Halifax, November 7, 2019 – This fourth reception for Acadian and Francophone municipal councillors was organized by the Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) in conjunction with the annual conference of the Federation of Nova Scotia Municipalities and in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs. This event, organized under the leadership of Julie Oliver, Executive Director of the CDÉNÉ, was an opportunity for participants to network in French and discuss their professional practices throughout the province.

Allister Surette, Chair of the board of directors of CDÉNÉ, President of Université Sainte-Anne, delivered the opening welcoming remarks by introducing the special guests.

The CDÉNÉ is pleased to have the Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, Minister of Immigration of Nova Scotia and Mark Bannerman, Executive Director of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, back in attendance. Simon d'Entremont, Deputy Minister of Seniors, Deputy Minister of Energy, was also in attendance. Many Wardens, Deputy Wardens, Municipal Councillors and CAOs were present: Ronnie LeBlanc, Warden of the Municipality of Clare and Deputy warden of the CDÉNÉ, Jacques Dubé, Chief Administrative Officer of the Halifax Regional Municipality, Danny Muise, Warden of the Municipality of Argyle, Nil Doucet, Deputy Warden of the Municipality of Clare, Alfred Poirier, Deputy Warden of Inverness County, to name a few.

Minister Lena Diab thanked the CDÉNÉ for this important initiative and networking opportunity for elected members and staff from Francophone municipalities.

Once again this year, the CDÉNÉ would like to thank Michelle Saulnier, Coordinator of French Language Services for Municipal Affairs, for her presence and support.

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Julie Oliver, Executive Director of the CDÉNÉ, the Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, Minister of Immigration, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, Allister Surette, President of Université Sainte-Anne and Chair of the board of directors of the CDÉNÉ
 
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Allister Surette, Jacques Dubé, Chief Administrative Officer of the Halifax Regional Municipality, Simon d'Entremont, Deputy Minister of Seniors, Deputy Minister of Energy

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Ronnie LeBlanc, Warden of the Municipality of Clare, Vice-Chair of the CDÉNÉ, centre, talking with Minister Diab, Carl Deveau, Clare City Councillor, and Mark Bannerman, Executive Director of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie

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