July 17, 2014
A message from Normand Caissie, CEO of Imperial Manufacturing Group.
"As you may know, this year we are celebrating our 35th year as a company. With our head office located here in Richibucto and many of our employees living in Kent County, we have chosen to plant 3 red maples to symbolize our strong community roots and our commitment to the future. We also wanted to do something to remember the fallen members of our families, our communities, and the three fallen RCMP officers –Constable Fabrice Gevaudan, Constable Doug Larch, and Constable David Ross. We also want to take this time to thank the RCMP officers who help keep our communities safe every day.
We were very deliberate in choosing red maples – in addition to being symbolic of Canada, they are also symbolic of the people of our communities in that:
- They are resilient and strong
- They are able to recover quickly from difficult conditions
- Their roots are able to adapt to different condition
We are thankful for what we have, such as great community leaders, great citizens and neighbours, and law enforcement officials. We live in a beautiful community; not only naturally beautiful, but beautiful because of its people…something we at IMG praise quite often. We believe these 3 red maples will add to the beauty of our community and will serve as a reminder of how lucky we are to live where we do".
Special community guests that participated during the ceremony:
- Employees of IMG, representing the community: Ms. Sally Allen, Special Fittings Department; Ms. Corinne Breau, Customer Service Department; and Ms. Angèle Doiron, Procurement Department
- The mayor of Saint-Louis, Ms. Danielle Dugas
- The mayor of Richibucto, Mr. Roger Doiron
- The mayor of Rexton, Mr. David Hansen
- Representing the Elsipogtog First Nation, members of the Restorative Justice Department, Ms. Yolanda Levi, Ms. Caroline Millea, and Ms. Bridget Pearly Francis
- Representing the Indian Island First Nation, Mrs. Georgina Barlow
- From the Richibucto RCMP detachment: Corporal Guy Marquis; Constable Jolyane Bolduc; Constable Julie Pépin; and Staff Sargent Jeff Johnston
Newspaper article: L’Étoile Kent, 24 juilllet 2014, Volume 17, Numéro 23