Friends in Prayer elect new board, change name


By Marianne Curtis

   Approximately thirty eight people attended the Le Comité des ami.e.s de la prière inc. otherwise known as Richer’s Friends in Prayer annual general meeting on October 28.

   During the meeting Fontaine Godard presented the annual president’s report outlining the many renovations as well as completed projects.

   This included an update on the progress of Phase III of roof repairs where the west side of the main roof of the church is being re-shingled, new stairs and balusters for access to the basement, and an upgrade to the front doors. Now that those projects are complete, the group launched fundraising efforts of Phase IV the final phase was launched with plans of continuing shingling of the main roof of the church next summer.

   Also on the agenda was the renaming of the group from Le Comité des ami.e.s de la prière inc. to The Enfant-Jésus Heritage Site Corporation.

   “The new name filed with the Manitoba Corporations Office and the Revenue Canada Charities Registry is better fitting and reflects the evolution of the committee,” stated Godard. “Although the name has changed, the Mission and Mandate of the committee remains the same to administer and preserve the Enfant-Jésus Municipal Heritage site and its history.”

   Godard emphasised the importance of the time and talent given so willingly by the many volunteers of the Richer area. 

   “A million thank you’s to all our volunteers, and donors – we greatly appreciate your continued support,” Godard said.

   Elections of a new executive also took place during the meeting. The new board of directors is now comprised of Yvonne Fontaine Godard as president, Marcel Gauthier as secretary, Yvonne St. Onge as treasurer. The seat of vice president remains vacant.

   After the AGM, hot beverages and dainties were served at which time participants could visit with the committee members, view the photo displays highlighting the many projects accomplished on the Municipal Heritage site in the past year, or visit the Enfant-Jésus church.

The new The Enfant-Jésus Heritage Site Corporation council is composed of: Back row –  Hazel Paquette (councillor), Gary Dyck (financials), Alphonse Fournier (councillor).

   Front row: Yvonne St. Onge (Treasurer), Lauraine Saindon (councillor), Yvonne Fontaine Godard (president), Marcel Gauthier (secretary), Patricia Gendreau (archives, cemetery).

   Absent from photo: Susan McEwen & Rachelle Laurin (Friends Who Care ~ Christmas Baskets).


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