The Ste-Agathe Community Development Inc. (CDI) will be hosting their annual general meeting on Monday, December 5th at 7:00 pm at the Ste-Agathe Community Hall. This meeting will be immediately followed by the Ritchot Community Development Corporation (CDC) annual general meeting. Please visit the links here for a copy of the proposed draft agenda for the Ste-Agathe CDI AGM as well as the Ritchot AGM invite and amendments. Everyone is welcome and please feel free to forward this invitation to any interested parties.
The Ste. Agathe CDI works on a variety of community initiatives. Projects include fundraising for local community groups, enhancement and maintenance to Cartier Park, and the attraction of new business to Riel Industrial Park. The volunteer committee also promotes tourism and local business.
The RM of Ritchot is hosting a Main Street Revitalization Workshop on Tuesday, November 14th from 7:30 – 9:30pm at the Ste. Agathe Community and Cultural Centre. Community stake holders and citizens of Ste. Agathe are invited to attend, refreshments will be served. Please RSVP Lesley at firstname.lastname@example.org, call or text 204.803.2871.
Share your thoughts for Pembina Trail and ensure it remains a vibrant business district. The project will explore design features that enhance walkability and flow for multiple modes of transportation such as cars and bikes. The goal is to design Pembina Trail so that it brings the community together and helps drive economic growth. The RM of Ritchot has hired HTFC Planning and Design to help us create a unique sense of place for our main street. HTFC will guide the workshop and help Ste. Agathe in reaching consensus around the direction of preferred development. We encourage everyone to attend, transportation can be arranged. The design phase will reach the greatest success level with everyone’s input.
The Ste. Agathe Cartier Park is getting ready for the summer and we’re anxious to host the Cheyenne Family Fest, a Ritchot Chamber of Commerce event, campers, family functions and a couple of weddings. The park has recently purchased a new commercial lawn mower that will prove to make the park upkeep quicker and easier for our volunteers. We have also just been approved by the Ste. Agathe Community Development Corp to commence the construction of an interlocking patio and fire pit area that will surely be a beautiful feature and be an excellent feature for the renters.
The park is in need of a couple of things, although our volunteers do an excellent job at maintaining the yards, we need to trim trees along Hwy 305 to make it easier for tilling the soil and it would be a tedious task with only a few people. We are looking for twelve to fifteen volunteers to help us on Thursday May 19 from 6:30pm till approximately 8:30pm. We would need four chainsaws, branch shears and saws to do this job quickly and efficiently. Please respond to email@example.com if you could lend a hand and weather permitting we’ll complete this task on that day.
Also, the Cartier Park is looking to hire a part time summer student to work at the park. The tasks would include grass cutting, yard maintenance, camping fee collection, garbage maintenance, cleaning etc. The hours will be flexible and some occasional weekend work will be required. The student would be working alongside volunteers as well as alone. We require an employee between the ages of 15-19 years old that has experience with lawn maintenance equipment, hardworking and dependable. If you know of any students that would be interested please contact Alain Robert @ firstname.lastname@example.org or text to (204)746-5737. We will hire a student before the end of May.
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.
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
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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
Ste. Agathe Arena’s famous Club 400 cash raffle is back this year. There’s only 400 tickets to be sold and they’re going quick. The $1,000 early bird draw is scheduled for December 20th … just in time for Christmas. This year’s grand prize is a whopping $4,000.00 with 16 additional prizes of $200. Tickets are $40 each and support the community. Keep those tickets handy, you can win more than once with the same ticket. Contact the Arena for more information (204.882.2440) or see one of our sellers: Martin Lemoine, Nicole Sorin, Alain Ouimet, Marc Chateau, Yves Lapointe, Russ Smith, Jeff Wallace, Russ Lapointe, and Sylvain Lemoine. Lottery Licence LGA 1782-RF
Provencher MP Ted Falk announced today up to $4.6 million to Hemp Oil Canada in Ste. Agathe’s Riel Industrial Park. The repayable contribution was unveiled on behalf of Federal Agriculture Minister Gary Ritz. The money will help build a brand new world-class hemp processing facility in Ste. Agathe. Complete with the latest in conveyance, processing and quality assurance equipment. This new facility will implement the latest processing technology to further enhance food safety and quality standards and significantly increase the company’s capacity for delivering high quality hemp products to buyers around the world. “The expanding hemp industry represents a great opportunity for Canadian farmers” explained Falk.
Founded in 1998, Hemp Oil Canada was one of the first Canadian companies involved in processing hemp following 60 years of prohibition. “As a pioneer of the Canadian hemp food industry, we are thrilled to have gained the approval of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for this important expansion of our processing unit to service worldwide market demand for our 100% Canadian made, food safe products that will be produced in a state of the art facility here in rural Manitoba” said Shaun Crew, President and CEO of Hemp Oil Canada following the announcement.
Picture L-R, Hemp Oil Canada President Shaun Crew, and MP Ted Falk (Provencher)
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.
The community of Ste. Agathe Manitoba has been working toward the construction of the facility for two years and also made a significant financial contribution in support of the project with the help of individual donors, families, local businesses and community organizations. The Rural Municipality of Ritchot is supporting the project by committing to build an access road for the facility.
“The development of this new early learning and child-care facility connected to École Sainte-Agathe is an example of community engagement and spirit at its finest,” said Selinger. “With support from the governments of Canada, Manitoba and the Municipality of Ritchot, parents in this community will have increased access to affordable, high-quality child care.”
An on-site daycare currently provides services for 15 school-aged children before and after school and 15 nursery-school children during school hours. The new facility will create eight infant and 24 full-day preschool spaces in addition to the current 15 school age/nursery school spaces for a total of 32 additional spaces.