December 3, 2022 – RDÉE PEI: A late iconic merchant, two former consumer co-operative managers and two farmers with 50 and 72 years of dedication to their industry, all from the Evangeline region, will be inducted next spring into the PEI Acadian and Francophone Business Hall of Fame for their extensive contributions to the community and to the local economy.
The Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI announced at its members’ Christmas party on Dec. 2 in Summerside that it will induct the late Euclide Arsenault of Wellington, Jeanne Durant of Wellington (formerly Mont-Carmel), Ernest Arsenault of Wellington, Euclide Gallant of Wellington (formerly of Urbainville) and Melvin Gallant of St. Timothy during its 2023 Entrepreneurs’ Gala on March 11 at the Village musical acadien in Abram-Village.
“These five individuals all absolutely deserve their place on our Hall of Fame wall of honor as they have given so much, not only to their business or co-operative but also to their hometowns,” said Pierre Gallant, spokesperson for the Chamber, as he announced the names.
“They all recognized that they had a role to play in the development of their community and took that responsibility seriously.
“It’s especially that kind of people that we want to recognize with our Hall of Fame, ” he commented.
To qualify for this award, candidates had to have at least 25 years of entrepreneurial or business experience, as this award is intended to honor an entrepreneur or businessperson who has distinguished himself or herself by his or her efforts and accomplishments throughout his or her career.
Nominees for this life-time achievement award could be still working or retired. The five inductees will each receive a trophy and certificate at the Gala, and then their picture will be displayed on the Hall of Fame’s Wall of Honor in the Wellington Rural Action Centre meeting room.
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