Council

Our mission

Protection

We will continue to maintain existing measures, to propose new ones, and most of all, to fully enforce them, in order to protect Bark Lake, and its inflows and outflows, from environmental threats. These include, amongst others: deforestation, residential development, their impacts on shorelines, and the installation of roads and other infrastructure. We understand that the protection and survival of the Lake are inextricably linked to that of the Municipality, which was originally established for this very specific goal.

Communication

We will continue communication tools with all the residents, in both official languages of Barkmere, in order to foster a climate of collaboration, listening and mutual understanding. We will strive to ensure that the population is well informed at all times of the activities of the Municipal Council.

Management

We will continue to work to maintain the integrity of the Town of Barkmere, while looking for ways to share services and costs with neighbouring municipalities to our mutual benefit. We believe that, by effectively managing the budget of the Town and in controlling its development, we will be able to maintain reasonable taxation levels. In turn, this will allow the Town to continue existing and its residents to live harmoniously within its boundaries.

Representation

We will continue to represent all the citizens of Barkmere without exception, whether they inhabit the village or are seasonal residents accessing their property by road or by boat.

 
7

members


3

projects


9

years of experience


 

Our team

Luc Trépanier

Mayor


A few years ago, I decided to devote my time and my energy as Mayor to help Our Community and Our Lake. I do not regret that decision. It has allowed me to meet so many delightful people who share my love for Bark Lake. Together, with our incredible team of councillors, and with the help of our devoted employees, we will continue protecting our heritage, to pass it on to future generations of Bark Lakers, in the pristine state it was given to us.

I am very proud of our accomplishments. We have stabilized the finances of the Town, which resulted in a reduction of over 10% in our tax bills. We have created a park for our residents who do not have direct access to the lake. We have worked with the Town administration to establish a fair application of our by-laws, and to introduce a culture of helping people to do their projects while respecting these by-laws. We have increased the monitoring of water quality and the inspecting of septic systems. And we have kept a very watchful eye over unauthorized development, taking legal action when necessary. And finally, we have been successful in finding the necessary funding, to permit us to build the new Municipal Building for the benefit of all our community, equally permanent and seasonal residents; and this, without increasing our tax burden.

To send a message

Jake M. Chadwick

Councillor


I am pleased to serve as councillor once again in Barkmere. I have been coming to Bark Lake with my family for over 50 years. Since 2009 I have been proud to represent you as municipal councillor directing the environment portfolio as President of the Consultative Committee for the Environment (CCE). As you know, for the last two years the CCE has been diligently focussed on mitigating the impact and proliferation of Eurasian milfoil – by far the worst environment (and therefore economic) risk we have ever faced in the community. Working with the team comprised of town administration, specialized diving team and many volunteers we have designed and implemented a thorough review and removal process over the last two summers. As a result, we believe we are ahead of the game and well positioned to limit the proliferation of the invading species. We must continue this important work.

I have also continued to lead our important water testing programme over the last four years. I have participated in the regional environmental committee as board member of the local water basin association (OBV – RPNS) and regional lake association meetings. These external relationships are important to understand what is happening in the environment outside our municipal borders. Also, I have spearheaded efforts with the CCE and community volunteers to assist in shoreline restoration projects. I would like to capitalize on all these experiences and continue to lead these environmental efforts going forward.

Environment Portfolio

Marc-Olivier Duchesne

Councillor


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Infrastructures & Services Citizen's Forum

Marc Fredette

Councillor


My wife, my two sons, and I have been enjoying Barkmere for almost 30 years. The beauty and uniqueness of Barkmere have developed a strong desire to volunteer because I truly care about the people and its environment. I am dedicated to Barkmere and have been involved in the BLPA, the CCU and numerous groups over the years. Barkmere is our jewel and it should be cherished.

As Councillor, I have been in charge of the finances of our Town. It fits naturally with my professional life being a Chartered Accountant with an MBA in finance. I am a business veteran where financial acumen and integrity are key ingredients to success. I know how to instill strong cost control to lessen the taxpayers’ financial burden. A low and stable tax bill provides financial peace of mind to the citizens while a strong financial position allows the Town to control its destiny. It is hard work but it is a win-win combination.

Finance Portfolio

Andrea Leber

Councillor


Bark Lake has been my second home since my family first came here in 1967. This is why I consider it a great privilege to serve as a town councillor.

Throughout my long career as the head of my family’s construction business, I have gained extensive experience in a variety of fields. In taking on the Public Security and Navigation portfolio, I will help the town administration obtain and evaluate quotes for goods and services that will help ensure the safety and security of all Barkmere citizens both on and off the water.

After attending many council meetings, it is clear to me that the needs of citizens are vastly different, depending on their status as year-round residents or weekenders, or whether they have road or boat access. I will listen to all Barkmere residents and consider their needs while striving to always remain approachable and fair-minded. Thanks to our new Town Hall, we now have a place to showcase some interesting and historically significant artefacts. Our lake has a fascinating place in the history of the Laurentians and remains as unique today as it has always been. Another task I look forward to taking on, along with the help of other Barkmere citizens, involves creating a small museum along with a warm and welcoming space for those wanting to use the internet or simply relax with a good book.

I look forward to meeting you at the Town Hall, or on and around the lake. f

Public Security & Navigation Portfolios

Stephen Lloyd

Councillor


I am a third generation Bark Laker who is passionately committed to and proud of our community. Barkmere is a jewel that we should all be able to enjoy and prosper within. Through my work in business, law and on the boards of many non-profit organizations, I have been fortunate to develop a skill set which is helpful in contributing to a solid and equitable governance of our Town.

Our "new" by-laws are now almost 10 years old. Over the last 8 years, under the leadership of Mayor Trepanier, our Council has worked to fine-tune those by-laws by removing some unnecessarily complicated rules and tightening other measures with the goal of reinforcing our key values: a harmonious and respectful community, a beautiful landscape and a healthy and protected environment. We have tried to do so on a consensus basis, striving to help all our individual citizens to best enjoy their Barkmere properties while ensuring that the common good is taken into account.

I want to carry on this work. My next focus is on a re-assessment of the scope of the grandfather rights for crib docks. We need to better understand the true environmental factors at stake vis-à-vis our Barkmere construction realities and recent difficult experiences of our citizens with piling docks. It is an honour to serve our community.

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Legal Portfolio

Chantal Raymond

Councillor


I am delighted to be reelected municipal councillor for a second mandate and to be able to give back to this community that gave me so much. I have taken the communications portfolio again with great enthusiasm, and I will try to improve it . It is my belief that good communication is essential and that everyone must be informed of what is happening at council meetings, the stakes and challenges that surround us but more to the point what we are working on at present.

I have been working on the development of a new trail on Goulden Island. I have also spearheaded the ‘rope and wood’ games on Goulden Island to to entice young and not-so-young people to exercise. I would like to continue to develop exterior projects so that everyone can enjoy fully this extraordinary environment that is Barkmere.
Communications Portfolio