Elected Commissioner (Trustee), Board of Directors, saint lambert and south shore - 1 September 2012
This was an elected position. I had to run a campaign door to door to get elected. I sat on the board of directors with 18 other elected individuals. There was alot of nightly meetings, reviewing budgets for almost 11000 students on the south shore of Montreal. covering ares from Sorel-Tracy to as far as Saint Remi. I sat on Human Resource, Transportation and Planning committees. Some of the things I appreciated most was the intellectual intricacies of the job. This was politics in a true raw form. Everyone had their constituents which they were elected to represent. I believe that every individual believed they were acting in the best interset of the board, however that meant compromise which was no easy task. We were a divided counsel. There were many tie votes there was alot of people who would sell there souls to get what they believed to be right. This experience taught me that I would have to learn to work with some very difficult individulas who might never have the same views as me, and no matter how much I would try to convince them I would never be able to get them to change their minds. Right or wrong. But at the end of the day no matter how turbullent the meetings were I would shake their hands afterwards or go for a coffee. To leave what happened at the table, at the table and move on.