal awards ceremony, Les Amis de la montagne and the Ville de Montreal also paid honourable mention to Heritage Montreal. Twenty years ago, this precursor organization called for the classification of a portion of Mount Royal as a natural heritage site from the then Quebec Minister of Cultural Affairs.

The inaugural Prix du Mont-Royal were awarded last year to Pierre Dansereau, considered the father of ecology in Quebec and Phyllis Lambert, architect and founding director and president of the Fiduciary Board of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal.

Jean Decarie's Prix du Mont-Royal consists of a reproduction of an article on Montreal published by Harper's Weekly on August 18, 1860, that depicts three panoramic views of Montreal as seen from Ile Sainte-Helene. Heritage Montreal's honourable mention consists of a reproduction of the cover page of the document requesting the classification that was presented to the Minister of Cultural Affairs, dated May 27, 1986.

The Ville de Montreal took this special opportunity to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Les Amis de la montagne and the 25th anniversary of the Centre de la montagne. Merged to form a single non-profit entity in 2005-2006 dedicated to the protection, conservation and enhancement of the mountain, the organization was presented with an original stained glass work depicting Smith House, its headquarters, with an outline of the mountain in the background.

Contact Information

  • Lyne Marier, Ville de Montreal
    (514) 872-2302
    Gabrielle Korn, Les Amis de la montagne
    (514) 843-8240 ext. 237