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On April 24, 2017 members of the Ste-Agathe Community Development Inc. were honoured as recipients of the Premier’s Volunteer Service Award 2017 under the community group category.

It was a great honour for the current Board of directors to receive this award but we would be remiss if we did not also recognize all those committee members who preceded us including the many, many volunteers.

To those volunteers who were directors on previous boards; to those who chose to chair these boards & committees; to the many who worked the canteen at our Cheyenne Summer Festival; to the volunteers who worked the registration table for the Ste-Agathe Charity Golf Tournament; to those who gave of their time to cut grass and plant seedlings in Cartier Recreational Park; to those who flooded the ice at the outdoor rink; to the many who assisted in our fight against the 1997 Flood of the century; to all of you, we owe you a huge debt of gratitude.

These are just a very few of the numerous tasks that many, many volunteers have completed over the years. We have been reminded through media over the past week that this was the 20th year anniversary of the devastation caused by the Flood of the Century. As a community we have shown resilience and perseverance and for that today we are stronger.

To all our community volunteers, we are very proud to share this award with you.

Claude Lemoine, chair CDI Ste-Agathe
Joël Gagnon
Alain Robert
Éveline Lévesque
Curtis Claydon
René de Moissac
Christie de Rocquigny

May 2nd, 2017|Community Development, Ste Agathe|0 Comments

Save the Date! Ste. Agathe’s AGM to be held November 9th, 2015

Get involved … help shape the future of Ste. Agathe’s vibrant community by serving as an elected board member with Ste. Agathe’s Community Development Committee. We currently have an opening for a board position (two year term). To be eligible, nominees are required to be existing shareholders of Ste. Agathe Community Development Inc.

The committee works on a variety of community initiatives. Recent projects include the rapid growth of the Riel Industrial Park, the successful development of the Promenade Trail river path, tourism and local business marketing through a new community website, and the shelter enhancement to Cartier Park. Visit the Ste. Agathe Cultural Centre for the AGM on November 9th at 7:30pm. Learn more about your community and it’s plans for the future.

A special tribute will be held for long-time community leader Jacques Courcelles and his overwhelming volunteer commitment. Help us celebrate the moment by sharing your presence at the special presentation.

October 22nd, 2015|Community Development, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Win an Apple iPad – Ritchot Photo Contest 2015

The Municipality of Ritchot is holding a photo contest and invites local photographers to submit their photos. The terms and conditions for the submission of photos is here: view PDF

The contest runs from February 28th, 2015 to November 30th, 2015. The winners will be announced on December 11th, 2015. The Grand Prize for this contest is an Apple IPad.

Photos can be submitted via email to or in person to the Municipal Office, 352 Main Street, St. Adolphe, MB. There is a lot going on in the Municipality this year, and we look forward to seeing the pictures our residents capture.

Best of luck to everyone who enters. Any questions can be directed to Ryan Graves, Community Economic Development Officer, Rural Municipality of Ritchot at .

May 22nd, 2015|Community Development|0 Comments

Highlights of Sainte Agathe Community AGM 2014

On Monday, December 8th, 2014, shareholders and guests participated in Ste. Agathe CDI’s Annual General Meeting at the Community and Cultural Centre.

Your 2014-2015 Board of Directors

Completing their second year of a two year term:
Evéline Lévesque, Director
Claude Lemoine, Director
Curtis Claydon, Director

Jacques Courcelles, President
Joël Gagnon, Vice-President
Alain Robert, Director
René DeMoissac, Director

Nicole Sorin, Treasurer
Thérèse Dorge, Coordinator/Secretary
Bruce Gregory, Legal Advisor
Jeannot Robert, Councillor – RM of Ritchot
Joel Lemoine, CDEM

Photos – click to enlarge

AGM Highlights

The AGM was an opportunity to report on past activities and successes. President, Jacques Courcelles set the tone by touching on the Board’s commitment to long-term thinking. He focused on developing strategies and taking actions that leave long term legacies. Examples of this are reflected in the continued development of Promenade Sur La Rouge River Trail, and Cartier Park. Claude Lemoine shared the fundraising efforts of this years Golf Tournament and Shaun Crew, Chairman presented an update on the flourishing Riel Industrial Park. Guy Gagnon represented the Francofonds Foundation and presented a cheque to La jeune enface. A heartfelt moment came when the family of Justin Robert spoke to the community on the success of the foundation named in his honour.

The community welcomed Ritchot’s Mayor Jackie Hunt in her new role. The Mayor shared her excitement and vision for the incredible community we call home. Councillor Jeannot Robert presented an overview of regional activities and commented on an impressive development with the proposed Ste. Agathe Fire Hall. Ritchot’s Interim Community Economic Development Officer shared her aptitude with an introduction to community stakeholders. The CDEM’s continued support was reinforced through the comments of President Edmond LaBossière, Executive Director Louis Allain, and Joel Lemoine.

In terms of financial reporting the 2013-14 Year-End Financial Statements were presented by Nicole Sorin, reviewed and passed.

