André has lived in Chelsea for over 50 years, and raised his family there. He took an active role in the community right from the start, becoming Chelsea's first Francophone mayor in 1971. His community involvement has continued ever since, with positions on the boards of various community organizations over the years.
In 1984, he was recruited to the board of the Wakefield Memorial Hospital and held a number of roles there including chair (1988–2001). During this time, he represented the CHGM and Outaouais rural hospitals before regional and provincial bodies.
Since 2011 André has contributed his considerable governance experience to La Maison des Collines as both secretary and vice-chair. In 2017, André was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by the Government of Canada for his contribution to the community.