Ulrick Chérubin

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Ulrick Chérubin (born December 24, 1943[1] in Jacmel, Haiti[2]) is a Haitian-born politician, who has served as mayor of Amos, Quebec since 2002. He is one of the first Black Canadians to be elected a mayor in Quebec. Like other black mayors in Quebec history, Chérubin leads a municipality which is virtually entirely white and Québécois.[2]

The youngest of five children, Chérubin was educated in Haiti and subsequently moved to Canada in 1970 to study education at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.[3] He subsequently taught religion in Cap-de-la-Madeleine.[3] In 1973, Chérubin moved to Amos, where he continued to teach, and also studied administration and English as a Second Language teaching at the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue.[2]

Chérubin was first elected as a municipal councillor in Amos in 1994, winning his seat with a five-hundred vote majority.[3] After being re-elected unopposed as a councillor in 1998, Chérubin was elected to the position of mayor of Amos. Chérubin was most recently re-elected in 2013, winning 73% of the vote in a victory over Amos municipal councillor Éric Mathieu.[4]

In 2009, city councillors Charles Yancey and Chuck Turner of Boston, Massachusetts sponsored a motion declaring the 2nd of January, 2010 Ulrick Chérubin Day in the City of Boston.[5]

On 10 November, 2013, Chérubin appeared on Le Banquier, the Quebec version of Deal or No Deal, where he won a total of $222,500. Chérubin, who was selected to take part in the program out of a pool of eight thousand initial applicants, appeared in order to promote and raise funds for the centennial celebration of the town of Amos.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ulrick Chérubin". Cape Breton Post (in French). 7 October 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Blatchford, Andy (31 March 2013). "How two Haitian friends became Quebec mayors". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Pierre, Samuel (2007). Ces Québécois venus d'Haïti (in French). Presses inter Polytechnique. pp. 451–453. ISBN 2553014112. 
  4. ^ "Ulrick Chérubin récolte un quatrième mandat à la mairie d'Amos". Radio-Canada (in French). 3 November 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Honorable Ulrick Chérubin". Office of the City Clerk, Boston, Massachusetts. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Guindon, Martin (10 November 2013). "Ulrick Chérubin gagne 222 500 $ au Banquier". Abitibi Express (in French). Retrieved 24 April 2014. 

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