DRUMMONDVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - April 14, 2015) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and Member of Parliament (Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean), today announced $178,900 in funding for the city of Drummondville.

Of this amount, $118,900 will be used to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the city's founding, while $60,000 will go toward the Espace Frederick-George-Heriot project in honour of the city's founder. Minister Lebel made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Drummondville will use this funding, granted under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, to hold festivities under the theme "Les gens heureux ont une histoire" ("Happy people have a history"). This theme will showcase the vitality, hospitality, joie de vivre and pride of Drummondville's residents and business community.

Quick Facts

  • The founding of Drummondville will be commemorated from June 27 to 29, with more than 50 activities for the whole family.
  • The Espace Frederick-George-Heriot project will include the addition of a nameplate identifying Drummondville's founder, a historical interpretation panel for the St. George Church site, a bust of Frederick George Heriot and a sculpture.
  • The Mondial des Cultures, the Village Québécois d'Antan, the Festival de la Poutine, and the Drummondville Symphony Orchestra will work together with the Corporation des fêtes du 200e de Drummondville to showcase the city's 200 years of history at the regional, provincial and international levels.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support this project, as it focuses on the people, places and events that have helped shape Canada into what it is today."

- The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"I am delighted to see the engagement of Drummondville residents and their desire to celebrate the origins of their proud and unique community. I wish to thank the Corporation des fêtes du 200e for showcasing the city's rich human capital as well as its cultural and sport infrastructure."

-The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and Member of Parliament (Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean)

"By opening Espace Frederick-George-Heriot, 200 years after the founding of Drummondville, the city will pay tribute to its founder and to those who helped with its creation and development."

-His Worship Alexandre Cusson, Mayor of Drummondville

Associated Links

Corporation des fêtes du 200e de Drummondville (French only)

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

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