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ABRAM-VILLAGE, P.E.I. — Five individuals were inducted into the P.E.I. Acadian and Francophone Business Hall of Fame at the 2023 Entrepreneurs’ Gala on Saturday, March 11.
The Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of P.E.I. (CCAFLIPE) honoured two farmers, a multi-entrepreneur and two food co-op managers who have made significant contributions to their communities.
The five inductees include Melvin Gallant, Euclide Gallant, the late Euclide Arsenault, Jeanne Durant, and Ernest Arsenault.
Melvin Gallant farmed for over 41 years and served as manager of the Evangeline Community Pasture for 32 years.
Euclide Gallant farmed at Towerside Farms in Urbainville for over 50 years.
Euclide Arsenault owned several businesses, including Arsenault & Gaudet and Irving Garage, for decades.
Jeanne Durant was the assistant manager of the Mont-Carmel Co-op for 37 years, and Ernest Arsenault worked for the Wellington Co-op for 37 years, the last 27 as manager.
Chamber spokesperson, Pierre Gallant, expressed his gratitude to the five inductees during the ceremony held in Abram-Village.
“These are all people who have accomplished so much throughout their careers and always with big community-centred hearts,” said Gallant.
Their photos and names will be permanently displayed on the Wall of Honour in the meeting room of the Rural Action Centre in Wellington.
Each of the five inductees received a trophy and a framed certificate featuring the Hall of Fame logo and a replica of the permanent plaque that will be displayed on the Wall of Honour.
The lifetime achievement award recognizes the economic and community contributions of Island Acadian or francophone businesspeople and entrepreneurs.
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