Côte Saint-Luc selects Sidney Margles as volunteer of the year

Sidney Margles awarded trophyCôte Saint-Luc, October 12, 2012 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc awarded its volunteer of the year award to former radio news broadcaster and business executive Sidney Margles at a volunteer appreciation event on September 23.

Margles, who was a councillor in Town of Mount Royal for 12 years in the 1980s and 1990s has lived in Côte Saint-Luc since 2005 and has become actively involved in local community. He currently is serving his second two-year term as President of the Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men’s Club. He was also among the first volunteers in the city’s successful vCOP neighborhood-watch-on-wheels program in 2006. During the planning and construction of the $18 million Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre, Margles acted as an unpaid consultant to the city, sharing his knowledge and experience in a variety of areas.

“Sid is an outstanding resource for Côte Saint-Luc because of his professional experiences in broadcasting, communications and municipal affairs,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather, who announced the awarding of the Edward J. Kirwan Trophy to Margles. “I have known Sid since I was an infant and I have always respected his dedication to community affairs. He has always been one of my most important mentors.”

Margles, who was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009, began his radio career at CJAD in 1959 during his third year at university. He broadcast news live at the scene, which was a new concept at the time. He covered many of the major events in Montreal during the 1960s and 1970s. He eventually shifted to management and administration duties. He retired from Standard Broadcasting in 1997.

“I have always felt that you should give back something to the community in which you live, and that is why I became involved in the Men’s Club,” Margles said . “I was taken by total surprise and never expected the recognition, although it is much appreciated.”

As President of Côte Saint-Luc Senior Men’s Club, Margles has launched a summertime series of operas and movie nights, created caps and t-shirts to promote the club, expanded summertime outings including theatre trips to the Segal Centre, Upper Canada playhouse in Morrisburg, Ontario, and trips to Ottawa and Quebec City.

Côte Saint-Luc awards the Edward J. Kirwan Trophy to volunteers who have made an exceptional contribution to the Parks and Recreation programs. The award is on display at the Aquatic and Community Centre.

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Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesainluc.org 

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