From left, former Grosse Pointe Park City Councilman John Chouinard is presented with a resolution in his honor, along with his official council photo and nameplate, by Mayor Robert Denner during a Jan. 13 City Council meeting.

From left, former Grosse Pointe Park City Councilman John Chouinard is presented with a resolution in his honor, along with his official council photo and nameplate, by Mayor Robert Denner during a Jan. 13 City Council meeting.

Photo by K. Michelle Moran


Former Grosse Pointe Park councilman ‘exemplified dedication’

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published February 4, 2020

GROSSE POINTE PARK — He might not have had a long tenure on the Grosse Pointe Park City Council, but as City Councilman James Robson said, former City Councilman John Chouinard “packed a lot into those four years.”

Chouinard was one of three former council members honored for their service during a Jan. 13 City Council meeting.

“It’s been a great four years,” Robson said to Chouinard. “It’s been a quick four years. I would call you the Energizer Bunny of the Grosse Pointe Park council. … You really exemplified dedication.”

Chouinard, who was presented with a resolution in his honor by Mayor Robert Denner, served from November 2015 to November 2019; he wasn’t reelected last year. A Park resident for 44 years — where he and his wife, Sharon, raised their five children — Chouinard worked for Mass Mutual Life Insurance for 41 years and became licensed as a financial planner in 1990.

As a council member, the resolution notes that Chouinard was involved with the development of the business districts along Kercheval, Charlevoix and Mack avenues; worked on the proposed dog park and new pickleball courts as the Recreation Commission liaison; and supported Grosse Pointe Park Foundation projects such as the Carol C. Schaap Theatre and the Tomkins Center atrium.

Denner called him a “great asset on our council.”

City Councilman Daniel Grano said it was Chouinard who encouraged Grano to run for his first elected office — as a precinct delegate — 21 years ago.

“I greatly enjoyed serving with you,” Grano said, adding that Chouinard’s background as a financial planner was beneficial to the council.

City Councilwoman Lauri Read said Chouinard was her seat neighbor at the council table, and her predecessor as the council liaison to the Beautification Commission, calling him “a tough act to follow.”

“I enjoyed serving with you and wish you all the best,” Read said. “I hope you will stay active (with the city).”

City Councilman Vikas Relan didn’t work alongside Chouinard — Relan was one of the newcomers elected to the council in November — but the longtime council meeting attendee and involved resident was familiar with Chouinard’s work.

“Your work ethic was impeccable,” Relan told Chouinard. “I’m very thankful for all of the stuff you’ve done for our parks.”

Fellow council newcomers Michele Hodges and Aimee Rogers Fluitt thanked Chouinard as well.

Denner said Chouinard “really studied up on the issues.”

“You were a hardworking, very constructive member of our council,” Denner said.

Chouinard told the council members he “appreciated working” with them, and said he was looking forward to seeing the new council members continue to make progress in the city and move it forward.