While the weather could have been more welcoming, six candidates, from Montreal and Quebec City, visited the Haut-Saint-Laurent from March 29 to the 30, as part of a Discovery Weekend with Place aux Jeunes. An opportunity to network, the candidates were treated to a presentation on the future cannabis production facility in Huntingdon by the owners of Rose LifeScience. They had lunch at Citron & Basilic, a stop at Les Vergers Leahy in Franklin, a tour of the new Caisse Desjardins du Haut-Saint-Laurent building, and information on the Vallée des Outardes housing project in Ormstown. The evening included a networking 5@7 at the Alfred Langevin Hall, where the visitors were able to mingle with elected officials and numerous representatives from local businesses and organizations, followed by an introduction to ‘Dance for Dummies’ at Grove Hall.
Saturday morning started with a lesson in the creation of bath bombs at Serenplicity Shop in Ormstown followed by lunch at the new Resto Chez Anick. The afternoon revolved around agrotourism with stops at Les Jardins de la Resistance and Fous des Pousses in Ormstown and Entre Pierre et Terre in Franklin. The visitors were then given an introductory curling lesson at the Ormstown Curling Club before capping their evening with a delicious meal at the Taverne de la Ferme.
The bus collected the group on Sunday morning at their Bed and Breakfast, the Centaure in Hinchinbrooke, on route for the Winter Farmers’ Market in Très-Saint-Sacrement. After meeting with the producers and artisans, their visit ended with a traditional sugar shack meal at the Hermine Sugar Shack and Bistro in Havelock.
Future Valley residents, the candidates all had very different work experiences and profiles, and some of the region’s largest employers were interested in their skills. This could mean a few new residents for the region and partnerships with Place aux Jeunes du Haut-saint-Laurent.
The Place aux Jeunes program is made possible thanks to the financial support of the Secretériat à la Jeunesse, the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent and Emploi Québec. Numerous partners including MP Anne Minh Thu Quach, MNA Claire Isabelle, the CRESO, Rose LifeScience, the Caisse Desjardins du Haut-Saint-Laurent, and Autobus Huntingdon, also contributed to the success of the Discovery Weekend. For more information, contact Fabienne Dréan Le Gad, Migration Agent for Place aux Jeunes at 450-264-5411, ext. 255.