Lucie Mayer: artist, politician and activist

“I love life, I love everything that makes up life and I deeply hate everything that harms life. That sums up in one sentence who I am.”

It is with candor and a smile in her voice that Lucie Mayer goes through the stages that shape her professional career and the trials she has had to overcome. Her boundless wonder at life and her concern for others transcends her experience and the words she uses to describe it. From opera, through teaching in Europe, to political engagement and a return to school, the one who has lived in Prévost for over twenty years relies on what drives her.

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Lucie was born into a family of musicians. As a baby, her mother puts her in the high chair right next to the piano, while she plays Bach for about thirty minutes every afternoon. Although she loves music, it’s also a bit in spite of herself that Lucie chooses to make it her profession. After her father died when she was 13, she grew up as a single mother, in a humble environment. “We didn’t live very rich”, says Lucia. Lacking financial resources, the latter eliminates medicine and law for the rest of her education.

“I love life, I love everything that makes up life and I deeply dislike everything that harms life. -Lucie Mayer

She soon took over from her mother, who taught music. She then completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University. She specialized in early music until she discovered a talent for opera in the middle of a concert.

His career then flourished in Quebec, first as a chorister, then as a chorister-soloist, and finally as a soloist. At the same time, the singer teaches 45 students. The years go by and his hectic lifestyle leaves him little time to recharge his batteries and take a step back. A dream she has cherished for a long time, namely to live in Europe, never came true. She solved this on August 15, 2003 at the age of 40: after subletting her house at Lac René in Prévost and placing her students with other teachers – a situation she describes as heartbreaking – Lucie Mayer first leaves for a few months to Switzerland. She then moved to Germany, where she sang, taught French at university and met “extraordinary people”

Almost 7 years later, in 2010, she returned to Quebec. At that moment she has no idea what awaits her. Gradually, she resumes teaching, but at a more reasonable pace.

Entry into politics

On her return to the Laurentians, Lucie also became a member of Québec Solidaire. A little over 7 years she took an active part in the committee dealing with the food industry. She gives herself “heart and soul” for the party she will represent twice in the riding of Prévost, in 2014 and 2018, the first time ” secure [s]legs and the second, in a chair. † In 2016, an accident and a series of medical errors forced Lucie to use a wheelchair. Since then, she has been committed to providing better services to people with disabilities and, above all, more humanity.

“When the government took care of me after my accident, I became useless on the hook of the state. Because I needed access to a home adjustment program”, says Lucia. It took 10 and a half months for a ramp to be installed and she was finally able to leave her home. Meanwhile, the Québec Solidarity Convention was taking place.

“I was able to go to the congress by going down the stairs on my butt. It took me 45 minutes to get from the door to the car, which is a journey of about 25 feet. † In May 2017, the agri-food program, which Lucie had been working on for several years, was presented on the floor of the convention. “It was an extraordinary moment for me, my baby coming into the world! †

Service life(s)

Lucie Mayer has chosen not to stand for re-election next fall. “I will perform more locally, where I am needed ‘, she announced in early April via a Facebook publication. The resident of Prévost has recently become involved with Maison de Sophia, which helps women in difficulty. She is also the new president of the Liturgical Music Association of Canada. Her wife, Louis, is the vice president.

In September 2021, Lucie even returned to school in translation. She hopes to complete her master’s degree before retirement. As Lucie describes it, her life is one of service. It was first in the service of music, then in the service of education, and in the service of the citizens of Quebec.

Article by Eve Menard

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