40th for Coopérative funéraire de la région de Coaticook
Highlighting their 40th anniversary, on March 9th the Coopérative funéraire de la région de Coaticook held a special brunch along with the Société d’histoire de Coaticook to officially launch the program of their special year and to talk about the history of the organization and its evolution. Seen here at the special brunch to mark the 40th anniversary of the Coopérative funéraire de la région de Coaticook last week were (left to right): Francois Duquette, former Board president; Pierre Carbonneau, Board president; Carmen Michaud, president of the Société d’histoire de Coaticook; Réal Tremblay, founding member; and Michel Belzil, general director.
Pierre Carbonneau, the president of the Board of Directors, unveiled the new mission of the Cooperative funeraire de la region de Coaticook: “Born out of the will of the community, the Cooperative funeraire de la region de Coaticook tries to respond to the needs and desires of each family by guaranteeing services of the highest quality at a fair and just price. Respect, professional accompaniment and a reassuring presence at every step of the grieving process are the significant advantages and key elements that distinguish us.” Mr. Carbonneau also spoke about the history of the organization since its founding in 1976, mentioning the evolution of the locale, the vehicles, the addition of a state-of-the-art laboratory and the development of distinctive accompaniment services. He finished by honoring seven founding members.
Mr. Belzil, the general director of the Cooperative funeraire de la region de Coaticook, presented the anniversary events which will take place throughout the year. Open houses, art exhibitions, a commemorative mass, and conferences are just a few of the planned events. Mr. Belzil also mentioned how the funeral cooperative was born from the will of the community and for that reason it continues to be there for everyone: “We are always present in our offices to receive families. The La Traversée service has been offered for free for twelve years to both members and non-members of the Cooperative. We are there for the population and the population believes in us. The proof: we have more than 2,200 active members in the region.”