Richard M. Bégin
City Councillor, Deschênes District

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Since November 2013, Richard Bégin has been the municipal councillor for the Deschênes District in the Aylmer sector of Gatineau.

Richard`s political responsibilities include the positions of chair of the Comité consultatif d’urbanisme (advisory committee on city planning), of the Comité sur les demandes de démolition (requests for demolition committee) and of the Commission sur les aînés (commission on seniors). In this mandate, he has notably concentrated on implementing the strategy to change the approach to city planning.

He was also a member of the advisory committee responsible to think about a new economic development structure for Gatineau. After serving as member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of Développement économique–CLD Gatineau, he has been appointed as member of the Board of Directors for ID Gatineau. He is also member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of Tourisme Outaouais.

Following his studies at university in history, political science and business administration, Richard had a career of over thirty years mostly as a senior manager in the field of communications, public affairs and marketing with the Government of Canada in various departments (Public Archives, Transport Canada, Investment Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Privy Council Office).

Richard has, at the same time, also been very involved in and committed to his community.  For forty years now he has been active in various organizations that are dear to his heart.  He has, for example, been the President of APICA, the Aylmer Heritage Association, the Symmes Inn Museum, of Culture Outaouais and of Tel-Aide Outaouais. Since 2005, he has been the President of the Fédération Histoire Québec. As councillor for the Deschênes District, Richard is fully committed to working with the residents of Deschênes to develop and promote the specific interests and unique characteristics of the district, as well as of the Ville de Gatineau.

In 2016, Richard Bégin received the Dollard-Morin  Award in Leisure and Sports (national cateogy), at the Quebec National  Assembly, for his contribution to heritage. In 2010, he received the Order of Gatineau to mark the exceptional leadership he has shown in his commitment to the community; in addition to that honour he has received the Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec in 2012 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.

Among my priorities for Deschênes:
  • Re-establish an open and continuing dialogue with the citizens of Deschênes, and promote and support their needs and interests;
  • Maintain the character of Deschênes: the green spaces, heritage, community-orientation and associations;
  • Revitalize the heart of old Deschênes;
  • Work more closely with the local School Boards for a better service to the community;
  • Find solutions to the road congestion, access and infrastructures problems.
A community leader

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