Acadian and Francophone Seniors Celebrate Twinning with Seniors from Quebec

first_imgSeniors from Nova Scotia’s Acadian and francophone community welcomed counterparts from Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean-Ungava region of Quebec to experience the history and culture of Acadie. The two seniors networks, Le Regroupement des aînées et aînés de la Nouvelle-Écosse and FADOQ Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean-Ungava, signed a twinning agreement in April 2011, in Alma, Que. “The twinning agreement between seniors from Nova Scotia and FADOQ Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean-Ungava is the first of its kind, and it provides an excellent networking and partnership model for other provinces to follow,” said Acadian Affairs Minister David Wilson. “Le Regroupement des aînées et aînés de la Nouvelle-Écosse and FADOQ, have contributed to the development of la francophonie for more than 50 years. “I sincerely hope that everyone enjoyed their visit to Acadie in Nova Scotia, and I wish them great success as they continue building on their excellent relationship.” The delegation toured Acadian sites such as Grand-Pré, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the monument of the Acadian Odyssey, the Acadian Historical Village in Pubnico and the interpretive and cultural center in Clare. “We planted a seed of friendship in the heart of our group, which will spread in the community and lead to future exchanges,” said Anne LeBlanc, from Clare. The two groups also met for a reception at province house. “I talked to a few people, and what I got out of it is that our heart is in the right place,” said Jeannine Beliveau, from Clare. “The hours we’ve spent with the seniors of Quebec were great.” For more information about Le Regroupement des aînées et aînés de la Nouvelle-Écosse and FADOQ Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean-Ungava go to www.rane.ns.ca and www.fadoqsaglac.com.last_img

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