The Gleaner

New residents are welcomed to the Salaberry-Suroît region

New arrivals to the province who have made their home in the Salaberry-Suroît region took part in a lavish welcome ceremony on June 20, at the Jean-H.-Besner chalet in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield’s Delpha-Sauvé park.

Over 100 people took part in the celebration, which was organized by Salaberry-Suroît MP Claude DeBellefeuille in collaboration with the city of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. Those in attendance included Salaberry-de-Valleyfield mayor and MRC de Beauharnois-Salaberry prefect Miguel Lemieux, Sainte-Barbe and MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent prefect Louise Lebrun, Beauharnois mayor Alain Dubuc, and Les Coteaux mayor Sylvain Brazeau, as well as representatives from Une Affaire de Famille, the CEGEP de Valleyfield, the Centre de Français l’Insulaire, the Association des personnes d’origine africaine et caribéenne (APOAC), CALACS la Vigie and the CRESO.

“What a pleasure it is to extend a warm welcome to those who have decided to settle here in the riding of Salaberry-Suroît. There are more and more, and I am delighted to be working with the city of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield this year to make it an even more festive and welcoming event!” exclaimed DeBellefeuille, who had previously organized three such activities.


New arrivals who have settled in the Salaberry Suroît riding from at least 16 different countries were warmly welcomed by MP Claude DeBellefeuille as well as representatives from local municipalities and area organizations PHOTO Courtesy of the Office of Salaberry Suroît MP Claude DeBellefeuille


The celebration kicked off with a cultural mediation activity led by local artist Monica Brinkman. Participants co-created an original artwork that integrated personal objects brought to the event from their country of origin. Guests were also moved by a photography exhibition by photographer and artist Ati Arani. The exhibition, entitled Femme-Enfant, featured a series of photos of very young Iranian mothers. The photographs offered a striking reminder of the privilege Salaberry-Suroît residents experience, living where rights are protected and there is an established social safety net.

DeBellefeuille presented a certificate of welcome to each of the newcomers, who recently arrived in the region from countries including Algeria, Bolivia, Bangladesh, Madagascar, France, Mexico, Central African Republic, Ukraine, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Senegal, Nicaragua, Italy, Iran, and Togo.

The mayor of Valleyfield said it was an honour to welcome new citizens to the region. “Each of these new arrivals brings with them a unique background and human experiences that will contribute to our cultural development. We are proud to welcome them and support them as they integrate,” added Lemieux. (SR)

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