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Raymond Laberge

 

 

Raymond LabergeArt sector, builder category

 

Born in Chateauguay in 1941, Raymond Laberge did his primary studies at Chateauguay's École Modèle No. 1 and would be inspired for his whole life by his youth and his roots. He also took classic studies at the Séminaire de Valleyfield and attended university where he obtained a licence in school administration. In 1965 he began his professional career with the Chateauguay Catholic School Commission. He worked there for 28 years, first as a teacher, but would quickly be promoted as a member of school principals.

In 1983, the municipal authorities designated him as “honorary citizen of the City of Chateauguay” due to his involvement in the school system and the community. In 1984, the Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption (NDA) Parish paid tribute to him for his involvement at the pastoral level and in sports. In 1989, Mr. Laberge founded the Chateauguay Catholic School Commission's information bulletin, but it was in 1999 that he became actively involved in the conservation of patrimony by creating the “Commando group for the upkeep and restoration of Chateauguay's crossing paths. That was the beginning of an adventure which led him to publish a series of six books with a historic and patrimonial flavour from 1999 to 2002. Moreover, at the Volunteers Merit Gala in 2001, the City of Chateauguay bestowed him with the prize as “beneficiary of the year in the writing category.” 

In addition to participating in the writing of articles in the Société du musée du Grand Châteauguay bulletin and in the Anna Laberge Hospital Centre journal, Mr. Laberge conducted numerous conferences on Chateauguay patrimony and he wrote nine new books under the theme of “Great Chateauguay residents.” 

Attesting to his important contribution, the Société du musée du Grand Châteauguay designated him in 2005 as an honorary member. In 2006 he published his book “Châteauguay se raconte” which brings together an anthology of 11 of his works, each one dealing with a particular aspect of Chateauguay history. Mr. Laberge does not consider himself a historian, a writer or a poet, but as a communicator who brings the past back to life. According to him, Chateauguay has been: the witness of his birth, accomplice of his youth, partner of his professional life and ally of his retirement. 

It is thus as an “arts and culture” builder and for his exceptional contribution to Chateauguay's memory that Raymond Laberge now takes his place in the Chateauguay Hall of Fame.

“Not only do I live in Chateauguay, but Chateauguay lives in me...!” - Raymond Laberge

 

Last update: 2012-10-17 11:29