A big Aca­dian wel­come

Ini­tia­tive launched to help greet new res­i­dents to com­mu­nity

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY -

“We want to pro­vide them with a bit of ori­en­ta­tion on what is hap­pen­ing in our com­mu­nity and where var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties take place, as well as to an­swer their ques­tions. At the same time, we’ll be able to talk to them about vol­un­teer­ing in our com­mu­nity and events – all things that will help them to meet new peo­ple and get more in­te­grated into the re­gion.” – Nick Ar­se­nault

Sev­eral Aca­dian com­mu­nity groups have part­nered with the Con­seil sco­laire-com­mu­nau­taire Évangé­line (CSCE) to es­tab­lish a new wel­come pro­gram for peo­ple new to the area.

The “Bien­v­enue/Wel­come Évangé­line” ini­tia­tive was launched re­cently in Abram-Vil­lage.

“We want to help these peo­ple in­te­grate them­selves more into our com­mu­nity so that they will feel right at home, which will un­doubt­edly en­cour­age them to stay here on a per­ma­nent ba­sis,” said CSCE ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Nick Ar­se­nault.

Ar­se­nault ex­plained that new res­i­dents will get a visit from two project rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Dur­ing the visit, fam­i­lies or in­di­vid­u­als will be pre­sented a bilin­gual book­let con­tain­ing list­ings of all the busi­nesses and pub­lic and com­mu­nity ser­vices avail­able in the area.

They will also be of­fered a bag from the Welling­ton Ru­ral Ac­tion Cen­tre filled with pam­phlets and small wel­come gifts pro­vided by var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions and busi­nesses from the com­mu­nity. The ini­tia­tive is sim­i­lar to the Wel­come Wagon con­cept that ex­ists in var­i­ous P.E.I. and Cana­dian com­mu­ni­ties.

“The clien­tele for this new ini­tia­tive can be peo­ple from other coun­tries, other prov­inces, other re­gions of P.E.I. or even peo­ple orig­i­nally from here who are re­turn­ing to the area after liv­ing away for many years,” said Ar­se­nault.

“We want to pro­vide them with a bit of ori­en­ta­tion on what is hap­pen­ing in our com­mu­nity and where var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties take place, as well as to an­swer their ques­tions. At the same time, we’ll be able to talk to them about vol­un­teer­ing in our com­mu­nity and events – all things that will help them to meet new peo­ple and get more in­te­grated into the re­gion.”

Other part­ners of the project are RDÉE Prince Ed­ward Is­land, the Aca­dian and Fran­co­phone Cham­ber of Com­merce of P.E.I. and the Coopéra­tive d’in­té­gra­tion fran­co­phone de I’Î.-P.-É.

Any lo­cal busi­ness or or­ga­ni­za­tions want­ing to add prod­uct sam­ples, gifts, pro­mo­tional items or in­for­ma­tion to pro­mote them­selves, con­tact the CSCE at 902854-2166.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Part­ners of “Bien­v­enue/Wel­come Évangé­line” launch the new ini­tia­tive re­cently in Abram-Vil­lage by pre­sent­ing the guide, in­for­ma­tion and gift bag to new­com­ers, orig­i­nally from France, who now live in Mont-Carmel. From left are Robyn Gal­lant from the Coopéra­tive d’in­té­gra­tion fran­co­phone de l’Î.-P.-É., seen pre­sent­ing the guide to Féli­ci­enne Otchoun and her son, Zacharie, while her hus­band, Josph Pobey, ac­cepts the bag from Nick Ar­se­nault of the Con­seil sco­laire-com­mu­nau­taire Évangé­line.

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