On the sunny sunday of September 23rd 2007 the first commemorative plaque to pay hommage to our ancestors Nicolas Audet dit Lapointe and his wife Magdeleine Després was unveiled.
The "Parc des Ancêtres" is located near the Ste-Famille Parish Church and is under the responsibility of the "Fondation François-Lamy". The park pays hommage to ancestors of families which originaly established themselves on the Île d'Orléans island.
Mr. Alex Blouin, president of the Fondation François-Lamy gave ADNAL a warm welcome and we proceeded with the unveiling of the palque.
Were present : Gaston Audet-Lapointe, ADNAL founding president, Gilles LeBel, ADNAL honorary member who has actively participated at the Association foundation, , Louise Lapointe, ADNAL President, Robert Audet, one member of monument commitee and his wife Ann Costigan-Audet who is the official ADNAL translator.
During your next visit to Île d'Orléans island, we invite you to pay a visit to the "Parc des Ancêtres" park. You will be proud of the hommage given to our ancestors Nicolas and Magdeleine.
Louise Lapointe, president.
Its with a lot of pride and emotion that the permanent commemorative plaque of our ancestor Nicolas was inaugurated on October 3rd, 2008.
Nicolas and Magdeleine have returned to a part of the land where they lived with their family until their death. According to many residents on Île-d'Orléans, this the most beautiful commemorative monument on the island. We have every reason to be proud of this!
An excerpt from the ADNAL 2007-2008 annual report
The idea of a trip to France was among the early objectives of the Association of the Descendants of Nicolas Audet dit Lapointe, but it was only during the annual reunion of 8-9 September, 2007, in Lac-Etchemin, that we began promoting it. The following 'Nicolas and Magdeleine' newsletters then continued to cover it and invited interested parties to submit their name. At the end of July 2008, the advertising leaflet from the 'Groupe Voyages Québec' travel agency, giving details, prices and conditions of the trip was ready and was sent to the hundred or so people who previously gave their name, first to members of the ADNAL and then to all others, inviting them to register officially. At the end of September 2008, all 45 seats were already reserved. As planned, the trip departed from the Trudeau Airport in Montreal on May 8, 2009, and returned the following May 21st.
This trip, which represented the major activity of the year for the ADNAL, replaced the 2009 annual gatherings of members that had been held since 2003. Almost all of the directors and several members of the ADNAL, totalling 45 persons, have taken part. During 14 days, all parts of the trip on French soil were made in the company of a highly accomplished French guide, bringing participants to visit, among other, Chartres, the Perche region (Tourouvre, Mortagne), Lower Normandy (d-day beaches), Brittany (Mont-St-Michel and St Malo), the Aunis region (La Rochelle), Poitou (Maulais, Maranzais, and Angles), the castles of the Loire and Paris. However, the highlight of the trip was our visit of Maulais on May 16, the place of origin of our french ancestor Nicolas Audet dit Lapointe, who came to New France in 1663. Enchanted by his stay in Quebec and his meeting with our members in the Lac-Beauport area in the fall of 2008, the Mayor of Maulais welcomed our delegation of descendants of the ancestor Nicolas with open arms and we were exceptionally well received.
It is hoped that this trip will enhance the ties between the North American descendants of the ancestor Nicolas Audet dit Lapointe and his place of origin in France. We find echoes of this trip in one of the 'Nicolas and Magdeleine' newsletters ... and in the the 'News' section of our website.