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Remembering Elsie

Gordon Gibbons presented a picture of his mother and former warden Elsie Gibbons at the MRC council of mayors meeting on Wednesday. From left: Gordon, Pontiac Warden Jane Toller, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Economic Development Jocelyn Cote and Irene Waschkowski.

CALEB NICKERSON
CAMPBELL’S BAY June 20, 2018
The monthly council of mayors meeting at the MRC in Campbell's Bay got off to an unorthodox start, with the presentation of a gift from the public.
Gordon Gibbons, son of former warden and namesake of the MRC boardroom, Elsie Gibbons, presented a picture of his mother to MRC Warden Jane Toller.
“My father had been mayor and quit from frustration,” he said with a laugh. “So that's when my mother ran.”
Elsie (1903-2003) was the first female warden of Pontiac County, serving from 1959-1961, and was also the first female mayor in all Quebec after she took office in Portage du Fort in 1953. This was only 13 years after women won the right to vote in Quebec.

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