Councillor René Pepsi LandryRené Landry was born in Moncton on May 21, 1937, the son of Léonie LeBlanc and Wilfred Landry, into a family of 12. He attended the University of Ottawa where he received a certificate in physical education in 1962, and he graduated from the Université de Moncton in 1971 with a bachelor of commerce, administration major. He received a certificate in practicum counselling from Sir George Williams University in 1971, and in 1972 completed one year toward a master of education degree.
Mr. Landry worked for the City of Moncton as a facilities coordinator from 1981 to 1998. In this position he planned special events, scheduled recreational activities, and managed the Farmers' Market and the sportsplex multi-purpose playing field. He also worked for the Moncton Boys' and Girls' Club from 1963 to 1981.
Very active in the areas of youth and recreation, he has been a board member for both the Moncton Youth Residences and the Moncton Boys' and Girls' Club, has been on the Volunteer Awards Committee for the City of Moncton, has been a volunteer with the Kidney Foundation of Canada, and was a founding member of the Université de Moncton Aigles Bleus Booster Club. He has also been involved with the Pine Needle Golf and Country Club, the Recreation Society of Atlantic Canada, the Moncton Lions Minor Baseball Association, and the Greater Moncton Leisure Master Plan Committee.
Mr. Landry has often been recognized for his various accomplishments. He is the recipient of the Builder of Youth Award from the Boys' and Girls' Clubs of Canada in 1991 and the Silver Keystone Award for outstanding service to youth in 1991. In 1992 he was awarded the 125th Anniversary of the Foundation of Canada Commemorative Medal in recognition of significant contributions to his community and to Canada.
As a member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 1999 to 2003, Mr. Landry was a member of the Standing Committee on Privileges and the Select Committee on Health Care. In the 2004 municipal election, he was elected as a member of Moncton City Council. He was appointed member of the City of Moncton's Finance Committee, the Accessibility Committee, and the Irishtown Nature Park Committee; member of Codiac Transit and Lions Senior Citizens Centre boards; as well as Liaison Councillor to the Moncton Fire Department, and the 400th Anniversary Celebrations.
Mr. Landry resides in Moncton with his wife Jacqueline (Gagnon), a kindergarten teacher. He is the proud father of two grown sons, Michel and Marc.