Picture Back Row L-R – René DeMoissac, Curtis Claydon, Jöel Gagnon, Jacques Courcelles, Shaun Crew, Claude Lemoine, Alain Robert
Picture Front Row L-R – Nicole Sorin, Evéline Lévesque, Thérèse Dorge

December 10th, 2014|Community Development, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Autumn Sun Warms Tree Planting Event

Students from Machray School in Winnipeg were treated to a beautiful Autumn day as they visited Ste. Agathe to plant trees. The one day event, sponsored by the Manitoba Forestry Association and Qualico brought over 100 trees to our community. The trees were planted along Ste. Agathe’s Promenade Trail and inside Cartier Park. Students from École Ste. Agathe will have an opportunity to plant 40 potted trees at a later date. The Machray Students were welcomed to the community by Jacques Courcelles, President of the Ste. Agathe Community Development Committee, and MLA Shannon Martin (Morris). The eager students enjoyed lunch in the Cartier Park Shelter and visited the Flood Interpretive Centre before heading back home to Winnipeg. Picture R-L – Jacques Courcelles, MLA Shannon Martin (Morris), and Therese Dorge

September 26th, 2014|Community Development, Ste Agathe|0 Comments

Parc Belle Rivière Playground receives boost from BSI Insurance

Efforts by a local community group to build Ste. Agathe’s newest playground received a boost this week. BSI Insurance has donated $3000 to the Parc Belle Rivière Playground for the purchase and construction of equipment for the proposed playground. The playground will be located in the south east corner of Belle Rivière Estates and has currently raised $35,000 of their $65,000 goal. This donation is done in part with the BSI – Because We Care initiative. The playground will not only improve the quality of life in the area, but also enhance community spirit.

Picture R-L – Ren De Moissac, Chief Operations Officer and Marcella Lemoine, CSR at BSI Insurance present a cheque to Melissa Beaulieu, Danielle Robert, Melisa Routhier and Stéphanie Bissonette-Robin of Parc Belle Rivière Playground Committee.

July 17th, 2014|Community Development|0 Comments

2014 Charity Golf Classic, Ste. Agathe CDC, August 9, 2014

By participating in this Golf Tournament, your contribution will assist the community of Ste. Agathe’s non-profit organizations. Entry Deadline: July 25, 2014

Click here to download the registration form


$125 per person, includes:

-18 holes of golf

-Golf cart

– BBQ Dinner

– Chance to win BIG prizes

– Gift for all participants

– Bus Transportation

– $25,000 hole-in-one competition and many other contests

– Tax deductible receipts for a portion of the registration Fees


Bus is available for pick up at the Fort Richmond Plaza (old Zellers location) at 10:00am and then at Lucky Luc’s in Ste. Agathe at 10:30am


Claude Lemoine at 204.882.2434 or


June 20th, 2014|Community Development, Ste Agathe|0 Comments

Hemp Oil Canada Expansion Plans

One of Canada’s most profitable food processing companies is planning to capitalize on its success and increase production of what may be the hottest food item in North America.

Hemp Oil Canada which produces and processes Canadian grown hemp seed into hemp seed oil, hemp protein powder and hemp flours, toasted & roasted hemp seed, hulled hemp seed and hemp coffee is planning to triple its production capacity at a new location in Ste. Agathe, MB.

“This spring we will break ground on a new state-of-the-art hemp food processing facility, with a planned move in for late fall 2014” said Shaun Crew, President & CEO with Hemp Oil Canada, which describes itself as Canada’s largest bulk wholesale supplier and private label packager of hemp food products on its website.

The new plant will be some 35,000 sq.ft. of production, processing, packaging, warehouse and office space. The building is being designed and situated to effectively double again in size at a future point.

Hemp Oil Canada has experienced double-digit growth annually for the past 10 years and over the last five years its sales have grown by 221 percent. Profit 500, the guide to Canada’s fasting growing companies, ranked Hemp Oil Canada eighth in the country amongst food processing and distribution firms in terms of revenue growth in the last five years.

“We look forward to moving into a completely automated, food grade facility this year, in order to continue as a world leader in the supply of nutritious hemp food products”, said Crew.


March 4th, 2014|Community Development|2 Comments

Ste. Agathe Community Development Corp. 2013 AGM

Photo archives of presentations at the Ste. Agathe Community Development Corporation’s annual general meeting in 2013.

AGM Lynne Jacques Therese Guy


AGM Jacques TBD  AGM Jacques Marco Claude AGM Jacques Claude Lori AGM Guy TBD Jacques Therese Lynne AGM Guy Sylvie Jacques Therese Lynne

December 8th, 2013|Community Development, Ste Agathe|0 Comments

Promenade Trail in Ste. Agathe Manitoba (MB)

Jacques Courcelles has been a strong proponent of healthy living and community development in the town of Ste-Agathe Manitoba.  For the past year, the community has been working at developing a new trail along the Red River that extends itself to Highway 75 and bridges the gap between Cartier Park and the town.