10:30 p.m., June 27)
Community leader receives Mayor's City Builder Award
By Fred Sherwin
V. Patry has been a central figure in Orléans' francophone
community for more than 35 years.
Mayor Jim Watson presents Louis V. Patry with
the Mayor's Community Builders Award. Photo
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 lhistoire
dOrléans (SFOPHO) in 2008 and is currently
serving as the organization's vice-president.
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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