Ulrick Chérubin during an event associated to Amos' centennial celebration.
|Mayor of Amos, Quebec|
2002 – September 25, 2014
|Preceded by||Murielle Angers-Turpin|
|Succeeded by||Donald Blanchet|
December 24, 1943|
|Died||September 25, 2014
Ulrick Chérubin (December 24, 1943 – September 25, 2014) was a Canadian politician, who served as mayor of Amos, Quebec, from 2002 until his death in 2014. He was one of the first Black Canadians to be elected a mayor in Quebec. Like other black mayors in Quebec history, Chérubin led a municipality which is virtually entirely white and Québécois.
The youngest of five children, Chérubin was born in Jacmel, Haiti, in 1943. He was educated in Haiti, where he was a childhood friend and classmate of Michel Adrien, who would later become mayor of Mont-Laurier, Quebec. He moved to Canada in 1970 to study education at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, and subsequently taught religion in Cap-de-la-Madeleine. 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.
Chérubin was first elected as a municipal councillor in Amos in 1994, winning his seat with a five-hundred vote majority. After being re-elected unopposed as a councillor in 1998, Chérubin was elected to the position of mayor of Amos. In 2004, he was awarded the Jackie Robinson Award, in honour of his status as a pioneering Black Canadian, by the Montreal Association of Black Business Persons and Professionals.
In 2009, city councillors Charles Yancey and Chuck Turner of Boston, Massachusetts, sponsored a motion declaring January 2, 2010, to be Ulrick Chérubin Day in the City of Boston, when he visited the city.
Chérubin was most recently re-elected in 2013, winning 73% of the vote in a victory over Amos municipal councillor Éric Mathieu.
On November 10, 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.
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