Lots of Family Reunions in the Works for the World Acadian Congress in August 2014
Edmundston, NB – January 5, 2012
For Immediate Release
It is with great satisfaction that officials of the fifth World Acadian Congress announced today the names of families selected to host a reunion during the World Acadian Congress of 2014. 61 families answered the initial call, more than half the total objective of the organizers.
“Family gatherings are at the heart of any World Acadian Congress and Acadian and non-Acadian families have responded enthusiastically” said COCMA President Émilien Nadeau who added that these expressions of interest have far exceeded his own hopes.
Families from the whole area of Acadia of Lands and Forests responded to the call. Jason parent, Co-President from Maine and President of the Task Force in charge of family reunions since was especially delighted by the great interest shown in his own State where Acadian family gatherings are a long standing tradition.
The organizers also launched the second call for applications for families, family associations, municipalities or any other group interested in hosting family reunions during the World Acadian Congress. That second round will end in June 2012 and be followed by a third from August to December 2012. A fourth round may take place in 2013 as needed.
During the last World Acadian Congress in 2009, 89 families gathered on the Acadian Peninsula in New-Brunswick bringing thousands of visitors to the region.
The World Acadian Congress is an event held every five years to gather the international Acadian diaspora. In 2014 it will be held for a period of more than two weeks, from August 8 to 24. It is an event for the whole community and features numerous activities promoting the Acadian culture and heritage.
– Émilien Nadeau, President of the Organizing Committee (418 853-3844 – Home; 418 868-5822 – cell.; [email protected]