We are looking for potential candidates worthy of receiving this award in 2012
Please contact Victor Tétrault, Executive Director, to submit the name of a candidate you would like to bring forward
Names to be submitted no later than March 1st, 2012
Starting in 2009, Société Promotion Grand-Pré created the André-D.-Cormier Certificate to recognize persons deserving this honour for their exceptional contribution to the outreach and sustainability of the Grand-Pré National Historic Site of Canada. The following activities qualify for consideration: having contributed towards the promotion of the Grand-Pré National Historic Site of Canada and its history such as contributing towards the outreach of the historic site, the development of programmes offered on the site, cultural activities at the site and promotion of the Grand-Pré National Historic Site of Canada.
Biography of Father André D. Cormier
THE AMIS DE GRAND-PRÉ are awarded the André-D. Cormier Certificate in 2010
On July 25, 2010, Stan Surette, President of the Société Promotion Grand-Pré, awarded the André-D. Cormier Certificate to the Amis de Grand-Pré (Friends of Grand-Pré) to honour their exceptional contribution to the outreach and sustainability of Grand-Pré National Historic Site of Canada.
Les Amis de Grand-Pré is a volunteer organization for Francophones living in the Annapolis Valley who are interested in the history, culture, and genealogy of the Acadians in Grand-Pré and other 18th century Acadian settlements. Founded on February 2, 1990, by Barbara LeBlanc, the Friends of Grand-Pré are celebrating their 20th anniversary. Over the past 20 years, the Friends have been involved in a wide variety of activities and have contributed greatly to public awareness of Grand-Pré National Historic Site. They took charge of the Sainte-Famille Cemetery, a pre-Deportation cemetery that was discovered by chance in Falmouth a few years ago. They have visited schools in the Valley to talk about Acadian history and culture. They made puppets and created a play based on the children’s book The Magic Rug of Grand-Pré which was performed at Christmastime for about ten years. In order to help the guides increase their knowledge about Acadian history and culture, the Friends have donated about one hundred books to the library at Grand-Pré National Historic Site. In collaboration with the Société Promotion Grand-Pré, they published a bilingual tourist guide on the old Acadian sites in Valley, called Return to Acadie. Every year, the Amis organize a mass in French for the Sunday during Acadian Days in July and another one for August 15th, the Acadian national holiday. Their volunteer webmaster has created an excellent web site on Acadian history and genealogy and manages a mailing list of about 600 people in the Maritimes and Quebec. With donations they received during Acadian Days at Grand-Pré in 2009, the Friends purchased two wrought iron benches that were installed by Parks Canada at Horton Landing, near the Deportation Cross. Thanks to the hospitality of the Amis, Grand-Pré National Historic Site has become a warm and welcoming place.
MURIEL ROY, first recipient of the André-D.-Cormier Certificate
On July 29, 2009, Stan Surette, President of the Société Promotion Grand-Pré, awarded the first André D. Cormier Certificate to Muriel Kent Roy to honour her exceptional contribution to the to the outreach and sustainability of Grand-Pré National Historic Site of Canada.
A graduate of the Université de Montréal and the Sorbonne, Muriel Roy taught Sociology and Demography at the Université de Moncton and served as Director of the Centre d’études acadiennes. She sat on numerous commissions and committees at both the regional and national level. In 1980, she was appointed to the special Board of Enquiry that looked into the problems resulting from the creation of Kouchibouguac National Park. Over a number of years, she devoted herself to the preservation of the Monument Lefebvre, which became a national historic site in 1994.
Madame Roy became involved in the development of Grand-Pré National Historic Site in 1982, when Parks Canada was preparing the first management plan for the site. In 1985, she became a founding member of the Parks Canada Acadian Consultative Committee. She made significant contributions to various commemorative projects at Grand-Pré. Her submissions to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, along with those of the other members of the Acadian Consultative Committee, regarding the reasons justifying Grand-Pré’s designation as a national historic site were clarified in order to ensure its commemorative integrity.
Madame Roy intervened on numerous occasions in issues related to Grand-Pré. In particular, she was instrumental in drafting the Commemorative Intent of the historic site which today recognizes the significance of the Deportation and the enduring attachment of the Acadians to Grand-Pré.
In 1993, Muriel Roy received the Order of Canada for her major role in the preservation of Acadian heritage and in the promotion of the status of women. She is still active in a number of Acadian projects, including the Acadian Odyssey Commission, founded by the Société Nationale de l’Acadie to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Great Upheaval.