After completing his secondary education in Sudbury and Kapuskasing, Raymond Chenier attended Teacherís College and became an elementary school teacher.
Through Continuing Education at Laurentian University, he obtained his B.A. while pursuing his career in education as an elementary principal, university administrator, secondary teacher and principal in the Sudbury area.
Mr. Chenier relocated to Timmins in 1972 to become Superintendent of Schools. In 1979, he was elected Member of Parliament for Timmins-Capleau. From 1980 to 1984, he served as Assistant Whip, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and Special Negotiator in Land Claims.
Mr. Chenier retired from politics in 1984 to become Director of Education with the Timmins Roman Catholic Separate School Board. He also served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Education of Ontario until 1993.
Throughout his career and after retirement, Mr. Chenier has been involved in the community with several service organizations at the local level: hospital boards, social services administration board, local services board, Police Commission, College and University Advisory committees, the local Chambers of Commerce, the Library Fundraising Committee, and Club Richelieu.
Ms. Chenier married Augusta Van Dooven in 1958. They have three daughters, Lysanne, Monique, and Andree.