Minister Announces Grand Pré UNESCO World Heritage Site Funding Trustees

Communities, Culture and Heritage

November 5, 2012 11:10 AM

The Acadian and francophone community and all Nova Scotians will continue to celebrate Grand Pré as the Birthplace of l’Acadie and a dynamic agricultural landscape reclaimed from the sea.

Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra and Education Minister Ramona Jennex hosted a ceremony at Province House today, Nov. 5, to announce the three trustees for the Grand Pré UNESCO World Heritage Site Funding Trust.

The trustees are Peter Herbin of Grand Pré, Marie-Paule LaForge of Halifax and Robert Palmeter of North Grand Pré.

“Grand Pré is an important part of our history for all Nova Scotians, including the Acadian and francophone community,” said Mr. Preyra. “I congratulate Mr. Herbin, Ms. LaForge and Mr. Palmeter for taking on the important task of managing the trust that will provide funding to support the management of the site for Nova Scotian families.”

The province announced the $2.5-million trust in November 2011, to support Grand Pré site operations. The trustees will be responsible to allocate annual funding to the Grand Pré UNESCO World Heritage Site Stewardship Board over the next 10 years.

“I think I can speak on behalf of the other Trustees when I say we are honoured to administer this Trust on behalf of the province, said Mr. Herbin. “It provides essential support for the stewardship board to preserve, protect, interpret and manage the outstanding universal values of Grand Pre into the future.”

The trustees will schedule their first meeting within the next few weeks to begin preparations for the spring.

“A lot of people worked hard to ensure Grand Pré’s successful designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site,” said Ms. Jennex. “On behalf of everyone involved, I wish the trustees great success in their new role.”


 

The Acadian and francophone community and all Nova Scotians

will continue to celebrate Grand Pré as the Birthplace of

l’Acadie and a dynamic agricultural landscape reclaimed from the

sea.

Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra

and Education Minister Ramona Jennex hosted a ceremony at

Province House today (November 5th) to announce Peter Herbin of

Grand Pré, Marie-Paule LaForge of Halifax and Robert Palmeter of

North Grand Pré as the Trustees for the Grand Pré UNESCO World

Heritage Site Funding Trust.

The province announced the 2.5 million-dollar trust in

November 2011, to support Grand Pré site operations. The

trustees will be responsible to allocate annual funding to the

Grand Pré UNESCO World Heritage Site Stewardship Board over the

next 10 years.

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