St. Ge­orge’s gets help from Que­bec for restora­tion

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Ge­orgeville

Or­ford MNA Pierre Reid, on be­half of the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Luc Fortin, has an­nounced a grant of $33,750 to sup­port a church restora­tion pro­ject in Ge­orgeville. The money will go to­wards restora­tive work on the roof, the bell tower, the wood sid­ing and the in­stal­la­tion of a fire de­tec­tion sys­tem in St. Ge­orge’s Church.

“Religious her­itage is an im­por­tant wit­ness to the his­tory and evo­lu­tion of Que­bec so­ci­ety. Its con­ser­va­tion is es­sen­tial for a bet­ter in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the con­tri­bu­tion of our pre­de­ces­sors and guar­an­tees a bet­ter di­a­logue with the past,” com­mented Min­is­ter Luc Fortin.

“St. Ge­orge’s Church will cel­e­brate its 150th an­niver­sary next Au­gust. This fi­nan­cial sup­port will help this his­tor­i­cally and ar­chi­tec­turally im­por­tant build­ing, which fits well with the lo­cal her­itage tourism of­fer, to be re­stored,” said Mr. Reid.

The re­cent agree­ment con­cluded be­tween the Con­seil du pat­ri­moine re­ligieux du Que­bec (CPRQ) and the Min­istry of Cul­ture has a new el­e­ment. Religious build­ings built be­tween 1945 and 1975 have now been de­clared as hav­ing her­itage value and will be ad­mis­si­ble for grants from the CPRQ.

photo cour­tesy Of­fice of Pierre Reid

Seen here in front of St. Ge­orge’s Church are (l. to r.) John Hoblyn, ar­chi­tect Claire Moore, MNA Pierre Reid, and Rev­erend Dean E. Ross.

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