Mastery for Service

April 2015
Serge Lussier (L) with Dean Madramootoo

Serge Lussier (L) with Dean Madramootoo

Every five years, Macdonald honours an individual who has provided “outstanding contributions to the Macdonald community as demonstrated by a commitment and dedication to the Campus which has added immeasurably to the quality of the institution, its programs and student life.”

The 2015 recipient is Serge Lussier, Macdonald alumnus and Assistant Director of the Farm Management and Technology Program.

Serge Lussier has the extremely unique characteristic of being part of the fabric of Macdonald College of McGill University for a remarkable period, close to 45 years.  With that record, he is perhaps the person with the longest active affiliation with Macdonald.

Serge, like some of us, both studied and worked at Macdonald. He completed his BSc Agriculture, majoring in Agronomy in 1974, and started to work as a Senior Technician in the then Agronomy Department. He was Superintendent of the Emile Lods Agronomy Research Centre from 1976-1980.

In September 1980, Serge was appointed a Faculty Lecturer in the Agriculture Diploma Program, and he has continued to serve the Program to this day. He has seen numerous changes in the Program, and was even responsible for leading some of the changes. He served under at least 3 Directors of the Program, and was part of the management team that oversaw the transition to what is now known as the Farm Management and Technology Program. In addition to his teaching responsibilities in the FMT Program, Serge is currently the Associate Director.  Serge is a person of loyalty and devotion and has played an enormous supportive role to each Program Director. Never a person wishing to take the limelight or the credit, Serge plays his role behind the scenes. He is a rock of strength of the FMT program.

The extended Lussier family

The extended Lussier family

Over 200 Diploma and FMT students would owe their success to Serge. Some might never have completed the Program had it not been for the deep personal interest and care that Serge takes in every single student. He is a mentor, confidant, and perhaps even a father figure to them.

But Serge, being a true Master of Service, goes well beyond the FMT program.  He has contributed to the undergrad teaching programs, gives advice on agronomy to graduate students, and being a farmer at heart, he has given yeoman service to the Macdonald Farm. He has served as Manager of its Field Unit, and never hesitates to help with field operations if called upon by the Management.

No job is too small or unimportant for Serge. He finds the time to provide his technical services without compensation, and goes well beyond his primary teaching responsibilities to make Macdonald that unique caring environment for all staff and students. He is a volunteer extraordinaire – serving the Macdonald Alumni Association in a variety of roles, from chairing the Gold Key committee to helping with Founder’s Day, Homecoming, and the annual BBQ for incoming students.  You can count on Serge.

Serge goes to the boundaries of the Campus to represent Macdonald. He is deeply involved in the agricultural community, is an active member of the Ordre des Agronomes du Québec, and ensures that Mac has a voice at the OAQ table. He also supports our interests in the rural communities through his presence at various agricultural fairs.

What makes Serge stand out is his quiet and unassuming manner and his tireless devotion to all things Macdonald. Outside Macdonald, Serge is devoted to his family, children and grandchildren.  He is a kind, considerate, gentle person who is well-liked by all who know him. Congratulations Serge!




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