RDÉE marks 15 years
Acadian and francophone business group continues to invest in P.E.I.
The 2014-2015 financial year was a “very busy and very productive year” for RDÉE Prince Edward Island, the provincial francophone economic development council.
“In fact, we estimate the economic spinoffs of our actions at about $1.42 million. So, essentially, for every dollar that we received from our operational grant provider, we were able to generate about $3. That’s a 300 per cent return on investment,” said RDÉE outgoing president Martin Marcoux during the organization’s annual meeting in Summerside recently.
He noted that the RDÉE continues to serve as the leader of Acadian and francophone economic development on P.E.I. Since it was formed 15 years ago, the RDÉE has literally supported projects from Tignish to Souris.
“From year to year, our projects keep multiplying themselves and for a good reason,” said Martin Marcoux. “Our services are being sought more and more and we are regularly consulted on various economic issues, both from a francophone and an anglophone perspective.”
Marcoux mentioned that the RDÉE has a “strong, dynamic and devoted team” that supported numerous projects over the past year.
Executive director Bonnie Gallant highlighted developments in various sectors, including in economic immigration, tourism, community economic development and youth.
RDÉE P.E.I.’s new executive for 2015-16 is new president Jeannette Arsenault, seated, and executive member Martin Marcoux, who also becomes spokesperson for the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce. In the back row are new vice-president Hubert Lihrmann and executive member Angèle Arsenault. Re-elected secretary treasurer Donald DesRoches is absent from the photo. Two new councillors, Mike Bradley and Patrick Villeneuve, have been elected to the board