Nathalie Simon was first elected as Châteauguay mayor on November 1, 2009, and she was re-elected on November 3, 2013. With a strong commitment to citizen participation, her team has stood out at the local, regional, metropolitan and provincial levels due to her dynamism and her keenness to adopt a new approach. Mrs. Simon has also been the prefect of the MRC de Roussillon since November 2009.
Sustainable development, participative democracy, ethics and integrity are some of the cornerstones of her administration. Since she became mayor, the municipality has acquired tools and resources that enable it to move forward thanks to a vision that is clear and focused on changes that need to be made in order to transform Châteauguay into a dynamic and attractive city where it feels good to live.
Conscious of the immense challenges that await Châteauguay, just like the rest of the municipal world, and the need for the community to radiate beyond its boundaries, Nathalie Simon quickly got involved in several municipal, regional, metropolitan and provincial organizations. She thus became very active within the Union of Quebec Municipalities (UMQ) where she chairs the Femmes et gouvernance committee and is vice-president of the caucus d’affinité des villes de la métropole. She is also a member of the joint UMQ & Ordre des urbanistes du Québec committee. She has also been a vice-president of the Commission de l’environnement of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal since 2010.
Her desire to place citizens at the heart of the decision-making process and to promote participative democracy has enabled her administration to regularly call on Châteauguay residents to play an active role in municipal life.
- Châteauguay 2020 Summit (September 2010)
- Presentation of the Citizens Action Plan (November 2010)
- Setting up of the Rendez-vous citoyens
- Launching of the Grands Chantiers citoyens
- Continuous consultations, forums, colloquia
Some of the major accomplishments of the Simon administration include the acquisition of île Saint-Bernard from the Grey Nuns of Montreal, the revitalization plan of the Châteauguay city centre, the adoption of a sustainable development action plan and an active and sustainable mobility plan, the relocation of the municipal garage, the expansion of the Fernand-Seguin Ecological Centre and the creation of the celebration activity “Châteauguay, une histoire de Noël.”
Over the past few years, Mrs. Simon and the City of Châteauguay have won several prizes:
- Personnalité de confiance 2013 awarded by the Institut de la Confiance
- Ville à la Rescousse des milieux naturels
- Villes et villages en santé