by Lucie Roy Photo
Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock MLA Maureen Kubinec, Mayor Lisa Holmes and the Honourable Heather Klimchuk Minister of Culture and Community Spirit pose at the MCCC Friday night for the Conseil de developpement economique de l’Alberta’s (CDEA) Concerto Network Membership Event. The plaque was presented to Mayor Holmes by Minister Klimchuk. The Concerto Network is an association of communities of French heritage, joined together for economic opportunities. Morinville joins Legal and Beaumont in joining the association. St. Albert is set to join May 23.
Klimchuk said it was great to be back in Morinville, particularly to recognize the important contributions the Francophone community has made to the region and province. “From its earliest days when Jean-Baptiste Morin arrived in this area drawing French-Canadian settlers from Quebec to the West, French culture has been at the forefront of the development of Morinville,” Klimchuk said in French. “It has been at the forefront of the development of our province. French was the first European language spoken in Alberta and Francophones have always been a part of the province’s linguistic and cultural make-up.”
Klimchuk presented a plaque on behalf of the Government of Alberta, signed by Premier Dave Hancock which read, “ The Government of Alberta proudly commemorates Morinville’s membership of the Concerto Network and its efforts to recognize its rich Francophone heritage to promote greater economic development.”