The municipal councilor of the district of La-Vérendrye, Dany Carpentier, wishes to take the opportunity of the sale of the Sainte-Marguerite-de-Cortone church to private promoters to mobilize the citizens of the sector in order to preserve the memory of this place heritage and important in the history of the Sainte-Marguerite district.
“This neighborhood has an incredible history that has not been sufficiently highlighted and the church happens to be at the heart of that history. The idea is therefore to tell and update this heritage to bring it to life in our memories, ”explains Dany Carpentier.
The form that this commemoration of the church will take is not yet established. This could take the form of a book, a documentary or a historical journey told by citizens who lived the golden age of the church, illustrates Mr. Carpentier.
This probe that he is launching today aims to bring together people who would be motivated to dive into this kind of project and to reflect together on one or more initiatives to honor the memory of the Sainte-Marguerite church.
“As a city councilor, I fear that few short-term initiatives will be put in place to honor the history of these churches and these builders,” he says. This is a rare opportunity to demonstrate the resilience of communities and the city’s support for projects that have meaning for our belonging to our neighborhoods and our commitment to building a strong bond between citizens. We will also go to local organizations. ”
“I know a lot of people who lived through the golden age of the Sainte-Marguerite district. I think they will be interested in telling and discussing the history of the church, ”he adds.
The city councilor feels that the people of the neighborhood were surprised to learn of the sale of the Sainte-Marguerite church in recent weeks. Some concern has also emerged.
It must be said that many citizens still remember the saga of the Saint-Philippe church, from 2007 to 2015, when the church was in a state of decrepitude at the time of its demolition.
“I think the people in the neighborhood were surprised and worried by the news of the sale. It is a part of their history over which they have no control, notes Dany Carpentier. It is happening in front of their eyes and they are powerless in it. For the Saint-Philippe church, there is a civic approach that has not been taken. We lost the opportunity to enhance the identity of the neighborhood. We have some catching up to do. This time, we’ll try to seize the opportunity before it’s too late. ”
People who wish to participate in a citizens’ initiative aimed at honoring the memory of Sainte-Marguerite Church can contact the municipal councilor directly at 819 383-9619 or [email protected]
Remember that the Sainte-Marguerite-de-Cortone church was sold to a private developer who intends to build social housing there.