French Canadian Heritage Week
Lansing, Michigan October 1, 2015 (left to right): Quebec Government Representative Eric Marquis, Michigan State Senator Jim Marleau, Representatives Bill LaVoy and Andrea LaFontaine, James LaForest, Dawn Evoe-Danowski

A huge thank you to all of those involved this year in the 3rd French Canadian Heritage commemoration in Michigan. Communities and leaders around the state made it happen. Nothing is centrally organized – French Canadian Heritage Week is a grassroots effort depending on the people who care about their heritage for programming and promotion.

I wish to express my appreciation to the many members of the Michigan State Legislature for cosponsoring our 2015 resolution and for attending the special event at the Capitol in Lansing. Thank you in particular to Representative Bill LaVoy whose leadership first brought this idea to the Legislature, Representative Andrea LaFontaine, and Senator Jim Marleau for ensuring that this resolution came before your respective legislative bodies.

A special thank you to the following for planning, for artistic contributions, or performing at events: Alexandre Belliard, David Bezotte, Andy Clark, Dawn Evoe-Danowski, Dar Navarre Darley, Dlutkowski Family, Jan Lekich, Eric Marquis, Genot Picor, Les Poules à Colin, Maple Sugar Folk, Mary Beth Powers, Thimbleberry Band, Trois Buffons, Daniel Truckey.

Thank you also to the following organizations for sponsoring events: Beaumier Heritage Center, Centre de la francophonie des Amériques, Detroit Historical Museum, Fort du Buade Museum, French Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan, Great Lakes French Canadians, Lakeshore Museum Center in Muskegon, Michilimackinac Historical Society, Monroe County Museums, Peter White Public Library, Portage Lake District Library, Quebec Government Office in Chicago.

And thank you finally to everyone who encouraged our efforts by sharing posters and events with friends and family. I hope that this year’s French Canadian Heritage Week in Michigan was something you could feel proud of, even if you could not attend or plan an event.

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