Nuns happy with their for­mer con­vent

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The lit­mus test of Manoir Stanstead passed with fly­ing colours last Fri­day as a cou­ple of its for­mer in­hab­i­tants, Ur­su­lines from the for­mer con­vent, made the trip from Ma­gog where they now live to visit a place that they know well. Sis­ter Élis­a­beth Landry was all smiles as she praised what she had seen. She even went as far as say­ing: “I agree with what has been said be­fore that those who were ed­u­cated by us should come to live at the fa­cil­ity.”

If pro­moter An­dré Fratelli had had all the money

in the world, he could not have had a bet­ter spokesper­son. The eight mil­lion dol­lar pro­ject is now al­most com­pletely fin­ished. “We fi­nally can show what it is all about,” Mr. Fratelli said, not miss­ing a chance to talk about its toi­lets. “Peo­ple can ac­tu­ally see the apart­ment that they will live in,” he added. In an in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal, he ad­mit­ted that the last cou­ple of months have been hec­tic. “In most of my projects, we usu­ally have a cou­ple of stan­dard apart­ments, we can build mock-ups as we’ve done here twice and our clients can say, I want this type of apart­ment on the sec­ond floor. Here, not a sin­gle apart­ment, not one is ex­actly the same. This has cre­ated a prob­lem that I did not fore­see, peo­ple telling us that they can­not make their mind up and will sign a lease when they can see all the apart­ments!”

One of the things that Mr. Fratelli dis­cov­ered along the way was how easy it would be for Cana­dian-born Amer­i­can res­i­dents, dual or not, to take ad­van­tage of our health and so­cial cov­er­age. “The mo­ment that they have a signed lease, they can get a health in­surance card.”

Fire­men from Stanstead, on site, pointed out to us that this was one of the best pro­tected fa­cil­i­ties that they knew of, sprin­klers all over the place.

If Mr. Fratelli was happy, Or­ford M.n.a. Pierre Reid was re­lieved and it showed in the re­laxed man­ner that he spoke and min­gled with the guests. Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter when the Pen­sion­nat des Ur­su­lines, the pri­vate school that op­er­ated in the fa­cil­ity, closed, he seemed thank­ful that the al­most six year roller coaster ride had fi­nally come to a stop.

Other peo­ple were also all smiles, the mayor, Phillipe Du­til, bask­ing not only in the sun com­ing through the win­dows of the chapel, but also in hav­ing al­most twenty mil­lion dol­lars in de­vel­op­ment com­ing the way of Stanstead, this year, with the ac­crued tax base that it rep­re­sents.

An­dré Fratelli (at left) pre­sented copies of the Ur­su­line’s book Elles ont tout donné to Or­ford MNA Pierre Reid and mayor Philippe Du­til, as Sis­ter Él­iz­a­beth Landry looked on.

photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Last Fri­day’s press con­fer­ence at the Manoir Stanstead was held in the se­niors res­i­dence’s beau­ti­fully re­stored chapel.

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