June 25, 2015

The objective set by the ambassadresses has not only been met but surpassed!

The Fiducie du patrimoine culturel des Augustines invited the Ambassadresses Circle to the Monastère for the first time on May 27. This Circle, made up of women who responded to an appeal launched by Geneviève Marcon, a member of the Fiducie’s Board of Directors, now includes 61 members, which is above and beyond the initial target of 50 members.

The ambassadresses’ contribution totals $114 820 and will help to support the social and cultural mission of the Fiducie. For example, it will be used to offer respite, comfort and support to family caregivers, people accompanying sick persons, and professional caregivers working in health and social services. It will also provide young people and the public as a whole with access to the heritage and archives of the Augustinian sisters.

The evening was a resounding success

The ambassadresses were invited to roam the corridors of the future Monastère des Augustines and explore a few areas still under construction. They thus not only obtained a general idea of what the building would look like, but also learned where certain special attractions, such as the Centre-Catherine-de-Saint-Augustin, would be located. They saw the site of the future museum, a few of the rooms that will be rented out for various activities, and some of the historic and contemporary rooms, seven of which will be reserved for people accompanying patients from outlying regions. One of the highlights of the visit was the room reserved for family caregivers.

The chef of the Monastère’s restaurant, Christophe Perny, had prepared verrines and other appetizers based on the menu that future visitors will be able to discover when the monastery opens. This menu, which is still in development, will feature fresh, living and organic ingredients, in keeping with the concept of mindful eating.

The ambassadresses’ wall is unveiled

In recognition of the commitment of the women who have joined the Ambassadresses Circle, their names will be featured on a wall in the Monastère des Augustines. The concept for the wall was unveiled by Marcel Barthe, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fiducie du patrimoine culturel des Augustines, in the company of Geneviève Marcon and Sr. Lise Tanguay, members of the Fiducie’s Board of Directors, Michelle Morin-Doyle, Deputy Mayor of Québec City, and Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie.

A commemorative plaque will be placed in the middle of the wall and the names of each ambassadress will be placed around it, forming a circle. This idea was developed by Ambassadress Marianne Charbonneau, an architect with the firm ABCP, which is working on the Monastère des Augustines project. Since this Wall of Recognition is large, it has plenty of room for featuring the names of all the women who would like to join the Ambassadresses Circle in the months and years to come. 

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