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The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est inaugurates its 42 nd elementary school: École élémentaire catholique Notre-Place

OTTAWA, October 13, 2016 – This afternoon, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) held the official inauguration of its 42nd elementary school, École élémentaire catholique Notre-Place. The Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, Marie-France Lalonde, was in attendance, along with 50 guests, staff members, and students.

Homage to Paul Demers and François Dubé
With school often serving as a rallying point for the community, and as a site of hope for the future, the CECCE wanted a name that would resonate with and assert our pride in being part of the Francophone community. Accordingly, the name chosen for École élémentaire catholique Notre-Place comes from the unofficial Franco-Ontarian anthem, Notre Place (“Our Place”), written by singer and composer Paul Demers, in cooperation with composer François Dubé. In homage to them for creating the song, which has made its mark on the Franco-Ontarian community, the inauguration ceremony included the school choir and all the students in attendance joining together in a rendition of this anthem.

“The opening of this school is further evidence that there is a strong and vibrant Francophone community in this neighbourhood of Orleans, and that it will only get larger,” said Réjean Sirois, Director of Education of the CECCE. “The staff members, parents, students, and community as a whole have worked hard to build this school. Today, as we inaugurate it together, you can all see how well you’ve accomplished this mission: this is a magnificent school, where you will soon feel at home.”

“The inauguration of this, our 42nd elementary school, only confirms that a French-language Catholic education is, and remains, the first choice for parents. Enrolling their children in the CECCE’s schools is a sign of the enormous trust they place in us, and I would like to thank them personally for that,” said CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe. “Through the school board’s commitment to the Francophone and Catholic families in the region, I firmly believe that this school will become a landmark for the growing community in the Avalon neighbourhood of Orleans, just as the song Notre Place by Paul Demers has become a touchstone of the Francophone community across Ontario.”

The $10.1-million construction project for a new elementary school was made possible in part by the contribution of the provincial government and the Ministry of Education of Ontario, as well as the cooperation of the municipal government. By building a two-storey school with space for 412 students and a daycare with space for 39 children, the CECCE will be able to meet the growing French-Catholic education needs of an expanding population in Orleans.

 
 
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