Na­tional Assem­bly Medal for Ma­gog cou­ple

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Ma­gog

On Mon­day, Or­ford MNA Pierre Reid pre­sented a Na­tional Assem­bly Medal to An­dré and France Dion un­der sunny skies in their Ma­gog gar­den. Quot­ing from an ear­lier speech that Mr. Reid made at the Na­tional Assem­bly in 2010, he com­mented: “An­dré Dion was an or­nithol­o­gist and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist long be­fore those terms were pop­u­lar. In 1935, while a stu­dent at Col­lege Ste-marie, he won a na­tional con­test with an es­say about “The birds of my coun­try” and he was pub­lished in the me­dia. He stud­ied in 1942 at Cor­nell Univer­sity, the only school teach­ing or­nithol­ogy at the time. His ca­reer was launched on the path of birds and he stayed on that path, pub­lish­ing his 14th book, L’ame des oiseaux, in 2005. That book re­ceived the Prix Alphonse Desjardins and the Palme d’or Guten­berg. His most re­cent pub­li­ca­tion is the L’odysee du Gar­rot d’is­lande en Amerique.”

Of course since that speech was given in 2010, that last sen­tence is no longer valid be­cause Mr. Dion pub­lished two more books

in 2011, Plumes de Ciel and Napoleon-alexan­dre Comeau au Smith­so­nian, and is work­ing on three more!

Mr. Reid con­tin­ued: “Man of ac­tion, An­dré Dion is known to nat­u­ral­ists through his me­di­atic in­ter­ven­tions, notably the thou­sands of ways to at­tract, house and feed birds. With France,

his wife, he cre­ated the Fon­da­tion pour la sauve­g­arde des ca­nards nicheurs en cav­ité. An­dré and France are also the cre­ators of Au­to­Cor­rect-art, a teach­ing tool used by thou­sands of chil­dren for the last forty years. Fur­ther­more, last March Mr. Dion be­came a Che­va­lier de l’or­dre de la Pleiade.”

“As we can see, Mr. Dion is a celebrity. How­ever he is also a sim­ple, charm­ing man, an ex­am­ple to all cit­i­zens that age is not an ob­sta­cle to an ac­tive life and that we can play an im­por­tant role in our so­ci­ety, our re­gion, even at 90 years of age. I asked the Na­tional Assem­bly to en­grave the name of his wife France be­side the name of Mr. Dion, be­cause I be­lieve that a part of this medal be­longs to her as well. Con­grat­u­la­tions to both of you!”

Photo cour­tesy

An­dré and France Dion were pre­sented with a Na­tional Assem­bly Medal for their “con­tri­bu­tion to Que­bec so­ci­ety” on Mon­day, in Ma­gog, from Or­ford MNA Pierre Reid (mid­dle).

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