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(Posted 10:30 p.m., June 27)
Community leader receives Mayor's City Builder Award

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson presents Louis V. Patry with the Mayor's Community Builders Award. Photo provided

Louis V. Patry has been a central figure in Orléans' francophone community for more than 35 years.

He was a founding member of the Mouvement d'implication francphone d'Orleans (MIFO) in 1979 and he helped establish the Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l’histoire d’Orléans (SFOPHO) in 2008 and is currently serving as the organization's vice-president.

This past week, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson presented Mr. Patry with a Mayor's City Builders Award for his many years of service in preserving and promoting the history of Orléans and its francophone heritage.

In the early 80s, Mr. Patry and his team of volunteers organized the first francophone cultural shows for MIFO, and the popular program continues today at the Shenkman Arts Centre, with more than 8,000 tickets sold in 2014.

Prior to the formation of SFOPHO, Mr. Patry wrote a history of Orléans for the Gloucester Historical Society. After helping launch SFOPHO, he chaired a committee charged with identifying and recommending streets, parks and faciities to be named after prominent local francophones.

In 2013, they also began writing monthly bilingual educational historical columns in local newspapers to highlight the French names of local thoroughfares, parks and installations in Orléans and raised the importance of using French accents on French words in names and titles of public places, notably the accent on the "é" in Orléans.

More recently, he helped research some of the 32 historical capsules entitled "Orléans 1950-1960", which can be seen on 32 commemorative plaques along St-Joseph Blvd., and as a member of the SFOPHO Board of Directors, he was involved in planning and organizing some of the activities relating to the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's arrival in the region in 2013.

As a member of the Mayor's working group to update the City's Commemorative Naming Policy in 2011-2012, he researched and wrote a paper on commemorative naming policies of various provinces and major cities.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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