Mr. Speaker, I am happy to rise in the House to congratulate Welland’s own Club Richelieu, celebrating its 60th anniversary.
Part of Richelieu International, Club Richelieu in the city of Welland was founded in 1957, serving as a social club for Welland’s proud francophone community. The club’s founding members set out to develop an organization that was not only committed to preserving the French language and culture in the region of Niagara but also dedicated to helping those less fortunate and working with youth and senior groups in the community. Over the years, Club Richelieu’s members have donated more than a million dollars to community groups and non-profit organizations. They operate a long-term care facility and a seniors’ apartment, both of which cater to the francophone community, and they host countless community events. Francophone culture is alive and well in the Niagara region, thanks to the efforts of many dedicated volunteers at Club Richelieu. We thank them.
I want to thank all the volunteers for their work. Congratulations.